My wife spent 13 months researching our trip to Costa Rica. At my request, I was kept in the dark about every aspect of the trip other than the day of the flights and the fact that I'd be driving the rental car. I will admit that as we worked our way into the heart of the peninsula from Paquera I was a bit concerned. We arrived mid-dry season and for the last 15 kilometers from Kalapiti, everything was covered in a mild carpet of ranch dust.
What a shocking difference when we arrived at the gate. A beautifully manicured drive lined by fragrant flower and fruit trees would its way 80 yards onto the property, yet kept the view of location hidden. Taking that right turn onto the final feet of the driveway was breathtaking. There is no other way to describe the beauty of that Moroccan villa nestled in the lush growth of the jungle. I was fully expecting a hotel and Kalapiti is most definitely not. It's more a tropical plantation built with exactness of purpose and detail that requires a keen eye to fully grasp. When we pulled up my 11-year old son made reference to the Garden of Eden.
Miguel and Piti have an amazing property that they open up to you. They are not so much owners as they are hosts and curators. The grounds are amazing, even in the dry season and the hospitality is first rate. The breads delivered for breakfast rivaled every bake shoppe we have visited in the States. The home-made jams were amazing as was the fresh fruits provided from the expansive gardens. Piti's dinner service - we had the paella - was stunning. My 72 year old father is more of a meat and potatoes eater and Miguel and Piti were more than happy to oblige. If you have the opportunity to stay more than a few days I would definitely recommend enjoying the paella and another night order a collection of pastas to share. My two sons consider themselves pasta connoisseurs and both described the four pasta dishes we enjoyed as being "the best ever in the history of mankind!"
If you find yourself on the Nicoya peninsula with desires to go surfing in Malpais, do your family a favor and stay at Kalapiti instead of one of the hotels in the beach side towns. You cherish your stay for as long as your family has photos to remember it by.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kalapiti Luxury Vacation Suites is no typical vacation rental. Kalapiti is truly a unique experience set in a fantastic natural context.We are located close to Cabo Blanco Absolut Reserve,between Montezuma and Mal País/Santa Teresa beaches. Montezuma (5 min driving)has beatifull beaches where flowing streams with waterfalls.Horseback riding on the beach,Montezuma waterfall Canopy Tour,Playa grande o Los Cedros surf point... Mal País,(20 m. driving)long beaches,open ocean,bigger waves to surf. We designed Kalapiti in the heart of a botanical garden that we created ourselves.There are monkeys arround as a lot of birds and butterflies.The original property used to be a horse ranch but with much effort, passion, and time little by little we transformed this ranch into a botanical garden boasting hundreds of tree and plant species that will delight lovers of Costa Rica’s exuberant biodiversity. Our gardens have become habitat for countless animal species, particularly birds and mammals.Over time our dreams and ideas became a reality. Kalapiti wants our clients to experience our dream and enjoy ample rest, exquisite Mediterranean-style cuisine, all set in a luxurious setting. Our unique architectural design has an interesting mix of styles featuring soft curves that inspires relaxation and inner peace amidst a festival of nature Concierge service as daily maid service are included. We are spanish from Costa Brava,We are living here at Las Delicias for the last 22 years.We own two restaurants Montezuma downtown,and we can do all reservations for you as ATV,car rental,Tortuga Island tour (including snorkel ) fishing tour,horses,...meanwhile you take a drink at the pool,watching the monkeys !!. So it will be a pleasure help you in everithing that we can. Kalapiti it has an amazing full equiped professional kitchen,that you can freely use if desired or you can have restaurant service We are chefs.Spanish and mediterranean food specialties. We can personalize your meals and schedule respecting your preferences. you have the freedom to choose which days you want chef service, and how many meals a day you desire There is a nice italian wood-oven pizzeria (Tierra y Fuego) 3 minutes driving.Also there are many restaurants at Montezuma beach (5 min.)Kalapiti is a project that was born more than 20 years ago. We arrived from Cataluña, Tossa de mar (Costa Brava), Spain. While living our own tropical romance, we discovered this magnificent hamlet that seemed to us to be the center of the world, located on the south tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, a naturally gifted spot between the beaches of Montezuma and Malpais-Santa Teresa.Professional massage and yoga lessons are available. The huge private pool,with a funny slide and jacuzzi,Hammam(turquish bath) etc We start Kalapiti the last January.We try to do something diferent and really special ... more less
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