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Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

I would have to say that the Hotel Punta Islita is at the top of my list for best places to have stayed. The views are breathtaking but its the staff that really makes this place special. From the moment you arrive until the time you leave they go out of their way to assure that you have a fantastic time. Hector and Luis were exceptional as were Miguel and Antonio in the dining room and at the pool bars. The infinity pool overlooking the pacific is beautiful and the beach is a must do even though its a little rocky. Only down side is that the restaurant is a bit pricey and there's few options nearby. The Room service was a good alternate to a formal dinner as was the local restaurant in Islita. Despite the heat the golf was fun on the executive course - the cold towels at the turn and finish we're a nice touch. Can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: You can't go wrong. Every room has an amazing view!
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Chris K
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2013

Gracias Chris! Thank you for selecting Hotel Punta Islita as your home-away-from-home in Costa Rica. I will happily relay your kudos to the many staff members you singled out. Their enthusiasm and friendship is extraordinary. I would love learn more about your experience and potential suggestions for our dining options. Please feel free to contact me at any time: outreach@grupoislita.com We certainly hope to see you and your family again very soon.

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Reviewed August 13, 2013

I mean. Ticos are great people and friendly already but this resort's employees bend over backward to be helpful and gracious. The food was very good, the infinity pool beautiful, the rooms and little garden patios with their own pool fabulous. The only proviso is that the beach is so so being rocky, but that in itself was pretty cool as we were able to check out the tidal pools and explore a bit.

One final note--the highlight of the trip in a way was seeing the Scarlet Macaws from the Ara Project fly around wild from our private garden patio. Hotel Punta Islita helps sponsor this project and I would like to thank them for that. It is certainly worthwhile for your hotel as well as seeing a flock of these birds every day was in itself worth the price of the hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank JeffRome
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2013

Pura vida Jeff! As a tica, I am sincerely thankful for noting my country's friendship mantra! We are especially grateful for your acknowledgement of our partnership with The Ara Project to host a Scarlet Macaw recovery center. I wholeheartedly agree with you... seeing these amazing birds adding playful color to Islita's skies stays with you forever. Saludos!

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Reviewed August 7, 2013

This may have been the best, or second best, place I have ever stayed. Let's see. The price was great; we stayed in the Colibri villa - 3 bedroom, 3 full bathrooms, a great common area and modern kitchen, and covered patio....wait for it...and, an infinity pool overlooking the bay. There was no reason to leave (there was also a separate house next to the villa for a fourth bedroom if one was inclined). Horseback riding, ziplining, a beach/pool, and a main pool. Breakfast was free and the burrito was ridiculous! Dinner was typical price and typical food, but good. Drinks were a little more expensive then one would want. But, you can get groceries before you get there or some very basic stuff in the tiny little village adjacent to the property (I suggest getting the golf cart...its fun). Also, they have a 9-hole golf course, morning walks, monkey hikes, and tons of other stuff.

The only caution is the "fishing" trip which really consists of you going on the water in a boat for 5 or 8 hours watching other people fish. It is not worth the price (which is insane) and if anyone gets sea sick or motion sick, it will kill you.

Besides that, best place. Better than Arenal's Hot Springs and Spa resort.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2013

Warmest greetings Floyd! Costa Rica is truly magical and I sincerely thank you for selecting it as your adventure destination :) Making a savvy traveler's top best places list is a true honor! Thanks for your enthusiasm and for taking the time to share your impressions with fellow travelers. I would love to learn more about your fishing expedition. This adventure is managed by a third party and I would really appreciate further feedback to help them improve the experience. My email is: outreach@grupoislita.com Kindest regards to you and your friends!

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

We spent 4 days in arenal at tabacon and then traveled to punta islita for the remainder of a 10 day trip. I can't tell you how much we enjoyed this place, simple, serene, and the friendliest people we have ever met. The hotel is well off the beaten path but each seperate cottage is perched on a cliff over looking the ocean. The restaraunt is situated the same with the bar and infinity pool flowing off into the sunset. Everything here was amazing from the food, the quality of the lodging, the beach, the people, the prices, all of it. I would go back in a heartbeat to see the friends we made while we were here. Not a single, not one, complaint. Food and beverage prices were average to even low for a resort like this and everyone was there to make sure we had a great time. We watched a thunderstorm from our room in the wee hours of the morning in the dark and it was the scariest, and most romantic moment ever. We watched monkeys in the mango groves and children play soccor in the quanit neighborhood nearby. I can't reccomend this place enough, it's incredible and for the cost it will blow you away!

Room Tip: We stayed in cottage 8 and had a personal jacuzzi as well as a hammock. Any lodging at this resort would be fantastic. Can't tell you enough how wonderful of a place this is.
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank John T
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2013

Saludos John and warm greetings from Costa Rica! Wowing our guests from arrival to departure is our heartfelt goal and I am delighted to learn that we fully succeeded. Thank you so much for taking the time to detail your experience. Hotel Punta Islita's setting, overlooking the secluded cove with a full sight of the open ocean horizon allows for spectacular natural fireworks. I have had the privilege to enjoy a thunderstorm spectacle and it is truly awe inspiring. Glad you fully enjoyed the show! Please do return very soon.

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Reviewed July 24, 2013 via mobile

This was one of our three Costa Rican stops on our honeymoon and it was magical. Each casita is perfectly private and the breakfast is delicious. The staff is incredibly friendly. I can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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2  Thank Emilyw2004
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded July 28, 2013

Thanks Emily! Your review means a lot too us. It was a true pleasure to have a chance to be your hosts during your special vacation. Thank you so much for choosing Costa Rica, the land of Pura Vida!

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