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Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Punta Islita
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

we stayed at a private villa at Hotel Punta Islita and I did not want to leave. We had our own dipping pool that was high on the hill overlooking the ocean. Even though there was construction in progress the grounds were beautiful. A bit of walk to the beach but once you got there they had all the necessary amenties i.e. food, drink, and bathrooms. This hotel is remote. Upon arrival we almost had to add an extra hour onto our trip as the tide was coming in and our "shortcut" was filling with water. Our good fortune, the SUV was able to navigate the slowly filling waterway and got us to our destination much sooner.
Besides our private villa and private dipping pool the hotel pool was my second favorite place. It had a beautiful swim up bar and an infinity edge! The pool lounge chairs were covered is soft terry cloth! I felt like a movie star! :)
We were traveling with a large group so we did decide to break away one night and enjoy dinner by the ocean! The food was fantastic and the setting peaceful. The roving musicians I found a bit of a distraction..that's just me!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2013

Saludos and thank you for sharing your experiences with the Trip Advisor community! I am delighted to read about your adventures and wonderful experiences at Hotel Punta Islita. Even though your November 2012 stay coincided with some construction, I am glad that you were able to fully enjoy our beautiful grounds and facilities... especially the infinity pool. Did you know that it was named in Trip Advisor's: Ten Swim Up Bars You Can't Miss List?

We hope to see you again very soon!

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Reviewed September 20, 2013

We went on Sept 9th so it was the rainy season but it rained very little and we had a great time. The place is awesome, the staff is great and the views are just beautiful. The owner has really done so much for the community and just donated land for the ARA project to protect the endangered Macaws that are being re-introduced into the area. Our room was upgraded to a suite since it was the off season but all the rooms looked nice. Very clean and well cared for resort. We drove from Liberia and got a 4 wheel drive with no problem, signage was good. Although we ate at Cambute down the street one night we preferred the food at the resort. It was a little expensive but the quality was worth the extra in our opinion. We went horse back riding with Eduardo and he was great, he even let us canter for a bit which I had not done in 20 years felt great. The macaw reserve is a must see. We also went on the Dolphin cruise which they found another couple to share with. This was amazing tour and highly recommend. The captain knew exactly where the dolphins hung out and there were hundreds and we saw a family of whales too. This was a 2 hour trip and good for us as we are not on ocean water that often and get a little sea sick. We also got massages at the spa which were great. Tito was our favorite bar tender and he makes a mint lemonade that is out of this world, non alcoholic. We liked having a car and there is a little beach down the road called Corozilita which is worth the short drive, we saw sea turtles there. We also drove to Carillo and Samara but preferred Carillo less touristy. We felt very safe the whole time and although the region is economically pretty poor not a single person asked us for a dime. The people are gracious and kind. We would highly recommend this resort for anyone looking for something special off the beaten path. If you are looking for lots of shopping this is not the place, they have one small gift shop in town which had cool hand made art. We did also did the monkey tour but probably could of saved the money on that one, if you walk to town and look up you will probably see some for free. :) Overall amazing. I would also like to thank Luis who was our personal concierge, he made all our arrangements and checked on us daily. Great job to all the staff. Ginger and Tom

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2013

Gracias Ginger and Tom for choosing us as your hosts in Costa Rica. I loved reading your review and thank you for sharing so many of your wonderful adventures and experiences with the Trip Advisor community. Our hospitality model emphasizes off the beaten path destinations that highlight Costa Rica's special character. The Nicoya Peninsula, where Hotel Punta Islita is located is known for its secluded beaches and for being one of the planet's top longevity spots. It is believed that the happy lifestyle, physical activity, and close family and friendship ties of the Nicoya communities are the best contributors to long, blissful lives. :)

We certainly hope to have a chance to see you again very soon. Perhaps you could include a visit to our sister cloud forest property, El Silencio Lodge & Spa to catch a glimpse of another amazing Costa Rican setting. Warmest regards!

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Reviewed August 28, 2013

The highlight of our trip to Costa Rica. The views are stunning. The property is extremely well maintained and clean. Our room(Casita) was large with a small private plunge pool (room 22).. Breakfast was incredible (when we we were there it was a buffet on the weekends and a la carte during the week We found the staff to be very friendly, attentive and helpful. Be aware, the beach is located a a considerable distance from the rooms/ hotel. If you are renting a car the roads in and out of the property are primarily single lane and dirt/ gravel (pretty bad even by Costa Rican standards) however, they are passable and a small rice to pay to get to this hidden gem.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2013

Thrilled to learn that you had an amazing time at Hotel Punta Islita. Thank you so much for detailing your experience. Hotel Punta Islita is set in a tiered layout overlooking a secluded cove that stands out for its privacy and low-key vibe. The main restaurant and most of the lodging options are interspersed in the higher part of the property to ensure our stunning signature views. Our Borrancho Beach Club is located at the lower terrace, adjacent to the sand. It features an informal tropical restaurant, oceanside gardens, and a family pool. Guests can reach our beach-level facilities from the Reception area via a 15 minute walk or on our complimentary shuttle. The latter is especially popular to avoid the return walk up the hill :) Warmest regards and thank you so much for your visit.

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Reviewed August 25, 2013

We had an amazing time at Punta Islita. Marvin and the rest of the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful and went out of their way to make sure our stay was perfect. The room and view were beautiful and our entire vacation was a delight. Thank you so much to all the staff for such an amazing vacation!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2013

As we say in Costa Rica, Pura Vida! Thank you for your warm review. It was a pleasure to be your hosts and we are thrilled to have inspired many wonderful memories of Costa Rica. Perhaps next time you could combine your stay with a few days at our sister cloud forest property, El Silencio Lodge & Spa (elsilenciolodge.com). Warmest regards! :)

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Reviewed August 25, 2013

Great Hotel, best costumer service experience I'd had in Costa Rica, I would like to congratulate the staff and owners of this Hotel that made this such a wonderful experience.
Will recommend to anyone and for sure I will be coming back!!!

Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2013

Topping our guests' "best experience ever" list is always our goal! Thank you so much for your visit and for sharing your wonderful impressions of Hotel Punta Islita with fellow travel enthusiasts. Costa Rica is an inspiring country and we certainly aim to be the very best home base to explore its natural and cultural wonders. Gracias!

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Reviewed August 22, 2013

As an industry professional I have the opportunity to visit and stay in some pretty incredible places. It took me about 15 seconds to completely fall in love with Punta Islita - and here's why:
-from the moment you arrive you feel special - we were welcomed with cool towels at our car and assisted to the "check-in area" if you can even call it that. We were encouraged to take a seat in the al fresco lounge area while our personal concierge Marvin handled the check-in procedure for us. So instead of standing at a counter, we were sipping margaritas while we enjoyed the views of the pacific ocean - amazing right?

It only got better from there. We stayed in Suites 22 and 23 - which Marvin assured us had the best views on the property (and after completely a full site inspection I can attest to this!) Everything was smooth and seamless - we felt completely taken care of and totally relaxed - and for a business trip that is really saying something!

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The Food - breakfast is awesome, tons to choose from and its included in your stay. Each of our meals were amazing - from the main restaurant to El Barranco beach house - all was just divine. Might I suggest "mixin it with Miguel" should you find yourself a free hour in the afternoon - the "honeymoon" martini Is delish!

CasaSpa is an absolute must - and I might recommened, especially if this is your first time to Costa Rica the Coffee Scrub & Wrap - Lizeth you've got magic hands! Once your treatment is complete you'll enjoy the most spectacular outdoor shower! there's even a couples room complete with Jacuzzi - you cannot get more romantic. I was listening to the tropical rain falling down into the jungle while my treatment took place as one of the room's side was a full size patio door that lets the breeze and jungle sounds in....words cannot describe how amazing it was!

The Service - Marvin and all the team at Punta Islita make it their daily goal to make you, the guest, feel special and welcome - they are there to attend to all of your needs and really allow you to feel the "pura vida" that the Nicoya Peninsula, and Costa Rica, are all about!

The views - well you've seen the infinity pool oceanview so let me tell you there's no photo shopping there...its just THAT GOOD!

If you've done your research you know this property isn't "beachfront" I wouldn't consider this a drawback but some people will - so make sure you're clear on what you want from your trip to Islita. The beach is lovely and it takes about 3 minutes by shuttle or golfcart - it would be a leisurely walk down (maybe 10 minutes) but a little longer on the way back because it's all uphill. There are plenty of beach chairs, a pool, change areas/washroom and a restaurant. You can ride horses on the beach, boogie board and surf. There is a rip tide that is clearly marked so you'll know how far out to go.

I didn't get the chance to bring my husband/son on this trip, as I said it was business - however would I return with them? 100% I saw lots of families here and it is a great option for the family traveller and honeymooner alike - I think Punta Islita is a property that can fit all types of travellers.

If you're there during August-September you'll be lucky enough to witness sea turtles laying their eggs at night - it was a true lifetime moment for me.

I could go on and on but I know you get the picture! please feel free to contact me if you want any more specific details about the property - but I give it an A+

Thank you to everyone at Punta Islita for your hospitality - I cannot wait to come back!

Brandi Merchant

Room Tip: Suites 22, 23 have the absolute best views of the ocean - they are the best value for money! (for co...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2013

Gracias! As a luxury travel industry professional, your impressions and assessment of our facilities, setting, and service are particularly insightful. Thank you so much for providing such valuable guidance to our potential guests. Thanks for acknowledging our staff's commitment to making the Hotel Punta Islita experience as wonderful as you describe. I must take a moment to enthusiastically agree with you about the view. Nothing prepares you for that amazing WOW moment when you first gaze upon the Islita ocean cove, as framed by our infinity pool. :) Saludos!

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

By the second day most of the staff knew our names. Everyone on the staff was kind and helpful and no details were overlooked. Speaking of overlooking. There is a great view of the ocean from the pool which in itself is worth the trip. Thanks to Isel for taking care of us.

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

Thanks Tim! Thanks for your enthusiastic appreciation of our staff's attentiveness and heartfelt friendship. It was a pleasure to be your hosts! And thanks for highlighting the amazing view from our infinity pool. Did you know that it was featured in Trip Advisor's Top Ten Swim-Up Bars in the world? Now you know why! Warmest regards.

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Address: Punta Islita 50201, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Punta Islita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Punta Islita
Price Range: $282 - $800 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection 4.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Punta Islita is the only beach resort in Costa Rica to offer a full menu of complimentary tours, activities, and experiences. These include favorites like canopy zip-lining, horseback riding, monkey quests, and sea-turtle spotting. Plus unique experiences like creating art with local community artists, traditional cooking lessons, golf clinics, and more! Set in a secluded ocean cove in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Its award-winning planet-friendly, people-positive model offers a unique opportunity to fully engage in intense eco-adventures and authentic cultural experiences. The property features Deluxe Rooms, Suites, and fully-outfitted Private Villas. Ideal for honeymoons, relaxation getaways, family vacations, extended stays, or destination weddings. COMPLIMENTARY SHUTTLE AVAILABLE FROM LIBERIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (LIR) PLEASE CONTACT US TO SCHEDULE ... more   less 
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