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Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Punta Islita
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Panama City, Panama
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3 reviews
“A week in paradise...”
Reviewed July 17, 2014

This place really made my husband and I feel like we were in the middle of heaven. Break-taking views, amazing service, beautiful rooms, delicious food. I can go on and on... You get the couzy touch of a boutique hotel with the amanities of a big chain like Marriott. Every member of the staff deserve recognition and they make guests feel at home. The bar tender in the beach club area, Miguel, is super nice and prepares excellent drinks! The hotel was built in the least intrusive way for the area and it is very environmentaly friendly, which is important to me. I highly recommend a walk from the beach to "Punta Islita" in the mornings with low tide: you can walk through the shore of the beach and cross some rocks during low tide; it is like a 30 min walk until you get there (but hurry up becuse the high tides in this beach are no joke!). The only thing we did not like was the drive, some of the gravel roads are in really bad condition and when we booked the room, we did not get any advise from Marriott to rent a SUV, which is frankly thing is a must to get there. We rented a normal car and almost got stuck... HOWEVER, I want to go back and spend a week there, it was totally worth it!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
Saludos Fadia! We are cheerfully grateful for your thoughtful review. What singles out Hotel Punta Islita as a must-visit destination in Costa Rica is its authentic character and long-standing commitment to a planet-friendly, people-positive model. Our recent affiliation to Marriott's Autograph Collection has allowed us to retain our independent character while benefiting from Marriott's premium quality standards. Thank you for highlighting the synergy of this relationship! We look forward to your return!
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Reviewed July 15, 2014

My family and I traveled to Islita for eight days last month. After agonizing over which region to visit I was convinced after reading the many positive reviews for this property. Believe we made the right choice as everything there was top notch. Super guest services, prices were not exceptionally high and the complimentary breakfast every morning was a great way to start the day. Somwhat remote but if you're content with relaxing and going to the beach, this is your spot. Definitely recommend. Oh - and the welcome drink - I think they called it sweet and sour - we bought a bottle of their "Cacique" on exiting the airport. My husband and I have been drinking them ever since we got home. Perfecto. Thank you to all the staff at Punta Islita. We really had a good time.

Room Tip: We had an excellent room #22 with an exceptional view of the Pacific. If you have an issue climbing...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, July 16, 2014
Cheers! Thank you so much for your visit and for providing such helpful hints and tips about Hotel Punta Islita. As you mention, our secluded location lets us showcase Costa Rica's authentic essence. I am glad that you enjoyed the Guaro Sours. We will feature the recipe on our next newsletter so I cordially invite to sign up if you haven't done so. Or follow us in one of our social media sites. Pura Vida regards!
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Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

What an amazing trip. This hotel IS Costa Rica. The caring staff, the magnificent views and the natural attractions make the experience as REAL as it gets.

Hotel Punta Islita was the second stop on our trip, looking back we wish it was the only stop.

As for the staff they were all great. They always made us feel right at home and went out of their way to entertain and find attractions for our 3yr old son. A very special thanks to Marvin, Miguel, and Antonio.

We cannot wait to go back to Hotel Punta Islita. We recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to really experience the natural beauty of Costa Rica.

Pura Vida!!

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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, July 16, 2014
Pura Vida to you Finn! Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and for vividly describing the authentic character that distinguishes the Hotel Punta Islita experience as true and real. Showcasing the best of our nature and culture is only possible due to our privileged and secluded location. We really look forward to your return!
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Saint Sauveur des Monts, Canada
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

Althought at the beginning of the rainy season, we had to take the long way there, the shortcut being already not usable with a car. Pretty long way. Like the other said, just an amazing view! The staff were all so nice, althought I wish I would have seen more smiles...thumbs up to Randy from the beach restaurant who brought sand toys from his house for my son because the hotel didn't have any! Wonderful bar man at the bar not the beach. I also regretted that my kids could only use the pool down by the beach. It is so far from the rooms, at least a 10 minutes walk. We cannot leave them to get something in the room, so we have to plan for a whole day at the beach. That's not good. The room was absolutely beautiful. We had the 22 and the kids, number 18. Th first days we had no neighbours, but when they arrived, we could very easily ear all their night activities and their TV. Activities were very expensive. Too bad since we are kind of stuck there because of the distance. We golfed and the kids did the surfing lesson. The teacher was just ok. He refused to book a second course at the last minute the day after, saying he was to tired ( at 2 in the after noon!) I consider the food average. We stayed at the Marriott Los Suenos a couple day before and it was way better for the same price. The fruits weren't really good comparing to what we had before in Costa Rica. All the fish and seafood were way too cook. The shrimp almost seemed like frozen ones.The heat was unbearable in the gym and some machines didn't work properly.

But we have seen a lot of animals on the site ( more than a douzain in flying macaw) and the view!!! A couple of days were great, but enough.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, July 10, 2014
Salut Pascale! Your thoughtful comments are much appreciated. I am glad that your stay was overall positive but regret that your experience fell short of our normal WOW factor. Thanks for underlining Hotel Punta Islita's gorgeous view and setting. It is one of the most spectacular in Costa Rica and its beauty is greatly due to the secluded location. Arrival options include a local flight, a private driver, or renting an SUV for full peace of mind. The best accommodation options for families are our 2-4 Bedroom Villas. These are very private, fully outfitted, and even feature a private plunge pool. It is regretful that your dining experience was not ideal. Our restaurant sources local and regional seafood from premium providers. I have relayed your comments to our Food & Beverage staff to help them make any necessary adjustments. I also thank you for your feedback on the Surf instructor. Lessons are provided by third-party professionals that must abide by our strict safety code that forbids over-scheduling. If an instructor is not feeling well or is tired, we ask that lessons be discontinued. The well-being of our guests is paramount.

I am thrilled that you were able to enjoy many wildlife sightings! Again, this is one of the stellar benefits of our secluded location. Thanks for exploring Costa Rica!
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Reviewed July 7, 2014

I must first say that the road to this hotel was absolutely horrible!!! Scary, scary conditions and totally unexpected. Thank God we had rented 4 Wheel drive otherwise we would have been in deep trouble. However, once at the hotel, we were amazed at the view, the service, the food and the entire set up. Marvin was amazing in welcoming us and we were greeted with big smiles all the time. Beach was beautiful, pool was amazing, rooms were big and luxurious. We had a great time and appreciate the amazing service we got from everyone.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, July 8, 2014
Saludos Marjan and thank you for taking the time to share your amazing experience with the Trip Advisor community. I am thrilled that the warmth of our people, natural surroundings, and premium facilities provided a wonderful vacation in Costa Rica. Although 90% of the access roads are paved, the last 10% or so entails gravel roads that are susceptible to increased rainfall. We certainly recommend an SUV for full peace of mind. Our Reservations Staff will also provide the latest updates on road conditions, recommending the best route possible. Another fantastic option is to take a local flight via the Islita Airstrip (Code PBP). Warmest regards!
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Herndon, Virginia, United States
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Reviewed July 7, 2014

This hotel was the perfect end of our Costa Rican trip. This place has some enchantment to it that just made my wife and I relax, relax and relax even more. The atmosphere is excellent, you are staring at their private beach on the pacific ocean (I think this was therapeutic to me). I loved the music they were playing in the bar, which opened up to the most magnificent infinity pool. The food was excellent, definitely ate way too much and the drinks were fantastic. Local costa rican specialties as well as your favorites.

Best of all is the service, I can't rave enough how fantastic the service is. Upon arrival we were greeted at our car with some wet face towels to cool off and freshen up a bit. Then escorted to the restaurant where the bartender prepared us an awesome costa rican drink while we were checked in. Our bags were brought directly to our room, we were also given a free upgrade to a suite. The staff was constantly catering to all of our needs at all time and it didn't stop until we left. Very courteous, polite and helpful staff. There service went beyond even my highest expectation.

The rooms are fantastic, we got upgraded to a suite and had our own jacuzzi, view of the beach, king size bed, comfortable stay (air conditioning, fans, etc are in the room). You cant' go wrong with any of the rooms, but must say that the one we stayed at is exceptional.

I can go on and on about this hotel, definitely give it a try if you are going to Costa Rica. The drive is totally worth it! Last note, the restaurant had the most delicious food ever! Compliments to the chef, we even made it to dessert...even when there was no more room left in our stomachs.

Room Tip: Take the advice on the website, try to arrive during the day. It is a bit remote and driving on an...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, July 8, 2014
Hola Winston! Hotel Punta Islita is certainly off-the-beaten-path. The secluded location sets the perfect stage for relaxation and prompts the ideal state of mind to enjoy dreamlike ocean landscapes, fun eco-adventures, and authentic Costa Rica. Access may pose a bit of a challenge, but offers the best option for travelers who want to avoid crowds and a touristy vibe. I will gladly relay your kudos to our Chef! We recently revamped our menus and guest feedback has been fantastic. Thanks for adding your voice! Saludos!
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Long Valley, New Jersey, Usa
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Reviewed July 6, 2014

Wow! What a resort, if you can get one of the villas with a plunge pool I highly recommend it. The resort was beautiful. The food was great. The hospitality was unbelievable. We did not want to leave. Not just because the resort was amazing but be because the people were the friendliest of any resort we have been at. When we left we felt we were leaving friends. If you go there please say hi to some of our friends - Antonio, Tito, Miguel, and Johan.

Room Tip: The villa with the plunge pool is something you won't forget.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, July 8, 2014
Warm greetings RG! Thank you so much for your enthusiastic review. We are very proud to be part of Autograph Collection, a unique ensemble of independent luxury properties. Curated by Marriott, but autonomously managed, member hotels have achieved world-class standards while retaining the authentic character that makes them extraordinary. We look forward to your return!
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Property: Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection
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 (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection 4*
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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