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If you are looking to get away with a bit of luxury.... this is the place to go. Well worth the bumpy, dusty ride in! You get your own private cottage, ocean views, hot tub and hammock! Fresh flowers everyday, activities included if you wish to join in.... or just sit by the infinity pool with its swim up bar! Staff are truly amazing. Only wish we could have stayed longer..... but we'll be back 😎
"simply romantic friendly paradise!"
This place was simply beautiful and unique. Set in the mountains among many different animals. It is such a different experience. Let me first say the people are incredible! They ALL go out of their way to be nice and helpful. That sure does go a long way!!! The rooms are simple yet beautiful. We had our own pool which I HIGHLY recommend. It was the perfect get away. The buffet breakfast was average BUT the lunch and dinner were REALLY REALLY GOOD. AND the pricing wasn't too high either. We eat out all the time in NYC so to say it is good means a lot! We zip-lined and walked the golf course and found monkeys! We stayed 4 nights and I think that is the perfect amount of time. We will be back!!!!!!
"Amazing Hotel in a Stunning Natural Setting"
I can't say enough about how wonderful this hotel is. Beautiful amenities in a lush natural setting, paired with magnificent staff and great cuisine. Individual rooms are private and relaxing, giving you the feeling of waking up each morning in a Lost World of wildlife, mountains, and deep blue ocean. The number of animals we saw around the property was incredible - howler monkeys, macaws, coatis, deer, raccoons, iguanas, geckos, bats, armadillos, and countless colorful birds all wandered through our patio. However, what really sets the place apart is the quality and friendliness of the staff. Everyone we interacted with was great, especially Jairo, Chamo, and Kervin. The included activities, led by these folks and others, are a great bonus for those who don't want to just chill out by the pool. The location is relatively remote, but not difficult to get to if you have a 4WD. There are a few smaller towns in the vicinity that make for good day trips if you're so inclined, as well as the Ara Project, a local macaw sanctuary that's worth a visit as well. Overall a great place to spend a few days or a few weeks. Highly recommended!
"Classic/Authentic Costa Rican Resort/Family Spring Break"
Our family of five just finished our 3 night stay at the Hotel Punta Islita on the Guanacaste coast of Costa Rica as the first leg of our week in the country. It's our first visit to Costa Rica. We have 3 children: two are 14 years old and our youngest is 10 years old. When researching where to stay on vacations we always start with the AMEX platinum hotels due to the extra benefits we receive. This property is not part of the Fine Hotels and Resorts but is part of AMEX's Hotel Collection. The additional AMEX benefits for the "Hotel Collection" included $75 to use as a resort credit (food/spa/etc.) and room upgrade when available. It is also a Marriott and we are gold members (which is a room upgrade and free breakfast). Property If you have ever been to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico and have stayed at an older property that has a classic/authentic feel to it -- this is similar. Of all the beach areas in Mexico -- Punta Islita is similar to Puerto Vallarta since it's on mountains with jungle by the ocean. This resort is built on a major cave/hill - if you or a family member has mobility issues - we don't recommend this property. There are several levels of stairs - I mean several. Even for those who work out regularly it is good exercise for your heart! This was not an issue for us at all but if you are very out of shape think again. Of course, there is shuttle service to a lot of it and they will serve you quickly when you call for it (to take you to the beach, to your room, etc.). The view you get is amazing and this is because of the property! So, you need to decide. This is not a super modern hotel -- it is more authentic to Costa Rica -- which we liked. No worries - if you need to be 'connected' all the time the wifi is amazing -- even at the beach. Room We stayed in a two bedroom private villa. This gave us 3 full bathrooms (very handy with 5 of us) and 2 bedrooms. The master had a king size bed and nice tub/shower and the kid's room had 2 twin beds and we got a roll-a-way bed for our 3rd child. It had a living room and full kitchen (no dishwasher). It also included a private plunge pool which was a HUGE benefit considering how humid/hot it gets this time of the year and it was nice just to cool off in it. The room was very clean and we loved the Costa Rican decor. Very simple and beautiful. There were some water stains in the bathrooms that need to be attended to but nothing major. The appliances were also getting old. We actually stopped at a grocery store about 1.4 hours away and picked up food for some lunches and 2 dinners (yes, we actually cook on vacation). The property knew we were a family of 5 yet there there were only place settings for 4 and we had to ask for more plates/flatware/etc. The air condition and fridge worked well once it had time to get going -- very important here! Yes, there were some bugs - mainly sugar ants that are more of a nuisance than anything else and maybe a spider or two. Being from Texas this was no big deal for us and they came to clean up the ants the first night. Considering where you are -- in the jungle in Costa Rica (even in the dry season) the bug control is good. Dining There is one main dining area where breakfast and lunch/snacks and dinner are served (it's an amazing view by the adult only infinity pool). It doesn't have air-conditioning but fans are running the entire time. We had breakfast each morning here which was buffet. Fresh fruits (our favorite) and an omelet station everyday. Then, there were slight variations: pancakes, french toast, etc. each day. A couple of juices, etc. It's big enough and all the food tasted good. Our youngest son has a severe peanut (mani/cacahuate in Costa Rica) allergy and he was fine - the staff went out of their way to make sure. Peanuts are not a major part of the Costa Rican diet - they are more available for North Americans. Tree nuts are part of their diet (and wildlife's diet) and there are beautiful almond and cashew trees around the property. Note: you will be charged $4 for a bottle of water. We had dinner one night at the beach club which was a lot of fun. It was a special BBQ outside under the stars. The food was great. We cooked the other nights and did have the kitchen cook our mahi-mahi we fished one day at sea. Lunch was good on our way out yesterday in the main restaurant -- grilled chicken sandwich, burger, nachos, etc. All food was very good our entire stay. Pools There is an adult infinity pool with the view of the ocean/beach (16 years/up) . Good for the honeymooners or adults with no kids. Definitely the nicer of the two pools. Beach Club At the bottom of the mountain is the beach club - very 1960s retro/chic type of feel. The pool is fine but it is not an incredible pool by any means. There is a swim up bar but we didn't use it. The beach is nice with volcanic fed sands. Our favorite part was going at night to see all the hermit crabs (your kids will love it) and star gazing. We have an app on our phone that tells you all the stars and planets that you see - get one before coming. Activities This was a MAJOR draw for us to this property. It is so large and secluded that you can do so much on property. In addition -- it is included in the price of your stay! With a family of 5 this is a major draw and cost savings. We zip lined, went horseback riding, on a monkey hike (there are more activities but this is what we did). A lot of the charm of the hotel comes from the staff --- from the general manager to the guides to housekeepers. Costa Ricans are very friendly for the most part and are proud of their country. A real treat is seeing the beautiful red macaw in THE WILD. At the hotel you will hear their loud calls and see them in flight, kissing, eating almonds, etc. There is a special non-profit on the property that is helping the population grow and return to the wild again and we recommend visiting it and learning about them. If you hear loud -- we mean LOUD -- noises at night -- it just might be the monkeys talking (don't be scared if you've never heard them before). We even had Costa Rican raccoon tap at our sliding doors to the room one night! Transportation We flew in to Liberia and the hotel arranged for van service to the hotel. We highly recommend this! Most of the roads are fine until the last 10 miles -- it's dirt roads with many hills and you need a 4x4 vehicle. If you are only used to US roads/driving -- this is not for you. Plus the drivers are very friendly, stopped to show us a pack of monkeys and more. We took the service back to Liberia (our one night stay before heading to the rain forest in Arenal). Service My family is from Mexico and I know Mexico City and the rest of the country very well. This is our first visit to Central America/Costa Rica. I'm shocked at the number of Americans here! You really don't need to know Spanish - tourism is so central to CR's economy that almost everyone speaks English. More fluent and more people than in Mexico. The minute you walk in the staff greets you and gives you a nice drink - we were so tired from all of our travels it all kind of 'went over our heads.' They all know who you are and treat you like family. This is not 'ultra luxury' like a Four Seasons but it's just one level below (that is why AMEX designates it as a Hotel Collection instead). However, what you are paying and what is included it is well worth it. The only reason for 4/5 stars and not 5 stars is due to the rooms needing a bit of maintenance. We do highly recommend this property - from a family's perspective. We cannot comment to the honeymooners, etc. but they seemed to be having a good time as well. Plan out your stay and actives up front (we also did day of deep sea/near shore fishing) and plan some relaxing time, too. There are no big crowds which we really liked. Pura Vida! We are now off to our next adventure in Costa Rica. Thank you to everyone at Punta Islita -- XO, The Lewis Family from Austin, Texas.
"Amazing Eco Hotel"
This hotel is one of a kind! We rented one of the villas with open air kitchen and living room and it was the most unique experience! It was a bit "uncomfortable" to spend time in the kitchen or the living room after dark but if you're a nature (insect/animal/etc) lover you will be amazed by how many insects and animals pass through your villa at night :D (Do not leave glasses or plates on the counter top or table overnight unless you want a surprise in the middle of the night). If this experience is a bit too much for you, rent a regular room and enjoy the amenities! The food and service were great! There is a very nice secluded beach down the road (you can walk or take a shuttle). Overall, very pleasant experience! Pura Vida at its finest!
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Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM