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"Excellent but beware of the steps !"
70 + steps from Villa to main area and even more down to the beach. But vans readily available Very many activities well organised. But very few fauna except we were very very fortunate to see turtles laying & hatching Staff typically Costa Rican. "Amigo" and blah blah but lack training. Breakfast juice arrives after coffee. Never the right size spoons etc. Poor bread, butter and terrible jam for breakfast !
A 2.5 hour trip from Liberia airport late at night had us thinking we had maybe made a mistake, but the trip is absolutely worth it! I had a wonderful, private cabin/room (#10) with plunge pool, hammock, lounge chairs and a view of the ocean. It felt like I was in the middle of the jungle all by myself, with lots of wild "visitors" (iguana, armadillo, macaus, coatis). My daughters shared a separate room (#6) that didn't have a plunge pool, but they didn't seem to miss it, since the large infinity pool was so close. The staff and customer service are tops. Everything felt very personal. At times we did activities together, such as zip-lining and monkey hike, and at times we did our own things. We made 3 trips down the hill to the town, for candle-making, visiting the local art museum and buying a few things at the small shop. Everyone is so nice! We were lucky to see 100s of sea turtles come out of the ocean to lay eggs, due to special weather conditions. All 3 of us intend to return to this special place.
No real complaints about our stay out Punta Islita -- the resort itself is secluded, has a private beach (sort of a far walk), a wonderful pool, private rooms, and lots of activities on site. Only reason for the 4 star is just the price compared to the lack of little things that make a place extra special / worth the cost. Rooms were a little outdated, activities were OK, service was in line with expectations at a Marriott property. The town of Punta Islita seemingly survives on the resort, so its sleepy and small but charming nonetheless. Drive to get out there is a little tough -- we stayed 4 nights in the Arenal area before driving to Punta Islita, and if we were to do it again, we would have stayed put. Otherwise, a pleasant stay.
"Beautiful hotel property with lots of nature based activities and nicest staff"
I spent three nights at Punta Islita with my two daughters in August. The restaurant and main bar with infinity pool overlook the pacific ocean. We had amazing fresh fruit drinks hanging out in the pool enjoying the views. We loved all the included activities - zip lining, cocktail class, nature walks to see birds (McCaws) and nesting turtles. I highly recommend the yoga class - which was top notch. This is a great place for people who want to see nature and kick back. Most of the activities are included in the hotel price which is great and unique. The employees here are the nicest and you get a chance to get to know them. The beach is a bit rustic with rocks on the beach and in the water so you have to be careful to swim in the designated area. You can do beginning surfing with I highly recommend an instructor which my daughter did. At this resort you have to walk alot to get to different places like the beach, exercise class, etc since it is a large piece of property. We like walking so this was not an issue. They do offer free shuttle service anywhere on the property or rental of golf carts are reasonable rates. This is a great place to do a family event since they have large casitas with multiple bedrooms. There are only 2 restaurants on property and a small town outside the property with another restaurant which we did not try. If I were staying longer I would have taken a taxi to Playa Samara for drinks and dinner as this town has a lot of restaurants and a cute beach town. It takes about 2 hours to get here from Liberia airport but they will provide transportation.
"If looking for remote"
My husband and I were told about this hotel via our travel agent and warned it's very remote but did not understand what we were signing up for. My husband described it best when he called it a grown up camp. We were supposed to stay 4 nights and only stayed 1. It's 15 ish miles up a dirt road to get to the hotel which is not located directly on a beach- you must walk down a slippery path or be driven by the hotel shuttle. Everyday there is a list of activities you must sign up for (no more than 4 per person) in order to keep your sanity. Activities include sand art, bread making classes, key chain making, and crafty things that my husband says he did in preschool. There are some more interesting activities like sea turtle egg laying observing (it rained the night we signed up for this and it was cancelled), yoga, horse back riding. But really it's a very crunchy granola zen kind of place that wasn't what we were looking for. The hotel rooms are dated at best, the bathrooms are incredibly small and have a sewage smell. The hardest part and reason we ended up leaving early was the food! It was absolutely average to below average at best! Everyone raves about the food in Costa Rica- this is not the place to go if you like to eat well. The staff is lovely and accommodating- cannot say enough good things about them- they make you feel like family. But If you like luxury I would only recommend this place for 2 nights maximum.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM