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Punta Islita

Punta Islita, Costa Rica

Punta Islita in Costa Rica is a laid back boutique hotel, stunningly situated amid tropical gardens and perched high on a rugged outpost overlooking the Pacific Ocean and volcanic sand beach below. The property's design is elegant and natural.

At a Glance

  • On a hilltop overlooking a private beach below, amidst beautifully landscaped gardens and breathtaking ocean views

  • Voted #5 resort in Central & South America by Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2015

  • Ideal for honeymooners looking for that extra bit of privacy and also great accommodations for families in their two bedroom villas with private pools

  • Remote boutique hotel and ideal for guests looking for seclusion

  • Punta Islita places huge importance on the local community and more than 3% of its turnover goes towards the community

  • You can be as relaxed or as active as you like here. Plenty of excursions can be organized nearby such as zip wiring, kayaking, surf lessons, golf etc

Beach, Eco/ethical tourism, Honeymoon, Spa & health

Insider's View

Great deep sea fishing from the hotel

Marianne Baring

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Description

Punta Islita is a small and intimate resort of just 30 palm thatched guest rooms with balconies and hammocks located in Guanacaste, on Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula.

Punta Islita features 30 guest rooms with private terrace and hammock, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, mini bar, satellite TV, coffee maker and private bathroom. Junior suites have bathtubs overlooking private tropical gardens and an outdoor Jacuzzi. Many of the rooms offer stunning views of the ocean and surrounding gardens.

A candlelit dinner at the excellent open-air restaurant or a private table prepared on the beach provides a romantic finale to a day at Punta Islita. The resort also features a world class spa set in lush tropical gardens offering a full range of treatments and massages.

Simply unwind on the hotel’s secluded beach (please note that it is a volcanic beach) or beside the pool. Alternatively, for the more energetic there are various activities in the surrounding rainforest, such as horseback trail rides, jeep safaris and hiking. Seasonal activities include sea turtle expeditions and river and mangrove kayaking.

Accommodation

The 14 light-filled Deluxe Rooms have uplifting white walls and wide picture windows overlooking the gulf below. They aren't massively spacious, but there are two queensize beds, a good shower in a spacious bathroom, and a separate sink area by the ample wardrobe. The design is simple and modern with delicate Costa Rican touches: mosaic tile details around the shower area, and pretty pictures made from shells by the local community on the walls. Sewing kits come in cute hand-sewn pouches. Although the beds are vaguely Flintstone-esque in their rustic style, the whole place is impeccably maintained and exudes a warm welcome. Your terrace has two comfortable chairs for enjoying an evening drink, with a candle for atmosphere and a hammock for a lazy siesta.

The eight casitas are more Costa Rican in style, with even more space than the suites, and these have a private unheated plunge pool outside. One has a bedroom with a separate wooden deck, and there’s one two-bedroom casita.

The 26 villas are ideal for families, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms (with tubs), plus a bigger pool outside and an extra toilet room. The villas are more modern in style - reminiscent of a North American condo - with basic cooking facilities (a hob, a fridge and a microwave).

Childcare

Children are welcome at the hotel, and babysitting can be arranged upon request, but there are no specific facilities or interconnecting rooms. Please note that the hotel is not however suitable for young children.

Facilities

Facilities at Punta Islita include an infinity swimming pool, lap pool and swim-up bar, golf, palm thatched alfresco restaurant, tennis courts, gym and wellness spa.

Activities

Seasonal activities at the resort include sea turtle expeditions and river and mangrove kayaking. Signature experiences include surfing, sport fishing, horse riding, bird watching, hiking, and zip line adventure.

Location & Directions

Punta Islita, Costa Rica

Hotel Punta Islita is location along the sunny Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica’s northwest Guanacaste Province.

When to go

The summer season (November to April), also called the 'dry' season, doesn't necessarily mean no rain- but there should be less of it. The 'green' season (May to November) can still be a good time to visit- you can avoid the tourist bustle and lodging is slightly cheaper. During this time, however, rivers start to swell and dirt roads get muddy, making travel more challenging.

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