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Costa Rica: Hotel Punta Islita

I’ve just returned from a 10 day journey focused on the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. Nestled between tropical dry forest and too many unspoiled beaches to count, there are a number of small towns and hotels I wanted to explore and better understand for my clients. I partnered with my “go to” supplier for Central America, Rico Tours, to create a customized itinerary for my family’s 2015 spring break trip.

My children at Hotel Punta Islita
My children at Hotel Punta Islita

My first stop was Hotel Punta Islita, a legendary Virtuoso property that proved to be just as special as I’d always heard. To get there, I chartered a plane to fly my family directly from Liberia to the hotel in order to avoid a multi-hour ground transfer. It was an exciting and memorable way to arrive! The views were stunning, and as we landed on a small airstrip in the middle of an open field, I knew we were in for a treat.

Private charter Punta Islita
Ready to board our plane to Punta Islita
Magical arrival at Punta Islita
Magical arrival at Punta Islita

Hotel Punta Islita is set on a dramatic mountain-side and offers guests breath-taking views of the secluded beach below. Checking in was one of those “wow” moments – our personal concierge Erroll greeted us warmly, offering us cool towels and a delicious tropical drink. We were escorted to a couch in their lobby to relax and learn more about the numerous activities the hotel has to offer, all while we took in the unbelievable views below.

Hotel Punta Islita infinity pool
Infinity pool at Hotel Punta Islita
Hotel Punta Islita's lobby
Lobby at Hotel Punta Islita

I booked a two bedroom villa with a private pool for my family, which was spacious and comfortable for the four of us. We enjoyed many morning swims there, taking in the ocean views and watching small groups of scarlet macaws fly above us – amazing….

Master Bedroom, Two Bedroom Garden Villa at Hotel Punta Islita
Master Bedroom, Two Bedroom Villa at Hotel Punta Islita
Private pool at Punta Islita
Private pool, Two Bedroom Villa at Hotel Punta Islita

Couples have a number of different bungalow type accommodations to choose from, all of them private and romantic. The hotel does an excellent job of catering to both families and couples. There was a definite mix of both while I was there, and all seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves.

Beach at Punta Islita
Punta Islita’s dramatic beach
Restaurant at Hotel Punta Islita
One of Hotel Punta Islita’s romantic dining venues

There are many excursions available for guests to book at Hotel Punta Islita– most of them nearby, which is a huge bonus. For my family, the zip-line course right on property was a highlight of our trip. The guides were fantastic and the course was perfect for us – not too scary but plenty exciting.

Punta Islita zip lining
Zip lining at Hotel Punta Islita
Punta Islita zip lining adventure
My daughter zip lining at Hotel Punta Islita

We also booked a kayak tour that took us down a scenic river, ending where the river and the ocean met – an incredible experience. Along the way, we saw howler monkeys, toucans, and many other types of birds. Surfing lessons were another adventure my husband and son are still talking about!

Punta Islita kayaking excursion
Kayaking excursion at Punta Islita
Punta Islita kayaking excursion
Kayaking excursion at Punta Islita
Punta Islita surfing lessons
Surfing lessons at Punta Islita

The food on property was excellent, and I loved the warm and attentive staff. Between the great service, lovely facilities and spa, and many activities offered, Hotel Punta Islita delivers an exceptional, luxury Costa Rican experience. Here are the Virtuoso amenities my clients receive when I make their arrangements:

  • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • $50 USD Spa Services credit
  • Unlimited Green Fee during length of stay
  • A Dessert or Ceviche Trio Sampler for two, once per stay
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

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