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“Large Wedding at Costa Rica's best hidden gem!!”

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Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection
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“Large Wedding at Costa Rica's best hidden gem!!”
Reviewed 7 January 2014

Hello Punta Islita!!

Joe and I want to thank you for working so hard during our stay at your hotel late November 2013. Every staff member played such an important role in our events while we were there and they all did an amazing job. Everyone went out of their way to make sure all our guests were happy, satisfied and having the best vacation they could have in Costa Rica!! Everything was flawless and honestly we have no complaints, other than the fact that we aren’t there anymore. We are so happy we made the decision to return to your hotel to celebrate our nuptials. Your staff’s hospitality and Punta Islita itself left such an impression on Joe and me in November 2012 that we couldn’t think of a better place to tie the knot. Thank you again for being so gracious and kind.

From the day Paola got in touch with myself, Joe and my mother she was such a pleasure to work with. I am pretty sure we emailed everyday after that and whether it was one email a day or 50 she was there to help, answer questions, give recommendations, etc. She is extremely knowledgeable, accurate, precise, and very professional. We all had a hard time keeping up with the emails but she really kept it together and made us feel at ease. I would recommend working with Paola for all events taking place at Punta Islita in the future. Especially larger groups like ours…our wedding included 88 people. We spent months and months planning together and she truly did her best make our wedding events such memorable occasions. She was at Colibri Thursday night helping set up our welcome dinner and cocktails. She was also there during the day both Friday and Saturday to make sure everything ran smoothly. She was eager to ask us questions and get our thoughts and ideas about where things should go or how the setup should be. Her precision to detail is one of a kind and we were blessed to work with her. And we want to thank her for leaving her family in San Jose for three days to be with us. I know that must have been hard but thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

I would like to give a special thanks to the following staff (please excuse me if I am forgetting anyone.)

Paula
Andrea
Marvin – I’m not sure how he does what he does but his work ethic is first-class! Our group was a lot to handle and with any hiccups that occurred he managed to stay calm and work with us to get through them. All of our guests went to him first with any questions so you can only imagine how strained 88 people can make you. But he did it with grace and always had a smile on his face. Thank you for staying up until the wee hours in the morning to make sure our guests were safe and sound. All appreciates your dedication!
Isel
Hector
Eric
Luis
Errol
Giovanni
Carlis and his staff
Spa staff
Restaurant staff – thank you for making our meals so fantastic!! Our guests are still talking about the paella we had at our rehearsal dinner and of course the rice and cilantro at breakfast!!
Nelson – DJ help and surf instructor
Antonio and other restaurant staff
Bartenders – Andrea, Miguel, Jeremy
Shuttle drivers
Activity staff –Nelson, Ronald, Eduardo
Erasmo
Vielka
Kenneth
Landscapers
Punta Islita shop owners, artists Joe Kaknes and Cambute employees
Cleaning ladies for all occupied villas, casitas and rooms – Amapola, Bouganvilla, Carao, Casita 208, Colibri, Deluxe rooms 4 total), Estrella, Flor Blanca, Guanacaste,Higueron, Llan Llan, Jacaranda, Laurel, Malinche, Marbella, Mariposa, Pochote, One Suite, Tamarindo, and Teca.

The Punta Islita team is so dedicated and hard working and it really shows with the exceptional service your hotel boasts. We hope your hotel stays the way it is and remains the little hidden gem that it is. It also means a lot to us that half the money we spent goes back to your local community. Thank you again for making our experience so wonderful and one that we will never forget. We hope to see you again very soon!

Take care, Lauren, Joe, the Kelley Family, Jeanette Plum and all our closest friends and family. PURA VIDA!!!

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
I am speechless! All I can say is that it is a true honor to have had a chance to be part of your special celebration in the company of your cherished friends and family. Thank you for letting us be part of that incredible wedding! Many blessings from the entire Hotel Punta Islita family!
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

The light at the end of the road - a very long, bumpy dirt road from San Jose - is this wonderful resort on the west coast of Costa Rica. This is a first class resort with all of the amenities and activities one would expect of a place of this caliber. The villa we had was wonderful with comfortable beds, a large living room and a great, very private, plunge pool just outside. Walking distance to the beach and to town, although there's not much there and not much need. The resort has everything you need. We were there for a family wedding and loved every minute. Now if they can just get those roads paved :-(. We also spent a few days at their sister property, El Silencio in the northern rain forest. It too was exceptional and well worth the trip. We'll be back someday.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 8 January 2014
Saludos Ronny! Thank you so much for your vivid review of Hotel Punta Islita. It certainly showcases some of Costa Rica's best-kept secrets. Its peaceful seclusion allows visitors to fully enjoy a non-touristy beach, authentic culture, and unspoiled tropical sunshine! Private Villas are excellent options for families or groups of friends but we also offer an exceptional selection of double rooms and Suites. The Islita Community Art Museum and local restaurants like Cambute are excellent options to share cultural experiences with our neighbors. Our best wishes for a spectacular 2014!
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Reviewed 2 January 2014 via mobile

This hotel is a perfect getaway at the beautiful beaches in Costa Rica!! The staff is always ready to please all your needs.
It's a piece of heaven in earth
It's perfect for rest peacefully with a great weather
The food is amazing!!
I went to celebrate my b day and it was just incredible!!!

  • Stayed December 2013
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 3 January 2014
Thanks Rebe! It was a pleasure to help you celebrate a special birthday. Muchas felicidades!
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

This place is epic and we would love to return! The road there is definitely rough and it was raining when we arrived to make it especially exciting. But the hotel is absolutely worth it and it far exceeded our expectations. This was our last stop on our honeymoon and our "splurge." It ended up seeming like a good deal though for how amazingly nice it is! The staff are incredible and we were so grateful to be met by our concierge with cool towels for us and then treating us to a free drink!

Usually professional photos make an infinity pool nicer than it really is, but the pool is even more amazing than the photos! The swim up pool bar is excellent, with nice glasses and freshly squeezed juices. My margarita came with freshly muddled starfruit. As if that isn't amazing enough, red macaws often fly over the pool! The beach front is beautiful and only a 10 minute walk from the infinity pool. There are lots of hammocks to enjoy the ocean! We loved our room and spent many nights stargazing from our own personal hot pool.

It was truly a dream location to end our honeymoon and it's a hotel we will definitely make an effort to return to.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 31 December 2013
Dear Erin: You will always be welcome! An enthusiastic gracias for sharing your experiences at Hotel Punta Islita. Our infinity pool is definitely an architectural jewel. That magical moment when the eyes first adjust to the outside light as you face the pool is indeed amazing. The blue waters seamlessly blend with the ocean horizon to best frame the beautiful beach cove. Thanks for highlighting its beauty in your review. Thrilled to have been the best destination of your Costa Rica honeymoon! Feliz 2014!
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Reviewed 9 December 2013 via mobile

We spent a week in nearby Playa San Miguel and utilized the Hotel Punta Islita for amenities that weren't available anywhere else within a two hour drive on the dirt roads in this very remote area of the Nicola Peninsula. The entire resort was a breath of fresh air each of the two days we visited! It is gorgeous and so welcoming even if you aren't a guest of the hotel. The poolside bar has the best view on the coast and the restaurant has a different menu each day with fabulous entrees and specials, served by a waitstaff that makes you feel you're in a European resort rather than on this beautiful, yet remote pacific coast of Costa Rica! We wanted to be spoiled and we certainly were! And the gift shop has beautiful handcrafted, locally made jewelry, wood pieces, and pottery - the only quality souvenirs we found within 3 hours of this part of the coast. Next time we go to Costa Rica we will be full time guests of the resort for our entire stay!

  • Stayed December 2013
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 11 December 2013
Saludos Barbara! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your enthusiasm about Hotel Punta Islita! I am so glad that you found us during your travels through Costa Rica's amazing Nicoya Peninsula. I particularly thrilled that you singled out the wonderful mementos created by local artists. They are truly one-of-a-kind pieces and fully reflect our commitment to authenticity. Day visitors are encouraged to call in advance because access is contingent on occupancy and availability. We certainly look forward to your next visit so that you can fully enjoy all of our services and facilities. Warmest regards!
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

This place is amazing. Outstanding views, stunning rooms/cottages, and total privacy. Enjor your backyard with patio, hammock, pool, and ocean views- without another soul in sight.

From high on the hill, it's an easy walk up to the restaurant or down to the beach. Lots of opportunities for nature and adventure- hiking, kayaking, turtles, macaws, monkeys, golf, etc. (Free) Breakfast is outstanding (both the setting and the food) and significantly adds to the value of your stay.

Drive is crazy but fun (if you like off-roading). Just watch out for the Costa Rican car rental insurance which will cost you your first born.

Staff was friendly, helpful, and generally great to be around. Special thanks to:
Geovanny- For schooling me on Costa Rica futbol (go Herediano!)
Carlis- For clubs, towels, and a few tips on the golf course
Nelson- Excellent biologist who taught us about the local plants and wildlife
Luis and Errol- Outstanding concierges who took care of us during our stay
Jose- Running an excellent restaurant
Others I'm sure I missed.

Room Tip: Upgrade to a casita to have your own private cottage with hammock and plunge pool
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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MariaJBIslita, Out at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 9 December 2013
Saludos Jon! Our sincere thanks for your visit and for your thoughtful review. I am delighted to learn that you fully enjoyed the variety of experiences offered at Hotel Punta Islita. We enjoy a privileged location. Remote enough to ensure high exposure to raw nature, but alive with colorful local communities to enjoy authentic Costa Rican culture. Our reservation's department will gladly assist guests with transportation, coordinating private transfers, local flights, or car rentals. I would love to learn more about your experience with the car rental. Please feel free to send me details at : outreach@grupoislita.com

I will gladly relay your thanks to our team. Thank you so much for your personal comments!
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

This resort is unbelievable. From the time we arrived to the moment we left, everything at this resort was incredible. We were welcomed with a smiling concierge and a guaro sour at the main bar upon check in. From there, the staff made sure that we were well taken care at all times. This was hands down the best hotel staff I have ever had the pleasure of interacting with. Everyone is friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about the hotel. We were in a two bedroom villa (Higueron) and it was immaculate. Private dip pool, amazing view, great amenities, and a full kitchen. Fantastic. The beach was private and beautiful. No vendors on the entire beach and the staff would come down to take drink orders and make sure all was well. You will have the entire beach to yourself. The food was great at both of the restaurants and the views throughout the property never get old. We also did the zip lining. Very fun, very safe, and the staff biologists gave us a nature lesson along the way, which was a nice addition. It was great seeing the 25 macaws that live near the property fly around you in the early morning and evenings. The resort is fail proof for those looking to relax and enjoy the beauty of Costa Rica. Seclusion, privacy, and superior customer service are the things that stuck out the most for me about the resort. After staying here, I now understand what "Pura Vida" means. I look forward to returning as soon as I can.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 9 December 2013
Thanks for your incredible review! It's always a pleasure to introduce guests to Costa Rica's "Pura Vida" mantra. We pride on offering an authentic experience peppered with incredible eco-adventures, immersion in pristine eco-systems, and superb customer service. Thank you so much for your visit!
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Property: Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection
Address: Punta Islita 50201, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Punta Islita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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:4.5 star — Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection 4.5*
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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