Just spend 6 days with our 3 pre-teen granddaughters and had an exceptional time.
How can we say enough about the people who work here? Across the board welcoming, focused, caring, or as Antonio quips with a big smile 'whatever you say goes!' We laughed each and every time but it sums up the vibe 100% accurately.
1492 restaurant is very very good. Obviously it's not 2-3 star Michelin, or at that haute level, but otherwise was perfect. And we are fairly fussy when it comes to fooding. It worked for the grandparents and kids, both.
We had a two master bdrm villa with plunge pool. I never imagined a plunge pool being so much fun, for the kids especially. Frankly I think of PPs as gimmicky but was proven wrong here.We all found it to be a really enjoyable think outside out big living room, day and night.
Did the monkey quest tour, the bird spotting, the in village cultural tour, afternoon zip-lining adventure, and the art project for the grand kids. Each and every one was some mix of informative, fun, educational, ecological.The cultural tour is free others are paid FYI
Whereas all-things-done-right make a visit like this successful , it's the poeple that make it over the top. Kind, friendly, genuine............ in every way you feel like you're in a better world than the one we all read about daily, or worse experience.
The trek to the beach isn't for physically impaired, as it is down a hill [with steps of course] and/or back up, Ditto to the bar, dining area, or main infinity edge pool where you stare out at the Pacifica! No kids permitted at this pool FYI, so a sanctuary for adults. The pool by the beach is open to all.
Dont want the trek to and from the beach or food? Call for a ride and the response is always: "right away" and its accurate. The vans swiftly come get you, take you, take you back anywhere on the property. And as they say to a 'gracias', con mucho gusto and they mean it!
Nature is of course a big star here as in most of CR. Iguana, armadillo, macaws, parrot flocks, etc etc. An open air zoo in a very real sense. We have been on Safari in Africa, and while you wont see big game in CR, you can get similar sensations.
Any disappointment? Perhaps only the beach, not the very best of the best on the CR coast. It has some rockiness and areas where there are rock protursions: no swimming on that side clearly marked.
Day one I looked down to see and think I was standing in swirling chocolate pudding [I'm used to sugar sand beaches of the Carribean]. But I got over this quickly what with the warm ocean and fun body surfing.
Punta Islita is just a great place. We loved it!
PS Did I mention how fantastic the staff is? [Thanks Antonio, Tito and Jose!]
- 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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