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“Beautiful setting abd views, spectacular beach, nice rooms, WAY out of the way”

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Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Punta Islita
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

The hotel is high on a hill overlooking a beautiful Pacific beach, perhaps 3/4 mile long and nearly empty - a few dozen people max any of the 5 Feb. days we were there.
Beach is a 10 minute walk - all downhill- serviced by a hotel on-demand shuttle (good for the 'up' return!
Rooms are decorated in local style, lots of color, nice decks, good bed, rather small. There are several types and I would recommend the ones higher up for the views and proximity to the hotel lobby, restaurant, bar and pool. Some rooms have plunge pools - our didn't and didn't miss it. Sitting on the deck looking into the surrounding hills and the Pacific was plenty.
The main hotel area is above or alongside the rooms, with a beautiful adults only pool and swim up bar adjacent to restaurant and sunning areas.
I can't speak too much about the beach area. It is long and wide and mostly empty, with a large tree shaded are before the beach. There is a pool and restaurant, pool is open to all ages. There are plenty of tables for eating and a dozen or so covered lounges (a fee). We sat on the beach one afternoon and watched a gorgeous red macaw devour nuts in a tree beside ue - 3 hours! Hotel arranged for dinner on the beach one night.
Diversions - Macaw conservation area a 5 minute drive away, Howler monkeys in the trees on-premise, zip-lining on the property, horse back riding on the beach
Negatives are few. There is a tiny town with one restaurant we didn't try (per others comments) and after a few nights the restaurant got boring. No ones fault, you are FAR from anywhere.
Not sure the distance but once off the highway it seemed about a 45minute scenic, often gravel and dirt road, drive to the hotel.
This is NOT a new hotel, just rebranded as an Autograph. Rooms well maintained but aging.
Want to get away and still be very comfortable this is the place

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2017

Wild macaws feasting on beach almonds is truly mesmerizing! Their bright colors and lively antics are certainly a sight to hold. Thanks for capturing the essence of the Hotel Punta Islita experience. We are a place to connect with Costa Rica's authentic culture and intense nature. By engaging the traveler, we hope to achieve not only relaxation but mindful exploration.

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Reviewed 27 August 2017

We stayed during the rainy season, August 24th -28th, and the rain really wasn't a problem. There were days when it didn't rain at all, and when it did rain, it didn't rain very long.

We celebrated my wife’s birthday while here. At dinner, they surprised us with a delicious cake. That made my wife’s day. We had great accommodations with an amazing view. The entire staff was very friendly. I would like to especially thank Marvin, Margarita, Randy, Edgar, Luis, Sergio, and Antonio for their extraordinary service. Thank you for the best vacation ever!!

Henry and Tamara Woods

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2017

To engage life, adventure, and friendship is to celebrate to the fullest! Thanks for letting us be a part of Tamara's birthday celebration. And thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience on TripAdvisor.

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Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

Best service we ever had. Kind employees and very clean. For sure I recommend this hotel. Also, good choice of activities on the resort. Pure fun and also very relaxing. Cannot wait to come back to this wonderful hotel.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2017

Our complimentary activities and tours are meant to be the highlight of a Costa Rica getaway. They let you sample the country's eco-adventures while establishing a strong connection to our culture and pura vida lifestyle. Thanks for celebrating your stay with this wow review!

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Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

From the moment we arrived, we were greeted at the door of our car by Cristina who whisked us away to the beautiful dining lounge overlooking the ocean. She planted drinks in our hands and welcomed us as she took care of the check in and activity selection process (activities such as zip lining, cooking classes, etc are included!). This intimate personalized attention was highly representative of the treatment we received throughout the rest of the stay.

As two SPG/Marriott Platinum members, we have seen our fair share of suite upgrades. We were delighted by Punta Islita's upgrade to a suite with a personal jacuzzi and private dining area.

We were so impressed by how friendly and welcoming all the staff and guides were (Marvin, Carlos, Marco, Edgar, and so many others), as well as the other guests - the hotel's small scale creates an intimate atmosphere in which it is easy to strike up a conversation at the pool or over a cocktail making class.

Other highlights included visiting the nearby Ara Project (a macaw conservation project on the hotel owner's grounds), horseback riding along the coast, lounging along the private beach and experiencing and seeing so much rainforest wildlife firsthand (we spotted monkeys, armadillos, and numerous other critters).

For those looking for a comfortable low-key outdoorsy getaway, Hotel Punta Islita is the place for you.

NOTE FOR RESERVATIONS: a bridge has been installed over the river that crosses the main road from Liberia airport. Older reviews stated you had to drive through a river... this is no longer the case. Easy access in rainy season.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Thanks for taking the time to share your amazing Costa Rica experiences at Hotel Punta Islita. Our staff is thrilled and eager to be ambassadors for our hospitality culture. Thanks for highlighting the construction of the Ora River bridge. We will review our Reservations' documents to ensure that they are all properly updated. Warmest regards!

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Reviewed 16 August 2017

This was my best vacation my wife and I ever had (20 year anniversary trip). There are some great reviews on here already that cover why and I basically agree with the other five-star reviews. So I'll try to answer a few questions I had before going.
1. We stayed during the rainy season (July 26 - Aug 2) and the rain really wasn't a problem. If you look at forecasts, it will tell you that it's going to rain everyday. We found the forecasts to be inaccurate. There were several days where it didn't rain at all, and when it did rain, it didn't rain all day. We were able to plan around it just fine.
2. The mosquitos aren't bad. I think I saw one the entire trip, even though we did the zip line in the jungle twice the horse back riding and the kayak tour (all of which are a lot of fun).
3. The tap water is perfectly safe to drink. Bring a water bottle to refill. The hotel has cold water jugs in a lot of places that makes it really convenient.
4. Do the dinners down at the beach club when they have them (it's not open every night). They were worth the price - especially the wine dinner. The sommelier made it very interesting.
5. There are now two restaurants in town - Kimbute is the more established one. I had the surf and turf there and it was amazing. We went to Don Ramiros too, which is only open Friday to Monday and we had to go back a second time. They do tapas sized plates, so you can try a few, which is fun. And the guy running the place is really fun.
6. Walk out to the point at low tide. There is a sheet at breakfast that will tell you when that is.
7. If you are Marriott Platinum, you are in for a treat. I'm sure they change the benefits from time to time, but free breakfast, a free cabana for one day, and free dessert on one evening were all very nice touches.
8. The last 10km into the hotel is dirt road. If you're comfortable driving a 4x4 then rent a car. If not, pay for the hotel shuttle.

I've spent twice as much on vacations to Bora Bora, Europe, Asia, etc. This was not only the best service, most beautiful views, most fun, but the best value as well.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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MariaJBIslita, Outreach Manager at Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Thanks for such a thoughtful review! We especially appreciate that you took the time to share your experiences at the local restaurants. These micro-enterprises belong to our local friends and they offer an amazing opportunity to enjoy our surroundings. Miguel at Ramiro's is a bright soul! It was a pleasure to be part of your anniversary celebration. Congratulations!

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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: R3 025 - R10 155 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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