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Punta Islita, Costa Rica
Best for: Hideaway, Honeymoon, Spa
Punta Islita is an award-winning boutique spa resort perched above the Pacific Ocean near Samara on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula. With its secluded, spectacular location and warm, intimate character Punta Islita is a great option for honeymooners.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Enjoying a dramatic position looking out over the Pacific Ocean on the wild and beautiful Nicoya Peninsula, Punta Islita is a small and secluded boutique resort offering plenty of polished comfort (it is a member of Small Luxurious Hotels of the World) underscored by a genuine commitment to responsible tourism. The property is intimate and has just 35 private air-conditioned palm-thatched rooms and villas. All have tremendous views and come with balconies and hammocks and a full complement of luxury amenities. Junior suites have a private outside deck and hot tub, while Premium Junior Suites also have a private plunge pool.
A candlelit dinner at the excellent open-air 1492 restaurant or at a candle-lit private table 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. Tennis courts, exercise facilities, two swimming pools and an ample variety of activities also contribute to making your stay as relaxing or active as you desire, but above all Punta Islita is a place to get away from it all.
Simply unwind on the hotel’s secluded beach (please note that it is a black-sand volcanic beach and a steep climb up and down) 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.
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.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Things to do
Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lessons
Walk on water with a stand up paddle-boarding lesson and experience an ancient surfing technique once used by Hawaiians. You will head to a remote tropical island where you will then be able to snorkel or swim in the turquoise waters.
Calypso Catamaran Cruise to Tortuga Island
Discover the secluded island of Tortuga off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. White sand and rocky outcrops are surrounded by azure waters and is home to tropical birds, this is a true Costa Rica castaway island experience.
Horseback Riding Hacienda Ario
Ride along the beach and enjoy some of Costa Rica's most beautiful Pacific Ocean views. This area on the Nicoya Peninsula is all about vibrant landscapes and secluded beaches, so prepare to experience the very best of an untouched Costa Rica.
Ocean Kayak to Isla Chora with Snorkelling
Glide along the glistening waters of the Pacific Ocean on a kayak before arriving at an exotic pink sand beach. Here, you will have time to walk around, snorkel in the clear waters to spot tropical sea life or just relax in the glorious sunshine.
Pacific Green Turtle Nesting Tour at Night
Experience one of the most spectacular and unforgettable wildlife moments after sunset. With the help of an expert guide you will walk along the beach and witness turtles emerging from the depths of the ocean to lay between 65-90 eggs along the sand.
Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve
A nature excursion exploring the depths of the beautiful Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve. You will be guided around the lush tropical jungle spotting wandering wildlife and colourful flora and fauna. There will be some time to rest with fruits and a drink.
Palo Verde National Park and Pottery Demo in Guaitil
For an insight into Costa Rican culture, you'll stop off in the quaint town of Guaitil where you will have the opportunity to admire a pottery demo. You'll then head into the jungle for a tour of the vast wetlands and catch glimpses of curious wildlife.