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Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection in Punta Islita, Costa Rica

Nestled within the pristine folds of Costa Rica, Hotel Punta Islita is the quintessential beachfront hideaway surrounded by layers of natural beauty. Both the editors and readers of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure have lauded Hotel Punta Islita as among the world's best for its celebrated beauty, service and location. Scattered among its tiered terrain you will find a breadth of rooms, suites and casitas rich in architectural design, coveted seclusion and mesmerizing ocean vistas. Sway gently in an oversize hammock beneath your palapa-style terrace, or enjoy a quick dip in the private pool just beyond the door of your delightful bungalow. Enlist the services of a resort nanny and slip away to one of the on-site restaurants where tropical flavors merge with Costa Rican specialties.

Hotel Punta Islita lends itself to lazy and carefree days. Drape yourself atop a lounge chair next to the infinity-edge pool with a good book, challenging crossword puzzle or eye pillow to block out the sun. Saddled near the sea you will find the beach club, a social destination with a large swimming pool, beach access, a casual eatery and a swim-up bar where you can sip on savory salt-rimmed margaritas. The resort also includes a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts and a fitness facility. Do not forget to make a pilgrimage to the spa, where natural ingredients are used to knead tired limbs. Seasonal and year-round activities abound, from kayaking and snorkeling to romantic rides on horseback. A trip to one of the many enchanting villages should be at the very top of your list.

Location of Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection

Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection
Near Samara Beach
Punta Islita, Costa Rica

Nearest Airport: LIR

Amenities for Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection

  • General Information
  • 30 Guest Rooms
  • Ecologically Sustainable Practices
  • Dining
  • Private Dining
  • 2 Restaurants
  • Swim-Up Bar
  • Snack Bar
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Shuttle Service
  • Spa on Property
  • Laundry Service
  • Gift Shop
  • Fitness Center
  • Tennis Courts
  • Beach Club
  • 9-Hole Golf Course
  • 2 Outdoor Pools
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Direct Dial Telephones
  • Hair Dryers
  • In-Room Safes
  • Mini Bar
  • Flat-Screen Televisions
  • Private Pools
  • Hammocks
  • Activities
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Tennis
  • Surfing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Cultural Tours
  • Bird Watching
  • Zip-Lining
  • Business
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Services
  • Family
  • Cribs
  • Babysitting
  • Playground
  • Kids Spa Treatments
  • Nearby
  • Golf
  • Interests
  • Active & Adventure
  • Beach
  • Eco Friendly Luxury Vacations
  • Honeymoons & Romance
  • Spa & Wellness

Reviews for Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 6 days ago

Hotel Punta Islita This was the first stop in our introductory trip to Costa Rica. After staying at San Jose Marriott for a night we started our journey to Punta Islita. First - driving: google maps really work here even without data roaming enabled. Just need to download the offline map before the trip. Also time estimates are fairly correct. The only caveat is - sometimes the road is actually rather 4x4 type of track and you need to watch carefully to not missing it since you likely would expect something better. Locals recommend you need to arrive at hotel before dusk and if you are with kids or not really adventurer - that appears to be true. However it will not kill you - will just extend the trip time. Rain is not so bad while on this road. Ideally you want to land at Liberia - will save a coupe of hours of driving. Ideally to have a 4x4 or AWD car if you're driving around that area. Pay attention to A/C when picking up a car - out of two cars we got one was blowing just hot air another was blowing cold but the fan worked only at low position. Now - hotel: the property is located on the hill of going almost to the shore, but not directly on the shore. They have a beach club separately on the shore along with the pool bar and restaurant. Beach chairs and umbrellas, very nice setting. Shuttle goes from the office area to the beach club or you can take stairs from lower units it will be like 7-10 min walk through golf course and bunch of mango trees. Everything is maintained pretty well. Beautiful viewed from the villas. We liked it a lot. Here I also must say that you will need to climb stairs pretty much every time you leave your unit. So, this property may be not a good choice for folks with mobility concerns or issues - i.e. bad knees, heart or similar. Next - staff: very friendly and engaging. Marvin was the one who met our group and he was just awesome. It's a different check in experience- very nice - just relax and they will take you through the entire process that would conclude by booking activities (see next section). The only thing one may consider negative is slow service at restaurants, but, hey, you're on vacation - enjoy the view. The snack bar by the pool at the beach club will have food /drinks provisioned faster. Then - activities: some included into your package - some are extra provided by 3-rd parties. If you are Marriott rewards elite member - chances are everything is included, otherwise check with the hotel. Horseback riding was fun, and zip line give an introduction to he activity (it is several 50 to 100m lines) . The beach is ok- but not amazing - still can jump on the waves and swim a bit. No snorkeling. On that note, we went pretty much all over the country and only descent snorkeling was by the Playa Conchal. Not even Punta Uva. So if snorkeling is in your plan - you may consider staying at Westin Guanacaste instead. Overall: great experience, somewhere between 4 and 5 stars. I will give it 5 here on more optimistic "Pura Vida" side. Good for both romantic getaways and family trips.

Alex G - Plano, Texas

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved this place. Took advantage of zip line, cooking, turtles, kayaking, and the hot tub with the room. Staff are amazing always wanting to help and enjoying their jobs. Smiles everywhere. Macaws are beautiful, do visit the ARA project next door to help them out but the macaws also visit the property. On property we saw monkeys, macaws, iguanas, butterflies, and leaf cutter ants. Lots of fun. Shuttle to the beach works well. Resort is off the beaten path, and not much outside resort so if you want lots of nightlife go elsewhere. For relaxing and just enjoying things, hard to beat this place.

Cryptoref - Aloha, Oregon

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

When preparing to vacation for our 25th anniversary, my wife and I wanted to go somewhere new and strike a balance between relaxation and activities. I prefer to spend each day differently but she likes to stay at the same place and have no agenda. It turns out that we found the perfect destination. Arriving at Hotel Punta Islita was exactly as expected after the long transfer from Liberia. We knew what to expect, so the drive was fine and very scenic. We were promptly greeted upon arrival and the service level remained very high for our entire week. I'd have to compare this to the service we received at the Ritz Carlton in Kapalua, HI, except it was much more personable. Starting at dinner the first night, we met Antonio and continued to see and interact with him throughout the week. Professional, personal, friendly, accommodating, and respectful throughout all interactions. We also enjoyed meeting Randy, Luis, Joe, Minor, and Edgar between the restaurant and the beach bar. I'm convinced that the staff and service are 1/3 of the reason for such a great vacation. We decided to eat at the main restaurant each night because of the excellent food and service. In fact, I ate a different meal for every lunch and dinner and never regretted my choice. Food preparation has a local flair and we were pleasantly surprised by the pricing and variety. While in Costa Rica, you must experience the local culture and habitat. The hotel's complimentary activities were a fantastic way to experience variety everyday. Our favorites were zip lining, the painting and keychain making, cocktail mixing and cooking class. We were able to visit the nearby town/museum and take some short hikes to see wildlife. This is the primary reason we selected this location and we weren't disappointed. Finally, the environment and accommodations were very romantic, private and relaxing. Our Jr Suite with plunge pool was appreciated and perfectly situated within the resort. We didn't mind the walk up to the restaurant or down to the beach, and used the opportunity to count steps and floors each day! We could choose to be in the quiet or busy areas of the resort depending on our mood each day. Overall, it was a perfect balance of environment, activities, food and service, beach and pools, and local culture. Next time, I will want to see more of Costa Rica, but it was an incredible experience at Punta Islita.

Dave H

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel is in a beautiful setting in Costa Rica. The people who work there are beyond friendly and truly make the experience a special one. The activities were subpar in my opinion, food was just decent. The reason for my poor review is because we booked a room online for 3 people prior to our stay and paid the full amount as was described on the website. A few days later our card was charged an ADDITIONAL $240 for a third person. This was never communicated and the website was very misleading. We would have chosen another hotel had we known about this additional charge. They claimed it was for payment for all of the activities, most of which we were unable to do because of the rain. Truly a disappointing experience when we were charged this extra amount. I would NOT recommend this hotel if you are sleeping more than 2 people in a room.

Christine G

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wife and I (50's) went here in February. Just ned to saythat everything was fantastic, from the service every day at the restaurant, to the service at the beach, could not have been better. We have been to costa rica before, done all the costa rica stuff with kids, this was our vacation. We did on site zip line horse back riding, night hikes, monkey hikes all on site no long trips of site to get places. restaurant was great best food we've had in costa rica Only down side of place is water can be rough, and even for me it was tough swimming back in a few times. And if you're coming to see wildlife this is not the place see McCaws and maybe a few howler monkeys But for a week with no worries no need for transport and beautiful location, this can't be beat!!

David11803 - Plainview, New York, United States

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