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Punta Islita Hotel

Punta Islita Hotel

Destination: Samara

Astounding with ritzy jungle and beachfront panoramas, an infinity-edge pool and tropical pampering in the Casa Spa, Hotel Punta Islita is a distinctive resort humbly operated by Islita locals inviting guests for unparalleled luxuries.

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Hotel Punta Islita accommodates indulgent guests among an impressive tiered structure designed by a renowned Costa Rican architect, Ronald Zurcher. Its colorful winding walls wield mosaic tile art and paintings from local artists, add a unique local touch to the hotel grounds.

The astonishing hilltop hotel overlooks the paradise of a manicured nine-hole golf course interwoven between jungle hills extending to the exclusive coconut-covered mocha-Frappuccino sands of Islita Beach.

Rooms

Behind wooden gates, guests have their own intimate entrances to one of Hotel Punta Islita's 56 extravagant rooms, most with ocean views. The deluxe room, $348 in wet season (April-Nov.) including breakfast, has a king or two double beds, A/C, vanity and sink, private bathroom, satellite plasma TV, safety deposit box and Wi-Fi. Out on the room's front open terrace, guests can lounge in a hammock or patio chairs and watch the sunset over the shoreline.

Services and amenities

Perched on the front of the hotel grounds, an infinity edge pool (for ages 16 and older) flows up to "Harry's Bar," where guests can enjoy refreshing cocktails and a panoramic view of the tropical dry forest hills and beach. Just below the pool deck, there's a gymnasium. Hotel Punta Islita also has a gift shop, private parking, fax and copy machines and an art gallery.

A three-minute walk east from the reception area, the Casa Spa (open daily 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., reservations required) features massages, waxing, facials, manicures, pedicures, and couple packages for ultimate pampering. Depending on the season, spa services are also available on the Islita beach.

The tiny town of Islita - comprised of just one school, soccer field, art gallery, grocery store, beach and one restaurant - is just a three-minute drive from the Hotel Punta Islita entrance. Transportation to and from all Islita town locations is free to all hotel guests.

A bounty of outdoor adventures are available across 300-acres of tropical forest at Hotel Punta Islita where guests can tee off on Islita's golf course, hit balls on the tennis court, surf on a nearby beach, take a Costa Rican cooking class, see scarlet macaws at the ARA Project, or explore miles of hiking trails in the luxuriant mountains of Islita. Some of the resort's most popular activities include:

Islita Canyon Zip line tour

Hours: 9 a.m. & 4 p.m.
Time length: 45 minutes
Price: $49/person
Note: Hamlets, water, and equipment provided


Fast, fun, and exciting! Soar 165 feet above Islita Canyon zipping one mile across eight zig-zag cables strung between concrete-and-stone reinforced metal foundations buried six and a half feet below the ground.

Experience the scenery high up within the forest canopy among native spiny cedar, Guanacaste and teak trees camouflaging a small creek in the middle of the canyon.

Guides will pick guests up at Punta Islita hotel, take them to the first platform, help them spot wildlife and give them insights into the forests in Islita.

Horseback ride in Islita

Hours: 9 a.m. & 4 p.m.
Time length: 2 hours
Riding ability: All levels
Group size: 1 - 10 people
Price: 45.00
Note: Tour offered at 4 p.m. only Dec.-Apr.; Hamlets, water, and equipment provided

Trot on one of the 25 horses through mango orchards, paved pathways along the golf course, up rolling hills in Islita town, into teakwood forests toward a viewpoint overlooking Islita Beach and the secluded northern shoreline and break in the resort's property where the forest meet the beach on a four-mile loop with Islita's cowboys.

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