Since I’ve been focusing the blog posts on our fantastic Virtuoso partner properties in Costa Rica, I couldn’t possibly skip over the Hotel Punta Islita. This property is the sister resort to El Silencio, my favorite property east of Arenal. Unlike El Silencio, which is nestled into the fairytale-esque cloud forest, Hotel Punta Islita is a postcard-perfect beach destination reflective of local Costa Rican culture.
While the property is ideal for families during high season, when it is buzzing with a social atmosphere, it’s ideal for couples during the off season, when it becomes quiet and relaxed. It’s boutique in size with a fantastic array of room types. With that in mind, I recommend staying in at least one of the Suites with Private Jacuzzi – if not splurging for a Casita, a personal beach cottage with private plunge pool. Have a larger family? Just ask me about their private villas, between 2-4 bedrooms, with their own fully-equipped personal kitchens and private pools.
The boutique size allows travelers to feel as though they’re truly part of the local community and atmosphere, an aspect that Hotel Punta Islita prides itself on. As with most hotels in Costa Rica, Hotel Punta Islita has a strong emphasis on sustainability, but theirs comes with a unique twist. The town pulls from the resources of its neighbors for a partnership not only in natural resources, like reforestation, water conservation, and species recovery, but also in supporting their local economy: over 85% of the staff is local.
The natural setting also adds to guests’ overall experiences – from enjoying the pristine ecosystem to partaking in a number of adventures, it’s the perfect setting for travelers looking for the authentic side of Costa Rica. Guests should come prepared to try it all, from ziplining and surfing to monkey safaris and turtle expeditions!
Interested in a dream trip to Costa Rica? Fill out our Request a Trip form or call 706-888-7711 to begin planning yours today! Book this property through me and receive exclusive amenities, like daily breakfast, a $100 spa credit, upgrade if available, courtesy green fees, and more!