Zephyr Palace Suites are in a separate hilltop mansion, about 100 feet from Villa Caletas
Villas are farthest from the main building
Rental cars are recommended but it’s a steep, winding drive up to the hotel; shuttle buses are provided to a private but rather rocky beach
Parking on site
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Eccentric clifftop resort near Jacó beach, with two mansions, an infinity pool and Pacific Ocean views
More than 1,150 feet above the Pacific, Hotel Villa Caletas is a quirky French colonial-style mansion with some of the best sunset views in Costa Rica. Reflecting the eccentric, colorful style of French owner and interior designer, Dennis Roy, the property is chockablock with artifacts from European art and oriental rugs to terra-cotta masks and a host of Latin American earthenware.
Bed and Bath
The villa accommodations are sprinkled among landscaped gardens, where you may spot a brilliantly feathered toucan or two, all with private terraces that overlook the ocean or forest. The interiors exude a homey, Victorian feel, with sponge-textured walls, antique tile floors, and old-style black wicker settees with deep cushions. The bathrooms are big and airy and loaded with fluffy towels, robes and a hair dryer. For honeymooners, or anyone seeking an extra dose of privacy, the separate hilltop mansion known as Zephyr Palace is just 100 feet from the main hotel, but it has an intimate feel, with just seven suites (all with Jacuzzi tubs and private terraces overlooking the ocean), a private dining room and even a disco. The showstopper here, however, is the view from the infinity pool, which is surrounded by incongruous Greek columns.
All guests dine at Villa Caletas; the casual El Anfiteatro restaurant is the place for breakfast, lunch or dinner on the terrace, which has a view across the Gulf of Nicoya. This landscape provides the backdrop during candlelit dinners in the El Mirador restaurant, where beef, seafood and pasta dishes dominate a continental menu. A lagoon-like infinity pool, complete with its own waterfall and full-service bar, is the centerpiece of the daytime action, though a shuttle operates hourly trips to a semiprivate beach with a sundeck, lounge chairs and a café. Most guests, however, head out to experience the world of adventures expected in Costa Rica: ziplining and canopy touring, sea kayaking and sports fishing, horseback riding and hiking along pristine national park trails.