Hotel Villa Caletas
What We Love
- There’s no Costa Rican sunset like the one on the terrace at Villa Caletas
- Sybaritic Serenity Spa treatments, wrapping you — or you and a companion — up in fresh-from-the-volcano mud
- Daytripping to two wildlife refuges: Carara Bio-Reserve and Manuel Antonio National Park
- READ MORE: Find your perfect Costa Rica vacation
What To Know
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
How to Get There
My husband and I stayed in the master suite for 3 nights during our honeymoon and it was beautiful! We used our private pool, the resort pool, and the private beach, and all we wonderful! We saw monkeys, macaws and other beautiful wildlife throughout our stay. We got a wonderfully relaxing couples massage at the spa and we even planted a tree with the grounds keeper! Everyone was so friendly and helpful, the service was top notch! We ate at the amphitheater restaurant for several meals, and while it was a bit pricey, always had a satisfying experience
Last evening, I thought sunset views were magnificent, however, it was pale compared to watching the Toucans and Scarlett Macaws playing in the trees this morning. The staff is beyond friendly and helpful. Our room in Zephyr Palace has everything, we may never leave! I highly recommend a week or two in this paradise.
We stayed in El Barco w / 2 couples. was just perfect! patio w private hot tub. lots of space on balcony to listen to the surrounding rainforest al around! saw beautiful precious Capuchin monkeys, toucans, macaws and so much more. Definitely recommend this property!