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
- 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
We stayed for 4 nights at the wonderful hotel! As others have said, the view is spectacular, the setting magical. Watching the sunset from the amphitheater is an incredible experience! The suites are very private and quiet. The concierge Laura was so lovely and helpful providing recommendations and making transportation arrangements to other beaches, etc! I should note the property is high up on a steep hillside so you have to take a 4x4 shuttle down to the private beach which runs at limited times, but it was worth it. Though rocky, the swimming was great, and we enjoyed the comfortable cabanas and wonderful service from the bar/restaurant down there. We mostly had room service and it was excellent! Highly recommend Villa Caletas and look forward to returning!
This was a perfect location for a restful weekend following a business trip in San José. We rented a car and drove almost 2 hours there through some traffic, but it was worth it! The staff are friendly and helpful. The grounds were beautiful. We were constantly surprised by iguanas, monkeys and macaws . The views were stunning. Sunset over dinner on the balcony was a breathtaking experience. The infinity pool was our favorite place to relax. The rooms were private and spacious - especially the bathroom! We loved sitting on our private balcony to watch the sunrise and all of the jungle happenings! I plan to return again sometime soon.
Let me just start by saying we are returning guests from 9 years ago. Back then we may not have noticed the same issues as we did this time. This may be simple but I believe they are easy fixes.
Beautiful location and the rooms views are amazing!! The food is very good and the amenities on the property are exceptional. Our room had a hot tub on balcony, they have an infinity pool, hot tub, spa and private beach (mostly shell but nice to relax)
It is time for some updating, the fans in the room wobble (room 9) and for the price the room should be immaculate. The slider to your balcony comes off of the rail pretty easily and is hard to get back on.
The AC doesn't work that well and with the amazing SUNSET, the room gets upwards of the 80's even with the door open in Jan early Feb (not always a breeze) and you can forget about the room cooling at this point even with the curtains closed it remains 79 until dark and then about 8 pm it will get to 75.
What we have noticed and made the manager aware is the lack of attention to detail, it states welcome drink upon arrival, NONE! It states turn down service again NONE without asking... The service has gone down and after a heated conversation with management, it was corrected during our stay but again for as much as your paying, it should be 5 stars all the way. (we had a room service order placed at 3 pm for 5 delivery and my wife asked for her wine to be brought up as well not with dinner but asap, 4 pm comes around no wine I call and ask, well send it right up. 530 we call about food which hasn't arrived nor wine and they state it's on the way) The food did arrive shortly with the wine and after speaking to management the wine and meal were comped after some prompting.
I will say that Reiner and Jorge in the dining area were wonderful!! Reiner is a supervisor that runs a tight ship, if he sees dirty plates HE takes dirty plates. He doesn't ask someone else to do it. He is an asset to Hotel Caletas. Jorge was our breakfast waiter and was very friendly and helpful as well.
Again most staff was good but I don't know if they were overworked but they didn't have the same GREAT attitude as before.
If your looking for an amazing view, great food and lots of amenities and looking to relax you can't go wrong, hey I even got to watch the SUPERBOWL!!
My friends and I went to Hotel Villa Caletas to view the sunset in the amphitheater seating and then have dinner. I called and made reservations for dinner at 6pm. When I called I explained that we were arriving around 4pm for drinks and to watch the sunset and then have dinner at 6pm. The woman who took my reservation spoke perfect English and verbally confirmed what I said. Once we arrived they could not find our reservation. The host was very nice and asked who I made reservation with, but I hadn't paid that much attention since it seemed to go pretty smoothly. Fortunately they were not busy for dinner that night and they were able to accommodate a party of seven. I only mention this because it seems as if there may be more than one restaurant or more than one reservation desk, so, make sure you are clear about where you have reservations.
There is open seating in the amphitheater and the wait staff was absolutely wonderful. Our server for drinks was Jockson and he was professional, informative and so charming.
The sunset was spectacular and the music building as the sun set added a sense of theater and drama. It was one of the most beautiful settings I’ve ever seen.
After the sun reached the horizon we were seated for dinner. We had a very nice meal. I particularly liked the appetizers and the dinner rolls. I had pasta with shrimp and lobster bits in a creamy tomato sauce for dinner. The shrimp and the lobster were cooked nicely but the sauce was very bland. My friends all got different fish dishes and thought their meals were good. The service however was exceptional. We were served an amuse bouche of fruit and cheese on a small kabob prior to our appetizer. Then we were served a small spoon of sherbert as an intermezzo prior to our entree. That was all a wonderful surprise. Our waiter was attentive without being intrusive, our water glasses were always full, and the meal service was orchestrated and elegant. It was our last night in Costa Rica and it was a perfectly wonderful way to end an amazing trip.
This property is beautiful and the rooms have spectacular views. The small, private beach is quiet, but it is not the type of beach you typically come to Costa Rica for. The big disappointment was the service: most of the restaurant staff was extremely slow and/or unresponsive; there were strange rules attached to the pre-paid breakfast option; only one restaurant was open due to hotel occupancy - and they wouldn’t let us sit there for coffee and dessert, despite the place being near-empty; we had problems with the room keys, leaving us with only one key that worked (most of the time); we ran out of bath soap; and the gift shop was only open when someone wasn’t on break or at lunch. This is a clear example of how not receiving tips can result in por customer service. I suspect many people who spend the money to come here would not be satisfied with the service experience.