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
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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
This place has gone from bad to worse. People quite naturally love the view, the rest is absolute rubbish. Prices are daylight robbery, example, 2 small glasses of house wine, nothing special..... Wait for it..... $25! & don't dare order from the excuse of a bar by the pool.
The process is that the bar tender has to go to somewhere in the main part of the hotel to get the wine taking around 10 minutes, then as he is not trusted with money, has to make another 15 minute journey to take the money & provide change. Totally Mickey Mouse behaviour & this is a hotel that charges $600 a night. Absolutely incredible. I live in Costs Rica & want to let people know certain places are cynical tourist traps & this is one of the eorst nothing more than tourist traps. Stay away or regret
One of the best hotels I have stayed in with one of the best restaurants. We were fortunate enough to stay in one of the pool suites overlooking the sea in February. Fantastic position with beautiful views. The room was huge with separate living room. This hotel is less than a 3 hour drive from San Jose. When I booked the room I was unaware how good the restaurant was, which unexpectedly had a vegetarian separate menu. This contained all locally inspired food and all was superb. Wine list was excellent, service fantastic and the views from the outside dining terrace were amazing. This place is definitely worth paying a bit extra for. Great!
The location is breathtaking and the service is awesome. We stayed in one of the Junior Suites for our 17th Anniversary and it was the best experience we have ever had.
The room has a private hot tub with an unbelievable ocean view. We will definitely come back again.