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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


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Eccentric clifftop resort near Jacó beach, with two mansions, an infinity pool and Pacific Ocean views

The Look

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

Hotel Villa Caletas
Central Pacific 5 miles before Jaco
Herradura, 12358 - 1000 Costa Rica


4.5 Very Good 1448 Reviews
Perfect place to wrap up our adventure
Reviewed 6 days ago

Villa Caletas was amazing thru and thru!
Grounds and The Service was impeccable
Pool and Spa are first class
Food was excellent however the restaurant dinner menu is a bit pricey similar to a menu in a US high end. Jaco is a bit of a trip but worth it to get some different food options
Fantastic experience and a place we would happily stay at again!

A Private Paradise
Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I booked the suite with a private pool. How awesome! We would enjoy our coffee around the pool watching (a lot) of toucans, birds and wildlife.

The staff could not have been more accommodating. You would not go to this hotel if you were looking for budget friendly accommodations, rather- were looking to splurge a little on awesome views and first class service.

It was the rainy season so we couldn't take the trail to the beach and took the shuttle instead. The shuttle has an outdoor section of the 4X4 truck which is where we sat. The ride was fun as we bumped along down the road to the private beach area. A gentleman met us there with towels and started to make us drinks. A couple of guys were fishing there and a monkey came and stole his Doritos when he wasn't looking. We laughed.

Hope you enjoy this place as much as we do. Included a picture of our private pool and beach.

We loved it!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome hotel that offers a peaceful and relaxing time. The restaurant was our favorite and the service captain was excellent. They took care of our every need and accommodated every request. The food was as breathtaking as the view.

We are very much looking forward to a return visit.

Thank you!

Totally unique
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Who thought we'd stay at a phenomenal villa in Costa Rica? The "amfitheatre at sunset is beautiful, the food is good and beautifully presented, and Renier at the restaurant is great. What a hotel, spa and restaurant!

Relaxing solo vacation
Reviewed 1 month ago

I took a solo trip to Costa Rica for my birthday a few weeks ago and stayed at this hotel. I thought it was amazing! The concierge arranged my transport to and from the airport in San Jose which was extremely helpful since I am a young female traveling alone, and arrived late at night. I felt completely safe during my entire trip. I chose a Junior Superior suite so that I could have the outdoor hot tub on my private balcony, and it was worth it. The views were spectacular! It was during the rainy season so mostly cloudy with intermittent drizzles but I still got some amazing photos. My room was a short walk from the main area of the resort, and the grounds are beautiful. Some reviewers complained that the mattresses are hard and uncomfortable, though I did not think so; however, I prefer a firm mattress and I slept well. All staff were super helpful and attentive, from the receptionists and concierge to the bellboys, spa and restaurant staff, and my housekeeper left cute towel animals on my bed. Most staff spoke English very well, but I was still able to communicate fairly well with my broken Spanish with the few who didn't. I was very impressed with the spa services and had a pedicure and a half day of body scrub, massage, mud wrap and facial, which I thought were far superior in quality and value compared to the spa services I've received in the US (which are abundant - I like spas). The food at the restaurant was very good, and I thought the prices were reasonable/as expected. I was able to charge everything to my room, but tipped with cash when possible (USD seemed welcomed). Definitely try the mojitos, and the ceviche on the lunch menu! It is not like anything I have ever tried before (the dinner menu ceviche is different and more like what I've had in the US). So delicious. And the staff was so gracious, they made a special birthday dessert for me and sang to me. I did take the nature trail down to the beach, and I was well prepared with hiking/water shoes. I took my time on the way down taking lots of photos, so it took me over an hour. It could be done more quickly though. I thought the beach was gorgeous. Yes it is rocky, as I expected, and again my hiking/water shoes were perfect. The water is so clear and warm and there are so many colorful shells and crabs and little water animals on the rocks. I didn't want to leave the beach! All in all, I had a lovely, relaxing vacation and I definitely want to go back. I would stay here again. They made sure everything was stress free and so enjoyable. It was everything I could have hoped for in a birthday trip.