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
Villa Caletas is off the charts! The grounds, views, rooms and service are absolutely top notch! Big shout out to Giovanni, Adrian and Jairo (pool bar)! Giovanni and Adrian were so over the top helpful and welcoming! I can’t say enough about the incredible, friendly service they gave us! Went there for a wedding and just had a great experience there for four nights. Highly recommend this place to anyone!
We stayed for 3 nights as part of our daughter's wedding.
First of all, it is a spectacular venue for a wedding. The ceremony setting is amazing (but hot! beware!) We used the terrace area for post wedding cocktail hour and the mix of non-alcoholic and cocktails was excellent. Frozen lemonade was a highlight for a warm evening. The dinner was in an air conditioned space. Dancing outside on the terrace (but ability to retreat to air conditioning for a break). Pricing is very reasonable and the service was top notch.
The rooms are so-so. Definitely need more electrical sockets. The only place I found to recharge my electronics was in the bathroom right next to the sink, Not ideal.
It would be really nice if a breakfast buffet was included, especially at the price point of these rooms. Ordering breakfast was very SLOW.
The swimming pool is amazing. Perfect place to relax and enjoy the sunsets.
Keep in mind that this is a very popular wedding venue. If you are staying here and are not a part of a wedding you will have noise and limited access to some of the grounds during the events.
Villa Caletas is about 10 minutes from Jaco on the top of mountain. There are amazing views everywhere in the resort. This place is very expansive so they offer shuttles to get you around the property, (take the shuttle down to the private, yes private beach, it is not a swimming beach but they have plenty of lounge chairs, cabanas if you need out of the sun, and a great snack bar to spend a day there relaxing).
We stayed in a Villa behind the restaurant behind the kitchen. It was a little noisy late in the evening if you were out on the balcony otherwise it was a perfect room, amazing view of the ocean and of the jungle below sunsets were post card worthy. The room was comfy with a large balcony extending the entire length of the room. You could even soak in the large spa tub to watch the spectacular sunsets, but the best view was from the infinity pool just below the amphitheater. The amphitheater is where the wedding was held (note if you are there during a wedding the amphitheater and entire bar area are closed to the public) The wedding photos are amazing. The staff here made the whole wedding experience very enjoyable and as stress free as possible. We might have received a little more preferential service as "Father of the Bride" but my husband and I couldn't have asked for better service, it was exceptional. Special thanks to "Meme" and "Chiwing" but everyone we met was terrific, I just can't remember all the names.
We stayed for 5 nights in one of the upmarket Superior Junior Suite . The room itself was huge and very private with a massive balcony and wonderful views of the forest and coastline , it was a real pleasure to sit out there first thing in the morning . The rest of the accommodation was also suitably luxurious , with the notable exceptions of the gym which had very tired basic equipment and the spa which really was just an area for treatments .
The real negative for Villa Celatas is the poor customer service and attention to detail. The reception area is untidy and the welcome less than great . The “restaurants” have long menus but the food is uninspiring and despite there being two restaurants the menus are identical in each , a real lost opportunity . Service is generally slow and unthoughtful , with the notable exception being a waiter called Jackson who was really good .
I stayed here with my adult son on a birthday trip. The service is amazing I missed it so much on the second leg of our trip at a different hotel. The staff got to know us by name and were so friendly . The views have to be seen to believed the breakfast always included some scarlet macaws flying by or maybe a toucan in the tree. The pool is amazing and service at the private beach is wonderful. Just staying at this hotel is an experience not to be missed.