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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 1469 Reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hotel is something else. Was not sure what to expect with the style of this hotel, but the views were just incredible. Service was excellent looked after us and had the cot bed pre made on arrival for my kid. Take the trip to the beach it is stunning and a fun drive. It does some it was more couples than families but we were only there a night and my son loved the pool

Go for the view and service

Beautiful - but extremely disappointed
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place is beautiful - the staff is excellent - the policies of the hotel are dreadful. We stayed for three nights in the expensive Master Suite (which was beautiful); however, we were denied the access, at sunset, to the amphitheater area due to a private party - TWO NIGHTS IN A ROW! I contacted the management about this and all they did to rectify the situation, was provide a reservation in their restaurant, thereby requiring us to dine at their restaurant. Did they even comp us a glass of wine - of course not! SUGGESTION TO MANAGEMENT: Do not us the amphitheater view as advertisement for your hotel - if you cannot promise access to it. As paying guests, we had expected to enjoy the entire experience of being at your hotel. The area to the RIGHT of the amphitheater could easily be used for your private parties; allowing the private party guests into the amphitheater if they wish (among the paying guests). Just an alert to potential customers - do NOT expect to be able to enjoy this location at sunset, as your status as a guest may not be respected. We found this to be an outrageous policy.

Best Vacation EVER!!
Reviewed 2 months ago

This hotel was AMAZING!!! Initially we chose it for our first stay in Costa Rica based on the reviews and photos, and we were not disappointed!!

Upon arrival, the manager gave us a complimentary upgrade to a villa and invited us to explore the property. We took a walking tour and were so amazed at how beautiful everything was!! The views are incredible and the surrounding forest is beautiful!

We were able to see all sorts of mountain and ocean views from all locations at this hotel; the room, pool, restaurant, terrace, and even the spa have beautiful views of the mountains surrounding this property as well as the ocean! The grounds are immaculately kept and inviting; the rooms are beautiful, comfortable, and ridiculously clean! (Since this location is literally inside the rainforest, we expected that there would be small insects that would have found their way inside the room - but NO! There was not a single one during the whole vacation!) Elizabeth, who maintained our room, was amazing! She did a fantastic job, and even went out of her way to create fun animals with towels (a new one every morning) for our enjoyment. So cute!!

If the views and accommodations weren't enough, the staff here is probably the best I've ever encountered. Everyone was incredibly welcoming and friendly - they were energetic and positive, and nothing we asked seemed to be too much.

Jocksan (our server in the restaurant on multiple occasions) was definitely one of the best employees there - he was friendly and funny and even helped us practice our Spanish! He told us about all sorts of fun local places to visit, and really made a connection with us during our stay. He made every effort to help us enjoy our trip and time in Costa Rica, and went above and beyond his duties to make sure we had everything we needed. I definitely cannot thank him or praise him enough!

Overall, I would definitely recommend staying here - I know I definitely will be coming back!!

Awesome High class luxury suites for an affordable price!
Reviewed 2 months ago

My wife and I stayed in the off season. We were there for 3 nights and honestly my wife couldn't get over the view if she tried! They offer private balconies to their suites and no matter what room you are in, you get a view that is out of this world. The staff is something worth mentioning- they are amazing! Geovanni was our go to person at the front desk and he did an absolutely stellar job with top notch customer service. The restaurant and bar staff were amazing and extremely friendly and helpful. The private beach is great! I will go as far to even say the maid service was one of the best I have seen in hospitality. I really can't get over how awesome this place was and everything came to a fairly affordable price (keep in mind my wife and I are only 28 years old) so for me to say it is affordable, you know it is affordable! Villa Caletas has so much to offer and much more. We will definitely be coming back.

wife's birthdy trip.
Reviewed 3 months ago

This was the second time in Costa Rica and second time visiting Villa Caletas. This is the only place we will stay when visiting Costa Rica. I brought my wife back for a birthday trip, this is also the hotel we got engaged at 2 years ago. the best staff, great food and an amazing property. it says something when guests at surrounding hotels visit villa caletas to watch the sun set and to have dinner.