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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 1520 Reviews
The best hotel we have ever stayed in!
Reviewed 1 month ago

My wife and I travel frequently around the world and have stayed in numerous hotels. Not one of them compares to this hotel. We stayed in a stunning suite away from the main complex on a tier of 8 substantial apartments with its own private pool. We had the most opulent room with a entrance room before entering a huge bedroom with a bathroom, with bath and shower looking out over the sea. The suite had a full length balcony with floor to ceiling window doors leading out on to it with our own jacuzzi and even a hammock! To wake up in the morning in a huge bed looking out over the bay was something special. The staff were fantastic a special mention to the restaurant staff, the supervisors and Esteban and Jockshan who looked after our every culinary needs. Without a shadow of a doubt the best hotel we have stayed in, not just in Costa Rica but in the world.

We loved our stay at Villa Caletas!
Reviewed 1 month ago

From the moment you arrive until you leave, you have the best service and on top of that a beautiful place with an unforgettable view!! You will always want to come back!!! 😍😊

The suites with the jacuzzi on the balcony with the view is simply amazing and so romantic! I couldn't have taken my now husband to a better place. I ALWAYS recommend this place to all my friends 100%

Special occasion visit
Reviewed 1 month ago

We celebrated my birthday at Villa Caletas - loved the views, the sunset, the food, the infinity pool and the beach areas (where we were treated to a visit from the local capuchin monkeys). They made an effort to spoil me with the best table for dinner and birthday dessert. Gorgeous sunset cocktails in the pool.

That view! You will love it
Reviewed 1 month ago

We spent 1 night at Villa Caletas during our 10-day trip through Costa Rica, and it was a definite highlight. The views from the pool and the gym are absolutely spectacular. The staff are incredibly well trained, professional and always happy to help. Our room (#35) was idyllic and peaceful. Definitely more luxuries than we needed but it was nice to be pampered so well for 1 night. If you're looking to inject some romance into your trip to Costa Rica, this is the spot! Loved every minute of it.

Amazing Destination
Reviewed 1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful. Food and service was fantastic. Only challenge was the inclines as this resort was built on the side of a fairly steep hill/mountain. Regardless, was worth every step. Look forward to returning.