Perching on a densely forested hillside, overlooking a broad sweep of the Pacific Ocean, the remote location of Punta Islita is one of the best places to embrace the serenity of Costa Rican Pura Vida. Rooms nestle into the hillside; comfy beds and local artwork add to the rustic luxury and, from hammocks on the private terraces, you can spot colourful macaws and hear the calls of vociferous howler monkeys. The more expansive Junior Suites and Casitas feature beautiful, ocean views and outdoor whirlpool baths or plunge pools. Easy-going days are spent enjoying a cookery class, heading out on a bird-watching tour or playing golf. Eco-adventurers learn to surf from the private beach or soar through the tree canopy on one of Punta Islita's zip lines. Other seasonal activities include kayaking down the river or watching sea turtles lay their eggs.
In the thatched spa pavilions, set deep in the tropical gardens, choose from an extensive treatment menu that ranges from aromatherapy baths to nourishing skin wraps. The main restaurant, Pacifico, serves breakfast and a menu of Costa Rican and international fare for lunch and dinner, including just-caught jumbo shrimps. For laid-back lunches, head to Los Cocos Beach Club, which serves up crispy pizzas from the brick oven and spectacularly fresh ceviche.
Spa and wellness enthusiasts
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Take in the dramatic coastal views and a quieter side of the Costa Rican coast
Unwind in the spa with a smoothing massage or body scrub
Restore your balance with a yoga or pilates class
Wind down with a dip in one of the hotel’s inviting swimming pools
Enjoy a leisurely game of tennis at the courts
Unlock your creativity with a selection of arts and crafts classes
Uncover Costa Rica’s tantalising flavours with a cooking or mixology class
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Visit the Scarlet Macaw Reserve and learn about the preservation of this colourful species
Catch some waves with a visit to the surfing beach
Visit the magical sea turtle nesting and hatching area of Corozalito
Ride through peaceful forests, rocky foothills and sandy beaches
Immerse yourself in the region's vibrant culture with a tour of the Blue Zone's towns and beaches
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