Punta Islita is a charming and remote hideaway dramatically set on a hilltop surrounded by lush tropical scenery and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It is a small and intimate resort of just 30 palm-thatched rooms, each boasting spectacular views over the ocean from a private terrace. Some rooms also have a private outdoor Jacuzzi or plunge pool.
There is a secluded, crescent-shaped private beach just a ten-minute walk or short shuttle journey away, and a bar with staff on hand to serve refreshments. You could simply spend the day unwinding on the shore or beside the pool, but for the more energetic there are also plenty of activities available in the surrounding rainforest. These include horse riding, mountain-biking, trekking and off-roading in all terrain vehicles, as well as sport fishing and both offshore and deep sea excursions. Complimentary bicycles are available to guests for leisurely exploration.
For a romantic end to an idyllic day at Punta Islita, enjoy a candlelit dinner at the excellent open-air restaurant or at a private table prepared for you on the beach.
Day 1: Following an action-packed week in the canyons and cloud forests of Costa Rica’s volcanic interior, you’ll be driven to Punta Islita, a totally idyllic luxury resort on the Pacific coast Nicoya Peninsula. The journey from Liberia takes 3-4 hours – the first half a paved route but then you embark on a bumpy dirt road; an experience not dissimilar to off-roading in the green (wet) season. You have three nights based here.
Days 2-3: In our opinion it is worth the trip just for the infinity pool alone, overlooking as it does, the ocean and the perfect curve of a fudgy palm-fringed beach bookended by rugged, tightly forested headlands. The views are mesmeric and the accommodation, with rooms and public areas featuring abundant honey-coloured wood, cool tiles and fabrics in seaside blue and creams, tempts you to while away your time in a hammock.
But there’s loads to do here, with an impressive clutch of supervised activities with sports including golf, horse-riding on the beach, tennis, mountain biking, local hikes, kayaking and surf lessons. Slightly less energy-consuming are bird-watching and dolphin-spotting tours, cooking sessions and even cocktail-mixing. There are also experiences with a cultural focus, where you visit the local community.
Meals are excellent and you will probably want to eat at the property. : we include only breakfast in the price to give you the flexibility to eat as and when required.
Day 4: Transfer to Liberia airport for a flight to connect with for your international flight home.