Beach Luxury Spa Surf Villa- #1 Top Rated Hotel Punta Islita
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Punta Islita house description
This villa,Amapola,is exclusively and beautifully featured in 2012 FROMMERS GUIDE to Costa Rica-'romantic+luxurious'. One of the few villas (out of 25) with an easy walk to beach,+ pvt. pool in the unspoiled and picturesque village of Punta Islita, 'Worlds Best' Central American spot,and Hotel Resort.
Perfect for families, villa 'Amapola' (the hibiscus flower) has 1 acre of gently sloping land. Designed by award winning architect Ron Zucher (The Four Seasons Costa Rica), the villa is a blend of luxurious comfort and natural beauty.
All 3 bedrooms have large private, full baths, each with its own unique outdoor walled garden shower open to the sky, designed for Zen peacefulness. Enjoy your own 25' private plunge pool and roof terrace under the large palapa. The master suite is separate small villa just a few feet from the main house and very romantic with a four poster bed draped in a creamy cotton fabric. All the villa furnishings are teak and handmade by a local artist. Two 2 big sofas in the living room add sleeping capacity as 2 twins.
Enjoy the plush cotton robes for every guest, gourmet meals, a world class spa, fishing, kayaking, tennis and some of the best uncrowded surfing spots in Costa Rica. Average water temp is 84 degrees Fahrenheit. average air temp is 85F day and 68F night. Par 3 golf course, in the pristine beauty of hanging orchids, howler monkeys, parrots, toucans all around.
Love, Health and Eternal Return-this is one of only four recognized sites in the entire world noted as a 'Blue Zones' by National Geographic-the healthful places on the globe to live a long wholesome happy life! Punta Islita is a harmonious valley, an earthly paradise ,a true modern day Shangri La.
Keywords: Spacious Private Home, Beach ,Surfing,Spa, Resort, Off the beaten track, comfortable for families, activities, fishing, zipline, gourmet food, birding, golf,kayaking,tennis,horse riding, a gated community.in a small unspoiled village
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Private Chef
- Car Available
- Pets Considered
- Children Welcome
- Wheelchair Accessible
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Catering Available
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Parking Off Street
- Linens Provided
- Air Conditioning
- Perfect for families,comfortable 1 level living.Conde Nast 100 Best hotel in the World/Travel & Leisure Best,#1, in All of South America list. Maid service, clean linens, towels, and general housekeeping provided. The kitchen can be fully stocked with groceries, and cook and pvt. golf carts a la carte. There is free hotel transportation for the entire resort. Outstanding reef and deep sea fishing-your catch can be prepared by the hotel chef for your dining pleasure.Surf school,kayaking,zip line,golf,tennis,fishing.Howler monkey,butterflies, and bird watching....moreless
- CD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Shared Hot Tub
- Video Library
- DVD Player
- Computer Available
- Broadband Access
- Wireless Internet
Pool & Spa
- Communal Pool
- Private Pool
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Deck / Patio
- Sports & Activities
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Ocean View
- Beach View
- Mountain View
- Water View
- Sight Seeing
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Horseback Riding
- Fitness Center
- Wildlife Viewing
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Amapola is well situated near an unpaved and windy dirt road which leads up to the hotel. (A brick-paved path for walking or for a golf cart is much quicker and easier!) It makes for a most invigorating morning walk and was a great way to start the day. It passes right by the Ara Project grounds which is now re-introducing beautiful young scarlet macaws back into the area. These majestic birds are a beautiful ( and noisy)sight overhead when we are lucky enough to sight them. The villa is nicely laid out with a great room that opens right on to the pool. The kitchen area is complete with every modern convenience.The ocean is within easy walking distance where there is a second hotel pool and a lovely restaurant that serves lunch and breakfast. For those who prefer not eating every meal at the hotel a villa is the only way to go. A rental 4 wheel drive vehicle is essential and readily available via the Internet. The owner has done a beautiful job in ensuring total privacy -with dense lush tropical plantings- in the enclosed area in the rear of the property where the pool is located. Although we booked the Amapola sight unseen, we could not have been more pleased with the choice.
- Guest Tom (Setauket, NY, USA)
- Date of stay 01/30/13
- Review Submitted 02/13/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, families with young children, age 55+.
As the previous reviewers noted, this is a fantastic villa. The descriptions and photos are entirely accurate. The layout suited our family (2 children) very well for the 5 days/4 nights that we stayed there. The villa has more privacy than those that are more closely situated to the restaurant/reception area but is only ~3-5 minute golf cart ride away....and it is one of the closest villas to the beach. The condition of the villa was virtually perfect with brand new appliances, fixtures, furniture, Wi-Fi, and satellite TV. The daily housekeeping was regular, well done and virtually invisible to us. We are definitely coming back to Punta Islita and this will be the villa we hope for again.
- Guest BogantesFans (Boston, MA)
- Date of stay 03/22/11
- Review Submitted 03/29/11
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, tourists without a car, families with young children.
We spent a week here and it was awesome! The photos are accurate, it really is that beautiful!! The house is VERY private, nice private pool, hammocks, A/C if you want to use it. The beach is a short walk away and a great place for surfing or just hanging out. There is a hotel nearby so we had dinners there or at a small local restaurant, There are activities available through the hotel -- zip line rides, kayak trips -- lots of fun and it is right there, very convenient! The hotel spa is fabulous, very tropical and relaxing. This spot is "off the beaten track" so it has a real jungle feeling but with plenty of comfort features. In the evening we sat on the roof deck and listened to the monkeys while we enjoyed the sunset ocean view. We would definitely recommend Amopola !! The owner is very knowledgeable and helpful and had lots of additional information for us. We plan to go back!!
- Guest bill&jean (wisconsin)
- Date of stay 01/18/09
- Review Submitted 03/09/09
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, girls getaway, families with young children, age 55+.
A romantic, heavenly spot
A romantic, heavenly spot
We just returned from spending a week in February at Amapola. We loved it. The house is beautifully designed with light-filled rooms, views, and privacy. The natural materials used (stone, teak,stucco, palm fronds) provided a soothing and visually-pleasing atmosphere. The hammocks were welcoming and frequently used. The bathrooms with their courtyards and tropical plantings added a touch of the exotic. We enjoyed using the private pool everyday: in the early morning as we listened to the howler monkeys and in the late afternoons when the swallows would join us for a dip. The robes and bath supplies provided daily added a real touch of luxury. The amenities that come with the house are fantastic. Eating at the 1492 Restaurant at Hotel Punta Islita was romantic; torches, candles, open air, white linens and the sound of crashing waves. The beach with the mountains coming down to the sea and views of the rugged coastline is stupendous. There is also a pool, a restaurant and wonderful palm trees that make spending a day at the beach very pleasant. The spa is world class and should not be missed. The infinity pool by the hotel provides one of the most beautiful views ever. My husband enjoyed a daily round of golf. Top all of this beauty and nature (we spotted over 60 types of birds, monkeys and iguanas) off with a wonderful staff who take care of your every whim. It does not come any closer to heaven and appeals to all ages (my husband, 82 year old mother and 11 year old daughter).
- Guest Ting (Guilford, CT)
- Date of stay 02/17/09
- Review Submitted 03/03/09
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, adventure seekers, tourists without a car, families with young children, age 55+.
Winter: Jan 3-Feb 28, $665.per night with golf cart, villa plus guest house Spring summer: March-Aug $475.per night. Main villa plus guest house. 3 BR. Spring summer: 2 bedroom.$390. per night Sept-Oct: $325 per night Fall: Nov 1 -Dec 15,$665. per night with Golf Cart+daily Maid service Peak*:Easter-week-$765.per night,3 BR,Golf cart,Brkfst,Daily Maid/cleaning service Peak: Dec 15-Jan 2 $965.per night.Daily Maid service,Golf cart+Breakfast included Villa available as a 2 BR or 3 BR. Daily cleaning service,offered as an option.
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Year Purchased: 2005
About: We came to Punta Islita in 2005, and fell in love with this pristine ideal location, and before we left, we were designing a new home to be built on a wonderful ocean view, close to the beach, large lot. It has been a treasured place ever since to gather with our family. Such grand rooms and the many outdoor entertaining areas are perfect. In CT we live in a 1905,small room NE colonial, and this house just lets everyone 'spread out' and enjoy themselves! It is great. As a gardener, I have loved spending lots of time planting orchids, and lots of beautiful fragrant plants all over the grounds. We have planted lots of palm trees, and many native tree species, on ground that was once,years ago, pasture.
Why Punta Islita:
Set apart as a small boutique hotel in tiny village,with all the amenities of a large hotel.Very plush and comfortable. Outstanding food.You very feel as if it is never crowded with people-the idea was to develop an world class spot in a remote location giving all guests plenty of personal space and wildlife beauty without removing comforts of a 5 star hotel experience. The entire valley is owned by the hotel of which we belong.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Beautiful bird life and butterflies,shy, howler monkeys just in the trees behind the property, and all over the valley. Small intimate place but generously staffed and peaceful.A place to relax and unwind. A golf cart is included with the rental to buzz around the valley, on the many golf and walking paths.
- Primary: (860) 227-5027
- Secondary: (860) 552-0267 (Connecticut, USA)
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Master bedroom suite with Pacific ocean view
Roof terrace view of the Punta Islita
Punta Islita beach with a pizza lunch
View overlooking golf course at the Punta Islta beach and cove
Private pool at our villa
Guest room with water views of the Pacific
Playa Camaronal surfing is 10 minutes from Amapola
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