This exclusive and remote luxury resort, part of Marriott’s exclusive Autograph Collection, sits on a hilltop above the beach. Most of the rooms are private bungalows or villas, adorned with terracotta floor tiles and both thatched and antique-clay-tile roofs. White muslin is hung from the driftwood log used to fashion the four-poster beds—very romantic! And many come with either a private Jacuzzi or plunge pool. The larger villas are great for families and small groups. The beach is 10 minutes or so away on foot, but the hotel runs regular shuttle services and has a canopy tour that ends at the beach (the last is the most fun way to get to the sand). The resort’s fab infinity pool is up on the hillside; another pool and bar and grill are down by the beach. Punta Islita actively supports a range of local social, artistic, and conservation projects.
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Hotel Punta Islita
Our Rating Neighborhood Outskirts Phone 866/446-4053 in the U.S. and Canada, 2231-6122 in Costa Rica Prices $285–$355 double; $495-$545 suite Amenities 2 restaurants; 2 bars; 9-hole golf course and driving range; small gym and spa; Jacuzzi; 2 pools; room service; 2 tennis courts; free Wi-Fi Units 58 units, 10 villas Web site Hotel Punta Islita Other Rates include breakfastBook a Room Now