Hotel Villa Caletas
Villa Caletas is a luxury boutique hotel inspired by tropical colonial architecture, with a touch of neoclassical influence. 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 terracotta masks and a host of Latin American earthenware.
Located on a rainforest hilltop in the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, it is prized not only for its location near Jaco beach, but also for its outstanding facilities and first-class service. Views of lush tropical rainforests complement some of the most breathtaking sunsets you will ever see, while pairs of Scarlet Macaws fly overhead.
At the bottom of the mountain, Villa Caletas is fortunate to have its own private beach. Guests are welcome to soak up the sun, either in the secluded volcanic-sand cove or up the mountain, at one of the hotel’s magnificent infinity pools.
The stand-alone Zephyr Palace is located within the grounds of the hotel. Surrounded by rainforest and nestled on top of a hill, this spectacular mansion affords panoramic views of the Gulf of Nicoya.
El Pelicano Beach Bar and Restaurant
El Pelicano Beach Bar and Restaurant is open on the hotel’s private beach from 9 am to 4 pm, serving lunches, snacks and refreshing tropical drinks. Shaded gazebos with beach loungers are provided for guests, as well as a Jacuzzi, showers and restrooms. An hourly transfer runs back and forth from the hotel.
Infinity Pool & Serenity Spa
Back on the mountain, a lagoon-like infinity pool, complete with its own waterfall and full-service bar, creates the illusion of being one with the Pacific Ocean and for total relaxation, the Serenity Spa offers massages, body treatments and facials, all with organic Costa Rican products to rejuvenate the skin and heal the mind.
Romance, luxury and comfort are the words that best express the essence of the living quarters at Villa Caletas. The hotel has 52 rooms and suites, proffering views of tropical gardens, mountains and panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean. From Standard or Deluxe Rooms through to Suites, guests will enjoy spacious terraces, private hot tubs and all the comforts of a luxury hotel.
The 12 Villas are spread throughout the property, offering guests the privacy to enjoy the sounds of the rainforest, and even have breakfast delivered by room service.
The Superior Suite was designed with honeymooners in mind, featuring a private deluxe plunge pool overlooking both the rain forest and the ocean.
The Master Suites are the epitome of elegance, comfort and privacy. They all possess a spacious terrace with lounge chair, hammock, dining table, and a private infinity plunge pool with panoramic ocean view.
And if you enjoy period styles, the Zephyr Palace has seven themed luxury suites, such as New World, Egyptian or Oriental, all offering breathtaking views of the Nicoya Gulf. Each and every detail of these suites has been carefully chosen to transport you to a different place and time.
Food & Beverages
El Mirador Restaurant
The culinary and creative talents behind the scenes at El Mirador Restaurant are highly acclaimed. Savored in the restaurant or on the ocean-view terrace, the menu features a variety of seafood recipes that combine delicious flavor with artful presentation. Start with a Seafood Terrine, or Yellowfin Tuna Tartar topped with thinly-sliced mango and plantain chips. Mains range from Lobster and Shrimp Bisque to Red Snapper Roll. Vegetarian options include Fire-grilled Chimichurri Vegetable Rolls and Vegetarian Moussaka. Meat lovers will revel in the Duck served with Fig and Truffle Oil or mouthwatering Angus Ribeye Steak. Pies and cakes in a variety of local fruit sauces fill the dessert menu.
The Amphitheater is a local favorite for cocktail specials and its Martini Bar is a popular sunset destination. The restaurant features international cuisine with a local twist and has a reputation for service, consistency and quality. Filling main dishes such as Louisiana-style Mahi Mahi or Chilean Salmon sit alongside lighter soups, salads and burgers. An eclectic vegetarian menu offers dishes such as Aztec Soup, Risotto Primavera and Taboulé and Tofu. Delectable desserts include Almond Semifredo, Tropical Tiramisu and Passionfruit Sorbet.
Traveling to the hotel’s private Caletas Beach is an adventure in itself, as four-wheel-drive vehicles descend the rocky mountainside path past iguanas, agoutis, macaws and monkeys. Energetic guests may choose to hike to the beach on the Friends of the Forest Trail.
The Villa Caletas private pebble beach offers a beautiful, wild area to relax and unwind, with wooden, curtained gazebos for ultimate privacy.
No visit to Costa Rica is complete without a zipline tour through the jungle canopy and the excursion at Adventure Park takes visitors over 11 waterfalls, through countryside on horseback, and for a swim in a mountain stream.
A kayak and snorkeling adventure takes off from nearby Playa Agujas. After some brief instruction, the guide will paddle you out to one of the most beautiful beaches you are likely to see, where you may snorkel and enjoy a fresh fruit buffet.
Whitewater rafting excursions include a packed lunch and some time to swim in the Savegre, one of the most pristine rivers in the country.
Horseback riding to waterfalls and swimming pools, while all-inclusive sports fishing trips provide a packed lunch with a selection of refreshing drinks, straight from the cooler.
Carara National Park is particularly popular among birdwatchers, offering sightings of over 350 bird species including the Scarlet Macaw. The 12,000 acres of mostly primary forest form a transition zone between the tropical dry forest prevalent in the north of the country and the wetter climates to the south, providing opportunities to spot birds from both habitats. This is helped by the fact that the park is slightly drier than most other parks, making it easier to see through the trees. The name Carara means “crocodile river” in the indigenous Huetar language, which aptly describes the adjacent Tarcoles River.
On a tour of the Butterfly and Frog Gardens, guests can see over 50 species of iridescent butterflies, in their full life cycle, as well as ten species of venomous and non-venomous snake.
The popular tourist town of Jaco is the perfect spot to get a bite to eat, or do some souvenir shopping. Or check out the night life, where the surfers party alongside city types escaping for the weekend.