Hotel Villa Caletas
Puntarenas Province, Jaco, Costa Rica
Photo courtesy of Villa Caletas
Hotel Villa CaletasInterior designer and owner Denis Roy eschewed the palapa-inspired elegance employed by so many Costa Rican resorts in favor of a blend of European influences—“tropical Victorian” architecture, French colonial touches, Grecian columns—creating a resort like no other on Costa Rica’s west coast. From its vantage point 1,100 feet above the entrance to the Gulf of Nicoya, the views of the rain forest, ocean, and sunsets are stunning, especially from the infinity pool or at the bar next to the Greek amphitheater, which hosts performances, concerts, weddings, and other events. Rooms in the main building are fairly basic, but the suites and villas offer many more luxury touches, such as Jacuzzis, private terraces facing the ocean, and plunge pools. The property boasts its own beach (with sun beds, showers, and a snack bar), but since it’s at the bottom of a steep hill, the resort offers hourly transfers. An open-air yoga studio has seasonal programs and will help organize private lessons. The Mirador Restaurant is the property’s fine-dining option, though not open every day; the Anfiteatro Bar, atop the amphitheater, also serves an international menu, and it's the spot to be for the nightly martini bar sunset hour.