Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Hotel Villa Caletas Review – A Romantic Getaway in Costa Rica

My boyfriend surprised me this past Valentine’s Day with a romantic dinner at the Mirador Restaurant located at the Hotel Villa Caletas.   The Hotel itself is located on a rainforest hilltop in the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica.  We arrived at about 5:30pm, but since the Mirador Restaurant didn’t open until 6p.m., we were able to enjoy cocktails from the Anfiteatro Sunset Restaurant & Bar, which is also on the Hotel’s premises.  We sipped our drinks in the adjacent Greek amphitheatre, an open area that offers truly breathtaking views of the Nicoya Gulf, the beaches of Jacó, the mountains and rainforests below, and one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever witnessed.

The Mirador Restaurant served us a five-course preset gourmet meal, which combined French and Central American cuisine.    I found every course to be delicious and well-prepared.  Their selection of wines was impressive as well. My only mistake was in filling up on their warm bread rolls, which left me unable finish my entre or even try one bite of my dessert.

Additional Onsite Amenities

If you prefer to dine in a more casual setting than the indoor Mirador Restaurant, outdoor dining is available in the Anfiteatro Restaurant.   In my opinion, the Hotel offers a truly romantic setting for a couple’s getaway.  Besides the restaurants and bar, there is a lush swimming pool area with bar and lunch service; a concierge desk to help you book local tours and transportation; spa services; and a Boutique where you can buy jewelry, souvenirs, and toiletries.

Offsite Amenities

One mile away, the Hotel has it own private beach for guests.   Known as Caletas beach, it is probably a little too rocky for swimming or walking, but is a relaxing place to sit under a tree or in the sun.  The beach is also equipped with lounge chairs, restrooms and showers.  There is an hourly shuttle to and from the hotel from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm.  The Pelicano Beach Snack Bar located at Caletas beach also offers drinks and snacks for guests.

To learn more about this romantic Hotel, and maybe even plan your next getaway there, be sure to visit the Hotel’s website. 

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