Situated in the Guanacaste Province on the Nicoya Peninsula – designated one of the world’s Blue Zones – Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection offers an authentic Costa Rican experience, combining luxury and an eco-resort sensibility. Reached via a 30-minute domestic flight to Punta Islita airport, this intimate retreat is nestled in dense tropical forests on a protected Pacific cove featuring two pools, a private beach, two restaurants, a spa and 54 individually designed rooms and villas with private terraces and hammocks, some with private decks, outdoor pools, and more.
The resort’s Agro-Marine gastronomic experience features Zero Km menus showcasing seasonal, ingredients from the region and from the on-property organic garden, as well local seafood. Regional flavors inspire at Alma Restaurant, where gorgeously prepared dishes reflect Costa Rica’s ethnic diversity against expansive ocean views. The Aura Beach Club serves up familiar favorites in a laid-back tropical garden by the free-form pool and beach.
Cultural sustainability and community engagement are key empowerment tools that provide local employment opportunities, art programs and complementary education for the local communities. Punta Islita’s Outdoor Contemporary Art Museum combines the social concept of art and creative thinking as a generator of sustainable development. At the Museum House, artists teach various workshops and develop activities for San Jose in coordination with the Costa Rican Art Museum.
Guests can also participate in a range of eco-adventure activities including hiking trails to discover local wildlife like sea turtles, dolphins, monkeys, and visits to the neighboring Macaw Recovery Network. Horseback riding, canopy zip-lining, kayaking, jet skiing, surfing, and trips with local fishermen are also offered.
For those ready to unwind, there’s the dramatic hilltop infinity-edge freshwater pool for adults, the oceanside family pool and the secluded beach providing the perfect oasis for relaxation. That sense of calm extends to the Nanku Spa’s signature wellness treatments using natural ingredients showcasing the ancient regional Chorotega healing wisdom along with thalassotherapy.
Today, Hotel Punta Islita is not only a globally recognized sustainable travel destination, but also a thriving region characterized by a healthy natural environment and a dynamic collective of locals, visitors, and creatives, who believe that travel should be planet-friendly and people-positive.
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