Perched 1,200 feet above the sea on a promontory south of Punta Leona, these elegant rooms sequestered in the jungle have jaw-dropping views of the surrounding foliage and sea below. Spectacular sunset views should be enjoyed from the Amphitheater Bar, even if you stay elsewhere. Freestanding suites and villas are gorgeous, but rooms in the main building are far inferior; if a villa isn't within your budget, do try to get one of the deluxe rooms with a shared pool. Victorian,
French Colonial, and Hellenistic motifs are combined throughout, with Ionic columns, varied artwork, cookie-cutter trims, and cane chairs. The regular pool is rather small and chilly, but the Zephyr Palace complex has an impressive infinity pool with amazing views. Few suites in the world are as lavish as the Imperial suite at the Zephyr Palace, equipped with a private gym, sauna, walk-in closet, and big-screen TV that ascends from the foot of the bed. The closest beach, Playa Caletas, is attractive but small and rocky and can be accessed by a 20-minute shuttle ride or via a 1.5-hour hiking trail. Though a great place for romance or relaxation (onsite spa and yoga), this hotel has little to offer kids or active travelers.
Off coastal hwy., 3 km (1½ miles) south of Punta Leona, on right, Tárcoles, 61102, Costa Rica
/2637–0505; /2257–3653-in San José
Apr 19, 2014
This place was a gem! It's nice because it's easily accessible by major Hi ways but far inland that you can't hear anything but the wilderness. The resort is located at the top of the hill and nested nicely in a rainforest setting. However, let me warn you if you're afraid of critters and insects... There are tons! Highly recommended bringing a small flashlight because at night, the walkways can be hard to see AND there are things like... snakes and
lizards hanging out in the middle of the stairways! Par for the course I suppose. Also be careful of spiders. Can't detect them very well unless the sunlight is hitting the webs a certain way... They look poisonous. The resort has a private beach which you can access via shuttle (see their schedule) or you can hike down. Like we did. Let me warn you again it's not a leisure hike. There are parts that are steep and slippery. Highly recommend picking one of the walking sticks provided. It's a def workout and once you get to the bottom it's quite nice and peaceful. Of course, it's not going to be like Hawaii sand, but it's shallow enough you can swim pretty far out. Also recommend swimming shoes because of the rocks. Watch out for the big crabs that lurk around the shore. The food was great! Not bad priced and a variety. Breakfast is the best because the vibrant morning colors shine at it's peak. But of course, the coliseum seating for the sunsets are to die for if it's a clear day. We were lucky and had nice colors to see. Jaco is about 5 miles away. It's very touristy but I suppose to go into town once or twice for dinner wasn't bad. I do recommended the super market in Herradura. You can stock up on snacks, fruits, etc... Great bakery too ;) the massage we got was excellent. It overlooks the valley and the therapists were very skilled (I'm a massage snob). The gym was ok. You can still get a good workout but it's HOT since it's outdoors. Great view of the ocean and mountains though. And finally the infinity pool. It's great and relaxing. The only problem is it's a small area so sometimes you'll be SOL if you get there late because all the lounge chairs are taken. But the staff and guests are usually accommodating and will move stuff around so everyone can enjoy the pool. Again, the staff were phenomenal. At first the check in guy seemed uninterested but I figure that's his personality then we talked to him some more and he was better. We will def book this again!
Jul 12, 2004
We loved our suite here with our own private pool. The views from the restaurant are incredible, as are the sunsets. I would definitely recommend having a car here, that way you can get to the beach on your own schedule and eat outside the hotel. The one thing we found misleading was that our room was called "partial ocean view." The only ocean view was from the middle of the pool! Finally, we thought we had negotiated breakfast to be included,
but then learned that they had just tacked it on to our room rate! The overall lesson is to carefully negotiate the room rate and be careful about extras. However, this is a one of a kind hotel, in a beautiful setting.
May 15, 2004
We really loved this place. It is very creative in its design and archetecture. The rooms were lavishly appointed. Amazing bathrooms. Try for the newer rooms that are not attached to the main building. Fresh flowers on our bed every nite was a welcome touch. The views from the ampetheter and dining area are spectacular. Toucans and other exotic birds were abound. I think that this is the nicest and most unique property that we saw at our time
in Costa Rica. Highly recommended!