Situated in the Guanacaste Province on the Nicoya Peninsula – designated one of the world’s Blue Zones – 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 features 54 individually designed rooms and villas nestled in lush gardens. The resort’s sustainability ethos extends beyond the property to empowering local communities, conserving wildlife and protecting the natural environment.
The gastronomy program is overseen by San Jose native, Randy Siles Leandro, who combines his expertise in indigenous ingredients and methods, embracing traditional Costa Rican gastronomy, innovation and sustainability, with his passionate and endearing love of his home country. He was also the First Ambassador of the National Plan for Costa Rican Sustainable and Healthy Gastronomy and is a member of Disciples d’Escoffier International and Les Toques Blanches International Club. At Hotel Punta Islita, the Agro-Marine culinary experience features Zero Km menus incorporating ingredients from the on-property organic garden and local seafood. Gorgeously prepared dishes reflect Costa Rica’s ethnic diversity at Alma Restaurant, while The Aura Beach Club serves up familiar international favorites.
Beyond the resort’s eco initiatives, cultural sustainability and social impact are key. For example, the Outdoor Contemporary Art Museum combines the social concept of art and creative thinking as a generator of sustainable development and complementary education further provides empowering tools for local communities.
Guests can participate in a range of eco-adventure activities include 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.