Casa Caletas

Stylish but not fussy, the casa overlooks the bay where the Coyote River meets the Pacific.

By By Ted Loos, Wednesday, Feb 1, 2006, 3:52 PM

Casa Caletas

About this Hotel

Price From $130

Atop a high bluff, Casa Caletas overlooks the bay where the Coyote River meets the Pacific. The sunsets can be magical.

There's no tourist-friendly town nearby, so guests (many of them honeymooners) tend to stay put.

The hotel restaurant has a terrific spa-like menu which features fresh fruits, seafood carpaccios, and green salads. It's read out loud tableside, sometimes by chef Cynthia Baltadano herself.

Everything has been art-directed at Casa Caletas—even the coconuts lining the walkways have been painted the resort's signature light green—but the place doesn't come off as fussy.

An infinity pool takes advantage of the incredible view. The main house is grand, with high beamed ceilings, lots of picture windows, and dark, rattan furniture.

The nine rooms have private patios and striking abstract art made from reeds. A junior suite, though no bigger than the other rooms, boasts a private hot tub on its porch.

Optional activities are numerous—kayaking ($10), horseback riding ($25), and waterskiing ($50)—but the nearest swimming beach is a mile away. To reach it, you can rent a golf cart for $25 a day.