Punta Islita Named A Top 100 Hotel

September 26, 2008

No stranger to recognition, the renowned Hotel Punta Islita was this month honored as one of the top 100 hotels around the world by Travel + Leisure Magazine.

Punta Islita, on the NicoyaPeninsula on the Pacific coast, was the only hotel in Central America named to the magazine’s esteemed Top 100 Hotels list. It came in at No. 94, just in front of the Rusty Parrot Lodge & Spa in the U.S. city of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and just behind the Intercontinental in Hong Kong.

The rankings are decided by readers who nominate their favorite hotels in a series of categories.

In the magazine’s list of top 25 hotels in Latin America, Punta Islita ranked ninth, beating out the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica farther north on Peninsula Papagayo.

The Four Seasons was the only other hotel from Costa Rica to make the list.

“Hotel Punta Islita and the Four Seasons Papagayo were placed 9 and 21, respectively, proving that a Costa Rican effort is not only competitive, but also can surpass even the most recognized chains of luxury hotels on the planet,” wrote Harry Zürcher, president of Hotel Punta Islita, in a statement released earlier this month.

“The positioning of the Hotel Punta Islita contributes to reinforcing Costa Rica’s image as a destination of the highest level,” he said.

Of the top 25 hotels in Latin America, 12 are in Mexico, four are in Argentina, four are in Peru, two are in Chile and one is in Panama.

Punta Islita has long been recognized for its work with the surrounding community and efforts toward environmental sustainability.

–Leland Baxter-Neal

 

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