There are only a handful of truly unique boutique luxury venues in Costa Rica for a remarkable destination wedding. We say this as wedding photographers in Costa Rica who have seen our share of amazing wedding venues, and as a couple who had their wedding at Villa Caletas. To say Villa Caletas and Zephyr Palace are two of the most unique, if not the most unique wedding venues in Costa Ria would be an understatement. The hotel and palace are a fusion of European Victorian architecture – something that is seen nowhere else in Costa Rica – and Neo Classical influences situated atop a rainforest-covered hill overlooking the surrounding mountains and Pacific Ocean in Central Pacific coast of Puntarenas.
Given its spectacular ocean, mountain, rainforest views, and that of the breathtaking sunsets, in addition to its luxurious accommodations, infinity pools, stunning sites for wedding day events, incredible restaurants serving delicious gourmet cuisine, and its world-class customer service, Villa Caletas and Zephyr Palace are a marvelous location for your dream Costa Rica destination wedding.
LOCATION & TRANSPORTATION
The hotel is located in the Central Pacific Region in the Puntarenas Province and is approximately one our and fifteen minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) y car. You can either rent a car or have their concierge arrange round-trip transportation to SJO, as well as to any other destination in Costa Rica during your stay.
HISTORY, DESIGN & REPUTATION
Villa Caletas is a 5-star luxury boutique hotel consisting of the main hotel and a mansion – Zephyr Palace. Both are hidden away on an isolated rainforest-covered hill that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, affording its guests stunning views of the surrounding mountains and Pacific Ocean. The hotel and mansion’s architecture are infused with Neo-Classical and Victorian influences, which is very evident in Zephyr Palace’s architecture, design, and decor. Villa Caletas also has lush tropical gardens, a private beach at the foot of the hill, infinity pools, three restaurants – two at the hotel and one at the beach -, and excellent customer service, giving it the privacy of a smaller venue with all the luxury and amenities of a world-class destination. Given its isolated location with spectacular views, its aesthetically pleasing architecture, its various marvelous locations for wedding ceremonies and receptions, and its phenomenal customer service, Villa Caletas is an excellent choice for a luxury Costa Rica destination wedding.
WEDDING PLANNING SERVICES
One option is choosing Villa Caleta’s in-house wedding-planning department. They will take care of everything, from the flowers, to the cake, to the table settings and ceremony decorations and more. Another option is to choose an independent wedding planner. For help choosing a wedding planner, visit our 7 Reasons You Should Choose a Wedding Planner and How to Choose a Wedding Planner pages.
WEDDING DAY SERVICES
On your wedding day, get prepared for your big day in the comfort of your own bridal suite. You can either hire a hair stylist, makeup artist, and manicurist Villa Caletas can recommend and have them come to your room, or you can go to their onsite spa to have your wedding day makeup, hair, and nails done.
The accommodations at Villa Caletas and Zephyr Palace are to die for. You and your wedding guests will be thrilled with the rooms and views. The hotel can accommodate up to 120 of your wedding-day guests in its 51 rooms that from Standard Suites, Junior Suites, Deluxe suites to their Imperial Suite and Honeymoon Suites, among others. The most luxurious and unique suites at Villa Caletas are in Zephyr Palace. The rooms are thematically designed, from a Middle-Eastern motif to one from XII Victorian England and Europe.
All the rooms are equipped with air conditioning, have tile or hardwood floors, a luxury bathroom with a tub and or a shower, some have a private plunge pool, and have fabulous views of the mountains, ocean, or both. Here’s a gallery of photos of the different suites at Villa Caletas and at Zephyr Palace to give you an idea of how
WEDDING DAY EVENT LOCATIONS
Villa Caletas can accommodate elopements and weddings from a few guests up to 300 guests at 6 amazing locations spread out out over the property that have exceptional ocean and mountain views. Each of the following wedding-day sites has a site for wedding ceremonies, cocktail hour and receptions. Depending on where you have your ceremony, it is possible to choose a different venue for your cocktail hour and reception depending on the size of your wedding.
1. AMPHITHEATER – CEREMONIES, COCKTAIL HOUR, RECEPTIONS
The Amphitheater at Villas Caletas is a slice of ancient Greece in a tropical Central-American rainforest. It’s an amazing site for a wedding ceremony, given its architecture and design, not to mention its breathtaking mountain and ocean views. After the ceremony, it’s just a short walk to the Anfiteatro Bar & Restaurant at the top of the stairs for your cocktail hour and reception. Both the Amphitheater and the Anfiteatro Bar & Restaurant can accommodate weddings and receptions with up to 72 guests.
2. ZEPHYR PALACE – CEREMONIES, COCKTAIL HOUR, RECEPTIONS
The most luxurious venues at Villa Caletas for a wedding is Zephyr Palace. You can have all your wedding-day events here with up to 160 guests. Its site for wedding ceremonies – terrace next to an infinity pool with decorated with red columns with breathtaking ocean an mountain views – will leave you speechless. After the ceremony, have your wedding reception and dinner it its gorgeous, luxury restaurant that will leave you feeling as if you are in a 5-star European restaurant.
3. RANCHO CALETAS – CEREMONIES, COCKTAIL HOUR, RECEPTIONS
Rancho Caletas is a large covered location with an even larger open-air area for wedding ceremonies, cocktail hour, and receptions with up to 300 guests. Unlike the other sites, it’s rustic in design and is the location for large weddings and still feel like it’s a private affair and have fabulous views of the ocean below and the surrounding rainforest-covered mountains.
4 . BEACH – CEREMONIES, COCKTAIL HOUR, RECEPTIONS
At the base of the hill atop which sits Villa Caletas, is a small private beach that can accommodate weddings ceremonies, cocktail our, and receptions on the beach and at El Pelicano Beach Restaurant with up to 80 guests. Needless to say, it has gorgeous ocean views and of the mountains.
5. VELA TERRACE – CEREMONIES
Another great options for a wedding ceremonies at Villa Caletas is their Villa Terrace. It can accommodate up to 25 seated guests and has great ocean and mountain views. They can also cover the area if you have your wedding during the rainy season or if you get married in the late morning or early afternoon to block the sun. Couples who marry at Vela Terrace tend to have their cocktail hour and wedding reception at the nearby Mirador Restaurant (See option 6).
6. MIRADOR RESTAURANT – COCKTAIL HOUR & RECEPTIONS
The Mirador Restaurant is a great place for your wedding reception and cocktail hour. It has an indoor area, a terrace, and an outside area for up to 80 guests. It also has great views of the mountains and ocean depending on where you sit.
WEDDINGS AT VILLA CALETAS – SOME DETAILS
· Villa Caletas is not an adults-only hotel. Children of all ages are accepted · For weddings, the hotel requires you rent 10 rooms minimum for two nights · There are two black-out dates for weddings: December 31 and January 1 · You can book all the rooms in Zephyr Palace or just one room · There are no wedding-day cleanup fees · For beach weddings, round-trip transportation from the hotel to the beach is required (the hotel can arrange it for a fee) · A DJ or live music is permitted at all wedding reception sites · The cutoff time for wedding receptions is 12:00 a.m. for Rancho Caletas and at Zephyr Palace, and at 11:00 p.m. for all sites for wedding receptions · You can have a full wedding reception – first dances, speeches, cake cutting, dancing, etc. at all reception venues – as long as the maximum capacity for each location is no exceeded
DINING AT VILLA CALETAS
For your wedding reception and dinner, Villa Caletas has a number of excellent menus for dinner and drinks whether you choose to have individual dishes served or choose the buffet option. At the hotel, there are three restaurants: Mirador Restaurant, Amphitheater Restaurant and Bar, and El Pelicano Restaurant, which is located at the beach, all of which serve delicious gourmet meals .
AMENITIES & ACTIVITIES – VILLA & OFFSITE
At the hotel, before and after your wedding, enjoy the gorgeous infinity pool overlooking a tropical rainforest, mountains, and Pacific Ocean. You can also take a dip in the ocean and while away the afternoon on their private beach and enjoy a mixed tropical drink. Or, you can work up a sweat in their fitness center that likewise has fabulous ocean and mountain views. You can also take a yoga class or arrange for a private session on an open air deck with great views.
As for sites, the hotel can arrange private boat tours at Tortuga Island, a trip to Manuel Antonio Park, Carara Biological Reserve, La Fortuna – there’s an amazing volcano, waterfall, and natural thermal springs there -, Poas Volcano and National Park, Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and National Park. For activities, they can arrange for kayaking and snorkeling, white water rafting, canopy tours and zip lining, a crocodile safari tour, whale watching, horseback riding, ATV tours, sports fishing, golfing, surfing lessons and more.
BELLA VISTA BEAUTY SALON
Pamper yourself with a massage, facial or skin treatment at their onsite spa after a long day of activities or lounging at the infinity pool or beach. You can also have your hair styled and makeup done at Villa Caleta’s spa on your wedding day, or before or after if you want to look good for a night out on the town or dinner with your love.
WHY A VILLA CALETAS WEDDING?
Villa Caletas is a stunning venue in and of itself. Its perfect for once-in-a-lifetime events. Given its Victorian and Neo-Classical design and decor, its exceptional suites at the hotel and its unbelievable thematic suites at Zephyr Palace, in addition to its various fantastic sites for wedding ceremonies and receptions with amazing ocean and mountain views, getting married at Villa Caletas will be unforgettable.