Latin America

Among the Reefs, Ruins, and Rainforests, "I Thee Wed"

written by | Posted on June 1st, 2010

villa caletas Overlooking the Gulf of Nicoya is a 150-person, Greek-style amphitheater which stair-steps down the steep escarpment facing the Pacific skyline. While this beautiful stone stage—whose classic Ionic columns are capped with flowering bromeliads—may not have been built by the sons of Greece, it’s hard to beat as an unforgettable wedding locale, particularly at sunset, for couples (and up to 40 guests) tying the knot at Villa Caletas, located in Costa Rica’s Jaco Beach. Actually, the private beach far below is the venue of choice for most weddings (maximum 80 persons). But warn clients, they’ll have to reserve a wedding date far ahead, because Villa Caletas is as popular as it is good at managing destination weddings of all sizes. Decidedly different from other country resorts, this mountaintop, rainforest-bound, luxury enclave incorporates an eccentric confection of French-colonial, Victorian and Hellenistic design elements that come together harmoniously to provide a memorable and relaxing wedding experience. Accommodations come in a mix of stylish villas in the main manse, with suites tucked into private gardens featuring private jacuzzis and pools. The best swim on site is a stunning infinity pool, backed by one of two restaurants. The owner is French, so accordingly candlelight dinners are a delicious experience. Activities range from horseback riding and sea kayaking to canopying touring and birdwatching walks in the nearby Carera Reserve. Available to newlyweds is a honeymoon package, running $1,172-$1,797 per couple, including accommodations, breakfast, a sunset Caletas cocktail, a 50-minute couple’s massage, and a special gift from the boutique.