Autograph Collection, Marriott International’s exclusive portfolio of independent hotels, has announced the addition of its 50th location with the inauguration of Hotel Punta Islita in Costa Rica. The brand has acquired 50 hotels in 13 countries in less than three years.

Representing the first hotel to join Autograph Collection in Central America, Hotel Punta Islita rests on 85 picturesque acres along the Nicoya Peninsula in the Guanacaste province. Recently named one of Travel & Leisure magazine’s Top 100 Hotels in 2013, the hotel’s distinctive design affords each of its 57 guest rooms striking views of the Pacific coast line.

Hotel Punta Islita holds the highest certification rating in sustainable tourism from the Costa Rican Tourism Board, among numerous other ecological accolades, making it a leader in environmental hospitality in the region.

President and CEO at Marriott International, Arne Sorenson, says: “To reach 50 hotels in less than three years is a testament to the vibrancy and success of Autograph Collection as an innovative business venture. Through championing independence and welcoming extraordinary hotel experiences like Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection remains one of the fastest growing independent hotel collections in the industry.”

One Costa Rica’s most awarded, off the beaten path destinations, Hotel Punta Islita features a nine-hole executive golf course, two swimming pools, a spa, a secluded beach front – with beach club – two restaurants, and a small group meeting space. The hotel also has a private landing strip for small commuter aircraft, with commercial flights operating from San José on a regular schedule throughout the year.