Costa Rica

Hotels in Costa Rica

Hotels in Costa Rica are practically as diverse as the country's eco-system. While there are outstanding five-star hotels in San Jose, many of the best retreats are located on otherwise uninhabited beaches and within little-explored jungles. Here, our top picks for eco-tourist digs.

Asclepios Wellness & Healing Retreat is set on 12,500 acres of rainforest just outside the busy city of Alajuela. Make a reservation at the resort's restaurant to eat meals prepared with fresh ingredients straight from the on-site garden.
Kura Design Villas is one of the best hotels in Costa Rica and an excellent choice for laid-back adventure. The villa sits in a rainforest in the not lesser-explored Osa Peninsula, just a 20-minute drive from the town of Uvita. It has great views of jungle-lined beaches.
Florblanca Resort is a collection of private villas staggered on a beautiful hillside steps away from Playa Santa Teresa. Of all the hotels in Costa Rica, this one offers some of the largest and most luxurious villas. The attentive service and the food are also fantastic.

Named after the Greek god of health, Asclepios Wellness & Healing Retreat more than lives up to its name: it’s a serene getaway that provides plenty of spa services, and its guests are well within reach of Costa Rica’s Central Valley adventures.

At Nayara Springs, each of the 16 villas comes with its own plunge pool, drawing on mineral-rich spring waters from Arenal Volcano next door. Venetian mirrors, hand-loomed rugs, and hammocks add to the easy-breezy vibe at this secluded jungle retreat, complete with a spa and yoga offered daily.

For those who want a bit of luxury without ecological guilt, the Arenas del Mar Beach and Nature Resort—set on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica—promotes sustainable tourism in a high-quality, stylish environment.

Extravagant ocean views are de rigueur at this 800-acre hillside establishment near the less- traveled Panamanian border. Owner and environmental activist Peter Aspinall has helped reintroduce the scarlet macaw to the area.

Once upon a time, when travelers came to Costa Rica, they expected to eat freshly caught  seafood but little else of note. Then, in 2004, this eco-lodge opened in the mountains above the Pacific and immediately became a destination retreat for foodies with active lifestyles.

This rustic eco-lodge in the lush, misty Tilarán Mountains set the standard for environmentally sustainable properties here when it opened in 1990. It’s owned by Costa Rica Expeditions, one of the country’s best adventure-tour operators and an ethical-tourism pioneer since 1978.

Overlooking the central Pacific coastline in the small town of Manual Antonio, this gated, 33-acre, well-manicured resort slopes down to a private sandy beach on a protected bay, which eliminates any worry of undertows and riptides for swimmers, kayakers, and boogie boarders.

This beachfront resort has everything you’d expect from a Caribbean-style getaway: a huge swim-up bar, candlelit tables under palm trees, thatched palapa roofs, rooms with ceiling fans and pastel-hued walls, and of course a sandy swimming beach.

Perched on a rainforest-covered hilltop on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, just a one-hour drive west of San Jose, the 43-room Villa Caletas combines Victorian and neo-Classic elements for a refined escape with views of the beach.