Costa Rica

Hotels in Costa Rica

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.

Built into a hillside on 12 acres of tropical jungle, this adults-only resort is situated approximately halfway between Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park.

An intimate, adults-only hotel with 12 teak-and-mahogany villas. Wraparound windows provide tantalizing views of the Pacific, but the hotel's biggest draw is its long list of activities, from watersports to voluntourism opportunities.

This 14-room retreat on a black-sand strand embodies the area’s laid-back feeling. Bright wood-paneled rooms feature such tropical touches as dangling bromeliad plants and locally made easy chairs.

Set in what National Geographic calls one of the most biologically intense places on earth, the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, Corcovado Adventures Tent Camp houses its guests in full-size tents on the yellow sand beaches of Caletas.

Avid environmentalists, this small, five-star luxury boutique hotel on the central Pacific coast won the award for Leading Green Hotel for Central America by the World Travel Awards for its efforts in conservation.

Originally owned by former President Rodrigo Carazo Odio, the Villa Blanca is shrouded by the dense cloud forest of the Los Angeles Private Biological Reserve.

Costa Rica has long been known as an eco-travel destination, but El Silencio—a serene retreat on 500 acres opened in 2008 by the owners of the nearby Hotel Punta Islita—presents an unusual level of luxury for the green-oriented adventurer.

One of the 10 most active volcanoes in the world, Arenal produces intense geothermic energy in north central Costa Rica, feeding mineral springs throughout the region.

Take Four Seasons pampering (chilled towels delivered to your pool chaise), cross it with the charm of location (just north of the Nicoya Peninsula, above the placid Gulf of Papagayo), and you'll see why guests return to this hilltop property year after year.