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.

With just four bungalows on the premises, a night at Milarepa Hotel, on the southern coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, offers all focused attention to all guests. Each room is equipped with teak furniture and antique four-poster beds with mosquito netting, imported from Indonesia.

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.

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.

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.

Many of the 22 earth-toned rooms are equipped with private balconies that overlook a quiet part of the otherwise crowded Playa Tamarindo.

At nearly 15 years old, Hotel Punta Islita is a granddaddy of Costa Rica’s eco-resorts.  This attentively run mainstay shares its crescent-shaped stretch of beach with a neighboring village, Islita, which has been transformed into a thriving outdoor community art project by Costa Rican artists.

Named for the frangipani flower, with rock waterfalls and tropical landscapes, Costa Rica’s Florblanca is an ideal Nicoya Peninsula getaway for beachgoers in search of solitude paired with the occasional fitness class or surfing excursion.

The Harmony sits a stone’s throw from Playa Guiones in the sleepy Pacific coast surf town of Nosara. Its 24 rooms are stylishly spare, with vaulted wood ceilings and flowing white fabrics.

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.