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.
For travelers looking for a few more niceties of home like high-speed wireless, a business center, and multiple televisions showing professional hockey, football, and basketball games, the Hotel El Sueño Tropical on the north Pacific coast is a popular favorite.
Chosen by the Rainforest Alliance as a standard-setter of sustainable tourism in 2010, Finca Rosa Blanca, in the central highlands of Costa Rica, offers thematically decorated luxury accommodation without the ecological guilt.
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.
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.
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.
It’s not the most opulent hotel in Manuel Antonio, but for couples Issimo is a real treasure. The lacy white bedspreads are sprinkled with rose pedals when you arrive, as is the filled Jacuzzi tub. Giant glass windows look out over the coastline and monkeys swing by regularly.
For more adventurous couples, there’s nothing hotter than a stay on the jungle beach of Drake Bay at the flashy new Copa de Arbol. The hotel is the first in the area to offer a hot tub system—perfect for sipping fresh tropical cocktails at sundown.
Way at the tippy top of a mountain overlooking Bahia Balena, Kura Design Villas is the sexiest new hotel in the country. This place simply has it all: luxurious spa, delicious restaurant, refreshing infinity pool, and so much more.
Birds of paradise, saffron curtains, and tropical hardwoods define this volcano-side lover’s paradise that is routinely named the best hotel in the country. The service is incredibly intuitive, and the main restaurant and the new sushi bar are delish.
At this mountainside retreat, each upscale villa is super private and contains an infinity pool with color-changing lights but no phone or television.
A collection of lavish villas and hotel rooms spread over 300 acres near Playa Sámara, Hotel Punta Islita is a one-stop, high-end beach escape. The property features its own canopy tour, executive golf course, and tennis courts, along with a beach club and the requisite infinity pool.
Marriott hotels have never been my style—maybe there are just too many of them—but this laid-back and well-placed resort won me over.
Recreo is a well-kept and opulent secret just a short golf-cart ride from two secluded and picturesque beaches, Playa Rajada and Playa Jobo.
For a more remote and intimate option, Latitude 10’s five open-air casitas land guests just few steps from the crashing waves of Playa Santa Teresa.