Costa Rica

Hotels in Costa Rica

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

At the San Ramon Angel Valley Farm Bed & Breakfast, Beth Frischberg—of Washington, D.C.'s Tabard Inn—demonstrates healthful, modern fare like coconut-rice-watermelon gazpacho

This glorious arc of Pacific beach has attracted surfers since the 60s, and when you see the ocean from this vantage point, you'll understand why.

The 10-acre beachfront property, located in the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge on Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast, features a sustainably built treehouse made from fallen trees, with solar heating, two bedrooms, a kitchen, and a shower.

Located in a 3,000-acre biological corridor, this privately owned lodge is designed to promote ecological preservation and environmentally conscious tourism. The lodge has only 12 guest rooms and incorporates eco-friendly practices, such as recycling and tree-planting programs.

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.

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.