By Ashley Harrell
August 26, 2014
Courtesy of Kura Design Villas

The only thing better than having a wedding in Costa Rica is staying after for the honeymoon. And half the fun is deciding where to stay. An abundance of romantic hotels dots the Costa Rican coastlines and mountainsides offering candlelit dining under the stars, oodles of private space, and decadent couples massages. And although there are plenty of big resorts that are popular with lovebirds, my favorite hotels for couples are ones that keep things personal, with just a few unique rooms and highly individualized service. Whether you swoon for flower pedals on the bed, sexy red lights in the bathroom, or a private infinity pool overlooking the Pacific, these amorous accommodations have you covered. And if you mention in advance that you’re on a romantic getaway, some will stock your room with all the goods: fine wine, cheese plates, tropical fruit, fresh flowers, adorable towel animals, you name it.

Hotel Casa Chameleon

Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens

Kura Design Villas

Copa de Arbol

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. And the palapa-topped villas are air-conditioned and tastefully furnished with pieces from the Far East.

Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa

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. Room service is prompt and available 24-7, and if ever you need to cool off, there’s a deep, relaxing pool on the first floor deck.