Inn at Coyote Mountain
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. The intimate Inn at Coyote Mountain—just five guest rooms— flourishes in its own 70-acre nature preserve. Besides the requisite tropical gardens, the hotel also maintains fruit, vegetable, and herb gardens that supply the kitchen. Guests can hike in virgin cloud forests, mountain bike to waterfalls, take zip-line canopy tours, ride horses, and then return to the inn for some of the best meals in the country, inspired by the local bounty and cooking traditions.
Room to Book: The Observatory room in the tower for breathtaking 360-degree views of mountains and ocean.