Hotels in Costa Rica
Hotel Punta Islita
Perched on a hilltop overlooking a private beach on the beautiful Nicoya Peninsula, Punta Islita is a delightful boutique hotel. The laid back ambiance and wonderful beach club make this a great place to relax after an active itinerary exploring Costa Rica's cloud forests and national parks.
With access to a private airstrip, the hotel is a 35 minute flight from San José or a 2 hour drive from Liberia airport. There are just 54 palm-thatched rooms, set on the hillside and decorated in a charming, rustic style. Each has air-conditioning, a flat screen TV, complimentary WiFi, mini bar and a private terrace with hammock and stunning ocean views. Junior Suites have a private outdoor Jacuzzi whilst the more spacious Casitas and the Two and Three Bedroom Villas all have their own plunge pools.
Enjoy authentic Costa Rican flavours and panoramic views at the Pacifico restaurant, or opt for a more casual meal down at Los Cocos Beach Club, which has a large swimming pool, private cabanas and a children’s playground. Other facilities include an adult-only infinity pool, gym, tennis courts, golf course, the delightful Casa Spa and complimentary activities such as yoga, Pilates, zip lining, horse riding,...
Pacuare Lodge is a sublime rainforest retreat, hidden away in a remote location and only accessible via a rough jungle track or a white water rafting expedition along the spectacular Pacuare River. A member of National Geographic's 'Unique Lodges of the World', this is a secluded sanctuary where the focus is on sustainable living, back-to-nature relaxation and adrenaline-pumping adventure.
Deep in the rainforest to the east of San José, on the banks of the Pacuare River, the lodge is approximately 2 and a half hours’ drive from San José, followed by around 90 minutes of white water rafting through spectacular canyons and dense jungle. Alternatively, it’s a 30 minute ride in a four wheel drive vehicle from the drop-off point, along a rough and bumpy track, before crossing the river in a hanging gondola. Helicopter transfers from San José are also available on request.
20 suites blend almost imperceptibly with their rainforest surroundings, with features including palm-thatched roofs, plush canopy beds, ceiling fans, generous open plan bathrooms and outdoor rain showers. River Suites are set in the gardens and open onto a private terrace with hammock. The terraces of the larger River View Deluxe Suites overlook the Pacuare...
El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Set in 500 acres of mist-strewn cloud forest, this stunning Relais & Châteaux eco-retreat offers a real 'back to nature' experience. El Silencio's secluded suites and villas are designed to truly immerse you in this spectacular landscape, and the heavenly spa is the perfect place to unwind.
Well off the beaten track, close to the tiny town of Bajos del Toro, about 90 minutes north of San José, El Silencio’s 18 suites and villas are perfectly positioned to make the most of the wonderful mountain views. The emphasis here is on relaxation and all rooms have their own private deck with rocking chairs and heated outdoor whirlpool. The Riverside Suites enjoy a magical waterside setting whilst the Two Bedroom Master Suites and Private Villas are a great option for families. Two superb restaurants offer flavoursome local cuisine with many of the ingredients coming from the lodge’s own organic farm.
Activities on offer include hiking trails, birdwatching, horse riding, zip lining, wine tasting and cookery classes, while the Esencia Spa offers a range of soothing treatments and has an outdoor deck for yoga and meditation. The lodge can also arrange excursions to Arenal, La Fortuna and the Sarapiquí River Basin....
Tortuga Lodge & Gardens
Tortuga Lodge & Gardens is a wonderfully intimate riverside retreat, spread over 50 acres of gardens in the wildlife-rich Tortuguero National Park. Fabulously remote and accessible only by boat, a stay here is all about immersing yourself in the natural word. Laze in a hammock or head out on to the rivers and canals on a guided boat trip, keeping your eyes peeled for colourful toucans, noisy howler monkeys and slumbering sloths. Only accessible by boat, the secluded lodge is located in Tortuguero National Park on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast.
27 rooms and spacious suites are decorated in a simple but elegant style with large screened windows to immerse you in the sights and sounds of the rainforest. Rooms don’t have air-conditioning or a TV, but all are equipped with a ceiling fan, complimentary WiFi and an outdoor sitting area with a hammock. The riverfront restaurant is all about authentic family-style Costa Rican cooking, using fresh local ingredients and drawing on influences from around Latin America and the Caribbean. There is also a bar that does excellent cocktails.
Explore the resort’s 50 acres of private land, including the beautiful plantation-style botanical gardens, bursting with tropical plants...
Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa
A truly natural wellness retreat, this impressive family-friendly spa resort is laid out around cascading waterfalls and thermal pools, heated by the mighty Arenal volcano. Spend your days relaxing in the mineral-rich waters or try one of the many thrilling activities on offer nearby.
Close to the town of La Fortuna, a couple of hours’ drive or a half an hour flight from San José, Tabacón sits at the base of the Arenal volcano. There are 103 rooms and suites, all with air-conditioning, cable TV and complimentary WiFi. The higher room categories have an in-room hot tub fed by the springs, and the spacious two bedroom suites are ideal for families. Facilities include two restaurants and four bars (including a swim-up pool bar and the adult-only Shangri-La Gardens). Naturally, the thermal pools and waterfalls are the focus of the resort and, although they are open to the public, hotel guests benefit from longer opening hours than day visitors. Central to the complex, the Grand Spa offers a host of therapeutic treatments including volcanic stone massages, mud wraps and hydrotherapy. The nearby town of La Fortuna is the thrill-seeking capital of Costa Rica with activities such as white...
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica
Perched on a narrow isthmus on the north west Pacific coast, overlooking two gorgeous golden beaches, this is one of the most luxurious family-friendly resorts in the country, with superb facilities and a range of accommodation styles to choose from. Sophisticated dining, a championship golf course and an extensive spa mean it's an attractive proposition for couples too.
The resort’s 181 rooms, suites, villas and estate homes have all been recently refurbished and are decorated in a sophisticated style with luxurious furnishings, rich textures and local artwork. Terraza Rooms are on the ground floor, nestled amongst the tropical vegetation; Brisa Rooms are located on the first floor and offer partial ocean or bay views whilst Cielo Rooms are on the upper floors and boast the best views. The spacious Canopy Suites have a separate living room, generous outdoor space and private plunge pools. The three bedroom Miramar Suites open onto a large terrace with a private infinity pool and are an excellent choice for larger families. The luxurious Private Residences (some with their own plunge pool) offer a choice of one, two or three bedrooms, a fully fitted kitchen and extensive indoor and outdoor living/dining areas.
Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort
Arenas del Mar is a boutique eco-retreat on the edge of Manuel Antonio National Park, at the point where the rainforest meets the sea. Two stunning beaches, spacious accommodation and tasty locally-sourced cuisine make this an ideal base for exploring the region, though you won't have to go too far to meet the local wildlife, with monkeys, sloths and racoons regularly spotted in the hotel grounds.
38 well appointed rooms and suites are housed in three-storey buildings amongst the hillside foliage. All rooms have air-conditioning, a king size bed, complimentary WiFi, flat screen cable TV, coffee maker and a mini bar with complimentary local snacks. The first floor Garden Rooms are simple but offer good value, whilst the Ocean Breeze Superior Rooms have a private deck facing the ocean, plus an outdoor kitchenette and seating area. Upgrade to an Ocean View Superior Room for unobstructed sea views, or opt for one of the spacious suites which offer a separate living area and a generous balcony with your own outdoor hot tub. Interconnecting rooms are also available for families.
Most of the food on offer at Arenas del Mar is locally sourced and organic, accompanied by a...
Accessible only by boat, Playa Cativo is a wonderfully remote eco-lodge, set on an unspoiled beach and surrounded by 1,000 acres of private rainforest reserve. There are just a handful of rooms and casitas, along with a superb organic restaurant and a host of activities to keep you busy. Whether you're lured here by the blissful isolation, the promise of outdoor adventure or the incredible biodiversity of the surrounding jungle, we can assure you that you're in for an absolute treat.
On the shores of Golfo Dulce on the south west coast, surrounded by pristine rainforest, Playa Cativo is a 45 minute flight from San José to either Puerto Jiménez or Golfito, followed by a 35 minute boat ride to the lodge.
The lodge comprises of just 18 rooms, decorated in a simple but elegant style and adorned with colourful local artwork. All rooms have a ceiling fan, sitting area, bathroom with rain shower and complimentary WiFi. Deluxe Rooms and the larger Luxury Rooms are located in the main hotel building with views of the gardens and ocean beyond. Premium and the brand new Premium Plus Rooms are set in individual casitas dotted around the grounds;...
Cross a footbridge high over the jungle canopy and enter Nayara Springs, a secluded rainforest sanctuary reserved exclusively for adults. With romantic private pool villas and an indulgent spa, this is one of the finest boutique retreats in Costa Rica.
Set on the edge of Arenal National Park with jaw-dropping views of the famous volcano, the resort consists of just 50 villas, each with its own private plunge pool fed by natural hot springs. All villas are air-conditioned and have a four poster bed, spacious terrace, private garden with dual rain showers, an oversized bathroom, mini bar, complimentary WiFi, flat screen TV, CD/DVD player and an iPod docking station. Each villa also comes with your own personal host.
There are three superb restaurants, including Asia Luna which serves delicious Asian-Peruvian fusion cuisine, and Amor Loco which offers poolside dining during the day and candlelit gourmet dinners by night. There is also a wine and tapas bar, two beautiful infinity pools, three Jacuzzis, a fitness centre and an award-winning spa offering complimentary daily yoga sessions. Activities available in the local area include horse riding, zip lining, white water rafting, biking, canyoning and birdwatching....