We’re pleased to introduce Costa Rica as a recent addition to our list of destinations worldwide. Over the past few months, our team have been carefully handpicking the most incredible and exclusive Costa Rica hotels and resorts as well as discovering the best things to see and do in the country.
We were especially excited about introducing Costa Rica to you all – this country perched between the Pacific and Caribbean oceans has it all. Nature lovers in particular will marvel at the vast array of flora and fauna that occupy this most biodiverse of nations. National parks replete with imposing volcanoes, cascading waterfalls and winding jungle trails are ripe for exploration, dotted with remote eco-lodges and accompanied by the continuous hum of wildlife. And what a staggering collection of wildlife there is – birds of paradise inject a dash of colour into an otherwise verdant, green landscape; monkeys chatter noisily in the jungle canopy; sloths peer out from the limbs of trees; and hulking sea turtles come ashore to nest.
Costa Rica’s staggering diversity means there are a wealth of experiences to be had here. Fast-paced and adrenaline-pumping activities including white water rafting, ziplining and canyoning cater to the adventurers among us, whilst a more laid-back holiday can be had on the resorts that line dramatic coastlines, scattered with sandy beaches and shaded by tropical gardens.
Of course, a country with such a bounty of natural wonders has to have some stunning hotels and resorts to match. Here’s a few of our favourites:
Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica
Starting off with a family-friendly yet sophisticated resort, Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica is a good option for those wanting to experience Costa Rica in comfort and style. There’s an extensive range of facilities here, including an 18-hole golf course, a large spa, two swimming pools and five tennis courts. Then there are the activities – from snorkelling to cookery classes to nature hikes, you’re sure to find plenty to while away the hours.
It’s adults-only at Nayara Springs, an exclusive rainforest hideaway. Set on the edge of Arenal National Park, this boutique retreat boasts jaw-dropping views of the famous volcano and consists of just 50 villas, each with its own private plunge pool fed by natural hot springs. 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.
If you’re looking to go off the beaten track, Pacuare Lodge is for you. Hidden away in a remote location in the depths of the rainforest, the lodge can only be accessed via a rough jungle track and hanging gondola, or by white water rafting along the Pacuare River. A stay here is a true wilderness experience with suites featuring palm-thatched roofs, canopy beds and outdoor rain showers. It’s no wonder Pacuare Lodge is a member of National Geographic’s ‘Unique Lodges of the World’.
Arenas del Mar
Found at the point where rainforest meets ocean, Arenas del Mar has more than just its spectacular natural setting going for it. Spacious rooms are complemented by fabulous facilities which include two swimming pools, two restaurants and a wellness centre offering spa treatments, massages and complimentary yoga classes. You can also explore your natural surroundings with one of the resident naturalist guides – keep your eyes peeled for howler monkeys, sloths and over 350 species of bird.