The Best Spa & Wellness Retreats in Costa Rica

The views from the Kurà Boutique Hotel are nothing short of spectacular
The views from the Kurà Boutique Hotel are nothing short of spectacular | Courtesy of Kurà Boutique Hotel / Expedia
Photo of Lorna Turnbull
2 December 2020

Imagine hearing nothing but the lapping of waves, rustle of tree leaves and the distant howl of monkeys from your rooftop pool, or picture yourself having the best massage in a leafy cabana while the smell of local frangipane drifts in. After a long day hiking through the rainforest or surfing on one of the island’s world-class beaches, you’ll be glad to come back to one of these top luxury spa resorts in Costa Rica.

The Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa and Resort

A thermal healing retreat nestled in the foothills of a volcano in the Arenal Volcano National Park, the Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa and Resort delivers a unique wellness journey in the most natural of surroundings. Rest weary limbs in the mineral-rich outdoor springs, following the water circuit through natural hot pools, thermal Jacuzzis and even waterfalls for a full balneotherapy experience. Continue with a treatment at the resort’s spa, or opt for a different form of relaxation at the fifth-floor Lava Bar, complete with panoramic volcanic vistas.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa

An eco-glam resort for wellness fans looking for a sustainable retreat, Arenal Kioro Suites and Spa delivers “green luxury” in the heart of the Arenal Volcano National Park. Vibrant landscaped grounds hide a free-form pool and hot thermal springs, warmed by the nearby volcano. Tropical flowers and two streams running through the gardens create an Eden-like feel. Suites are stylish, spacious and come with stunning views of the volcano.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Express check-out
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace
Smoke-free property

Tabacón Thermal Resort and Spa

Built by Jaime Mikowski, a renowned Costa Rican architect whose dream was to create a spa centered around nature, the Tabacón Thermal Resort and Spa focuses on its natural hot springs, which flow through the estate. Top it off with a signature Tabacón massage, using volcanic clay and medicinal thermo-mineral water, and a cocktail at the open-air, adults-only Shangri-La Gardens, served by butlers.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Parador Resort and Spa

A luxury resort founded on environmental awareness, Parador Resort and Spa sits on top of the Punta Quepos promontory, with views of the Pacific Ocean beyond. You’ll share your stay with the many species of birds, monkeys and sloths that call the Manuel Antonio National Park around the hotel home. Lush outdoor areas are ideal for yoga or unwinding with a book, while the Pacífica Spa will take you on a balanced wellness journey through its hot-water Jacuzzi, cold-water pool, Swiss shower and sauna.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace

Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa

Steps from the sandy beaches of Playa Biesanz and the jungle of the Manuel Antonio National Park, the Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa is ideally located for wellness warriors looking for an adventure-filled getaway. After discovering the pristine beaches and nearby rainforest wildlife, choose from a range of massages – a particular specialty of the hotel spa – to decompress and unwind. For an extra-special stay, request the Royal Suite, complete with a private pool, a Jacuzzi and ocean views.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Hotel and Spa Poco a Poco

In the dreamlike landscape of the cloud forest of Monteverde, this small luxury hotel is a spa destination for true nature lovers. After a specially curated coffee tour or night-time wildlife excursion, relax at the Naroa Spa, where treatments use ingredients harvested from the hotel’s surroundings and are carried out by highly trained local therapists.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Concierge services
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel and Spa

Each villa at the Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel and Spa reflects the vibrancy of Costa Rica’s rich culture and landscape, complete with original paintings and mosaics. You’ll find a wellness sanctuary at the spa, where four treatment rooms (designed using Feng Shui principles) await you. Opt for the Costa Rican Coffee & Spices Scrub for a treatment that immerses you in the aroma of this rainforest country, followed by a healing facial. It even offers gentlemen’s facials, too.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Restaurant
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Concierge services
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Bar/lounge

El Silencio Lodge and Spa

As its name suggests, El Silencio is a peaceful mountain oasis near the Poás Volcano, offering blissful seclusion from the outside world. Indulge in a couple’s massage in the Conical Room (designed to harness the cloud-forest energy) or a meditation session for two, followed by yoga on the deck. Venture beyond the hotel’s grounds to discover Bajos del Toro, a charming rural town, or go horseback riding through the hummingbird gardens before sampling local coffee at the Espíritu Santo Coffee Hacienda.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Express check-out
Concierge services
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Los Altos de Eros Boutique Hotel and Spa

Los Altos de Eros Boutique Hotel and Spa is a heavenly place to stay or just come for a spa day. The small, luxury property is elevated in the hills behind Tamarindo, and you’ll have vast views of the forest below and the Pacific Ocean beyond. It’s breezy, quiet, secluded and romantic. Treat yourself to the spa day package, which includes three treatments of your choice, followed by a dip in the Indonesian soaking tub and a gourmet lunch. All of the food is super fresh – from grass-fed beef to organic vegetables. This is Costa Rica, after all.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Concierge services
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

The Springs Resort and Spa

The Springs Resort and Spa is one of the most romantic hotels in La Fortuna, perfect for couples and honeymooners. Spend your days sipping craft cocktails in a pool with a swim-up bar, unwinding in one of the multiple natural hot springs or eating at Ginger Sushi or the fine-dining restaurant, Las Ventanas. Don’t forget to take a trip to the nearby rainforest waterfalls. The Sanctuary Spa at the Springs is world-class, offering many different types of treatments that incorporate the natural elements of Costa Rica, including volcanic clay, coffee, coconut, papaya and cacao.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Express check-out
Conference space
Concierge services
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Smoke-free property

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  • Harmony Hotel

    The Harmony Hotel in Nosara lies right across the small dirt street from the world-class surf break Playa Guiones. Surfers and beach lovers can roll off the beach into the hotel restaurant for organic sushi or Giovanni’s truck-style scampi, washed down with a pineapple, basil and ginger smoothie. The hotel is highly committed to eco-friendly practices; book into the spa with its long list of earth-friendly treatments to soothe those tense shoulders or try a yoga lesson in the open-air studio.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo

    The Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo lies in northern Guanacaste. This luxury resort has three private beaches, a variety of dining options and a treehouse spa called the Onda. There are many treatments using native techniques to connect you with the natural environment, with the Chorotegan Jewel Package being a popular option. It incorporates indigenous ingredients within the corn body scrub, volcanic hot-stone massage, facial and scalp massage using warm coconut oil. Sit back and enjoy the view of the ocean afterward, with birdsong and breaking waves as your soundtrack.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Beach towels
    Express check-out
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Nayara Springs

    Nayara Springs is an adult-only, luxury boutique hotel on the fringes of the Arenal Volcano National Park. It’s easy to see why this award-winning resort is one of the top hotels in Central America. Surrounded by pristine rainforest, each villa has a private plunge pool fed by natural hot springs. You’ll also have a private garden, an outdoor dual rain shower and a personal host. If you can tear yourself away from your room, head to the spa for a massage on the open deck, surrounded by scented candles and the sounds of the rainforest. Chocolate, coffee and sea salt are key natural ingredients in many of its treatments. Finish with a session in the sauna, Jacuzzi and outdoor shower.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Kurà Boutique Hotel

    Kurà Boutique Hotel is an adult-only resort on a private ridge behind the Marino Ballena National Park on the Pacific coast. This luxurious, eco-friendly hotel offers beautifully expansive panoramic views of the park and the Pacific Ocean from the infinity pool. It would make an ideal honeymoon and romantic destination. After horseback riding on the beach, pay a visit to the Spa Shà for a deep-tissue couple’s massage with your other half, followed by wine and a fruit platter to enjoy on the deck.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Concierge services
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Asclepios Wellness and Healing Retreat

    For the full revitalizing and relaxing experience, book a stay at Asclepios in El Cacao, Alajuela. This wellness hotel is home to dozens of holistic therapists offering everything from shiatsu massages and reiki healing to naturopath consultations and yoga sessions. Meals are packed with healthy nutrients, including local fruit, vegetables, fish and grains. It does have a minimum stay of one week, but the recommendation is a three-week program for anti-stress, weight control and ancient movement therapy.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    This is an updated version of an article originally by Jenn Parker.

    These recommendations were updated on December 2, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.