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Whether you choose the Caribbean or the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, there are plenty of delightful high-end boutiques along the shoreline or deep in the rainforest. All of these properties offer their guests luxurious accommodation and awe-inspiring settings – several are also actively involved in environmental conservation efforts and eco-friendly hospitality practices. Enjoy the sunshine and soak up the Caribbean vibes at one of these unique hotels.
Hidden away in the relatively undiscovered town of Puerto Viejo, Hotel Banana Azul is a 25-room boutique hotel reserved just for adults and children over 16, ensuring a quiet, peaceful stay. With a casual, rustic vibe, we recommend opting for the Tree House Apartment for full jungle vibes. Not all of the rooms have air-conditioning, but the sea breeze will keep you cool. Don’t forget to visit the nearby Jaguar Rescue Center for an up-close encounter with Costa Rica’s incredible wildlife.
With Balinese-inspired architecture, Kenaki Lodge is a small beachfront hotel with just four rooms, 100m from the Playa Grande in Cahuita. Wake up to a home-cooked breakfast each morning that includes coffee, tea, fruit, bread, jams, eggs and gallo pinto. Owners Isabelle and Roberto are on hand with any recommendations you need, plus Roberto teaches tae kwon do and jiu-jitsu lessons on-site. If you visit between February and August, you may be lucky enough to witness the leatherback turtles laying eggs on the beach outside.
Tortuga Lodge and Gardens is the perfect vacation spot for those looking for a nature-rich, authentic Costa Rican experience. Only accessible by boat or plane, the Tortuguero National Park is one of the most spectacular national parks in the country, and is an incredibly important nesting zone for four different types of sea turtles. This secluded hotel has 27 luxury rooms, including family rooms. Join a daily nature walk led by the hotel’s naturalist guides, or find one of the free fishing poles for some solo time by the river.
Cariblue Beach and Jungle Resort is steps away from the spectacular Playa Cocles, just outside of Puerto Viejo. The 23 rooms range from junior suites to the luxury bungalow with a private porch for relaxing in the hammock. Breakfast is included – tuck into omelettes, fresh fruit and pastries, washed down with Costa Rican coffee. They offer bike rentals and surf lessons, plus there are also around 120 species of birds that reside in this immediate area, making this the perfect choice for bird-lovers.
Health comes first at Le Cameleon Boutique Hotel. From beach yoga classes and reiki healing sessions to raw cooking classes, this upscale hotel knows how to look after its guests. The crisp, white, modern rooms contrast to the wild jungle surroundings outside. Alongside the wellbeing program, it’s also a great hotel for families looking to entertain kids with mini soccer and beach volleyball on-site. Head to the Noa Beach Club for fresh Caribbean lobster with lime hollandaise sauce, live music and after-dinner cocktails.
Connect with Costa Rica’s wild, enchanting surroundings by staying in luxury tents at Almonds and Corals, a family-owned boutique hotel. Each open-air tent provides a rustic, authentic jungle feel combined with luxurious beds, hot-water showers and hammocks to read your book in. There’s also a restaurant in the middle of the jungle with fresh Costa Rican cuisine, cooked up by Chef Krasinski, plus a golden sand beach for a swim just steps away from your table. Environmentally friendly practices are a key part of the ethos here.
Unplug from the outside world and step into one of six unique rooms at the Tree House Lodge. Would you prefer to sleep in a converted American school bus, or a beach suite complete with a domed bathroom and illuminated by colored glass windows? Owners Edsart Besier and Pamela Rodriguez transformed this swampland into a luxurious, eco-retreat on the Caribbean Coast. Each cabin is built using recycled, sustainable materials and the lodge also has its own foundation, the Iguna Verde Foundation, committed to protecting and restoring green iguana populations.
This is a rewrite of an original article by Jenn Parker.