The Best Hotels to Book in Costa Rica

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Lorna Turnbull

Costa Rica’s accommodation is as diverse as the country itself, from eco-friendly retreats and luxury resorts nestled in the Arenal National Park, to palm tree-studded beachfront hotels and even a boutique campsite in the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. Discover our guide to the best hotels Costa Rica has to offer and book your stay with Culture Trip.

1. Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica

Resort, Hotel

Light-filled and spacious queen room with contemporary furniture at Dreams Las Mareas Hotel in Costa Rica.
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Set on the palm tree-studded beach of El Jobo, and surrounded by lush jungle and mountains, the Dreams Las Mareas resort caters for every type of traveler. Adults have their own infinity swimming pool looking out over the ocean, along with cocktail-making classes and world-class spa – while kids can discover the secrets of the rainforest at the Explorers Club or splash around in their very own swimming pool complete with waterslide. For the ultimate indulgence, choose the “unlimited-luxury” all-inclusive option for food, drinks, daytime activities and nightly entertainment.

2. The Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa & Resort

Resort, Garden Hotel, Spa Hotel

Spacious and light-filled king room at The Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa & Resort in Costa Rica.
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Nestled in the foothills of a volcano in the Arenal National Park, The Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa & Resort is a healing retreat, where rejuvenation and relaxation await. Lose yourself in the mineral-rich outdoor springs and follow the water circuit through natural hot pools, thermal Jacuzzis and waterfalls. Continue your natural wellness journey at the resort’s spa or head to the 5th floor Lava Bar for unobstructed volcanic views and an all-together different form of relaxation.

3. Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa

Resort, Suite Hotel, Spa Hotel

Spacious and warm double room at Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa in Costa Rica.
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Set among 27 acres (11ha) of rolling countryside in the Arenal Volcano National Park, Kioro Suites & Spa is a lesson in green luxury, where sustainability sits alongside a deluxe stay. Suites are adorned with local artwork and come complete with two balconies for magnificent vistas over the jungle and volcano beyond. The grounds are vibrant, filled with tropical plants and flowers with a free-form pool, hot thermal springs and the soothing sound of the La Palma and Kioro streams running through the verdant estate.

4. Nayara Gardens

Boutique Hotel, Garden Hotel, Spa Hotel, Resort

Spacious and vibrant room with a four poster queen bed at Nayara Gardens Hotel in Costa Rica.
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Escape to the rainforest and enjoy the laid-back luxury of Nayara Gardens. Nestled in the Arenal Volcano National Park, individual casitas spring up from the jungle floor, where stepping out onto the veranda means immersing yourself in nature. Continue your reconnection with the natural world at the spa, where yoga classes take place in an open-air pavilion. Discover the other residents of Nayara Gardens by going birdwatching or taking an after-dark frog-spotting tour, and finish your day in style at the al fresco restaurant, complete with unparalleled volcano views.

5. Hotel Makanda by the Sea

Hotel

The outdoor pool and terrace with impressive ocean views at Hotel Makanda by the Sea in Costa Rica.
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An adults-only retreat, Makanda by the Sea takes its name from the ancient Sanskrit word for nectar, where paradise was found. This resort delivers a true taste of nirvana. Each room has an ocean view and are individually decorated with local materials and artisan pieces. For all-out glamor, choose the Junior Honeymoon Suite for its private infinity plunge pool overlooking the Pacific. Take things easy at the Shanti Spa or on the Biesanz Beach – famous for its endless white sands – or, for the more active, hike through the Manuel Antonio National Park, known for its lush foliage and rich biodiversity.

6. Secrets Papagayo Resort

Resort

Light-filled and modern queen room with a private balcony facing the ocean at Secrets Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica.
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A hideaway set right on the pristine sand of Papagayo Beach, this adults-only resort is a masterclass in luxurious living. Modern, stylish guest rooms and suites open out onto either ocean- or tropical-view balconies and the lush gardens hide two swimming pools, a world-class Pevonia spa and six dining options, including pan-Asian, Italian, a seafood grill and beachside bites. Ask the concierge to help design your perfect stay, from adrenalin-filled jet skiing to peaceful sunset cruises.

7. Rancho Pacifico

Hotel

Spacious and bright suite at Rancho Pacifico in Costa Rica.
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Leave the kids behind at yet another luxurious, adults-only, rainforest hotel. Whether you prefer a contemporary suite with floor-to-ceiling jungle views, or a treehouse cabin complete with an outdoor soaking tub, Rancho Pacifico can cater to your every whim. Hike to nearby waterfalls and the Cloud Forest, surf the Pacific or volunteer at the turtle refuge – the opportunities for adventure are limitless. For those looking to unwind and decompress, daily yoga and a full-service spa are on hand at this mountain retreat.

8. The Harmony Hotel, Nosara

Hotel

Spacious and stylish queen room with a private outdoor terrace at The Harmony Hotel, Nosara.
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Whether you are a surfer, yogi or beach lover, the Harmony Hotel is ideally located near the popular Playa Guiones in Nosara, known for its great waves and abundance of yoga studios (including one on-site). Wander down the beach path to this delightful, environmentally hotel with a farm-to-table restaurant, serving organic Costa Rican fusion fare. There is also a juice bar and wellness center on the property. This is truly a place that you won’t want to leave.

9. Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Farm and Inn

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Bright and elegant double room with a private outdoor terrace facing lush greenery at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Farm And Inn.
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Located in the highlands of the Central Valley, the weather is much cooler here at Finca Rosa Blanca, a boutique hotel surrounded by tropical gardens and a coffee plantation. It’s run by Teri and Glenn Jampol, whose family have owned the inn for three-generations. For the ultimate stay, choose the Rosa Blanca Suite, which is housed in a 40-ft (12-m) tower with 360-degree views. This hotel is an ideal choice for those looking for a romantic rendezvous, outdoor adventures or just a place to rejuvenate – with great coffee.

10. Arenas del Mar Beach & Rainforest Resort

Boutique Hotel, Resort

Double room with a private balcony facing the ocean at Arenas del Mar Beach & Rainforest Resort in Costa Rica.
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For beachfront luxury, look no further than Arenas del Mar, a carbon-neutral hotel that is nestled within the world-famous Manuel Antonio National Park. Winner of the Five Sustainability Leaf Award, eco-friendly practices are central to the hotel’s ethos – there are no single-use plastics on-site, they organize bi-monthly litter cleans and use solar energy to heat their water. Each of the 37 luxury suites has king-size beds, organic toiletries and rainfall showerheads. Alongside two sustainable restaurants, they also host Costa Rican street food nights, beachside barbecues and tortilla-making classes.

11. RipJack Inn, Playa Grande

Boutique Hotel

Spacious and modern queen room with a private outdoor terrace at RipJack Inn, Playa Grande in Costa Rica.
Courtesy of RipJack Inn / Hotels.com

Further up the coast from Nosara, you’ll find another legendary surf spot – Playa Grande – where two Californians set up the RipJack Inn. Since 2002, it’s grown to become a 21-room boutique hotel with two swimming pools, a yoga shala plus a treetop restaurant, serving casual fare such as fish tacos and Costa Rican casado. The local area is packed with adventurous activities – from zip-lining, horseback riding, sport fishing and scuba diving. The staff will make you feel like family right away, which is probably one of the reasons why so many guests continue to return to the RipJack Inn year after year.

12. Almonds and Corals Hotel, Manzanillo

Hotel

Spacious and light-filled double room at Almonds and Corals Hotel, Manzanillo.
Courtesy of Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Farm and Inn / Expedia

Fancy camping? Almonds and Corals Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel, made from tents raised up on platforms from the rainforest floor. These aren’t any tents – inside you’ll find full hardwood floors, giant wooden beds and living rooms. This fabulously unusual hotel is located within the Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, a photographer’s and nature lover’s utopia. The hotel has Jacuzzis, a fabulous restaurant, a bar that whips up smile-inducing tropical cocktails and a golden-sand beach just around the corner.

Looking for more accommodation in Costa Rica? Discover the best hotels in the bustling capital city of San José or check into a remote, eco-friendly retreat deep in the Pacific mountains. Wherever your itinerary takes you, be sure to plan and book your stay with Culture Trip.

This is a rewrite of an original article by Jenn Parker.

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