Drake Bay Wilderness Resort enjoys a wonderful location overlooking Drake Bay and is surrounded by lush rainforest that brims with life. Exotic animals such as playful monkeys, curious coati and colourful toucans are frequent visitors to the resort.
The Agujitas River flows into the bay right next to the resort, making it the ideal place to borrow a kayak and paddle off to explore the rainforest.
There are just 20 rooms here, all of which have a small terrace where you can relax and enjoy the surroundings or stargaze when the sun has gone down. The rooms are rustic but comfortable and clean and all offer en suite facilities and air conditioning.
The resort has its own restaurant, which serves a combination of local and international dishes made from ingredients largely grown in its own kitchen garden.
Please note that all meals are included in your stay here (however, drinks must be paid for at the resort).
The small bar serves chilled drinks, cocktails and light snacks.
Free Wi-Fi is also available in the resort’s communal areas.
Enjoy a refreshing dip in the small saltwater swimming pool or relax in a natural tidal pool located on the beach next to the resort.
At the end of an adventure-packed day, you can enjoy a quiet evening from a hammock overlooking the bay while the sun slowly sets on the horizon.
Look forward to experiencing the friendly and authentic atmosphere of this little gem of a hotel in Drake Bay.
|Standard room, 3 nights, full board included||Per person from: £462|
Situated in the middle of the lush rainforest at Drake Bay is the peaceful Finca Maresia hotel, just 1–2 kilometres from the beach and town. The hotel is like a lovely little oasis after a day filled with exciting experiences.
Its eight pleasant bungalows are located on small hills in the middle of the hotel’s hilly landscape and can each accommodate up to 4 people. All have ceiling fans, a safe, mosquito nets over the beds and an en suite bathroom with hair dryers and toiletries. Each bungalow also has a veranda with a couple of hammocks where you can relax after an action-packed day and enjoy the scenic surroundings. You may even be lucky to enough see parrots, toucans, hummingbirds or other exotic birds flying by.
You can also enjoy the surroundings from the lounge area and the restaurant on the large covered veranda where breakfast (included), lunch and dinner are served. Dinner is an experience in itself as the menu includes several dishes which are eaten with the other guests around a large table, offering ample opportunity to talk about the day’s experiences with each other. Please note that dinner must be booked during breakfast and is not included.
Free Wi-Fi is available at the hotel.
The cosy Hotel Arenal Montechiari is set in scenic surroundings and enjoys stunning views of the iconic Arenal volcano. The hotel is just a 5–10-minute walk from the centre of La Fortuna.
Its rooms are primarily made of wood and decorated in natural colours with green hues. All rooms have air conditioning, cable TV and a mini fridge as well as an en suite bathroom with a hair dryer. Each room also has its own small covered veranda with a couple of chairs where you can relax and enjoy the lush surroundings – and perhaps even spot a colourful butterfly or a hummingbird.
Your breakfast (included) is served in the hotel’s covered restaurant, which also offers great views of the green surroundings. Lunch and dinner can also be ordered here. In the middle of the hotel’s lush garden is the swimming pool, where you can take a dip or just relax on a sun lounger while enjoying the view of the impressive Arenal volcano.
There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
Monte Real presents a magnificent view out over the Arenal volcano and enjoys a wonderful location close to the Burio River and a small area of forest where you can see iguanas, squirrels, sloths, frogs, colourful birds and enchanting butterflies. The hotel is just 200 metres from the centre of La Fortuna, with its enticing shops and restaurants.
The rooms are equipped with a TV, facilities for making coffee, air conditioning, WiFi, a refrigerator and a safe. They also have a separate bathroom with a hair dryer, and a terrace or a balcony overlooking the garden.
The hotel has a delightful pool area with recliners, perfect for relaxing, enjoying the verdant surroundings and listening to the varied noises of the forest.
Hotel Costa Verde is a tropical Costa Rican paradise situated on a hill in lush green surroundings close to the world famous Manuel Antonio National Park.
A stay here is both a relaxing end to your tour and an exciting encounter with what can only be described as the life’s work of an ingenious man and a big boyhood dream come true. Because nestled among the bungalows and ordinary rooms are retired aeroplanes and train carriages that the owner of Costa Verde has converted into rooms and restaurants.
Hotel Costa Verde has 70 spacious rooms in total, all with private balconies from which you can enjoy stunning views of either the lush rainforest or the beautiful Pacific Ocean. The hotel’s slogan is “Still more monkeys than people”, and you really get to stay in lush surroundings in the midst of beautiful nature and wildlife.
All rooms are furnished with attractive, solid wood furniture and have air conditioning, cable TV, Wi-Fi, a safe, a fridge, a coffee maker, a kitchenette with a microwave and an en suite bathroom with a hair dryer.
The hotel has 3 pools where you can sunbathe and enjoy a refreshing dip. There are 2 pools for families with children, and 1 pool which is for guests over the age of 16 only.
Your breakfast (included) is served in the Anaconda restaurant, where you can enjoy your morning coffee with a wonderful view of the Pacific Ocean. You can also have lunch here, and on the menu, you’ll find a wide selection of Costa Rican dishes, seafood, sandwiches and wraps.
The hotel also has 4 other restaurants and bars, each with its own theme. These restaurants are located along the main road and are also frequented by other travellers in Manuel Antonio.
The El Baguette Café has its own bakery and serves delicious sandwiches, cakes and coffee for lunch and afternoon tea.
In “El Wagon”, a converted train carriage, you can look forward to crisp pizzas, and in restaurant La Cantina there is BBQ and live music on the menu.
And be sure to visit the El Avión restaurant and bar. A real Fairchild C-123 aeroplane that once belonged to the CIA has been transformed into a bar and restaurant. Enjoy a colourful cocktail with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean followed by a delicious seafood dinner.
Costa Verde has always been at the forefront of sustainable solutions to take good care of the precious surrounding nature. Waste is sorted here, and anything that can be recycled is recycled, including rainwater and wood. One of the things that immediately catches your eye upon arrival is that all the lamps in the hotel are old bottles that have been given a new life.
Please note that the hotel is located on a hilltop in hilly terrain, so there will be quite a lot of stairs between the rooms and restaurants as well as down to the beach (about 700 metres) and the entrance to Manuel Antonio National Park (about 2 km). A bus service runs several times an hour to/from Manuel Antonio if you don’t wish to walk there. The ride costs around 1 USD.
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The newly constructed and modern Hotel Naoz is like a little oasis in Manuel Antonio.
The hotel has only 25 rooms and is built around a small, lush garden with a swimming pool and spa bath in the middle. Here, you can relax in a sun lounger with a good book, or enjoy a cool drink, or a Costa Rican coffee from the hotel bar.
The hotels feature modern interiors with bright colours, tiled floors, and colourful pictures on the walls. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a ceiling fan, a flat-screen TV, a safe, and an en suite bathroom with hair dryer and toiletries. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
Your included breakfast is also enjoyed at the hotel restaurant, which is also open for lunch and dinner. Here, the chefs stand ready in the open kitchen, preparing delectable local and international dishes.
If you would like to go out to eat, there are many exciting restaurants at a walking distance from the hotel. For example, you can visit the restaurant El Avion, which is an old aeroplane that was transported to the city and remodelled to become a spectacular restaurant.
If you want to feel the sand, Playa Espadilla, or visit the Manuel Antonio National Park, you can get on the local shuttle bus, which stops quite close to the hotel approx. once per hour. It takes about 10-15 minutes and is both an easy and cheap way to travel back and forth.
You can also go down the steep, winding mountain road down to the beach and simply take the shuttle bus back for the steep parts.
Centrally located in the small village of Santa Elena in the area neighbouring Monteverde Cloud Forest is the cosy Arco Iris Lodge. When staying here, you are within easy reach of restaurants, cafés and small hikes in the beautiful nature.
The lodge’s rustic, wooden cabins are very much in harmony with the scenic surroundings. The simply appointed rooms have wooden furniture, a TV, a safe and an en suite bathroom There is free Wi-Fi at the lodge. The room’s cosy balcony is the perfect place to relax to the sound of the nearby animals and enjoy the view of the surrounding garden and mountains.
The day starts with a nice breakfast buffet with both European and Costa Rican dishes. Much of the produce comes from the lodge itself – including eggs from the lodge’s own hens.
The lodge’s beautiful garden is nothing short of an oasis, visited by an abundance of butterflies, birds and other animals. It offers you every opportunity to relax with a good book and some refreshment at the end of an adventure-filled day.
A stay at Jaguarundi Lodge places you in a central location in the small village of Santa Elena in the area by Monteverde’s beautiful cloud forest. Within a short distance, you’ll find everything from restaurants and cafés to small hiking trails. The hotel is known for having its own hanging bridge right in its “backyard”. So you have every opportunity to start the day with a walk straight into the lush nature, which buzzes with life from all the animals in the area.
The lodge consists of wooden cabins built in a rustic style in keeping with the local nature. All cabins have an en suite bathroom and a TV. They all have their own balcony, which is the ideal place to enjoy a quiet moment with a good cup of Costa Rican coffee and a book with a view of the wild nature of the jungle.
The day starts with a traditional Costa Rican breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant, setting you up for an exciting day in the cloud forest. The hotel also has a small bar that makes refreshing drinks to round off the day. There is free Wi-Fi in the communal areas.
The charming Monteverde Country Lodge is set in lush greenery in the small village of Santa Elena in the Monteverde area, best known for its cloud forest. The lodge is within walking distance of many local restaurants and various exciting centres for butterflies, insects and snakes.
All 60 rooms at the lodge are inspired by the original style of the first mountain huts in Monteverde, and are furnished with wooden furniture and decorated in warm colours. They are equipped with cable TV, a telephone, a safe, a coffee maker and en suite toilet and shower. Outside the rooms is a shared veranda, where you can sit and relax in one of the chairs.
The lodge’s restaurant serves both traditional Costa Rican dishes and international cuisine. The restaurant is also where your breakfast (included) is served. You may also be lucky enough to experience live music here, played by local artists while you eat or enjoy a glass of wine. In the afternoon, you can relax with a cup of coffee and a good book in the lodge’s lounge area or in the cosy courtyard with fountains, benches and abundant greenery.
There is free Wi-Fi in the lodge’s communal areas.
Situated on the edge of Monteverde’s nature reserve is the delightful Valle Escondido Nature Reserve Hotel & Farm. The hotel enjoys an elevated position on a scenic natural plot, with a fabulous view of the rainforest and a beautiful valley. A short distance from Valle Escondido, pristine nature trails, an encounter with the area’s many animals and small waterfalls await you.
The simply appointed rooms feature wooden furniture and decorative details from the nature outside. They offer an en suite bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities and a fan. There is free Wi-Fi in the hotel’s communal areas.
The family-owned hotel is run with a view to being sustainable and self-sufficient. Its roof is designed to collect rainwater, which is used to grow vegetables for the hotel’s own restaurant, Farm to Table Escondido. Here, you can, among other things, enjoy your breakfast (included) overlooking mountains and trees. There are a lot of restaurants nearby, but if you wish to remain at the hotel, its stone-baked pizza is well worth a try.
And if you’ve not yet had your fill of experiences for the day, you have every opportunity to take part in everything from yoga to a class about the ecosystem arranged by the host.
Belvedere is a quiet, cosy family-run hotel that was one of the first hotels in Sámara. The hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the lovely sandy beach and a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Sámara, where you will find small shops and cosy restaurants.
It has a total of 22 rooms and 2 apartments. All have a mini fridge, air conditioning, cable TV, a coffee maker and a safe. There is also free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
The hotel restaurant overlooks the beautiful tropical garden, which you can enjoy while having your breakfast served. There are two swimming pools in the more private part of the garden, where you can take a refreshing dip or relax in a sun lounger. You may even be lucky enough to see monkeys, humming birds and iguanas in the garden.
If you’re looking for more adventure, the hotel can arrange activities such as hiking, diving and horse riding.
Giada is a small, family-run hotel, located just a few minutes’ walk from the fantastic Playa Sámara beach. It might not look much from the outside, but inside, the hotel is a real oasis offering wonderful hospitality.
Arranged over 2 floors, the hotel has just 24 rooms, all of which have a private terrace or balcony overlooking the lush garden or one of the two small pools. The rooms are brightly coloured and of a slightly older character, but you have everything you need such as a TV, a ceiling fan, air conditioning, a fridge, a safe and your own bathroom.
The hotel adjoins restaurant MaMa Gui, and this is where your breakfast (included) is served. The restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner and serves an exciting blend of Italian and Costa Rican food.
The owner of Hotel Giada spends much of his time and money on the Proyecto Corales project, which aims to restore the coral reef in Sámara Bay. No corals, no sea life! Read more about the exciting project here:
Giada is the perfect base for relaxation on the beach or a mooch around the cosy, little town. Or simply recline in a sun lounger in the hotel garden and cool off in one of the two small pools.
Montelaguna Boutique Hotel is located in a tropical oasis between two of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches – Playa Sámara and Playa Carrillo.
A relaxed atmosphere prevails here, where you’re guaranteed to feel at one with nature. The hotel is surrounded by lush rainforest and has a cosy pool area where you can enjoy a refreshing dip or a cold drink on a sun lounger amidst palm trees and exotic flowers. It is a small hotel with just 17 rooms, all of which offer air conditioning, a ceiling fan, a minibar, a safe, a hair dryer, a TV, coffee/tea making facilities and an en suite bathroom.
Your breakfast (included) is served in the hotel’s small restaurant, which is also open for lunch and dinner.
If you dream of fabulous bounty beach surroundings, you’ve come to the right place. There’s something for everyone here, whether you’re looking for an active beach holiday or you prefer to relax with a good book in the shade of a swaying coconut palm. Just 400 metres from the hotel is the quiet Playa Carrillo, which, with its untouched beauty, invites you to enjoy pure relaxation in picture-postcard surroundings. This is also a haven for locals seeking a peaceful day out with the family. If you walk 500 metres to the other side, you’ll come to Playa Sámara, where you have every opportunity to try various water sports activities such as kayaking, stand up paddle and jet skiing.
Just 3.5 km from the hotel is the town of Sámara, where you can go on a little shopping trip, taste local dishes or enjoy a refreshing cocktail at sunset.
Please note: The hotel is closed in September and October. If you’re travelling during this period, you’ll be staying at The Hideaway Hotel instead.
Idyllically located in a tropical rainforest is Ara Ambigua Lodge.
The hotel has 45 rooms, all with air conditioning, Wi-Fi, TV and a private terrace.
Enjoy a meal in the hotel’s rustic restaurant in tropical surroundings, serenaded by birds in the background. Both local and international dishes are served.
Relax in the pleasant garden on a sun lounger by the pool. The hotel also has a children’s pool for little ones.
La Quinta is an eco-lodge built in harmony with its lush surroundings. In 1993 it was an abandoned farm, largely cleared of vegetation. The new owners replanted trees and created habitats for butterflies, frogs, small mammals and birds.
The lodge has 28 rooms, all equipped with air conditioning and hairdryers. Each also has a veranda with a hammock and a rocking chair, from which you can enjoy the tropical gardens and the sounds of the forest.
The restaurant serves international cuisine. Fruit and vegetables are from the lodge’s own gardens.
There is a swimming pool, and guests can also enjoy a relaxing massage in the riverside spa.
Situated a mere stone’s throw from the beautiful Playa Cocles beach and a few kilometres from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is the peaceful Azania Bungalows lodge, in complete harmony with its lush Caribbean surroundings.
The lodge’s 10 charming traditional bungalows are surrounded by lush plants and trees, creating a relaxed tropical vibe. Each bungalow can accommodate up to 4 people and has high ceilings for natural air circulation, a flat-screen TV, a mini fridge, a safe, ceiling fans, mosquito nets and an en suite bathroom with hair dryer. Each bungalow also has a private veranda with a hammock, where you can lounge to your heart’s content and enjoy the surroundings.
The cosy, thatched restaurant and bar serves tropical breakfasts, refreshing drinks and Argentinian cuisine combined with Costa Rican ingredients and taste sensations.
Next to the restaurant is the lodge’s swimming pool with jacuzzi in the middle of the tropical gardens. Cool off here after a day of activities or just relax and sunbathe. You can also go down to Playa Cocles and relax on the sand while watching the surfers in the fabulous Caribbean Sea or rent a bike at the lodge and explore the area.
There is free Wi-Fi at the lodge.
This delightful eco-tourist hotel is located close to the Rincón de la Vieja National Park. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens with exotic flowers and trees that attract many different species of birds. The hotel offers fantastic views of the Rincón de la Vieja and Santa Maria volcanoes, and, on a clear day, the Pacific coast.
There is also a swimming pool filled with natural spring water from the volcano. There are 54 rooms, each with a small veranda where you can enjoy the view of the volcanoes and the hacienda. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, safe and TV.
Situated amidst the lush surroundings on the outskirts of Los Quetzales National Park is the glorious Sueños del Bosque Lodge, just a stone’s throw from the Savegre River. The lodge is thus the perfect place to explore the nature or simply relax.
The lodge’s 10 bungalows are built of wood and decorated in warm colours with attractive wood panelling on the walls. With two double beds, they can accommodate up to 4 people. They also offer Wi-Fi, cable TV, a fridge, an en suite bathroom with toiletries and a hair dryer, and a small seating area where you can sit and relax. Each bungalow also has a veranda where you can sit and enjoy the lush surroundings.
At the restaurant, you can order traditional Costa Rican dishes and European dishes made from local ingredients while enjoying the views of the lush nature surrounding the lodge. This is also where your breakfast (included) is served.
There are hiking trails around the lodge, which you can either explore yourself or purchase a guided tour and learn more about the flora and fauna in the area. You can also go for a walk on the 80-metre-long hanging bridge just 75 metres from the restaurant, sail on the small lake by the lodge or go horseback riding in the lodge’s grounds.
Holiday Inn San José-Aurola is situated in San José’s historic quarter, close to the Barrio Amón area with its old colonial mansions, which now serve as galleries. You are within walking distance of the National Museum, the Jade Museum and the Mercado Central, where you can shop and dine at small, local restaurants.
All 195 of the hotel’s elegant rooms are decorated in warm colours with comfortable beds and a large window affording views of San José and the mountains on the horizon. All rooms have air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, a safe, a coffee maker, minibar and an en-suite bathroom with hair dryer and toiletries.
There are two restaurants at the hotel. Tropicana is a buffet restaurant serving both international and local dishes. This is also where breakfast is served (included). The elegant El Mirador restaurant on the 17th floor serves finer international cuisine, which you can enjoy with stunning city views. You can also sit in the lounge chairs and drink a cocktail at the hotel’s own La Palma Bar. Room service is also available.
The hotel has an indoor pool where you can enjoy a dip or just relax in the lounge chairs. Food and drink can be ordered at the swimming pool, and there is a gym boasting an excellent range of exercise equipment.
A stay at Aninga Lodge puts you next door to the scenic Tortuguero Canal, and close to the popular Tortuguero National Park, which is home to a multitude of animal species.
Located in the heart of the jungle, you can expect a sensory experience, where you can hear the many animal sounds in the background at most times of the day. This makes your stay here in the middle of nature something very special.
The lodge has 33 spacious bungalows, all equipped with ceiling fans and en suite bathrooms with hot water. The rooms are decorated in a tropical style with wooden furniture and colourful prints that harmonise with the lush rainforest right outside your window.
When it’s time to laze, you can jump into the distinctive turtle-shaped swimming pool. You can also visit the lodge’s Aninga Spa, where you can treat yourself to a nice massage (fee payable)
The lodge also has a restaurant where you can enjoy your meals (included). In the evening, a cosy drink or coffee can be enjoyed in the bar area, possibly sharing the day’s experiences with other guests.
Evergreen Lodge enjoys a fantastic location a short distance from the famous Tortuguero National Park. A stay in this location puts you in the heart of the jungle, giving you ample opportunity to experience the area’s flora and fauna right up close.
The area is considered one of the most exotic in the country and is known for its many animal species found both on land and in the water. Among others, there are crocodiles, monkeys, turtles, frogs and toucans here, which make a visit to Tortuguero something very special indeed.
The lodge has 66 bungalows and rooms with a tropical décor, all rustically appointed with wood and bamboo furniture. The rooms have an en suite toilet/shower, a safe and a ceiling fan, and there is free Wi-Fi in the lodge’s communal areas.
The area offers plenty of opportunity for you to be active and explore its nature. If you prefer to relax at the lodge, you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the outdoor swimming pool, a drink at the bar or treat yourself to a massage (fee payable).
Your included meals are served in the lodge’s restaurant, from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of the canal.
Laguna Lodge is situated in the heart of the lush jungle at Tortuguero National Park. Located on a narrow piece of land with Tortuguero’s largest canal on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other, the lodge offers a unique location.
It has 106 rustic, simply furnished rooms, all with their own toilet/shower, ceiling fan, safe and small terrace overlooking the lush garden.
Tortuguero offers amazing canals, rivers and wetlands, which are home to many exciting species of animals and exotic plants. When you’re not out on an excursion, you can relax in the scenic surroundings of the lodge, enjoy a dip in the pool, go for a stroll along one of the small paths in the area or on the beach, visit the frog pond or just relax and enjoy a drink in the bar.
All meals are served at the lodge’s cosy restaurant overlooking the canal.
There is Wi-Fi in the lodge’s lobby and restaurant.
Mawamba Lodge enjoys a unique location between the Caribbean Sea and the Tortuguero Canals in the heart of the lush jungle of Tortuguero National Park – the journey here is an experience in itself.
The lodge strives to create an experience as close to nature as possible, so there is no TV, radio or air conditioning in the rooms. The 56 rustic rooms are built in traditional Caribbean style with dark wood that blends naturally into the green surroundings. The en suite bathrooms offer a hair dryer and toiletries. There is a ceiling fan and window nets that provide a natural breeze and allow you to listen to the sounds of the rainforest as you fall asleep.
In the lodge’s pool area, you can jump in the water or sit and relax in a sun lounger or hammock. If it’s more adventure you’re looking for, you can explore the green areas where you can spot various bird species and perhaps even monkeys.
During your stay in Tortuguero, your meals are included in the price and they are served as a buffet in the Mambo restaurant, which is located right by the swimming pool. For an additional fee, you can reserve a table at Katonga, the lodge’s floating restaurant, and enjoy your dinner in the middle of the rainforest as you slowly glide down Tortuguero’s canals (reservation required).
Close to the pool area is the Chelonia bar, where you can enjoy a refreshing drink, beer or soft drink. There is also a small coffee shop in reception, where they also have a small self-service library.
Free Wi-Fi is available in all common areas at the lodge.
Pachira Lodge is located just 5 minutes from the spectacular Tortuguero National Park and right next to the Tortuguero canals, not far from the town of Tortuguero.
The lodge is set on a 34-hectare plot and has 94 rooms. The rooms are decorated in a tropical style with colourful cushions and pictures. All rooms have their own bathroom with hot water. There is a ceiling fan and nets on the windows, which provide a natural breeze in the room.
In the pool area, you can have a refreshing swim in the turtle-shaped pool or relax in a sun lounger and enjoy the lush surroundings. Not far from the pool area is the hotel’s cosy restaurant and bar area, where your meals (included) are served as a buffet.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can purchase experience packages at the hotel, including massage, boat trips and ziplining in the tree tops.
Free Wi-Fi is available in all common areas at the lodge.
Situated a mere 30-minute drive from the Guayabo National Monument is the charming Guayabo Lodge, set in scenic surroundings overlooking the mountains, valleys, rivers and the active Turrialba volcano. Thanks to its location 1,500 metres above sea level, the lodge not only offers a fantastic view of the area but also pleasant, cool temperatures. It may therefore also be a good idea to bring a warm sweater for the chilly evenings.
The lodge’s 28 rooms all have their own colour scheme and are decorated with folk art that harmonises with the nature around the lodge. Each room has an en suite bathroom with a hair dryer, toiletries and a hot water shower. The rooms all afford views of either Turrialba volcano or the valley.
At the lodge’s restaurant and bar, you can enjoy Costa Rican dishes and delicious cocktails while admiring the beautiful views. This is also where your breakfast (included) is served.
In the afternoon, you can either explore the area around the lodge or relax in the lounge area with a good book. You can also purchase a cookery course at the lodge’s own cooking school, where you learn how to cook a 3-course Costa Rican meal, which you can then enjoy with a glass of wine.
Free Wi-Fi is also available in all of the lodge’s communal areas.
According to CNN, this hotel is one of seven resort hotels with the most spectacular views in the world. The hotel is actually located on a mountain side, just 6 km from the Arenal volcano, and thus provides magnificent view of the volcano itself, the densely wooded valley and the small villages. The resort has 18 pools of various sizes and water temperatures. There are also several restaurants, each serving its own specialities. For example, there is a delicious sushi restaurant.
Other facilities include a large spa and fitness area. All rooms have their own private terrace overlooking the volcano, hammocks, air conditioning, flatscreen TV, WiFi access, telephone and minibar/refrigerator. This is a resort you will want to stay at for ever…
Lomas del Volcán is located in scenic, peaceful surroundings approximately a 10-minute drive from La Fortuna, overlooking the Arenal Volcano.
The hotel has 52 charming wooden cabins spread over 150 hectares of grounds. All of them have air conditioning, a telephone, a safe, cable TV, a mini fridge, a coffee maker and Wi-Fi. In addition, all cabins have 2 terraces, one overlooking the Arenal volcano, the other with direct access to the stunning tropical flower garden.
The hotel has its own nature trail in the grounds, and you can walk the 1.5 km walk and see animals such as monkeys, iguanas and various bird species.
If you fancy a refreshing dip, the hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi.
The Lomas restaurant serves both international and local cuisine, which can be enjoyed indoors or on the covered terrace. In the restaurant’s bar, you can treat yourself to a glass of wine, a cold beer or a traditional Tico-style cocktail.
The exclusive Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort is set in lush greenery right by the beautiful beaches of Playa Playitas and Playa Espadilla and affords outstanding views of the crystal-clear waters and magnificent Manuel Antonio National Park.
The resort has just 38 rooms decorated in minimalist Costa Rican style and equipped with air conditioning, a ceiling fan, Wi-Fi, a TV, a safe, a coffee maker and an ensuite bathroom with toiletries. Each room also has a cosy little balcony.
The resort’s two restaurants offer something for gastronomes and hungry adventurers alike. The chef combines local, sustainable ingredients with the Costa Rican “Pura Vida” spirit. Your a la carte breakfast (included) is served in the restaurant at the resort itself, where you can also enjoy your dinner overlooking the national park. The other restaurant is located in the resort’s private section of Playa Playitas beach. Lunch and dinner are both served here in tropical surroundings.
If pure relaxation is the order of the day, the resort has two lovely pools: one at the resort itself and one on the private part of Playa Playitas. When the day is drawing to a close, you can settle down with a mojito by the pool at the resort or head down to the resort’s swings on the beach and enjoy the stunning sunset over the Pacific.
At the resort, you can also learn how to make Costa Rican-style tortillas, try your hand at yoga or enjoy a spot of pampering with spa treatments at the resort’s Las Brisas wellness centre.
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Majestically perched on a hilltop with a spectacular view of the Pacific is Parador Nature Resort & Spa. Surrounded by tropical jungle, the resort is visited daily by exotic animals such as monkeys, sloths and the beautiful scarlet macaw.
The resort’s name “Parador” means resting place in Spanish. It is a name that originates from Spain, where, in the Middle Ages, old castles and monasteries were converted into hostels for knights and respectable travellers. When you enter Parador’s lobby, you immediately feel the sense of history and the medieval atmosphere, as the walls are adorned with a private collection of European paintings, armour and swords from this era. This resort is a modern resting place in beautiful tropical surroundings!
The resort has 130 modern rooms in light colours with beautiful wooden furniture. All rooms offer air conditioning, cable TV, a safe, coffee/tea facilities, a fridge, Wi-Fi and an en suite bathroom.
The “Garden” rooms afford a view of the lush garden and are located on the ground floor with access to a private terrace with a table and chairs. The “Premium” rooms have sea and jungle views and a private balcony with a table and chairs, from which the breathtaking sunset can be enjoyed.
In restaurant “La Galeria”, your breakfast (included) is served as a buffet – naturally with a great cup of Costa Rican coffee. The restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner and serves a wide selection of local and international dishes.
With the cooling sea breeze and a fantastic view, you can enjoy lunch or dinner in the restaurant “La Fragata”, where all manner of delicious seafood is served. The resort also has its own sushi restaurant and the “Don Juan” bar.
If you’re just feeling peckish, light meals and snacks are served at the El Galeón pool bar, which also serves cold drinks throughout the day without you having to leave the pool.
Please note: Opening hours in the restaurants vary throughout the season.
The resort has several swimming pools where you can sunbathe and relax after an adventure-filled tour of Costa Rica. There are both pools for families with children and pools for guests aged over 18 only. From the resort’s infinity pool, with a drink in hand, you can enjoy the sun slowly setting into the Pacific Ocean, painting the sky in a multitude of colours.
The tranquil Biesanz Beach is a short 7-minute walk from the resort’s main entrance. Here, you can swim or rent kayaks and snorkelling equipment and go exploring under the sea. Perhaps you’ll spot a sea turtle.
If you need a little break from lazing by the pool or the beach, you can use the resort’s gym, play tennis and crazy golf or go exploring on the resort’s small jungle trail in search of exotic wildlife.
You can also look forward to a spot of pampering at the resort’s fabulous and exclusive day spa, where you can purchase various treatments and massages.
The resort is also just 4 km from Playa Espadilla beach, where, in addition to swimming, you can try all kinds of water sports, including surfing, and around 5 km from Manuel Antonio National Park. There is a free shuttle service to and from the town, which you have to book in reception.
Parador has its own sustainability programme, having actively joined the fight to protect the climate and drawn up a concrete action plan to reduce its carbon emissions through investment, e.g. for more energy-friendly lighting, improvement of air conditioning systems and more efficient pump systems. Through its “We Share” programme, the resort also supports several different social and environmental projects in the local community.
|Garden rooms including breakfast||Per person from: £226|
|Premium rooms including breakfast||Per person from: £290|
|Garden rooms including breakfast||Per person from: £79|
|Premium rooms including breakfast||Per person from: £143|
|Garden rooms including breakfast||Per person from: £140|
|Premium rooms including breakfast||Per person from: £204|
Hotel & Spa Poco a Poco is centrally located in the town of Santa Elena and roughly 10 minutes from Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.
The hotel has 30 spacious rooms, all with cable TV, a telephone, a safe, Wi-Fi and a coffee maker with locally produced coffee from Monteverde.
The hotel has two lovely covered swimming pools and a jacuzzi where you can relax after the day’s experiences. If you fancy an extra spot of pampering, you can purchase a massage or beauty treatment at the hotel’s Naroa day spa.
The Otocuma restaurant serves delicious local and international dishes made from local produce. From here, you have a lovely view of the lush nature of the area, and you may even be lucky enough to spot one of the many hummingbirds.
Playa Carrillo is the type of beach you see on postcards and nowadays on Instagram. The idyllic horseshoe-shaped bay is surrounded by palm trees that sway in the breeze, while the sun’s rays glitter in the turquoise sea.
There are no hotels or restaurants right on the beach. The few hotels that are here enjoy a somewhat secluded location, and you can either walk to the beach or take a taxi. The local Costa Ricans also come here and use the beach as a favourite picnic spot on Sundays, bringing their own food and beach chairs with them.
The wide sandy beach is very child-friendly as the water is relatively calm and shallow.
The town of Carrillo has a chilled atmosphere and just a small selection of shops and restaurants. We recommend a trip to Playa Sámara, a mere 10-15 minute drive from Carrillo, where you can shop in the small shops along the town’s main street and have dinner right on the beach.
Playa Carrillo is for those who wish to round off their Costa Rica tour in peaceful, bounty beach surroundings, where relaxing is the keyword.
The family-owned hotel Nammbú Beachfront Bungalows is located on a small hill, just a few hundred metres from the beautiful beach Playa Carrillo. From here, you have a stunning view over Carrillo Bay, with its white, undisturbed sandy beach with turquoise waters and lush green surroundings as a backdrop.
The hotel consists of thatched bungalows in earthy colours, housing 63 spacious rooms. All rooms have comfortable beds, a sofa, a desk, a minibar and fridge, a safe, air conditioning, a flat screen TV, a telephone, a coffee maker and an en suite bathroom with hair dryer. There is also a balcony or terrace for each room, where you can sit and relax while enjoying the scenic surroundings.
In the hotel restaurant, you can enjoy your breakfast (included) either inside or out on the covered terrace with a magnificent view. The restaurant also serves both local Costa Rican dishes and dishes inspired by Western cuisine. If you fancy an exotic cocktail, simply order one at the hotel’s small bar, located next to the pool.
If pure relaxation is the order of the day, you can float in the pool or just rest in the sun loungers while enjoying the beach view. You can also sit in the lounge with a good book or take a towel under your arm and sit under a swaying palm tree on the beautiful beach.
If you feel the need to be active, you can rent a bicycle or book surfing lessons and outdoor yoga classes at the hotel.
Free Wi-Fi is also available in the hotel’s communal areas.
Please note: Prices are not valid over the Christmas and New Year period or during Easter. Please enquire regarding prices when traveling over this period.
|Deluxe double room including breakfast||Per person from: £132|
|Junior Suite double room including breakfast||Per person from: £159|
|Deluxe double room including breakfast||Per person from: £34|
|Junior Suite double room including breakfast||Per person from: £60|
Hermosa means beautiful in Spanish, and this beach is certainly that! If you’re looking to round off your Costa Rican adventure with a beach holiday where you can really wind down and pretty much have the beach to yourself, Playa Hermosa is the place for you.
Roughly 6 km from Playa Hermosa is Playas del Coco, a slightly larger beach town, with a wider selection of shops and restaurants if you need a little trip out.
If you feel like swapping your flip flops for walking shoes one day, there are numerous options for day trips from the town. Playa Hermosa is located in the north-western corner of the Nicoya Peninsula, and from here you can, among other places, visit the exciting Rincón de la Vieja, Palo Verde and Diria national parks.
(Please note that there is also a Playa Hermosa in the southern part of the Nicoya Peninsula in Puntarenas province, but this is not where you’ll be staying).
Hotel Bosque del Mar is a charming, little boutique hotel surrounded by tropical forest and enjoying a unique location right on Playa Hermosa beach. If you look in towards the hotel from the water, it’s actually so well camouflaged that it can be difficult to spot.
The hotel has just 32 rooms, either overlooking the tropical garden or the seductive sea. The rooms are spacious and attractively appointed, all with air conditioning, a fridge, cable TV, a coffee machine, a safe, Wi-Fi, a hair dryer and toiletries.
The modern Niromi restaurant serves international and Costa Rican dishes and offers a wonderful view of the sea. The stylish Nya lounge bar on the restaurant’s first floor serves exotic drinks and snacks.
There is a small swimming pool and a jacuzzi in the middle of the hotel where you can lie in the shade of the beautiful trees that really give this hotel its character. Sun loungers and beach towels can be used free of charge on the beach. The shallow, relatively calm water invites you in for a refreshing swim.
You might like to rent a kayak and paddle out to explore the small bay. You can also go for a walk along the water’s edge to the other end of the beach. There are only a few other hotels and resorts along the 2 km or so-long beach, so you can really enjoy the peace and the soothing lapping of the water.
The hotel also has its own day spa, where you can purchase various massages and beauty treatments. In reception, they’ll also help arrange various water sports activities, boat trips, deep sea fishing and trips to the nearby national parks.
Look forward to enjoying a cool drink at happy hour while the sun slowly sets on the horizon, painting the sky in beautiful shades of orange and purple.
|Junior suite dbl. room, incl. breakfast||Per person from: £208|
|Double room overlooking the garden, including breakfast||Per person from: £240|
|Double room with sea view, including breakfast||Per person from: £282|
|Junior suite dbl. room, incl. breakfast||Per person from: £108|
|Double room overlooking the garden, including breakfast||Per person from: £139|
|Double room with sea view, including breakfast||Per person from: £180|
Hidden away behind tall palm trees and tropical plants is the little gem, The Hideaway Hotel.
The Hideaway enjoys a fantastic location between two of the area’s scenic bays. Just 100 metres from the hotel is the beautiful sandy beach, Playa Sámara. A small path leads from the hotel down to a more isolated part of the beach, where it’s not uncommon to hear the sounds of both tropical birds and howler monkeys, which can often be spotted in the treetops.
Playa Sámara offers a wealth of water activities, bicycle rental, cafés and restaurants. If you’d like to visit a more peaceful beach, the beautiful, picture-postcard Carillo Beach can be found in the next bay – a mere 1 km away. Carillo Beach is considered a quieter beach with fewer visitors and just few hotels and restaurants.
The Hideaway Hotel offers 12 spacious rooms with either a terrace or balcony. All rooms have an en suite shower with hot water, a hair dryer, a safe, a coffee machine and Wi-Fi. The décor is light and airy with decorative details on cushions and throws, giving the room a cosy, relaxed atmosphere.
Your stay includes breakfast with coffee brewed from local Costa Rican coffee beans. Get the day off to a good start with a stroll to the hotel’s small tropical garden, which is frequented by birds and butterflies. There is plenty of opportunity to laze by the swimming pool with a good book or a chilled tropical drink. Light dishes can also be purchased in the hotel’s restaurant.
Borinquen Resort has a delightful location in the foothills of the mountains and close to the national park. It has a naturally formed pool surrounded by the tropical forest.
Facilities include a ‘formal’ restaurant that is mainly used for dinner, as well as a more casual restaurant/cafeteria where guests usually eat lunch. Guest stay in ‘villas’, each with its own terrace from where there is an excellent view of the sunset. The villas are also equipped with a TV, telephone, air conditioning, coffee machine and safe.
This charming hotel is located in the centre of San José. Previously a Victorian palace, the building has been remodelled to create an attractive, welcoming hotel with a full range of modern facilities.
The hotel restaurant is one of the most famous in Costa Rica. The rooms are excellent and equipped with a TV, telephone, air conditioning, minibar, coffee machine, hair dryer and safe. There is WiFi access in all rooms and in all public areas at the hotel.
In the late 80s, Tamarindo was just a sleepy, out-of-the-way village that only the locals and some hardcore surfers knew about. Not so anymore! Today, Tamarindo is one of the most developed and popular beach destinations on the Nicoya Peninsula, attracting all age groups, young and old, and still a great many surfers who want to try their hand at the waves.
Tamarindo is located in Las Baulas National Park, which was created, among other things, to protect the surrounding beaches, where the large leatherback sea turtle comes to lay its eggs in the season from October – April. The national park also has a large area of mangrove forest that is home to abundant bird- and wildlife. We recommend a kayak or boat trip into the often overlooked national park.
Tamarindo is for those looking for a place where things happen, with a wide range of activities. It is also the obvious choice if you’re travelling with older children who want to try their hand at adventurous activities such as surfing, horse riding or ziplining. Along the town’s main street, you’ll find a large selection of shops, trendy bars and cafés and some of the country’s best restaurants.
The town’s central location makes it the ideal base for exploring the north-western corner of Costa Rica with the option of excursions to exciting national parks such as Rincón de la Vieja, Palo Verde and Diria.
Despite welcoming many visitors to the area, Tamarindo’s beautiful, wide sandy beach does not feel crowded.
In Tamarindo, you’ll be staying at Wyndham Tamarindo. The hotel enjoys a quiet, hillside location with the most fantastic view over the town and the sea.
It has 104 stylishly appointed rooms, all with cable TV, air conditioning, a safe, a hair dryer and Wi-Fi. The rooms also have a small private balcony or terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Your breakfast (included) is served in restaurant Vista as a delicious buffet. The restaurant is open all day, and you will find a large selection of local and international dishes on the menu. There is also room service if you would like the food served in your room.
Relax in the hotel’s lovely infinity pool, where you can take a refreshing dip or sunbathe while enjoying the impressive view (you just never get tired of that view!). You can also watch the sun set on the horizon from here, with a cocktail from the pool bar in your hand.
Walk down to the beach in approx. 15-20 minutes or take the hotel’s free shuttle bus, which runs to/from Tamarindo roughly every two hours between 9 am and 7 pm.
As a guest staying at Wyndham Tamarindo, you also have access to the Langacosta Beach Club, giving you use of the club’s beach chairs, toilets and changing facilities. They also have a bar and restaurant when you get thirsty and hungry. If you’re up for a spot of surfing, they also offer surfing lessons. There is a transfer to/from the club from the hotel. It costs approx. 1 USD PP per way.
As darkness falls, the bars come to life, playing music and serving exotic drinks. The town has many good restaurants. You can also visit the cosy outdoor street food market, Jardín Tamarindo Food Truck Park, where everyone can pick the food they want and then all eat together in cosy surroundings.
Every Thursday, there is a popular night market in the town at Plaza Palmas, where you can shop, eat and listen to live music. It’s open from 6–9 pm.
Tamarindo has something for everyone.
|Standard double room with breakfast||Per person from: £144|
|Standard double room with breakfast||Per person from: £45|