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Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens

Costa Rica 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Inside a national park, this hotel and spa brings a touch of luxury to its wilderness location. — Gayot

Secluded Costa Rican retreat with an open-air spa, swim-up pool bar and volcano vistas — Jetsetter

Nayara Hotel & Spa is a tranquil, lush hideaway located in the famous Arenal Volcano National Park and within the vast Costa Rican rainforest. You are met with an expansive and... — Forbes Travel Guide

The "prize of the Arenal region" sits on the skirt of a grand volcano only a mile and a half off La Fortuna highway. — Condé Nast Traveler

An oasis just minutes from Costa Rica’s most famous volcano, this property's freestanding bungalows boast saffron curtains, resplendent hardwoods, and walkways lined with tropical gardens — Travel + Leisure

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Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Costa Rica 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The country’s most luxurious take on eco-tourism, perched on a hillside above the Pacfic Ocean with views of golden beaches — Jetsetter

The Four Seasons Spa could be its own boutique hotel — Travel + Leisure

This hilltop hideaway melds posh amenities and accommodations with an exotic tropical backdrop and warm, professional service. — Forbes Travel Guide

Between two golden-sand beaches and surrounded by jungle, there's an ocean view from just about anywhere on the property. Service, provided by a cream-of-the-crop, bilingual staff, is faultless. — Fodor's

Gracious resort overlooking two beaches from the hilly Peninsula Papagayo. — Andrew Harper

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Kura Design Villas Uvita

Costa Rica 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

High above Uvita, Kurà Design Villas hotel has bird’s-eye views of the Pacific Ocean and dense tropical jungles. — Mr & Mrs Smith

Lovebirds looking to escape from it all can't do better than the Kurà Design Villas, the country’s sexiest hotel. — The Telegraph

A six-villa, adults-only aerie overlooking Ballena National Marine Park, on the southern Pacific coast. — Condé Nast Traveler

Kurá hotel in Uvita has the perfect hotel pedigree: a husband-and-wife architect and biologist decided to open their idea of a perfect, sustainable, stylish getaway. The resulting six... — Afar Magazine

Mountaintop chic in the tropics, with knockout ocean views, epicurean feasts and indigenous flair — Jetsetter

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Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort

Costa Rica 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This neighborhood is replete with upscale hotels, but none is closer to the beach than Arenas del Mar, a five-star, 11-acre property within walking distance of Manuel Antonio National Park — Travel + Leisure

Idyllic jungle-meets-beach location of this Pacific Coast resort means guests can spot two-foot iguanas, white-faced monkeys, and birds of myriad species without even leaving their poolside loungers. — Condé Nast Traveler

On our Honeymoon we found this gorgeous gem- Arenas del Mar, the nature reserve is super eco-conscious (seriously), beautiful, friendly and fun staff. Plenty of great access for exploring... — Afar Magazine

This visually arresting hotel and resort complex is consistently shortlisted among Costa Rica's finest upscale hotels. — Lonely Planet

This five-star resort is set on forested cliffs close to the popular Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio — The Telegraph

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort

Costa Rica 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Earth tones and natural details prevail in this Hyatt property created by architect Ronald Zürcher, who utilized indigenous woods, sugarcane, and bamboo in the design of the rooms, each contemporary and bright with ocean views — Fodor's

Just a 20-minute drive from the airport on a newly developed, tropical forest–covered spit of land on the northern Pacific coast, the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo is a naturalist’s paradise. — Condé Nast Traveler

The vibe here is all about blending in with the surrounding environment in natural, albeit very stylish ways. — Forbes Travel Guide

Breakfast companion at the Andaz in exotic, rugged and gorgeous Costa Rica. — Afar Magazine

Swank nature-worshiping sleep in polished Papagayo with stylish architecture, two infinity pools and fresh food at three restaurants — Jetsetter

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Xandari Resort & Spa

Costa Rica 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

With spectacular bird's-eye views of the Central Valley, this romantic spot is the fanciful creation of an architect–designer couple. — Lonely Planet

Artist-architect-owned boutique featuring handmade art and miles of nature trails overlooking Costa Rica’s Central Valley — Jetsetter

The tranquil and colorful Xandari is a strikingly original inn and spa, tailor-made for honeymooners and romantic getaways. — Fodor's

Overlooking the Central Valley, this spa village features five private jalapa treatment quarters where guests enjoy mud wraps, facials, and exotic Costa Rican body treatments. — Travel + Leisure

On a former coffee plantation, this 40-acre resort with a perfect design score is just 20 minutes from San Jose's Juan Santamaria Airport, but "it's worlds away from the chaotic capital. — Condé Nast Traveler

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Copa de Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort

Costa Rica 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Remote beachfront rainforest resort near Costa Rica’s Drake Bay, with personalized service, a cascading infinity pool and a rustic, eco-friendly vibe — Jetsetter

The newest kid on the beach block, Copa de Arbol is ultraluxurious, ultracool (comes with air-conditioning), ultraexpensive, and idyllically sited between crashing ocean surf and dense jungle. — Fodor's

These 10 hillside cabinas are gorgeously outfitted inside – built with sustainably grown wood and recycled materials, and each with private terrace. — Lonely Planet

For more adventurous couples, there’s nothing hotter than a stay on the jungle beach of Drake Bay at the flashy new Copa de Arbol — Travel + Leisure

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Tortuga Lodge & Gardens

Costa Rica 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This sophisticated and intimate river lodge is the ultimate glamp, bringing guests close to nature without ever subjecting them to its discomforts. — The Telegraph

This elegant lodge, operated by Costa Rica Expeditions, is set amid 20 serene hectares of private gardens, directly across the canal from Tortuguero's airstrip. — Lonely Planet

Just north of Tortuguero and right on the canal, this upscale lodge stands on nearly 50 acres of tropical forest and gardens — Travel + Leisure

Lush lawns, orchids, and tropical trees surround this thatched riverside lodge owned by Costa Rica Expeditions and renowned for its nature packages and top-notch, personalized service. — Fodor's

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Nayara Springs

Costa Rica 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Courtesy of Nayara Springs At Nayara Springs, each of the 16 villas comes with its own plunge pool, drawing on mineral-rich spring waters from Arenal Volcano next door — Travel + Leisure

Located in Arenal Volcano National Park, Nayara Springs is a Costa Rican getaway that teems with tropical beauty and biodiversity. It’s an adults-only resort and has a way with seclusion... — Forbes Travel Guide

This new boutique hotel is a Costa Rican dream for anyone looking for a secluded vacation spot. — Condé Nast Traveler

Clutch of villas perched atop a Costa Rican rainforest, with plunge pools, outdoor showers, and volcano views — Jetsetter

The adults-only Nayara Springs is one of the most intimate and luxurious hotels in the country. — The Telegraph

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Hotel Belmar

Costa Rica 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Every room at the Belmar boasts a spectacular view of forest or gulf (or both!). — Lonely Planet

Inspired by the owners' years in Austria, two spacious chalets built into a hillside command expansive views of the Gulf of Nicoya and the hilly peninsula and contain elegant, airy, and downright regal rooms—all with balconies, minibars, polished woods, and plush white duvets — Fodor's

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Iguana Lodge

Costa Rica 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

If a long stretch of deserted beach is your idea of heaven, check out this idyllic lodge with two-story cabins set in an exquisite botanical garden. — Fodor's

Four two-story bungalows with breezy decks, bamboo furniture, orthopedic beds draped in mosquito netting, and lovely stone bathrooms with garden showers. — Lonely Planet

Accommodation includes 19 rooms with three lodging options: small, private casitas; a three-story villa; and upscale club rooms. — Travel + Leisure

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Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge

Costa Rica 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This hilltop jungle lodge has it all: exquisite bungalows in the closest location to Corcovado National Park, extensive gardens, excellent tours, naturalist guides, and first-class service. — Fodor's

A spine-tingling boat ride takes you to this luxurious lodge on 175 hectares of rainforest bordering the national park. — Lonely Planet

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Luna Lodge

Costa Rica 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Perched on a sublime mountaintop overlooking rain forest and ocean, Luna Lodge is the quintessential yoga retreat, but its remoteness and proximity to wildlife are universally enjoyed. — Fodor's

Costa Rica’s farthest-flung haven, tucked into the wilds of the Osa Peninsula, reflects its expat owner’s intense spirituality and obsession with nature. — The Telegraph

When Lana Wedmore came to Costa Rica 30 years ago, she knew she wanted to move there — Travel + Leisure

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The Zancudo Lodge

Costa Rica 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Most guests here are well-heeled, avid anglers on all-inclusive sportfishing packages, but the young owners have completely transformed this beachfront property into a top-notch luxury resort that can be enjoyed by those who have never dropped a line — Fodor's

The most luxurious retreat in Zancudo by a long shot, this 16-room lodge sits amid landscaped grounds, complete with trickling water features, bamboo stockades, and spacious, tranquil rooms. — Lonely Planet

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Playa Negra Guesthouse

Costa Rica 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Owned by a delightful couple, this meticulously maintained place offers four charming rooms in a Caribbean-style plantation house, complemented by three kitchen-equipped storybook cottages. — Lonely Planet

This gracious, Québécois-owned lodging set in lush, hibiscus-strewn gardens has become a Cahuita favorite. — Fodor's

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Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection

Costa Rica 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Overlooking the ocean from a forested ridge, this secluded and sublime hotel is luxury incarnate, with villas, casitas, suites, and spacious rooms sprinkled around the bougainvillea-bedecked hillside. — Fodor's

Appealing seaside hideaway on a forested coastal stretch of the secluded Nicoya Peninsula, 45 minutes by air west of San José. — Andrew Harper

On a Pacific cove tucked into a mountainside, this "hidden gem" has a tiered layout with views of the ocean and the tropical forest. — Condé Nast Traveler

A beautiful little town that sits on the Guanacaste side of Costa Rica. — Afar Magazine

A collection of lavish villas and hotel rooms spread over 300 acres near Playa Sámara, Hotel Punta Islita is a one-stop, high-end beach escape — Travel + Leisure

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Poas Volcano Lodge

Costa Rica 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Stylish luxury prevails here: king-size beds, outdoor whirlpool tubs, and luxurious fabrics grace the rooms and many have balconies overlooking the volcano. — Fodor's

I don't know if there's anywhere quite like Costa Rica, and if there is, then I intend on finding it. This nation is lush with raw beauty, and the spirit of the locals reflects such a... — Afar Magazine

For contemporary class in an idyllic rural setting, visit this high-altitude dairy farm, whose 11 suites combine rusticity and elegance; the best have balcony and private garden and/or fireplace. — Lonely Planet

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Hotel Grano de Oro San Jose

Costa Rica 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This well-run, high-class heritage hotel is a favourite with international visitors looking for a characterful place to stop over in the capital before or after a tour of Costa Rica. — The Telegraph

Inside this converted Victorian mansion, guests will find 32 rooms with Italian tile work, wrought-iron beds, and whirlpool tubs — Travel + Leisure

It's easy to see why honeymooners love it here. — Lonely Planet

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El Silencio Lodge & Spa

Costa Rica 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

RUNNER-UP: THE ECO AWARD – SMITH HOTEL AWARDS 2015 Cross the Indiana Jones-style bridge to El Silencio Lodge and Spa hotel in Costa Rica and you’ll find living the way nature intended,... — Mr & Mrs Smith

Eco-resort off the beaten track on a hilly site within a private 500-acre reserve connecting Poás Volcano and Juan Castro Blanco national parks. — Andrew Harper

El Silencio—a serene retreat on 500 acres opened in 2008 by the owners of the nearby Hotel Punta Islita—presents an unusual level of luxury for the green-oriented adventurer. — Travel + Leisure

El Silencio Lodge & Spa is an enchanting and sophisticated property operated by Grupo Islita — Forbes Travel Guide

This eco-resort in "the thickest tropical cloud forest you can imagine" spreads across 500 acres. — Condé Nast Traveler

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Hotel Banana Azul

Costa Rica 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Hardwood furnishings are abundant at this gay-friendly (but by no means exclusive) hotel at the secluded far end of Playa Negra. — Fodor's

Banana Azul is the ultimate romantic retreat on Costa Rica’s diverse and funky Caribbean Coast. — The Telegraph

Removed from town, this romantic hotel sits astride a blissfully tranquil black-sand beach. — Lonely Planet

Hotel Banana Azul is perpetually improving and tweaking its intimate 14-room retreat on a dramatic—and private—stretch of black-sand beach — Travel + Leisure

Tucked away in its own little world, a 20 minute beach walk north of the laid back surfer town of Puerto Viejo, Hotel Banana Azul is a little piece of heaven. — Afar Magazine

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