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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 →

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

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

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

Scattered over expansive grounds are freestanding casitas, all tastefully decorated with dark-wood furnishings and equipped with luxurious touches like indoor-outdoor showers, four-post canopy beds, plasma TVs, and whirlpool tubs — Fodor's

This intimate and indulgent hotel, 6km west of town, has amassed a slew of awards for its Asian-inspired architecture, minimalist decor and richly romantic setting. — Lonely Planet

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

Non-threatening monkeys swing from trees by rooms, and large lizards climb onto balconies at this beautiful resort full of happy families. — Condé Nast Traveler

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

I believe travel is one of the best forms of education. I always come home from a trip with knowledge or a new skill. Often times I seek out trips that will teach me a sport like surfing... — Afar Magazine

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

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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

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

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

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

Luxe eco-resort with top-notch restaurants, a serene spa and killer rainforest and beach vistas — Jetsetter

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

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

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

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

Stunning contemporary design, high-tech comforts, and a lofty location overlooking the Pacific combine to set a whole new standard of luxury. — Fodor's

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Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort

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

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

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

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

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

Located on Costa Rica’s opulent Papagayo Peninsula, this seaside retreat is every bit as swanky as its neighbour, The Four Seasons, with bonus points for endearing service and a pervasive emphasis on local culture. — The Telegraph

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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 →

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

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

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

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

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Nayara Springs

Costa Rica 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

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 — Forbes Travel Guide

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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 →

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

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

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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

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

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

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Iguana Lodge

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

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

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

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Luna Lodge

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

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

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

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

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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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Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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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 →

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

Surrounded by the tranquility of a 500-acre jungle, you’ll salute the sun from the yoga deck, dine on delicious organic cuisine and soak in postcard-perfect panoramic views from all around the resort. — Mr & Mrs Smith

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

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

Luxe eco-sleep in a 500-acre cloud forest north of San Jose, with 15 hillside suites and a rainforest spa — Jetsetter

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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 →

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

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

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

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

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from $290

Hotel Banana Azul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn

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

Tea drinkers need not apply: Finca Rosa Blanca hotel in San José is a coffee wonderland. — Mr & Mrs Smith

Set amid fields of green coffee, this exclusive, hilltop B&B hideaway has a much-deserved reputation as one of the country's sumptuous splurges. — Fodor's

High-country inn overlooking a landscape of rolling fields, coffee plantations and orchards, 20 minutes from the San José airport. — Andrew Harper

This charming inn invites travelers to discover the world of a working coffee plantation. — Gayot

Set in the mountains of Alajuela, this romantic inn doubles as a coffee plantation and offers tours of its 30-acre organic farm, processing plant, and roasting house — Travel + Leisure

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