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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 →

Luxurious and immaculately maintained retreat with guest rooms and suites separated from one another by colorful tropical gardens. — Andrew Harper

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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

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

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Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort

Costa Rica 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

Hillside resort sloping down to a secluded beach near the port of Quepos. — Andrew Harper

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

Kura Design Villas Uvita

Costa Rica 91 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

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

Perched at the top of a mountain overlooking the whale-tail-shaped coastline of Bahia Balena, Kura Design Villas has plenty of sex appeal — Travel + Leisure

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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

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

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 →

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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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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 →

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

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

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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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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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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

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... — Mr & Mrs Smith

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

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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 →

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

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

Remote eco-sleep with two pools and oceanfront casitas on 80 hillside acres of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula — Jetsetter

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

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Poas Volcano Lodge

Costa Rica 78 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

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 Banana Azul

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

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

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

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

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

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