10 Best Luxury Hotels in Costa Rica Let You Relax in Style

Enjoy the indulgent side of la pura vida by checking-in to Costa Rica's ten best luxury hotels. Playa Cativo is a new luxury eco-lodge that tops the list, as far away from it all as it gets, this boutique beachfront property in the remote tropical fjord of Golfo Dulce is accessible only by boat, and boasts some of the best bird-watching in the world. In the capital city, the Alta Hotel is a sleek modern Costa Rican boutique hotel with twenty seven rooms overlooking the pool, and the excellent La Luz restaurant on-site. The ultra luxurious Costa Rica Mariott Hotel San Jose has two outdoor pools, a golf driving range, a coffee inspired Kuö Spa, and La Isabela restaurant. Four acres of pristine beach surround Hotel Tropico Latino on the Nicoya Penninsula, which boasts beautiful beachfront bungalows built from reclaimed hardwoods. On the caribbean coast, Hotel Le Caméléon is a modern luxury hotel just south of Puerto Viejo de Limon, or the more secluded Almonds and Corales on the kid-friendly beach of Playa Chiquita. Rest assured, the best luxury hotels in Costa Rica each offer a unique taste of la pura vida and a lodging experience that will likely exceed your imagination.


Beyond Puerto Viejo de Limon a few kilometers to the south, this beachfront resort hotel is quiet except for the sounds of nature: waves crashing on beautiful Playa Chiquita and howler monkeys having fun in the jungle that surrounds the grounds. Remote doesn't mean without amenities, and this place takes extra care to cater to its guests- you'll find your every need met at this romantic yet also family friendly hotel; the exquisite beachfront grounds are ideal for wedding celebrations, and the individual cabins are perfect for honeymoon escapes, although Almonds & Corals is kid-friendly, too, with plenty of on-site natural attractions to keep the little ones entertained.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Kid-friendly, laid-back luxury on Playa Chiquita includes howler monkeys nearby.

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El Silencio Lodge and Spa

With only sixteen rooms, El Silencio is not only quiet, but small and cozy, too. Some rooms have fireplaces, other have balconies, all feature Egyptian cotton linens, down comforters and high-quality guest bathrooms. The 16 guestrooms at El Silencio Lodge and Spa feature fireplaces and coffee/tea makers. The beds feature Egyptian cotton linens, down comforters, and down blankets for chilly nights. Bathrooms feature showers, double sinks, makeup/shaving mirrors, and bathrobes. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. El Silencio's full service health spa has body treatments, massage treatment rooms, and facials. An on-site restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and a bar is open for drinks.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: El Silencio's full service health spa has body treatments, massage treatment rooms, and facials.

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Hotel Le Caméléon is a luxury hotel just south of Puerto Viejo de Limon, down the road from the center of town in the quiet beach community of Cocles. The hotel takes its name not from the reptile known for camoflauging itself but for its rooms, which change colors with the flick of a switch. By daylight, however, the hotel's white bungalows contrast beautifully against the backdrop of the lush green jungle behind it and the turquoise sea just across the road. A sparkling pool, an on-site restaurant and a well-stocked bar and the chic La Sula Beach Lounge are perks.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: La Sula Beach Lounge with its gazebos for relaxing onshore.

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Not your everyday Marriott, this beautiful luxury hotel is actually a colonial hacienda set on a 30 acre coffee plantation. With its exquisite architecture, enchanting grounds, and stellar service, it's no wonder Condé Nast voted it one of the best hotels in all of Central America and Mexico. It has two outdoor pools, a golf driving range, a coffee inspired Kuö Spa, and an amazing restaurant, La Isabela, recognized for its tapas and wine. While the staff is eager to arrange tours to the nearby butterfly and orchid gardens and volcano expeditions, an on-site gym with state-of the art fitness equipment, tennis courts, and jogging trails can keep you entertained without leaving the premises.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: A coffee inspired Kuö Spa on this former coffee plantation, and it's La Isabela its tapas and wine.

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Despite its stature as a luxury hotel, this place feels more like a boutique bed and breakfast than a mega-resort, and offers all the creature comforts of home, if home were a 40-room converted "Tropical Victorian" mansion. Located just off of Paseo Colon, Hotel Grano de Oro is a sanctuary in the heart of the city. Beautiful flowers burst from the corners, hallways are lined with original art, and fountains of Spanish tile highlight the atriums, where the sound of water adds to the ambience. The rooms are impressive enough, but it's the restaurant that has folks writing home and coming back for more.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: French chef Francis Canal has turned the once simple caf?-- into one of the country's best dining establishments.

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The Alta Hotel is a boutique modern luxury hotel located close to the historic district and within walking distance of many museums, shops and attractions of San Jose- it is also only seven miles from SJO International airport. In addition to modern amenities like high speed Internet access, air conditioning, direct dial phones, minibars, and cable TV, the Alta Hotel also boasts a swimming pool, a jacuzzi, and an excercise room. The Alta Hotel's onsite restaurant La Luz serves delicious cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With just twenty-three rooms, the luxuriously cool Alta Hotel fills up quickly, reservations are suggested.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: This stylish luxury hotel has a standout restaurant to-boot La Luz is a culinary highlight.

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Just about an hour south of San José, Savegre Hotel, Natural Reserve & Spa lies in a private reserve of 400 hectares, an the ideal base for exploring Costa Rica's amazing tropical cloud forest and many of its nearby attractions. Hotel Savegre's services are a perfect match for nature lovers seeking a memorable experience. The resort has 41 rooms, a bar and restaurant, day spa, conference room, laundry service and shuttle service, as well lush gardens and an extensive network of trails. To top it off, the resort has a friendly staff that will go out of its way to make you feel at home.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Low-key luxury awaits as do a network of trails for exploring the 400 hectare private reserve.

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This luxury hotel is located just outside the capital city of San Jose, and a short ride to SJO International airport. With 27 rooms surrounded by lush gardens, the Beacon Escazu manages to be luxurious without being ostsentatious, and the building's style is a blend of Old-Colonial and modern architecture. Each room is elegantly furnished with pieces custom designed to accentuate the hotel's architectural style, including the signature centerpiece king-sized beds. Guests have the ability to monitor the air-conditioning in the room, so no matter what Costa Rica's weather is like outside you know you'll get a comfortable night's sleep.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: King-sized beds fitted with Serta comfort topped mattresses and luxuriously high-thread count linens.

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Tropico Latino is a beachfront boutique hotel in Santa Teresa, a stunning white sand beach on Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific Coast. Four acres of unspoiled beach surround the hotel, with plenty of places to swim, snorkel and explore the natural tide pools. Beautiful bungalows beneath the rainforest canopy are constructed from exotic hardwoods and feature air-conditioning among the luxurious amenities. Wildlife abounds: howler monkeys, birds and iguanas are among the residents, drawn by the tropical foliage and exotic flowers. A full-service spa that makes its own natural products from local ingredients and a yoga studio add to the charm.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Pristine white sand beaches stretch for acres, with tide pools prefect for snorkeling.

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Playa Cativo

Get in touch with nature and meet the wildlife that abounds at Playa Cativo, a boutique beachfront luxury eco-lodge on a 1,000-acre private reserve in Golfo Dulce, one of only four tropical fjords in the world. Accessible only by boat, Playa Cativo is a true escape from the rest of the world, and a model of sustainability, producing hydro-powered electricity and growing food for its El Gavilán Restaurant in its own organic garden. Explore the rainforest, hike from the beach to waterfalls into the surrounding Piedras Blancas National Park, and lookout for some of the 350 species of birds. All rooms boast ocean views, king-size beds and bathrooms with hot-water rain showers.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Inviting in its seclusion, Playa Cativo offers a luxurious setting from which to experience the abundant natural charms of Golfo Dulce.

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