Feel the Love at Costa Rica's 10 Best Romantic Hotels

Costa Rica may well be the hottest, happiest, and most romantic place on earth, judging by its volcanoes, smiles and these ten best romantic hotels. The Playa Hermosa Bosque del Mar is an ideal spot to tie the knot in style: beachfront villas come equipped with plasma screen tvs and jacuzzis, and include the sound of waves crashing on the Pacific coast. The seclusion of hotel Copa Del Arbol in Drake Bay and its proximity to the Corcovado National Park make it ideal for couples who appreciate privacy and the romantic adventure of arriving by small boat, the only way to reach this remote corner of Costa Rica. The Hotel Grano de Oro is a boutique hotel in the capital city of San Jose that oozes romance from its rooftop deck with two jacuzzis and a view of the city to its candlelit restaurant that serves excellent food and exquisite desserts. El Silencio Lodge turns up the romance factor with Egyptian cotton sheets and plush bathrobes for guests- some of its sixteen rooms feature fireplaces, others balconies overlooking the rainforest. Spa Bambu at Florblanca Resort captures the romantic essence with a titillating menu of body treatments that will win your heart.


Santa Teresa

Florblanca is a luxury resort on Costa Rica's Pacific coast, overlooking Playa Santa Teresa with its world class surf, Florblanca is located on the pristine Nicoya Peninsula, surrounded by nature. Nectar, the onsite restaurant, has chefs that delight in offering fresh fare made from locally grown ingredients, and the staff is happy to help arrange excursions such as horse back riding and ziplining. There is also yoga and pilates, and afterwards, the Spa Bambu beckons to relieve those aching muscles and pamper you thoroughly. Private beachfront villas make this place feel like your very own. Plan a fitness retreat or make it a second honeymoon.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Honeymooners attest to the romance factor at this luxury resort on the Pacific coast.

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Far from the madding crowds of Puerto Viejo de Limon a few kilometers to the north, 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 strives to please even the pickiest of customers- you'll find your every need met at this hospitality oriented hotel; the exquisite beachfront grounds are ideal for wedding celebrations, and the individual cabins are perfect for honeymoon escapes, although Almonds & Corals is family-friendly, too, with plenty to keep the little ones entertained.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: This romantic beachfront resort has private bungalows on a secluded beach.

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Copa De Arbol Beach and Rainforest Resort is set on 70 acres of pristine rainforest reserve and it offers intimate eco-luxury lodging on the beach in the remote enclave of Drake Bay, Costa Rica. Located on the Southern Pacific coast's Osa Peninsula, Copa de Arbol is perfectly situated between Drake Bay and the Corcovado National Park in an area called "caletas" or small coves. Drake Bay, and the resort, are only accessible by boat, which makes it exclusive and relatively untouched, a perfect base for exploring the winding hiking trails and fresh water lagoons that help make this place extra special.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Feel like a castaway in the remote enclave of Drake Bay where romance lurks in the small coves, or "caletas."

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Manuel Antonio

The Arenas del Mar Beach & Nature Resort does a great job of combining the best of all worlds for visitor to the Quepos area of Costa Rica's Pacific coast. A member of Small Distinctive Hotels of Costa Rica since its opening in 2008, this resort is also at the top of its class when it comes to sustainability (yes, it's carbon neutral), and has won countless awards for its commitment to excellence. Within walking distance to Manuel Antonio National Park, Arenas del Mar offers on-site amenities that make it easy to stay, including its luxurious "eco-rooms," most with spectacular views, and two excellent restaurants.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Well appointed "Eco-rooms" make being green extra sexy at this small and sustainable boutique hotel.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: Couples can book side-by-side massages at the romance ready day spa.

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This is a beautiful beach front resort on a beautiful beach in Costa Rica, so named Playa Hermosa, in the Pacific region of Guanacaste. Weddings are picture perfect at sunset on the sandy beaches, and romantic dinners are par for the course at the on-site restaurant Niromi, which serves a tantalizing array of seafood plate, a bevy of locally sourced ingredients, and desserts to die for. This eco-friendly hotel is rated with three green leaves by Costa Rica's Sustainable Tourism committee. Ocean front suites with private jacizzis and plasma tvs start at $200 per night during low season- with two bedrooms, you can bring the family.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: There's bound to be a wedding happening on the beach here, even if it's not yours.

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Far from the madding crowds of San Jose- and anywhere else, for that matter, Hotel Posada del Canal Grande is just that, a beautiful Victorian hacienda style hotel beside a large lake, up on a lush green hill on the very outskirts of the city. There is not much to do within walking distance, but the views of the Central Valley are breathtaking, and an onsite restaurant and bar/lounge does the trick, even if it's not open terribly late, especially since breakfast is included for guests. There is a beautiful outdoor pool and (indoor) sauna, and free wi-fi internet is available in public areas.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: A ways away from everything else, this hotel allows you to focus on your significant other and enjoy near total seclusion.

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

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Rooftop jacuzzis with a view of the city make for romance in San Jose.

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The Ecolodge Inn at Coyote Mountain is an exclusive nature lodge offering a cozy yet luxurious retreat from the world to intrepid travelers on its 70-acres private nature reserve. The expansive grounds invite both outdoor adventures and near total seclusion, and an excellent on-site restaurant that serves farm-fresh food three meals a day makes it hard for some guests to leave the premises. Though more remote than many other hotels, the Inn is just a day trip from the Arenal Volcano, Carrara National Park, and the Central Valley. Guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the Pacific and Nicoya Peninsula and an escape from the concerns of modern life.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Wrapped in cozy luxury far from the madding crowds, this eco-lodge oozes romance.

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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. Guestrooms. 16 guestrooms at El Silencio Lodge and Spa feature fireplaces and coffee/tea makers. Balconies offer mountain views. Beds come with Egyptian cotton linens, down comforters, and down blankets. Bathrooms feature showers, double sinks, makeup/shaving mirrors, and bathrobes. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to safes, guestrooms offer phones. Also included are windows that open and slippers. A nightly turndown service is offered. Guestrooms are all non smoking. Hotel Features. El Silencio Lodge and Spa's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. The hotel serves a complimentary cooked to order breakfast each morning in the dining room. The property's full service health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms, and facials. This 4 star property offers a meeting/conference room and audio visual equipment. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. This Sarchi Norte property has 60 square meters of event space. For a surcharge, the property offers a roundtrip airport shuttle (available on request). Wedding services and tour assistance are available. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include a coffee shop/cafe, gift shops/newsstands, and laundry facilities. This is a smoke free property. Notifications: Guests must transfer to the property via required shuttle and must arrange the transfers by contacting the property before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Make your own noises at this cozy and quiet retreat that invited romance with Egyptian bed linens and fireplaces in some rooms.

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