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Luxury Hotels and Resorts in Costa Rica

Looking for the best of the best hotels throughout Costa Rica? We've got detailed reviews of the luxury resorts on the beaches, the best jungle lodges, and top city hotels in the capital.

Although Costa Rica is a small country—just a speck on the map of Central America—it is far ahead of its neighbors when it comes to luxury hotels and eco resorts with style. Costa Rica's tourism people have done a great job of marketing the destination over the past several decades as a safe, fun, and adventurous place to travel. The millions of visitors from the U.S. and Canada have led to high standards and a lot of foreign investment. Costa Rica has the best–developed array of upscale hotels and resorts of any country south between Mexico and the Southern Cone.

This was the first country in the region to go all out luring adventure travelers and eco–travelers, so the main focus is usually interacting with nature rather than trying to hold nature back and seal it off. There are beach resorts, yes, but the coast here is not as spectacular as it it in some neighboring countries. What you will find in Costa Rica is a strong supply of hotel architects, designers, and managers who know how to compete with the best lodging in the world, especially other green hotels. Facilities and services here are better–developed than in many other Latin American countries and the staffers are generally well-trained and fluent in English. The travel tours—whether hard-core adventure rafting, multi–day biking, or soft pampered luxury tours—are well–run, with excellent guides and naturalists. Come for a heavy dose of adventure, but with a sumptuous hotel or jungle lodge room to retire to as the sun goes down.

Arenal Volcano Region

Nayara Hotel, Spa and Gardens

The Springs

Tabacon Grand Spa and Thermal Resort

Alajuela Region

El Silencio Lodge & Spa — Bajos del Toro

Peace Lodge — Varablanca

Villablanca Cloudforest Resort & Spa — Los Angeles

Caribbean Coast Region

Le Caméléon Boutique Hotel — Puerto Viejo de Limón

Cartago Region

Casa Turire — Turrialba

Guanacaste Region Luxury Hotels

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort — Peninsula Papagayo

Cala Luna Hotel & Villas — Tamarindo

El Jardín del Edén — Tamarindo

Flor Blanca Resort — Nicoya

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica — Peninsula Papagayo

Hotel Punta Islita — Punta Islita

Latitude 10° Resort — Santa Teresa

Heredia Region

Finca Rosa Blanca — Santa Barbara de Heredia

Osa Peninsula Luxury Jungle Lodges

Playa Cativo Lodge — Golfo Dulce

Lapa Rios — Cabo Matapalo

Playa Nicuesa — Golfo Dulce

Peréz Zeledón Region

Alta Gracia Boutique Hacienda — San Isidro del General

Monte Azul Boutique Hotel — Peréz Zeledón

Jacó Region Luxury Resorts

Villa Caletas — Between Punta Leona and Playa Herradura

Manuel Antonio Park and Beach Region

Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa

Arenas del Mar

Gaia Hotel & Reserve

Shana Hotel & Residences

Costa Ballena Region

Rancho Pacifico — Uvita

Kurá Design Villas — Uvita

San Jose & Alujuela Airport

Hotel Grano de Oro — San José

Xandari Resort & Spa — Tacacori