Back in December I spent a couple weeks traveling through Costa Rica. There’s an adventure tour story on the way and I added a few new hotels—see the Costa Rica category of this blog for links to those. But I also took some time to revisit some luxury hotel favorites and revamp older reviews.

For all the following, you will now find updated and expanded reviews, plus some new and better photos I shot while I was there. If you’re headed to Costa Rica anytime soon, I assure you that you can’t go wrong with any of these three fine resorts in Guanacaste, San Jose, and the Osa Peninsula.

The Four Seasons Costa Rica is in a class all its own. A high-end luxury resort with its own unbelievably scenic golf course. Two beaches, stunning views, a great pool complex, and one of the hardest-working executive chefs in the country.

If you travel to San Jose and want to stay in the city, Grano de Oro is a perfectly fine hotel. You can be just as close to the airport though at Xandari and feel like you’re in a real resort, with a hillside of plants, waterfall hikes, and a great infinity pool with a view. If you like color and personality in your hotel, you will fall in love with this artist-owned place and wish you’d booked a few more nights there.

Lapa Rios wrote the book on sustainable upscale jungle lodges and this pioneer is still hard to beat when it comes to communing with nature while enjoying guilt-free luxury lodging. I was blown away by the views and the abundant wildlife, plus there aren’t many lodges anywhere that have 1,000 acres of their own jungle surrounding their bungalows. Lapa Rios caters to couples, friends, and families equally well and it offers an experience you’ll remember for a lifetime.