Costa Rica is a gorgeous country with views that invite you to relax from the moment you arrive. Naturally, there are plenty of resorts to help you indulge, though if you’re looking for something a bit more unique, you’ll want to stay off the beaten path.
However, if you don’t want to sacrifice luxury while being out in the wild, these four luxurious locations will give you just the right mix for your Costa Rican vacation.
1. Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel
If you plan to get up close to the Tenorio Volcano National Park, then the Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel provides an epic experience. The views are sublime and while on the property, you’ll be treated to delicious food. It’s easy to access the rainforest and river from this location, but it's hard to tear yourself away. It’s incredibly romantic with rustic furnishings and canopy beds, which may be better suited for couples looking to get away from it all.
2. Hotel Belmar
Near the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, you’ll find the Hotel Belar. The classic style of this out-of-the-ordinary stay puts you in a whole new world where the weather from the cloud forest makes it nearly impossible to navigate without a 4WD vehicle. Still, if you’re not driving, sit back and relax among the indigenous orchids and enjoy the sunset from the hotel terrace bar.
3. Olas Verdes Hotel
If you want to stay on the beach, the Olas Verdes Hotel in Nosara is a nice choice. You’ll hear the waves crashing on the shore and you can learn to surf or explore the Ostional-Nosara Wildlife Refuge. This small hotel is serene and perfect for those who want to get away. If you’re looking for something a bit bigger, this may not be the hotel stay you crave, though it does provide an easy laid-back vibe for all.
4. Vajra Jahra
Vajra Jahra is aCosta Rican retreat center that offers a perfect balance between modern luxury and nature. The facilities are beautiful, tucked deep in the rainforests with natural surroundings at every turn.
There’s an infinity pool that overlooks the Diamante Waterfall, which is an exceptional view to behold. It’s also an ideal spot for yoga and getting a taste of local dishes prepared with ingredients from near the resort. It’s very peaceful, allowing for rejuvenation at your own pace.
Perhaps the best thing about this resort is that it allows guests to invoke their style of relaxation in a remote setting, and is remarkably close to the attractions you want to see. You can still escape to the beaches of Dominical and Uvita, or plan a visit to the Manuel Antonio National Park to get up close to the unique wildlife, such as sloths, macaws, toucans, monkeys, and more. It’s also the easiest of the resorts to enjoy an adventure, with zip-lining tours, white water rafting, and surfing lessons on the Pacific coast.
With these off-the-beaten-path stays in Costa Rica, you’ll be sure to create the ultimate vacation with a mix of fun, relaxation, and adventure.