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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 luxury hotels in the capital. And everywhere in between near Arenal, Tamarindo, Papayago, Manuel Antonio, and Uvita.

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 The nation'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. More than a million people travel to Costa Rica from the U.S. and Canada each year, leading to high standards and a lot of foreign investment. Costa Rica has one of the best–developed array of upscale accommodations of any country in Latin America, despite its small size.

This was the first country in the region to go all out luring adventure vacation tourists 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 resorts on the best beaches, yes, but the coast here is not as spectacular as it it in some neighboring countries and there's no tropical white-sand brilliance. 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, wildlife, and bird-watching, but with a sumptuous hotel or jungle lodge room to retire to as the sun goes down. Here are our hand-selected picks for the top places to stay on your Costa Rica vacation or luxury holiday. Click through listings under the destinations to read a detailed review.




Arenal Volcano Region

Nayara Hotel, Spa and Gardens

Nayara Springs

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

El Mangroove Hotel — Gulf of Papagayo

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

Bosque del Cabo — Cabo Matapalo

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 Luxury Hotels

Hotel Grano de Oro — San José

Xandari Resort & Spa — Tacacori