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Costa Rica Luxury Hotels and Resorts

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 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. The country has one of the best–developed array of upscale accommodations of any country in Latin America, despite its small size.

Cala Luna in Costa Rica

This was the first country in Central America 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 in Costa Rica resorts are better–developed than in many other Central 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 of the best resorts and hotels on offer.

Arenal Volcano Region

El Silencio Lodge & Spa — Bajos del Toro

Nayara Hotel, Spa and Gardens

Nayara Springs

The Springs

Tabacon Grand Spa and Thermal Resort

Alajuela Region

ORIGINS Luxury Lodge

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 and Nicoya Region Luxury Hotels

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort — Peninsula Papagayo

Cala Luna Luxury Beach Hotel & Villas — Tamarindo

Casa Chameleon — Las Catalinas

El Jardín del Edén — Tamarindo

El Mangroove, Autograph Collection — Gulf of Papagayo

Florblanca Resort — Nicoya

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica — Peninsula Papagayo

Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection — Punta Islita

Latitude 10° Resort — Santa Teresa

W Costa Rica Reserva Conchal — Reserva Conchal

Heredia Region

Finca Rosa Blanca — Santa Barbara de Heredia

Osa Peninsula Luxury Jungle Lodges

Bosque del Cabo — Cabo Matapalo

Lapa Rios — Cabo Matapalo

Playa Cativo Lodge — Golfo Dulce

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge — Golfo Dulce

Peréz Zeledón Region

Hacienda AltaGracia — Peréz Zeledón

Monte Azul Boutique Hotel — Peréz Zeledón

Jacó Area 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 of Costa Rica

Kurá Design Villas — Uvita

Rancho Pacifico — Uvita

San Jose & Alujuela Airport Luxury Hotels

Hotel Grano de Oro — San José

Xandari Resort & Spa — Tacacori