Here are the best luxury resorts in beautiful Costa Rica

Looking for 5-star luxury in magical surroundings? We have gathered the five best resorts in beautiful Costa Rica for you.


Gita Simonsen

If you long for the feeling of being at one with nature in comfortable surroundings, Costa Rica is the place for you. Costa Rica is located in Central America, with Nicaragua and Panama on either side, between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The small country is one of the greenest countries in the world, literally, but also through its focus on sustainability. A quarter of the country is protected from development, the largest percentage in the world.

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The beautiful, crystal clear waters, long, unspoilt beaches, volcanoes, wildlife, community and friendly locals make Costa Rica the perfect holiday destination for relaxation and fun activities. After all, here one lives by pura vida, a type of "don't worry, be happy" attitude towards life.

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1. Tabacón – at the foot of a volcano

In the northern part of Costa Rica lies the tropical paradise of Tabacón thermal resort & spa. Costa Rican architect Jaime Mikowski, who is behind the resort, found the land on which Tabacón stands back in the 1980s. He secured part of the site and began planning. Today, more than 30 years later, one of the finest five-star resorts in Costa Rica is located there.

Pristine rainforest as far as the eye can see surrounds the resort's 105 rooms. Its proximity to the Arenal volcano allows guests to enjoy natural springs, thermal waterfalls and river pools in a prized spa. This five-star hotel has adults only areas for those looking for more tranquillity. The hotel also arranges a number of tours where you can experience the spectacular nature and wildlife up close.


Tabacón Resort in Costa Rica

The Arenal Volcano allows guests to enjoy natural springs, thermal waterfalls and river pools in an award-winning spa. This five-star hotel has "adults only" areas for those who want more privacy. Photo: Tabacón

Amor Arenal – Five-star luxury in airy surroundings

Like Tabacón, Amor Arenal is also located right at the foot of the Arenal volcano. The architecture here is truly unique with modern, bold lines, and is built in the style of the rainforest and its colours. The open design brings air and views all the way to your bathroom, where you can look at the Arenal volcano while enjoying a rainfall shower.

All the rooms, or "casitas" as they also call the bungalows, have a private bathroom heated by the natural water sources. Amor Arenal gives guests access to the unique river of thermal minerals, and a number of private, scenic areas that can be enjoyed all by themselves. Guests can take advantage of several excursions that the hotel arranges in nature or join a yoga session every morning.

 The resort is adult-friendly, and guests must be at least 13 years of age.

imageAmor Arenal

At Amor Arenal you live in the middle of the rainforest

All the rooms, or "casitas" as they also call the bungalows, have a private bath at the balcony heated by the natural water springs. Photo: Amor Arenal

Nayara Gardens – boutique hotel that takes local responsibility

Nayara Gardens is a luxurious 5-star boutique hotel known for delivering a premium experience at great prices. The bungalows all have a small pool, a garden and outdoor shower. The pool is heated by the natural hot springs from the volcano, which can be seen from the balcony of your bungalow.

Nayara has a strong focus on sustainable tourism. The place is built in harmony with nature, which provides space for wildlife and rainforest to flourish. It is also dedicated to developing the local area, both through local employment, free courses, charity, and financial support for schooling children of staff.


Nayara Gardens focus on sustainability

The resort is built in harmony with nature, which provides room for wildlife and the rainforest to flourish.

4. Tulemar Resort Hotel – sandy beach and family fun

Tulemar is a collection of individual bungalows, casas and private villas. Since the rooms are not connected, you get the feeling of having your own jungle hut. The resort is located in the rainforest right next to the national park and has a great view of the Manuel Antonio coast. The area is home to a number of hiking trails and rich wildlife and is also the only resort in the region with its own sandy beach. Tulemar also offers several pools, a spa, a restaurant and bar. This resort is suitable for both families and couples.

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Capuchin monkeys can be found in several places in Costa Rica

Capuchin monkeys can be found in the cloud forest, in the central region, to the lowlands of the Osa Peninsula.

Shana By The Beach – Manuel Antonio – for active families

Shana By The Beach is a medium-sized hotel with activities for the whole family, and you can even bring your pet. The hotel has 77 rooms and offers everything from standard rooms to family rooms and suites.

Guests have access to a private beach, spa, and a wonderful swimming pool, in addition to a pool reserved for adults only. The resort also has a number of activities you can sign up for, including an adventure park, rafting, horse riding, and kayaking, as well as events.