As the winter approaches, travelers are already trying to decide where to go for a warm-weather escape. And if rainforests, volcanoes, thermal springs, adventure and rejuvenation check all the right boxes, then you should consider a vacation to eco-friendly Costa Rica. It’s not only a romantic honeymoon destination, but it also offers wellness retreats for vacationers who need to thaw out during the winter chill.
December through April is usually the best time to visit. So, for some inspiration, we pulled together a list of some of our favorite places to stay in Costa Rica that are also part of our SELECTS Hotels & Resorts program – from beachfront properties to rainforest retreats to treetop villas. When you book your Costa Rica trip with a Vacation travel agent to stay at one of these luxurious accommodations, you also get special perks, such as a spa treatment credit. Get inspired and take a look at these amazing hotels and resorts to include as part of your vacation in Costa Rica.
Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo
Peninsula Papagayo, Papagayo, Costa Rica
With breathtaking views of Culebra Bay, this intimate resort is located within the exclusive Peninsula Papagayo community on Costa Rica’s north Pacific coast. Oversized guestrooms and suites with modern designs and touches of local character blend the resort’s contemporary amenities with its natural surroundings. Andaz Costa Rica features 4 restaurants infused with the best Latin American cuisine; 9 spa treatment suites at Onda Spa; 4 pools, including an adults-only pool; 3 pristine beaches and a children’s program, Cambi Kids Club.
Within Peninsula Papagayo, guests have access to an extensive trail network, nature and adventure activity programs, an Arnold Palmer Signature golf course, a tennis center, a marina and 8 additional restaurants.
SELECT Perks: $100 resort credit, complimentary buffet breakfast for 2 daily, early check-in and late check-out upon availability, an upgrade upon availability at the time of check-in, and basic Wi-Fi.
The Retreat Costa Rica
Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica
This luxury boutique wellness hotel is home to an Ayurvedic healing center and spa that specializes in relaxation, detox, weight loss and healthy lifestyle. The programs here are holistic and based on nature with organic farm-to-table cuisine and farm-to-spa therapies. And the jaw-dropping views of Crystal Mountain and the Pacific Ocean will help rejuvenate any anxious spirit staying at this hotel.
Ideal for couples who want a romantic getaway, the resort features 13 luxury rooms, a restaurant, a yoga studio, a healing center and spa, 2 outdoor pools, a Jacuzzi and a gym. All that being said, the most revered quality about The Retreat Costa Rica is its “cozy, home-like” atmosphere, including the friendly staff.
SELECT Perks: $100 spa credit per room, complimentary continental healthy breakfast for 2 daily, early check-in and late check-out upon availability, an upgrade upon availability at the time of check-in, and basic Wi-Fi.
Papagayo Bay, Papagayo, Costa Rica
El Mangroove brings hot and hip to Costa Rica’s Golden Coast. Spanning 17 acres – including a 150-meter stretch of beautiful beach – this “barefoot-luxury” hotel has 85 bohemian-chic suites nestled amongst mangrove and beach forest. Perfect mixes of wood and water alongside contemporary linear architecture, natural furnishings and subtle splashes of color make it evident that true indulgence is actually found in simplicity.
Onsite activities include fishing, snorkeling, beach-hopping excursions, cave exploration, and wildlife sightseeing. The hotel provides an onsite tour desk to arrange tours for the adventurous, such as rafting, national parks, volcanoes, hot springs and ATV excursions. And for guests who want to explore their surroundings, they should consider taking a 15-minute drive (via private transfer) to the artsy and bustling town of El Coco, where you’ll find more than 25 different restaurants and bars.
SELECT Perks: A welcome amenity, $50 resort credit, $100 resort credit (for guests staying 3+ nights), complimentary buffet breakfast for 2 daily, early check-in and late check-out upon availability, an upgrade upon availability at the time of check-in, and basic Wi-Fi.
JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa
Santa Cruz, Costa Rica
Welcome to a once-in-a-lifetime retreat of sheer bliss! This resort offers guests a luxurious retreat in tropical, lush surroundings, where they can indulge in some time at the spa or relax in the comfort of their room. The Marriott Guanacaste offers guests elegant accommodations that include bathrooms with oversized tubs, and balconies with jaw-dropping sunset views.
This Marriott resort offers a variety of activities for guests! Take surfing lessons, visit the spa, and work on your golf game on our 18-hole course. And after a fun-filled day, guests can visit 1 of the 8 restaurants that range in cuisines – from Costa Rican to Italian to Asian. Whether you’re swinging lazily in one of the resort hammocks or lounging poolside while basking in the sunlight – there is really no better place to be.
SELECT Perks: $100 food and beverage credit, complimentary buffet breakfast for 2 daily at Mansita Restaurant, early check-in and late check-out upon availability, an upgrade upon availability at the time of check-in, and basic Wi-Fi.
Nayara resort, Spa & Gardens
La Fortuna de San Carlos, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
A lush paradise in the heart of the Arenal Volcano National Park, Nayara has been recognized as one of the world’s best resorts by Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler and Trip Advisor. The heartfelt hospitality, impeccable service, luxurious accommodations, fine cuisine, outstanding spa, and amazing eco-adventures make Nayara Resort, Spa & Gardens the premier destination in Costa Rica.
The luxurious guestrooms reflect an authentic Costa Rican aesthetic, including ecological bath amenities, an outdoor shower, a Jacuzzi on the balcony, and a private garden. Treat yourself to a visit to the award-winning spa with outdoor treatment centers, and have a relaxing dip at the pool with the swim-up bar. And for food, guests will have Arenal’s top-rated restaurants; Wine & Tapas Bar and Expresso Bar. Romance, adventure and ecological activities and experiences await you at Nayara!
SELECT Perks: $100 spa credit, welcome amenity of Cava wine, complimentary breakfast for 2 daily, early check-in and late check-out upon availability, an upgrade upon availability at the time of check-in, and high-speed/enhanced Wi-Fi.
Origins luxury Lodge
Pueblo Nuevo, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Suspend your ordinary life and dive into a spectacular adventure into the alchemy of the mystic in the high valley jungles of Costa Rica. Origins offers an exclusive 111-acre escape and is home to 96 rooms and suites, and 7 private lodges – oases of subtle luxury. Relax on a handcrafted canopy bed while you gaze at the amazing 180-degree view and enjoy a sunset soak in your wood-fire-heated terrace bath. Stay in the 3-bedroom Villa Vertigo suspended in the treetops and overlooking the Origins estate, volcanoes and picturesque Nicaragua Lake.
And at the onsite gastronomical restaurant, El Salto, guests experience the haute cuisine that embodies the local surroundings. Other onsite amenities and activities include an infinity pool, a spa, cooking classes, horseback riding, fishing and yoga.
SELECT Perks: 60-minute massage for 2, complimentary full breakfast for 2 daily, early check-in and late check-out upon availability, an upgrade upon availability at the time of check-in, and high-speed/enhanced Wi-Fi.
Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa
La Fortune de San Carlos, Arenal, Costa Rica
Nestled in the heart of a tropical rainforest at the base of the Arenal Volcano, the Tabacón experience centers on the hot thermo-mineral springs that form natural pools and waterfalls. The serene river flows through carefully-planned tropical gardens that feature over 200 species of plants and flowers.
Guests have several options to choose for their accommodations, including the Tabacón Suite, Orchid Room, Rainforest Room and Honeymoon Suite. Onsite amenities include a spa (with open-air bungalows for treatments), 2 restaurants, 3 bars, or book a unique 6-course culinary experience prepared by the chef at the Ephemeral Table.
SELECT Perks: $75 spa treatment credit, $25 bar credit, complimentary buffet breakfast for two daily, early check-in and late check-out upon availability, an upgrade upon availability at the time of check-in, and high-speed/enhanced Wi-Fi.
Let one of Vacation’s on-call travel experts match you with an expert travel agent, who can help you customize the dream Costa Rica itinerary at one of these luxurious hotels and resorts.