With Costa Rica fast becoming the hottest destination in recent years for holidaymakers the world over (largely helped in the UK by new direct flights), there has in turn been a host of new hotels opening across the country. As many people look at this tropical paradise as being the ideal location for a luxury holiday or honeymoon, the majority of these hotels are at the top end of the spectrum. Here we look at 5 of the very best options for new luxury hotels in Costa Rica;
1. Origins Lodge
Boasting 180º panoramic views across unspoilt surroundings of jungle covered mountains, Origins is the ultimate in luxury escapes. Located in the north of Costa Rica, Lake Nicaragua and the pristine rainforests are all easily seen from its high up position. A scattering of private lodges can be found in he grounds, all featuring he same spectacular views along with fire-heated baths on the balcony, open air shower, complimentary WiFi and dedicated room service.
Aiming to inspire the next generation of luxury travellers, the lodge is raw and yet exceptionally modern, simple yet stylish. Guests can spot toucans and howler monkeys, enjoy fine cuisine from Michelin-starred chef Jeab-Luc L’Hourre, visit the yoga studio, take part in a trek up to the peak of the Tenorio volcano or simply relax in the spa.
Suitable for couples and families alike, Nantipa is located on the outstanding Nicoya Peninsula. This region is recognised as a ‘Blue Zone’ by UNESCO, one of just 5 such regions in the world, where the population live longer and lead healthier lifestyles. If wellness is important during your holiday, Nantipa won’t disappoint due to its close proximity of the yoga-loving town of Santa Teresa.
Being a boutique hotel, there are a selection of private bungalows with beach front access throughout the grounds which span 2.3 hectares. Each features ocean views, climate control, flat screen TV, WiFi, hammocks, a mini bar and king size bed. Guests have full access to the hotel spa, restaurant and pool plus it’s within easy walking distance to a range of restaurants, shops and bars. As with any Costa Rican holiday, the concierge are happy to help book exciting activities in the surrounding region including hiking, surf lessons, horse riding, ziplining and coffee farm tours.
3. Three Sixty
Located on the stunning south west coastline of Costa Rica, Three Sixty is an adults only hotel which shows off the best of the beach, the jungle and the mountains. It has beautiful views, hence the name, and one of the most photogenic infinity pools we’ve ever seen! In addition, tasty local cuisine is served at the Kua Kua restaurant, which is overseen by talented chef Jaak Toomsalu. Nearby, guests can take part in sport fishing, ziplning, bird watching, surf lessons or snorkelling.
Individual bungalows are spaced throughout the properties gardens and maintain the same impressive outlook. The facilities and service are first class, including daily maid service, a king size bed which features 400 thread cotton linens and an organic, handmade Simmons Beautyrest mattress, air conditioning, open plan bathroom with raw Botanicals body products, rain shower, complimentary WiFi, flat screen TV, espresso coffee machine and minibar.
4. The Retreat
This exceptional hotel is the perfect choice for those looking for accommodation which does what it says on the tin. The Retreat has 6 core values such as self care, stress reduction, spiritual connectedness and a strong focus on wellness of the body, mind and spirit.
Located in Costa Rica’s beautiful central band, it is close to the coast and jungle, meaning that pure relaxation is on the menu. Amenities include a full Cristal Lotus spa, gym, swimming pool, yoga studio, fire pit and Jacuzzi. Guest rooms are spacious and include a private terrace, king size bed with 400 thread count linens, pillow menu, complimentary WiFi, raw Botanicals organic toiletries and slippers.
5. Aguas Claras
On the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, where a laid-back vibe is part of daily life, Aguas Claras is the newest option for travellers to the region. This tastefully restored Victorian style house is within walking distance of postcard-worthy beaches, rich snorkelling spots and the charming town of Puerto Viejo. The owners are keen to maintain a sustainable way of living, and therefore recycled materials are plentiful along with solar panels.
Surrounding the main house are 6 individual ‘casas’ where guests can stay. Spacious and decorated with modern yet artistic tropical designs, these mini-houses contain all that one would need including kitchenette, complimentary WiFi, air conditioning and open-air shower. Further afield, travellers to this less-visited region of Costa Rica can find nature trails, cycling, snorkelling, kayaking and birdwatching spots.
Simon Williams is Director of Humboldt Travel. Humboldt Travel is a luxury travel company specialising in tailor made holidays to Latin America.