Top 5 Luxury Beach Resorts In Costa Rica


1. Hotel Arenas del Mar

Manuel Antonio is replete with upscale hotels, but none are closer to the beach than Arenas del Mar, a five-star 11-acre property within walking distance of Manuel Antonio National Park. The balconies here are massive, the rain forest hiking trails are extensive, and the entire place is carbon neutral, which earned the resort a coveted Five Sustainability Leaf Award.

hotel Arenas del mar

2. Latitude 10 Beachfront Resort

For a more remote and intimate option, Latitude 10’s five open-air casitas land guests just few steps from the crashing waves of Playa Santa Teresa. The jungle setting on the property’s five acres and the top-notch service define this exclusive boutique resort, which features a chlorine-free pool, beachfront dining, and a private chef. The hotel also provides free bikes to guests silly enough to want to leave the property.

Latitude beachfront Resort

3. Recreo Resort

Recreo is a well-kept and opulent secret just a short golf-cart ride from two secluded and picturesque beaches, Playa Rajada and Playa Jobo. The unique and tastefully adorned villas accommodate parties of all different sizes and are stocked with local art, state-of-the-art kitchenware, and private pools. Tip: Request Villa 6, which has the best sunset view.


4. JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa

Marriott hotels have never been my style—maybe there are just too many of them—but this laid-back and well-placed resort won me over. Located within the exclusive vacation home community of Hacienda Pinilla, the JW Marriott’s highlights include comfy hammocks, an intricate system of pools, a nearly deserted beach, and mouthwatering ceviche served in a coconut. Furthermore, the spa is basically heaven.

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa

5. Hotel Punta Islita

A collection of lavish villas and hotel rooms spread over 300 acres near Playa Sámara, Hotel Punta Islita is a one-stop, high-end beach escape. The property features its own canopy tour, executive golf course, and tennis courts, along with a beach club and the requisite infinity pool. Also available: sunset cruises, cooking lessons, and private dinners by candlelight.

5. Hotel Punta Islita

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