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8 Beast Costa Rica Resorts to Visit in 2019

For an adventurous getaway coupled with stellar beaches, look no further than Costa Rica. Be prepared to be blown away by this Central American country’s wow-worthy landscape of active volcanoes, lush rainforests, and cascading waterfalls. Known as an eco-adventurer’s paradise, you can spend your days zip lining, hiking, and white-water rafting, then bliss out on golden strands. Here are some of the top resorts to stay in during your Costa Rican getaway.

1. Nayara Resort, Spa & Gardens — La Fortuna


Nayara, named one of the top hotels in Central America by Travel & Leisure, is a bungalow-style eco-resort located within Arenal Volcano National Park. After hiking to nearby hot springs, visit the resort’s sloth preserve. Nearby is its exclusive sister property, Nayara Springs, featuring 18 villas, each with its own mineral-fed pool.

2. Casa Chameleon Hotel — Las Catalinas

Casa Chameleon Hotel is an adults-only hideaway in the high-end resort development of Las Catalinas on the Guanacaste coast. Spend your days zip lining in the rainforest and surfing in the Pacific, but you’ll want to be back by sunset to take in the dreamy views from the infinity pool and your luxury villa.

3. Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo — Papagayo Peninsula

The stylish Andaz Costa Rica Resort on the Papagayo Peninsula, recently named one of Costa Rica’s best-kept secrets by GQ, has all the bells and whistles of a high-end resort, including free-form pools, Culebra Bay-facing rooms, the ONDA Spa, and Ostrarestaurant for seafood — love the make-your-own ceviche station!

4. Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica — Papagayo Peninsula

If you want major luxury with your eco-adventures, stay at the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica on the Papagayo peninsula. Highlights of the 181-room resort include two golden-sand beaches, a world-class spa, an 18-hole Arnold Palmer golf course, and a surf school. Be sure to arrange an excursion to the nearby Diria coffee plantation.

5. Gaia Hotel & Reserve — Manuel Antonio

Though it will be hard to tear yourself away from the swim-up bar in the three-tired infinity pool at Gaia Hotel & Reserve, you’ll want to spend time exploring. Take a naturalist-led hike in the on-site 12-acre nature reserve, and in nearby Manuel Antonio National Park, watch for toucans, monkeys, and more in the lush rainforest.

6. JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa — Guanacaste

Located on Costa Rica’s Nicoya peninsula, the hacienda-style JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa is the perfect remedy after a day of touring nearby national parks, including Rincon de la Vieja and Palo Verde. The resort is right on the beach, and the spa has soothing treatments like papaya wraps and hot-stone massages.

7. Hacienda AtlaGracia — Pérez Zeledón

Activities offered at the swanky Hacienda AtlaGracia, housed on a former coffee plantation in the Talamanca Mountains, include horseback rides along jungle paths and whitewater rafting on the Savegre River. Afterward, take a dip in the infinity pool before settling in for a meal of cassava gnocchi at Ambar restaurant.

8. The Springs Resort & Spa — La Fortuna

The Springs Resort & Spa has plenty to recommend it. In addition to rooms that overlook Arenal Volcano, it has numerous on-site natural mineral-rich hot springs pools, perfect for soaking after a day of hiking. There are also five restaurants — including the popular Ginger Sushi — and a wildlife sanctuary on premises.

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