Top Ten Hotels in Costa Rica

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At Costa Rican Vacations, we’ve been working with the greatest hotels in the country for over fifteen years. Yet one thing that guests ask for is a list of the top ten hotels in Costa Rica – because everyone loves a list!

But how could we decide on ten with so many great hotels in Costa Rica? In the effort of fairness, we compared TripAdvisor, Facebook, and Costa Rican Vacations reviews from the past year to see what the guests themselves had to say.

So with much ado, here are our top ten hotel recommendations for this year!

10. The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Conchal Beach, Guanacaste

Quite possibly the very best all-inclusive in Costa Rica! It’s got great beach access to scenic Playa Conchal plus an awesome selection of onsite activities and dining options, making it perfect for families looking to relax by the ocean.

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9. Hotel Belmar, Monteverde

This mountain retreat in the cloud forest offers spacious suites with lush forest views, an excellent restaurant, and lovely personalized service up in the cool clouds of Monteverde.


8. Tulemar Resort, Manuel Antonio

Located at the heart of the Pacific coastline, these spacious private villas and suites overlook the tropical forests surrounding Manuel Antonio. Expect to see plenty of wildlife from your balcony while enjoying access at their quiet, secluded beach.


7. The Palms, Flamingo Beach, Guanacaste

Being located right in front of Playa Flamingo means you have the best beach access in all of Costa Rica! Tropical surroundings mixed with fine oceanfront villas – what more could you want?


6. Stay in Costa Rica at Los Sueños Resort, Central Pacific

Los Sueños has a great selection of two- and three-bedroom condos, as well as private villas. Expect great service, easy access to world renowned sportfishing, a premium par-72 golf course, and fine dining and shopping options at the marina’s village.


5. The Springs Resort & Spa, Arenal

This 5-star luxury resort offers spectacular views of the Arenal Volcano from nearly everywhere on site. There’s also plenty to do, from the outdoor adventure park Club Rio and fine dining to the spa and the multitude of thermal hot springs options.


4. Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, Papagayo Bay

The Andaz is a modern beachfront resort found on the stunning Papagayo Peninsula. You can expect spacious, contemporary rooms, exciting designs, and exceptional service with great dining options. The spa is unique with beautiful scenery, but what better way to enjoy the stunning views than from out on the water in Papagayo Bay?


3. Villa Buena Onda Hotel, Coco Beach, Guanacaste

Looking for a quiet, adult retreat? Look no further! Villa Buena Onda continues to get amazing reviews from its guests. Now a leader in the area, this boutique, adult-only property offers eight rooms, an all-inclusive meal plan, and an intimate spa, all found in a private spot overlooking the Pacific Ocean near the town of Coco. Perfect for romance and complete relaxation!


2. Arenas del Mar Resort, Manuel Antonio

Part of the Cayuga sustainable hotel chain, this boutique rainforest resort is an ideal way to connect with nature and learn about sustainability in the rainforest while enjoying exceptional, friendly service, fine dining, and the best location in the area. It’s a hit with kids and couples alike.


1. Nayara Resort, Arenal

The Nayara brand combines two fantastic properties: Arenal Nayara and its newer adult-only sister property Nayara Springs. Nayara Springs continually racks up awards: No.1 Luxury Hotel in the World (TripAdvisor, twice), No.1 Resort in Central America (Travel & Leisure), and No.1 Spa Hotel in the World (Conde Nast, 2016). So of course you can expect an intimate, luxurious experience, excellent treatment from the staff, fine amenities, incredible meals, and beautiful surroundings. For many, the private, thermally-fed plunge pools are a highlight. A once-in-a-lifetime experience!


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