Costa Rica is a country known for its awe-inspiring nature and its welcoming people, characteristics that make it an ideal luxury travel destination. 

Lush rainforest, colorful wildlife and pristine beaches are among the main draws of this Central American paradise. Whether you want to watch colorful birds and playful monkeys from your private pool, or be pampered with a beachfront massage, Costa Rica’s luxury resorts have what you are looking for.   

One of the hotspots for luxury in Costa Rica is the Papagayo Peninsula, best characterized as an 11 mile-long stretch of paradise, surrounded by nature and wildlife, where many sustainable luxury options are waiting for you. Located in Costa Rica’s north-east region of Guanacaste, the area is brimming with water and rainforest activities.

5-star lodging and dining

Among the 5-star locations in Costa Rica, it is possible to find both state of the art-inspired designs and naturalist alternatives built with eco-materials, managing to integrate nature and a natural flow with the environment, history and the local culture. 

Unparalleled attention to detail and the motto to provide the best possible experience in Costa Rica defines them. 

There are many luxury chain-style resorts to choose from for travelers who prefer well-known brands, and the majority are located in the Guanacaste region. If you are after the reassurance of a recognized name to explore Costa Rica’s adventures and natural beauty, be sure to check the Four Seasons, Hyatt’s Andaz Papagayo, Planet Hollywood, Westin, The W, and the JW Marriott.

If you prefer to explore outside the big hotel chains, there are plenty of options to choose from, among them are:

Andaz Costa Rica Resort by Hyatt: two private beaches, three restaurants and a nine-room spa.

El Mangroove: seven exquisitely luxurious suites to choose from, two farm-to-table and ocean-to-table gourmet restaurants and a world-class spa.

Los Altos de Eros Boutique Hotel: luxury boutique hotel perched on a mountain overlooking the ocean, luxury spa, high-end cuisine. 

For a fine-dining experience, there are many options to try, among them are Abbocato (Italian and seafood), Villa Italia (Italian, European), Nya Restaurant (Costa Rican), Colibri Restaurante (International, Central American).

5-star activities

Luxurious spas and wellness centers can be found across the country, and if you are staying in a 5-star resort, you can probably find one right there. If you want to try a new experience a la pura vida style, you can book a yoga vacation in Costa Rica; surrounded by some of the most astonishing scenery on the planet, these planned retreats will certainly help you restore balance in your life. 

Diving and snorkeling in Costa Rica are unforgettable experiences; enjoy the clear blue sea and the myriad of underwater creatures, take a catamaran tour and enjoy the breeze, sun and astonishing colorful surroundings. You could also visit Tortuguero and see the nesting turtles.

To discover a 5-star Costa Rican experience at your own pace, don’t forget to book your car and take life to the fullest.

About 25% of Costa Rica is under protection; taking an organized tour to visit some of the amazing fauna is an experience you will treasure for life. There are many world-class golf courses to choose from for those who can live without hitting a hole. 

For those that enjoy the adrenaline rush of a true adventure, Costa Rica offers a wide variety of activities, including trekking near active volcanoes, white water rafting, ziplining and cave spelunking. 

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