Costa Rica has always been considered an eco-friendly paradise, but over the past decade new upscale boutique hotels have been erected making it an outstanding destination for those looking for luxury and romance as well.  Blessed with incredible natural beauty, bountiful wildlife, pristine beaches, and of course incredible sport fishing there are no shortage of things to do while you are here.  Costa Rica was also recently ranked the ‘Happiest Country in the World‘ out of 153 countries according to the Happy Planet Index, and all these happy Ticos are eager to create an unforgettable vacation experience for you!

Below is a list of five award winning hotels that we are proud to offer the next time you head south for relaxation & romance or a fishing vacation to Costa Rica.

 

1)  Arenal Nayara

This hotels ranks number one for the simple reason that it excels on every category we have considered and everything it does.  Amazing volcano views from your terrace hot tub or fine dining surrounded by lush gardens, Nayara is the perfect option for couples looking for relaxation and romance or newlyweds that want to start a new adventure.  From here you can enjoy a whole range of adventure tours like white water rafting, zip lines, ATVs and waterfall rappelling, or enjoy the serene setting fishing for rainbow bass on Lake Arenal.

Perfect for:  Romantic Getaways, Honeymoons, Relaxation, Nature lovers.

Awards:

  • #1 Resort in Central & South America – Conde Nast
  • #1 Resort in Central & South America – Travel & Leisure
  • #1 Hotel Spa in Central & South America – Travel & Leisure
  • #1 Resort in Central America – Trip Advisor
  • #4 Hotel in the World – Travel & Leisure

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2)  Arenas del Mar

The Manuel Antonio National Park is located along Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast and has gained a reputation worldwide for its panoramic views, lush vegetation, wildlife and pristine beaches.  The Arenas Del Mar Resort is luxury beachfront hotel that encompasses all of that with a bit of luxury.  Opened in 2007, Arenas del Mar is one of the rare hotels in Manuel Antonio that has direct access to TWO beaches, the private Playa Playitas and the large public beach Playa Espadilla.  It’s ideal location means it is within walking distance to the Manuel Antonio Park, recently ranked one of the world’s top 12 national parks by Forbes.  Whether you are after romance, relaxation, or incredible sport fishing in Manuel Antonio it would be hard to beat a stay at the Arenas del Mar.

Perfect for: Nature Lovers, Couples, Romantic Getaway, and Honeymoons.

Awards: 

  • #1 Family Hotel, World’s Best Awards – Travel & Leisure
  • Best New Hotels, Hot List – Conde Nast
  • Best New Honeymoon Spots – The Knot
  • Member of Small Distinctive Hotels of Costa Rica

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3)  Copa de Arbol

Imagine spending your next vacation in a 70 acre nature reserve in the middle of the rainforest along Costa Rica’s southern Pacific Coast.  You’ll fall asleep to the sounds of tree frogs chirping and waves crashing on the beach and wake up to the sounds of howler monkeys bellowing with the rising sun.  Copa de Arbol combines fine dining, luxury accommodations and excellent service to make your fishing vacation to Costa Rica the best one you’ve ever had.  This is the only hotel in the Drake Bay area with air conditioned rooms, it features a beautiful three level pool, and best of all it’s own private beach.  The inshore fishing for huge snapper and roosterfish is unrivaled while the marlin fishing offshore at the FADs is the best in the world right now.

Perfect for: Romantic Getaways, Adventure Travelers, Anglers.

Awards: #1 Small Hotel in Costa Rica – Trip Advisor Award

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4)  Pachira Lodge

Whether you are a nature lover admiring the jungle views and incredible wildlife or chasing huge tarpon, the Pachira Lodge offers some of the finest accommodations in Tortuguero.  The 88-room hotel is located just five minutes away from the Tortuguero National Park, one of the most important sea turtle nesting sites in the world.  Enjoy comfortable rooms with private bathrooms, three buffet meals included daily, and their turtle shaped pools with waterfall.  For anyone who loves nature and the lodge-type setting, the Pachira Lodge is one of our favorite options when you are tarpon fishing in Costa Rica.

Perfect For: Nature Lovers, Birders, Couples, Adventure Travelers, Tarpon Fishing

Awards:

  • Fodor’s Choice 2011
  • Certificate of Excellence 2013 – Trip Advisor
  • National Promoter Award ICT.

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5)  Peace Lodge

This gorgeous 16-room hotel is located in the tranquil and breathtaking La Paz Cloud Forest just forty five minutes away from the SJO International Airport.  The hotel merges a the serenity of the cloud forest with the mega-attraction of the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, which allows visitors to experience five stunning waterfalls, the worlds largest butterfly garden, an aviary, and a big cat sanctuary.  Each of the animals found at the Peace Lodge was either rescued or orphaned from the illegal pet trade or poachers.  The rooms at the Peace Lodge have a rustic decor while providing the finest 5 star luxury.  Here you’ll enjoy a canopy style king bed, fireplace, huge walk in bathrooms with rain showers and jacuzzis, and a private balcony overlooking the cloud forest complete with outdoor jacuzzi for two.  They even have a trout pond so you can sneak away and practice your fly fishing!  The Peace Lodge is the perfect way to either start or end your vacation!

Perfect for: Couples, Romantic Getaways and Honeymoons.

Awards:

  • Certificate for Excellence 2013 & 2014 – Trip Advisor
  • Top Romantic Destinations – Travel Channel Honeymoon Hotspots
  • Member of Small Distinctive Hotels of Costa Rica

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