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Best Boutique Hotels in Costa Rica

Best Boutique Hotels in Costa Rica

Where luxury travel is concerned, opting for a smaller boutique hotel over a big mega-chain is almost always a good idea. Rooted in destination, they often offer up a more authentic (and charming) snapshot of the place you’re visiting.

This is certainly the case in Costa Rica, where travelers will find no shortage of up-market boutique hotels to rest their heads. According to our local experts, these recommendations are among the very best.

Oxygen Jungle Villas

As the name implies, this boutique offering is positioned snuggly in the lush Costa Rican jungle. The all-glass villas, which boast stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and exotic wildlife, provide a front-row seat to Costa Rica’s epic wilderness. By day, guests can hit the zip-line or take to one of the hotel’s private hiking trails before tucking into top-notch local cuisine.

 

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Oxygen Jungle – Ocean Villa Front View (Photo: Oxygen Jungle)

Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Resort

The Finca Rosa Blanca, located in San Jose, brilliantly blends rustic pleasures with upscale amenities. Perfect for eco-travelers, the resort-slash-coffee farm plantation is nestled in the Central Valley mountain highlands—making it a wonderfully remote locale. This hotel’s a top pick for those looking for an earthy, eco-friendly escape without sacrificing the luxury feel.

 best boutique hotels in costa rica -Photo Courtesy of Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Resort
Photo Courtesy of Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Resort

El Silencio Lodge & Spa

Natural wellness is the star of the show at El Silencio Lodge & Spa, known for its incredible waterfall views and farm-to-table fare. “Silencio” is certainly a fitting name, as the resort is almost hidden in the breathtaking highlands of the central volcanic range.

best boutique hotels in costa rica - Photo Courtesy of El Silencio Lodge & Spa- Main Building
Photo Courtesy of El Silencio Lodge & Spa– Main Building

Kura Design Villas

If it’s jaw-dropping panoramic views and unmatched privacy you’re after, the Kura definitely won’t disappoint. The villas, situated on a coastal ridge that overlooks the Southern Pacific’s Uvita beach, are simply sublime. The biggest draw though is the resort’s ultra-luxe infinity pool.

best boutique hotels in costa rica - Photo Courtesy Kura Design Villas
Photo Courtesy Kura Design Villas

Pacuare Lodge

This standout boutique hotel is a true stunner. Located on the bank of the dazzling Pacuare River, the resort touts thrills and adventure on the waterway, as well as easy access to some of Costa Rica’s most colorful wildlife. (Think of it as camping, but with a luxurious twist.)

best boutique hotels in costa rica - Pacuare Lodge Costa Rica - Honeymoon Suite (Photo: Pacuare Lounge)
Pacuare Lodge Costa Rica – Honeymoon Suite (Photo Flickr: Pacuare Lounge)

Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge

These private bungalows are ideal for art lovers. Here, guests are treated to a varied collection of indigenous art that reflects Costa Rican culture, history and heritage. As far as accommodations go, the elevated rooms provide a fantastic vantage point that truly makes it feel like you’re resting on a cloud.

best boutique hotels in costa rica - Photo Courtesy of Danica Cloud Forest Lounge
Photo Courtesy of Danica Cloud Forest Lounge

Hotel Punta Islita

Wander off the beaten track at this luxury resort, which offers up eco-adventures at every turn. Beachside horseback riding, wellness-centered yoga, wildlife discovery, and hiking are all on offer. The beach villas are a treat in themselves, especially the private plunge pools.

best boutique hotels in costa rica - Photo Courtesy of Hotel Punta Islita
Photo Courtesy of Hotel Punta Islita

Cala Luna Luxury Boutique Hotel & Villas

This resort takes luxury travel in Costa Rica to new heights. Located on an ultra-secluded beach, the resort is positively brimming with adventurous excursions. (It also provides some pretty surreal sunsets.) For those more keen on relaxing, Cala Luna invites guests to unwind on its spectacular private beach.

best boutique hotels in costa rica - Photo Courtesy Cala Luna
Photo Courtesy of Cala Luna

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This post was contributed by Insight Guides, which offers private, tailor-made trips to Costa Rica and beyond.

 

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Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

32 Comments

  1. I REALLY need to get to Costa Rica. From all the pictures I see, it seems like it would kinda remind me of Bali because of the rainforest and all the boutique hotels and beautiful pools. I’d love to stay at any of these places!
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    • Carmen Edelson

      Costa Rica has plenty of beautiful rainforests to explore if you stay at any of these hotels!

  2. These look so fun! would love visit this part of the world some day.

    • Carmen Edelson

      These are definitely worth visiting!

  3. Ashlyne Garcia
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    Wow. Such beautiful places. Definitely would be something to add to my bucket list.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Carmen Edelson

      Costa Rica is a perfect place to add to the bucket list! That’s where I got married 8 years ago.

  4. These all look so beautiful! I need to look into planning a trip to Costa Rica…!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂
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    • Carmen Edelson

      My pleasure! Costa Rica has so much to see that two weeks isn’t enough time. You need to definitely plan a trip there!

  5. I was just saying the other day to my husband that we should plan a trip to Costa Rica! It looks like a stunning country and I love how it seems able to mix environmental awareness and luxury. I am pinning this post for reference!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Costa Rica is a wonderful getaway, and it is great for nature exploring! Not to mention, the country is absolutely beautiful!

  6. Costa Rica always looks amazing so green, so intimate. and that pool at Kura Design wow its amazing
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    • Carmen Edelson

      Costa Rica is for sure very green and full of tropical rainforests making it unique!

  7. I’m just dying to go to Costa Rica and usually only stay in boutique hotels, so this post is perfect for me! I especially love the bungalows!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Glad to be able to share this! Definitely stay in the bungalows when you end up going!

  8. Wow thanks for those marvelous screenshots and tips. Was planning on going there anyway

    • Carmen Edelson

      You won’t be disappointed when you go. There is so much to see and do to keep you plenty busy.

  9. The surrounding landscape is absolutely beautiful! I really like the bright colors in the bedroom. Makes it look so inviting and relaxing.

    • Carmen Edelson

      The whole country is very colorful and picturesque! That’s why we choose it for our destination wedding. The sunsets in the evening where spectacular.

  10. Valerie Robinson
    Reply

    Very beautiful! Never knew Costa Rica was so amazing!!!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Costa Rica is perfect for people that like the outdoors and adventures. We saw so many animals in the rainforest, and enjoyed white water rafting when we went too!

  11. I’m really keen to visit Costa Rica and to see the wildlife. What a stunning selection of hotels and eco lodges!
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    • Carmen Edelson

      The wildlife is so unique and I haven’t really seen it anywhere else! Definitely take a trip there soon! You won’t be disappointed!

  12. Heard a lot about Costa Rice. Looks amazing place to visit. Thanks for sharing the article :)

    • Carmen Edelson

      We loved Costa Rica, and hope to return soon. One minute you’re in the rainforest, and the other at the base of a volcano. Try taking a trip there in the future, it’s so worth it!

  13. Michele Peterson
    Reply

    A great list! I’ve stayed at Finca Rosa Blanca and love the cuisine too!

    • Carmen Edelson

      That’s great! I also love the food in Costa Rica!

  14. Chasing The Goose
    Reply

    Wow some of those places are stunning, so much character!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Definitely! Costa Rica is definately full of character and with many vibrant colors!

  15. Costa Rica looks a great country! Will have to visit sometime!
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    • Carmen Edelson

      It’s a country with beautiful beaches, and plenty of activities to keep you busy. We went white water rafting and zip-lining went we visited.

  16. Carol
    Reply

    Stayed at Oxygen Jungle Villas and it was wonderful! Another favorite of mine while we were there was the Hotel Belmar in Monte Verde. If you haven’t stayed there you definitely should!

    • Carmen Edelson

      I’ll definitely look into the Hotel Belmar next time we go to Monte Verde.

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