With the cold, biting winds of winter whipping about around you and with the frost practically stripping the surrounding foliage bare, it is no wonder that most people dream of taking a vacation on a beach shortly before the year ends. The complete antithesis of a harsh, wintry landscape, after all, is a vast and pristine shoreline facing a dazzling blue ocean and a warm orange sunset.
Costa Rica is one of those countries of the world that has been gifted with some of the world’s finest seaside hotels and resorts. Normally, these are kitted out with typical guest rooms, outdoor pools, and perhaps even a spa or two. However, if you are looking for some real luxury in the form of personal chefs, souped-up leisure facilities (e.g., private golf carts), and topnotch spa services, then you may want to take your pick from the list of our top five high-quality hotels on Costa Rica’s best beach destinations:
1) The Preserve at Los Altos
If an Asian-inspired luxury ambience is more your thing, then The Preserve at Los Altos should be right up your alley. This resort is massive at a total of 2,500 square feet, and you will find no shortage of comfort and luxury within it. From the plush and enormous beds in each suite to the state of the art kitchens in the Balinese-inspired penthouse suite, The Preserve’s accommodations are sure to appease even the most jaded and fastidious traveler. The beach is merely a stroll down the hill and there are a lot of activities available for guests on the resort (e.g., jet skiing, zip lining, etc.).
All the rooms in this resort are humongous, so it is also an ideal hotel for a memorable family vacation and the deluxe spa has a great view of the sparkling blue ocean.
2) Latitude 10 Beachfront Resort
Located just a few steps away from the foam-tipped waves of the Playa Santa Teresa or Santa Teresa Beach, Latitude 10 offers a more intimate option for vacationers who want a bit more peace and quiet. This exclusive boutique resort only has about five open-air casitas, but you are made to feel like the only guest upon arrival. Their friendly and capable staff will bring your luggage directly to your rooms upon check-in, and they will be more than happy to coordinate your activities for you. Should you feel tired from your trip, the resort’s huge and romantic four-poster beds should make for an invigorating nap or for a restful night’s sleep before a day’s worth of fun activities.
3) JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa
Don’t let its name fool you. The JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort might bear the name of a big hotel and resort chain, but there is nothing cold or sterile about its facilities. Nestled within the exclusive Hacienda Pinilla (Monte Carlo’s premiere luxury vacation home community), the sprawling property features an intricate network of plunge pools, a nearby exclusive beach, and an abundance of comfortable hammocks for the guest who feels like taking an impromptu nap. For the complete island experience, don’t miss their signature ceviche served in a coconut shell.
4) Hotel Punta Islita
Regarded by many as the best luxury hotel in Costa Rica, this 3,000-acre property near the Samara Beach is pretty much a one-stop shop for the ultimate island vacation. Punta Islita Hotel‘s accommodations range from luxurious hotel rooms to opulent private villas. With its exquisite infinity pool, executive golf course, and numerous tennis courts, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a reason to leave its premises. And if those aren’t enough to keep you occupied, the resort also offers cooking lessons, its own canopy tour, and sunset cruises.
5) Hotel Arenas del Mar
Arenas Del Mar is an upscale hotel that is close to the Manuel Antonio Beach. The 11-acre resort is a few minutes drive from the Manuel Antonio National Park and its rooms are all large and deluxe, with massive balconies overlooking the shore. The food onsite is also scrumptious, and you are utterly spoiled for choice. Those who want to go for a swim can indulge in the property’s saltwater pools as well.
Clearly, if you have managed to save enough cash for your dream vacation, you might as well go all out on your accommodations to make all that hard work worth it. You only get to live once, after all, and there’s no point in doing things including vacations halfway.