Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn www.fincarosablanca.com, an intimate small hotel surrounded by coffee farms outside of San Jose but only twenty minutes from the international airport. Like Lapa Rios Eco-lodge, Finca Rosa Blanca works rigorously on its sustainability program and has been awarded five green leaves by Costa Rica’s Certificate for Sustainable Tourism (C.S.T.), a certification program endorsed by the Costa Rican government that awards tourism operations leaves for their level of sustainability.
We recommend different beach locations that we consider to make a great experience.
Kurà Design Villas, Costa Ballena, Uvita de Osa, Costa Rica (www.kuracostarica.com)
Kurà Design Villas is an exclusive boutique hotel on the Southern Coast of Costa Rica where the rain forest covered mountains tumble on to pristine beaches. Built on an impressive mountain ridge, Kurà´s tropical minimalist architecture provides a luxurious jungle experience and breathtaking Pacific ocean views. Featuring 6 luxury villas, an infinity salt water pool, spectacular outdoor poolside lounge and spa area, Kurà is the perfect base for aquatic and nature tours in this tropical paradise. For more information, visit www.kuracostarica.com.
The Harmony Hotel, Guanacaste (www.harmonynosara.com)
Nested into the sleepy coastal town of Nosara, Costa Rica, 14 miles from the nearest paved road, high standards of sustainable living meet the creature comforts of low key beach life. Inspired by the old school tropical destinations of eras that appreciated low key glamour and total escape, the Harmony is the perfect setting for people to get in tune with their natural rhythm. Just beyond the Harmony’s bananas trees, a cant miss coconut palm marks the arrival at Playa Guiones, one of the best surf spots in Nosara. Here you will find what you are looking for in the perfect atmosphere. Whether it is a relaxation, adventure, nature, good waves or just beautiful beaches, the Harmony Hotel is the right place for your vacation. For more information, visit www.harmonynosara.com.
Arenas del Mar Beach and Nature Resort, Manuel Antonio (www.arenasdelmar.com)
Arenas del Mar is a beach and nature resort located next to Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. "Unique and spectacular beach and nature experiences combined with highest levels of comfort and sustainability in a local Costa Rican setting" define the concept of Arenas del Mar Beach Hotel. This Manuel Antonio resort caters to tourists that are looking for more than just another high end resort experience. Arenas del Mar Hotel offers a luxurious lodging experience in harmony with Costa Rica's nature in a spectacular beach and rainforest setting. Guest rooms, apartments and suites offer spectacular ocean views, upscale dining in two hotel restaurants with a focus on fresh local products and personalized service that exceeds guest expectations. Arenas del Mar is the perfect base to explore the area around Manuel Antonio and Quepos on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Tours and activities offered in the area include whitewater rafting, mangrove kayak and boat tours, guided rainforest hikes, ocean kayaking, catch and release sport fishing, Canopy Tours and horseback riding excursions. For more information, visit www.arenasdelmar.com.
Latitude 10, Santa Teresa (www.latitude10resort.com)
Latitude 10 Resort was built as a private resort and is now available to the public. As the winner of the 2008 Grand Award in the International Class for second homes, the resort leaves nothing to be desired in luxury and elegance in its natural setting, providing interaction with the jungle and it's beachfront location. Staying at Latitude 10 is like staying with good friends at their luxury beach house. You will experience personalized service and attention to detail in a relaxed, yet classy atmosphere. Breakfast and pre-dinner hors d'oeuvres are included in your rate as well as your private in room mini bar. For more information, visit www.latitude10resort.com.
Lapa Rios Ecolodge, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica (www.laparios.com)
A luxurious 16-bungalow ecolodge overlooking the Pacific Ocean and protecting over 1,000 acres of preserved rain forest, hosting 2.5% of the World's Biodiversity, soon to be named World Heritage Site. Here, environmental education is fundamental to the employees and international guests' experiences. This model ecolodge has been consistently voted as one of Latin American's top resorts by Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure and Andrew Harper. For more info and reservations please visit www.laparios.com.
If you feel more adventurous and would like to see something else in our neighbor country Nicaragua, you cannot miss Jicaro Island Ecolodge.
Jicaro Island Ecolodge, Granada Isletas, Nicaragua (www.jicarolodge.com)
Developed in harmony with the surrounding nature and local community, Jicaro Island Ecolodge is Nicaragua´s most upscale nature resort located on a private island in Lake Nicaragua. Nine private two story casitas serve as the perfect setting for romantic escapes and wellness retreats on this secluded island getaway. The open kitchen serves Nicaraguan fusion cuisine using local and organic ingredients in an open air setting overlooking Mombacho volcano. Immerse yourself into a magical island experience filled with peace and tranquility and access to a wide variety of activities ranging from hiking or zip lining on volcanoes, bathing in hot springs and exploring the colonial treasures of Nicaragua. A visit to Jicaro Lodge and Nicaragua can be easily combined with a stay in Costa Rica. For more information, visit www.jicarolodge.com.