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Home Mexico & Central America Costa Rica Wilderness Explorer Accommodations

Costa Rica Wilderness Explorer

Discover a Wilder Side of Costa Rica on a Guided Adventure into Remote Natural Realms

Hotel Bougainvillea

Just 25 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from downtown San Jose, the Hotel Bougainvillea is a world apart, set within 10 acres of award-winning tropical gardens...

Hotel Bougainvillea

Location
San José, Costa Rica

Just 25 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from downtown San Jose, the Hotel Bougainvillea is a world apart, set within 10 acres of award-winning tropical gardens that showcase the Central Valley's lavish biodiversity. Abundant birdlife is attracted to the more than 50 species of bromeliads, native trees, several orchid species, herb and cacti gardens and frog ponds that grace the Bougainvillea's grounds. Coffee, cacao, pineapples and bananas are also grown on site. This boutique hotel offers spacious, well-appointed rooms with a contemporary vibe, each with a view of the gardens or Central Valley and mountains. Rooms have a private balcony, one king or two full-size beds, flat screen TV, telephone, safe deposit box, Wi-Fi, coffee maker, radio alarm clock, ceiling fan and hair dryer. Additional amenities include a fine restaurant serving Costa Rican and international dishes, fireside bar, swimming pool, sauna, fitness center and tennis courts.

Tiskita Jungle Lodge

The famed Tiskita Jungle Lodge is located in the southwest corner of Costa Rica within the Tiskita Biological Reserve. The reserve comprises a 550- acre private...

Tiskita Jungle Lodge

Location
South Pacific Coast, Costa Rica

The famed Tiskita Jungle Lodge is located in the southwest corner of Costa Rica within the Tiskita Biological Reserve. The reserve comprises a 550-acre private biological protected region of primary, secondary and reforested areas, as well as 37 acres of tropical fruit orchards and farms, featuring over 100 exotic fruits. The 16 hilltop cabins and common lodge are built on a rise of land well above the sand beach. Each private cabin has its own verandah equipped with comfortable sitting chairs and string hammocks. The private bathroom and showers within each cabin are open to the rainforest. The common areas include a refreshing pool, a lounge area and a dining area open to the fresh ocean breezes and the rainforest sounds.

Activities: Early morning bird-watching, guided nature walks, exploration of beach and extensive tide pools, exciting night hikes into the rainforest.

Special Attraction: This remote jungle lodge is as far as you can get from the usual tourist track in Costa Rica – the forest is pristine and the beach below is deserted.

Cristal Ballena

The Cristal Ballena Hotel Resort & Spa is located on the Costa Ballena—the Whale Coast—adjacent to Ballena Marine National Park along Costa Rica's southern Pacific coast...

Cristal Ballena

Location
Sur de Uvita, Costa Rica

The Cristal Ballena Hotel Resort & Spa is located on the Costa Ballena -- the Whale Coast -- adjacent to Ballena Marine National Park along Costa Rica's southern Pacific coast, about 15 miles south of Dominical. The property is surrounded by 30 acres of tropical gardens, set on a hillside between the sea and the rainforest backdrop. The location is ideal, affording fabulous ocean views with cooling breezes from the jungle-draped mountains. A total of 19 airy, Mediterranean-style suites offer tranquil accommodations and fantastic views. Natural materials used with interior decor harmonize with the lush vegetation on display in front of each private balcony. Each spacious suite is fully equipped with four-poster bed, private bathroom, air conditioning plus ceiling fan, satellite television, Wi-Fi, telephone, mini bar, safe and coffeemaker. A lavish breakfast buffet is served each morning at the Pura Vida pool bar and restaurant, on the terrace next to the 1,300-square-foot swimming pool. Lunch and dinner, featuring international and Costa Rican cuisine, are also served here or in the fully air-conditioned Salon Cristal. The Spa Cristal offers a full range of treatments including chocolate, papaya or marine wraps, coffee scrubs, hot stone massages, facials and more. Rainforest hiking paths and fitness trails leave from the hotel grounds.

Savegre Mountain Lodge

Sheltered within a verdant cloud forest in the Talamanca Mountains, family-run Savegre Mountain Lodge enjoys a remote setting of exceptional tranquility...

Savegre Mountain Lodge

Location
San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica

Sheltered within a verdant cloud forest in the Talamanca Mountains, family-run Savegre Mountain Lodge enjoys a remote setting of exceptional tranquility 55 miles south of San Jose. The lodge is located at a cool 7,200 feet within a private natural reserve near Los Quetzales National Park—the ideal base for exploring the myriad wonders of the tropical cloud forest. Abundant birdlife, including myriad hummingbirds, resides in the lodge vicinity, while a network of nature trails beckons guests to explore the forest, waterfalls and wildlife farther afield. Fifty large guest rooms, while simple, have been recently updated and provide clean, comfortable accommodations in a setting of genuine serenity. En suite bathrooms have basin, toilet, hot-water shower and hair dryer. Knotty pine walls and ceilings lend a rustic, cozy feel inside, while individual seating areas on the outdoor terrace invite relaxing. Huge picture windows in the main lodge and dining room survey the surrounding gardens, with views of colorful flowers and flitting hummingbirds. The bar and lounge area center on a circular fireplace, for convivial socializing on cool mountain evenings. Guests can enjoy a Jacuzzi, massage and other therapeutic services in the spa. 

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