Nosara, Costa Rica
This boutique ecolodge on the Nicoya Peninsula enjoys an incomparable seaside location atop a forested bluff. Enjoy sunset views over the Pacific Ocean from its extensive decks, two infinity pools, open-air restaurant and lounge. Below, the sandy curve of Nosara Beach extends for miles with no development in sight. On the hotel's surrounding private 90-acre nature reserve, Reserva Biologica, a network of trails winds among the natural vegetation, revealing a great diversity of native plants and animals within the subtropical dry forest and mangroves. Mornings offer especially good opportunities to see various birds, howler monkeys, anteaters, coatis, raccoons, iguanas and butterflies. Two rivers lace the reserve, the Rio Nosara and Rio Montaña, and guests may spy crocodiles in their waters.
The lodge's contemporary design, embodying simplicity in harmony with nature, is premised on sustainability and compatibility with the environment. Colors feature tropical hues that complement the landscape. Room decor is elegantly minimalist, with clean-lined teak furnishings, tile floors and luxury linens in neutral tones. While rooms are air-conditioned, you'll surely want to open the expansive patio doors and drink in the fresh ocean breeze off your private deck. Modern art is on display throughout the lodge interiors, which the owners acquired through personal relationships with artists from Europe and Latin America whose work embodies their direct experience of the world around them, bearing witness to the inspiration and energy of this magical place. The property has been awarded Costa Rica's highest national certification level for sustainability. Strict requirements for such recognition include active protection of the environment, recycling, and use of local, organically grown products. The lodge also generates power via solar panels and utilizes an internal water recycling system. A percentage of room rates goes toward projects that promote education and conservation, including support of the local community.