Voted one of Central America's best hotels by Conde Nast Traveler, the grand Marriott San Jose offers resort-style accommodations amid a 30-acre coffee plantation setting. Surrounded by lavish gardens, the colonial hacienda-style hotel is both elegant and relaxed, with every conceivable guest amenity. Luxurious rooms feature heavy, dark-wood furnishings, supremely comfortable beds, spacious, well-appointed bathrooms, work desks and in-room Wi-Fi, and wrought-iron balconies with magnificent views over the sprawling Central Valley and mountains. Enjoy recreation opportunities with two palm-shaded outdoor pools, tennis courts, state-of-the-art fitness center, and walking paths through the lush gardens. The spa offers a range of indulgent treatments, while several sophisticated restaurants and bars serve diverse cuisine featuring Japanese, Peruvian and other Latin American specialties.
Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Evergreen Lodge is tucked deep within the tropical rain forest, just five minutes from the boundary of Tortuguero National Park. Rustic yet comfortable, this classic Costa Rican ecolodge provides the ideal base from which to explore the wildlife wonders of Tortuguero. Individual cabanas have en suite bathrooms and large windows that offer a panorama of the surrounding rain forest and its wild residents, including many monkeys. The spacious dining room and bar have a soaring peaked roof and walls of windows that look out onto the jungle landscape. A swimming pool invites a refreshing dip after a day of discovery in the steamy forest environs. From the lodge, we explore Tortuguero's scenic, winding canals by boat, searching for the abundant wildlife for which the park is renowned. We may also explore the forest surrounding the lodge on foot via a network of nature trails.
Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge
Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
Enjoying a prime location on the edge of Corcovado National Park, Casa Corcovado is a deluxe outpost in one of the world’s last true wildernesses. There are no roads to the jungle lodge, and the only access is by boat. This premier ecolodge—a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner—offers the ultimate blend of luxurious comfort and nature-based adventure. Its setting on a hilltop above a palm-fringed beach, surrounded by tropical gardens and 170 acres of pristine rain forest, provides awe-inspiring views and cooling ocean breezes.
Accommodations are in individual bungalows spaced throughout the gardens for maximum peace and privacy. The design of our junior suites (the largest of the bungalow offerings) mixes the vibrant, earthy colors and textures of the jungle with contemporary sophistication and amenities. The suites have separate sleeping and living quarters, plus a private screened porch. Special touches included wood-beamed ceilings, shutters, stained glass crafted by local artisans, and an open-air garden shower designed to offer a unique and refreshing experience of being one with the surrounding nature. Other amenities include safe deposit boxes, ample closets, hot water, tiled floors, ceiling fans and 24-hour electricity provided by the lodge's sustainable hydroelectric and solar systems. Two swimming pools are available for guests' enjoyment, a small spring-fed pool tucked into the forest, and the larger "El Solar" pool which uses solely solar energy to recycle the water. Los Vitrales restaurant features creative Costa Rican cuisine incorporating locally sourced fruits and vegetables.
Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge is one of Costa Rica's leading examples of responsible ecotourism. Designed and constructed in a manner that minimizes impact on the environment, the lodge prides itself on its commitment to green and sustainable principles in every aspect of its day-to-day operations. It is also the closest accommodation to Corcovado National Park, the crown jewel of Costa Rica's world-renowned national park system. Located on Costa Rica's southwest Pacific coast, Corcovado is the last remaining large and sustainable lowland rainforest in Central America. Guests will have an opportunity to explore the largest mangrove wetlands system on Central America’s Pacific coast where there's a good chance to spot monkeys, crocodiles and plenty of birds, as well as possibilities to see dolphins and whales offshore.
Senda Monteverde Hotel
Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
Totally rebuilt from the ground up, this sustainable luxury ecolodge located high on Costa Rica's Continental Divide will open anew in December 2018. It features 24 warmly appointed suites in contemporary mountain bungalows. Duplexes have covered open-air porches on either end with a hilltop view of the distant Pacific Ocean, or they overlook lush gardens with a window into the cloud forest. Interiors feature gleaming hardwoods, contemporary art, modernist furnishings, king or twin beds, mini bar, coffee maker, ceiling fan and in-room laptop-size safe. Stylish en suite bathrooms have minimalist semi-enclosed glass showers, freestanding porcelain basins and organic toiletries. The farm-to-table movement is strong here, and guests enjoy artfully prepared meals sourced from fresh regional ingredients including artisanal produce, locally raised meats, Monteverde cheese and famous Costa Rican coffee. Bread is baked in-house and served with house-made nut butters and spiced fruit chutneys. The lodge is proximate to both the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and the Curi-Cancha Reserve, and within walking distance of the Aguti Wildlife Reserve, where a network of trails provides access to more than 60 acres of flourishing flora and fauna.
Xandari Resort & Spa
Central Valley, Costa Rica
Xandari Resort is set within a 40-acre coffee and fruit plantation on a high ridge overlooking Costa Rica’s Central Valley, one of the most scenic coffee-growing regions in the country. Located in Tacacori, a rural village in the foothills of Poas Volcano, the property is just 20 minutes from San Jose's international airport, yet a serene world away. Xandari's architects envisioned a paradise reflecting the natural beauty of Costa Rica and achieved it in strides. The resort's private forest reserve, with five waterfalls, a year-round river and more than two miles of scenic trails through the fruit orchards for birdwatching, offers the natural experience guests seek on a visit to Costa Rica. Landscaped gardens, an orchid house and working farm all provide additional tropical greenery.
Twenty-four villas are individually decorated with bright tropical colors and contemporary flair and set within lush foliage. Each has a private terrace with spectacular views, a bar and kitchen, and either one king or two full beds. Organic fruits, vegetables and herbs from the plantation’s gardens complement Xandari’s health-conscious specialty dishes in the outstanding restaurant on site. The fabulous spa provides ample opportunity to unwind and absorb the surrounding nature, with treatments offered in five private, palm-thatched jalapas, each with its own hot tub and massage table in full view of the Central Valley.
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