“A romantic tropical hideaway: sleek glass-fronted villas amid wildlife-rich jungle, close to whale-watching, national parks and pristine beaches”
Enclosed in glass, the 12 standalone guest villas blend the inside and outside worlds. The feel is luxurious, with blissful beds, sofas and rain showers, but you're never far from the sights and sounds of the jungle. There's also a laid-back restaurant and bar overlooking the aquamarine infinity pool, plus a spa that specialises in couples' massages. It’s hard to tear yourself away, but try: the stunning Marino Ballena National Park is nearby, with world-class whale-watching, snorkelling and exhilarating zip-lining. There are also gentle hiking trails within the hotel grounds, complete with waterfalls and swimming holes.
- The perfect mix of comfort and nature. We loved lounging in our canopied kingsize bed, watching the jungle come to life outside
- With just 12 villas and a secluded location, the vibe is intimate and romantic
- Beautiful ocean views from the infinity pool and restaurant - best appreciated over a passionfruit daiquiri and the hotel's signature guacamole
- Just a 20-minute drive from the Marino Ballena National Park, with its beautiful Uvita beach (shaped like a whale's tail), mangroves and corals
- The chance to spot wildlife (toucans, howler monkeys, even sloths) from your villa; some have private hummingbird gardens, too
- Roads hereabouts are bumpy, and a 4x4 is necessary if you want to fully explore - though transfers and tours can be arranged through the hotel
- Breakfast isn't included in the room rate
- Some restaurant dishes are more inspired than others, and other eateries are a drive away if you fancy a change
- Full pre-payment is required for some peak-season bookings
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- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant & bar (open daily)
- Over 18s only
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
There are 12 villas - 8 with an ocean view and 4 with a jungle view. All are constructed almost entirely from glass and dark wood, but despite the floor-to-ceiling windows they feel private and secluded. Their interiors are near-identical, with a very comfortable kingsize canopied bed, and an ensuite bathroom with a rain shower and double sinks carved from local stone. Outside on the large veranda is a spacious white sofa which you can enclose in billowing mosquito-net curtains (although we weren't bothered by mosquitoes during our stay). Several villas also have private hummingbird gardens in front.
For nature lovers we would particularly recommend the Jungle Villas. While the Ocean View Villas have spectacular vistas, you're more likely to spot exciting wildlife from the jungle-view options - and you can always admire the sea from the restaurant and pool.
- Air conditioning
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Mosquito net
- Safe box
The breezy restaurant serves a variety of meals and snacks throughout the day, which you can enjoy inside, by the pool or in your villa. Many of the dishes fuse local and international influences, and much of the produce used is organic.
Breakfast was our favourite - delicious and very satisfying. We especially enjoyed the breakfast burrito, loaded with scrambled eggs and gallo pinto (Costa Rica's signature rice and beans). The buttermilk pancakes with pineapple and watermelon were also scrumptious.
Lunch options are fresh and light - perhaps a spinach and mushroom salad or grilled fish. For dinner, the calamari, the ahi tuna and the pepper steak all come highly recommended. There are also several vegetarian options, along with good wines and interesting cocktails - the jalapeño martinis and passionfruit daiquiris make perfect sundowners.
If you fancy a change of scene, some of Costa Rica's best restaurants are located down the coast at Ojochal. Citrus and Exotica both receive rave reviews and are well worth the 30-minute drive.
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- Head to the beautiful Playa Uvita, a 20-minute drive away, for a stroll, sunbathing or a spot of surfing. Walking along the unique whale-tail formation that rises out of the ocean at low tide is simply unforgettable
- What could be more romantic than horse riding along the beach at sunset? Guided rides for all levels can be organised on request
- Whale- and dolphin-watching trips in the Marino Ballena National Park can also be arranged by the hotel. If you're lucky, you'll experience up-close encounters with humpback whales, pilot whales and several species of dolphin
- Other water-based activities available nearby include: kayaking and paddle-boarding through bird-rich mangroves; snorkelling and scuba-diving with turtles and tropical fish in the crystal-clear sea around Caño Island; white-water rafting on the Coto Brus and Savegre rivers. Ask staff for details
- The Corcovado National Park, described by National Geographic as "the most biologically intense place on Earth", can be easily explored on a day trip
- Wander the peaceful hiking trails that have been carved into the hotel's extensive grounds, and cool off under the private waterfalls you'll find along the way
- Of course, no trip to Costa Rica is complete without soaring through the jungle canopy, alongside howler monkeys, sloths and toucans, on an exhilarating zip-lining adventure
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Horse riding
- Paddle boarding
- Scuba diving
- Well being
- Whale watching
- Zip lining