In a country that promotes bird watching, rural tourism, and wellness, travellers have come to know Costa Rica as a top destination for eco resorts.
Sure, there are sun and beaches, but the key thing that draws many of us to this Central American nation is its lush green rainforests. Here, you can be as adventurous as you like: is hiking, cycling and ATVing your speed? Costa Rica delivers. But if your idea of a hike is more like a forest bath, Costa Rica is hard to beat.
Over the years, Costa Rica has worked hard to refine and deliver truly meaningful options to travel with purpose. According to the country’s tourism website, Costa Rica is made up of 29 national parks, 19 wildlife refuges, 8 biological reserves, and a series of protected areas. It’s an eco-warrior’s dream-come-true destination.
Here are Costa Rica’s top eco resorts.
Extraordinary luxury eco resorts in Costa Rica
La Paz Waterfall Gardens & Peace Lodge
La Paz Waterfall Gardens is Costa Rica’s most visited privately-owned ecological attraction. This eco-park is comprised of 70 acres of land, including 3.5km of walking trails, and features the best hiking near San José, five waterfalls, cloud and rain forests, a hummingbird garden, an animal sanctuary with over 100 species of animals, including jaguars, pumas, ocelots, and margays. The forest area of the park is protected under the Private Animal Sanctuary Status and visitors can participate in an environmental program. Inside the park is the Peace Lodge, with rooms that offer unique views of the eco park and the nearby Poás Volcano. In addition to the oversized balconies and environmentally-conscious designs of its luxurious rooms, guests at the Peace Lodge have access to the eco-park before its official opening and closing hours, the optimal bird watching and wildlife viewing times. From the Peace Lodge, guests will also have access to day excursions to Poás Volcano, one of Costa Rica’s four active volcanoes, and the surrounding sulfur pools. Guests can also visit one of the oldest hydro-powered wet mills to learn about everything coffee and taste why Costa Rica’s coffee is world-famous.
The Springs Resort & Spa
The Springs Resort & Spa is five-star property voted one of the seven resorts with the most spectacular views in the world by CNN Travel, and some may have also seen it on “The Bachelor” or an episode of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”. With unique views of the Arenal Volcano, this resort spa is a lush vacation with views to leave you in wonderment. The 165-acre property sits 1,000ft above the Arenal Valley on a mountain ridge six kilometres north of the active Arenal Volcano, is great for both individuals and families, featuring a range of activities that includes horseback riding, rock climbing, river tubing, and kayaking. Additionally, guests can treat themselves to one of the landscaped pools with the volcano views or the hot mineral springs on the resort’s grounds, or pamper themselves at fourteen thousand square foot full-service luxury Spa. Each guest room includes a private terrace and/or balcony to enjoy the picturesque views of the Arenal Volcano and Valley, and are equipped with hammocks, rocking chairs, and luxuriously marbled bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs.
Tulemar is a 33-acre, gated residential resort in the centre of Manuel Antonio. Unlike the typical hotel, this collection of bungalows and villas range from 3-star to 5-star accommodations. Within Tulemar is a mix of visitors and privately owned vacation homes. Ranked the top hotel property in Manuel Antonio for their service, Tulemar properties are surrounded by hiking trails and jungle, and wildlife you’ll see includes monkeys, sloths, and exotic birds. Guests of the properties will have their own personal concierge and the hillside location offers unobstructed panoramic views of the ocean. In addition to the onsite restaurant, plus beach bar and grill, are 15 other options within a few blocks of the gated property. There is a free shuttle service to take you from the beach to your property or anywhere within Tulemar. Within the resort are the Tulemar Beach and four pools. Guests can also access a variety of activities that includes, a nocturnal paddleboarding tour, a sloth walk, white water rafting, paddle boarding, surfing classes, a night jungle tour and many more.
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