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The 12 Best Costa Rica Resorts for Every Traveler

Last Updated 27 Nov 2022 by Fiona Perisone

Our Top Rated Stays

Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica

Best All-Inclusive Resort

Located directly on the beautiful Matapalo beach. RIU Palace is the most elegant category in the RIU hotel chain.

The Westin Golf Resort and Spa at Playa Conchal aerial view

Best for First-Time Visitors

The first Westin all-inclusive resort in Costa Rica, The Westin Reserva Conchal boasts a variety of elevated amenities, such as sparkling pools: world-class dining, and a day spa.

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Best on a Budget

This beachfront Fiesta Resort is perfectly situated in the Central Pacific region outside the port city of Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

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Sandwiched between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Costa Rica is one of Central America's most desirable vacation destinations. Its rich biodiversity, vibrant local culture, and abundant natural beauty make it a popular choice for eco-tourists, scuba diving enthusiasts, TikTok travel bloggers, and honeymooners alike.


Below, we've rounded up twelve of the best resorts in Costa Rica. Whether it's a family-friendly, all-inclusive resort, an idyllic luxury villa, or an eco-lodge hidden in the tropical forest, you're guaranteed an unforgettable trip.

The 12 Best Resorts in Costa Rica

Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica

Best All-Inclusive Resort

Available Amenities:

  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Spa
  • Baby Sitting
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Diving
Overall Rating: 
4.5/5 stars

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The Hotel Riu Palace, Costa Rica, is located on the edge of Matapalo Beach in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. As a guest at one of the best all-inclusive resorts, you'll enjoy unlimited access to its various restaurants, bars, and swimming pools. All 538 rooms feature convenient amenities like free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, 24-hour room service, and a complimentary mini-bar.


Start your trip off with a wellness treatment at the Renova Spa before unwinding at the swim-up bar or private beachfront. Leave free time in your itinerary for an unforgettable visit to the Rincón de la Vieja National Park or an evening in Guancaste's largest city, Liberia.

Pros:

  • Direct access to a wide stretch of Playa Matapalo beach
  • The all-inclusive package features a dizzying variety of entertainment and activities
  • Supervised kids' club with a pool and playground
  • Seven restaurants, one with live cooking stations, plus 24-hour room service

Cons:

  • Few attractions within walking distance
  • Advanced reservation is required for a la carte restaurants

The Westin Golf Resort and Spa at Playa Conchal

Best for First-Time Visitors

Available Amenities:

  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Spa
  • Indoor play area for children
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Bicycles Available
Overall Rating: 
4.5/5 stars

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If it's your first time visiting Costa Rica, book a stay at The Westin Golf Resort and Spa at Playa Conchal. Tucked between lush forests and revitalizing Pacific Ocean waters, it's the ultimate all-inclusive golf resort— complete with luxurious accommodations, nightly entertainment, unlimited food and drinks, and 24-hour room service.


Golfers can enjoy the thrill of beachfront golfing on a par 71 championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones II. Once you've finished practicing your swing, head to the Heavenly Spa by Westin for an invigorating massage. Foodies will love the resort's world-class restaurants, with fine dining experiences ranging from Mexican classics to Asian fusion, Continential buffets, and Northern Italian fare. The Westin Family Kids Club ensures younger guests have a great stay too.

Pros:

  • Direct access to a picturesque stretch of Playa Conchal beach
  • It has 11 restaurants on-site, including an excellent buffet and a la carte options
  • Five bars, including a buzzing nightclub with an attractive outdoor deck
  • Championship 18-hole golf course, four tennis courts, and 24-hour gym available

Cons:

  • Only a few rooms have ocean views
  • Reservations are needed for a la carte restaurants

Fiesta Resort

Best on a Budget

Available Amenities:

  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Spa
  • Baby Sitting
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Game Room
Overall Rating: 
4/5 stars

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Unlike some tropical destinations, Costa Rica is relatively easy to visit on a budget— especially when you book a stay at the all-inclusive Fiesta Resort. The family-friendly beachfront resort offers endless food and drinks, complimentary services, and tons of money-saving deals when you book strategically. It's perfect for families, couples, and groups of all kinds.


Plus, The Fiesta Resort is supported by The Blue Flag Program and the Sustainable Tourism Certification, so you can truly feel good about your stay. Soak up the sun alongside one of five swimming pools, relax at the Heliconia Spa, or get your heart racing with on-site water sports equipment rentals. Guests of all ages will love spending an afternoon swimming, snorkeling, or taking photos at the dark volcanic rock beach.

Pros:

  • All-inclusive property with nonstop entertainment and scheduled activities
  • Direct beach access with a beautiful sunset
  • Dining/drinking options include buffet and a la carte restaurants, and swim-up bars
  • The spa offers treatments in oceanfront bungalows

Cons:

  • Fee for in-room Wi-Fi
  • Not many restaurants or nightlife spots in the immediate vicinity

Nayara Springs Resort Costa Rica

Best Adults-Only Resort

Available Amenities:

  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Spa
  • Baby Sitting
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Overall Rating: 
5/5 stars

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Head to the coveted Nayara Springs Resort in Arenal Volcano National Park for the ultimate escape. Its leisurely, adults-only environment allows you to relax truly, recharge, and reconnect through the energizing power of nature. The sustainable resort was recently recognized as one of the world's top two luxury resorts by Travel & Leisure, the world's best hotel spa by Conde Nast Traveller, and the number one luxury resort worldwide by TripAdvisor.


Start each morning with an instructor-led yoga class or a stroll through the property's lush gardens. Spend the day unwinding by the pool, zip-lining through the forest, or making friends with resident sloths on the Perezoso trail. The resort's delicious dining options use locally and seasonally available products to create authentic local and global cuisine. After dark, join a naturalist guide on a unique frog-watching tour around the property.

Pros:

  • Bungalows have big decks with private hot springs pools, plus indoor and outdoor showers
  • Nightly welcome party/cocktail hour
  • Free Wi-Fi, laundry service, and local and international calls from guest rooms
  • Free morning yoga classes
  • Free Spanish lessons

Cons:

  • No kids allowed
  • Only one room type

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Papagayo Peninsula

Best for couples

Available Amenities:

  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Spa
  • Baby Sitting
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Bicycle Rental
Overall Rating: 
4.5/5 stars

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Experience "Pura Vida" at the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Papagayo Peninsula. Its secluded location, superior service, and luxurious accommodations make it the perfect place for a honeymoon, anniversary trip, or romantic escape. The friendly staff is more than happy to help couples book romantic dates, like a private dining experience in the chef's personal herb garden, a side-by-side couple's massage, or an interactive mixology class.


The resort offers all the world-class services and amenities you've come to expect from the Four Seasons hotel brand: childcare, personal trainers, 24-hour room service, housekeeping, and more. The resort grounds are ideal for those with an active lifestyle and are home to five pro-level tennis courts, four outdoor pools, two beaches, and an extensive fitness center. Golf Digest ranked its Arnold Palmer-designed golf course among the "Top 100 Courses Outside the US."

Pros:

  • Three restaurants, a bar with DJ sessions, and 24-hour room service
  • A well-equipped fitness center with personal trainers
  • An 18-hole, the par-72 golf course is available
  • Kids' club and teen center, complete with a plunge pool
  • Free daily activities available (snorkeling, hiking, and tennis)

Cons:

  • Fitness classes require an additional fee
  • Few nearby restaurants or shops outside the resort

Böena Wilderness Lodges Costa Rica

Best Eco-Friendly Resorts

Available Amenities:

  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Spa
  • Baby Sitting
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Overall Rating: 
4.8/5 stars

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The Böena Wilderness Lodges are an exclusive collection of four Costa Rican eco-resorts located in some of the most beautiful destinations around the island. Each offers an authentic adventure for those looking to soak in the natural beauty of Costa Rica and preserve its beauty for generations to come. Böena goes above and beyond other eco-resorts to support local food producers and protect more than 1,977 acres of Central America's last remaining lowland tropical forest.


The four unique sites are more than just luxury lodges; they're a tranquil paradise that awakens the senses and heals the body and soul. Stay in the spectacular cloud forests of Monteverde, the enchanting Corcovado National Park, the scenic Pacuare river, or the sea turtle nesting grounds at Tortuguero National Park. Each location is worth a trip of its own.

Pros:

  • Four unique sites offer more than just luxurious spaces to relax
  • Each location offers unique stay and experience

Cons:

  • Rates are pricey
  • Not easily accessible

The Springs Resort and Spa

Most Luxury

Available Amenities:

  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Spa
  • Books, DVDs, music for children
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Overall Rating: 
4.6/5 stars

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The Springs Resort and Spa has everything you need for an unforgettable family vacation. It's hosted reality shows like The Bachelor and Keeping Up with the Kardashians and has been recognized as a five-star property by CNN Travel.


The 165-acre property includes a Club Rio Adventure Center with river tubing, kayaking, horseback riding, rock climbing, hot springs, and an adorable animal sanctuary. Plus, it offers child care services so you can enjoy relaxation time at the pool, the fourteen thousand square foot Sanctuary Spa, or a snorkeling or scuba diving excursion. Let the family fun begin!

Pros:

  • Five restaurants and five bars, including a fine dining option with volcano views
  • 28 hot springs pools, some surrounded by rainforest
  • Wildlife sanctuary where you can see toucans and sloths
  • Babysitting service and a game room for kids that's watched over by a staff member

Cons:

  • Not easily accessible
  • Hot springs can stain swimwear (from the iron in the water)

GAIA Hotel and Nature Reserve

Best for Nature lovers

Available Amenities:

  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Spa
  • Horseback riding
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Overall Rating: 
4.8/5 stars

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If you're visiting Costa Rica to soak up the spectacular scenery, book a stay at the GAIA Hotel and Nature Reserve. Located along Manuel Antonio Beach, it seamlessly blends modern amenities with the beauty of the surrounding coastal forests. The resort's commitment to sustainability and environmental preservation ensure future generations can enjoy the unique landscape too.


GAIA's idyllic location makes it the ideal place for a relaxing getaway. Unwind in an aromatherapy steam room or Finnish sauna at the Terra Spa, spend the day poolside, or schedule a private yoga class on your balcony or rooftop terrace with one of the certified instructors on staff. Then, enjoy healthy, local cuisine at the La Luna Restaurant and cocktails with a 360-degree sunset view from the hotel's brand-new SkyLounge.

Pros:

  • Convenient location for exploring Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Free shuttle service to the beach and parking
  • Multi-level pool with swim-up bar and whirlpool

Cons:

  • No direct beach access and nothing within walking distance

Arenas Del Mar

Best Location

Available Amenities:

  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Spa
  • Children's television networks
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Overall Rating: 
5/5 stars

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The Arenas Del Mar Costa Rica Resort is the only luxury resort in Manual Antonio, with 11 acres of high-end accommodations and amenities right on the beach. It was recently featured in Travel + Leisure, Beyond Green, and Conde Nast Traveler. With pristine blue waters, delicious dining options, and the National Park at your fingertips, you'll never want to head home!


The resort's five-star beachfront suites are within walking distance of Playitas Beach, Espadilla Beach, the nearby town, and the National Park. In-house naturalist guides can help you spot local wildlife like sloths, monkeys, and exotic birds as you explore the grounds. Complimentary yoga classes and curated dining experiences turn the small moments into the sublime.

Pros:

  • Upscale, eco-friendly hotel with lush surroundings and wildlife
  • Direct access to two scenic beaches
  • Two restaurants incorporate local, organic food

Cons:

  • Rates are pricey
  • Hilly grounds (electric carts are available for transport)

Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa

Most Relaxing

Available Amenities:

  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Spa