Costa Rica has just about everything to ensure a dream holiday, thanks to its beautiful coastline, lush forests and of course, some of the most beautiful, eco-friendly resorts. It is now one of the best ecotourism destinations in the world. While there aren’t always clear standards when it comes to the word ‘eco’, it’s clear that Costa Rica goes green like no other country in the world. At these Costa Rica resorts, you can live sustainably without sacrificing on creature comforts. Check out these ecolodges and Costa Rica resorts!
1. Monteverde Lodge and Gardens, Monteverde
It’s hard to believe that Monteverde Lodge and Gardens is just walking distance from the downtown when its setting feels worlds apart from civilization. Nestled within a cloud forest, there are 28 guest rooms framed by designer gardens and a private reserve teeming with exotic local wildlife. All rooms feature breathtaking forest views and include modern comforts like WiFi, plush beds, soft bathrobes, private balconies and nightly turndown service. The ambiance throughout the hotel is tranquil and relaxing, but there are also access to many outdoor activities. From nature tours, excursions and hikes led by experienced guides to horseback riding, ziplining and more, an unforgettable experience awaits.
2. Lapa Rios, Osa Peninsula
Lapa Rios is hard to top when it comes to luxury ecolodges and Costa Rica resorts. It is certainly one of the most incredible ones there is, proven by its position in National Geographic’s list of Unique Lodges of the World. It is a place where nature thrives in its rawest form, and the last remaining tropical lowland rainforest in Central America. In this immersive destination, guests live and breathe the jungle, sharing the space with frogs and macaws; endangered monkeys and over 300 bird species. Bungalows overlook the ocean and are open-air with screens – uniquely designed for that incredible indoor-outdoor experience.
3. Si Como No Resort, Spa & Wildlife Refuge, Manuel Antonio
Located along Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast, Si Como No sits atop one of the most idyllic hillsides in Manuel Antonio. The resort’s lush jungle terraces and vivid gardens overlook the sparkling ocean just above world-renowned Manuel Antonio National Park. It is family-friendly, but with an adults-only section too. You can choose to just kick back and relax, or check out the resort’s activities. Delve into a variety of exciting journeys and tours that immerse you in the flora and fauna of the Central Pacific Coastal and Mountain Wet Forests!
4. Rio Perdido, Bagaces
For an ecolodge with a wow factor, look no further than Rio Perdido. Literally translating to “Lost River”, Rio Perdido has a thermal river running through its heart. The crystal clear water is warm, rich in minerals and perfect for a natural spa experience. Set in a ‘dwarf forest’, both the flora and the topography are rugged. As you descend into the intertwined, narrow canyons, the vegetation resembles that of a rainforest. This means that you can see and experience completely different settings in just five minutes of trekking, and spot a variety of wildlife species! After a fun day, return to your stylishly designed and environmentally sustainable forest bungalow for a good night’s rest.
5. Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, Osa Peninsula
Located on the shores of Golfo Dulce, Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is a hidden retreat accessible only by boat. It is fully off-grid, made from recycled materials and uses hydroelectric turbine and solar power. Dramatic mountain views and acres of verdant greenery welcome you as you approach. Soothe your senses in the natural environment, where there are dolphins, blue butterflies and leaves as big as elephant ears. Inside, enjoy the rainforest from private cabins which also feature your own terraces with panoramic views and open-air showers. Venture out into the beautiful natural environment with specially guided tours and activities!