Discover Costa Rica's Wild Side At These 5 Stunning Luxury Resorts

Costa Rica Costa Rica is world-renowned for its luxury palm-tree-laden beaches. With coast-to-coast shores, Costa Rica resorts have essentially become the definition of a first-class vacation, with perfect Pacific Ocean sunsets, and crystal-clear Caribbean Seas.

But there's SO much more to Costa Rica than just its perfect beaches!

Costa Rica is leading the global ecotourism drive with its abundance of rainforest waterfalls, volcanic springs, and wildlife conservation. With that in mind, we've handpicked our top 5 Costa Rica alternative resorts and attractions that will reconnect you with your wilder side.

Take unforgettable memories home with you after;
  • Whitewater Raft the stunning Pacuare River
  • Cruising to a 170-acre private reserve, for some world-class birding
  • Witnessing sea turtle conservation first-hand during a night-time nesting beach tour
  • Completing 18 Holes overlooking the Pacific on the magnificent Papagayo Peninsula championship golf course
  • Meditational yoga fully Immersed in the sights & sounds on the rainforest canopy

So ditch that sandy beach towel in favour of these five unrivalled luxury Costa Rica resorts…

1. Rainforest Meditation and Yoga in Arenal Volcano National Park
Arenal Volcano, Nayara Tented Camp
Arenal Volcano, Alajuela Province
As eco-friendly five-star retreats go, the award-winning Nayara Tented Camp and Spa is possibly the pinnacle of luxury when it comes to Costa Rica resorts.

Each exclusive 1700 square foot villa is elevated above the treetop canopy for stunning vistas of the rainforest and Arenal Volcano. Every bungalow has its own private plunge pool fed directly from some of the best hot springs in Costa Rica below ground. Indeed, there aren't many better ways to end a day of meditational yoga.

Having just won BEST Central American Resort, the awards don't just end there as the 'Travel and Leisure 2021 Awards' also ranked the Nayara Tented Camp #2 in the Top 100 Luxury Hotels in the world!

Besides the Spa and Wellness focus, the attractions don't just end there, as you can also;
  • Mountain bike around the park and base of the volcano
  • Abseil down several tropical waterfalls
  • See the wonderful Sloth Sanctuary during a La Fortuna tour
  • And a must-see for every coffee lover, witness first-hand coffee cultivation in action

2. Whitewater Rafting Along the Fabulous Pacuare River
Pacuare Lodge, Pacuare River, White Water, Rafting
Pacuare River, Limón Province
When it comes to luxury vacations bursting with adventure, there is nowhere else in the world like the exclusive Pacuare Lodge. National Geographic has even voted the Pacuare Lodge in its 'Top 10 Adventure Lodges Around The World' and as Costa Rica Resorts go, this boutique eco-resort is absolutely world-class.

Gaze at the lush surrounding rainforest flanking the Pacuare River riverbank as you navigate the superb white-water rapids. End an action-packed day with a soothing massage at the Jawa Juu Spa, then retire with a cocktail to the iconic infinity pool. For the hikers amongst you, discover some of the most picturesque Costa Rica waterfalls and bathe in the rock pools below.

That's not all, as you can also;
  • Enjoy canyoning around the local gorges
  • Sightsee the suspended treetop canopy walks
  • Join in on some incredible nature-focused night hiking tours

3. Indulge in the Ultimate Birding Experience on the Osa Peninsula
Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, Osa Peninsula
Corcovado National Park, Puntarenas Province
If you are looking to fully reconnect with nature, then the Osa Peninsula is the place to do it. Named by National Geographic as ‘the most biologically intense place on earth’, it has over 365 bird species and has become a vibrant mecca for birding enthusiasts.

As getaways go, there are not as many scenic retreats than the Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge. Set in a lush rainforest private reserve, this 170-acre natural sanctuary is only accessible by boat. Directly bordering the Corcovado National Park, this retreat allows you to explore the surrounding rainforest and all its vibrant flora and fauna.

With private bungalows perched majestically overlooking the ocean's palm-fringed beach, escapism doesn’t get more glamourous than this.

The attractions aren't just limited to birding enthusiasts;
  • Snorkel with sea turtles and manta rays at the Cano Island' Coral Garden' reef
  • Horseback ride through the National Park
  • Spot dolphins and whales sea-kayaking around the coast

4. Sea Turtle Conservation in Action in the Tortuguero National Park
Manatus Hotel, Tortuguero National Park, Sea Turtle Conservation
Tortuguero National Park, Limón Province
Would you like to see the pinnacle of nature-driven Costa Rica ecotourism? Well, the Tortuguero National Park is home to half of Costa Rica's sea turtle nesting sites, located on the northwest Caribbean coast. Take a tour and observe first-hand the region's world-famous sustainable sea turtle nesting site programs.

Our choice here is the upscale Manatus Hotel, located on the edge of the national park in the heart of the mangrove canals. Join the team every evening under the stars for a sea turtle beach tour and watch these majestic animals return nightly to the shores of their birth.

The region's nature-based tourism doesn't just end there, with scope to spot monkeys, manatees, and caimans.

Other activities in the area include;
  • Learn more about these fantastic creatures at the Sea Turtle Conservation Museum
  • Zipline through the Tortuguero National Park stunning treetop canopy
  • Tour the park's canals on one of the Manatus Hotel’s eco-friendly electric boats

5. Golf at Costa Rica's Championship Golf Course on the Papagayo Peninsula
Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste region, Arnold Palmer signature championship golf course
Papagayo Peninsula, Guanacaste Province
Nothing can beat 18 spectacular holes of golf with dazzling vistas over the Pacific Ocean. Located on the Papagayo Peninsula in the Guanacaste region, the Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo is our final selection of the best luxury Costa Rica resorts.

Featuring the Arnold Palmer signature championship golf course, it has just been ranked in the 'Top 100 Golf Courses Outside the United States' by Golf Digest.

However, golf isn't the only reason to stay at the Four Seasons. If you seek calmness and serenity, then the resort's spa and beachside yoga retreat could be the perfect tonic. Or why not combine a day of doing both?

And the fun doesn't have to stop there;
  • Explore the peninsula by bike across the many purpose-built trails
  • Find the perfect wave at any of the fantastic surf hotspots
  • Why not stay onsite for a game of tennis or relax by the resort's four exclusive pools

Costa Rica's Ready, Are you?
Costa Rica Resorts, Avianca Airlines As a true pioneer in the sustainable ecotourism initiative, Costa Rica is elevated above the others by its abundant natural attractions and resources. See, we told you it has far more to offer than just its idyllic beaches.

We know these five luxury Costa Rica vacations will surpass all expectations, whether you want to join in the turtle nesting conservation efforts or abseil one of the many Costa Rica waterfalls. There’s something here that will get everybody’s heart beating.

So start planning your dream Costa Rican vacation with Avianca Airlines today.