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Private transfer from San Jose airport to San Jose hotel
Accommodation in San Jose
- 299 rooms and suites
- Restaurants and bars
- Two swimming pools
- Fitness centre
Set in the grand grounds of a 30-acre coffee plantation, the San Jose Marriott personifies the regal style of colonial Costa Rica and stately hacienda living. There are 299 neat, Colonial-style rooms and suites to choose from. Warm colours and carefully chosen furniture pieces make for comfortable spaces to relax while you’re not out exploring San Jose and San Antonio de Belén. Many of the rooms and suites offer beautiful mountain and skyline views from outdoor balconies. Guests can enjoy dining at either the terraced Hacienda Kitchen restaurant where the menu features traditional Costa Rican cuisine, or the cavernous La Isabela tapas restaurant in the hotel’s wine cellars, followed by coffee in the Casa del Café or a drink at the lobby bar, La Castilla, where they also serve sushi. It is a typically western hotel but it makes for a colourful and quiet sanctuary in the busy capital. Explore the hotel grounds and you’ll discover a golf driving range and tennis court. The facilities also include two swimming pools and a fitness centre. Treat yourself to massages and facials at the full-service spa.
- 24 villas
- Three swimming pools
- TV and DVD room
Its innovative design and fun tropical decoration is what makes Xandari quite a one-off hotel in Costa Rica’s Central Valley. Set in 40 acres of plantation gardens and only twenty minutes from San Jose international airport, this is an ideal hilltop hideaway if you’re just beginning or ending your trip. Surrounded by lush vegetation, the terraces offer spectacular views of the majestic Central Valley. With an architect and artist for owners, Xandari has definitely felt the force of their creativity and the hotel is adorned with extraordinary sculptures, tropical colours that imitate the fiercely vivid flora, tapestries, mosaics, paintings and stained glass. Its 24 spacious terraced villas offer stylish seclusion, vibrant comfort, beautiful valley views, and come with kitchenettes and a small garden. The atmosphere is relaxed and the staff immensely friendly. Xandari’s grounds have four kilometres of trails filled with native birds to watch, and there’s also an orchid house, greenhouse, orchards, and organic gardens supplying the hotel’s restaurant. The farm-to-table menu includes a variety of healthy choices from Costa Rician specialities to Mediterranean and Californian dishes. Massages, facials and mud wraps are just some of the treatments on hand at the hotel’s well-appointed Spa village. Guests are invited to plant native trees during their stay at Xandari. Trees, bushes and flowers which especially attract, feed and provide shelter to the various types of birds and butterflies are chosen to be added to the gardens.
- 40 rooms
- Spa (massages only)
- Two Jacuzzis
- Rooftop terrace
This traditional and elaborate mansion in the city’s downtown district is surprisingly cosy, but naturally classy and luxurious. Grano de Oro is a grand and tropical Victorian casona, very familial in feel with its heavily embellished interiors strewn with antiques, faded family photos, original art pieces, dark woods, deep carpets and stone tiles. Lit by the warm glow of wall lanterns, its forty rooms are well equipped with TVs and internet. Choose a standard room for comfort and a more modern style. Both the views and decor improve with the category rank. The Vista de Oro suite is wonderfully decorated in period ceramic floor tiles, wood panelling, with rich rugs and throws. The Garden Suite is similarly adorned but also has its own private garden and patio. On the ground floor is the restaurant with half its tables set in the hotel’s charming atrium circling a Spanish-tiled fountain surrounded by stained glass windows and the shuttered corridor balconies spilling over with vivid green plant life. The chef is French, the menu extensive, and its tables are often frequented by locals as well as guests. At night the rooftop terrace is a great place to relax, have a drink or try out the Jacuzzi. Set in the heart of San Jose in the Barrio don Bosco neighbourhood, this is a delightful hotel; a great place for exploring the city or stopping over on your way further into Costa Rica or flying out.
Enjoy your evening in this metropolitan capital city, relaxing at your hotel before or after your flight. You'll also have our list of recommendations as well as private guides on hand to enjoy the best of this lively city.
Private transfer from San Jose to Arenal
Accommodation in Arenal
- 16 villas
- Private gardens and terraces
- Private plunge pools
- Spa and yoga pavillion
- Lap pool and swim-up bar
This boutique hotel encompasses all things luxurious, with views overlooking the grand Arenal Volcano, beautiful villas and a state-of-the-art spa and yoga pavilion. Privacy is as well taken care of as luxury, sitting outside the Costa Rican town of La Fortuna, Nayara Springs provides the perfect amount of seclusion at around three hours from the capital, San Jose. Each of the 16 villas is nestled among the floral gardens of the tropical rainforest and boasts its own personal pool, a spacious private garden with outdoor shower, a sumptuous four-poster bed, alongside both indoor and outdoor seating areas. A rich array of natural wildlife awaits, and guests can enjoy it from their private terrace, or by taking a tour through the Arenal Volcano National Park. Guests can then unwind by indulging in a treatment at the spa, heading to the yoga pavilion or swimming pool, or enjoying a drink at the stylish piano bar. Cuisine at Nayara Springs is served at the lovely poolside restaurant, Amor-Loco, where fresh fish, Latin American inspired sushi and organic home-grown vegetables all grace the menu.
- 103 rooms and suites
- Two restaurants
- Four bars
- Swimming pool
- Thermal springs (not private)
Tabacon is a beautiful and serene luxury hotel, located at the foot of the majestic Arenal Volcano. It is set within 900 acres of lush, tropical grounds through which Costa’s Rica’s largest network of hot springs flows. This rainforest retreat is tucked away on a winding road that climbs up from the small village of La Fortuna. There are 103 rooms and suites that look out over the rainforest and gardens. Decor is contemporary and elegant and feature artwork and furnishings from Costa Rican artists. The River Tabacon feeds into waterfalls and warm pools lined with soft, black sand and guests staying at Tabacon will enjoy full use of the thermal mineral springs. The water is heated by the volcano and the temperature in the pools ranges between 72 and 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Head upstream and you’ll find the Shangri-La Gardens, an adult-only hideaway with six pools, cocoon-shaped cabanas and bar. The open-air spa offers a range of rejuvenating treatments, made all the more relaxing by the idyllic surroundings and sounds of the rainforest. There are two restaurants offering a mix of Costa Rican and international cuisine, as well as four bars.
- 42 rooms, 12 suites
- Sky Bar
- Large Lobby area
- Thermal Springs
- LCD TV
- Suites have private Jacuzzis § bathroom TV
The Royal Corin is one of the most popular hotels in the Arenal area with a spectacular setting at the foot of the volcano, matched only by its luxury and high standards of service which will greatly impress. As such the hotel is busy all year round. There are extensive facilities and grounds including a very well-run Spa and its own thermal springs. Each room has a balcony and a view of the volcano. Moreover they are equipped with a very sophisticated, minimalist Indonesian décor and a touch of the tropical. There are twelve suites which enjoy private Jacuzzi bathtubs with televisions, perfect for couples, honeymooners or for that extra bit of extravagance. Whilst there is a business and western-style feel to the hotel, the staff look after guests exceptionally well and the size and amenities to hand makes this a great place for families and those looking for the high standards of comfort, service and lots of local excursions and activities.
- 44 casitas and villas
- Pool with three jacuzzis
- Swim-up pool bar
- Wine and tapas bar
- Three restaurants
Voted one of South America’s most romantic hotels, the Nayara is a fitting choice for those looking for a private getaway in the Arenal. Nestled in the green valleys at the foot of the spectacular Arenal Volcano are Nayara’s 44 luxury casitas. Large screened windows open up allowing for plenty of natural light. The decor is simple, but but neat with lashings of tropical orange, the greens of encroaching foliage, fine bed linen, dark wood furniture and polished floors. The privacy of the cottages and their amenities, with terrace, Jacuzzi and garden, makes this an ideal hideaway for the newly hitched or those after a romantic retreat. Even though Nayara is a resort, the staff make every effort to treat you in a very personal manner and the service is impeccable. Also if you feel like getting out of your casita and enjoying some of the area’s activities and adventures you will be spoilt for choice. For relaxation, however, head to the hotel’s spa for a massage, coffee scrub or a volcanic mud bath. Perched atop a cliff and overlooking the forest, it’s the ideal place to unwind and rejuvenate.
This beautiful and diverse region holds an abundance of incredible experiences for all to enjoy, from adrenalin adventure activities to more relaxed, leisurely walks and days at hot springs.
The stunning Fortuna waterfall is located near the Arenal Volcano National Park. This tour begins with a pick up at your hotel and a transfer to the falls. From here, it is a short hike down to the waterfall itself to see it’s epic 200-ft cascade in the midst of the rainforest and an exhilarating swim in the pool beneath.
Enjoy this thrilling aerial adventure starting from a tower 13m (43 feet) high and glide your way down eight galvanized stainless steel cables, ranging from 80m (262 feet) to 750m (2460 feet) in length, with an average height of 38m (125 feet). Speeds will top 60km/h (37mph)! Of the 14 platforms, five of which are constructed in trees, strategically designed at varying heights to allow the clients to observe the rainforest from different angles and photograph the awe inspiring scenery.
You will be collected from your hotel by a private vehicle and transferred to one of the best hotels in Arenal to bathe in their natural hot springs. After a long and relaxing soak with views of the volcano (sometimes lit up by night-time eruptions), you will enjoy dinner under the same views.
Private transfer from Arenal hotel to Guanacaste hotel
The Guanacaste Coast
Accommodation in The Guanacaste Coast
- 182 rooms, suites and villas
- Four restaurants
- Bar lounge
- Golf course
- Spa and sauna
- Three swimming pools
Occupying the entire Papagayo Peninsula on Costa Rica’s northwestern Guanacaste coast this hotel’s facilities are extensive and feature four restaurants, three pools, a championship-size golf course, tennis courts, spa and a collection of stand-alone villas. Papagayo is a vivid green spit of land that winds into the Pacific blue, decorated with idyllic golden beaches of which the hotel has direct access to two. The hotel’s 182 guest rooms, suites and villas are smart and luxurious, incorporating lots of Costa Rican and tropical style with the use of bamboo, rattan, solid wood furniture, shuttered windows and doors. Stone finishes and beige tones are broken up by the occasional vivid splash of colour. There are three categories of accommodation; the guest rooms are housed in three small individual buildings on both sides of the peninsula and the hotel’s facilities and pools are a five-minute stroll away. The treehouse-like canopy suites are elevated for views over the dry tropical forest canopy down to the water and some have their own plunge pools. However, if you’re after privacy and tranquillity then the residences equipped like a proper home with kitchen, infinity pool and two or three bedrooms are ideal. There’s also plenty to keep you entertained and much to help you unwind; a range of activities and private excursions direct from the hotel can be organised and the spa offers an array of body and facial treatments.
- 85 rooms
- Two Restaurants
- Spa and Gym
- Swimming pool
- Beach fronted
Even with 85 rooms El Mangroove still strikes a very boutique sort of style and atmosphere. Cool, contemporary design combined with a quiet position on the Papagayo Gulf, makes for a more personal alternative to the larger resorts of the area. It’s the epitome of relaxed barefoot chic. The hotel’s range of suites have been decked out in a contemporary yet natural style, spread over three floors, affording every level a new tier of views of the surrounding mangrove trees. The property also fronts a dark-sand beach almost exclusively enjoyed by its guests, or you can take to relaxing on the sun loungers and cabanas surrounding its outdoor pool and lovely gardens. There are a good variety of activities from fishing to yoga and surfing, and El Mangroove has two restaurants serving some excellent farm- and ocean-to-table dishes, ranging from Peruvian to Argentinean.
- 57 rooms, suites and casitas
- Infinity pool
- Restaurant and two bars
- Private beach
An impressive resort with a luxurious collection of accommodation categories, Punta Islita also has its own private beach and is well connected to the local villages. Situated on the beautiful Guanacaste coast and western side of the Nicoya Peninsula this hotel comes with all the extensive facilities and modern amenities one expects yet avoids the insular feeling you sometimes get from other resorts. There are 57 rooms, suites and casitas to choose from. Deluxe rooms are spacious and have their own terrace with hammocks, the suites are similar but have their own deck with Jacuzzi and if you want an ocean view in either, you’ll have to specify this. The casitas are really quite charming and ideal for couples or for those looking for that extra bit of privacy with their own garden, plunge pool, and terrace. As well as the choice of staying in the hotel’s casitas or villas, there is the private Islita beach with sun loungers and a frequent shuttle service to the Corozalato village and other local towns for guests who want to discover the region and perhaps indulge in some local artisanal shopping. The villas tend to be privately owned but rented out by the hotel with either two or three bedrooms, terraces, private plunge pool, garden and are a great option for families, groups or extended stays. Stylish Pacifico Restaurant showcases the rich textures, vibrant colours, and flavours of Costa Rica, and the menu features fresh local ingredients reflecting the region’s diversity. For a laid-back meal, take a table at Los Cocos Beachfront Club. There is a plentiful amount of local expeditions, adventure activities and workshops to enjoy and a spa, golf course and tennis courts to indulge in.
- 24 rooms
- Swimming pool
- Restaurant and bar
- Healing centre offering massage, yoga and meditation
- Direct beach access
Harmony is one of the more low-key and intimate hotels on the Guanacaste, finding its charm in simplicity and a surfer chic atmosphere, not to mention having direct access to the Guiones beach. There are 24 rooms from which to choose. The Coco rooms, in the centre of the property, have their own private enclosed patio, hammock and heated outdoor shower. The bungalows are set into the hotel gardens with private wooden decks, rocking chairs, hammocks and some with heated outdoor showers. There is also a two-bedroom bungalow suite available. The hotel’s restaurant makes the most of the region’s nearby farms, fishermen, fruit trees and its own garden. The fresh, local ingredients feature in delicious dishes that are served in the open-air restaurant. There’s also a bar where the resident mixologist creates exciting cocktails and mocktails, and an outdoor sushi lounge. Overall the vibe is relaxing, warm and one of wellbeing. In addition to being focused on creating a friendly and welcoming environment, the hotel prepares its own organic moisturisers and shampoos. Among the activities on offer to fill your time when you’re not out exploring are yoga, meditation and surfing classes, as well as tours to local highlights and attractions.
Pass the time on the sun-drenched beaches or you may wish to indulge in some adventure or cultural activities.
Kayak through the blue waters of Tamarindo beach towards the white sands of Capitán Island and enjoy the beautiful underwater coral reef and exotic fish as you snorkel.
Enjoy picturesque trails on this horse riding tour, during which you will see a variety of plants and animals and enjoy beautiful vistas of the coast and rainforest. This horseback ride is appropriate for riders of all skill levels.
Private transfer from Guanacaste hotel to San Jose airport