Luxury Family Adventure in Costa Rica
A Luxury Family Tour of Costa Rica's best destinations - the thrilling Pacuare Reserve, majestic Arenal and some quality time on the Guanacaste Coast's beaches
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Completely private Sky Tram and Sky Trek Canopy tours of Arenal
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Meet and greet airport service
- Full support from your Travel Designer and Concierge before, during and after your trip
- Especially designed for families
At a glance
We have carefully selected some of the best regions in Costa Rica for adventure and activities for all the family to enjoy together, while travelling in style and luxury throughout.
Enjoy a rafting ride over the ferocious Pacuare River rapids and once there, experience the sweet sound of birdsong and explore the magical natural world of the Pacuare rainforest.
Arenal will satisfy those seeking out the thrill of adventure; from canopy tours, to zip lines, horse riding to volcano treks, there is much on offer.
Finally end with some relaxing beach time and water-based activities on the Guanacaste Coast, a tropical paradise fringed by rainforest and coconut palm trees.
All the carefully selected, exclusive and private tours allow you to take things at your own pace. There’s something in here for all members of the family!
Example Trip Itinerary
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.
Road and rafting transfer from San Jose to Pacuare Lodge
Accommodation in Pacuare Reserve
- 20 bungalows and suites
- Restaurant and bar
- Wine cellar
- Private plunge pools
It could be the remote and unrivalled seclusion of Pacuare Lodge’s setting in 740 acres of primary rainforest or its luxury cabins emerging from the thick milieu of foliage that makes this a great place to stay: but the combination is what transforms it into a truly unique one. The Pacuare Reserve is home to toucans, howler monkeys, and a large variety of birds meaning your stay here is an intimate one with nature and located on the banks of the Pacuare River the hotel has the advantage of offering a wealth of activities, such as expert wildlife and jungle expeditions all right from your canopy threshold. Simply but sumptuously furnished with polished wood floors, local art and open-plan living, the 20 bungalows and suites are constructed with local wood timber frames and palm thatch roofs expertly embrace this tropical habitat and jungle lifestyle. The choice of rooms and suites range from luxury garden bungalows and riverside suites to tree-top honeymoon and Linda Vista suites that look out onto unparalleled views of the river and jungle. Some have their own private infinity plunge pools. At night the lodge is lit by candlelight, creating a magical honeycomb-like effect, and delicious food is served at the main restaurant along with wines from its own cellar. There is also a beautiful new swimming pool, heated by special radiating tiles.
During your stay here you will be able to experience a range of different activities to experience the magical, natural environment of the Pacuare Reserve.
An expert naturalist guide will lead you from the Pacuare Lodge along a series of sites from which you can observe buzzing hummingbirds, dancing butterflies and exquisite tropical flowers. The area around the lodge is home to an extraordinary number of exotic bird species that include the Sun Bittern, Red-throated Ant-Tanager, Black-cheeked Woodpecker and a variety of colourful toucans.
Head off on a private canyoning and canopy tour today. The canopy tour starts with a relaxed twenty minute trek through the tropical rainforest to the first platform. Rappel down towering trees and slide along cables through the jungle for a true adrenaline rush. A thorough safety briefing is given alongside secure equipment, ensuring a safe and thrilling adventure. The canyoning tour then combines hiking, climbing and rappelling. Explore El Tesorito Creek Canyon for a great introduction to rappelling, as it includes six short rappels of between 2 and 20 meters (6-65 feet) which will prepare you for a final rappel of more than 30 meters (90 feet). Then continue hiking through the creek and the forest back to the lodge.
Rafting transfer from Pacuare Lodge
Private transfer from Siquirres to Arenal hotel
Accommodation in Arenal
- 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.
- 53 suites
- Thermal Springs
- Pool Bar
- Gift shop
- Heli Pad
Lodging at the Arenal Kioro, you’ll enjoy enjoy a more private, peaceful and Costa Rican style of stay compared with the other luxury hotels in the La Fortuna area. Its 27 acres of beautiful gardens including thermal springs infringing the Arenal Volcano and its National Park are exclusive to hotel guests. Each of the 53 suites has a private balcony and view of the volcano and the design is uncomplicated high-end luxury with more of a native ‘Tico’ style. There are both couples and family suites available. Massages and beauty treatments are offered at Kioro’s spa, and if you want to get out and about there are a number of activities that will keep you very entertained. There is a VIP service available, but even without the staff treat you like royalty.
- 50 rooms (mix of 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 50 luxury rooms -29 casitas and 21 rainforest villas. 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.
Take a ride on a serene Sky Tram gondola as it soars smoothly through the rainforest, offering wonderful views of the Arenal volcano and the lake. Accompanied by a bilingual guide, the ride takes around 40 minutes with the possibility of short stops to take photographs or to spot a tropical birds.
Embark on a private tour through the Arenal Reserve's suspension bridges and primary rainforest. This tour is both a fun and an educational way to get to know more about this and our natural environments. The trails you will be led through are designed for all levels of trekkers and cover about 3100m (10,170 feet) of the mountainous zone. The walking part of your tour is about 3km (1.9 miles) in length so you can admire the great diversity of flora and fauna found here.
The hike begins in one the trails close to the volcano, this trail will take you through the forest over recent lava flows and the area destroyed in 1968 now in the process of regeneration. The trail will give you the chance to spot the forest’s activity and unique flora whilst your guide points these out to you and explains about the reserve’s ecosystems, wildlife and the prominent effect of the volcano’s activity on the area.
Relax in the natural and mineral-rich geothermal waters of Tabacon's hot springs.
Private transfer from Arenal hotel to Guanacaste hotel
The Guanacaste Coast
Pass the time relaxing on the sun-drenched beaches, or you may wish to indulge in some surf lessons, horse riding or other adventure activities for the thrill seekers. Your travel designer will be able to discuss with you the various tours available and book those best suited for you.
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.
The raucous howler monkey is among the largest monkey species in the Americas and its whooping growl can be heard up to three miles away. Using a spotting telescope, you’ll enjoy a close-up look at these fascinating creatures who travel in groups of up to 18.
Private transfer from Guanacaste hotel to San Jose airport
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We create fully personalised trips from start to finish, working with you to pick locations, accommodation and guides that suit you.
Each time you travel with us, you preserve an acre of precious rainforest through our partnerships.
From in-depth private tours to restaurant reservations, we take care of every detail so you can make the most of your journey.