Planning a Costa Rica honeymoon can be overwhelming once you realize how many stunning boutique hotels, eco-lodges, and classic resorts the country offers. To make your planning a bit easier, we narrowed down a list of the most unique Costa Rica honeymoon resorts and hotels for your one-of-a-kind trip:
Amor Arenal | Arenal Volcano
Private casitas with volcano views
The Arenal Volcano region is the most popular stop for first-time visitors to Costa Rica. Even if you’re looking for more of an off-the-beaten-path type of honeymoon, Arenal is still worth a visit if you’re a couple who loves adventure activities. The zip-lining is arguably the best in the country, with views of the volcano looming in the background as you fly through the secondary rainforest canopy. Plunge down the face of a waterfall on a rappel adventure, then into your private thermal soaking tub at Amor Arenal, an “adults-friendly” retreat that has helped redefine the Arenal boutique hotel landscape over the past 5 years. Each canyon casita features its own thermal soaking pool, creating a mini hot springs experience surrounded by tropical gardens.
Rancho Pacifico features:
- Adventure activities
- Private thermal pools
- Arenal Volcano
Pacuare Lodge | Pacuare River
Romantic river retreat
The Canopy Suite and the Linda Vista Villa are among the most requested spaces for honeymooners at Pacuare Lodge. Located on the Pacuare River, these units create a picture-perfect honeymoon treehouse experience in the heart of the Costa Rican rainforest. Both feature private plunge pools and total privacy. Pacuare Lodge sits along the world-famous Pacuare river and offers a mix of nature and adventure activities in addition to the country’s most scenic whitewater rafting experience. Raft your way to the remote lodge, where you will be met with a blend of luxury and raw nature. Once you’re settled into your private suite, embark on a rainforest hike, rappel down the face of a waterfall, or schedule a totally unique rainforest spa experience.
Pacuare Lodge features:
- White water rafting
- Hiking trails
- Pacuare River
El Silencio Lodge & Spa | Cloud Forest
Serenity off the beaten path
Over the past decade, El Silencio Lodge & Spa has burgeoned into the top cloud forest lodge experience for travelers in search of relaxation and eco-chic surroundings. Each suite is a standalone luxury cabin in the cloud forest with a private jacuzzi, giving honeymooners a cozy place to relax after a day of waterfall hikes, local cultural tours, horseback riding, and more. Locally sourced ingredients prepared by world-class chefs bring elevated cuisine to the cloud forest at El Silencio. Dine in at Las Ventanas restaurant or enjoy an exclusive romantic dinner at Rancho Orquiedas – a private, covered deck overlooking the bubbling river that weaves through the hotel property.
El Silencio Lodge features:
- Private Jacuzzi
- Fine dining
- Hiking trails
- Bajos del Toro Cloud Forest
- Del Toro Waterfall
Hacienda AltaGracia | Southern Mountains
Scenic luxury & adventure
This luxury experience from the Auberge Resort Collection brings curious honeymooners away from the trodden paths of Manuel Antonio and onto 180 acres of unexplored upscale side of Costa Rica. Located in the less-traveled San Isidro de General area, Hacienda Altagracia is the perfect destination for unique adventures not often pictured on Instagram. Wellness is a top priority at Altagracia, where guests can unwind in eight treatment rooms, a thermal suite, a hydrotherapy tub, and expansive outdoor spaces for wellness activities. The resort’s cuisine is inspired by indigenous Costa Rican culinary tradition and honors the country’s sustainability efforts. Horseback riding, local hikes, mixology classes, mountain biking, and cultural tours round out the Hacienda Altagracia experience. Honeymooners appreciate the seclusion of each of the one-bedroom casitas, which feature private plunge pools overlooking the Talamanca mountains in the distance.
Hacienda AltaGracia features:
- Equestrian stables
- Southern Mountains
- Cultural activities
- Hiking trails
Rancho Pacifico | Uvita
Seclusion among the forest canopy by the sea
Rancho Pacifico is perfect for honeymooners who favor seclusion and nature over crowds and clubs. Uvita is one of Costa Rica’s most untouched areas along the Pacific coast, just an hour south of busy Manuel Antonio. You won’t find many families in the South Pacific, where most hotels are adults-only. Of the handful of eco-lodges and hotels in the region, Rancho Pacifico stands out as a unique romantic retreat. Set high in the mountains overlooking the ocean, honeymooners will get a little bit of everything here: rainforest, wildlife, ocean, and serene isolation.
The natural feel of the Treehouses is perfect for naturalist honeymooners, while the One-bedroom villa with a private pool is a seductive choice for newlyweds who want to go all out. Spend your days at Rancho Pacifico exploring the on-site hiking trails or head out to Corcovado National Park, Cano Island, and Marino Ballena National Park for a day of coastal rainforest adventure.
Rancho Pacifico features:
- Hiking trails
- Cano island
- Marino Ballena National Park
Origins Luxury Lodge | Upala
Origins Luxury Lodge is one of Costa Rica’s newest upscale honeymoon experiences, offering a safari-style atmosphere in a remote location away from the typical tourist hot spots. If you can’t make it to Africa for your honeymoon, head to Costa Rica’s less-trodden Upala region and immerse yourself in the Origins experience. You’ll be treated to gourmet dining and on-site guided tours, all included in your stay. The lodge’s off-the-beaten-path location is perfect for romantic isolation, but still near enough to the Liberia airport for a smooth arrival and departure.
Origins Luxury Lodge features:
- Guided tours
- Remote location
- Upala region
- Isolated honeymoon experience
Kura Design Villas | Uvita
Chic modern luxury overlooking the coast
The exclusive Kura Design Villas. The property’s infinity pool faces toward the South Pacific Coast and seems to blend right in with the ocean’s horizon. No filter will be necessary at this picture-perfect boutique hotel, which promises to make your honeymoon the most drool-worthy on Instagram. Active couples can head out to Corcovado National Park for unsurpassed rainforest and wildlife or snorkeling at Cano Island. Don’t forget to check out Marina Ballena National Park and the area’s signature “Whale Tale” formation along the coast. Sleek, modern design and excellent service ensure your Costa Rica honeymoon is as stylish as it is exotic. And the best part? Kura is adults-only.
Kura Design Villas features:
- Rainforest & Wildlife
- Marina Ballena National Park
Nayara Springs | Arenal
Award-wining intimate luxury
Nayara Springs has earned a spot atop many “best of” hotel lists, thanks in part to the sterling reputation of its sister property, Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens. Both boutique resorts are excellent choices for honeymoon couples, but Nayara Springs offers an elevated level of seclusion, luxury, and romance. Each private villa opens to a volcano-fed plunge pool, which means you can avoid the crowded hot springs in the Arenal region in favor of an adults-only honeymoon hideaway. Enjoy the area’s adventure activities in the morning and retreat back to the hotel for gourmet dining and locally inspired spa treatments in a magical tropical setting each night. Nayara Springs is the best choice for adults-only style in one of Costa Rica’s most popular family destinations.
Nayara Springs features:
- Volcano-fed plunge pool
- Secluded location
- Family activities
Makanda by the Sea Hotel | Manuel Antonio
Intimate rainforest boutique hotel
Manuel Antonio is a great destination for a Costa Rica honeymoon because it combines beach and rainforest in one compact location. Unsurprisingly, it is also popular with families for those same reasons. Honeymooners looking for an intimate setting should cozy up at Makanda by the Sea for a more couples-oriented atmosphere than the area’s family resorts. Nestled within the rainforest foliage, the adults-only boutique hotel offers just a handful of suites and villas, all with ocean views. Breakfast is delivered to your room daily, which means you can lounge in style for as long as you’d like each morning. Venture out for hikes in Manuel Antonio National Park, kayaking through mangrove estuaries, catamaran sailing tours, zip-lining, and more. Don’t forget to leave time to explore the area’s beaches!
Makanda by the Sea Hotel features:
- Beautiful ocean views
- Catamaran sailing tours
Andaz Resort | Papagayo Peninsula
High-end meets cultural experience
The Andaz Costa Rica Resort on the Papagayo Peninsula effectively redefined resort vacations in Costa Rica with its locally-inspired architecture and design elements. Simply put, it is the best of everything. You can forget the stale resort experience that has become so common in tropical destinations – the Andaz delivers luxury resort amenities in a thoughtful way. Down to the smallest detail, the property’s elements are inspired by Costa Rican culture. Interactive cooking demonstrations, mixology classes, live music, and other local touches differentiate the Andaz from other Costa Rica honeymoon hotels. Lounge by the adults-only pool set up a custom spa appointment, or paddle through the calm bay waters of Bahia Culebra on a kayak for the ideal balance of rejuvenation, exploration, and romance.
Andaz Resort features:
Casa Chameleon Hotel at Las Catalinas | Guanacaste
Adults-only luxury on Guanacaste beaches
The Las Catalinas development is growing into one of Costa Rica’s most sought-after destinations. It is also home to the newest Casa Chameleon property: Casa Chameleon Hotel at Las Catalinas. The trendy boutique suites offer honeymoon couples private plunge pools and endless ocean views. Modeled after its sister property in Mal Pais, this adults-only hotel puts guests in proximity to some of the best beaches in the Guanacaste province. Sip drinks near the dramatic infinity pool or plan local day tours like surf lessons, snorkeling, SCUBA, and more. Just an hour from the Liberia airport, Casa Chameleon is the perfect choice for an intimate and convenient Costa Rica honeymoon. The trendy but casual level of luxury is sure to please couples of all different travel styles.
Casa Chameleon Hotel at Las Catalinas features:
- Private couple’s plunge pools
- Surf lessons
Of course, there are countless other eco-lodges and hotels in Costa Rica that would amaze you on your honeymoon. Costa Rica is practically paradise, after all! The hotels on this list, however, are the Expert picks for the best honeymoon resorts in Costa Rica thanks to their exclusive settings, Snap-able views, and once-in-a-lifetime luxury.
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