A spa vacation is a great way to experience Costa Rica; it’s the ultimate in sublime serenity, and green season is a great time to do it!
Costa Rica is the perfect place to indulge in a sumptuous spa vacation The combination of spa treatments, boutique hotel luxury, and leisurely days to lounge about, or explore, is the perfect recipe for a taste of pampered paradise.
We’ve come to know many of the best places to enjoy a retreat spa vacation in Costa Rica—here are a few suggestions.
Unwind at Grano de Oro
After your flight lands at Juan Santamaria, it’s a short drive to Grano de Oro, a boutique hotel just of Paseo Colón in the heart of San José.
The hotel offers a choice of privately guided walking tours that highlight galleries, historical sites, parks and public art. On the other hand, head off on your own to the Central Market or stroll through nearby La Sabana Park.
After sightseeing, treat yourself to a long, hot bubble bath in your room or sip Champaign in the Jacuzzi garden; then opt for a relaxing, in-room massage to restore your energy in time for dinner at the famous Restaurant Grano de Oro and a night on the town with theater, live music, or dancing.
Soak up the rainforest at Villa Caletas
Villa Caletas is situated on the Central Pacific, a little more than an hour’s drive from San José, Costa Rica, and enjoys panoramic views of lush rainforest, the Pacific Ocean, and breathtaking sunsets.
Villa Caletas staff can arrange for kayaking and snorkeling, canopy tours, whitewater rafting trips, and a plethora of other exhilarating tours and activities. Private Caletas Beach, via the hotel’s 4-wheel drive shuttle, is an adventure in itself. The shuttle takes you down the mountainside path past iguanas, agoutis, macaws and monkeys, or you can hike down along the Friends of the Forest Trail for a leisurely look at the wildlife before arriving for some beach time in a private, curtained gazebo.
The resort’s Serenity Spa offers massages, body treatments and facials using organic products from Costa Rica. Prep for the beach with an invigorating citrus scrub, then get a pampering manicure and pedicure, followed by one of the spa’s signature anti- stress massages.
Evening cocktails and sunset views are the order of the day when all the fun in sun and spa time have completed; nothing says relaxation like time spent at Hotel Villa Caletas.
Long Leisurely Days at Alma Del Pacifico
Set right on the beach, with lush, bountiful tropical gardens, and hammocks gently swinging in the breeze, Alma Del Pacifico makes for a perfect spa escape in Costa Rica. Long walks along the water’s edge, lazy days spent gazing at the ocean, beautiful sunsets, gourmet food, luxury digs, and an attentive staff all serve to create a wholistic sense of well-being, balance and tranquility at this gorgeous Pacific coast, boutique resort hotel.
“Walk in, and then float out” is the order of the day at Alma Del Pacifico’s state of the art day spa. Situated just at the back of the hotel’s expansive swimming pool, set amidst gardens of tropical flowers and trees, the quiet ambiance that envelopes you as you walk through the doors begins soothing your senses before you ever even come into contact with a massage or treatment table.
Immerse yourself in nature at Nicuesa Lodge
Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is off grid and secluded in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. Golfo Dulce washes gently up on the front yard, while the trails of Piedra Blanca National Park summon your internal explorer from the back.
Offering up a perfect blend of sustainable tourism and luxury, Nicuesa lodge features guestrooms that include private terraces, open-air showers and a window into some of the most diverse and spectacular rainforest views in the world. Meals feature fresh, organic ingredients and emphasize the flavors of Costa Rica, with a cosmopolitan twist, all created from fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
When it’s time to get your spa on, just wander down to the oceanfront yoga deck at the appointed time; there, you can enjoy an early morning or late afternoon yoga class, or even a private session, guided mediation, or a relaxing, aromatherapy massage to the tune of nature’s bird song, gentle waves, and quiet, tranquil music.
Explore Monteverde at Belmar
Hotel Belmar is one of Monteverde’s tourism pioneers. Part of the Bellbird Biological Corridor, two-thirds of the nine-acre property is pristine cloud forest, home to many endangered species and part of the National Network of Private Preserves. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, including the Children’s Eternal Rainforest and the community-managed Santa Elena Reserve, offers a number of trails and guided tours. Choose a guided tour to visit butterfly gardens, insect houses, hummingbird gardens and reptile and amphibian exhibitions. You can also strike out on your own to enjoy the wealth of wildlife in the preserve.
The hotel’s Spa Room provides professional services to help you unwind at day’s end, including in-room services in certain guest rooms. Start or end your day with a private yoga lesson or a session on your own in the yoga studio overlooking the Zen garden. After dinner at Restaurante Celajes (or a pre-booked dinner on your private terrace) relax in the hotel’s Jacuzzi in the glass-walled gazebo surrounded by native foliage.
Out to Sea at Capitan Suizo
Capitán Suizo, a progressive, ecologically minded boutique hotel, sits on Tamarindo Beach, just outside town. The hotel integrates the natural landscape in every aspect of its layout and operations. The gardens provide habitat for area wildlife: birds, howler monkeys, iguanas and collared anteaters roam the grounds and the surrounding forest.
A day of sportfishing is a natural choice at Tamarindo, formerly a fishing village (the chef will prepare your catch of the day). Take a kayak out to explore Capitan Island and the Tamarindo Bay or surf the warm and gentle waters of the bay. Then there’s the beach where you can lounge in the sun or swim out to visit the pelicans.
A soothing wrap and gentle massage in your room will minimize the effects of sun and sea, leaving you relaxed and rejuvenated. Aromas del Mar Spa offers hot bamboo or lava stone massages, accompanied by the gentle murmur of the waves in an open-air environment. Choose from a bamboo lemongrass peeling, or one of the many organic compresses or therapeutic treatments provided by the hotel’s indulgent experts that will leave you feeling stress-free.