It doesn’t get much better than Costa Rica for an all girls, gal-pal getaway
Whether it’s your annual college roommate reunion or a get-away for you and your gal pals, Costa Rica has just the spot for a girls’ week away. The right boutique hotel has great rooms, outstanding service and a distinctive atmosphere for pampering, catching up or reminiscing. Check out these sensational resorts and hide-a-ways for your next all-girl vacation.
Grano de Oro offers a taste of old San José in the warmth and comfort of a former tropical Victorian mansion. Each of its 40 rooms and suites are unique, while its location in the heart of San José all but guarantees all the retail and cultural therapy you could wish for.
The Peace Lodge, set on the grounds of a private wildlife refuge, La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park, is less than an hour’s drive north of San José. The rooms complement the rainforest setting with elegance and sophistication, including in-room and on balcony Jacuzzi tubs, and a huge stone fireplace.
Two hours’ drive to the east of San José, Casa Turire, reminiscent of the bygone colonial plantation days, welcomes guests to the ultimate elegance and comfort, surrounded by coffee plantations and sugar fields. Nearby Turrialba Volcano makes a dramatic backdrop, while the Pacuare and Pejibaye rivers are ideal for whitewater rafting.
Hotel Belmar, set on the mountain top of Costa Rica’s famous cloud forest, the Monteverde Reserve, the venerable, world-renowned Hotel Belmar offers guests the opportunity to experience what staff call “The Art of Nature” in luxury that belies the hotel’s strong commitment to sustainability, fair trade and environmental protections.
Capitán Suizo, on Tamarindo Beach and nestled amongst the wildlife habitat gardens, connects visitors with area wildlife in a way that protects both in an open-air environment right on the beach. Next to Las Baulas Marine National Park, one of the most important leatherback turtle nesting sites in the world. The currents around Tamarindo Bay are gentle and the beach is one of the safest for water sports.
Reflecting an eclectic and colorful style Villa Caletas, perches atop the rainforested hills in neoclassical colonial splendor. Top class facilities and service, combined with breathtaking views of the Central Pacific coast and proximity to Jacó ensure there is plenty to do on and off the hotel’s private beach.
South of Jacó, Alma Del Pacifico’s 20 free-standing villas are one-of-a-kind representations of Costa Rica’s rich cultural heritage, complete with colorful, Tico-inspired décor that pleasantly contrasts the surrounding atmosphere of luxury, peace and harmony. The hotel’s seaside spa continues those themes with organic local ingredients and private treatment rooms opening to private gardens.
Accessible only by boat and almost completely off-the-grid, Playa Nicuesa harmonizes with its natural surroundings—jade-colored water, dolphins, majestic blue butterflies and leaves as big as elephant ears—to soothe and relax everyone. Corcovado and Piedras Blancas national parks are almost literally out the back door and Golfo Dulce is on the front doorstep, providing plenty of opportunities for exploration. This eco lodge walks the talk in sustainability.
From sumptuous spa vacation to thrilling adventure tours, Costa Rica’s distinctive hotels will give all your besties plenty of opportunities to indulge in being out and about or quiet together time.