Surprise your Valentine with a trip to Costa Rica this year; it will be the most memorable one yet!
This Valentine’s Day set the bar higher than de rigueur chocolates, flowers, and dinner out: Instead, fly away for a few days in Costa Rica. Famed for its exotic wildlife and gorgeous scenery, a luxury boutique hotel Costa Rica is perfect for a romantic getaway in paradise.
Even this close to February 14th, there are still a few good deals on airfare. Travel Pirates and other online travel sites offer flights on Copa Airlines and United priced under $500. The average flight time from the U.S. to Costa Rica is under 5 hours for a direct flight. You and your Valentine can be in Costa Rica in no time at all!
A memorable Valentine’s break needs a romantic setting. Jettsetter.com has verified three of our favorite boutique hotels as meeting its standards for luxury and quality service: Peace Lodge, Villa Caletas, and Alma del Pacifico. Only an hour or two from Juan Santamaria Airport, two are on the Central Pacific Coast and one in Costa Rica’s Central Valley.
The Peace Lodge, in the Central Valley, lies within La Paz Waterfall Gardens. With an emphasis on conservation, the gardens showcase Costa Rica’s biodiversity. Paved walkways and hiking trails connect the five waterfalls on the property. Guest accommodations range from standard rooms to villas, each luxuriously appointed. In-room amenities include Jacuzzi, fireplace, waterfall shower, and floor-to-ceiling window views overlooking the volcano and the Poás River valley.
For tropical splendor, eclectic art and architecture that captures the country’s cultural heritage, Alma Del Pacifico is hard to beat, especially its views overlooking the Pacific and the rainforest canopy. Vividly colored buildings in vibrant gardens give each of its 20 luxurious bungalows a unique, intimate ambiance in a tropical paradise. Terraces, private walled gardens, vast windows and cavernous sitting areas round out the feeling of casual and quirky elegance. The hotel’s spa offers a variety of massages and treatments designed to ease out all the kinks. Romantic sunsets are a given at the Beach Bar or for a stroll on Playa Esterillos.
Villa Caletas overlooks the Pacific coastline and rainforest canopies from its hilltop perch, which also boast spectacular sunsets. The resort’s French colonial-style mansion houses and eclectic collection of European art, oriental rugs, terra cotta masks, and Latin American pottery. The hike down the Friends of Forest Trail to the hotel’s private Playa Caletas is an opportunity for wildlife viewing: iguanas, agoutis, macaws, and monkeys are often visible from the path. After lounging beachside under curtained palapas, take the resort shuttle back up the hill to Serenity Spa for indulgent pampering.
Each of these boutique hotels specialize in romantic luxury, just the thing for a Valentine’s Day to remember.