Costa Rica is the perfect vacation destination for a romantic St. Valentine's Day Escape
Whether your romantic tastes run to quaint and bijou or an eco-lodge so remote you arrive by boat; luxury and first-class service are the hallmarks of an intimate get-away for two in Costa Rica. These hoteliers, each dedicated to excellence, deliver luxury with a style all their own.
Grano de Oro, previously a colonial Victorian mansion, is just off Paseo Colón in the heart of San José. This former private estate was built in tropical colonial style, and each room is unique and luxuriously furnished to provide guests with a taste of old San José.
Villa Caletas overlooks the Nicoya Gulf and Herradura Bay, with panoramic views of lush rainforest and breathtaking sunsets. Guests can sunbathe on the resort’s private Caletas Beach and enjoy the shade of a private curtained gazebo. To get there, guests can ride down in the hotel’s 4-wheel drive shuttle (an adventure in itself) past iguanas, agoutis, macaws and monkeys or hike down on the “Friends of the Forest” trail for a more leisurely look at the wildlife.
In Monteverde’s Bellbird Biological Corridor, Hotel Belmar sits on nine acres in pristine cloud forest, home to many endangered species and part of the National Network of Private Preserves. Impeccable luxury and service await newlyweds at the Belmar. Floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies allow for wonderful views of the rich, surrounding forest and the not-too distant Pacific Ocean.
Capitán Suizo, a 5-Leaf luxury eco hotel on Tamarindo Beach, integrates the natural landscape in every aspect of its layout and operations. Lush gardens provide habitat for birds, howler monkeys, iguanas and collared anteaters that roam the grounds and the surrounding forest. Each room has a balcony or terrace overlooking the gardens and the ocean, a perfect setting for private romantic sunsets.
On the outskirts of San José and minutes from Poas Volcano, Peace Lodge blends rustic elegance with natural beauty on the grounds of La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park. Every room features a king-size canopy bed, waterfall shower, Jacuzzi, gas fireplace and views of the La Paz River Valley and Poas Volcano from private balconies.
Casa Turire, reminiscent of the grand plantation style of the colonial past, is one of comfort and elegance amidst Turrialba’s rural beauty in eastern Costa Rica. Literally meaning “fire” and “water,” Turrialba’s surrounding landscape is dramatic as its name. With 12 standard rooms, three suites and one master suite, all overlooking Turrialba Volcano and Lake Angostura, couples seeking seclusion will find it among the verdant green fields.
Boat in to secluded Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge on Golfo Dulce, perched perfectly between the rainforest and sea, for a romantic escape at an award-winning eco-retreat on the edges of Piedras Blancas National Park and Corcovado National Park. Secluded villas with open air showers and wrap around terraces to bring the outside in.
Each of Alma Del Pacifico’s 20 luxury villas embodies an artistic and architectural flair of its own, with a focus on the unique art that captures the essence of Costa Rica. Blending European and Tico cultural influences, jungle meets ocean for a mix of panoramic ocean views and secluded beaches to rival for an intimate and relaxing touch of tropical splendor within the soul of the Pacific.
Regardless of which distinctive hotel you choose for your romantic Valentine’s Day escape, hotel concierge teams can help you and your sweetheart book the perfect adventure tour, sunset cruise, couple’s massage, or private candlelit dinner.