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Best of the Best Hotels  2024
Travelers’ Choice Awards
Travelers’ Choice Awards

Best of the Best Hotels

Luxury - Costa Rica

These winning hotels take everything to the next level (think: above-and-beyond service and amenities for days).

The Travelers’ Choice Awards Best of the Best title celebrates the highest level of excellence in travel. It’s awarded to those who receive a high volume of above-and-beyond reviews and opinions from the Tripadvisor community over a 12-month period. Out of our 8 million listings, fewer than 1% achieve this milestone.


Hotel Amor Arenal's location is a sight to behold, with its incredible property and breathtaking views. The unique accommodations include charming casita suites with comfortable beds, double shower heads, and large windows to take in the mountains outside. For fun and relaxation, there's a heated outdoor pool, a fitness center, and even horseback riding and hiking nearby. Dining is a treat, with great food and fantastic room service. The refined design creates a serene atmosphere with well-lit walkways and modern decor. This hotel stands out for its exceptional service and impeccable details, making it a memorable place to visit.
What travelers love most
 Pool with view
 Spa
 Restaurant
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Staying at Hotel Amor Arenal was one of the best experiences of our lives! Upon arriving we were immediately given a warm welcome by the front desk workers Jogebeth and Andrey. Our room was a beautiful wood cabin buried deep in the jungle equipped with large glass panes that give you a stunning view of Arenal Volcano. The amenities such as the personal jacuzzi, large rainfall shower, and laundry service made for a very comfortable stay! Whether you are walking to the resort’s heated pool bar, fitness center, restaurants, or spa, you can expect golf cart ride offers from many of the hotel’s friendly staff such as Wilson, who also delivered sunburn medication to my wife and I when we returned from our beach day trip. For breakfast, we loved going to the main on-site restaurant where we were greeted by hostess Jogebeth and served delicious, fresh food by fantastic waiters Dilan, Leo, Tony, and Carmen. During breakfast, we watched the hummingbirds fly by with the Arenal Volcano in the background. For lunch, the pool bar, tended by expert mixologist Gustavo, was a great place to get an appetizer and drink while enjoying the weather. Come dinner time, we would often go back to the main restaurant and always looked forward to seeing the lovely and bright evening hostess, Dani (Daniela). After our meal, we loved when she showed us the red-eye tree frogs, western tree snakes, and other critters right outside the restaurant. Dani also convinced us to try the exclusive Chef’s Corner experience offered at the hotel. It was a stunning five-course dinner prepared in front of us by the friendly and hilarious Chef Kevin, who gave us insight into the ingredients and preparation of each dish. If it happens to be raining in the morning/afternoon, we highly recommend going to the spa where you can hear the rain echo through the mountainous jungle as you relax with massages from the talented spa staff. Every staff member of the resort always had a smile, was eager to improve our stay, and often punctuated conversation with the phrase “Pura Vida”. P.S. Big thanks to Jensy for answering all of our travel and accommodation questions before we even arrived at the hotel. Thanks and love, Greg and Alyson Petruncio
    gregpN3072ES
    @gregpN3072ES
    Reviewed May 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My best friend and I traveled to Costa Rica and we stayed at Amor for 5 days and my only regret is not staying longer. We loved the privacy of the room and the hot tub was so perfect after all the adventuring. My absolute favorite thing was the shower which was as big as a room and overlooked the volcano. Breakfast was amazing, we tried something different everyday. I was obsessed with the orange juice, it was so fresh. We loved how friendly the staff was and how everyone went out of their way to learn our names. Dani was so lovely to talk to, show us frogs and be so kind when we dined in the restaurant. There’s a trail to go on the grounds and Bernie took us around and continued to point out animals even after the hike. We saw a mom and baby sloth right by the reception! Amor is really a dream, we feel so lucky to have experienced a great place like this. We’ve been home a few weeks now and all we can talk about is how much we loved staying here. Would really recommend this place to anyone. 👌🏼💕
    natashavZ6708TB
    @natashavZ6708TB
    Reviewed May 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a gorgeous resort! We loved our two nights stay. It was one of the few times we looked forward to spending time in the hotel versus our usual passion for doing excursions. It truly exceeded our expectations. All of the staff were friendly and helpful. We did not have bug spray or sunscreen, and they provided them complimentary. Highly recommend.
    656LauraJ
    @656LauraJ
    Reviewed May 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most beautiful villa I’ve ever stayed in, bar none. The most friendly and attentive staff- love that the staff were locals! Absolutely stunning views of Arenal volcano. Delicious breakfast and coffee each morning and close interaction with various wildlife.
    B2594UWalyssas
    @B2594UWalyssas
    Reviewed May 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We just returned from 7 nights at Amor Arenal and were blown away by the entire experience. Everything exceeded our expectations, from the 5 star service of the hotel, the gorgeous room, the jungle views and access trails, the quality of the food, the excursions, everything. The staff of the hotel are truly first class, as we got to know many during our weeklong stay. Jogebeth, the in-house concierge, met us at breakfast each morning and easily planned an itinerary of exceptional excursions for us. The resort feels very boutique, with only 31 rooms. We saw so much wildlife, and did not get one mosquito bite. The pools were beautiful and salt water. I could go on and on. I hope that we are able to plan another trip here. Thank you Amor Arenal. And for anyone considering this resort, do not hesitate!
    arielsY1596IS
    @arielsY1596IS
    Reviewed May 2024

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5.0 of 5 bubbles2,013 reviews
Nayara Springs is set against some truly stunning natural surroundings with well-appointed accommodations. There's no shortage of activities, including hiking, horseback riding, yoga, and bicycle tours—and for a little relaxation, choose from seven spring-water pools or head to the spa, sauna, or steam room. But what truly sets Nayara Springs apart is the exceptional staff and beautiful views.
What travelers love most
 Infinity pool
 Hot spring bath
 Wine / champagne
03.
5.0 of 5 bubbles4,452 reviews
Nayara Gardens is a rainforest retreat where you can wake up to birdsong and the sounds of wildlife. The property is private and peaceful, featuring cleverly designed paths that meander through beautiful grounds. Spacious accommodations come with upscale touches and your own secluded pool, while the exemplary food and unique coffee tasting experiences will leave you satisfied. The friendly staff provide impeccable attention to detail, ensuring your stay is special. Enjoy relaxing at the spa, thermal pools or fitness center, and don't miss the chance for endless fun and adventure with nearby hiking, horseback riding, and walking tours.
What travelers love most
 Heated pool
 Salon
 Happy hour
04.
5.0 of 5 bubbles1,050 reviews
Rancho Pacifico is an adults-only retreat with a peaceful and magical atmosphere. The luxurious and intimate hotel features an incredible pool, hot tub, and modern facilities. The setting showcases stunning mountain views and has tons of activities nearby like hiking, horseback riding, and snorkeling. The well-organized concierge service and attentive housekeeping ensure a smooth stay, while the passionate staff serves world-class cuisine at the on-site restaurant. Each unique and memorable room has its own private pool, and the hotel also offers a spa, fitness center, and yoga room for relaxation and rejuvenation.
What travelers love most
 Plunge pool
 Massage
 Breakfast in the room
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5.0 of 5 bubbles468 reviews
Vista Celestial will have you in awe with its jungle and ocean views. The stunning property features dreamy villas with private hot tubs and modern, luxurious design. Take a dip in the infinity pool or enjoy the saltwater pool with a view, and don't forget to explore the beautiful trails and private waterfalls. When you're feeling peckish, treat yourself to fresh and delicious meals at the on-site restaurant. The hotel is also great for families, offering kids' activities and itinerary planning assistance. Overall, Vista Celestial provides a relaxing atmosphere with a touch of exclusivity and seclusion.
What travelers love most
 Private pool
 Swimup bar
 Sun deck
06.
5.0 of 5 bubbles488 reviews
Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection, is a luxurious escape in Costa Rica where you can find both adventure and relaxation. The mountain setting boasts stunning vistas, beautiful gardens, and breathtaking sunsets. Your accommodations are comfortable and elegant, with a range of amenities, such as private pools, heated indoor pools, and rooms designed for reduced mobility. Activities like horseback riding, hiking, and bicycle tours cater to various interests, while the spa, steam room, and sauna offer tranquility. On-site dining options serve delicious food, and the friendly staff ensures personalized attention for a top-notch experience.
What travelers love most
 Indoor pool
 Steam room
 Poolside bar
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5.0 of 5 bubbles396 reviews
Playa Cativo Lodge is a small private resort with a magical setting and tropical eco-luxury. With beach access and a stunning location, you can partake in activities like snorkeling, hiking, and canoeing or relax by the plunge pool with a mountain view. The accommodations are spacious, elegant, and clean, with lovely views of the water. The on-site restaurant serves fresh fish and produce from their organic farm, and the passionate guides lead nature-based outings. It's a place of privacy, solitude, and various exploration opportunities that truly sets it apart.
What travelers love most
 Outdoor pool
 Bar / lounge
 Yoga room
08.
4.5 of 5 bubbles6,663 reviews
Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa is where comfort meets adventure, with its luxurious rooms, rain showers, and friendly atmosphere. Breathtaking views, beautiful grounds, and clean thermal waters make it a unique destination. With a world-class spa, fitness center, and heated pool, relaxation comes easy. If you're up for some excitement, try hiking or exploring nearby thermal pools and Shangri-La gardens. Gourmet food awaits at the on-site restaurant, and the exceptional service ensures you're well taken care of. The authentic local design and convenient transportation arrangements complete the experience of this 5-star resort.
What travelers love most
 Adult pool
 Concierge
 Spa
09.
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,664 reviews
Makanda By The Sea is where jungle meets ocean, creating a unique blend of wildlife sightings and beach relaxation. The well-maintained resort features stylish suites, private beach access, and picturesque pools. For your comfort, golf carts transport you around the property. The pool bar provides refreshing drinks and tasty treats like fresh tuna sandwiches and sushi. The spa, gym facilities, and available excursions ensure plenty of activities to fill your days. Though the restaurant prices are a bit high, the attentive staff will do their best to accommodate your needs, making your stay both distinctive and memorable.
What travelers love most
 Saltwater pool
 Nightclub / DJ
 Adults only
10.
4.5 of 5 bubbles3,526 reviews
The Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa & Resort is one-of-a-kind, with its fantastic thermal pools and spa. Set amid a picturesque mountain landscape, the resort features comfortable rooms with incredible showers, amazing balconies, and top-notch amenities. When you're not relaxing in the fabulous thermal swimming pool, you can explore nearby hiking trails or go horseback riding. The on-site restaurant serves delicious food, and the rooftop bar is perfect for a refreshing drink. The resort's design and decor are beautiful, and the friendly, helpful staff make it a great value for your next vacation.
What travelers love most
 Hot tub
 Rooftop bar
 Car hire
11.
5.0 of 5 bubbles2,556 reviews
Gaia Hotel & Nature Reserve is a place where you can truly connect with nature. Set in a picturesque location, you'll find lush greenery and amazing wildlife, including a mission to save the scarlet macaws. The accommodations are beautiful and spacious, with a great mix of amenities and strong WiFi signal. During your stay, take advantage of the variety of activities available, such as horseback riding, hiking, and snorkeling. Don't forget to enjoy the rooftop bar and rooftop terrace with a pool for some relaxation. The dining options include a lovely restaurant and a complimentary full breakfast to start your day right.
What travelers love most
 Rooftop pool
 Rooftop terrace
 Butler service
12.
5.0 of 5 bubbles168 reviews
Golden Pineapple Villas is a place where exceptional service and luxurious accommodations meet stunning views and complete privacy. The setting offers a tranquil getaway with unique wildlife sightings, while the villas themselves have everything you need for a one-of-a-kind luxury experience. You'll find spectacular food at the on-site dining options and gold standard service to make your visit truly special. Plus, with attention to detail in every aspect of the property, including sparkling clean facilities and special touches, you'll feel well taken care of during your stay at this spectacular location.
What travelers love most
 Pool
 Massage
 Restaurant
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5.0 of 5 bubbles2,541 reviews
Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort is a truly unique getaway, where beach access and lush rainforest meet. Spacious suites and premium quality amenities await, all with an emphasis on sustainability. Try your hand at snorkeling, horseback riding, or hiking, or simply relax by the pool with a view. Local wildlife abounds, so keep an eye out for curious critters. Dining is a delight with fresh, delicious options and generous happy hour prices. Top-notch service, efficient transportation, and a relaxing atmosphere make this resort a great choice for your next vacation.
What travelers love most
 Beach
 Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
 Pool with view
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5.0 of 5 bubbles262 reviews
The Retreat Costa Rica - Wellness Resort & Spa is a place where relaxation meets adventure. With a breathtaking location, you'll be surrounded by mountain views and lush greenery. Unwind in a cozy room with luxurious amenities and soak in the heated pool or outdoor pool with a view. For a more active experience, explore nearby hiking trails or take part in fitness classes. Pamper yourself with quality skin care products at the magical spa, then treat your taste buds to amazing food made with fresh ingredients at the on-site restaurant. The attentive and welcoming staff will help create a personalized itinerary, ensuring a truly exceptional experience.
What travelers love most
 Sauna
 Light therapy
 Wine / champagne
15.
4.5 of 5 bubbles2,741 reviews
Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica, is a spot where luxury meets nature in a gorgeous setting. With spacious, well-appointed rooms featuring comfortable beds and top-notch amenities, you're in for an enjoyable time. Take advantage of the abundance of water activities, golf course, or just relax by the pool with a view. The dining options are diverse, and the personalized concierge services ensure a smooth experience. What sets this place apart is the attention to detail, the safe environment, and the exceptional staff that make every moment memorable.
What travelers love most
 Entertainment staff
 Doorperson
 Kids club
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful beach
Excellent beach. Crystal clear turquoise sea, golden sand. Cafe at the top of the stairs, donuts on the beach. A real gem.
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Reviewed August 2022
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4.5 of 5 bubbles2,147 reviews
Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa is set in a stunning location, providing magnificent views of the Arenal Volcano. The accommodations are spacious and well-kept, featuring large suites and daily room service. Take some time to explore the beautiful walking paths, relax in the on-site thermal springs, or enjoy the fun game room. With a variety of delicious on-site restaurants, a pool bar, and fantastic breakfast options, you won't go hungry. The hotel also offers unique experiences like informative taxi rides and incredible cooking classes. The combination of great service, comfortable accommodations, and lovely surroundings make this a special place to visit.
What travelers love most
 Heated pool
 Hot spring bath
 Poolside bar
17.
4.0 of 5 bubbles1,673 reviews
Crocs Resort & Casino has a beautiful beachfront setting, complete with a picturesque sunset view. The hotel features a variety of spacious and modern rooms, some with extraordinary balcony views. You'll appreciate the top-notch amenities, such as the outdoor pool with an exciting waterslide, fitness center, and soothing spa. The on-site restaurant serves good food and provides excellent dining experiences. The attentive and multilingual staff ensure a relaxing stay. What truly sets this hotel apart is its luxurious yet family-friendly atmosphere, combined with its close proximity to San Jose.
What travelers love most
 Evening entertainment
 Outdoor pool
 Salon
18.
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,335 reviews
Get to know Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, a fantastic spot with a unique location and beautiful surroundings. You can choose from a variety of clean and spacious accommodations that suit your needs. You'll appreciate the abundance of wildlife and meticulous gardens that envelope the property. There's never a dull moment, with a wide range of activities like snorkeling, horseback riding, and hiking. Not to mention the expert guides and complimentary shuttle service. The dining options are diverse, with great food and drinks at multiple restaurants. All of this is complemented by a relaxed atmosphere, accommodating team, and outstanding service. It's a true taste of authentic Costa Rican culture.
What travelers love most
 Infinity pool
 Bar / lounge
 Beach
19.
4.5 of 5 bubbles2,932 reviews
Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort is a cozy spot with an amazing location, boasting a west-facing beach and beautiful Costa Rican decorations. You can relax in large, well-appointed accommodations, including oceanfront rooms. There's no shortage of activities, from tennis and golf to hiking and kids' fun. Enjoy excellent food at the on-site restaurant and take advantage of the useful concierge service. The property is eco-friendly and visually appealing, providing a personalized experience for visitors. With a lovely pool area and wonderful amenities, it's a great place to unwind and enjoy your time off.
What travelers love most
 Kids pool
 Kids' outdoor play equipment
 Steam room
20.
4.5 of 5 bubbles3,442 reviews
Check out Jw Marriott Hotel Guanacaste Resort & Spa, a well-maintained and clean resort offering a fantastic blend of luxury and relaxation. Set in a gated community, Hacienda Pinilla, this resort provides a sense of safety and features a large meandering pool overlooking a beautiful, uncrowded beach. You can unwind in spacious rooms with ocean views, plush amenities, and modern comforts, or try out fun activities such as horseback riding, hiking, and golf. The dining experience is top-notch with a great restaurant and helpful staff. What truly sets this place apart is the award-winning spa and serene atmosphere, surrounded by lush landscapes. Don't miss out on this charming and luxurious property!
What travelers love most
 Hot tub
 Breakfast in the room
 Sun deck
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