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

Best of the Best Hotels

Small & Boutique - Costa Rica

From hidden gems to cozy retreats, these smaller stays make a big impression.

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.


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
 Infinity pool
 Spa
 Restaurant
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I stayed at Rancho Pacifico for 7 days on a yoga retreat and cannot wait to go back. I can’t say enough about the entire staff and the caliber of the accommodations. Everyone who works there is incredibly thoughtful and makes it their goal to ensure that you have the best experience possible. We stayed in the Whales Tail villa and the views were breathtaking — the photos do not do it justice. Food each day was fresh, creative, thoughtfully prepared and delicious, all while taking into consideration the many dietary restrictions that our group had. Looking forward to spending another week at the resort next year!
    amberjT4273LQ
    @amberjT4273LQ
    Reviewed June 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rancho Pacifico was even better than we expected! The photos look amazing but nothing can truly capture the amazingness of this resort! This was our honeymoon and we stayed in treehouse Puma, while there is some jungle steps you have to take to get to the main area from the treehouse it is well worth it! The treehouse was amazing, we could hear the wildlife around us and had some of the best sleep of our life! The staff was the most amazing people we have ever met, always a smiling face and so accommodating! Everything was planned for us and when we wanted to throw a last minute change they always made it work for us! The service was absolutely amazing from laundry service to cleaning our room more than once a day it truly felt like luxury! Every single meal we had was beyond excellent and so fresh! The 4 course dinners are some of the best meals I am sure we will have in our lifetime! The drinks were some of the most refreshing, perfectly mixed cocktails every single time! They had so many amazing specialty cocktails and were always willing to make you whatever you felt like- we did not have a single bad drink. Our excursions were so fun and the people off the resort were just as welcoming as resort staff. We loved our eco boat tour with Enoc and his Sierpe Azul boat, we saw so much wildlife and the beautiful Mangrove Trees! We also went zipling with Osa Canopy Tours and they were also amazing! Overall we cannot recommend this place enough and we can’t wait to return one day soon!
    582marissap
    @582marissap
    Reviewed June 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An incredible boutique hotel! Everyone was so kind & helpful, the views were unbelievable & the food was some of the best I have ever had! The rooms were clean, spacious & comfortable & the amenities were wonderful. Great excursions offered & even the hikes around the hotel were beautiful. I cannot wait to come back! Gracias, gracias, gracias!
    284gracies
    @284gracies
    Reviewed June 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Muchísimas gracias Rancho Pacifico! Thank you to the wonderful personable staff who made all the difference ensuring a magical experience in Costa Rica! Professional and prepared, RP takes care of everything from a breathtaking view in the mountains. Jessica, Rebecca, Steven, and everyone else I had the pleasure to meet are what makes RP a five star resort. Of course the facilities and amenities are top notch too. I appreciated the care and attention to every detail of my stay, the beautiful whale tail villa, the creative and accommodating vegan meals, and transportation up and down the mountain. Con mucho gusto, pura vida! ❤️🇨🇷
    stephaniemN8782KW
    @stephaniemN8782KW
    Reviewed June 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best vacation experience yet! The RP staff were beyond amazing. So kind, thoughtful, and right there when we needed anything. Our yoga group was well taken care of. The property is gorgeous. Every meal was just delicious. New friends were made and returning is a must. This is a place everyone should experience.
    N767SPashleyp
    @N767SPashleyp
    Reviewed May 2024

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5.0 of 5 bubbles332 reviews
Drake Bay Greenleaf is a top-notch property with a mountain view, perfect for adventure seekers and families alike. With a variety of activities such as walking tours, horseback riding, and snorkeling, there's always something to do. The accommodations include family rooms, air conditioning, and spacious bathrooms with walk-in showers. The fine restaurant serves fresh and delicious meals, and the hotel is known for its high-quality service and impeccable cleanliness. What sets it apart is the level of customization and personal touch, making it a truly unique and memorable experience for everyone who visits.
What travelers love most
 Massage
 Bar / lounge
 Concierge
03.
5.0 of 5 bubbles472 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
 Pool with view
 Wine / champagne
 Swimup bar
04.
5.0 of 5 bubbles1,379 reviews
Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge is a place where astonishing nature, beaches, and waterfalls meet. With spacious cabins, each boasting a private pool and fabulous view, you'll find luxury in the jungle. During your time there, take advantage of exciting activities like hiking, zip-lining, snorkeling, and horseback riding. The on-premise restaurant serves great food, and the bar is perfect for a relaxing evening. Enjoy the warm and welcoming staff, who are dedicated to preserving the environment and ensuring a comfortable experience. The beautiful architecture, wildlife, and surrounding landscape make this lodge truly special.
What travelers love most
 Plunge pool
 Happy hour
 Poolside bar
05.
5.0 of 5 bubbles448 reviews
Koora Hotel is a place where personalized attention meets modern facilities, creating a relaxing and intimate atmosphere. The spacious accommodations are designed with your comfort in mind, featuring cozy beds and attention to detail. Located near a biological reserve, you'll have the opportunity to observe wildlife up close. The open-air restaurant and bar serve delicious food and drinks at reasonable prices. For a fun-filled day, the hotel offers various activities and tours. The friendly and helpful staff ensure outstanding customer service, making your visit to Koora Hotel a memorable one.
What travelers love most
 Restaurant
 Bar / lounge
 Concierge
06.
5.0 of 5 bubbles524 reviews
Check out Hotel Three Sixty, where modern design meets stunning landscapes in a unique location. The open-air architecture showcases incredible views, while the clean, well-maintained rooms provide a comfortable stay. With a yoga room, fitness center, and infinity pool, relaxation is a breeze. If you're feeling adventurous, try horseback riding, snorkeling, or hiking nearby. The on-site restaurant serves delicious breakfast and 5-star food, while the bar crafts amazing drinks. Enjoy the warm, attentive care from friendly staff in this small luxury hotel. Overall, it's a great place to unwind and connect with nature.
What travelers love most
 Outdoor pool
 Salon
 Breakfast in the room
07.
5.0 of 5 bubbles596 reviews
Noah's Forest by Tifakara is a cozy, stylish, and eco-friendly hotel where you'll appreciate the combination of modern and clean accommodations with a secluded, tropical feel. It's a family-friendly place with beautiful gardens, a fantastic pool, and luxurious cottages. The helpful concierge and friendly staff ensure a high level of personal service, while sustainability efforts and respect for the environment add to the charm. You can treat yourself to good food, unwind in your room with a complimentary espresso machine, and explore the amazing grounds, all while knowing you're supporting a locally-owned and environmentally-conscious establishment.
What travelers love most
 Hot tub
 Massage
 Restaurant
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08.
5.0 of 5 bubbles621 reviews
Tiki Villas Rainforest Lodge & Spa provides a unique experience as it's nestled amidst lush greenery, offering breathtaking mountain views and easy beach access. The eco-friendly accommodations come with air conditioning, kitchenettes, and verandas, allowing you to relax and take in the natural surroundings. On-site, there's an infinity pool with a view and an adult pool for some peaceful time. For a bit of adventure, try snorkeling, horseback riding, or hiking. Satisfy your taste buds at the restaurant or unwind at the spa after a day of exploring the great outdoors. The blend of warm hospitality and top-notch amenities will surely leave you feeling rejuvenated.
What travelers love most
 Adult pool
 Light therapy
 Beach
09.
5.0 of 5 bubbles400 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
 Pool
 Yoga room
 Spa
10.
5.0 of 5 bubbles931 reviews
Check out Los Altos De Eros Boutique Hotel & Spa, which has an amazing mountain view and a relaxing atmosphere. With only six guest rooms, you'll appreciate the intimate experience. This hotel features an infinity pool, yoga room, spa, and fitness center for your enjoyment. For adventure seekers, there's horseback riding, hiking, and even snorkeling nearby. The restaurant serves fresh and local cuisine, and the communal dining adds a unique touch. The staff is known for their extraordinary service and attention to detail, which truly sets this hotel apart from the rest.
What travelers love most
 Sauna
 Sun deck
 Adults only
11.
5.0 of 5 bubbles141 reviews
Pacific Kalokairi is a fantastic spot to unwind in a serene, jungle setting with well-designed cabins and modern amenities. There's an infinity pool overlooking the mountains, perfect for a refreshing swim. If you're into staying active, try yoga, walking tours, horseback riding, or even snorkeling. The on-site restaurant has amazing food recommendations, and the staff goes out of their way to make sure you have a great time. You can also get efficient room service and assistance with food deliveries or shuttles to the city. It's a peaceful and quiet retreat away from busy tourist areas, with top-notch customer service.
What travelers love most
 Infinity pool
 Wine / champagne
 Poolside bar
12.
5.0 of 5 bubbles2,559 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
 Steam room
 Rooftop bar
13.
5.0 of 5 bubbles1,280 reviews
Tucked into a stunning Costa Rican landscape, El Silencio Lodge & Spa awaits, a place where you can relax and rejuvenate. The spacious accommodations offer Cloud Beds, heated floors, rainfall showerheads, and private jacuzzis, all surrounded by lush tropical foliage. There's plenty to do on-site, from morning yoga sessions to horseback riding, hiking, and fishing. Nearby, explore hidden waterfalls and breathtaking scenery with the help of knowledgeable guides. The resort's dining options showcase Costa Rican specialties and fine wines, while the attentive staff ensures that your every need is met. A sustainable focus and inviting spa round out the experience, making this a truly special destination.
What travelers love most
 Car hire
 Outdoor pool
 Breakfast in the room
14.
5.0 of 5 bubbles1,000 reviews
Blue Osa Yoga Retreat and Spa is the perfect spot for relaxation and adventure. With a prime beachfront location, it's a great place for yoga, hiking, and horseback riding. The eco-friendly retreat provides clean, comfortable lodgings with ocean views and lush gardens. The on-site restaurant serves nourishing meals with fresh smoothies and juices to keep you energized. For a more rejuvenating experience, treat yourself to a spa service or a dip in the beautiful outdoor pool. Nearby, you can explore local jungle life and engage with Tico healers, making your visit truly unique and memorable.
What travelers love most
 Entertainment staff
 Pool
 Yoga room
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5.0 of 5 bubbles356 reviews
Tierra Magnifica Boutique Hotel offers a truly relaxing tropical ambience with its breathtaking accommodations and amazing ocean views. Go for a hike on the steep trail to a pretty waterfall, or find your balance at the lovely yoga pavilion – there's always something to do. With access to fun activities like snorkeling, boating, and horseback riding, you can embrace the adventurous spirit of the area. Dine on scrumptious dishes prepared by a top-notch chef and enjoy killer cocktails in a cozy atmosphere. It's the thoughtful details and personalized service that make this hotel stand out from the rest.
What travelers love most
 Evening entertainment
 Pool with view
 Salon
16.
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,328 reviews
A stay at Los Altos Resort is sure to leave an impression. With its breathtaking setting amidst lush greenery and ocean views, you will find yourself relaxing in no time. The spacious suites are complete with full kitchens, tasteful decor, and huge balconies, providing all the comforts you need. Take a dip in the dreamy infinity pool, or explore the nearby hiking trails and snorkeling spots. The on-site restaurant serves up delicious food, and the attentive staff ensure a memorable experience. What makes this resort truly special is its perfect blend of luxury and nature, creating an atmosphere that’s both serene and invigorating.
What travelers love most
 Heated pool
 Happy hour
 Beach
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5.0 of 5 bubbles1,261 reviews
The Hideaway Hotel Playa Samara promises a delightful escape with its unique setting, convenient beach access, and a variety of activities. Choose from comfortable guest rooms or a spacious penthouse apartment, complete with cozy beds and well-appointed bathrooms. During your stay, explore the beautiful surroundings by snorkeling, horseback riding, or hiking, and take advantage of the various fun water activities like canoeing and diving. Dine at the on-site restaurant and enjoy the fresh fruit selection and expertly served beverages. With friendly staff and an intimate atmosphere, this hotel is truly a nature paradise with a touch of excellent service and amazing food.
What travelers love most
 Outdoor pool
 Poolside bar
 Concierge
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4.5 of 5 bubbles1,500 reviews
The Falls Resort at Manuel Antonio is a well-maintained resort with a central location offering access to the beach and picturesque gardens. You can unwind in clean and comfortable rooms featuring great pillows and lush tropical views. On-site, there's a charming dining area for enjoying delicious breakfasts and a pool with a view for relaxing. If you're feeling adventurous, try horseback riding or hiking nearby. The friendly and accommodating staff are always ready to assist, and you can expect rock star service at the bar and restaurant. Don't forget to take advantage of the frequent bus service to the beach and town during your visit.
What travelers love most
 Infinity pool
 Bar / lounge
 Restaurant
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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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5.0 of 5 bubbles170 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
 Private pool
 Butler service
 Adults only
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5.0 of 5 bubbles447 reviews
Hotel Nantipa - A Tico Beach Experience is an intimate getaway with a lovely Costa Rican touch. The lush, nature-filled grounds are meticulously maintained, and the open, spacious ambiance offers a peaceful, down-to-earth luxury experience. You'll find spacious rooms with unobstructed beach views, perfect for watching those stunning sunsets. Facilities include a pool, outdoor activities like horseback riding, hiking, and snorkeling, and a wonderful spa offering fabulous massages. Dining options are premium, with a focus on healthy, locally sourced food. The kind and professional staff are committed to wellness and sustainability, ensuring a unique and memorable beach retreat.
What travelers love most
 Plunge pool
 Sun deck
 Spa
21.
4.5 of 5 bubbles2,121 reviews
Hotel Belmar sits in a picturesque setting with stunning mountain views, offering a unique experience for those who appreciate environmentally friendly practices and sustainably sourced food. The charming property features spacious family rooms and excellent amenities like a spa, hiking trails, and horseback riding. Nearby, you can join walking tours to explore the beautiful grounds and surroundings. The amazing staff provides excellent service, ensuring a comfortable and serene stay. The on-site restaurant serves delicious food, catering to different tastes. Overall, this eco-lodge combines upscale hospitality with fantastic views and a refreshing ambiance.
What travelers love most
 Hot tub
 Evening entertainment
 Massage
22.
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,436 reviews
Xandari Resort & Spa is the ideal spot for a relaxing getaway. Located near the airport, its beautiful grounds and proximity to botanical gardens make for a serene escape. You'll stay in spacious accommodations with lovely rooms, comfortable beds, and excellent toiletries. The resort offers a variety of activities, including hiking trails and an art gallery atmosphere. Take a dip in the infinity pool or unwind with a spa treatment after a day of exploration. Enjoy delicious meals at the on-site restaurant while taking in the gorgeous views. The caring atmosphere and informative staff will ensure a pleasant visit.
What travelers love most
 Heated pool
 Spa
 Bar / lounge
23.
5.0 of 5 bubbles834 reviews
Pacuare Lodge, tucked away in a secluded Costa Rican area, provides a unique experience with its outstanding facilities. You can unwind in the hammock terrace of your one-of-a-kind villa or engage in thrilling adventures guided by knowledgeable staff. There's a clean spa, a fitness center, and a pool with a view for relaxation, while nearby hikes immerse you in the beautiful scenery. The food is fresh and delicious, with a great wine selection and a memorable breakfast stop at a coffee plantation. The personalized service and attention to detail make this intimate resort truly remarkable.
What travelers love most
 Entertainment staff
 Pool with view
 Massage
24.
5.0 of 5 bubbles1,041 reviews
Check out Oxygen Jungle Villas & Spa, a unique spot tucked in the lush Costa Rican jungle, featuring breathtaking mountain views. You'll find comfy, clean villas with luxurious beds and intimate privacy. Unwind at the transcendent spa, or take a dip in the stunning infinity pool. Nearby, explore wildlife and unique plant life while horseback riding, hiking, or snorkeling. The on-site restaurant serves up delicious food and innovative cocktails, while the exceptional concierge and shuttle services make exploring the area a breeze. It's a special, one-of-a-kind experience embracing the true essence of Pura Vida.
What travelers love most
 Pool
 Wine / champagne
 Yoga room
25.
5.0 of 5 bubbles436 reviews
At Senda Monteverde Hotel, you can enjoy a unique blend of modern cabins, sustainability initiatives, and outstanding hospitality. The cozy and comfortable suites offer stunning views of the mountains and nearby landmarks. Activities like horseback riding, hiking, and walking tours are available to explore the beautiful grounds. If you're into yoga, there's a dedicated room for that too. The friendly and professional staff ensures excellent dining experiences at the on-site restaurant, while the delicious coffee and well-maintained areas add to the charm. Senda Monteverde's tasteful design and exceptional service make it a truly memorable destination.
What travelers love most
 Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
 Breakfast in the room
 Sun deck
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