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Hotels included in our tours
Situated in the middle of the lush rainforest at Drake Bay is the peaceful Finca Maresia hotel, just 1–2 kilometres from the beach and town. The hotel is like a lovely little oasis after a day filled with exciting experiences.
Its eight pleasant bungalows are located on small hills in the middle of the hotel’s hilly landscape and can each accommodate up to 4 people. All have ceiling fans, a safe, mosquito nets over the beds and an en suite bathroom with hair dryers and toiletries. Each bungalow also has a veranda with a couple of hammocks where you can relax after an action-packed day and enjoy the scenic surroundings. You may even be lucky to enough see parrots, toucans, hummingbirds or other exotic birds flying by.
You can also enjoy the surroundings from the lounge area and the restaurant on the large covered veranda where breakfast (included), lunch and dinner are served. Dinner is an experience in itself as the menu includes several dishes which are eaten with the other guests around a large table, offering ample opportunity to talk about the day’s experiences with each other. Please note that dinner must be booked during breakfast and is not included.
Free Wi-Fi is available at the hotel.
The lodge is located in scenic surroundings with several trails in and around the area. All rooms have great views of Arenal Volcano and direct access to the wonderful garden area where it is possible to see a range of wildlife.
The welcoming restaurant offers all meals throughout the day and breakfast is included in the tour price.
If you wish to take a taxi to the centre, it is only 5 minutes ride away.
The restaurant and swimming pool are also offers sweeping views to the Arenal Volcano!
All 47 rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a safe, a hairdryer and Wi-Fi.
Monte Real presents a magnificent view out over the Arenal volcano and enjoys a wonderful location close to the Burio River and a small area of forest where you can see iguanas, squirrels, sloths, frogs, colourful birds and enchanting butterflies. The hotel is just 200 metres from the centre of La Fortuna, with its enticing shops and restaurants.
The rooms are equipped with a TV, facilities for making coffee, air conditioning, WiFi, a refrigerator and a safe. They also have a separate bathroom with a hair dryer, and a terrace or a balcony overlooking the garden.
The hotel has a delightful pool area with recliners, perfect for relaxing, enjoying the verdant surroundings and listening to the varied noises of the forest.
Hotel Costa Verde is a slice of tropical Costa Rican heaven, located in fertile green surroundings just 1 km from the world-famous Manuel Antonio National Park and a mere 300 metres from the beach known locally as Playa Espadilla Norte.
Hotel Costa Verde has 70 spacious rooms, all with a balcony from which to admire the superb view out over the verdant surroundings and the Pacific Ocean. The rooms are appointed with air conditioning, WiFi, a TV and a safe. They also have a kitchenette with a refrigerator, coffee machine and microwave oven, as well as a separate bathroom with a hair dryer.
Other facilities at the hotel include three swimming pools, so no matter where your room is located, you never have far to go for a refreshing dip.
In the hotel’s four restaurants you can enjoy delicious Costa Rican dishes and international cuisine, while the bars serve a variety of colourful cocktails.
The charming Tabulia Tree Hotel & Villas is set amidst lush, green surroundings, around a 15-minute drive from the stunning Manuel Antonio National Park and the beautiful white sandy beaches of Playa Espadilla and Playa Manuel Antonio.
The hotel has just 25 rooms, decorated in rustic Costa Rican style with warm colours. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a ceiling fan, a flat-screen TV, a safe, tea/coffee making facilities and an en suite bathroom with hair dryer and toiletries. There is also a shared veranda outside the rooms where you can sit back and enjoy the rainforest-like surroundings. You might even be lucky enough to see monkeys in the trees or other residents of the forest passing by.
The hotel restaurant and bar Bambu Jam has a cosy jungle atmosphere with wooden beams and furniture, a thatched roof and views of the lush surroundings. This is also where your breakfast (included) is served. In the afternoon and evening, you can order both local and international dishes. In the bar area, you can play billiards or simply relax while enjoying a cold beer, a fresh smoothie, a delicious cocktail or the Costa Rican national drink Guaro.
The hotel has a lovely pool where you can relax or enjoy a refreshing dip.
A shuttle bus runs past the hotel around once an hour, which can take you down to Manuel Antonio town, the national park and the beautiful beaches, if you would rather swim in the sea. The ride there and back is cheap and easy.
Free Wi-Fi is also available in the hotel restaurant and by the pool.
A modern hotel with an excellent location in relation to Santa Elena, an area well known for its numerous shops and restaurants.
The cloud forest is only 15 minutes away. Facilities at the hotel include a large, covered and heated swimming pool, pool bar, sauna, fitness room, spa & wellness centre and an excellent restaurant.
The hotel’s 32 standard rooms all have a telephone, TV, coffee machine, hair dryer and safe.
The charming Monteverde Country Lodge is set in lush greenery in the small village of Santa Elena in the Monteverde area, best known for its cloud forest. The lodge is within walking distance of many local restaurants and various exciting centres for butterflies, insects and snakes.
All 60 rooms at the lodge are inspired by the original style of the first mountain huts in Monteverde, and are furnished with wooden furniture and decorated in warm colours. They are equipped with cable TV, a telephone, a safe, a coffee maker and en suite toilet and shower. Outside the rooms is a shared veranda, where you can sit and relax in one of the chairs.
The lodge’s restaurant serves both traditional Costa Rican dishes and international cuisine. The restaurant is also where your breakfast (included) is served. You may also be lucky enough to experience live music here, played by local artists while you eat or enjoy a glass of wine. In the afternoon, you can relax with a cup of coffee and a good book in the lodge’s lounge area or in the cosy courtyard with fountains, benches and abundant greenery.
There is free Wi-Fi in the lodge’s communal areas.
The family-owned hotel Nammbú Beachfront Bungalows is located on a small hill, just a few hundred metres from the beautiful beach Playa Carrillo. From here, you have a stunning view over Carrillo Bay, with its white, undisturbed sandy beach with turquoise waters and lush green surroundings as a backdrop.
The hotel consists of thatched bungalows in earthy colours, housing 63 spacious rooms. All rooms have comfortable beds, a sofa, a desk, a minibar and fridge, a safe, air conditioning, a flat screen TV, a telephone, a coffee maker and an en suite bathroom with hair dryer. There is also a balcony or terrace for each room, where you can sit and relax while enjoying the chilled surroundings.
In the hotel restaurant, you can enjoy your breakfast (included) either inside or out on the covered terrace with a magnificent view. The restaurant also serves both local Costa Rican dishes and dishes inspired by Western cuisine. If you fancy an exotic cocktail, simply order one at the hotel’s small bar, located next to the pool.
If pure relaxation is the order of the day, you can float in the pool or just rest in the sun loungers while enjoying the beach view. You can also sit in the lounge with a good book or take a towel under your arm and sit under a swaying palm tree on the beautiful beach.
If you feel the need to be active, you can rent a bicycle or book surfing lessons and outdoor yoga classes at the hotel.
Free Wi-Fi is also available in the hotel’s communal areas.
This cosy little hotel is the perfect base – whether you want to relax on the beach or to explore the surrounding areas. It is just a few minutes’ walk from the stunning beach, and a stone’s throw from the restaurants and shops in the small town of Samara.
The rooms are the epitome of rustic charm, and all have a TV, ceiling fan/air conditioning, safe and hairdryer. All rooms also have a private balcony or terrace.
The hotel has two swimming pools, a restaurant and bar, and the lush gardens are regularly visited by monkeys and colourful birds.
Idyllically located in a tropical rainforest is Ara Ambigua Lodge.
The hotel has 45 rooms, all with air conditioning, Wi-Fi, TV and a private terrace.
Enjoy a meal in the hotel’s rustic restaurant in tropical surroundings, serenaded by birds in the background. Both local and international dishes are served.
Relax in the pleasant garden on a sun lounger by the pool. The hotel also has a children’s pool for little ones.
La Quinta is an eco-lodge built in harmony with its lush surroundings. In 1993 it was an abandoned farm, largely cleared of vegetation. The new owners replanted trees and created habitats for butterflies, frogs, small mammals and birds.
The lodge has 28 rooms, all equipped with air conditioning and hairdryers. Each also has a veranda with a hammock and a rocking chair, from which you can enjoy the tropical gardens and the sounds of the forest.
The restaurant serves international cuisine. Fruit and vegetables are from the lodge’s own gardens.
There is a swimming pool, and guests can also enjoy a relaxing massage in the riverside spa.
Situated a mere stone’s throw from the beautiful Playa Cocles beach and a few kilometres from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is the peaceful Azania Bungalows lodge, in complete harmony with its lush Caribbean surroundings.
The lodge’s 10 charming traditional bungalows are surrounded by lush plants and trees, creating a relaxed tropical vibe. Each bungalow can accommodate up to 4 people and has high ceilings for natural air circulation, a flat-screen TV, a mini fridge, a safe, ceiling fans, mosquito nets and an en suite bathroom with hair dryer. Each bungalow also has a private veranda with a hammock, where you can lounge to your heart’s content and enjoy the surroundings.
The cosy, thatched restaurant and bar serves tropical breakfasts, refreshing drinks and Argentinian cuisine combined with Costa Rican ingredients and taste sensations.
Next to the restaurant is the lodge’s swimming pool with jacuzzi in the middle of the tropical gardens. Cool off here after a day of activities or just relax and sunbathe. You can also go down to Playa Cocles and relax on the sand while watching the surfers in the fabulous Caribbean Sea or rent a bike at the lodge and explore the area.
There is free Wi-Fi at the lodge.
The lodge is situated in the most beautiful, green and quiet surroundings . The 50 rooms are built from natural materials and all have private bathroom /toilet facilities and air conditioning. In addition to this, rooms also have their own verandas leading out into the garden area.
The lodge features a spa giving you the opportunity to experience a mud bath in the river, fantastic swimming pool, Jacuzzi, bar and restaurant. The restaurant offers views of a small canyon with suspension bridges. For the more adventurous traveller, you can purchase additional tours such as, zip -lining, rappelling , climbing, rafting and much more at the lodge.
This delightful eco-tourist hotel is located close to the Rincón de la Vieja National Park. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens with exotic flowers and trees that attract many different species of birds. The hotel offers fantastic views of the Rincón de la Vieja and Santa Maria volcanoes, and, on a clear day, the Pacific coast.
There is also a swimming pool filled with natural spring water from the volcano. There are 54 rooms, each with a small veranda where you can enjoy the view of the volcanoes and the hacienda. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, safe and TV.
Situated amidst the lush surroundings on the outskirts of Los Quetzales National Park is the glorious Sueños del Bosque Lodge, just a stone’s throw from the Savegre River. The lodge is thus the perfect place to explore the nature or simply relax.
The lodge’s 10 bungalows are built of wood and decorated in warm colours with attractive wood panelling on the walls. With two double beds, they can accommodate up to 4 people. They also offer Wi-Fi, cable TV, a fridge, an en suite bathroom with toiletries and a hair dryer, and a small seating area where you can sit and relax. Each bungalow also has a veranda where you can sit and enjoy the lush surroundings.
At the restaurant, you can order traditional Costa Rican dishes and European dishes made from local ingredients while enjoying the views of the lush nature surrounding the lodge. This is also where your breakfast (included) is served.
There are hiking trails around the lodge, which you can either explore yourself or purchase a guided tour and learn more about the flora and fauna in the area. You can also go for a walk on the 80-metre-long hanging bridge just 75 metres from the restaurant, sail on the small lake by the lodge or go horseback riding in the lodge’s grounds.
Holiday Inn San José-Aurola is situated in San José’s historic quarter, close to the Barrio Amón area with its old colonial mansions, which now serve as galleries. You are within walking distance of the National Museum, the Jade Museum and the Mercado Central, where you can shop and dine at small, local restaurants.
All 195 of the hotel’s elegant rooms are decorated in warm colours with comfortable beds and a large window affording views of San José and the mountains on the horizon. All rooms have air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, a safe, a coffee maker, minibar and an en-suite bathroom with hair dryer and toiletries.
There are two restaurants at the hotel. Tropicana is a buffet restaurant serving both international and local dishes. This is also where breakfast is served (included). The elegant El Mirador restaurant on the 17th floor serves finer international cuisine, which you can enjoy with stunning city views. You can also sit in the lounge chairs and drink a cocktail at the hotel’s own La Palma Bar. Room service is also available.
The hotel has an indoor pool where you can enjoy a dip or just relax in the lounge chairs. Food and drink can be ordered at the swimming pool, and there is a gym boasting an excellent range of exercise equipment.
In the heart of San José, walking distance from Plaza de la Democracía, the National Museum, supermarkets and a wide selection of restaurants, is where you will find Hotel Sleep Inn.
The rooms are tastefully appointed in muted colours and all have air conditioning, TV, microwave, fridge and tea/coffee making facilities. All rooms have their own bathroom. There is free Wi-Fi at the hotel, and free breakfast is served in the restaurant.
As central as it is, Sleep Inn is a mere 20-minute drive from the international airport in San José, and the hotel also offers ample parking.
Laguna Lodge is situated in the heart of the lush jungle at Tortuguero National Park. Located on a narrow piece of land with Tortuguero’s largest canal on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other, the lodge offers a unique location.
It has 106 rustic, simply furnished rooms, all with their own toilet/shower, ceiling fan, safe and small terrace overlooking the lush garden.
Tortuguero offers amazing canals, rivers and wetlands, which are home to many exciting species of animals and exotic plants. When you’re not out on an excursion, you can relax in the scenic surroundings of the lodge, enjoy a dip in the pool, go for a stroll along one of the small paths in the area or on the beach, visit the frog pond or just relax and enjoy a drink in the bar.
All meals are served at the lodge’s cosy restaurant overlooking the canal.
There is Wi-Fi in the lodge’s lobby and restaurant.
The lodge is set in a large tropical garden close to the canals, the Caribbean Sea and the small town of Tortuguero.
There is a restaurant by the swimming pool, a bar and a cafeteria with WiFi access. Other facilities include swimming pools, signposted rambling paths, and free admission to the butterfly, frog and iguana park. The 54 comfortable rooms all have a veranda overlooking the sea. Other features in the rooms include a ceiling fan, safe and – of course – an en suite bathroom/toilet.
Situated a mere 30-minute drive from the Guayabo National Monument is the charming Guayabo Lodge, set in scenic surroundings overlooking the mountains, valleys, rivers and the active Turrialba volcano. Thanks to its location 1,500 metres above sea level, the lodge not only offers a fantastic view of the area but also pleasant, cool temperatures. It may therefore also be a good idea to bring a warm sweater for the chilly evenings.
The lodge’s 28 rooms all have their own colour scheme and are decorated with folk art that harmonises with the nature around the lodge. Each room has an en suite bathroom with a hair dryer, toiletries and a hot water shower. The rooms all afford views of either Turrialba volcano or the valley.
At the lodge’s restaurant and bar, you can enjoy Costa Rican dishes and delicious cocktails while admiring the beautiful views. This is also where your breakfast (included) is served.
In the afternoon, you can either explore the area around the lodge or relax in the lounge area with a good book. You can also purchase a cookery course at the lodge’s own cooking school, where you learn how to cook a 3-course Costa Rican meal, which you can then enjoy with a glass of wine.
Free Wi-Fi is also available in all of the lodge’s communal areas.
According to CNN, this hotel is one of seven resort hotels with the most spectacular views in the world. The hotel is actually located on a mountain side, just 6 km from the Arenal volcano, and thus provides magnificent view of the volcano itself, the densely wooded valley and the small villages. The resort has 18 pools of various sizes and water temperatures. There are also several restaurants, each serving its own specialities. For example, there is a delicious sushi restaurant.
Other facilities include a large spa and fitness area. All rooms have their own private terrace overlooking the volcano, hammocks, air conditioning, flatscreen TV, WiFi access, telephone and minibar/refrigerator. This is a resort you will want to stay at for ever…
The exclusive Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort is set in lush greenery right by the beautiful beaches of Playa Playitas and Playa Espadilla and affords outstanding views of the crystal-clear waters and magnificent Manuel Antonio National Park.
The resort has just 38 rooms decorated in minimalist Costa Rican style and equipped with air conditioning, a ceiling fan, Wi-Fi, a TV, a safe, a coffee maker and an ensuite bathroom with toiletries. Each room also has a cosy little balcony.
The resort’s two restaurants offer something for gastronomes and hungry adventurers alike. The chef combines local, sustainable ingredients with the Costa Rican “Pura Vida” spirit. Your a la carte breakfast (included) is served in the restaurant at the resort itself, where you can also enjoy your dinner overlooking the national park. The other restaurant is located in the resort’s private section of Playa Playitas beach. Lunch and dinner are both served here in tropical surroundings.
If pure relaxation is the order of the day, the resort has two lovely pools: one at the resort itself and one on the private part of Playa Playitas. When the day is drawing to a close, you can settle down with a mojito by the pool at the resort or head down to the resort’s swings on the beach and enjoy the stunning sunset over the Pacific.
At the resort, you can also learn how to make Costa Rican-style tortillas, try your hand at yoga or enjoy a spot of pampering with spa treatments at the resort’s Las Brisas wellness centre.
Sí Como No Resort is set on a leafy hilltop in the heart of Manuel Antonio’s scenic surroundings. With a tropical backdrop, the resort’s pools and terraces offer a magnificent view of the spectacular Manuel Antonio National Park and the glistening turquoise-blue sea.
The resort has a total of 58 rooms where design and comfort blend in with the tropical surroundings and the essence of the Costa Rican spirit, creating a lovely relaxing atmosphere. They all have a minibar, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, a safe, a telephone and an en suite bathroom. Each room also has a private balcony where you can sit and enjoy the view of the lush rainforest.
There are two restaurants at the resort, both providing an authentic Costa Rican experience. At the relaxed Rico Tico Jungle Grill, you can enjoy authentic Costa Rican dishes, and in the more elegant Claro Que Seafood Grill, all manner of seafood is served, prepared in true Costa Rican style. Both restaurants overlook the scenic rainforest and the Pacific Ocean.
The resort has two pools where you can enjoy a refreshing dip. One pool has a water slide and a small pool bar which you can swim over to for refreshment. The other pool is quieter and for those who wish to relax with a book and enjoy the scenic surroundings.
If you need a spot of extra pampering, you can purchase massages and other wellness experiences at the resort’s day spa. The resort also has a small souvenir shop where you can buy local crafts and other souvenirs.
Free Wi-Fi is also available in the resort’s communal areas.
The Villas Playa Samara resort is positioned next to the waters of the Pacific Ocean, on the north-western coast of Costa Rica, right by the beautifully unspoiled, 7-km-long sandy beach Samara.
The resort has 124 spacious, bright and comfortable rooms and villas with air conditioning, Wi-Fi, safe, minibar, coffee/tea making facilities and a bathroom with hair dryer. From the terrace, there is a fine view out over the verdant gardens, where you may be lucky enough to spot some of the local wildlife.
The restaurant serves international cuisine, and you can enjoy colourful cocktails in the bar.
If you enjoy relaxing, take a dip in the pool, lie back in the jacuzzi, treat yourself to an afternoon in the spa department, or simply curl up with a good book under the gently swaying palm trees.
There is every opportunity to be active, too, as the hotel has a fitness room and arranges cycle hire, riding, snorkelling and canoeing. You can also go on boat trips, dolphin safaris and sunset trips.
|Deluxe room with all-inclusive||Per person: £195|
|Junior suite beachfront with all-inclusive||Per person: £325|
|Deluxe room:||Per person: £140|
|Junior suite beachfront:||Per person: £200|
Borinquen Resort has a delightful location in the foothills of the mountains and close to the national park. It has a naturally formed pool surrounded by the tropical forest.
Facilities include a ‘formal’ restaurant that is mainly used for dinner, as well as a more casual restaurant/cafeteria where guests usually eat lunch. Guest stay in ‘villas’, each with its own terrace from where there is an excellent view of the sunset. The villas are also equipped with a TV, telephone, air conditioning, coffee machine and safe.
This charming hotel is located in the centre of San José. Previously a Victorian palace, the building has been remodelled to create an attractive, welcoming hotel with a full range of modern facilities.
The hotel restaurant is one of the most famous in Costa Rica. The rooms are excellent and equipped with a TV, telephone, air conditioning, minibar, coffee machine, hair dryer and safe. There is WiFi access in all rooms and in all public areas at the hotel.
Get right up close to Costa Rica’s stunning scenery and wildlife in Tortuguero National Park, at Arenal Volcano and in Monteverde Cloud Forest, and end the tour at Playa Sámara’s beautiful beach.
On this tour, you will experience three of South America’s absolute highlights: Argentina’s beautiful capital Buenos Aires, the impressive Iguazú Falls and amazing Rio de Janeiro.
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