Top 3 Romantic Hotels in Costa Rica
With over 800 hotels and a plethora of pristine hideaways, picking the top three romantic hotels in Costa Rica is no small task. The "Rich Coast" has some of the most beautiful vistas on the planet, not the least of which is the Arenal Volcano, whose fiery figure cuts a bold profile amid the surrounding rainforest. A young volcano spitting smoke and molten lava, don't be surprised if you and your partner find some sparks of your own in its vicinity.
Top 3 Romantic Hotels in Costa Rica - Los Altos de Eros
While parents are generally obligated to love their children, most people would agree that having little ones underfoot can kill a romantic mood dead in its tracks. Reaching "the heights of love" (as the resort's name translates) can be tough even in the best of circumstances; at the adults-only Los Altos de Eros, it's easy.
Privacy, intimacy, and peerless service are the names of the game at this chic boutique balanced at the tip of a small mountain overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Tamarindo. There are just five rooms, four of which are poolside, and all have views on the water. Breakfast and a gourmet lunch are included as well as dinner on Tuesday and Saturday nights. The full-service spa includes a hydro-therapy pool fed by a 20-foot waterfall, and the inn prides itself on its private and semi-private yoga lessons, so you can eat well, treat yourselves, and truly get the kinks out in paradise.
Room rates, remarkably, stay the same year round – starting at $395 per night for room with a Queen-sized bed.
Top 3 Romantic Hotels in Costa Rica - The Springs Resort and Spa
The Springs Resort and Spa is more of a "resort" hotel designed with precision chic than a boutique pampering-service – but it suffers not for it. You will see some kids at The Springs, but this minor (ha) potential inconvenience is more than compensated by its titular feature – 18 modern pools and waterfalls, 15 of which have water pumped or flowing directly in from the resort's hot mineral springs. The pools, with temperatures ranging from 83 to 103 degrees Fahrenheit, seem cut from the surrounding rainforest and are sculpted to conform with the natural grade of the land in a way that would have made Frank Lloyd Wright proud.
In addition to the pools and the usual host of activities, this romantic Costa Rica resort has four restaurants, including a sushi bar, so that you treat your body right even as you sink into decadence. Rates for the most basic guest room begin at $295 per night in the off-season.
Top 3 Romantic Hotels in Costa Rica - Leaves and Lizards
If chichi trappings aren't your thing – maybe you're a more active, outdoorsy type – then the Leaves and Lizards hotel is the best place to fall into swoon in Costa Rica. Getting there is an adventure in itself, as Costa Rica's famously underdeveloped road system reveals itself the farther you get from La Fortuna. When you do get there, however, you'll see why people rave about it: there is simply no better view of the Arenal Volcano than the one you'll have at Leaves and Lizards.
We mentioned the outdoors, and as such, there's plenty of hiking to be had in the area, tours to be taken, hot springs to be bathed in, and ziplines to careen through the jungle with. In addition to excellent service, and the intimacy of a quaint bungalow, the resort is still a working farm, meaning the food served at its restaurant is fresh as can be (as good or better as you'll find at any four star hotel, and at a fraction of the price). Prices for a cabin begin at as little as $135 per night.