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Luxury Holidays to Costa Rica

Costa Rica is an enticing destination dotted with idyllic beaches, wildlife reserves and a wide selection of top class hotels, offering those little extra touches that make a holiday extra special. Those in search of indulgent luxury with a dash of adventure need look no further than this Central American gem.

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Tropical allure meets modern luxury in a jet-set holiday to sunny Costa Rica

Fly to Costa Rica in just under 11 hours, have a snooze, watch a film and arrive refreshed ready for rejuvenation in a paradise setting.

With average annual temperatures of between 21°C to 27°C, a holiday to Costa Rica gives visitors ample opportunities for luxuriating by the pool, ice-cold drink in hand.

Located between Panama and Nicaragua, Costa Rica is a luxury destination like no other – with a large expanse of tropical rainforest to explore, enticing natural beauty can be found around every corner. Those in search of adrenaline-inducing days out can take part in climbing, ziplining and scuba diving to immerse themselves in the abundance of scenery and wildlife.

For a little retail therapy, head to the vibrant capital San Jose with it's eclectic architectural mix, variety of shops, bars and restaurants galore. While those purely wanting to unwind can do this too with stylish resorts providing peaceful and inspirational settings for reviving tired souls. As a small country, with the capital at its centre, it's easy to travel around and take everything in on your holiday.

There are numerous resorts, which all have one thing in common, excellent hotels and beaches to die for. El Jobo brims with tranquillity through its alluring stretch of sands and tropical rainforest backdrop. Head to Playa Tamarindo for surfing, relaxation and sumptuous stretches of sands with a sprinkling of colourful wildlife.

Playa Conchal, located in the north of the Guanacaste province, has delightfully warm waters for swimming and snorkelling and a selection of chic hotels. Move away from the touristy spots to discover deserted pale sands, palm trees and exotic birdlife, such as Playa de Matapalo, which boasts a variety of rustic beaches.

Living the high life in Costa Rica

Playa de Mataplalo exudes natural charm, exclusive hotels and wonderful natural attractions. Adventurous types may want to treat themselves to a horse ride through the volcanic national park and enjoy the natural indulgence of a dip in one of the bubbling mud pools before cooling off under a refreshing waterfall.

Have an exhilarating round or two of golf in Playa Conchal at the championship Garra de Leon course, considered to be one of the best in Central America. Hotels in the area pride themselves on their chic a la carte restaurants, perfect for fine dining and socialising.

With a choice of 4* and 5* hotels, El Jobo promises pure indulgence through a sheltered cove and abundance of plant and birdlife. Non-motorised watersports provide an active alternative to sunbathing, or culture vultures can check out the museum of Costa Rican Culture.

Playa Tamarindo provides a good selection of modern amenities, with everything from souvenir stands to independent shops. Or those in search of serious retail therapy can head to the Garden Plaza Mall which is full of boutiques and restaurants.

Other luxury holidays to take a look at

If luxury is the goal, but you want to look beyond Costa Rica, there are plenty more options. The Caribbean islands offer a classic break with dazzling beaches and a large selection of excellent hotels. Gran Canaria, an island with chic hotels, exclusive beaches and boutique shopping is another option. Or, why not consider Mexico's exclusive Playacar, offering a luxurious base from which to explore the intriguing Mayan Riviera.

But, if Costa Rica has won you over check out our handy travel guide to find out more. Here are a selection of decadent hotels to whet your travel tastebuds.

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