When it comes to lodging options in Costa Rica, the selection is about as wide-ranging as the country’s incredible biodiversity.
Travelers can go the all-inclusive route at a big beach resort, or brave canopy life at a rustic tree house hotel. Surfers and yoga lovers have retreat after retreat dedicated to their respective pursuits, and hot springs seekers can try the healing waters at dozens of resorts with on-site thermal springs. And for those who dream of finding a sweet little bungalow to call their very own, there are plenty of hotels whose room choices include private, porched casitas.
Whether tucked into the solitude of the jungle or steps away from a pretty beach, these are some of the most enchanting bungalows we’ve come across in Costa Rica.
Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa is an upscale beachfront hideaway with a laid-back vibe and attention-grabbing design — its rooms, restaurant, spa, and pool area all exude oodles of color and character.
The 20 bungalows and villas are laid across four acres of well-kept grounds, and all have dazzling, open-plan layouts that include wet bars and private terraces. Sofa beds, kitchenettes with coffeemakers and minibars, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi are all standard.
The hotel’s lawn eventually gives way to the gray-black sands of Playa Esterillos.
There are few other hotels found on this long beach, which means guests often have it completely to themselves (in addition to the hotel’s side-by-side swimming pools with pretty mosaics and small whirlpool).
The hotel’s restaurant and bar, Mosaic, is quite romantic, with an open side that offers wonderful ocean views.
Dedicated to saving the rain forest, this 200-plus-acre farm hotel has a mellow collection of large plantation-style houses and small bungalows.
Rooms are large but relatively spartan, without the modern comforts that are now standard in most hotel rooms. In most cases, expect a ceiling fan instead of AC, no fridge, safe, or Wi-Fi, and definitely no TV (the hotel is focused on promoting guests’ connection to nature, not Hollywood).
A few guests have complained about the water temperature in the showers not getting hot enough. But guests who love birding and farming don’t mind Finca Luna’s creature-comfort shortcomings.
The Aztec-inspired Shawandha Lodge is ideal for small groups who want to be surrounded by nature without sacrificing certain hotel staples.
The 12 bungalows have ample space between them, plus one-of-a-kind…