Costa Rica

Top Three Romantic Hotels in Costa Rica

Despite being the second smallest Central American country, Costa Rica is big on love. So big on love, in fact, that Costa Rica was the first country on the planet to constitutionally decide that it didn't need an army. That's right, it's all peace and love around here.

The stunning beauty of Costa Rica, including its protected nature reserves and wildlife refuges, makes for the perfect romantic getaway. Its natural charm, coupled with the fact that a long list of adventurous activities awaits you, is enough to provide a gorgeous background for vacationing lovebirds.

Thinking of surprising that special someone with a romantic Costa Rica vacation? You couldn't have picked a more perfect destination. The people, the food and the charm of the region will certainly make for a memorable excursion. Now, it's all about finding a place to stay. Why not choose from one of the top three romantic hotels in Costa Rica? Sound like a good plan? All right, then, here they are:

Hotel Punta Islita in Costa Rica

Ocean view suites with Jacuzzis and spacious guest rooms await you at the Hotel Punta Islita, located in the province of Guanacaste, along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The luxury of the resort is tastefully masked with true Costa Rican panache -- thatched palm roofs and matching rustic decor bring a sense of simplicity to the exclusive and exquisitely designed grounds.

The Hotel Punta Islita sits on the forested mountainside, its tiered layout assuring amazing ocean views and fresh sea breezes. You can even treat yourselves to a spa treatment at the hotel's Casa Spa, where treatments include body scrubs, aqua therapy, aromatherapy, healing stone therapy, facials and, of course, massage therapy.

Costa Rican Fusion is the gastronomic niche that is thoughtfully prepared and served at the hotel's 1492 Restaurant. Fresh local seafood is lovingly mixed with thrilling spices to create dishes that boast authentic Costa Rican flavors, while experimenting with the latest in culinary art. The restaurant will of course go out of its way to make sure that any dietary specifications that you require are met.

Costa Rica's Tabacón Grand Spa -- Thermal Resort

High in the northern region of Costa Rica, the Tabacón Grand Spa and Thermal Resort is nestled in the forest at the foot of the Arenal Volcano. The five-star resort has a total of 114 luxurious rooms, but the quiet and charming tropical environment creates a feeling of privacy and remoteness for its guests.

Known for its relaxing spa treatments, the Tabacón is sure to leave you and yours feeling rejuvenated and refreshed by the end of your stay. A range of wet and dry body therapies is available. Thermo-mineral water flows through the Tabacón River, heated by the hot springs near the base of the volcano. These waters are a perfect combination of temperature and mineral content, and can be enjoyed in the exotic surroundings that only a tropical paradise can provide.

Rooms are climate controlled and display fine woodworkings and furnishings made by Costa Rican artists. The rooms provide all the amenities that you would expect of a luxurious resort, and have stunning views that overlook the forest or surrounding gardens.

Makanda By the Sea in Costa Rica

To really make sure that you get a little down time with your sweetheart, it would be a great thing to not have to worry about the pitter-patter of little feet in the corridor, or the incessant splashing of little hands in the pool during your Costa Rica travel. That's right, finding a child-free resort might be a good thing for you. Makanda By the Sea is exactly that.

Makanda offers adult-only lodging in luxurious and charming villas and studios. There are a number of different styles and sizes to choose from, most of which have great views of the ocean. The secluded beaches and botanical rainforest gardens will serve as the perfect setting for that ideal romantic getaway. Even if you're looking to tie the knot here, or use Makanda for your honeymoon, they'll help you get everything planned and organized.

Now all you have to do is close your eyes, point your finger at the screen, and pick one of these three. Then book the tickets, make the reservations and slide a little note under your partner's pillow that reads, simply, “Costa Rica?”

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