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14 Popular Ecolodges in Costa Rica

Peaceful nature abounds in Costa Rica, a Central American country filled with verdant rainforests, rugged volcanoes and stunning white-sand beaches. In a country with such rich biodiversity and enthralling wilderness adventures, it’s only natural to find a commitment to environmental sustainability and conservation. This love of nature extends from its rural tourism and yoga retreats to fascinating wildlife.

With more than 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve discovered the best of Costa Rica’s nature-infused ecolodges. Not only do they provide environmentally-sustainable Costa Rica accommodation, but they also treat you to luxuries like private swimming pools, panoramic rainforest or ocean views and fine-dining restaurants.

Olas Verdes

Olas Verdes

Olas Verdes straddles the border of a conservation easement near Nosara, separated from the surf and soft sand of Playa Guiones by a lush rainforest. The hotel offers convenient flexibility with its suites, which can be booked separately or together. The Poolside Suite overlooks the pool and has a living room, while the 2-BR Beach Apartment has two living rooms, a wet bar and two fridges.

From solar power and on-site landscaping to recycled water and dedicated recycling, Olas Verdes practices a wealth of environmentally-friendly techniques. It also has the on-site Safari Surf School with local instructors and regular yoga classes. Choose from nine breakfast options each day in a small restaurant by the shaded pool. 

Why You Should Stay Here

  • Has an on-site surf school.
  • About 350 metres from Beach Dog Cafe.
  • Courtesy RT Nosara Airport transfers.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 185 – USD 255
Guest Rating: 9.8
Address: 200 Meters South Of Harbor Reef Hotel, Nosara, Costa Rica

Lapa Rios

LAPA RIOS bedroom

Lapa Rios is a luxurious ecolodge that protects a significant portion of Central America’s last tropical lowland rainforest. You are surrounded by rustling trees and wildlife as you enjoy the ecolodge’s Pura Vida Wellness treatments and yoga sessions. The on-site dining also showcases the surrounding nature with “Dock to Dish” seafood, a Waterfall Luncheon and Lunch With A Guide.

Rest and rejuvenate within cosy rainforest bungalows, many of which overlook the ocean from private decks with outdoor rain showers. They also boast king-size beds, hammocks, loungers and organic toiletries. The ecolodge offers various ways to explore the peninsula, from wildlife tours to rainforest treks. 

Why You Should Stay Here 

  • Opulent bungalows with rain showers and private decks.
  • Fresh and sustainable on-site dining on a patio overlooking the ocean.
  • A short stroll from Pan Dulce Beach.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 660 – USD 1,100
Guest Rating: 10
Address: Playa Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

El Silencio Lodge & Spa

El Silencio Lodge bedroom

The award-winning El Silencio Lodge & Spa was named Central America’s top resort in 2018 by Condé Nast Traveller. It’s perched in a rainforest canopy near Poas Volcano and transports you into a natural haven, where you can experience torch-lit forest dinners with organic farm fare, misty forest trails and daybreak birdwatching. The on-site spa features massages, body wraps and yoga, while a nearby waterfall offers a perpetual soundtrack of running water.

Lodging includes Suites, Riverside Suites, Master Suites and 2 Bedroom Villas, which were designed to capture the natural surrounds. Each of the options treats you to private viewing decks, handcrafted rocking chairs, heated jet pools and plush bedding. 

Why You Should Stay Here 

  • The full kitchen, spacious lounge and dining rooms and gas fireplace in the 2 Bedroom Villa.
  • Enriching on-site experiences, including tree planting, horse riding and zip-lining.
  • Las Ventanas Restaurant’s fresh ingredients from the on-site organic farm.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 336 – USD 552
Guest Rating: 9.8
Address: Bajos de Toro Amarillo, Rio Segundo, Costa Rica

Rio Perdido Hotel & Thermal River

Rio Perdido bedroom

HotelsCombined visitors speak highly of the on-site dining at Rio Perdido Hotel & Thermal River, particularly the fresh breakfast of homegrown, organic produce. You can also enjoy a private dinner under the stars or sip cocktails at the on-site pool bar. Rejuvenate your body with a treatment in the spa or relax in one of eight hot springs along the thermal Rio Perdido.

There are 30 stylish bungalows to choose from, all of which have low-impact environmental designs. The East Bungalow has two twin beds that can be combined into a king-size bed, while the Center Bungalow King boasts floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the forest. Families can stay in the Center Bungalow Queen, which has two queen-size beds and a trundle bed. 

Why You Should Stay Here 

  • The Volcanic Mud Body-Painting in the on-site spa.
  • Outdoor overflow pools with a swim-up bar and sun deck.
  • Complimentary breakfast in a buffet restaurant overlooking the trees.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 206 – USD 266
Guest Rating: 9.9
Address: 4 Kms al Sur de San Bernardo de Bagaces, Fortuna, Costa Rica

La Cusinga Lodge

La Cusinga Lodge bedroom

Looking for an eco-friendly lodge with ample on-site activities? The 4-star La Cusinga Lodge offers a variety of wellness and adventure activities, from surfing and stand-up paddleboarding lessons to yoga classes overlooking the Bahia Ballena Marine National Park. You can also join a snorkelling tour to the national park or visit Cinnamon Spa for a massage, scrub or wrap.

Couples will enjoy the deluxe king-size bed, private garden and ocean views in the secluded Honeymoon Suite. The Ocean View Superior Room is made from reforested trees and boasts a private balcony or terrace, while the Standard Room offers budget-friendly accommodation. 

Why You Should Stay Here 

  • A variety of cosy bungalows for solos, groups, couples and families.
  • Sustainable and fresh produce served in the on-site Aracari Restaurant.
  • A range of on-site tours, including zip-lining, island cruises and kayaking.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 138 – USD 181
Guest Rating: 9.8
Address: 200 Mts South Of Km.166 Bahia Ballena, Uvita, Ballena, Costa Rica

Finca Rosa Blanca

Finca Rosa Blanca bedroom

Coffee lovers will find their perfect Costa Rican home at Finca Rosa Blanca, a coffee plantation resort with some of the country’s highest quality Arabica coffee. You can take a guided tour through the plantation, which is backed by a forest home to more than 100 birds. The organic coffee is complemented by fresh ingredients at El Tigre Vestido & Bar Búho.

The peaceful resort offers verdant gardens, cascading waterfalls, infinity pools and welcoming staff. The Junior Suites have handcrafted furnishings and original artwork, while the Master Suite overlooks the coffee plantation from its private balcony. Stay in the Garden Studio for your own outdoor bath and indoor Jacuzzi. 

Why You Should Stay Here 

  • Six-person villas with Jacuzzis, mini bars and king-size beds.
  • Activities, such as birdwatching and river rafting, can be organised on site.
  • Five minutes from the centre of Santa Bárbara de Heredia.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 330 – USD 485
Guest Rating: 9.6
Address: En El Centro, Santa Barbara, Costa Rica

Rancho Margot

Rancho Margot

Nestled on the edge of the protected Children’s Eternal Rainforest, Rancho Margot offers a holistic and off-the-grid experience. The luxurious bungalows are made from natural resources and feature contemporary furnishings and mosquito netting. The deluxe-level bungalows also offer wrap-around terraces, hammocks and handmade soaps.

These bungalows are completely surrounded by picturesque Costa Rican nature, including fishing ponds, gardens, rainforest trails, natural pools and a working ranch. You can partake in cow milking and yoga classes, take a guided ranch tour or indulge in a buffet of fresh farm-sourced food. Don’t forget about the communal library, comfortable toucan lounge, playground or soccer field. 

Why You Should Stay Here 

  • A working ranch and farm providing fresh and environmentally-friendly food and drinks.
  • Natural spring-fed pools for swimming and muscle rejuvenation.
  • A 35-minute drive from Arenal Volcano National Park.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 110 – USD 240
Guest Rating: 8.7
Address: Arenal Volcano National Park, El Castillo, San Ramon, Costa Rica

Hotel Belmar

Hotel Belmar bedroom

You’ll find Hotel Belmar in the forested mountains of Monteverde Reserve, where you can enjoy hours of guided walks through Curi-Cancha Wildlife Refuge and rejuvenate your body and mind through yoga. Hotel Belmar has won numerous sustainability awards for its environmental commitment and offers a juice bar, tea room and inventive farm-to-table dining at Restaurante Celajes.

The first-floor Peninsula Rooms offer queen-size beds and wooden balconies, while the Canopy Room has floor-to-ceiling windows and a private Jacuzzi surrounded by trees. The Sunset Room boasts spectacular Pacific Ocean vistas, while the Sunrise Room overlooks Monteverde Cloud Forest and the Nicoya Peninsula. Stay in the Penthouse Suite for 270-degree mountain views, a Jacuzzi, private terrace and bar. 

Why You Should Stay Here

  • The outdoor daybed, private bar, Jacuzzi and indoor garden in the Nicoya Suite.
  • Unique Belmar experiences, including guided night hikes, farm visits and brewery tours.
  • An on-site microbrewery and lounge bar.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 610 – USD 620
Guest Rating: No Rating
Address: 300 East Of The Gas Station, Monteverde, Costa Rica

Finca Luna Nueva Lodge

Finca Luna Nueva Lodge bedroom

The award-winning Finca Luna Nueva Lodge has a deep connection with its surrounding environment, forged through farm-to-table dining, regenerative agricultural practices, forest hiking trails and wildlife watching. The wellness facilities include traditional massage services and a tree-enclosed yoga pavilion. You can also join on-site activities, including chocolate-making, rainforest, farm and birding tours.

You can stay in air-conditioned rooms in Casa Sombra, which also have queen-size beds, hammocks and views of the Platanar Volcano. Alternatively, opt for an individual bungalow with an outdoor sitting area, a day bed and forest views. Families will appreciate the larger Family Bungalows, which are positioned near the lodge’s pool and Jacuzzi. 

Why You Should Stay Here 

  • Delicious organic food served at the on-site restaurant.
  • Swedish, deep-tissue and aromatherapy massages at the spa.
  • Has a conference centre for corporate retreats.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 108 – USD 179
Guest Rating: 8.8
Address: San Isidro de Peñas Blancas San Ramon, Chachagua, San Ramon, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Tree House Lodge

Costa Rica Tree House Lodge

Positioned on the edge of Playa Chiquita and its rolling waves, Costa Rica Tree House Lodge is a picturesque jungle lodge built on stilts and surrounded by trees. The tree house-inspired accommodation ranges from the Beach House, which is 80 metres from the sand, to the Crystal House with a wood-fired hot tub. You can also stay in an actual tree house with hammocks or an old school bus that has been converted into a couple’s retreat.

Activities at Costa Rica Tree House Lodge include yoga and jungle gym classes, surfing, canopy zip-lining tours and treks through Cahuita National Park. The ecolodge is a short walk from numerous restaurants, including Soda Vida Sana and Pita Bonita, which is known for its Israeli cuisine. 

Why You Should Stay Here 

  • Tree-house style lodges with unique luxuries, such as artwork, hot tubs and hammocks.
  • The mini-golf course and grill area in the Crystal House.
  • Access to yoga, Pilates, Tae Bo and belly dancing lessons.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 225 – USD 390
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 200m de la Escuela, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Monteverde Lodge And Gardens

Monteverde Lodge And Gardens bedroom

Monteverde Lodge and Gardens has won over numerous HotelsCombined visitors with its stunning solar-heated swimming pool and delicious cocktails at its on-site bar. The fresh food at El Jardin Bar & Restaurant is paired with South American wine, while the surrounding wilderness offers the perfect setting for horse riding, hiking and garden massages.

All of the rooms at Monteverde Lodge and Gardens have views of either the forest or manicured gardens. Stay in the Forest View Balcony Room for high wooden ceilings and a private balcony or the Forest View Downstairs Room to enjoy a corner bay window and wicker chairs. 

Why You Should Stay Here 

  • A communal lodge with an open fireplace, restaurant and bar.
  • Close to the Monteverde Butterfly Gardens and Monteverde Orchid Garden.
  • Local naturalist guides for forest treks.

Star Rating: 3.5*
Price: USD 289 – USD 334
Guest Rating: 9
Address: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve 6941-1000, Costa Rica, Monteverde, Costa Rica

Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge

Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge bedroom

Discover a natural retreat at Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge, which boasts luxury and eco-friendly bungalows with views of the forested mountains through floor-to-ceiling windows. Every bungalow also has its own terrace or private garden. Opt for the Superior Bungalow for the added luxury of a Jacuzzi and cosy couch or the Master Suite for a king-size bed with a goose-feather duvet.

Along with enthralling walking trails through the surrounding Dantica Cloud Forest Reserve, the lodge offers exciting tours, including birdwatching, horseback riding and wildlife watching. Check out the artwork in the on-site gallery, watch the kids run around on the playground or indulge in homemade pasta at Le Tapir.  

Why You Should Stay Here

  • An on-site garden with organically grown herbs used in Le Tapir.
  • Around five kilometres of walking trails on site.
  • The uninterrupted forest view and ecological chimney in the Forest Bungalow.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 141 – USD 282
Guest Rating: 8.6
Address: 4 Km South Of The Entrance To San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica

Bosque Del Cabo Rain Forest Lodge

Bosque del Cabo Rain Forest Lodge

Perched on the Osa Peninsula where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific Ocean, the magnificent Bosque Del Cabo Rain Forest Lodge is a true rainforest getaway. This natural beauty is complemented by the lodge’s cosy cabinas, many of which have king-size beds and private decks overlooking the ocean.

You can also stay in spacious bungalows with hammocks and outdoor baths or opt for an entire house with a full kitchen, rocking chairs, modern bathrooms and wrap-around decks. The lodge has a shaded pool with sun loungers that are positioned next to a restaurant serving fresh local ingredients. Take advantage of a range of activities organised on site, from surfing and fishing to snorkelling and horseback riding. 

Why You Should Stay Here

  • Offers on-site spa treatments beneath the trees.
  • The full kitchen, observation deck, multiple porches and private pool in Casa Miramar.
  • An on-site restaurant with a library and adjoining pool.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 110 – USD 470
Guest Rating: 9.8
Address: Cabo Matapalo, Carate, Costa Rica

Pacuare Lodge

Pacuare Lodge bedroom

Located on the Pacuare River, one of the world’s top white-water rafting destinations, the luxurious Pacuare Lodge combines adventure tourism with eco-friendly practices. The Cabécar-inspired architecture pairs perfectly with the surrounding rainforest, while on-site experiences include white-water rafting, canyoning, birdwatching and ancient trails.

Indulge in a healing treatment at Jawa Juü Spa or organic farm-to-table cuisine at the on-site restaurant. The villas and suites at Pacuare Lodge are highlighted by the Jaguar Villa, which has a riverside setting, spring-fed pool and outdoor showers. Alternatively, stay in the Canopy Suite for a private suspension bridge to a treetop retreat with a stone pool, timber deck and 180-degree rainforest views.

Why You Should Stay Here 

  • Has a 20-metre-high rainforest canopy for dining and views.
  • The bathroom, deck and pool in the Linda Vista Villa.
  • Positioned on one of the world’s best rivers for white-water rafting.

Star Rating: No Rating
Price: USD 995 – USD 2,015
Guest Rating: No Rating
Address: Turrialba, Siquirres, Costa Rica

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Choose Luxury and Eco-Friendly Accommodation in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s renowned natural landscapes are best experienced by staying in one of the country’s luxurious ecolodges. These environmentally-sustainable accommodations promote a love of nature through wilderness excursions, farm-to-table dining and surrounding beaches or nature reserves. They also typically boast villas or bungalows with private balconies, timber finishes and king-size beds.

How will you embrace nature in Costa Rica? Let us know in the comments below.

Author: Ben Stower

I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.

Ben Stower
I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.
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