Explore a Costa Rican cloud forest, surf the best Pacific waves and sleep at the base of the Arenal volcano. This nine-day adventure spans western Costa Rica from the capital, San José, to Tamarindo. It’s perfect for wildlife watchers and adrenaline seekers – you’ll spot sloths, hummingbirds and frogs, and go ziplining or white-water rafting through the jungle. There’s also coffee tasting on a volcanic farm, a bespoke cooking lesson, and many a cocktail to enjoy as you wind down each day. The beauty of this trip is its flexibility – you choose your adventure, whether that’s sunrise yoga or mountain biking.
In the midst of bustling downtown San José, Hotel Presidente stands out – it’s covered in a vibrant multi-colored mural, and the interior mixes local history with modern touches. Breakfast is served buffet-style, while dinner (and drinks) are on the roof.
From your balcony at Arenal Observatory Lodge, you’ll have killer views of the volcano, national park and even Lake Arenal. Kick back in one of the 48 spacious rooms, which open out onto the 870-acre (352ha) property, filled with hiking trails, waterfalls and a bird sanctuary.
Hotel Fondavela is a mountainside retreat near the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve stretching on for acres. The wide wooden ceilings and expansive windows in the rooms bring the outdoors to you, while the heated pool and hot tub are perfect for soaking tired limbs.
Surf’s up at Cala Luna, a boutique resort overlooking the surf at Playa Langosta in Tamarindo Bay. Expect barefoot luxury with king-size bedrooms opening up to lush gardens, organic gourmet food and an on-site yoga shala and spa.