Looking for a rejuvenating wellness experience in Costa Rica? Spas, especially those which use ingredients from their natural surroundings, can be beneficial for your emotional and physical well-being. Here are some of the best luxury spa resorts in Costa Rica to consider.
Four Seasons Resort at Peninsula Papagayo
The ideal couples' getaway, Four Seasons Resort at Peninsula Papagayo features a spa with 18 treatment rooms and offers an array of services within its spa that tap in to the healing essences of the natural surroundings. Massages, skincare, salon services, and fitness and personal training are all available at this incredible luxury location. All guest rooms exude a warm vibe with bamboo and rattan styling to preserve the Costa Rican flavor, and a large balcony to enjoy stunning views of the water and bask in the atmosphere of the resort.
The Springs Resort and Spa
How about the exotic -- but safe! -- experience of relaxing next to a volcano? That's exactly what's offered at The Springs Resort and Spa, which is located on a mountain ridge 1,000 feet above the Arenal Valley and six kilometers north of the active volcano, but still within a safe range. This location is listed by CNN as one of the seven resorts with the most spectacular views in the world! The main attraction of this resort is their 14,000 square foot spa and fitness center and 28 hot springs, which provide earthy mineral benefits. The spa reportedly utilizes tropical botanical ingredients and local therapeutic volcanic clay in their refreshing treatments, which include rainforest-influenced body and skin care. The resort boasts picturesque views of the active volcano visible from every guest room. This resort is also a family-friendly destination, with activities such as a game room for children and providing a great atmosphere for kids to explore the nature of Costa Rica.
The remote Hacienda AltaGracia resort is surrounded by mountain summits and verdant hills, and its rooms are homey and sophisticated. The spa features a gorgeous pool and treatments such as massages, skin treatments, and guided fitness opportunities such as yoga. One special "forest stretching" massage takes place in an outdoor treatment palapa (a breezy, open-sided hut with a thatched roof of palm leaves) among the lush Costa Rican flora.
While entering this resort requires an adventurous spirit -- crossing a 250-foot pedestrian bridge above the tree canopy -- you will find peace and tranquility within this ultra-exclusive rainforest resort. One incredible feature is an oversized infinity-edge swimming pool that is so close to the rainforest, you can spot wildlife while swimming. Spa offerings include massages, facials, couples experiences, skincare scrubs, and yoga within a beautiful pavilion. A gymnasium with exercise equipment is also available.
Lapa Rios Ecolodge
The Lapa Rios Ecolodge offers the most immersive wildlife experience in Costa Rica, as the lodge itself is settled within 1,000 acres of natural rainforest. Their spa package is "Pura Vida" wellness, including a pool where you can see iguanas while sunbathing, do yoga on an ocean-view deck, and be rejuvenated with body treatments at their massage huts. They wish for guests to return home from their experience with a deep understanding and appreciation for both the native wildlife of Costa Rica and the importance of ecological conservation.
Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort
Arenas Del Mar, like Lapa Rios, is a Cayuga resort focused on environmentalism. They're carbon neutral, and are the first Costa Rican luxury hotel to be awarded several prestigious conservation awards. Refreshing amenities include suites with jacuzzis, a wellness center that includes hot stone massages, body treatments, reiki, and daily yoga. Fun family-friendly activities, like learning how to make your own tortillas and going on an "it's easy being green" tour with a professional guide, are another unique part of this resort.
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