Best of the Best 2018 - 598
HOTEL PUNTA ISLITA
GU A N A CA STE, COSTA R ICA
N E I G H B O R H O O D Guanacaste
Most active travelers are drawn to the natural playground that is Costa Rica. Heed the call and
check into Hotel Punta Islita on Guanacaste's Nicoya Peninsula. Terraced into a hillside from
summit to sea cove, the hotel is a hospitable setting to return to after a day of ziplining in the
dry tropical forest, horseback riding, surfing, hiking, bird-watching or simply lounging on the
beach. Choose a romantic suite for its private deck with Jacuzzi and hypnotic ocean views;
double rooms, spacious casitas and family villas are also available. Don't miss the Casa Spa,
where treatments use organic ingredients from the hotel gardens.
Room upgrade at time of booking, if
available; $50 value spa services credit per
stay; unlimited greens fees; and dessert or
ceviche trio sampler for two.
The hotel pioneered a responsible tourism
program in Costa Rica that encourages the
preservation of local cultures and natural
Distance from Liberia Airport (LIR): 78 miles/125 km
Size: 57 rooms Room Style: Classic Vibe: Casual
HACIENDA ALTAGRACIA, AN AUBERGE RESORT
PER EZ ZELEDON , COSTA R ICA
N E I G H B O R H O O D Nestled Among Mountaintops
Nature's playground goes upscale at award-winning Hacienda AltaGracia. With a mountaintop
vantage over the beguiling Valle del General, this boutique resort immerses guests in one of
Costa Rica's last uncovered corners while indulging them with every conceivable luxury. Experience the exotic countryside on horseback or zipline, raft the white waters of the Savegre
River or tour an organic coffee farm. Relax in Central America's largest spa, and relish innovative fusion fare straight from the farm. The 50 richly furnished casitas and suites take advantage of the pristine environs with expansive terraces showcasing panoramic views.
$100 value resort credit per stay.
Costa Rican adventure takes on new heights
in one of the resort's ultralight aircraft; the
on-site landing strip lets your pilot take off
and land with ease.
Distance from San José Airport (SJO): 114 miles/184 km
Size: 50 rooms Room Style: Contemporary Vibe: Zen
SA N JU A N DEL SU R , N ICA R A GU A
N E I G H B O R H O O D Amidst the Nicaraguan Jungle
Back-to-nature gets a bespoke update at Morgan's Rock. Comprising 4,000 lush acres - half
of which are designated a protected reserve - this solar-powered jungle hideaway is highlighted by a mile-long stretch of beach, a sustainable farm (including shrimp) and a secluded cove
that provides sanctuary to hatching sea turtles. Enjoy the bungalows, villas and Beach House
made of reclaimed wood and bamboo, featuring plunge pools. Ride horses, go sportfishing or
take a 4x4 safari to spot howler monkeys and macaws. An open-air yoga platform offers classes and in-depth retreats, and relaxation for body and spirit, at the spa at the beach.
A DV I S O R T I P
$100 value spa services credit per stay.
Do not miss the Breakfast at the Farm
experience, where guests milk the cows,
choose fresh eggs and make authentic tortillas.
Bow Mar, Colorado
Distance from Liberia Airport (LIR): 55 miles/88 km
Size: 15 rooms Room Style: Indigenous Vibe: Zen