Where to Stay in Costa Rica for a Luxury Vacation

  • Wilder Collection
  • 09/30/21

A global vacation destination, Costa Rica is a magical place with a bounty of luxury vacation rentals studded throughout the country. One of the most popular areas is the Papagayo Peninsula, known for its scenic beaches, resorts, and outdoor recreation. Jetsetters seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life often enjoy relaxing, lavish vacations along this beloved cape. 

Peninsula Papagayo, the eponymous resort area located on Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coastline, continues to be a preferred tourist spot. The government mandate to keep 70 percent of the land untouched means Peninsula Papagayo is uniquely preserved, making it the first environmentally friendly resort destination. This magical haven is a master resort community offering a level of luxury not typically found in Costa Rica and provides vacationers with an unrivaled holiday experience. 

Welcome to Peninsula Papagayo

Since Peninsula Papagayo is an exclusive resort community, the beaches on the Gulf of Papagayo are protected - ideal for families and intimate couples’ vacations. The gated peninsula opens up to secluded beaches suitable for well-to-do tourists to enjoy the refined and exclusive seaside atmosphere.

Staying at any villa within Peninsula Papagayo gives you access to a range of world-class features and amenities. The Prieta Beach Club & Spa offers three beach-inspired restaurants, a two-story gym, spa, spacious event venue, and a broad selection of beach toys for your children to enjoy. Parents adore the Children’s Club, which keeps kids entertained while adults replenish at the spa or take on challenging activities like nature walks and mountain biking with the Papagayo Explorers Club. 

Visitors can work on their stroke at the Arnold Palmer Signature 18-hole, par 72 championship Golf Course. Anglers can spend their vacation time aboard a chartered yacht or fishing vessel, sailing across the high-tech Papagayo Marina, while other guests can enjoy the area’s tennis facilities. Between the endless lavish offerings, 11 restaurants, fishing charters, sushi parties, and breakfast chefs, travelers will experience a one-of-a-kind vacation at Peninsula Papagayo. 

Given the array of amenities, its crystal blue beaches, and activities galore, there’s a lot of demand for Peninsula Papagayo — you’ll want to book your stay promptly. Let’s dive into the Wilder collection of villas and other vacation rentals suitable for a memorable luxury getaway. 

Villa Wild Indigo

For an unmatched vacation brimming with top-tier amenities and sweeping views, book your stay at the unique Villa Wild Indigo. Designed with Southern Spanish and Moroccan architectural elements, this beautiful villa integrates Pacific Ocean breezes and vistas into its layout. This five-bedroom, five-and-a-half bath manor is an ideal vacation rental for couples, but can also accommodate ten party-ready adults or families. The main house’s four bedrooms include a master suite and one bedroom perfect for children, as it contains two twin beds and a pull-out queen sofa bed. The nearby casita features a king bed with a private living area, kitchenette, and terrace — ideal for in-laws or parents who enjoy privacy. 

This exceptional vacation villa boasts several ocean-view terraces, a chef-grade kitchen, a putting green, and stairs leading directly to the beach. Spend afternoons lounging in the palm-filled courtyard, or by the two pools sipping on drinks from the wet bar. The property’s interior features various luxury amenities, ranging from a Sonos sound system and Wi-Fi to a fully-equipped kitchen with a vibrant red stove. Make your lavish retreat even more luxurious by requesting in-house spa services, a private chef, fishing/boating trips and excursion arrangements, rental car arrangements, and airport transfers. In addition to stunning surroundings and plenty of amenities, guests have access to the Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course, Four Seasons Tennis Facility, Prieta Beach Club & Spa, Papagayo Marina, dining opportunities, and more. Reserve the Villa Wild Indigo today to experience the natural wonders of Peninsula Papagayo tomorrow. 

La Escapa


For an unrivaled family vacation, reserve La Escapa villa today. Six bedrooms, five baths, and a kids’ bunk room easily sleep twelve to fourteen. Feeding the whole family is a breeze between the cook’s kitchen and the outdoor wet bar and grill! While the kids catch up on their Netflix shows, adults can enjoy Costa Rica’s “pura vida” with relaxed martinis by the infinity-edge swimming pool.  This brand-new, breathtaking space is surrounded by thriving tropical flora and tranquil water features. The interior offers unique, exotic furnishings and decor that promote a peaceful, Zen-like state. Towering ceilings and sliding floor-to-ceiling windows bring the outdoors in, reminding guests gently of the sublime tropical environment surrounding this modern escape.

Take a full vacation and hire a private chef to prepare delicious dishes for the family - after dinner, they’ll wash the dishes as you curl up with the kids in the movie den. Take in ocean views from every room’s terrace, or take a short trip out to the nearby facilities. Drop the kids off at the Children’s Club for some well-deserved adult time and play tennis, book a golf lesson, or enjoy spa treatments. For the ultimate family trip or couples’ getaway, look no further than La Escapa.

Villa Aram


For a modern villa complete with all the bells and whistles, book the Villa Aram. This party house includes five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and one half-bath, easily accommodating a group of ten. Between the 34-foot long infinity pool, multiple balconies, and state-of-the-art sound system, this gorgeous contemporary mansion is ideal for a group of relaxation aficionados. Entertaining is effortless with the outdoor BBQ area, game room with pool table, Sonos sound system, Netflix, Amazon Video, and Wi-Fi. Wake up in style with a continental breakfast, daily housekeeping, and concierge services, who will ensure there’s never a dull moment. 

Hire a private chef to create meals to everyone’s preference before arranging a rental car service to tour various sites throughout the peninsula. Luxuriate in a private sailing charter, gliding calmly on the water as you sip champagne with your closest friends, or spend the day trying to catch dinner with a fun fishing trip. Partying, relaxing, and everything in between can be done in comfort and style when staying at the Villa Aram. 

Casa Estrella 

Leave all your worries behind when you step into Casa Estrella, a slice of paradise on Peninsula Papagayo. Boasting panoramic ocean views from every room in the villa, this one-of-a-kind getaway will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Flex your culinary prowess at the outdoor barbecue, and enjoy dinner al fresco at the spacious outdoor dining area before taking a dip in the walk-in infinity pool or a restful soak in the hot tub. Each morning, open the terrace to revel in the sound of saltwater waves. 

Casa Estrella has room for ten adults, and with five bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms available, there is ample room to stretch out. Rooms are split between the primary villa and two guest suites, which makes this perfect for ensemble travel, and each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, television, and a terrace. For the kids, there is an incredible bunk room that will make staying here an adventure. Make the most of your experience by touching base with the complementary concierge who can provide local insights, and housekeeping services ensure that everything is in pristine condition when you return for your explorations. 

Serena

If you require a secluded family trip or getaway with golf-loving friends, book the Serena villa. This gated, hillside estate is bordered by plenty of lush tropical greenery, which also grants guests a private atmosphere. Villa Serena features dark wood trim, creamy-white walls, and elegant stone accents throughout, while sunbeams and ocean breezes fill its rooms and halls. The open-concept living room boasts several glass doors that open up to the terrace, welcoming the warm sun to shine upon the villa’s guests. 

In addition to a spacious floor plan, guests adore socializing and reclining upon the plush designer furnishings of the ocean-view living room. Days are best spent swimming in the ocean, visiting the Explorers Club, and enjoying a spa treatment or two. Athletic types will delight in exploring the various trails and parks throughout the Peninsula. The Serena also provides access to the Arnold Palmer Golf Course, fitness center, and other lavish amenities enjoyed by Wilder Collection guests. You’ll have all the time in the world on a wondrous beachfront estate when you book your stay at the Serena. 

 

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