3. Hotel Punta Islita, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
One of the original and most lauded of Costa Rican eco-resorts, the intimate Hotel Punta Islita is tucked into a hillside leading down to a lovely crescent beach along the vibrant Nicoya Peninsula.
It offers 23 bungalows and thatched-roof villas, furnished by local craftspeople and punctuated by private plunge pools with inviting hammocks scattered in tiers, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by lush tropical foliage.
The resort’s quiet luxury and secluded natural beauty make it an ideal choice for a romantic getaway, honeymoon or eco-wedding, while the rugged landscape holds endless appeals for adventure travelers.