6 Best Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resorts in Costa Rica

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By Amir Deen

Amir Deen

Amir Deen, a San Diego native, is a versatile copywriter whose writing spans educational topics to enticing travel destinations. As a co-founder of Breather Content, he’s committed to creating engaging digital content. When he’s not writing, he enjoys spending time in nature, traveling to new places, and hanging out with friends and family.

Well, we’ve got a treat for you. Nestled along the pristine shores of the Pacific and the Caribbean, Costa Rica beckons to adventure seekers, nature enthusiasts, and those in pursuit of ultimate relaxation.

Beyond its lush rainforests and breathtaking beaches, this tropical paradise also boasts a wonderful collection of adults-only all-inclusive resorts that promise an unforgettable escape from the ordinary.

For couples seeking a romantic getaway as well as friends looking for carefree moments, Costa Rica’s exclusive adults-only resorts cater to your every desire and offer exciting experiences to pull you out of your day-to-day routine.

In this curated guide, we’ll explore the luxurious amenities, the breathtaking natural landscapes, and the exceptional hospitality that await you.

So pack your swimsuit, bring your sense of wonder, and let’s dive into the best adults-only all-inclusive resorts that Costa Rica has to offer.

NamePhone NumberNumber of ReviewsAverage Rating
Rancho Pacifico Resort+1 800-460-23831394.9 / 5
Nayara Springs Resort+1 888-332-29614024.9 / 5
Azura Beach Resort+506 2503 19004584.1 / 5
Occidental Grand Papagayo+506 2690 800032864.3 / 5
Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica+506 2672 000034424.6 / 5
Villa Buena Onda+1 800-414-0159844.8 / 5

Costa Rica’s Best All-Inclusive Resorts

We’ll take a detailed look at the best 6 adults-only all-inclusive resorts in Costa Rica. But first, here’s the list so you can check them out for yourself:

  1. Rancho Pacifico
  2. Nayara Springs
  3. Azura Beach Resort
  4. Occidental Grand Papagayo
  5. Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica
  6. Villa Buena Onda
1

Rancho Pacifico Resort

Ballena, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica

Rancho Pacifico is first on our list for a reason – it is so much more than just a place to stay.

It’s a breathtaking five-star resort in the heart of the Costa Rican jungle where you can escape from all your worries and live in the lap of luxury.

Why We Love It:

Ever wanted to sleep in a treehouse and wake up among the vines, listening to the sound of birds and monkeys? Now you can – but with an incredibly luxurious twist.

The Rainforest Treehouses are nestled among the treetops, offering a sense of splendor and seclusion. You can enjoy the outdoor soaking tubs while being treated to sweeping ocean views that will leave you breathless.

You can also stay in the Luxury Villas, which provide the epitome of comfort and convenience. Equipped with kitchenettes, they offer a private oasis with your very own plunge pool or hot tub. As you relax, you’ll be surrounded by mesmerizing ocean views.

If you’re seeking a blend of contemporary style and ocean luxury, the Modern Suites are an ideal choice. Positioned within easy reach of the RP clubhouse and pool, these suites provide both comfort and convenience. The captivating ocean views from these suites add a touch of serenity to your stay.

Inside Scoop:

From high up in the trees you can dine with views over the famous Whale’s Tail Beach and the Pacific Ocean.

The complimentary breakfast offers a full à la carte menu, with delicious coffee. Some guests noted it was the best coffee they tasted in Costa Rica.

If you want a more relaxed vibe for lunch, why not grab something a bite and sit by the pool? The resort offers a selection of healthy and vegetarian meals like wraps, salads, ceviche, and sandwiches.

Dinner is quite an experience at Rancho Pacifico. The chef designs a unique four-course menu each night, using fresh ingredients sourced throughout the day.

Rancho Pacifico is happy to cater to all your dietary needs, whether you are low-carb, gluten-free, vegan, or vegetarian. Just tell them when you make your booking, and they will prepare fresh food just for you.

The Green Side:

Rancho Pacifico is a rainforest hotel aimed at pampering adults and creating an atmosphere of romance, adventure, wellness, and, of course, sustainability.

A truly unique feature of Rancho Pacifico is that they have partnered with Climate Vault to completely offset the carbon footprint of their guests’ flights. They’re also part of 1% for the Planet, meaning 1% of all their profits go to environmental NPOs.

That means you can stay completely guilt-free in luxury villas, modern suites, or rainforest treehouses.

Travel Time:

Rancho Pacifico is located at 1 Rancho Pacifico Road, Provincia de Puntarenas, Uvita, 00000, Costa Rica. The closest airport is just over three hours away in San Jose. The resort is happy to help arrange a rental car for you, or they can send a private driver to pick you up.

For a real treat, why not take a short, scenic helicopter ride?

Ratings:

Rancho Pacifico ranked #1 on Tripadvisor for the best hotels in Utiva. Impressed yet? It gets better. It was also ranked the Best Small Hotel in Costa Rica and the Best Romantic Hotel in Costa Rica in 2022 (not to mention it placed #2 for both those categories in the entire world).

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Highest ratings for eco-friendliness and amenities.

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Nayara Springs Resort

La Fortuna, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica

Tucked beneath Arenal Volcano National Park, Nayara Springs Resort is a haven of tranquility. Here, you’ll escape the lively rhythms of Costa Rica’s beaches and discover a realm of absolute serenity.

Why We Love It:

Prepare for a journey deep into the heart of the rainforest where you’re surrounded by lush greenery on all sides.

Your home away from home? A private villa that’s nothing short of magical. Imagine a plunge pool all to yourself, its waters sourced from natural springs that are as invigorating as they are enchanting. The perfect blend of modern luxuries and the wild beauty just beyond your doorstep promises a romance-laden experience.

Mornings start with an invigorating yoga session that’ll have you ready to take on the day after a hearty breakfast.

Feeling adventurous? Traverse the hanging bridges that drape the forest, offering you a whole new perspective.

And then there’s the spa, where pampering takes on a whole new meaning, as you experience relaxation in the open-air environment.

Inside Scoop:

Let’s talk about food and drinks!

For all you coffee addicts, the Mi Cafecito Espresso Bar has your caffeine fix covered, one cup of java at a time.

Are you an Italian food lover? Brace yourself Mis Amores – where ordinary ingredients become extraordinary pizza and pasta creations. Guests rave about the live-cheese pasta dish.

If you’re in the mood for a cocktail, dive into the Cielito Lindo Swim-Up Bar or if you’re a wine enthusiast, the Nostalgia Wine Bar is calling your name.

At Amor Loco, the Executive Chef will blow your mind with a seven-course feast of local flavors.

Looking for a private dinner setup that’s practically dripping with romance? At Besame Mucho, your own personal chef is at your service, ready to whip up whatever your taste buds desire.

The Green Side:

Now, let’s talk sloths – the resort’s sanctuary for these adorable creatures is an absolute standout.

It’s a testament to Nayara Springs Resort’s unwavering dedication to both conservation and community, embodying a unique commitment that sets them apart.

Nayara’s grounds are like a wildlife and botanical wonderland just waiting to be explored! From sloths and monkeys to birds and red-eyed tree frogs, you have nature right at your fingertips.

Travel Time:

Located at Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna, Alajuela, 21007, it’s about a 3-hour drive from Liberia Airport. You can book a private pick-up through the resort.

You could also book a four-seater private plane from either San Jose or Liberia airports where you will land at La Fortuna’s El Tanque Airfield, just 15 minutes from the resort.

Ratings:

Nayara Springs Resort was awarded the Best Resort in Central and South America by Condé Nast Traveler in 2015, and it has only improved since!

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Highest ratings for cleanliness, staff & service, and eco-friendliness.

3

Azura Beach Resort

Sámara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Get ready to flip your expectations of all-inclusive adults-only retreats upside down when you set foot in this incredible resort, perched right by the Pacific Ocean. Azura Beach Resort is a stunning tableau of nature meeting modernity.

Get cozy in the midst of lush jungle vibes, and don’t be surprised if you catch yourself sneaking peeks at the vibrant wildlife – from your luxurious suite or one of the captivating pools.

Why We Love It:

If you’re a foodie, Azura Beach Resort has got you covered.

Mornings at Chora’s are refreshingly uncomplicated. With a buffet-style setup, you can swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, depending on when the mood strikes.

The Chill & Grill is your go-to spot for fresh seafood, delectable snacks, and cocktails that are refreshingly creative.

If you’re more in the mood for Italian food, Bocatto effortlessly blends local ingredients with the enchanting allure of Italian flavors.

Oh, and let’s not forget the 24/7 room service! For those moments when lounging wins over venturing out, you can simply summon a platter of delectable snacks to be delivered right to your suite. Because treating yourself knows no time constraints.

Inside Scoop:

The resort boasts a variety of modern, luxury suites.

Perhaps you’re in the mood for the Ocean View with Tub Junior Suite because who doesn’t love a good bath while looking at the ocean? One of the more popular options is the Swim-Up Suite because guests love the easy access to the river pool.

Included in your stay are all meals at any of the 5 on-site restaurants, access to top-shelf spirits, and 2 outdoor pools. You can also book a suite with a private plunge pool if you want to take a dip on your own!

If you’re contemplating tying the knot or embarking on a honeymoon adventure, be sure to peek at their packages. Not only do they let you save a little, but they also sprinkle in delightful extras that add a touch of magic to your stay.

The Green Side:

Azura Beach Resort recognizes that as a luxury resort, they do not fit into the traditional “eco” model. However, they have redefined their own version of “eco,” one that places a strong emphasis on community engagement and the preservation of pristine surroundings.

From hiring local workers to build the resorts to using sustainable building materials, Azura Beach Resort does its best to give back to the community and play a role in conservation.

Travel Time:

Located at Del Centro de playa Samara 3 kilometros sobre carretera hacia playa Carrillo, Provincia de Guanacaste, Sámara, Costa Rica it’s about a two hour drive from Liberia Airport.

The resort does not offer airport shuttles, so you will need to pre-arrange transportation. There is a public bus that goes from San Jose to Samara Beach, called Empresa Alfaro. If you’re up for an adventure, you can rent a car and tackle the winding Costa Rican roads yourself.

Ratings:

Azura Beach Resort is a fan favorite for the Samara Beach area, with highlights including clean and spacious rooms, a peaceful environment, and a great staff.

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Highest ratings for cleanliness as well as property conditions & facilities.

4

Occidental Grand Papagayo

Sardinal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Next on our list is Occidental Grand Papagayo – one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Costa Rica! With a five-star status, a whole world of luxury awaits you here in Playa Hermosa.

Why We Love It:

Occidental Grand Papagayo is a great option if you’re looking for relaxing days by the pool and serene evenings. Looking for a nice meal? There are some delightful dining experiences awaiting you.

At The Italian, you’ll want to trade in your beach attire for a touch of elegance. With menus that evolve with the seasons and incorporate local ingredients, this eatery adds an Italian flair to every dish.

D’Oriental is more than just a restaurant. It’s an immersive experience that leaves a lasting impression. The teppanyaki table and the fresh Japanese-style seafood might just leave you craving more. Don’t worry if you’re a vegetarian or vegan – they’ve got a variety of options to cater to your dietary needs.

Inside Scoop:

Situated along the west coast of Costa Rica, in the enchanting Gulf of Papagayo, Occidental Grand Papagayo offers the best of both realms: a seamless blend of lush jungle vistas and captivating ocean panoramas.

Crafted with couples in mind, this resort exudes an ambiance of romance. If you’re in the mood for sheer opulence, the Premium Level Luxury room has the best amenities as well as a private terrace or balcony.

Yet, other suites – such as the Deluxe Romance Bay View Room – also offer every essential for an unforgettable romantic escape. Guests have sung praises about the king-sized bed, describing it as “cloud-like.”

The Green Side:

Occidental Grand Papagayo has yet to share updates about its sustainability efforts. However, check out their website for more information.

Travel Time:

Located at Playa Hermosa, Golfo De Papagayo, Sardinal, Guanacaste, 485000, it’s a 25-minute drive from Liberia Airport. There are shuttles available directly from the airport to Playa Hermosa, from where you will need to get a taxi to reach the resort.

Ratings:

Here’s what guests have to say about Occidental Grand Papagayo:

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Highest ratings for cleanliness.

5

Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica

Guanacaste Province, Sardinal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica redefines the all-inclusive resort experience. During your stay, you can experience unlimited luxury. That’s right – everything is included in your stay!

You will absolutely love waking up in any of the 202 rooms at this beachfront resort. The rooms are decorated with Costa Rican works of art, natural materials, and muted colors that ooze peace and serenity.

Why We Love It:

If you’ve been waiting for a resort with nightlife, this is the place for you!

Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica has some of the best late-night activities of all resorts on our list.

Get ready for nighttime shows, live music, weekly cocktail parties, wine and rum tastings, and theme nights with dance lessons and karaoke.
If this all sounds a bit too intense for your romantic getaway, don’t worry – you can also indulge in relaxed dining or drinking at the many restaurants and bars at the resort. There are 7 restaurants and 5 bars, so your options are almost endless.

Manatees Pool and Beach Bar as well as the Barracuda swim-up bar are fan favorites among guests.

Inside Scoop:

Let’s talk about the rooms!

The Standard Panoramic View room is perfect if you are budget-conscious as you get a private balcony, plenty of space, and a daily restocked mini-bar.

If you want to splurge a bit, we recommend the Junior Suite Plunge Pool room. With your own private plunge pool, unspoiled views of the ocean, and a massive bed, you will probably never want to leave your suite!

If and when you do leave your lovely suite, you will be greeted with some very luxurious amenities. The Spa By Pevonia offers unique treatments – like Wine Therapy Massage, Aromatic Sea Salts, or an Elesto-Firm Facial to keep you looking your best.

There is also a 24-hour fitness area, free non-motorized water sports, mountain biking, beach access, and three cascading pools.

The Green Side:

Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica has been examining pressing issues such as climate change, deforestation, human rights, waste management, public health, resource scarcity, biodiversity, and animal welfare.

They actively focus on minimizing waste production within the resort, targeting areas like food waste and disposable items. They also invest in recycling and composting efforts and collaborate with suppliers to source products and services responsibly.

Travel Time:

Located at 3 Km North West from Panama Beach Main Entrance, Playa Arenilla, Papagayo Gulf Guanacaste Carrillo, Guanacaste Province, 50503, Costa Rica, it’s a 20-minute drive away from Liberia International Airport.

Ratings:

Rated the best all-inclusive resort in the Gulf of Papagayo by Tripadvisor, it rarely gets much better than this when it comes to Costa Rica’s adults-only, all-inclusive resorts!

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Highest ratings for cleanliness as well as staff & service.

6

Villa Buena Onda

Sardinal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Want to change it up from the typical resort-style vacation?

Villa Buena Onda is near Playas del Coco and is completely different from the other resorts on this list.

It’s actually a home rental, but with all the amenities you would expect from a luxury resort or boutique hotel.

Why We Love It:

Prepare to have your jaw drop as you ascend to the summit where Villa Buena Onda sits. Enveloped in a lush rainforest embrace, this extraordinary building offers mind-blowing views of Playas del Coco.

This place has the coziness of home along with the swanky perks of a high-end resort. You’ve got an entire hospitality crew, a personal concierge at your beck and call, a spa that’ll leave you feeling like a million bucks, and your very own gourmet chef!

Now, let’s talk bedrooms. The primary bedroom has a jetted Jacuzzi, a balcony with views to die for, and a walk-in rain shower.

Every other bedroom treats you like royalty too, with king-sized beds, swanky en suite bathrooms, smart TVs for those Netflix binges, and a choice between a balcony or a VIP pass to the pool.

Inside Scoop:

Here’s the deal – you can snag the entire villa for some epic family fun, kids and all, or slip into the adults-only zone for that extra layer of tranquility.

Imagine having your own personal gourmet chef at your beck and call. They’ll be whipping up delightful meals using locally sourced ingredients, infusing every dish with a touch of Costa Rican goodness.

Picture sunny lunches that are as light as a tropical breeze and as healthy as a yoga retreat. For dinner, prepare your taste buds for a feast of grilled fish, succulent meats, and vibrant local veggies.

You might be wondering about the nightlife scene. While this place is all about tranquility and relaxation, the nearby Club at Coco Bay is ready to whisk you away to a livelier scene.

The Green Side:

Villa Buena Onda’s commitment to sustainability is nothing short of impressive. They’re working toward the goal of being completely carbon-neutral. They use LED lightbulbs, glass bottles – rather than single-use plastic bottles, custom-made toiletries, and bamboo drinking straws.

Travel Time:

Located at Del Ancla 200 oeste y 700 sur, Playas del Coco, Provincia de Guanacaste, Sardinal de Carrillo, 50503, Costa Rica, it’s a 35-minute drive from Liberia Airport and the resort can pick you up if you arrange it ahead of time.

Ratings:

While Villa Buena Onda may be completely different than other all-inclusive resorts, we couldn’t resist adding it to the list for its incredible amenities and amazing ratings. Here’s what guests say:

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Highest ratings for cleanliness as well as staff & service.

Thanks for Checking Out Our Guide to the 6 Best Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resorts in Costa Rica!

We hope this guide has fueled your excitement for the ultimate adults-only all-inclusive getaway in the captivating landscapes of Costa Rica.

Whether you’re a nature lover, a luxury seeker, a foodie adventurer, or someone simply longing for relaxation, these 6 handpicked resorts have something enchanting to offer each traveler.

From private plunge pools to sustainable initiatives, and wildlife encounters to fine dining experiences, each resort on this list paints a unique canvas of unforgettable memories.

As you embark on your journey to the paradise that is Costa Rica, feel free to share this guide with your fellow traveler friends.

Whether you’re basking in the sun, savoring delectable cuisine, or immersing yourself in the vibrant culture, may your experience be one of unparalleled bliss and discovery!

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