WHERE: Overlooking the lush forests and pristine shores of Culebra Bay on Costa Rica’s Peninsula Papagayo—a seven-mile sweep of sand that slips dreamily into the Pacific Ocean—the Andaz is the crown jewel of the country’s lux eco stays. You’ve got cloud forests, sapphire seas and of course, gorgeous beaches on your doorstep, so it’s the perfect base to explore the tropical paradise that is Costa Rica’s Guanacaste.
WHAT: Even in the country that basically invented eco-chic, the Andaz stands out. The cocoon-shaped interiors give a designer nod to the tropical locale and are the stuff your Instagram dreams are made of. All of the rooms boast breathtaking water and lush forest views which you can enjoy from your open air rain shower or bamboo-framed terrace – the perfect way to unwind after a hard day of yoga or lounging in the pool (where you’re likely to spot a monkey or two).
WHY: Meditation on the beach, an nature-infused Onda Spa with myriad to-die-for treatments, yoga and stand up paddle boarding on demand—this is the ultimate eco-retreat. But to top things off, you can completely immerse yourself in the local culture too. By day explore rain-forests, discover a favorite beach, perfect your surf technique or lounge in style at the exclusive Prieta Beach Club (complimentary for Andaz guests). At night, you have your choice of dining on freshly caught seafood and native fare in the restaurants, unwinding to live Latin bands with a Costa Rican craft beer in Chao Pescao, or having a go at crafting your own local cocktail with a mixology class. Eco-chic has never felt so luxe.