Villa 20 is not accessible by vehicle; guests must climb up more than 100 steps to reach it
The resort is in a remote, little-explored corner of Costa Rica, meaning your stay is BYONL (bring your own nightlife)
Beaches are a short bike ride from the villas
Parking on site
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Secluded resort on Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast, with fully equipped villas, plunge pools and beach access
At this sleek, cliffside collection of villas, the floor-to-ceiling windows let nature do the talking. It’s a shrewd choice in northern Guanacaste; travelers can watch spider monkeys swing through the prickly dry forest right from their living room window. Recreo’s rounded, minimalist villas also feature local hardwood paneling and furnishings, stainless steel appliances and unexpected treats such as safari hats, board games and Bushnell telescopes.
Bed and Bath
Bedrooms are spacious and comfortable, with plush down comforters and powerful air conditioning — a must in the tropics. Ceilings are sky high and lined in teak; floors are cut from marble or travertine. Although each villa is different, every guest can count on a large, powerful shower stocked with soothing Raw Botanicals products.
Recreo means playground in Spanish, and there could not be a more appropriate name for this hotel. There is a tennis court, a basketball court, a gym, plus crowd-free beaches that are perfect for kayaking, snorkeling and swimming. Also free: access to the mountaintop lookout, from which you can watch the sunset paint the sky fuchsia over Playa Rajada.
In the Area
The nearby town of Jobo is home to some traditional eateries, but you’ll probably leave Recreo only to explore the region’s natural wonders. Some are closer than others; some are worth the extra effort. Bizarre and lush Santa Rosa National Park is both. Rincon de la Vieja — an active volcano surrounded by boiling mud and fumaroles — also tops the list. Travelers with extras days may venture north to Nicaragua’s colonial city Granada or Ometepe, an island made of two volcanoes. For those who want to partake in Costa Rica’s stereotypical tourist activity, yes, there’s a zipline within driving distance.