A stay here is about getting back to nature, so some cabins feel more secluded than others
The hotel is up a mountain; it's best to rent a 4X4 when transferring from the airport
Rainy season lasts from May to November, dry season from December to April
Children 17 and under are not permitted
Parking on site
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Intimate glass villas in a Bali-inspired romantic escape on a jungle-covered mountainside
Zen-chic. Guests enter the clubhouse between two stone Ganesha statues, and it's Bali ever after. White wicker lounge chairs and ottomans abound, as do oversize and lotus-style Buddha figures and paintings, all brought from Indonesia. A large, dominant likeness of Dewi Sri, the Javanese goddess of fertility, dominates the sun deck, and small purple flowers are sprinkled throughout the expansive jungle estate. To top it off, the parts of the compound are connected by stone pathways lined in heliconias and birds of paradise.
Bed and Bath
Beneath the villas' dramatically vaulted rooftops, minimalism reigns supreme, emphasizing the views beyond the glass walls. Imported feather bedding and cushy Serta mattresses top the four-poster beds, over which sheer white curtains lend an ethereal touch. The equally Zen bathrooms are bisected by frosted glass, and the sinks are carved out of river stones from Indonesia. The organic bath products feature fragrances of the tropics: ylang-ylang, coconut and natural honey.
There are other upscale hotels on the mountain, but Oxygen Jungle Villas is the only one with its own private hiking trails leading through the jungle to romantic waterfalls, where monkeys and toucans are known to frequent the scene. Spa services are offered in a dedicated room which offer panoramic views of Ballena National Park. At the clubhouse, chefs prepare innovative and mouthwatering local and international dishes. The cocktails and fruit drinks are also phenomenal — don’t miss the yerba buena and pineapple smoothie.
In the Area
Down the Pacific coast from touristy Manuel Antonio, the jungle-covered mountains of Uvita offer a high-caliber, adventure-packed vacation without the crowds. The few distinguished visitors have access to some of Costa Rica’s best kayaking, surfing and hiking; Corcovado National Park is the country’s most beloved, and it can be explored for a day or, even better, overnight. Foodies will rejoice at Playa Ojochal, an unexpected enclave of fine dining where highlights include Exotica, a gourmet fusion restaurant, and Citrus, which serves New World cuisine.