What makes this trip special?
Central valley spa hotel
Boutique cloud forest hotel
Costa Rica's most active volcano
Stunning rainforest backed beaches
Manuel Antonio National Park
Elegance in the city
San Jose (Grano de Oro)
- Day Overnight
Bajos del Toro
Bajos del Toro
- For the detail of each day click the ‘Day-by-day’ tab above.
Day-by-day itinerary for 'Creature Comforts'
Guide prices for 'Creature Comforts'
|Upper/top range hotels, selfdrive (Tucson)
||2 people sharing
|Upper/top range hotels, private transfers
||2 people sharing
Prices are per person and include:
- all travel in Costa Rica
- all accommodation
- meals as indicated (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
- shared services of resident English-speaking naturalist guide in Tortuguero
Prices do not include:
- international flights
- travel insurance
- airport and departure taxes
- items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, etc
- any optional excursions you may buy locally
Customer reviews for
Recent reviews are shown here from holidays based on this initial design. In each case the itinerary may have been modified
(a little or a lot) to suit the individual traveller.
Tortuguero, Lapa Rios + Arenal Area - could easily have spent another day at Lapa Rios or Arenal (but trip was well balanced)
Osa Peninsula, Birding, the people
Would not have changed anything, the balance was about right. The Osa Peninsula was a definite highlight - the wildlife was amazing.
Amazing wildlife, turtles, volcanoes, lovely hotels
Turtles at tortuguero, eduardo at monteverde, freddy at carara and xandari pacific
Mixture of activities with lovely hotels
It's very difficult to say what was the best part as all was very enjoyable. Allowed us to see a great range of landscapes.
Loved the boat trips
Rafting, Osa Peninsula, Santa Teresa
Pacuare by far.
Save for Arenal forest trek which was way up there.
Whale watching and Tortuguero.
It is difficult to state what were the best parts of the trip, loved it all! Will go back!
Carara Park and Osa Peninsula
Wildlife. Walking scenery. High point was being mugged for a packet of biscuits by a Coati.
We genuinely really enjoyed every part and would not change a thing.
Scenery, people, weather, wildlife.
Seasonal information for 'Creature Comforts'
Hotels for 'Creature Comforts'
Days 1 - 2
Xandari Resort & Spa
This resort is the creation of architect and artist Sherril and Charlene Broudy, who envisioned a paradise reflecting the natural beauty of Costa Rica. There are 21 spacious villas decorated with original art and custom-designed furniture, hidden away on a 40 acre coffee and fruit plantation which overlooks Costa Rica's Central Valley. All villas have a private view terrace with a garden, a walled-in sun area, a bar kitchen, and either a king bed or two full beds. In the resort there are two lap swimming pools, a heated outdoor Jacuzzi and a dining room with a panoramic view of the Central Valley. With 4 kms of scenic trails located within the grounds of the hotel, this is a great place to start or end your trip and perhaps take a treatment in the lovely spa. The outdoor restaurant sources its food from the fruits, vegetables and herbs of the plantation’s gardens.
Days 3 - 4
El Silencio Lodge & Spa
Bajos del Toro
This is Costa Rica's only up-market hotel in a cloudforest setting. 90 minutes drive from San Jose airport. It comprises 16 very spacious, stylish cabins each with large picture windows, L-shaped sofa area, gas fire and whirlpool tub on deck. Plus four two-bedroom villas. The emphasis here is on 'well being' and the chef prides himself on locally sourced and seasonally grown food from which he creates exciting new recipes. There is an on-site trout farm and organic garden and stables for horse-riding excursions. With five hundred acres of private reserve there are a number of trails to follow up into the cloud forest, passing by beautiful waterfalls. There is a spa using the resort's own natural products and a yoga studio.
Minimimum age: 8 years old (allowed in villas only with all meals to be taken in the lodge's more casual restaurant) No infants or children under 8 years old are permitted.
Days 5 - 6
A more isolated, up-market property, 20km west from La Fortuna town, Lost Iguana is set in 100 acres of jungle. All rooms have large private balconies overlooking the Arenal Volcano and Arenal River Gorge. They are all spacious and well-appointed with first-class furnishings, artwork and full amenities (air-conditioning, ceiling fans, telephone, cable TV, Coffee Service, Mini Bar Refrigerator and Safety Deposit Box)
Luxury Suites, Casitas and Villas also each have private jacuzzi baths on deck with views of the Jungle and Volcano.
view of Arenal volcano from balcony
Days 7 - 9
Arenas del Mar
This resort is one of the few properties in Manuel Antonio with easy access both to Playitis Beach and Playa Espadillas. It is built in resort style and in places is very steep, hence you have to get around on golf buggys. There are 7 buildings with 38 rooms. Apartments have a bedroom, living room, 2 bathrooms and balcony with a Jacuzzi. Superior rooms have a bedroom and bathroom and a large balcony. The majority of the rooms have ocean views with some located at beach level and others high up with superb views of the national park. There are 2 swimming pools, a fine dining restaurant and a beach bar. Arenas del Mar is the first 100% sustainable development project in Costa Rica, utilising all the concepts and requirements of the CST manual (Certification for Sustainable Tourism).
Days 10 - 12
Lapa Rios Lodge
Set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Costa Rica's last remaining lowland tropical rainforest, Lapa Rios overlooks the point where the Golfo Dulce meets the wild Pacific Ocean. It is the vision of John and Karen Lewis; a private nature reserve and eco-lodge which has won many awards for its sustainable practice.
The main building and 16 bungalows line three ridges connected by walking paths and steps. Built with local materials, over 350 feet above the sea, Lapa Rios catches the cooling tropical breezes. This lodge is legendary in Costa Rica. A great upmarket eco-lodge option, ideal for honeymoons.
Note: the impressive, spacious, wooden guest cabins descend steeply down the stepped hillside from the ridge-top restaurant and pool area set at 350ft above sea level.
Grano de Oro
Our favourite amongst the more upmarket downtown hotels in San Jose, Grano de Oro is an elegant place to stay. It is located in the west of the city near the Parque Metropolitano La Sabana and the Museum of Costa Rican Art. Formerly a private Victorian mansion it has been extended over the years and now has 32 tastefully decorated rooms in three price categories. The hotel's impressive new dining room has been crafted in fin du siecle style and it is considered one of the top spots to dine in the city. There is a small internal patio filled with tropical plants and a roof-top jacuzzi with a couple of sun loungers should you tire of sightseeing. Room facilities include the usual mini-bar, cable TV, room service, direct telephone, and safe deposit box. A laundry service is available.