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Villa Caletas, Playa Herradura, Central Pacific

$199 or less
Editor's Pick
Costa Rica, Central + South America: Get an oxygen facial or couple's massage at Villa Caletas' Serenity Spa in Playa Herradura.
La Costanera Sur
Playa Herradura , Puntarenas
Costa Rica
Tel: 506 2637 0505's insider take:

At this cluster of gingerbread-trimmed villas perched on a hillside north of Jacó, you'll be hard-pressed to find somewhere that doesn't have a breathtaking view of the Pacific. French owner Denis Roy, a former interior designer for Saudi nobility, was liberal in his use of urns, fountains, and columns on the property; antiques paired with terra-cotta tile floors, rich fabrics, and wrought-iron furniture create a distinctly French colonial feel in the 54 guest rooms. The formal Mirador restaurant serves French–Costa Rican cuisine and is a popular hangout for well-heeled weekenders from San José. Its sister establishment, the open-air Anfiteatro restaurant, overlooks a small Greek-style amphitheater that hosts New Age, jazz, and classical concerts. A mile below is your very own private beach (alas, mostly rocks and pebbles) and club with sun beds and a snack bar; beach shuttles leave the hotel on the hour. An infinity pool and Serenity Spa round out the facilities. Even if you're not staying here, consider stopping for lunch on your way to or from Manuel Antonio National Park.—Updated by Christopher P. Baker

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