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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:This 310-room oceanfront resort on the Nicoya Peninsula is on the edge of the 4,500-acre Hacienda Pinilla, a working ranch being developed into an exclusive residential community, and is surrounded by dry scrub forest, riding stables, an 18-hole golf course, and, happily, more howler monkeys than permanent residents. Its design evokes a comfortable Spanish hacienda, complete with friendly local staff. Basalt and off-white-stucco construction blends with the ranch surroundings, and sunny, hammock-lined courtyards bordered by breezy outdoor passageways divide this otherwise large hotel into intimate spaces. Guest rooms, which feature local artwork and earth-toned textiles, suffer from a somewhat indistinctand slightly crampedfeel; private balconies afford extra space, however, with most views dominated by the sinuous pool (piped-in pop music can disrupt the otherwise serene atmosphere). The resort caters perfectly to those seeking active relaxation in a contained resort complex. Serving up delicately flavored seafood, the Azul poolside grill, one of the resort's four superb restaurants, is a welcome oasis, and tiny but pristine Mansita Beach lies just beyond the tables.2009 Hot List
When to go: December through April is the drier high season.
Which room to book: Oceanfront rooms in Building J are directly on the beach. Upper floors provide added privacy.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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