The Merriam-Webster dictionary may define luxury (ˈlək-sh(ə-)rē) as “a condition of abundance or great ease and comfort : sumptuous environment,” but we know that there is no one, universal consensus on what is luxurious. Likewise, there are many preferences on and understandings of luxury homes in Costa Rica.
As this is our wheelhouse, we thought we’d provide a bit of insight: What can be considered luxury in Costa Rica? Even more, what expectations can you have of and from luxury vacation homes around the country? It all depends on your style – your preferences, your must-haves, and your personal understanding of luxury.
Luxury Home Style: Beachfront
In Costa Rica, if there were just one amenity that could truly be considered a top-tier luxury, it’s a beachfront location. We’re talking walk out your door, toes in the sand, steps to the water’s edge kind of luxury.
This is due to the country’s maritime zone laws, which govern beachfront land and titles. In a nutshell, it’s challenging to find titled beachfront property and, therefore, it’s challenging to find beachfront homes. From that already tiny subset of properties, it’s even more difficult to find a beachfront vacation home that is available during your visit and fulfills your every vacation wish and need.
Because inventory for beachfront homes is so low, know that it can be very difficult to find luxury homes in Costa Rica that are also located right on the sand. That doesn’t mean your search is impossible, though! If you’re not looking for large estates or upper-echelon homes, then consider looking for a beachfront condo or townhome; both have greater availability and, while they’re often set back a bit from the beachfront, they’re still a straight shot to the water.
Luxury Home Style: Oceanview with an Infinity Pool
When it comes to luxury homes in Costa Rica, the real crème de la crème are often found in the breezy hills above the Pacific. For here, where panoramic views can stretch 300 degrees and the view encompasses ocean and mountains and forest and river, you’ll find some of the most beautiful scenery in the country – all, just minutes to the beach.
And here, in these lush hills, you’ll also find many of the country’s luxury home developments, which in turn are home to some of the top luxury rentals in Costa Rica. These homes typically range from three to eight+ bedrooms, with high-end finishes, floor-to-ceiling picture windows, indoor-outdoor living, and top-of-the-line luxury swimming pools.
Luxury Home Style: Modern Design + Luxury Finishes
Another of our favorite luxury home styles extends to private homes that ascend almost to the level of a private compound or private estate. These special properties feel like self-contained resorts, with private pools, sun terraces, outdoor living rooms (often with outdoor kitchens), multiple balconies, and many other select amenities.
Additionally, these types of luxury homes in Costa Rica feature a whole host of luxury finishes and bespoke detailing. These can range from granite countertops, abundant natural light, and hardwood finishes throughout the home to hard-to-find extras, including wine storage, full-time housekeeping and food prep, hammock gardens, pizza ovens, waterslides, and more.
Often, these homes also feature spacious bedroom-bathroom suites: private bedrooms, each with their own ensuite bathroom and, often, private balconies or sitting areas. You may also find homes with separate casitas or apartments, which are perfect for added privacy, especially when traveling as a group of friends or a multi-generational family. In these homes, you’ll find ample room for both moments spent together and time to yourself.
Luxury Home Style: Secluded
Depending on your travel style, you might prefer seclusion and privacy to the convenience of a downtown location. And if that’s the case, then you’ll be happy to know that these luxury homes in Costa Rica can also offer abundant privacy. Welcome to a vacation at the edge (your edge) of the world, wrapped in the luxury of your own private paradise.
These homes are those special places where you can step outdoors, lift your face to the sun, and know that this little slice of paradise is yours and yours alone. You won’t hear from or spot other vacationers. No one can glimpse your stroll to the pool or through the gardens. For here, thanks to topography and landscaping and the luxury of space, you are the only soul in sight. And that is a luxury unto itself.
Luxury Home Style: All of the Above?
Lest you feel like you must choose just one, let us be clear: these luxury styles are not separate entities. There is overlap, and that overlap is the sweet spot for many vacationers.
Yes, there are luxury beachfront homes that act as secluded, private estates with all the bells and whistles. There are private, oceanview three-bedroom rentals that offer everything a small family could want. There are lifestyle homes that offer hammock gardens and waterslides and housekeeping. There’s something out there for you, you just have to find it!
Tamarindo | 8 Beds | 8 Baths | 16 Guests
While the compass always points north, your heart’s desire will lead you to Compass House. Steeped in luxury, this oceanview paradise sits overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Tamarindo – views drenched in every shade of green and blue.
Here, you’ll find a home built for discerning tastes. From its modern color palette and soaring interiors to its crisp lines, cool steel, and naturally sourced materials, Compass House sets an example for tropical-modern design.
And always, a connection between sea and sky, a link to Mother Nature herself. The outdoors are the focal point here, and you’ll spend most your time enjoying this little slice of private paradise. Lounge in the heated Jacuzzi and play your favorite tunes on the Sonos speaker system. Take a dip in the infinity pool. And luxuriate in the sweeping ocean views that unfold from almost every room and every corner, thanks to the home’s oversized sliding glass doors.
Playa Langosta | 8 Beds | 8 Baths | 20 Guests
The treasure of Langosta Beach, Casa Bellamora is home to that aforementioned but not-oft-found amenity: This is one of Costa Rica’s few beachfront, luxury homes in Costa Rica. Welcome to the one detail that cannot be replicated or equaled.
Sitting above the sand, this spectacular home ascends to one of Costa Rica’s most private, yet central locations: Just a one-minute walk to your toes in the sand, yet deep in the heart of upscale, laid-back Langosta. It’s the best of both worlds, in an overlap that is truly rare. And yet, Casa Bellamora does more than rest on its exceptional laurels.
This incredible home offers a full host of upscale amenities, including a clean and modern design, an expansive, oceanview pool deck, a sparkling swimming pool, breathtaking views, and sun-drenched terraces and lounge spaces (with shaded seating, too!).
The Perfect Complement to Luxury Homes in Costa Rica: Complimentary Concierge Services
Did you know? When you reserve one of our Costa Rica luxury vacation villas, you’re booking more than just a spectacular home; your reservation also includes full travel concierge services.
So, what does that mean? Well, when you make your reservation, our skilled in-house concierge will get in touch. She is an expert in all things Costa Rica and her job is to get to know you that well, too. Share your desires and preferences, peruse our recommendations, and start building your must-do, can’t-miss lists.
Our concierge will tailor your vacation to your specific needs and interests. From the little details – airport pickup and a private chef – to all your activities and transportation, our concierge services are absolutely and always free for our guests. You dream, we take care of the details.
Please get in touch for more information about our Costa Rica luxury vacation villas and our concierge services.