There’s something special about browsing your top luxury homes in Costa Rica, whittling it down to your absolute favorites, and then dreaming about all the moments and memories waiting to be had while on vacation.
For many of us, many of those moments revolve around a spectacular pool. And in this, Costa Rica delivers. Oh, does it deliver. From curves and infinity edges to ocean views and solar-powered hot tubs, our ten featured homes promise jaw-dropping, breathtaking, and truly outstanding tropical pools, terraces, outdoor living areas, and hilltops that imbue wonder into your vacation.
We’re talking all the sparkling waters, sun-splashed patios, and outdoor accouterments to fuel not your vacation wanderings but your vacation relaxation – your mornings, afternoons, and evenings spent at your home-away-from-home, sipping a delicious something, gazing out on a beautiful view, and dipping your toes into refreshing waters. And we can’t think of a better way to spend your time in Costa Rica.
Playa Hermosa (South Guanacaste) | 4 Beds | 4.5 Baths | 8 Guests
Located in Guanacaste’s southern Playa Hermosa, between Manzanillo and Santa Teresa, Villa I Wabi promises the combination pool-outdoor living space of your dreams. Here, an expansive pool deck joins shaded outdoor living spaces, a large yoga shala, sun-drenched sun loungers, and a sparkling swimming pool. And, everywhere, lush tropical gardens and dense jungle to house exotic wildlife in your own backyard.
While you could come for the pool alone, Villa I Wabi is designed to impress indoors, too. With four bedrooms suites, designer furniture, daily housekeeping and laundry service, and top-of-the-line finishes, this is an incredible retreat to one of Costa Rica’s more remote corners of the Pacific Coast. And, did we mention? You have private beach access!
Playa Hermosa (South Guanacaste) | 4 Beds | 4.5 Baths | 8 Guests
Traveling as a group? Crave privacy? Villa II Sabi can be rented in combination with its neighbor, Villa I Wabi (above), for a group of up to 16 guests. That’s eight total ensuite bedrooms, two breathtaking pools, double outdoor living rooms, and that private beach access, you and your travel party will have access to two of the most well-equipped luxury homes in Costa Rica.
Of course, Villa II Sabi may also be rented as its own vacation home. For here, you’re steps to the beach and surrounded by lush gardens. You’re lounging indoors and out. You’re prepping meals in a gourmet kitchen. And you’re enjoying the best of Guanacaste’s southern coast: legendary surf and private yoga, beach strolls and tropical hikes.
Playa Langosta | 8 Beds | 8 Baths | 20 Guests
When it comes to luxury homes in Costa Rica, there’s one amenity that cannot be equaled, replicated, or overstated: beach access. And Casa Bellamora, the treasure of Langosta Beach, offers a setting unparalleled in the area. For here, sitting above the sand in one of the most private, yet central locations you’ll ever experience, this exclusive rental is just a one-minute walk to toes-in-sand.
And if a matchless location, eight modern bedrooms, and an incredible location convenient to Playa Langosta and Tamarindo don’t make the decision for you, then Casa Bellamora’s spectacular pool delivers the tipping point. Unfolding over an expansive, ocean-view pool deck, shaded seating, and ample, sun-drenched lounge spaces, the home’s sparkling pool offers a refreshing respite, exclusive views, and a tranquil setting for vacation memory-making.
Tamarindo | 4 Beds | 4 Baths | 9 Guests
Vacation like royalty at Villa Royal, a home high on the hilltop, overlooking sweeping views of Tamarindo Bay. You’ll soon fall in love with the villa’s luxury bedroom suites, tropical design, chef-ready kitchen, comfortable lounging, and floor-to-ceiling, folding glass doors that blend outdoors with in.
All that may be why you fall in love, but what keeps you in love is Villa Royal’s picture-perfect swimming pool. It’s not just an infinity pool, not only swathed in golden sun, and not merely perched above the Tamarindo Estuary and the Pacific Ocean, but it’s all of that – and more. Here, you’ll have a front-row seat to epic sunsets, outdoor dining, and a whole, wide world of exotic wildlife. All this, a Tamarindo’s soft sands are just a few minutes down the hill…
Tamarindo | 5 Beds | 5.5 Baths | 12 Guests
When you need a serious dose of Vitamin Sea, Casa Ventana offers a “window” (ventana) into the tropical lifestyle and luxury homes in Costa Rica. Here, you’ll be within walking distance of Tamarindo’s soft, white sands – perched high above, surrounded by a lush hillside, and within the privacy of five ensuite bedrooms. Five ensuite bedrooms, four of which open onto the sun-splashed pool deck.
And there, you’ll spend your days cooling off in Casa Ventana’s full-length infinity pool, encircled by an expansive pool deck and backed by Pacific Ocean views. Grill up a feast on the 5-star gas grill. Lounge in the shade or the sun. Relax at the outdoor living room. And toast to breathtaking sunsets, almost every night. Welcome to paradise!
Santa Teresa | 7 Beds | 7 Baths | 18 Guests
Located in the surf paradise of Santa Teresa, Villa Nova is a slice of paradise with not just one, but two incredible, turquoise, salt-water pools. Before we get there, let’s start here: One of Santa Teresa’s top luxury homes in Costa Rica, this rental home offers six private suites, two state-of-the-art kitchens, floor-to-ceiling windows, two open living rooms, and all the breezy, tropical living you’ve dreamed.
And then, there are Villa Nova’s unparalleled outdoor spaces. Centered around the home’s dual salt-water pools, the backyard unfolds over a large, outdoor rancho area (with BBQ), shaded palapas, sun loungers, lush gardens, and plenty of spaces to retreat, relax, and seek out your own little slice of sun. This space has been carefully curated to create a tranquil and relaxing environment. And it shows!
Santa Teresa | 7 Beds | 7.5 Baths | 18 Guests
For when you want to feel like you’re swimming in the sea, while you’re actually paddling in a pool, there is Casa Aina. This spectacular, oceanfront villa unfolds over Santa Teresa’s scenic beachfront and promises one of Costa Rica’s few sand-side experiences. Because if there’s anything rarer than these true luxury homes in Costa Rica, it’s oceanfront luxury homes. (Costa Rica’s oceanfront is strictly regulated.)
At Casa Aina, every spacious living space guides you out toward the pool deck, the Pacific, and the home’s visual wonder of a swimming pool. Because here, your private pool seemingly spills out onto the sand and sits just steps to lapping waves. Here, shaded indoor-outdoor living spaces invite you to enjoy the ambiance and the view. And here, a sunny pool terrace and ample lounge space remind you that you are, indeed, vacationing in the tropics.
Manuel Antonio | 10 Beds | 10 Baths | 26 Guests
Lovely and undoubtedly one-of-a-kind, Villa Izel is one of the most striking luxury homes in Costa Rica. Perched high above the sands, waves, and islands of Manuel Antonio, this spectacular vacation rental promises panoramic jungle and Pacific Ocean views, wildlife visits, and an expansive 12,000 square feet over two wings and 10 spacious bedrooms, including three master suites.
There is so much about Villa Izel that could be classified as spectacular, but for the sake of this post, we’ll focus on its incomparable outdoor spaces: outdoor dining for 12, two outdoor living rooms, a 20-person solar-heated whirlpool, and an oversized infinity-edge pool flanked by palm trees, ocean views, and sweeping views of tropical jungle and lush foliage.
Dominical | 6 Beds | 6 Baths | 16 Guests
Crowning Costa Rica’s Pacific coast and overlooking the curve of Dominical, Villa Capuchin – named to honor the white-faced capuchin monkeys that make their home along these hilly slopes – offers a stunning nature retreat amidst dense rainforest. Over 270 degrees of sweeping views, this vacation home welcomes you to incredible sunsets, abundant flora and fauna (including toucans and howler monkeys!), and a location within easy driving distance of Costa Rica’s famous “whale’s tale” sand bar.
You’ll experience much of this exotic beauty from your private pool and hillside: The home’s 3,000 square-foot pool is truly a sight to behold, all curves and reflection and sparkling waters. What’s more, you’ll have room to spread out on the home’s terrace and balcony, home to an outdoor kitchen, four outdoor showers, and plenty of corners where you can snag some sun, privacy, and peace.
Tamarindo | 8 Beds | 8 Baths | 19 Guests
Where sky meets sea meets pool, Casa Galanga is a Balinese-style home and, at 15,000 square feet, one of the largest luxury homes in Costa Rica. It’s also one of the most remarkable, thanks to its, two pools, a Jacuzzi, eight spacious bedrooms, and breathtaking Playa Grande and Tamarindo beach-estuary views. Stand on the terrace, on a blue-skied day, and your eyes may not know where the pool ends and the view begins.
Because as stunning as are its interiors, Casa Galanga truly stands out for its outdoor spaces. Here, weaving between sun-dappled terraces and thatched shade, you’ll find yourself in hammocks and lounge chairs, overlooking the Pacific and watching for monkeys, gazing at the mountains and relaxing to epic sunsets and an inky sky, swaths of stars. It’s
Looking for More Luxury Homes in Costa Rica with Spectacular Pools?
We hope this jog through some of our favorite homes and pools in Costa Rica has been as fulfilling for you as it has been for us. Of course, now we’d like to grab our swimsuits and a cold drink, and hop into the pool… The problems of living in paradise!
Of course, these represent a selection of our favorite homes and pools. Keyword: selection. Because Costa Rica’s luxury villas are incredible and their allures are many. There is a whole country full of ocean views, spacious bedroom suites, indoor-outdoor living rooms, unparalleled sunsets, and truly jaw-dropping luxury pools.
That’s our expertise, actually. At Luxury Villas Costa Rica, we have two specialties: luxury homes in Costa Rica and you. Yes, you. Because a great vacation is rooted in heart – in what you hope to get out of your travels. So please, tell us why you’ve chosen Costa Rica. If you don’t know exactly where you want to go, even if you haven’t whittled down your wish list, we can help. We love to help.