Costa Rica: 5 Reasons To Choose a Luxury Villa vs. a Hotel

Are you planning to visit Costa Rica and you have not made your accommodation reservation? Donielle Fish, Managing Director at Costa Rica First Class Villas, explains why it could be better to rent a luxury villa instead of booking an hotel.

Costa Rica is also awash in beautiful villas, most of which offer much better value incentives (and more privacy!) than a hotel

As one of the world’s most exclusive travel destinations, it should come as no surprise that Costa Rica is home to amazing hotels to suit all budgets and tastes. From casual to luxurious five star hotels and eco-friendly tropical lodges and refugees, Costa Rica offers a vast range of options. However, what many people don’t know is that Costa Rica is also awash in beautiful villas, most of which offer much better value incentives (and more privacy!) than a hotel. Read on to find out why renting a Costa Rica luxury villa can be cheaper, offer more intimacy and character and include more perks than staying in a hotel for your next vacation to Costa Rica.

1. Enjoy Freedom and Privacy

Want to be able to walk around in your pajamas and have access to a kitchen that is open 24 hours a day? If you’re travelling with family or a group, you may want to consider a villa in Costa Rica just for the extra space and privacy it can offer. Private villa rentals offer the added bonus of allowing you to entertain guests in your own private space so you can have dinner parties, poolside barbecues or private sunset cocktails on the pool terrace. In addition, you have the whole space to yourself, so you don’t have to share the swimming pool or the common areas with strangers. This is ideal for honeymooners, high profile individuals, families, friends, couples or those who simply want some peace and quiet. Many Costa Rica luxury villas also offer the space and service for large events such as weddings, anniversaries, business functions and retreats.

2. Character

Hotels can sometimes be impersonal, and after you’ve seen and stayed in a few, they all seem to look alike-Not so with villas. Many villa owners build their villas from the ground up, using top architects and interior designers. Quite often the architect builds the space to integrate into the natural surroundings. Whether it be the beach, jungle. In addition, the furniture and decor will most likely be one of a kind, creating a unique ambiance and a truly home away from home feel for a memorable vacation in Costa Rica.


Villa Paraiso

3. Cost

At first glance, villas may seem more expensive than hotels, but in the long run, the costs of a luxury villa rental can work out to be the same, if not much less, than a hotel. A luxury villa rental offers multiple bedrooms, a private living area and kitchen, private pool and spacious grounds. If you split the cost with a group of people, it often works out to be far better value than a hotel. Many Costa Rica luxury villas also include personal concierge, complimentary breakfast, laundering of personal items for free and private chef services.

4. Personalized Service, you’ll be treated like a King!

Villas have fewer staff members than hotels, so the villa staff are always on hand to attend to your needs. In fact, at many luxury villas the staff outnumber the guests, which is something you just won’t find in a hotel. Most villa staff in Costa Rica are extensively trained to provide five-star service, including gourmet meals, meticulous housekeeping, and clear and comprehensive information about interesting sights of each region and Costa Rican culture, all without being intrusive. Your personal concierge can also arrange activities like in-residence spa treatments, tours and activities, personal chauffeur, private nature guides and even in-villa live music.

5. “A la carte” food

Most villas include a personal chef, which means you’ll get the exact food you want during your entire stay! Discuss the type of food you want for the day with your personal executive chef, as they can accommodate all of your requests. Having a personal chef is also a great opportunity to go grocery shopping with the house staff and discover the local culture in Costa Rica. You’ll get to visit the local markets and discover the local products.


Every Costa Rica villa is unique, so if you shop around, you will find many that offer fabulous extras that go above and beyond a hotel. With all of these advantages, it would be a shame not to consider a luxury villa for your next vacation to beautiful Costa Rica.


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