It’s not too early to start planning your spring getaway – in fact, now is the perfect time to reserve your spot. With pent-up demand for travel, peak seasons for popular destinations will book up quickly.
Take Costa Rica, for example. December – April is their dry season, and the perfect time to visit this Central American luxury travelers’ paradise. Whether you prefer lounging on the beach or hiking through rainforests, these are the best months to enjoy it all.
And some of those months time up perfectly with the U.S. spring break calendar. If you know you’re going to want to get away after the long winter, here’s your luxury-seeker’s guide to visiting Costa Rica this spring:
How to Get There
Costa Rica’s capital, San José, is well connected to the United States. Nonstop flights depart regularly from Miami, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and more, with flight durations ranging from 3-6 hours. You’ll want to stick with the big three airlines to book business or first class seats – Southwest has only one class level, and JetBlue isn’t offering the all-suite Mint service yet on its routes to Costa Rica.
And if you’d like concierge services while navigating the airports, Lugos Travel can arrange that for you as well.
If you’d prefer to avoid the hassle and circus of commercial travel, we have good news: private jets are more accessible than ever. Thanks to companies like NetJets and Jettly, travelers who never thought they could fly private before are now turning to this option either regularly, or as an add-on to a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
And about that private jet travel – you can arrive via private flight directly at the resort when you stay at Hacienda AltaGracia. Located in the foothills of the Talamanca mountains, Hacienda is part of the exclusive Auberge Resorts Collection. This exclusive family of global properties focuses on creating one-of-a-kind experiences in unparalleled locations.
Hacienda AltaGracia is a nature lover’s paradise. Nestled in the lush countryside, it sits on 180 acres and boasts on-site rainforest hiking, a coffee farm, horse stables, and a natural river bath. The resort was recently completely remodeled, and will reopen to guests in November 2021.
Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa
Hot springs fans should check out Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa, whose property includes a private network thermal baths. Surrounded by rainforest, the springs include hot waterfalls, for the ultimate hydrotherapy experience.
After your relaxing soak, explore their gastronomic dishes and local ingredients at two on-site restaurants. If you’re looking for a more intimate experience, reserve a private dinner at their secluded bungalow, featuring a chef table 6-course menu.
Hotel Makanda by the Sea
If you’re looking for beachfront relaxation, consider booking the adults-only resort, Hotel Makanda by the Sea. This property attracts honeymooners and solo travelers alike – anyone looking for an 18+ vibe.
Relax on the resort’s private wild beach, or take a short walk to two nearby beaches. Playa Espadilla offers water sports, while Biesanz Beach is a calm, white sand paradise.
Adventure and Wellness Experiences
Costa Rica is one of the top yoga retreat destinations in the world, and offers a wide range of experiences – from high-end to hippy chic. Luxury-seekers will appreciate Blue Spirit Yoga and Healing Space’s location above a white sand beach (walkable from the resort), whose no-build policy ensures a relaxing experience. Their signature detox and cleanse program is an optional upgrade, for those looking for a total reset.
Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga retreat offers direct beach access and a variety of retreats throughout the year. Enjoy a post-workout massage at their on-site spa.
If surfing is more your style, Costa Rica offers that as well. Kalon Escuela de Surf has an all-inclusive option (great for no-stress vacationing) featuring organic meals, on-site pilates, an infinity pool, and ocean view lodging.
Or, combine the two: Pura Vida Adventures gives travelers yoga and surfing opportunities at their luxury beachfront resort. Co-ed and women-only retreats are available.
Getaways Exclusive to Lugos Travel
Our luxury travel planners have curated two distinct Costa Rica experiences – with discerning travelers in mind. From private flights to bespoke accommodations, our two no-stress exclusive getaways will give you an unforgettable overview of this Central American paradise.
Lugos Travel’s Volcanic Paradise Getaway
Spend eight luxurious days exploring the volcanoes and beaches of Costa Rica. Your adventure starts with a privately chauffeured drive to Tenorio Volcano National Park, where you’ll hike through pristine rainforest and spot wildlife including white-faced monkeys and exotic bird species.
You’ll also visit Manuel Antonio National Park, which is the site of Costa Rica’s famous back-to-back white sand beaches. All lodging during the Volcanic Paradise Getaway is 4* or higher, and you’ll have 24-hour concierge service throughout the trip.
Lugos Travel’s Pura Vida Getaway
No matter how your choose to arrive in Costa Rica (private or commercial flight), our second exclusive getaway whisks you away from the airport to a private airstrip and on to your first resort. From there, you’ll enjoy zip-lining and white water rafting, as well as an unscheduled day that you can fill with any of the countless activities available (horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking), or simply relax at the resort.
Spend the second half of your 8-day journey in the town of Manuel Antonio, which includes white-sand beach days and an excursion on the Ocean King Catamaran. Relax in one of the ship’s two jacuzzis, then snorkel and watch for dolphins and whales at Beisanz Beach. Looking for more privacy? We can book a private charter, giving you a more secluded sailing experience.
All lodging during the Pura Vida Getaway is 4* or higher, and you’ll have 24-hour concierge service throughout the trip.
Book Your Luxury Costa Rican Adventure
Whether you opt for one of our exclusive vacation packages, or want help building an à la carte experience, you’ll want to beat the spring break planning rush. Contact us to start booking your luxury Costa Rican experience today.