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Gulf of Papagayo, Costa Rica
Best for: Beach, Honeymoon, Hideaway
Hidden away in 123 acres of wilderness, Kasiiya Papagayo offers just five tented suites perched on a headland jutting out into the Gulf of Papagayo; this is an exclusive escape with a wealth of jungle, beach and ocean activities on its doorstep.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
The tented suites and wooden cabanas of Kasiiya Papagayo sit on the cliffs above Portuguese Beach, as well as down in the woodlands by Laguna Beach, immersed in the wild forests and lush jungle of Guanacaste and with nothing to disturb the serenity of the area for miles around. Conceived as a wilderness retreat, the activities and experiences revolve around a connection with the natural world and a slow, contemplative pace of life.
With just five tented suites, the property is small and friendly, the tents thoughtfully designed to echo the beauty of the landscape that surrounds them. Dotted through the tangle of foliage, each tent is different but boasts beautiful ocean views from an elevated position or a beachfront setting. The architect-designed tents share a muted colour palette that allows the natural beauty of the wooden structure to come to the fore, handcrafted wooden furniture is offset with splashes of colour, while large beds with crisp white Egyptian cotton linens offer a cloud-like retreat at the end the day. Each can accommodate two adults and one child on a sofabed. Air-conditioning and Wi-Fi add the modern necessities, while a cooler box is refreshed daily and tea, coffee and snacks are provided in each suite. With the emphasis here on relaxing and enjoying the tranquillity of the surrounds and the vast ocean, each suite has a large terrace complete with hammock, days beds and an outdoor shower, while a number also have a bathtub for al fresco bathing. As the property uses an ecological solar power system, hairdryers are not permitted but battery-operated ones are provided on request.
An open-sided dining pavilion allows the salty ocean breeze to accompany the fresh flavours of the meals, flavours which are inspired by the landscapes that surround Kasiiya and include delicious smoothies, exotic fruits and zingy salads. The Argentinean chef brings an innovative approach to traditional Costa Rican dishes, to be enjoyed at the beach cabana, on the cliff top as the sun dips into the ocean or in the privacy of your suite.
Though time at Kasiiya feels slow and restorative, there’s plenty to keep you busy. From the heart-pumping activity of tree climbing and jungle hikes to a more leisurely massage or cooking class, the experiences are designed to maintain the connection to nature and wellness. Experience fantastic snorkelling and diving spots at Portuguese Beach and Punta Gorda, with equipment provided on site. Head out with a guide to try and spot the turquoise mot-mot or howler monkey, or take part in a Movement Session in the Jungle Gym. While many of the activities are complimentary, a number are available on request at an additional cost. With such a small number of guests, the experiences are personalised and thoughtful, and can also be adapted for younger guests.
When to go
The summer season (November to April), also called the 'dry' season, doesn't necessarily mean no rain- but there should be less of it. The 'green' season (May to November) can still be a good time to visit- you can avoid the tourist bustle and lodging is slightly cheaper. During this time, however, rivers start to swell and dirt roads get muddy, making travel more challenging.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Heredia, Osa Peninsula, Arenal and Gulf of Papagayo
Discover a less explored part of Costa Rica, whilst staying in some of the country's most luxurious boutique hotels. Explore a wealth of wildlife, discover unspoilt beaches and experience a fascinating slice of Costa Rica.