These bright, spacious, white-and-cream villas are among the area's most tasteful (and expensive) accommodations, and the hypnotic views of the jungle-framed Pacific Ocean make this secluded rain-forest retreat worth it. Villas have a comfortable seating area and a California king-size bed facing sliding glass doors that lead to large balconies with ocean views and hammocks. The modern kitchens won't be necessary for breakfast, which is delivered to your room. Windows
behind the bed maximize natural light (there are no curtains or shades), and the small Japanese-style garden out back adds to the subtle, well-designed touches. The smaller studios are darker, and have less impressive views, but they have access to the lovely, colorful pool and the Sunspot Bar and Grill. Adventurous hikers can make the 15-minute trek through the jungle to a tiny private beach.
1 km (½ mile) west of La Mariposa, Manuel Antonio, 60601, Costa Rica
/2777–0442; 888-625–2632-in North America; /2777–1032