Fodor's Expert Review Florblanca

2 km (1 mile) north of soccer field, Santa Teresa, Puntarenas, 60111, Costa Rica Fodor's Choice

Named for the white flowers of the frangipani trees growing between the restaurant and the beach, this ultraluxurious resort is dedicated to relaxation and rejuvenation. Villas are almost buried in an artistically controlled tangle of mature garden and soaring palms, mere steps from the surf. Each tastefully decorated and spacious villa exudes a South Sea Islands vibe, especially in the outdoor Balinese-inspired bathrooms with rain showers and sunken tubs. Airy living rooms open onto porches with large hammocks. Most villas have one air-conditioned bedroom with a king-size bed; two-bedroom villas have a second room with twin beds. Only four villas have sea views through the trees, so request one of these when you book. Villas 5 and 6 are a little too close to the dusty road. Florblanca's Surf House, slightly more rustic but a little cheaper, has its own secluded beach and the best ocean views. The hotel also has four ocean-front Balinese bungalows that used to be the Milarepa Hotel next door. Yoga classes are given in a studio that faces the ocean, and there is a full range of spa services at the hotel's Bamboo Spa. Along with luxury and service, the hotel pays attention to conservation, earning four leaves in the national sustainability program. The only TV is in a comfortable lounge. Bicycles, surf boards, and snorkeling gear are available to guests.


  • gorgeous villas and grounds
  • friendly
  • great yoga classes
  • no kids under six


  • very expensive
  • on rocky stretch of beach
  • insects sometimes a problem


On the beach


Phones: -2640–0232 | 800-685–1031-toll-free in North America


10 villas, 1 surf house, 4 bungalows
Rate Includes: No meals

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