Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Sugar Beach

8 km (5 miles) north of Playa Flamingo, DO NOT USE - MERGE Pan de Azúcar with Potrero, Guanacaste, Costa Rica Fodor's Choice

The theme of this secluded, ultra-comfortable hotel with a shimmering infinity pool and thin, curving beach is harmony with nature, but it's the friendly staff and outstanding service that keep this property ahead of the pack. Its owners have gone to great lengths to protect the surrounding environment, as the abundant wildlife on its 25 acres of protected forest attests. Spacious one- and two-bedroom suites, with high ceilings, stylish contemporary furniture, and private terraces with idyllic sea views, are great for couples and families (kids under 12 stay free). For extra privacy, choose an upper suite, which has two terraces, rather than a ground-floor one. If you like serenity and want to spend a little less on lodging, opt for a standard room in one of the duplexes scattered through the hilly garden, but expect minimal amenities. Each room is decorated in earth tones, with elegant wicker furniture, a wooden door with a hand-carved local bird or animal, and a veranda with a garden or ocean view (some of the best ocean views are from Suites 19, 21, and 22). The open-air rotunda restaurant serves good seafood dishes, and there's happy hour Friday and Saturday from 5 to 7. The hotel's recycling, energy and water conservation, and community-service programs are exemplary, earning it four leaves in the national sustainability program.


  • yoga classes
  • natural setting
  • kids under 12 stay free
  • warm and friendly staff


  • waves and rocks can make the ocean dangerous for kids
  • small pool
  • Wi-Fi in common areas only


On the beach
Casual Chic


Phones: -2654–4242


14 rooms, 10 suites, 2 houses
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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