Spread over a gently curved, forested hillside that cradles Playa Pan de Azúcar, this isolated hotel’s lovely grounds are rich in wildlife. It’s not uncommon to find troops of howler monkeys in the trees here, so be prepared for some unrequested early wake-up calls. While there are no private beaches in Costa Rica, for all intents and purposes the beach here is the exclusive playground of the hotel guests. (Playa Pan de Azúcar means “Sugarloaf Beach,” but the loaf was dropped in translation, and it’s known in English simply as “Sugar Beach.”) The rocky outcroppings just off and around this beach are very good for snorkeling. Rooms are all spacious, spotless, and comfortable, some with romantic four-poster beds.