No need to pack shoes: life at these drop-dead-gorgeous sustainable villas on Costa Rica’s idyllic Nicoya Peninsula is all about barefoot luxury.
That’s because the Nicoya Peninsula is the kind of place where forgoing formal footwear feels like the natural thing to do.
Recognized by UNESCO as one of only five "Blue Zones" in the world, this beautiful peninsula is renowned for the health and happiness of its population. Add to that a dash of eco-conscious, uber-luxe glamour, and you’ll understand why it’s the perfect place to kick off your shoes and kick back for a while.
Sustainability with style
Travellers in search of sustainability with style will find it by the bucketload at Nantipa, a Small Luxury Hotel of the World in the heart of the trendy beach town of Santa Teresa.
Nestled between the deep blue water and the vivid green rainforest, Nantipa is home to 19 luxurious Ninta Bungalows and Nanku Suites sprinkled across 5.7-mind-blowing-acres of gorgeous grounds skirted by 508 feet of pristine golden sand. The debut of three new Beachfront Villas rounds out the guest experience, generously accommodating groups and families.
And thanks to the fact that the property has been designed using reclaimed wood, locally crafted furniture, a state-of-the-art waste-water treatment plant and solar water heaters – a dose of Pura Vida opulence at Nantipa feels deliciously guilt-free.
After all, not every hotel can claim that only six trees were cut down to build it and that more were planted to compensate for the loss…but Nantipa can.
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Step inside the brand new villas
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Showcasing beach-chic design elements and biophilic wood accents with modern amenities, each of Nantipa’s new 1800-square-foot, three-bedroom villas is a private oasis with a full kitchen, dining area and three stylish guest rooms – all served up with stunning ocean views, of course.
You’re sure to adore the floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open out onto the private outdoor deck complete with hammock and infinity pool – as well as the convenience of having exclusive access to the beach.
Living the pura vida at Nantipa
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Attention to detail begins before guests even arrive. Travellers are asked to fill out a pre-arrival questionnaire so the hotel’s team can anticipate every desire before stepping (bare)foot onto the property.
When guests do arrive, private concierges connect them with the services of private chefs, fitness instructors, babysitters and mixologists.
Hiring local residents and sourcing regional ingredients is a priority at Nantipa, so at the beachfront Manzú Restaurant, seafood is purchased from local fishermen and the bread is made by the local baker. After dining, sip a sunset cocktail, safe in the knowledge that your travel choices are sustaining the local economy and conserving natural resources.
Beyond the property – should you really want to leave – there are local adventures aplenty to enjoy, from scuba diving to whale-watching, and horseback riding to hiking at the mighty Montezuma Waterfall in Cabo Blanco National Park.
Editor’s note: You may need some shoes for that last one…
2022 rates start at (USD):
Nanku Suites: $370
Ninta Garden Bungalows: $415
Ninta Beachfront Bungalows: $465
Beachfront Villas: $1,600