The Best Luxury Venues for a Dream Wedding in Costa Rica
To say there are many places to get married in Costa Rica would be an understatement. As Costa Rica Wedding photographers, we’ve seen our share of wedding venues, from one extreme to the other and everything in between. If you are looking for an exclusive and remarkable Costa Rica wedding destination where your every need and want, before, during, and after your big day, this article is for you.
We’ve compiled a list of the best luxury villas, hotels, casas, and haciendas where you can have the ultimate destination wedding in Costa Rica. All the venues are in truly remarkable and private locations - atop rainforest-covered mountains, beaches, a remote peninsula - and have memorizing ocean, beach, rainforest, and mountain views from your honeymoon suite, guest accommodations, and wedding-day event locations. Moreover, they are all recognized for their design, first-rate customer service and amenities, and desire to make your stay and wedding day a once-in-a-lifetime event.
The venues are organized according to which ones are the most complete. The ones that have a full restaurant and bar in case you would not want to hire a personal chef or go shopping or have the concierge do it and cook your own meals are listed first. For each venue, we provide some basic information to help you determine which venue will meet your wedding-day needs, such as how many guests the it can accommodate, how many wedding-day locations it has, and if it offers wedding planning and preparation services among others. You can also contact us and we’ll recommend a great wedding organizer. At the end of each section, there is a link for the comprehensive article for that specific venue that includes detailed information and a variety of photos of its accommodations, sites for wedding-day events, common areas, and more.
Villa Punto de Vista - Manuel Antonio
Villa Punto de Vista is a fully-staffed private villa designed from the ground-up for destination weddings welcomes children of all ages (it is not adult-only). The sea-side estate is situated next to the pristine Manuel Antonio National Park. Arriving at the villa from Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) is as short 20-minute flight or a 2.5-hour drive by car or shuttle. The villa can accommodate up to 120 guests on your wedding day and has 5 stunning locations for your wedding day events - from the gorgeous beach only walking distance from the villa or its 6th story roof-top deck to it's panoramic events terrace, it's shaded pool area or air conditioned ballroom/discoteque. The estate consists of a gorgeous 10-bedroom villa and an amazing brand new 8-bedroom villa. For your wedding, you can rent both villas and have an 18-bedroom private resort all to yourself! You can have a full-time chef they recommend and take advantage of its beverages package so you can enjoy more of time in gorgeous Costa Rica, and let one of the the top quality wedding planners they recommend tend to all your wedding-day details so you can enjoy your wedding experience. Wherever you are at the estate, its locations for wedding day events, guest rooms, restaurant and bar, and common areas have impressive views of the Pacific Ocean, the beach, and the mountainous rainforests that surround it, making it a remarkable, one-of-a-kind venue for your Costa Rica Destination wedding.
Villa Caletas Hotel & Zephyr Palace - Puntarenas
Villa Caletas Hotel and Zephyr Palace is a world-class luxury hotel that is located in the mountainous rainforest next to the ocean in the Central Valley in Puntarenas Province, fewer than 1-1/2 hours by car from the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). Given its unique European architecture and decor, its first-rate customer service, and drop-dead gorgeous ocean and mountain views, the hotel and palace are excellent venues for a luxury Costa Rica destination wedding. They can accommodate from elopements to complete weddings with up to 300 guests - the ceremony, cocktail hour, and full-blown wedding receptions at its 6 marvelous sites for wedding ceremonies, from a hilltop ranch, to the beach below, as well as an amphitheater and a Victorian-style mansion among other venues. Villa Caletas provides wedding planning services via its in-house wedding planning department and they can recommend other wedding-day professionals for your wedding-day needs, from videographers and photographers to a hair stylist and manicurist. They also have three great restaurants and an onsite spa.
3. Kura - Uvita, Puntarenas
Kura is an adults-only venue located in the isolated mountainous rainforest on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in the souther portion of the Puntarenas Province about 4 hours from the nearest international airpot by car. The hotel is an ideal venue for small, intimate weddings and can accommodate up to 20 guests on your wedding day and 16 of your wedding guests overnight it its sexy-chick luxury suites, all of which have marvelous views, as do the common areas. There are three great locations for your wedding day events - at the hotel and at the nearby beach - that have unparalleled views of the ocean, beaches and rainforest-covered-mountains surrounding the venue. They can recommend professional wedding planners and other wedding professionals for your wedding day and preparation needs, has a full service restaurant and bar, and onsite spa. You can either rent the entire hotel or just a suite for your wedding.
4. Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas - Guanacaste
Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas is part Casa Chameleon Hotels’ collection of casas, villas and haciendas in Costa Rica, including Casa Chameleon Mal Pais, Ocio Villas Mal Pais, and Hacienda Barrigona in Nosara. Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas is located in Las Catalinas, an upscale small beach town in Guanacaste on the Pacific Coast, a little over one hour by car from the nearest international airport. The casa has 4 gorgeous sites with fantastic views for your wedding-day events - on the beach, by the pool, above the restaurant and at the restaurant - and can accommodate up 70 guests on your wedding day and 22 guests overnight in its exceptional suites with private pools and mesmerizing ocean and beach views. The casa is adults-only if the entire venue is not rented and there is a minimum number of suite that must be rented if you do not rent the entire property. Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas has a full restaurant and bar and can recommend a wedding planner and other wedding-day professional to help design your wedding and prepare for your big day.
5. Casa Chameleon Mal Pais - Mal Pais, Puntarenas
Casa Chameleon Mal Pais is part Casa Chameleon Hotels group of luxury venues in Costa Rica. It’s an ideal location for intimate, relaxed beach weddings and is situated in the remote hills in Mal Pais, Puntarenas, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and its amazing beaches, about 5-1/2 hours from the nearest international airports. The casa can accommodate up to 20 guests for your wedding day events at its stunning locations for ceremonies and receptions and up to 40 overnight guests in its various rooms, villas, and suites which have a private pool and stupendous ocean and mountain views. Casa Chameleon Mal Pais is adults-only; the minimum age of guests is 16. It has a full service restaurant and bar, and they can recommend highly qualified wedding planners and other wedding professionals.
6. Ocio Villas - Mal Pais, Puntarenas
Ocio Villas is part Casa Chameleon Hotels group of luxury wedding venues in Costa Rica. It consists of two separate villas on the same property - Villa Nimbu and Villa Numu - hidden in the dense rainforest-covered hills in view of the Pacific Coast in Mal Pais, about 5-1/2 from both of the main international airports by car. You can rent one vila or both and invite up to 100 guests for your Ocio Villas wedding and have 14 wedding guests stay overnight in its marvelous and spacious rooms with amazing views if you rent both villas. There are three stunning sites for your wedding day events - a helipad, the beach, and pool/terrace area, all of which have great views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding mountainous rainforest. The villa does not have an onsite restaurant or bar, but they can recommend a persona chef to prepare your meals and wedding dinner, as well as a wedding organizer and other wedding professionals to help you plan and prepare for your big day.
7. Hacienda Barrigona - Nosara, Guanacaste
Hacienda Barrigona, another of Casa Chameleon Hotels properties, is an extraordinary rustic-luxury venue isolated in the dense rainforest and mountains in Nosara near near the Pacific Ocean, about 2-1/2 by car from the closest international airport. For your wedding day events, the hacienda can accommodate up to 70 guests and 20 adults and 20 children overnight in its rustic guest rooms with great views. There are 4 locations for your wedding day events - the beach, helipad, courtyard, and hilltop area - where you and your wedding guests can enjoy the spectacular views as you tie the knot. Hacienda Barrigona has a restaurant on site, and is not an adult-only venue. For weddings at the hacienda, the entire property must be rented and they can provide you with the contact information of reputable wedding planners and other wedding professionals to make sure your dream wedding goes as planned.
8. Villa Manzu - Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste
Villa Manzu, one of the most if not the most exclusive and private wedding destinations in Costa Rica, is located on an isolated section of Peninsula Papagayo in Guanacaste, a bit less than 1 hour from the closest international airport. On your wedding day, the villa can accommodate up to 50 wedding guests at its 3 impressive locations for wedding-day events, and 22 overnight guests in its 8 spacious master suites. From its event locations, guest rooms, and common areas, Villa Manzu has remarkable views of the Pacific Ocean and surrounding natural beauty. It has a full service kitchen and a private chef is provided who can also help create a unique wedding and drink menu for your wedding. The villa is not an adults-only venue and has all the amenities one would expect of such a luxury villa - a yacht, cars, spa, complete gym, and more. To help you plan your big day, the villa can recommend a first-rate wedding planner and other wedding day professionals to make your dream Costa Rica wedding come true.
9. El Chante - Tamarindo, Guanacaste
Casa El Chante is an adult-only venue in the outskirts Tamarindo next to an estuary about 1-1/2 hours from the closest international airport. The casa has two splendid areas with marvelous vies for your wedding-day events than can accommodate between 50-100 and 19 overnight guests in its 8 private Balinese-inspired bungalows whose views will enjoy. Casa El Chante does not have a restaurant but has a gorgeous fully-equipped kitchen where you can make your own meals or hire the private chef the casa can recommend. All its sites for wedding day events, common areas, and bungalows have brilliant views of the ocean, beach, and rainforest. For weddings as Casa El Chante, the entire property must be rented, and the casa can provide you with recommendations for wedding planners and other wedding professionals to help you plan your dream wedding and make it a reality.
10. Elite Beach Villas - Tamarindo, Guanacaste
Villa Morabeza, Casa Alang Alang & Sunset House
Elite Beach Villas has 3 luxury venues for weddings in Tamarindo, Costa Rica: Villa Morabeza, Casa Alang Alang, and Sunset House. All three of these beautiful beach-front wedding venues are about 1-1/2 from the nearest international airport by car. For your wedding day events, Villa Morabeza can accommodate up to 80 guests and 20 overnight guests in its 8 rooms, Casa Alang Alang can handle up to 60 wedding-day guests and 20 overnight guests in its 8 rooms, and Sunset House can have no more than 40-45 wedding-day guests and 14 overnight guests in its 5 rooms. All the venues have beautiful sites for wedding ceremonies and receptions - at the property itself and at the beach - that all have marvelous ocean views, as do the common areas and guest rooms. None of the properties have a restaurant but they do have a fully-equipped, professional-grade kitchens where you can make your own meals or have the private chef the villa can recommend make your palate sing. They can also put you in contact with a reputable wedding planner who with tend to your every wedding-day need, as well as other wedding-day professionals to help you prepare for your dream wedding.