Escape to Hotel Nantipa, a serene and exquisite natural environment, connecting with nature in a tranquil beach setting for an incredibly rejuvenating and restorative experience.

By Joseph Cordero, Swiss Travel’s Luxury Head Concierge

Nantipa, A Tico Beach Experience, promises to be a truly serene and rejuvenating getaway. Whether you are looking to relax on the beach, explore the local culture or simply recharge your batteries, Nantipa offers a wonderful combination of natural beauty and warm hospitality.

It’s always nice to find places that offer such a tranquil and welcoming atmosphere and I guarantee this paradise is one of them.

How to get to Hotel Nantipa: Land, Sea or Air!

Taking a 90-minute ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera will be an introduction to the beauty of the area passing by small islands and pristine views to the mountains, to continue for an additional 1.20 hour land transfer.

From the Guanacaste Airport (LIR) takes around 3.5 hours, passing through the scenic savannah of Guanacaste and Nicoya Peninsula.

Flying to the Cobano Airstrip from either Liberia or SJO airport and driving to Hotel Nantipa can be the fastest way to get there. This option not only saves time, but also offers stunning aerial views of the surrounding landscape. After the short 25-minute flight from either airport, you will have a 25 min drive to Nantipa.

Rooms and Villas

Nantipa is a barefoot luxury beachfront boutique hotel in the heart of Santa Teresa, recognized as one of only five Blue Zones in the world. Nantipa, which means ‘Blue’ in the native Chorotegan language, provides a sense of serene escapism. From the moment you arrive, the staff will make you feel at home and after every step on the property you will feel closer to total relaxation. The hotel has 4 categories of rooms, but from the most basic of them, the luxurious details will captivate your attention.

Nanku Suite

“Nanku” means “home” in Chorotega, is the most “basic” room, perfect for small families or groups. They offer a sleeping area with either one king bed or two queen beds, and a large living room space with one twin daybed plus a trundle bed. A large bathroom and terrace or balcony complete the unit, together with authentic amenities.

Ninta Beachfront Bungalow

“Ninta” is the Chorotegan word for “beach”. The Ninta bungalows are the same rooms as the Mantis but beachfront. They offer 80 square meters (860 square feet) of luxury space. Including an ample terrace, a private 3.5 x 3.5 meter (10 x 10 ft) plunge pool, hammock, king bed and double indoor/outdoor shower, floor to ceiling glass doors open to ocean views.

If you want to be as close to the beach as possible, surrounded by nature, luxury and the hypnotic sound of the ocean, you have to stay here.

Manti Bungalow

“Manti” is the Chorotegan word for “tree”, The Manti is the same room as the Ninta, with the difference that it has a garden view.

The Manti bungalows are made up of 80 square meters (860 square feet) of luxury space including an ample terrace, a private 3.5 x 3.5 meter (10 x 10 ft) plunge pool, hammock, king bed and double indoor/outdoor shower, floor to ceiling glass doors.

The Manti is ideal for a memorable honeymoon or just a romantic getaway surrounded by raw nature and the mystic sound of the forest, privacy and the atmosphere here is great for couples.

Beachfront Villa

Nantipa’s luxurious beachfront villas offer an exclusive and private Santa Teresa Tico Beach Experience, ideal for families or friends traveling together.

Guests are warmly welcomed to the 380 square meters (4,090 square feet) beachfront villas with access to all of Nantipa’s unmatched services – and more.

This units have a private pool and direct access to the beach, three guest rooms, two of them with one king bed and one room with two queen beds, including private bathrooms and spacious living space with full kitchen.

Take Surf lessonsDo not Swim in front of the hotel, it is rocky.
Visit Curu Wildlife RefugeDo not forget the sunblock
Visit Cabo Blanco Absolute ReserveDo not arrange early international flight if your last day is at Nantipa.
Take a Massage
Visit Montezuma Waterfall
Visit Hermosa Beach and Santa Teresa Town
Try local restaurants
Buy the Ferry tickets in advance
Stay the last night close to your selected airport
Yoga is a must here!
Swimming is safe and pleasant in front of the villas, at the right hand side of the hotel

Recommended stay:

My recommendation is that you stay 4 nights for two full days dedicated entirely to activities and exploration and one full day for hotel Spa and amenities. I recommend to stay 4 nights here and the last night close to the airport. For a more relaxed experience three nights will make it.

Hotel Nantipa General Information:

  • Front desk open from 24/7 
  • Breakfast from 7 a 10:30 am // Lunch from 11 pm a 6 pm // Dinner from 6 a 10 pm // Bar Snacks: 12-6pm
  • Spa open from 10:30am – 5 pm (last treatment)
  • Pool Schedule from 7 a 8 pm

The pool area was simply amazing. It is suitable for the whole family and the location is perfect, surrounded by vegetation gives it a very tropical and fresh atmosphere. it is like finding a charming oasis on the beach, perfect after a day of activities or after an exquisite massage.

Manzú Restaurant

This beachfront restaurant and beach lounge area is the favorite area to chill off, it offers two spaces, the main one is under roof with beach and ocean view.

The second is the sandy section, offering several tables between palms and trees perfectly set to have a pleasant time during your meal.

Hotel Nantipa offers a relaxed ambiance set by the warm, salty breeze from the sea and the modern twist of an open kitchen.

If you need to organize a special dinner, the restaurant team can make a beautiful set up either under the stars on the beach or on the yoga platform to make the client feel a little more private.

The beach area by the restaurant offers hammocks and puff seats to enjoy the beach and surf like no other one.