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Refundable Deal: Three Nights in a 5-Star Hotel in Costa Rica for Only $779

Plus, free breakfast and $100 daily F&B credit.

Gorgeous beaches, cloud forests, rich biodiversity, and the promise of pura vida (pure life)—it’s easy to see why travelers are enamored by Costa Rica. Plus, it is also home to one of the world’s five Blue Zones—people in the Nicoya Peninsula live longer and happier lives. If the Central American country is on your radar for these reasons (and more), then check out this Travelzoo deal for a five-star hotel in the gated community of Hacienda Pinilla.

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa is offering a three-night stay in a garden-view room for $779 upwards during low season and $929 upwards during high season. Guests can upgrade to an ocean-view room for $929 for three nights and extend their trip for $259 per night. A daily breakfast and a daily food and beverage credit of $100 (valid on all five on-site restaurants and in-room dining) are also included. Here’s the best part: it’s a fully refundable deal. You can book it right now and decide your travel dates later. In case you decide not to go, you get a full refund.


The beachfront hotel features 310 rooms, all with their own private balconies and looking out to the gigantic pool, the gardens, or the ocean. It is also home to seven restaurants serving a host of cuisines from Asian to modern Costa Rican—the views of the Pacific Ocean from Azul Grill will tempt you to take a seat here every day. You can get a massage at the hotel’s spa, go up to the observatory, and drop by for a yoga class in the morning. The white sand beach of this hotel lends itself to the perfect setting for a romantic dinner. If you’re traveling with your little ones, a boon is the kids’ club supervised with activities for four- to 12-year-olds, so they don’t miss out on fun things either.

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Nature is the running theme on any trip to the Central American country. A quarter of the country is covered by protected jungles and it has a coastline that stretches more than 800 miles on the Pacific side and the Caribbean side. In addition, it’s a prime example of sustainable tourism, a big deciding factor for travel these days. In this country, you can fill your days with farm-to-table restaurants, active volcanoes, rainforest trails, ziplining and treetop walkways, and water activities on its 300 beaches. 


Make the most of JW Marriott’s concierge service and book kayaking tours, rainforest walks, and fishing tours. Surfing on two coasts, rafting in the waters, hiking on volcanoes, and scuba diving and snorkeling will also be adrenaline-inducing for thrill-seekers. Want to keep your holiday relaxing and low-key? Get mud baths, watch sunsets on Mansita Beach, visit farmers markets, attend a cacao ceremony, and walk in the forest to spot a host of wild creatures. 

Costa Rica has a lot of flavor—high-quality coffee, unique fruits at roadside stalls (water apples and rambutan), and dishes made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients (ceviche, gallo pinto, and casado). If you still need more ideas and inspiration, Zac Efron explores the land of amazing possibilities on Netflix’s Down To Earth.