I have just returned from a wonderful adventure in Costa Rica. Beautiful deserted beaches, lush rain forests, stunning waterfalls and of course the amazing wildlife. But as distracting as all this was it did not stop me from exploring the diverse architecture this historic, tropical country has to offer.
The Beacon Escazu, a modern boutique hotel just outside of San Jose, was our first stop. Pictured here is their elegant fusion restaurant The Muse who's unique design offered an "aire libre" experience even in the pouring rain.
Casa Frangipani, a breathtaking vacation villa perched in the hill tops above the beach town of Montezuma was our next stop. I can't say enough about this magical place and the breathtaking views overlooking the forest and ocean surf. The owners have effortlessly combined modern and traditional building methods along with wonderful landscaping to capture the true essence of Costa Rican living. This villa confirmed my theory that when properly designed and executed air-conditioning is not a necessity.
I wanted to mention two other outstanding architectural locations that couldn't be more diverse. The Gaia Hotel is a modern, ecco friendly hotel perfectly located in the hills overlooking the Manual Antonio National Park. If your ever in the area a visit to the La Luna rooftop lounge will be sure to spark the debate as to which is more spectacular; the view, the tapas or the architecture. Finally is the Mansion del Parque Boivar a charming boutique hotel in the heart of San Jose. This historic mansion has been lovingly and delicately restored by a young Italian couple retaining all of its original charm.