Las Catalinas Residential Resort
Las Catalinas, Northern Guanacaste, Costa Rica

The Resort

Las Catalinas is a new beach town located on the Guanacaste Coast of Costa Rica. Its purpose is to create a way of life that is healthy, sustainable, fulfilling, and fun. It is a place where it is easy to connect with other people, and with nature itself. We think it is one of the most important and beautiful new towns in the world.

Physically, we are building a beautiful place composed of houses, shops, restaurants, small hotels and inns, pedestrian streets, plazas, parks, and recreational facilities. All elements are arranged to create a series of wonderful, walkable public spaces interwoven with nature. Architecture is adapted for outdoor living. Motorized vehicles are refreshingly absent. A constant ebb and flow of fellow residents and visitors enrich the scene. Every street leads to scenic overlooks. Every home frames incredible views.

On one side our town is embraced by over 1,000 acres of spectacular tropical dry forest hills and valleys with extensive hiking and biking. On the other side is the Pacific Ocean where we have two of the finest beaches in all of Costa Rica with great swimming, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, boogie boarding, and snorkeling.

Accommodations

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Suite San Francisco at The San Rafael

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Santarena Moderate

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Santarena Premium

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Santarena Deluxe

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Suite San Miguel at The San Rafael

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Dining & Inclusions

Limonada

Limonada

The signature restaurant of Las Catalinas Beach Town, Limonada offers a wide array of starters, refreshing salads, tasty burgers and wraps, and mouth-watering seafood and meat options with fresh local ingredients and good-natured service in a lush beachside setting. View Menu
Ponciana

Ponciana

Ponciana is a stylish and welcoming evening restaurant, and a place to gather, eat, drink, learn, experience, share and socialize, all while surrounded by beauty. Inspired by Basque cuisine and joie de vivre, the food in Ponciana is uniquely Costa Rican, brought to life by good ingredients from sea, mountain and farm, and a blend of styles and techniques drawing from Basque cuisine. View Menu
Beach Club

Beach Club

A gathering spot for local residents and visitors to relax, socialize, and exercise, the Beach club also offers natural fruit juices, cocktails, and snacks so visitors can enjoy the sea views while having a drink or a light meal. Appetizers, finger food, sandwiches, and the best tacos in the area await you at the Beach Club, while the mojitos and margaritas make many a visitor’s delight.
Copper & Stone

Copper & Stone

Copper & Stone is a Gourmet Grocery offering fresh produce and meats, fine wines and craft beers, and a selection of other essentials from around the world. Visitors to the store can also sample one of Copper & Stone’s signature sandwiches, enjoy organic smoothies, or explore one of the many specials present at the store’s deli.
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Spa & Wellness

WAKE Urban Day Spa

Modern, relaxed, with a dose of style and color -- come inside and cool off. Our complete menu of body care services includes massages, facials, body treatments, nail care and more, with an emphasis on smart simplicity and quality details. We also feature an on-site boutique with a curated selection of apparel, accessories and goods for some of Costa Rica’s most innovative designers.
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Massage & Body Treatments

Choose your reset. Massages to banish stress, release muscle tension, recover fully and with deep tissue or holistic therapy. Our body treatments are here to rescue your hide with botanical, aromatic body scrubs and masques for maximum exfoliation and hydration.

Yoga & Fitness

Whether you seek to continue your practice or embrace activity anew, you can do it all at Casa Chameleon. Private yoga and fitness classes can be arranged, and we are also pleased to provide yoga mats within each villa.

Experiences

This stunning tour will take you through wetlands deep to the heart of the Guanacaste National Forest where you can see a wide number of different species Costa Rican native wildlife. In addition, participants will enjoy a boat tour along Tempisque River through an amazing wildlife sanctuary that protects the lower basin, where mangroves, marshes and seasonally flooded fields provide ideal conditions for resident and migratory waterfowl, crocodiles and scarlet macaws.
World Class Fishing

World Class Fishing

Offshore and deep-sea fishing in Costa Rica is Considered a Holy Grail experience by anglers around the world. Our late model and state of the art fleet comprises 27’ outboard to 47’ glorious sport fish with some of the most storied skippers and crew in the region. Fully stocked with the appropriate bait for whatever is running that season including sailfish, various types of marlin, snapper, roosterfish, and tuna. Truly a sportsman’s paradise includes this high-end world-class experience. Half or full day options are available, and the embarkation point is close by. This upscale adventure comes with bait, tackle, water, guide, crew, and snacks. Specialized charters, fishing tournaments as well as individual sign ups are easily planned.

CANYON WHITE WATERS LEVEL II & III

CANYON WHITE WATERS LEVEL II & III

A notable and completely “braggable” adventure down the mighty Colorado River in Costa Rica is for the grand adventure type with a little bit of experience and a lot of fortitude. Newbies of the former can enjoy this trip with a highly experienced guide essentially towing you with simple shouted instructions for a truly thrilling hour and a half ride on nature’s finest freeway through level II and III rapids. The hour and a half ride to the site comes with interesting sites, photographic pit stops and a professional Trip Director with beverages, cool towels, fun and interesting local knowledge, and lunch for the adventurers.

DIVING THE PACIFIC

DIVING THE PACIFIC

The chilly waters of the Pacific are well known to be warm in Costa Rica thus boasting some of the best Pacific diving experiences in the world. Two such sites are nearby in Catalinas a rocky cluster of islands full of diverse marine life in the Southern Gulf of Papagayo and the Bat Islands also a rocky outcropping full of friendly Bull Sharks. Certified Divers Only.With an early morning departure, this four-hour tour is a short half hour drive and includes driver, guide, equipment, beverages, and fresh fruit.
CATAMARAN VERSATILITY

CATAMARAN VERSATILITY

Always a hit for the group this high-end boat glides up and down the coast with magnificent views and a festive atmosphere. Participants can enjoy snorkeling in the many Guanacaste bays, relax and take in nature’s canvas or party it up with open bar and dance music. This versatile option is always a favorite for teambuilding and networking. Private transportation will take about 30 minutes for this AM or PM half day option guided with snacks and beverages as well as appropriate equipment.
SURF & SHOP TAMARINDO

SURF & SHOP TAMARINDO

Guanacaste was “discovered and settled” decades ago by Surfers from around the world giving the famous beach towns an eclectic and very relaxing vibe. Tamarindo is one such community globally recognized for it’s artisanry from natural mediums, flavors and energy as well as the waves which break evenly on an endless shore.Private transportation to this nearby experience is fully guided AM or PM with snacks and drinks as well as instructor and equipment for surf lessons. Several experience heavy restaurant options available for a memorable group lunch.
COROBICI ECO RIVER

COROBICI ECO RIVER

This serene nature immersion experience is tailor made for all levels of physicality and appreciation gauges. Starting at the base of Arenal and having witnessed it’s splendor we begin a tranquil river ride down through the untouched natural setting of Costa Rica’s and Mother Nature’s wildest wonders, 100’s of singing birds, howling monkeys and maybe even an American Crocodile. This six-hour adventure comes with interesting sites, photographic pit stops, professional Trip Director, river guide and gear along with beverages, cool towels, fun and interesting local knowledge, and lunch for nature lovers of all shapes and sizes.
Coastal Hip Strips

Coastal Hip Strips

The famous beach towns along the coast such as Tamarindo, Flamingo and Conchal are accessible through forested inroads each unique in their colloquial charm and upbringing. This relaxing jaunt gives one an in depth feel of the neighborhoods from all walks of life interacting with locals, tourists and plenty of Ex-Pats enjoying artisan crafts and natural flavors.Guided by a professional Trip Director with beverages, cool towels, deep local knowledge, and a Costa Rican passion for service to others.Available in the morning or afternoon, approximately 4 hours and flexible to consensus as these experiences are private to your group.
ZIP LINE GUANACASTE NATIONAL FOREST

ZIP LINE GUANACASTE NATIONAL FOREST

A thrilling ride across the century’s old treetops in the foothills of the globally recognized Guanacaste National Forest. A tried but true tour interesting to thrill seekers made exponentially more exciting with the stunning views and natural proximity to sloths, macaws, and Costa Rican monkeys.The hour and a half ride to the site comes with interesting sites, photographic pit stops and a professional Trip Director with beverages, cool towels, fun and interesting local knowledge, and plenty of insurance.
PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK

PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK

The 45,500-acre park is a mosaic of 15 different habitats, including mangrove swamps, grassy savannahs, marshes, salt ponds, pastures, and evergreen forest, all bordered by sloping limestone hills. Nature bathing at it’s finest the reserve has 15 different kinds of habitats from mangroves to swamps in Palo Verde, all home to thousands of animals throughout the year. The hour and thirty-minute ride includes interesting sites, photographic pit stops and a professional Trip Director with beverages, cool towels, interesting local knowledge, and locally prepared comida. This tour can be scheduled in the morning for nine hours spent loving nature right back.
SURF & SHOP TAMARINDO

SURF & SHOP TAMARINDO

Guanacaste was “discovered and settled” decades ago by Surfers from around the world giving the famous beach towns an eclectic and very relaxing vibe. Tamarindo is one such community globally recognized for it’s artisanry from natural mediums, flavors and energy as well as the waves which break evenly on an endless shore.Private transportation to this nearby experience is fully guided AM or PM with snacks and drinks as well as instructor and equipment for surf lessons. Several experience heavy restaurant options available for a memorable group lunch.
ECOMERSION – Arenal and Her Wonders

ECOMERSION – Arenal and Her Wonders

The Arenal Volcano is perhaps the most famous natural wonder in Central America. This beatific trek brings the secondary rainforest up close and personal ascending to breathtaking views of the living and breathing fire of Gaia’s Arenal. Scattered across the valley with sweeping views of Arenal and one of the most photogenic places on Earth the team immerses in the Arenal Hot Springs, naturally formed by an eruption in 1968.The three-hour ride to the heart of Costa Rica comes with interesting sites, photographic pit stops and a professional Trip Director and Naturalist Guide. All the comforts are attended for this 14-hour adventure of a lifetime with beverages, road trip supplies, planned lunch and dinner.
BORINQUEN NATURE BATH

BORINQUEN NATURE BATH

Posse up an invigorating and panoramic expanse to the forest on horseback exploring natural beauty and the fairy tale scene of Mystery Waterfall and then zipping through the treetops on a long and exciting line. An oasis awaits in a large sulfurous hot spring, bubbling natural mud baths and an icy cold waterfall.This natural wonderland boasts a small luxury resort ideal for pre / post experience for VIPs or as an add on for individual guests.The three-hour ride to the heart of Costa Rica comes with interesting sites, photographic pit stops and a professional Trip Director and Naturalist Guide. All the comforts are attended for this 9-hour adventure of a lifetime with beverages, snacks, road trip supplies, and a hearty lunch
ARENAL SPRINGS AND SKY

ARENAL SPRINGS AND SKY

For the ziplining enthusiast this widely recognized adventure is one of the longest in Central America with some of the most amazing views possible. Stats for this are 2.7km, 8 cross segments, 30 to 970m distances and a max height of 200m. After this a well-earned session in the therapeutic hot springs and mud baths of Arenal awaits. The three-hour ride to the heart of Costa Rica comes with interesting sites, photographic pit stops and a professional Trip Director and Naturalist Guide. All the comforts are attended for this 14-hour adventure of a lifetime with beverages, road trip supplies, planned lunch and dinner.
UNIQUELY GUACHIPELIN

UNIQUELY GUACHIPELIN

A traditional Guanacaste Hacienda set in such natural beauty this experience was carved out by the owners to share the treasure with others. Horseback riding at the base of the Rincon Volcano, rappelling alongside natural waterfalls, ziplining through the trees and partaking in a local fare comida are all part of this wondrous experience on a working ranch. The three-hour round trip to the mountains of Costa Rica comes with interesting sites, photographic pit stops and a professional Trip Director and Ranch Hand. All the comforts are attended for this 9-hour adventure of a lifetime with beverages, snacks, road trip supplies, and a hearty lunch.
VOLCANO UP CLOSE

VOLCANO UP CLOSE

The Miravalles while lessor known than her more famous brother is Costa Rica’s best kept secret for her accessibility and up close and personal experience horseback riding in her foothills, bathing in her supple muds and steaming springs and rinsing in her waterfalls. A big shot of nature in a shorter time frame with less human population make this a crowd favorite. The three-hour round trip to the mountains of Costa Rica comes with interesting sites, photographic pit stops and a professional Trip Director and Ranch Hand. All the comforts are attended for this 9-hour adventure of a lifetime with beverages, snacks, road trip supplies, and a hearty lunch.
HANGING RAINFOREST AND WATERFALLS

HANGING RAINFOREST AND WATERFALLS

This totally unique hiking experience with perspective from above, transcends gravity and one’s aversion to heights in secure suspension bridges as you literally traipse across the treetops of the rainforest. The magic truly begins once uncovering the Llanes de Cortes waterfall to frolic and immerse in crystal clear temperate and healing waters. The hour and forty-minute ride includes interesting sites, photographic pit stops and a professional Trip Director with beverages, cool towels, interesting local knowledge, and locally prepared comida. This tour can be scheduled in the morning for nine hours spent loving nature right back.
SENSORIA REALM OF THE JAGUAR

SENSORIA REALM OF THE JAGUAR

After the golden hues of the Guanacaste fields nature enthusiasts are surprised to suddenly emerge in the tallest most vibrantly green forest imaginable with the most beautiful sounds of nature swirling all around. After a refreshing drink and gear check we begin a path of enchantment happening upon bright blue streams, natural thermal pools, rushing waterfalls and sharing personal space with Costa Rican Wildlife in her most private wildlife preserve at the base of Rincon Volcano. The two-hour ride includes interesting stories, camaraderie, photographic pit stops and a professional Trip Director with beverages, cool towels, learned nature guide prolific in the mysteries as well as locally prepared comida. This tour can be scheduled in the morning for eight hours spent loving nature right back.
Coastal Hip Strips

Coastal Hip Strips

The famous beach towns along the coast such as Tamarindo, Flamingo and Conchal are accessible through forested inroads each unique in their colloquial charm and upbringing. This relaxing jaunt gives one an in depth feel of the neighborhoods from all walks of life interacting with locals, tourists and plenty of Ex-Pats enjoying artisan crafts and natural flavors.Guided by a professional Trip Director with beverages, cool towels, deep local knowledge, and a Costa Rican passion for service to others.Available in the morning or afternoon, approximately 4 hours and flexible to consensus as these experiences are private to your group.
BORINQUEN NATURE BATH

BORINQUEN NATURE BATH

Posse up an invigorating and panoramic expanse to the forest on horseback exploring natural beauty and the fairy tale scene of Mystery Waterfall and then zipping through the treetops on a long and exciting line. An oasis awaits in a large sulfurous hot spring, bubbling natural mud baths and an icy cold waterfall.This natural wonderland boasts a small luxury resort ideal for pre / post experience for VIPs or as an add on for individual guests.The three-hour ride to the heart of Costa Rica comes with interesting sites, photographic pit stops and a professional Trip Director and Naturalist Guide. All the comforts are attended for this 9-hour adventure of a lifetime with beverages, snacks, road trip supplies, and a hearty lunch
ARENAL SPRINGS AND SKY

ARENAL SPRINGS AND SKY

For the ziplining enthusiast this widely recognized adventure is one of the longest in Central America with some of the most amazing views possible. Stats for this are 2.7km, 8 cross segments, 30 to 970m distances and a max height of 200m. After this a well-earned session in the therapeutic hot springs and mud baths of Arenal awaits. The three-hour ride to the heart of Costa Rica comes with interesting sites, photographic pit stops and a professional Trip Director and Naturalist Guide. All the comforts are attended for this 14-hour adventure of a lifetime with beverages, road trip supplies, planned lunch and dinner.
UNIQUELY GUACHIPELIN

UNIQUELY GUACHIPELIN

A traditional Guanacaste Hacienda set in such natural beauty this experience was carved out by the owners to share the treasure with others. Horseback riding at the base of the Rincon Volcano, rappelling alongside natural waterfalls, ziplining through the trees and partaking in a local fare comida are all part of this wondrous experience on a working ranch. The three-hour round trip to the mountains of Costa Rica comes with interesting sites, photographic pit stops and a professional Trip Director and Ranch Hand. All the comforts are attended for this 9-hour adventure of a lifetime with beverages, snacks, road trip supplies, and a hearty lunch.
SENSORIA REALM OF THE JAGUAR

SENSORIA REALM OF THE JAGUAR

After the golden hues of the Guanacaste fields nature enthusiasts are surprised to suddenly emerge in the tallest most vibrantly green forest imaginable with the most beautiful sounds of nature swirling all around. After a refreshing drink and gear check we begin a path of enchantment happening upon bright blue streams, natural thermal pools, rushing waterfalls and sharing personal space with Costa Rican Wildlife in her most private wildlife preserve at the base of Rincon Volcano. The two-hour ride includes interesting stories, camaraderie, photographic pit stops and a professional Trip Director with beverages, cool towels, learned nature guide prolific in the mysteries as well as locally prepared comida. This tour can be scheduled in the morning for eight hours spent loving nature right back.

Events & Groups

Santarena Hotel at Las Catalinas is here to make any occasion you dream up, come true. We have 8 flexible event spaces perfect for large events, small intimate gatherings, and everything in between. Corporate retreats, networking gatherings, conferences, sports retreats, life celebrations, are just a few of the events we are used to hosting. Between our renowned cuisine and state of the art technology, we can help you plan every little detail.Unique indoor and outdoor spaces are coupled with exemplary service throughout, making the Santarena Hotel an ideal base for business and social events. Our inspiring and versatile range of facilities are fully equipped with the latest technology and an array of thoughtful amenities to seamlessly serve special gatherings. Events range from team building trips and corporate retreats to sophisticated weddings and more. Its 8 flexible venues cover more than 4,806 square feet.Additionally, there are several options in the town of Las Catalinas for offsite events, all just a short stroll from the hotel, including Limonada and Sentido Norte restaurants, The Beach Club, the Beachfront Court, La Rotonda, Plaza Escondida, Plaza Terrazas and more.

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The Conservatory

The Conservatory

The Conservatory is Santarena Hotel’s main indoor event venue equipped for large parties, award dinners, corporate retreats, and receptions. With ocean views, it is decorated with blonde wood floors, pleated full-length draperies, and neutral toned walls, this space can easily be transformed to fit a rainbow of needs. This space features tall and glass wood-framed doors facing the Plaza Danta beachfront on one side and a quaint fountain surrounded by a garden on the other. It is also connected to The Study.
The Atrium

The Atrium

Surrounded by lush greenery, The Atrium is tropical in its essence, welcoming the sun with its soaring windows located just off the lobby of our Santarena Hotel. The Atrium is a relatively casual indoor-outdoor space surrounded by lush greenery and a venue made for hosting cocktail hours and receptions.Specifications: Indoor/Outdoor Venue Max capacity: 16 Size: 33 ft x 34 ft Total Square Feet: 1162
Plaza Danta

Plaza Danta

Steps away from the beach, Plaza Danta is Santarena Hotel’s most expansive outdoor venue. It is an exemplary event space for wedding ceremonies featuring ocean views and a sun-dried brick floor in a herringbone pattern with Cantera stone steps with pristine greenery.
Ponciana Restaurant

Ponciana Restaurant

Ponciana, Santarena Hotel’s premiere restaurant & bar, is chic yet sophisticated making it a wonderful venue for formal rehearsal dinners. Ingredients are locally sourced from the sea, mountains, and farms giving this restaurant its edge. Ponciana is inspired by the Basque cuisine and the feel of Biarritz 1972. Location: Indoors | Max Capacity: 100 People | Dimensions: 46 ft x 26 ft | Total Square Feet: 1216 | Ceiling Height: 15.74 ft
Santarena Hotel’s rooftop terrace & pool makes for the ideal space to host a cocktail hour or an engagement party (imagine it at

Santarena Hotel’s rooftop terrace & pool makes for the ideal space to host a cocktail hour or an engagement party (imagine it at

Santarena Hotel’s rooftop terrace & pool makes for the ideal space to host a cocktail hour or an engagement party (imagine it at sunset!). Perfect for keeping things intimate while enjoying breathtaking views of the surrounding ocean and town. Host your event in this space with both open and covered areas.

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