Five Stylish Luxury Boutique Hotels in Central America - Fauna Travel

Five Stylish Luxury Boutique Hotels in Central America

Itz'Ana Belize Resort / Courtesy of Itz'Ana

By: Scott Dubois, Fauna Travel Designer

Central America has some of the world’s best eco-lodges, but we also have a soft spot for charming boutique hotels and chic beach resorts. Here are some of our favorites to complement your next nature adventure in Belize, Costa Rica, and Panama.


Placencia, Belize

Itz'Ana Belize Resort / Courtesy of Itz'Ana
Itz’Ana Belize Resort / Courtesy of Itz’Ana

The newly opened Itz’ana is now the premier place to stay in Placencia, the sleepy fishing village that has rapidly grown into Belize’s second most popular beach destination. The 47-room resort has a glamorous pool, sophisticated decor, and easy access to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. A lounge and farm-to-table restaurant are located in a central Great House. Not only does the hotel run a small organic farm to supply the restaurant–it even has fishermen on staff. Learn More »


Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Ninta Bungalow at Nantipa / Courtesy of Nantipa

Santa Teresa, located near the southern tip of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, has become a magnet for celebrity homes because of its remote location and beautiful beaches. Nantipa is a luxury hotel located just steps from the waves on Santa Teresa Beach. The property covers five acres of landscaped grounds with over 500 feet of beachfront. The resort was developed by a wholly Costa Rican team to reimagine what sustainable Costa Rican luxury means. The 21 modern suites are seriously comfortable and have every amenity you would want in a hotel. Learn More »

The Harmony Hotel

Nosara, Costa Rica

The restaurant at the Harmony Hotel in Nosara, Costa Rica / Courtesy of the Harmony Hotel

The Harmony Hotel is a diamond in the rough hidden in the jungle a couple of blocks from Guiones Beach, a laid-back surf village near Nosara, Costa Rica. The recently redesigned hotel has an irresistible retro vibe that permeates the lobby and restaurant. Rooms here are smaller but stylish, and the hotel restaurant serves some of the best food in the area. The hotel also offers a complimentary yoga class each day, if you aren’t too busy surfing one of the best beach breaks in Costa Rica. Learn More »

Hotel Aguas Claras

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

The bar at Hotel Aguas Claras, Costa Rica / Courtesy of Aguas Claras
The bar at Hotel Aguas Claras, Costa Rica / Courtesy of Hotel Aguas Claras

The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica gets much less attention than the Pacific side, but it has some lovely beaches and is perfect for travelers looking to do some low-key exploration. Hotel Aguas Claras is one of the best places to stay here. The bohemian boutique has comfortable one and two-bedroom bungalows, and multiple restaurants, and is only a short walk from the beach. Learn More »

American Trade Hotel

Panama City, Panama

American Trade Hotel lobby / Courtesy of American Trade Hotel
American Trade Hotel lobby / Courtesy of American Trade Hotel

We love Panama for its stunning beach resorts, but Panama City is a vibrant metropolis worth spending a few days in. The American Trade Hotel is the best luxury hotel in the city. The restored 1917 building is located in the historic Casco Viejo district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are plenty of restaurants and sightseeing options in the area, but the hotel has its cafe and Jazz club for those who don’t feel like venturing too far. Learn More »

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