Immersive rainforest experience joins Hilton’s Costa Rica portfolio

by | 02 Jul 2022 | Design

Imagery courtesy of Hilton.

Located in one of the world’s most biologically diverse regions, Hilton’s unique new property offers an immersive rainforest experience.

Botánika Osa Peninsula, Curio Collection by Hilton, a premier eco-resort in Costa Rica’s unspoiled South Pacific Coast, is now open.

Eco escape

Managed by Aqua-Aston Hospitality, Botánika Osa Peninsula promises to deliver a distinctive resort experience and exclusive access to some of the region’s best sportfishing and eco- and adventure-tourism activities.

Located beside two of Costa Rica’s most prized natural jewels – Corcovado National Park and the Pacific Ocean’s Golfo Dulce – Botánika Osa Peninsula set across 21 acres of lush flora and fauna. The resort provides travellers an unspoiled rainforest escape with well-appointed residence accommodations, upscale dining outlets, a 100-seat event space, along with rainforest-inspired experiences at the resort’s Clubhouse.

General manager Diego Oviedo said: “Our goal is to make it easier for travellers to experience the hidden gem that is the Osa Peninsula. We thoughtfully created a resort environment to serve as the perfect home base.”

Blending indoors and outdoors

The resort features contemporary architecture by Gensler and Modus Operandi that perfectly coexists with the environment. The interior design, by Francisco Jove of Modus Operandi, evokes a refined sense of place where the lines between outdoor and indoor blur throughout the public spaces and guest accommodations, featuring wide verandas, expansive glass walls and indigenous landscaping.

The resort is opening with 44 rainforest residences, available in studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom configurations and feature floor-to-ceiling windows, modern kitchenettes or full kitchens with high-end appliances, oversized terraces, and a private rooftop lounge for nature viewing and stargazing. Each spacious suite has a bright colour palette and biophilic aesthetic that complements the lush rainforest landscape. In 2023, Botánika Osa Peninsula will have a total of 123 rainforest residences.

The Clubhouse space is complete with a reception area, concierge desk, outdoor seating and a courtyard terrace. The area also houses the resort’s signature restaurant, lounge, wine bar, and a 2,600 sq ft state-of-the-art fitness centre, as well as unique gardens where guests can see wildlife such as monkeys, hummingbirds and flora like orchids and bamboo.

Costa Rican cuisine

Executive chef Jose Tizado leads the resort’s four culinary outlets. His elevated menus feature sustainable ingredients sourced from regional purveyors and the resort gardens. Tierra a la Mesa, the resort’s signature restaurant, serves daily breakfast and dinner and offers indoor and alfresco seating. Guests can try dishes like the Tomahawk steak or freshly caught Mahi Mahi prepared in a custom charcoal barbecue grill using traditional Costa Rican cooking techniques.

Becra is a more casual dining option, while Driza, the resort’s poolside cocktail lounge, is open for lunch and happy hour and features live musical performances by local artists. Wine bar Babanca provides an environment for VIP tasting experiences and small events.

Jenna Hackett, global brand head of Curio Collection by Hilton said: “With locally influenced culinary offerings, inspired design and an array of curated activities enabling guests to connect with nature, every element of Botánika Osa Peninsula, Curio Collection by Hilton reflects Costa Rica’s rich culture and gorgeous landscape. We’re excited to welcome this distinct new property to the portfolio and provide travellers an authentic experience in this one-of-a-kind destination.”

Ultimate relaxation

Surrounded by indigenous gardens and flanked by poolside cabanas and two Jacuzzis, the lagoon-style swimming pool offers an environment for a tranquil dip. The state-of-the-art fitness centre features a stretching area, weight training equipment, cable training gear, advanced cardio machines and HIIT training.

A forthcoming spa with restorative therapies that target the mind, body and spirit is set to open in 2023. The menu will feature customised treatments inspired by the rainforest and surrounding botanicals, from hot stone massages to chocolate wraps and coffee scrubs.

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