Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo Rating: 5.0 Pearls
Parents won't have to worry about their kids getting bored at the secluded and luxurious Four Seasons. The kids club and teen center can be used free of charge and offer dozens of activities, both indoors and outdoors, under staff supervision. Babysitting is available for $20 an hour; there are special menus available for the young ones in all of the hotel's restaurants as well as for room service; and the resort provides rollaway beds and cribs free of charge. Plus, there are two beautiful beaches and three pools.
Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The 202-room Hilton Papagayo is an excellent upscale all-inclusive option in Guanacaste, with a decent beach and comfortable rooms. It's quieter and classier than your typical all-inclusive, and there are plenty of activities for children: a big, three-tier pool (with ocean views), a free kids club, a playground, and free kayaks at the beach. The hotel also provides children’s menus at its three restaurants, high chairs, and cribs.
Los Altos Beach Resort Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Every single unit at Los Altos is a 2,300-square-foot, three-bedroom condo with all the trimmings: a fully-equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances, enormous living room with a big flat-screen TV, three terraces, and direct elevator access. The dining room table seats up to six, the rooms are large, and there are 2.5 bathrooms in every condo. In short: There's more than enough room for families to spread out. Though the rocky beach might not be the best one to build castles in, the hotel has a lovely infinity pool where kids can splash around, and the 24-hour front desk can help arrange activities to do with kids.
JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The JW Marriott is not the typical noisy and bustling kid-friendly hotel. While parents indulge in the great adult amenities (like the gorgeous, world-class spa or the free classes at the fitness center), kids can participate in the resort's free kids club (complete with video games and foosball), and swim in the stunning free-form pool (the largest in Central America). The hotel, located directly on lovely Mansita Beach, also offers babysitting services and cribs.
Buena Vista Luxury Villas Rating: 3.5 Pearls
There's a lot to like about Buena Vista Luxury Villas if you're planning a trip with children: big, clean rooms that all have a kitchenette or kitchen with a microwave, sink, coffeemaker, and stocked minibar; four swimming pools; direct access to a quality beach; and free kayak and boogie board rentals. The Premium Villas are especially convenient for families, with a large living room and a nook with a lounge bed that can be used for extra sleeping capacity.
Si Como No Resort, Spa and Wildlife Refuge Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The amenities here are a main pull for families: two pools, two restaurants, a movie theater, and a wildlife refuge (complete with a crocodile lagoon and a butterfly habitat) across the street. Rooms are not particularly luxurious, but they all come with a wet bar, and most can sleep a family of four.