The Truly Authentic Rainforest Experience

Río Celeste Hideaway is a small resort-style and ecologically-conscious hotel that provides a truly unique experience. Our beautiful hotel in Costa Rica is located just an hour’s drive from the Arenal Volcano area and 90 minutes from the Liberia International airport (LIR), next to the Tenorio Volcano National Park, where the amazing Rio Celeste gains its sky-blue color and close to the Miravalles Volcano. We offer spacious comfort, a wonderful restaurant and amenities, surrounded by a natural paradise. Be prepared to experience a lush tropical rainforest and spot exotic animals during your stay!

A couple in a river at costa rica forests near Rio Celeste

Rio Celeste Hideaway Experience

Our location provides an ideal place to enjoy all kinds of outdoor adventures such as horseback riding along the river, white water rafting only 40 minutes away, tubing in the Celeste river and Arenal’s attractions less than an hour away. Each one of our 26 spacious casitas, or bungalows, provides an exclusive retreat so you, our dear guests, can relax amidst the breathtaking views.

Our Awards

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the rainforest and its wonders at the Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel. We will be happy to have you at the Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel and provide our world-class service to you!

Travel + Leisure world's best award for Rio Celeste

Travel + Leisure 2022 World's Best Awards

The 100 Best Hotels in the World 2022

The 10 Best Resorts in Central America 2022

Among the 14 Most Beautiful Jungle Hotels Around the World

TripAdvisor's Award Best of the Best 2023

1% Best Hotels in The World

The 25 Best Small Hotels in Central America

The 25 Best Small Hotels in Costa Rica

An aerial view of river & forest near the Rio Celeste Hideaway

Each one of our 26 spacious casitas, or bungalows, provides an exclusive retreat so you, our dear guests, can relax amidst the breathtaking views. What better way to start and end your day of enjoying the lovely rainforest setting and abundant activities nearby?

Exterior of Casita Deluxe Forest view rooms at Rio Celeste


Our Casitas Deluxe Forest View provide guests with maximum privacy and feature decks with direct views of the rainforest.

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Our spacious Casitas Deluxe - Garden View are conveniently located close to all the hotel amenities and have stunning lush garden views.

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Fruit salad with juice in the restaurant at Rio Celeste

Breakfast Included

Not only is daily breakfast included, but we ensure that it is always truly exceptional. The delicious yogurt, jams and pastries served at breakfast are prepared by women entrepreneurs from the towns of La Paz and El Pilon.

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Outdoor Pool & Jacuzzis

Sip tropical drinks at our swim-up bar attached to the freeform outdoor swimming pool, providing an ideal place to cool off during the day or enjoy a refreshing morning or evening swim. Enjoy any of our three hot Jacuzzis providing well-deserved relaxation following your daily activities.

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Jungle Gym

New Jungle Gym nestled amidst the captivating beauty of the surrounding forest. This extraordinary fitness sanctuary offers a truly unique workout experience, combining state-of-the-art facilities with breathtaking natural surroundings.

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A couple on a guided tour in the forests near Rio Celeste

Guided Tours

Be prepared to experience a lush tropical rainforest with mile-long paths along the majestic river, with plenty of opportunities to spot exotic animals during your stay! Bring your hiking shoes and water gear, and book one of many unforgettable adventures.

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Restaurant and Bars

Satisfy your appetite after an invigorating trek or a morning spent relaxing next to our sparkling freeform pool. Río Celeste Hideaway Hotel offers you the option for a poolside snack, a casual cocktail or an exclusive dining experience.

Our special offers in Tenorio Volcano National Park

Find the best prices and offers booking on our website! Booking with us you can also enjoy 20%off in our spa, 15% off on lunches at our restaurant, and our free night walk tour at the property



A girl using a tab on sofa in a room at Rio Celeste
A couple tubing in tenorio area river near Rio Celeste

Your adventure begins here

Nestled within one of the untouched rainforests of Costa Rica, Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel offers sophisticated comfort and style amidst lush natural beauty. The hotel is in a secluded rainforest adjacent to the Tenorio Volcano National Park, which boasts the breathtaking Rio Celeste River, the jewel of Northern Costa Rica. Tours and activities nearby provide an astounding array of experiences.



Rio Celeste Hideaway - The Wildlife Experience

Hidden in Northern Costa Rica, on the footsteps of volcanos besides a turquoise river is a place where the wonders of nature can thrive. With species found nowhere else on earth and others globally threatened in a landscape of awe-inspiring beauty. We are not just here to experience it, we are here to preserve it. With our own protected forest and as a proud supporter of the Costa Rica Wildlife Foundation, protecting nature is at our core while sharing it is our passion. Join us!

A family taking a selfie near a water fall around Rio Celeste

5 star hotel

This hotel was the nicest and coolest I have ever stayed at. You have monkeys and frogs literally on your property, and there's even your own private river where you can swim. Additionally, you can enjoy over an hour of hiking without even leaving the resort. Moreover, just down the street, there is a magnificent waterfall that requires an intense hike - an absolute must-see. Don't forget to try their delicious fruit, especially the freshest pineapple I have ever had. The hotel provided an amazing experience from start to end, although there were no activities offered within the hotel itself. 

Mik S, June 2023 - Canada

Love on first sight

I absolutely loved this hotel, which was by far the best experience of my entire Costa Rica trip. It provided a very relaxing atmosphere and the staff were extremely friendly and welcoming. The rooms were wonderful and spacious, with a beautiful terrace. I was so impressed by my stay that I even told my daughter that I would pay for her to stay there. I truly hope I have the opportunity to come back again in the future! 

Peter, June 2023 - Switzerland

Don't miss this perfect oasis!

This was absolutely one of the most beautiful hotels I've ever stayed in! The room was stunning and spacious, including a huge indoor and outdoor shower, porch, and amazing landscape everywhere you look, the pool was fantastic, with plenty of built-in seating and the staff were all incredibly friendly and helpful.

I was here for a mother-daughter trip, and it was our favorite place among all the places we stayed. I wish I had known about this place for my honeymoon, as it would have been perfect for that special occasion. 

Jessica J, June 2023 - United States

Go to the Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel. It is amazing!

Everything was perfect. Absolutely amazing. Beautiful grounds. Excellent food and service. Attention to detail. Quiet. Private. Spotlessly clean.

This was by far the best hotel experience we've ever had. Everything was perfect. I will sing its praises to anyone who will listen. Breakfast was delicious and included green juice and coffee, both so good. Drinks at the bar were fresh and inventive, and the dinner was delicious. I'm telling you, this place is absolutely top-notch.

Heidilin, May 2023 - United States

Look no further, this is THE place!

We spent four nights here and any attempt I could make to describe how WONDERFUL our experience was would not do it justice. The Costa Rican lifestyle, Pura Vida, sums it up best!!! If and when you stay here, you will get it. Everything was stunning. The property is gorgeous and so well maintained. The entire staff - OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! 

Definitely take the onsite hike down to the river! Yes, we swam in it, it's beautiful and we saw some cool stuff on the way in and out. We ate every meal on site, both at the main restaurant and the pool bar. Again, the service was outstanding and everything I ordered was great! 

if you've read this far, save yourself some valuable time and quit looking around. You've found the place - now book it!!!

Howard, May 2023

We had the most amazing wedding at Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel!

This place is amazing!!! It's nestled amongst the trees and foliage and has such an incredible staff. We recently had our wedding here and I cannot say enough wonderful things about how we were treated.

I feel like we gained additional family at Rio Celeste. The rooms are so cool and the food is amazing! I highly recommend the Kantala Beef Loin - OMG! This was our second visit to the Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel and we will definitely be back!

Taryn, May 2023 - United States

Tropical Paradise

Being at Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel was definitely a highlight of our time in Costa Rica. The staff went out of their way to help us and make our time there exceptional. We were surrounded with beauty. The meals and service were outstanding!
We especially appreciated the staff helping us find the 3 Toed Sloth mother and baby so we could photograph them. They even sent us Videos after we left the lodge which we really appreciated! 
We don't usually return to places, but we plan to return to Rio Celeste Hideaway next year!

Eleanor, March 2023 - United States

Une étape magnifique dans notre trip au Costa Rica

Une magnifique découverte dans ce micro climat proche du Rio Celeste. La chambre spacieuse, l'accueil adorable, dès la première minute on s'y sent bien.
Depuis le jacuzzi nous avons pu observer un paresseux et un toucan, de plus une grenouille rainette verte est venue nous souhaiter une douce nuit sur le chemin vers notre logement. La qualité et le service du restaurant font partie des belles surprises. 

Patricia, March 2023 - Switzerland
A frog in the rainforests of costa rica near Rio Celeste

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