Playa Mansita at Hacienda Pinilla

Travel is a very personal matter and your definition of paradise is personal. And as for luxury travel destinations – well, that definition is personal, too.

Because, while one person might consider Infinity resort pools and exclusive Beach Clubs to be luxury, another would only consider a destination luxurious if it had isolated beaches and spectacular vacation homes. And so, while we don’t believe there’s a single definition for Costa Rica luxury travel, we would like to tell you a little bit about Hacienda Pinilla and how it stacks up as an international destination for luxury travelers.

World-Class Golf

Hacienda Pinilla Golf

Hacienda Pinilla’s 72-par golf course was designed around the country’s wild and natural wonders, earning it the designation of

What happens, when you turn beachfront ranch land into one of Central America’s premier resort communities? If you’re lucky – and highly skilled at master community planning, of course! – you get Hacienda Pinilla, a beautiful community and one of Costa Rica’s luxury travel destinations

And here, as the centerpiece of this once-farmland, you’ll find Hacienda Pinilla’s 7,200-yard, 72-par golf course, which was designed around the community’s wildest and most natural wonders. Designated an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary as recognition for its ecological balance and respect for nature, Hacienda Pinilla’s Golf Course follows the natural slopes and curves of our beach landscapes, while providing shelter to local wildlife, including the birds and deer and, if you’re very lucky, the small wildcats that make their home here.

And then, there are the not-quite-urban legends that tell of a uniquely Hacienda Pinilla-type of sand trap: crocodiles, visiting the greens! How’s that for your next golf challenge?


  • For guests not staying in Hacienda Pinilla: $125/18 holes.
  • For guests staying in Hacienda Pinilla: $105/18 holes.
  • After 1:00pm, the price is $90 for everybody.
  • It includes access to the golf course, 18 holes and a golf cart.
  • Golf sticks rental price: $40 for 18 holes and $25 for 9 holes.
  • Customer service hours are from Monday to Sunday and from 7:00am to 6:00pm

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Private Security

Sometimes, Costa Rica luxury resides in the things you don’t see, rather than the things you do. At Hacienda Pinilla, one of these invisible things is our private security, posted at every entrance and exit, and onsite to help with anything you need.

Think of our security as just that: hey sense of security. Peace of mind. An invitation to enjoy your vacation, with nary a worry.

Manicured Tennis Courts

Tennis takes a tropical spin at Hacienda Pinilla, where tennis courts are surrounded by towering royal palms and matches take place just a few minutes’ walk from the beach.

Embrace the spirit of competition and schedule A match with friends or family at Hacienda Pinilla’s Tennis Center. or, if you’re in the market to better your game, the community also employs an on-site tennis pro, who offers more than 20 years of experience, not just in license but in international tournaments and championships. You can book private lessonssemi-private lessonsgroup lessonsmonthly doubles socials, kids’ after-school programs, camps, and more. Racquet rentals are available.

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Lush Landscaping

hacienda pinilla golf

In the tropics, lush takes on a different meaning: it can be more Seeping-Beauty’s-Castle-after-100-years than it is English wall garden. Both are incredible, when separate, but when you find a way to blend the two of them, well – you’ve created something truly special.

Herein lies the secret to one of Costa Rica’s luxury travel destinations: at Hacienda Pinilla, the landscapes are both lush and manicured. Here, a walk down the street feels like a stroll through a Botanical Garden. Tropical and exotic flowers, bushes, and trees are alive with color, almost everywhere you look. The only advice we can give you is to bring your camera. And your favorite lenses.

Beach Club

Hacienda Pinilla resort community in Costa Rica

When it comes to luxury travel destinations, there’s always a line in the sand: At Hacienda Pinilla, that line resides at the Beach Club, located at the convergence of ranch and see.

Indeed, the Hacienda Pinilla Beach Club is the crown jewel of this beachfront community. Located right on the sands at Playa Avellanas, the Beach Club offers some of Costa Rica’s most exclusive beachfront access:

  • Oceanfront Swimming Pool: One of the most incredible resort pools in Costa Rica, Hacienda Pinilla’s beachfront, infinity-edge pool serves as the Beach Club’s focal point.
  • Beachfront Bar and Restaurant: There’s no better pairing to an oceanfront resort pool than an oceanfront resort pool with its own restaurant and bar, serving the freshest seafood, gourmet flavors, and other plates to please your palate.
  • Fitness Center: It’s a workout with a view – the ultimate in Costa Rica luxury, if you don’t mind a side of sea breeze with your hard-earned elevated heart rate. The Beach Club’s new second-floor, oceanfront fitness center offers a window onto the Pacific’s crashing waves, daring surfers, and changing tides. 

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Fine Dining

Azul Grill

When you travel, you probably derive great joy and pleasure from sampling new cuisines and savoring new interpretations from the chef. Hacienda Pinilla’s dining options will not disappoint; there is a wide range of restaurants, both casual and fine dining, located within the resort and nearby. Here are a few that we can recommend:


Location: JW Marriott, Hacienda Pinilla Costa Rica
Cuisine: Costa Rican
Opening hours: 6.30am – 10pm


Location: Pinilla
Cuisine: Costa Rican
Opening hours: 7am – 3pm and 6pm – 9.30pm
Closed: Wednesdays
Delivery and take away possible


Location: JW Marriott, Hacienda Pinilla
Opening hours: 6pm – 12am


Location: Golf Club, Hacienda Pinilla
Cuisine: Costa Rican
Opening hours: 8 am – 4 pm
Closed: Mondays


Location: Playa Avellanas
Cuisine: Seafood and International
Opening hours: 9am-5pm


Location: Playa Avellanas
Cuisine: International
Opening hours: Mon- Wed 9am – 1pm, Thu-Sun 9am – 9pm
Delivery possible


Location: Playa Avellanas
Cuisine: Israeli
Opening hours: 5:30pm – 9pm
Closed: Wednesdays
Delivery possible


Location: Playa Avellanas
Cuisine: Italian
Opening hours: 5.30 pm – 9 pm
Closed: Tuesdays
Take away possible


Location: Los Pargos, Playa Negra
Cuisine: Pizza
Opening hours: 5pm – 8.30pm
Delivery and take away possible


Location: Playa Avellanas
Cuisine: Costa Rican
Opening hours: Monday 12pm – 8pm, Tuesday- Sunday 9.30am -9 pm


Location: Tamarindo
Cuisine: International
Opening hours: 12pm – 9pm 


Location: Playa Negra
Cuisine: French and Mediterranean
Opening hours: 7.15am – 9.30 pm
Closed: Mondays

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Other Hacienda Pinilla Amenities

yoga on the beach at sunset

While a destination’s appeal is found beyond a checklist of amenities – that’s why it’s so personal: what you deem luxury or necessity or desirable reflects your own tastes – and again, while there is a single definition for luxury travel destinations, we are confident that Hacienda Pinilla reflects many of the qualities that you seek:

Spectacular Beaches

Located on a quiet and near-private curve of Gold Coast beachfront, Hacienda Pinilla unfolds over Langosta, Mansita, and Avellanas beaches. Blue Flag beaches (= ecologically certified). The sparkling Pacific. A warm sun. And oh, yes, famous surfing.

  • Playa Avellanas: considered by many to be one of the top ten beaches in Central America, Playa Avellanas is known for its aquamarine waters, incredibly soft sands, and exotic shells. It’s also well regarded for “little Hawaii,” home to world-class surf swells and 18-foot breaks, during the best times of the year.
  • Playa Langosta: is seen of rare beauty, Playa Langosta is often ranked among the most beautiful beaches in Latin America. Here, lava rocks form tide pools and tree-lined coast curves to create beautiful seaside shade. This speech is also Blue Flag certified for its ecological sensitivity.
  • Playa Mansita: a scenic spot known for its white sands and rocky outcroppings, this quiet little corner offers a perfect place to relax, especially at low tide, when you can stroll out onto its rocks and view ocean life, revealed.

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Hiking & Biking Trails

While we’re on the topic of enjoyable amenities, Hacienda Pinilla’s extensive trail system delivers an everyday invitation to explore the great outdoors. Here, you can pedal your wheels or follow your own 2 feet into some of the most striking landscapes and panoramic views that this region of Costa Rica has to offer.

The trails travel over 45 kilometers of Pacific coastline, dry forest, and ranch land – a slice of authentic Costa Rican life that few tourists have the opportunity to experience. It’s more than astonishingly beautiful or even wildly secluded; Costa Rica’s back roads, valleys, and hills are the true face of this incredible country – a country that you’ll seemingly have all to yourself.

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Luxury Vacation Rentals

Hacienda Pinilla is, first and foremost, a community – a destination that revolves around people. And so, we invite you to peruse our entire catalog of elite homes and vacation rentals located within one of the top luxury travel destinations in Costa Rica. Here are a few to whet your appetite:

Villa Tranquila

8 Beds | 10 Baths | 24 Guests

Villa Tranquila Hacienda Pinilla vacation rental-min

A rare find in a rare kind of community, Villa Tranquilla is a sprawling mansion with ocean views, a private pool, and experienced full-time staff. An unparalleled vacation experience and the epitome of Costa Rica luxury, no matter how you define it.

Here, your experience is defined by the details: three daily meals are prepared and served by an experienced culinary staff. Your afternoons are spent whiling away the hours in a saltwater pool. Every night, your travel party will retreat to the privacy of your own, all-ensuite bedrooms. Because this is the kind of vacation home where everything has been conceived, planned, and perfected, before you ever stepped foot through the door.

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Casa Samba

8 Beds | 6 Baths | 18 Guests

Casa Samba Hacienda Pinilla vacation rental for framily friends

Truly a hidden gem – Casa Samba is surrounded by and ensconced within verdant jungle – this spectacular home lives and breathes the tropical experience. Double master bedrooms offer incredible views and pools of natural light, and elegant boho-chic furniture reminds you of exactly where you are… but we know that the majority of your time will be spent outside.

Because outside, at Casa Samba, is spectacular! Idyllic and tropical, your backyard is designed around a peaceful private pool and lush gardens. You’ll almost feel as if all of Hacienda Pinilla were yours, and yours alone.

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Casa Serena

5 Beds | 5 Baths | 10 Guests

Casa Serena Hacienda Pinilla house rental-min

The labyrinthine interiors at Casa Serena spare no luxury, no touch of comfort, no exquisite detail. No bones about it, this home was designed for decadence – for the kind of Costa Rica luxury that many seek but few find, because it is, simply, so very hard to find.

And that’s because, in Costa Rica, the beachfront is a rare commodity. And yet, Casa Serena sits on the Pacific Oceanfront, steps to the sand, at any time of day or night. Its custom infinity pool is built around a tree. Its decks overlook soft sand. There’s a full gym and even a spa, right in the house. Because you seek the extraordinary – this uniquely serene, only-at-Casa-Serena, sense of luxury.

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Reserve Concierge Services & the Hacienda Pinilla Experience

When you reserve your Hacienda Pinilla vacation home with us, you gain access to our full concierge services.

When you book, we’ll get in touch to help you plan all the details of your stay. Our job is to get to know you, so we can help you plan the trip of your dreams. Whether you just need help arranging transportation or would like a full itinerary – everything from your airport shuttle to a full trip’s worth of activities, private chef services, and golf cart rental – we’re happy to help.

Even better, our concierge services are always free. So, why wait? Get in touch and let’s get started!