Pacuare Lodge, Turrialba
The adventure at Pacuare Lodge starts with the journey. Opt either to raft along the white-water rapids of the Pacuare River or enter via "ground transportation" from San José, catching a minibus through the old capital of Cartago, to the town of Turrialba, before changing to a 4x4 in Santa Marta for the final bumpy descent into the resort. Once there, guests are rewarded with luxury bungalows, a gourmet restaurant, and activities from canyoning to horse-riding.
Pacuare Lodge, Río Pacuare, Turrialba (00 506 2225 3939; pacuarelodge.com). Doubles start at US$674 (£449), all inclusive.