When New England Patriots star quarterback, Tom Brady, married one of the world’s most famous supermodels, Gisele Bündchen, the Superbowl MVP went the extra yard by having two wedding celebrations. Several months after their intimate church service in L.A., the duo exchanged vows on the dazzling shores of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, before friends and family. It was fitting that this uber-stunning couple chose a spot of out-of-this-world beauty to marry. With its flourishing jungles, glorious waterfalls and endless beaches, Costa Rica is an ultra-romantic destination.
You, too, can enjoy an intimate getaway in this tropical land if you stay at Florblanca, located in the sleepy surfing village of Santa Teresa on the Pacific coast. Set on seven acres of powdered sand and surrounded by a peaceful forest, the resort offers 10 secluded guest villas, each individually decorated with locally sourced furnishings. The breezy rooms feature open-air seating areas with made-for-two hammocks, perfect for drinking in the ocean view. Each bungalow also has private access to the beach.
The resort hosts more than a dozen exciting day trips and excursions. Hop on a guided tour of the nearby fishing town of Montezuma and you’ll zoom around back roads on an ATV, hike deep into the tropical forest and swim beneath a waterfall. Experienced surfers will want to catch a helicopter ride to Pavones, home of one of the longest left breaks in the world. If you’re just getting your feet wet, try the hotel’s Surfs Up package and you’ll get a private surfing lesson.
Nectar, the resort’s intimate, alfresco restaurant, specializes in fresh seafood. To accompany your just-caught meal, you can choose from an extensive sake selection. As you savor the Daily Ceviche, which features the catch of the day marinated in a spicy mix of lime juice, bell pepper and cilantro, enjoy the fluorescent hues of the Pacific sunset— just one of the many natural attractions that give this country its reputation for stunning natural beauty (room rates start at $350 a night; florblanca.com).
Photography courtesy of Hotel Florblanca