El Tamarindo Golf Resort
With only 29 villas on 900 acres, El Tamarindo Beach & Golf Resort is exceptionally peaceful and intimate. Private casitas—three of which are waterfront; the others are scattered throughout the ground’s lush jungles—are examples of superb regional architecture: all incorporate local hardwood walls and thatched palm roofs as well as decorative items like colorful Mexican tiles and fabrics. Guests are greeted with fresh fruit and bottles of wine, and amenities include L’Occitane bath products, Egyptian cotton linens, outdoor Jacuzzis, plunge pools, and terraces with hammocks. Additionally, rooms have flat-screen TVs and public areas have free Wi-Fi. Also on-site: a spa hut for massages near the waves and La Higuera restaurant, where diners order grilled local fish beneath a fig tree strung with lanterns.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.