Mint — Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Guestroom at Mint hotel, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
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Beach-lovers and surf hounds have long favoured the wild beauty of Costa Rica for their annual dose of sun and sea. The arrival of the bijou, adults-only Mint Santa Teresa hotel is just the excuse we need to block out some dates for our summer retreat.

Terraced into the side of a steep hill with sparkling views of the Pacific Ocean, the four-bedroom property is the work of Benjamin Garcia Saxe, his Costa Rica office ably creating a series of interlocking all-white pavilions that seamlessly blend Greek architectural influences and Scandi-minimalism with locally-sourced materials such as caña brava grass and carved timber furniture.

Each room features a rooftop terrace – the sun held at bay by a sail-shade – which is furnished with rattan furniture made in Sarchí, a Costa Rican town noted for its craftsmanship. From every vantage point, the eye is drawn towards the distant horizon though the architects have thoughtfully framed the whole against both manicured landscaping and the wilder hillside tropical foliage.

The communal lounge area and infinity pool make for great social mixers, though the diversions are equally tempting, including nature trails on horseback, exploring Montezuma, and kayaking to nearby Cabo Blanco for the sunrise.

Exterior view of the climbing, interlocking guestrooms at Mint hotel, Santa

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Hanging seating at the communal lounge space at Mint hotel, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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Table and lounge seating at the communal lounge space at Mint hotel, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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Hammocks at the roofs of two pavilions at Mint Hotel, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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The infinity pool at Mint Hotel, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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100 metres east of Fercosta,
Santa Teres

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Daven Wu is the Singapore Editor at Wallpaper*. A former corporate lawyer, he has been covering Singapore and the neighbouring South-East Asian region since 1999, writing extensively about architecture, design, and travel for both the magazine and website. He is also the City Editor for the Phaidon Wallpaper* City Guide to Singapore.