The Mint Santa Teresa Hotel Welcomes Its Guests Into A Tropical Paradise

Most touristic attractions focus on offering their visitors the most amazing views and while that’s definitely incredible sometimes it’s not enough. That’s how hotels such as the Mint Santa Teresa manage to stand out and to impress their guests. Located on Playa San Teresa  in Costa Rica, this contemporary hotel is actually a collection of individual guest pavilions which unfold in layers taking advantage of the sloped terrain to offer panoramic views over the ocean. Surrounded by a tropical paradise, this unusual hotel manages to introduce its guests into a very charming ambiance and to connect them to the local culture. In other words, this place is about hospitality as much as it about landscape.

This is a hotel designed for travelers seeking social and cultural interaction, not just amazing viewsView in gallery
This is a hotel designed for travelers seeking social and cultural interaction, not just amazing views
The guests stay in pavilion-like structures, each with a roof terrace that offers the most amazing ocean viewsView in gallery
The guests stay in pavilion-like structures, each with a roof terrace that offers the most amazing ocean views
The pavilions can be opened up completely, welcoming the outdoors in and connecting the bedrooms to the terracesView in gallery
The pavilions can be opened up completely, welcoming the outdoors in and connecting the bedrooms to the terraces

The Mint San Teresa Hotel was designed and built by Studio Saxe and the project was recently completed at the beginning of 2018. The pavilions and the communal areas cover a total of 660 square meters of land and welcome visitors in the middle of nature where they can enjoy a great surfing spot and interact with the locals to find out more about their culture. This harmony dominates the entire area. The guest pavilions feature modern designs and were built and furnished using local materials. They each have a rooftop terrace and their ceilings are made of Cana brava which is a type of grass, featuring intricate fishbone patterns.

Each guest room features a terrace at the front and a garden at the back and this gives it great views and plenty of privacyView in gallery
Each guest room features a terrace at the front and a garden at the back and this gives it great views and plenty of privacy
The lush vegetation basically envelops the pavilions, making it seem as if they emerge out of the gardensView in gallery
The lush vegetation basically envelops the pavilions, making it seem as if they emerge out of the gardens
The hotel also offers a communal lounge area for everyone to enjoy. It’a a beautiful shaded terrace by the poolView in gallery
The hotel also offers a communal lounge area for everyone to enjoy. It’a a beautiful shaded terrace by the pool
Out here the guests can interact with each other and enjoy the stunning view from the infinity edge poolView in gallery
Out here the guests can interact with each other and enjoy the stunning view from the infinity edge pool
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The use of locally-sourced materials such as wood and rattan or grass gives the hotel an authentic and very charming look
The design is intentionally kept simple in order to allow the focus to be on the materials, the textures, the views and the ambianceView in gallery
The design is intentionally kept simple in order to allow the focus to be on the materials, the textures, the views and the ambiance
The infinity edge pool overlooks the tree canopies and the ocean just a short distance awayView in gallery
The infinity edge pool overlooks the tree canopies and the ocean just a short distance away
The hotel has an unusual distribution of the guest rooms, one which offers increased privacy and immersion into natureView in gallery
The hotel has an unusual distribution of the guest rooms, one which offers increased privacy and immersion into nature