You won't find a more stylish retreat in Costa Rica than the Andaz Papagayo. It's the resort where everybody mysteriously knows your name; just three nights here will make you feel part of the family.

There's no formal reception area, just a gargantuan domed wooden structure, with views straight onto the Pacific. Here, the staff casually cluster, looking like a gathering of (ultra-cool) friends waiting for you to join the house party. Feeling at home is what it's all about, and each of the 152 villas and rooms reflects this laidback 'mi casa es su casa' vibe. Forgotten your flip-flops? Don't fret, there's a pair for each of you in your room, along with a colourful beach bag and his'n'hers straw hats.

You'll be hard-pushed to find a better view of the ocean than from the balcony in your (not-so) standard room. If you can bear it, wake early and chatter with the monkeys at sunrise, or race to the secluded private beach with a famous Costa Rican coffee: the perfect time of day to enjoy the rugged views. Burrowed into the Papagayo peninsula, the resort is under strict regulations to remain sustainable and to blend flawlessly into the tropical coastline. If you're looking for castaway eco-luxury, you've found it.

WOW FACTOR A mixology class - expect fire, smoke and some seriously cool cocktails in achingly hip bar Chao Pescao.

GO A double room costs from £300