Modern European design meets traditional Costa Rican craftsmanship in a new four-room boutique hotel in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.

The hotel is furnished with rattan furniture made in Sarchí, a Costa Rican town famous for crafts.

When Swedish couple Jonas Thorrel and Johanna Johansson decided to launch a boutique hotel in Santa Teresa, the laid-back Costa Rican beach town they now call home, they knew there was no point in competing with the landscape. With gleaming sands, lush jungles, and world-class surf, Santa Teresa has all the hallmarks of a tropical paradise remotely tucked away near the southern tip of the Nicoya peninsula.

So, the couple turned to award-winning Costa Rican architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe, who brought his expertise in blending contemporary design with tropical landscapes to the newly opened Mint Santa Teresa.

Backed by greenery and set facing the Pacific Ocean, each suite at the hotel takes in the best of Santa Teresa's landscapes.

Backed by greenery and set facing the Pacific Ocean, each suite at the hotel takes in the best of Santa Teresa’s landscapes.

Andrés García Lachner

Housed in a series of whitewashed pavilions stepping down a steep hillside, the four-room hotel melds modern and traditional design, taking inspiration from sun-kissed Greek architecture, minimalist Scandinavian design, and Costa Rican craftsmanship.



Each room is equipped with a plush king bed, while cool polished concrete floors encourage guests to go barefoot.

Each room is equipped with a plush king bed, while cool polished concrete floors encourage guests to go barefoot.

Andrés García Lachner

Yet for Jonas and Johanna, the owners and operators of Mint, the adults-only boutique hotel needed to be more than just a well-designed nature retreat. The four-year residents of Santa Teresa wanted guests to feel “a part of a little community, with other travelers and locals.” 

And with just four rooms available, curating that level of care and intimacy has been a defining feature at Mint. 

Guests have access to their own private rooftop terrace complete with hammocks, greenery, and sail canopies.

Guests have access to their own private rooftop terrace complete with hammocks, greenery, and sail canopies.

Andrés García Lachner

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