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    Secluded elegance at Recreo resort

    Recreo, a 63-acre resort on the coast of Costa Rica's Guanacaste province, was aptly named for the Spanish word for "recess." Recreo is one of those very secluded and remote resorts designed for travelers who truly want to get away from it all. Pictured here, Villa No. 19, home to the largest pool at the resort. TW photos by Johanna Jainchill.

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    Secluded elegance at Recreo resort

    Many of the pools are more plunge pools than actually swimming pools, perfect for late afternoon dips.

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    Secluded elegance at Recreo resort

    Each villa is privately owned and is completely different in terms of size and style. Some are quite modern, like this...

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    Secluded elegance at Recreo resort

    And this.

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    Secluded elegance at Recreo resort

    While others have a more “traditional tropical” design aesthetic.

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    Secluded elegance at Recreo resort

    The bathroom in the one-bedroom villa, Recreo’s most contemporary.

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    Secluded elegance at Recreo resort

    An outdoor sitting area at a Recreo villa.

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    Secluded elegance at Recreo resort

    Recreo has private tennis courts. Golf carts are ideal for getting form the villas to the beach to the amenities.

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    Secluded elegance at Recreo resort

    A mountaintop “bar” area is perfect for watching Pacific Ocean sunsets while spider monkeys swing from nearby trees.

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    Secluded elegance at Recreo resort

    The view from the mountaintop.

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    Secluded elegance at Recreo resort

    The almost-private beach, a five-minute ride from Recreo, is a long and secluded stretch of the Pacific tucked into a horseshoe-shaped cove.

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    Secluded elegance at Recreo resort

    The beach at sunset.

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