European design elements meet Costa Rican craftsmanship in the newly completed Mint Santa Teresa, a modern hotel set into a steep hillside in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. San Jose-based architecture firm Studio Saxe completed the upscale hotel for Swedish owners who fell in love with the beautiful area, which has become a hotspot for surfing and yoga. Built to harmonize with the landscape, the hotel is comprised of pavilion-like structures that step down towards the beach.


bedroom Mint Santa Teresa by Studio Saxe

private pavilion guest room Mint Santa Teresa by Studio Saxe

Mint Santa Teresa has multiple spacious, pavilion-like guest rooms that fully open up to views of the surrounding nature while preserving privacy. Each room comes with a personal terrace overlooking the ocean in front of the hotel, as well as the tropical gardens behind it. Guests also enjoy access to a rooftop terrace with hammocks, lush landscaping, and elevated views.

roof terrace Mint Santa Teresa by Studio Saxe

bedroom Mint Santa Teresa by Studio Saxe

Rattan furniture sourced from the famous crafts town Sarchí is used throughout the hotel, as are locally sourced materials, such as the caña brava grass ceilings and other custom furniture made from locally sourced wood. An infinity pool and sunset bar are located at the heart of the hotel, in the communal lounge area where the breakfast buffet is served.

infinity pool Mint Santa Teresa by Studio Saxe

communal lounge Mint Santa Teresa by Studio Saxe

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“Hotels traditionally became vast objects in the landscape that bear no relation to their surroundings and are devoid of genuine human interaction,” according to architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe. “At Mint, we endeavored to create a contextual design that adapts to its landscape and offers a new type of experience for a breed of traveler seeking authenticity.”

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side view Mint Santa Teresa by Studio Saxe

rear garden Mint Santa Teresa by Studio Saxe