It's a wonderful place to escape the chaos. Calming, secluded and peaceful it offers the ability to reconnect with yourself, nature and/or your loved ones. Most of their food is organically produced on their property and greenhouses. The dairy comes from their local cow, which is milked every morning with the option to assist if you like. The adobe brick cottages with working fireplaces and two wooden rocking chairs offer a cozy private taste of the past. It can get chilly at night so the fireplace is quite useful. There are no tv's or wifi in the cottages (at least the standard cottages) as not to allow yourself to be "distracted," but the beds are extremely soft and comfortable. The cottages are clean, but don't freak out over the occational insect or spider around. (You are in the rainforrest) . They do have a rec-room with tv's and a comfortable theatre where they screen films nightly. The staff are knowledable, extremely nice, and accommodating. It feels like you are on top of the country with spectacular views, even of the distant Arenal Volcano. The nature reserve is interesting filled with a butterfly and insect collection along with a small team of members documenting research and conducting nature hikes (which are $26 per person.) Don't be startled by the number of native roccoon families roaming around, especially near the nature building. They are not aggressive (at least from our experience.) You can take an unguided hike through one of their trails filled with humming birds zipping arround quite close to you almost startling you. Unfortunately, Most of the wildlife to be seen is along their other trail, which you must have a guide. They do have a spa and jacuzzi, but no pool (only one of the few drawbacks.) Breakfast is free and they will make whatever you like. The restaurant can be quite pricey for lunch & dinner with $15-30 plates. The food is very delicious as well as the cocktails, but it would be nice to have some more modestly priced options. In regards to that, you can find tasty full plates of local food at "SODAS" for around $5-10 per person. Unfortunately, a drawback because of its remote location you will need a car to leave at your will with the exception of daily van tours to the nearest town of San Ramon. Fortunately for my wife and I, we had a rental car, but would have to make the 9km drive through the bumpy back road about 25 minutes to the main road inorder to find a few nearby "sodas" . A few of the most helpful staff members were Christian at the front desk, Juan Carlos and Enrique in the restaurant, and Roy and Brian? in the nature reserve! In reflection the few drawbacks are no pool, rough unpaved road to location, and (understandingly) high priced menu with little other price options. All in all, it is a lovely place to stay depending on what you're looking for. Most likely not the spot for partiers, but great to get away and recharge!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just over an hour's drive from San Jose International Costa Rica airport (SJO), eco-minded travelers from all over the world have reveled in the beauty of Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel, located within the Los Angeles Private Biological Nature Reserve & Research Station in the Canton of San Ramon. The hotel is ideally situated as a gateway to Arenal Volcano and the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Here, you're immersed in one of the world's most precious and complex jungle ecosystems - the cloud forest. This boutique mountain hotel is nestled on 75-acres of gentle rolling hills, with well-appointed "casitas" and Honeymoon Suites, each with their own fireplace, and surrounded by acres of lush botanical gardens. Originally owned by former president Rodrigo Carazo Odio and First Lady, Estrella Zeledon de Carazo, Villa Blanca has become a renown and cherished Costa Rica destination. The architecture reflects the original farm village concept, with a welcoming Hacienda, offering guests exceptional Costa Rican hospitality, premier dining, a private theater, conference facilities, and pampering spa menu. Also quite unique is a replica of a 14th century Roman wedding chapel, La Mariana, with its hand painted ceramic ceiling. Choose from a variety of nature-based activities, including horseback, zip-lines, and user-friendly guided trials, plus excursions to Arenal and Poas volcanoes, hot springs, and rural-cultural tours. This is the Costa Rica where those who "travel well and travel right" want to go. Please feel free to visit our sister-site, one of the most prestigious Manuel Antonio hotels, Si Como No. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Blanca Cloud Forest
- Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel And Nature Reserve Costa Rica/San Ramon