Villa Blanca was the final stay of our 12 day trip, and what a way to finish our visit! The location is remote, about 11 km off the paved road (and the dirt/gravel road is pretty rough in spots). But that is part of the magic, because you are literally in the rolling hills of a cloud forest and all its glory.
Upon our arrival, the staff gave us a complimentary upgrade to a deluxe casita, which we appreciated. The room was gorgeous, with high ceilings, a traditional fireplace, two baths (one with a Jacuzzi tub, one with a shower), comfy bed, and a sitting room overlooking the back yard.
The property is well kept, as are all the casitas and the main building. There is a small chapel which apparently was a gift from the former president to his wife on their 50th anniversary. It is a lovely spot to sit for a while and contemplate how great life can be. The self-guided nature trails are definitely worth investigation; we saw a chachalaca (large bird), many hummingbirds, and a family of peccary (small wild pigs) skittering up a hillside. We also walked outside after dinner one evening to find some staff and the nature guide looking up at a large owl who was perched on a post, tracking a huge moth near the front lobby. Amazing!
El Sendero, the restaurant, has really good food. Especially tasty is the plantain-crusted sea bass. The servers are all attentive and very friendly. Some double as bartenders, which allowed us to get to know them a bit better. León and Jonathan were both superb.
We took advantage of the spa's couples massage offer and Maria gave us wonderful massages. Highly recommend this.
Stay here if you enjoy peace, quiet and naturally lovely surroundings.
- 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