A colourful hilltop hotel in beautiful tropical grounds.
With five waterfalls and miles of nature trails to explore, this welcoming boutique resort in the foothills of Poas Volcano offers a peaceful alternative to the city hotels and is just 20 minutes away from San José. Take a stroll through the botanical garden, arrange a waterfall tour or sign up for the daily birdwatching tour – over 140 species live in the forest reserve. Choose a shady spot by one of the three swimming pools and bask in the incredible views – the aptly named sunset pool is the ideal place to sip cocktails as you watch the sun going down. Feel any stresses melt away as you enjoy a pre-treatment soak in your own Jacuzzi in one of the open-air thatched jalapas at the spa. Gaze out over the valley and choose from a range of treatments such as a hot stone massage inspired by Amerindian techniques or a heavenly chocolate wrap.
There is a real focus on fresh and delicious cuisine at the terrace restaurant which offers a farm-to-table menu of healthy dishes including local specialities and international cuisine. Enjoy freshly-squeezed orange juice made with fruit from the orchard, and vegetables, herbs and spices grown in the gardens – you can even request a tour of the organic farm and garden with the head gardener. At night, dinners are accompanied stunning views of the valley and beyond to the twinkling lights of San José.
Each of the villas is spacious and features bold colours and vivid artwork – you can buy weavings at the resort’s art shop. They each feature a terrace overlooking the valley and are either set on the East Hill which is close to the restaurant or on the West Hill which is near the Spa Village and sunset pool. As the focus is on nature and the stunning landscapes, you won't find any modern distractions such as televisions – but telly addicts can get their fix in the television room located in the main building. Rooms range from Prima Villas to the two-bedroom Star Villa which has two bathrooms, a dining area and full kitchen.
A 40-acre forest reserve in the village of Tacacorí de Alajuela
Good to know
This hotel has a wheelchair accessible room
24 spacious villas
Continental breakfast at the restaurant
*Denotes local charge