Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Retreat is a tiny, unassuming and intimate accommodation facility spread over 26 acres of pristine hills and an incredible country style old worldly charm that emphasized by a mountain valley landscape. Originally constructed as a dairy farm, Leaves and Lizards’ land was deforested and segmented into 30 pastures. The current owners bought this alluringly quaint property in 2006 and planted a staggering 3000 trees in its premises. They also worked diligently towards protection of the region’s springs and restoration of the surrounding rainforest. This is also one of the most sought after properties for conducting research studies on the area’s well chronicled biodiversity. Leaves and Lizards is as famous for its fine pedigree horses (and private equestrian trails) as it is for its simple rustic experiences such as participating in early morning farm chores (making cheese, milking cows, collecting eggs). The property is perfect for patrons seeking a down-to-earth, unhurried and honest to goodness farm experience without any fake top of the line frills coloring an authentic nature experience.Read More
Samasati Nature Retreat is a one-of-its-kind 250 acre back to nature retreat for eco-tourism buffs, adventure seekers holiday and yoga practitioners. Set amidst virgin rainforests in the backdrop of the Caribbean Coast, the lodge offers the right blend of seclusion and access to top attractions around the region.It combines the best of the eastern philosophy of yoga and ayurveda with principles of sustainable living and environmental conservation. An ideal romantic hideaway, Samasati is an unpretentious nature retreat that boasts of high eco-tourism service standards and an ecologically rich, tranquil environment.Read More
A 75-acre boutique hotel surrounded by the striking Los Angeles Private Biological Reserve, Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Spa was for originally owned by Costa Rica’s erstwhile President Rodrigo Carazo Odio. The sustainable green property was created with a vision of capturing the unpretentious charm of the San Ramon area and the local population’s deep devotion for it natural resources. Located at an hour’s drive from the San Jose International Airport, the hotel is encircled by picturesque cloud forest settings and lush confines of the biological reserve. The property believes is combining comfort with conservation and offers world class sustainable hospitality with well-appointed accommodation options and personalized service. Villa Blanca’s notable green initiatives include recycling and organic gardening, among several others. The San Ramon town is a short distance from the hotel and features a number of restaurants, bars, entertainment options and museums. In 2007, this top notch eco-hotel bagged the prestigious Five Green Leaves by The Certificate of Sustainable Tourism (Costa Rica’s highest honor for sustainable tourism operations).Read More
Located in the province of Guanacaste at a few minutes’ drive from the famous Tamarindo Beach, El Sabanero eco lodge is prettily positioned between a lush tropical landscape and a perfect beach setting. The property practices a number of sustainable initiatives such as energy conservation, toxic/waste minimization, recycling programs and community development activities, among several other significant steps for protecting its natural surroundings. Guests can enjoy everything from a world class golfing session at the Hacienda Pinlla to surfing on the action-packed waters of Playa Grande and Tamarindo beaches. El Sabanero Lodge is an invigorating mixture of pure natural pleasure (think waking up to the sounds of howler monkeys and witnessing exotic butterflies), top notch facilities, comfortable accommodation and a wide range of nature/adventure based activities to experience the unsullied energy and infallible charm of Costa Rica’s north Pacific region.
|Location: Baru Rainforest
Features: spa, yoga, organic food, waterfalls
Cascadad Farallas is a chic, dreamy, expensive and exclusive boutique wellness resort, nestled among the lush natural landscape of Costa Rica’s tropical rainforests. The luxurious, eco-friendly property features a mesmerizing wilderness setting complete with gushing waterfalls, organic gourmet cuisine and a private wildlife reserve housed within a secluded exotic rainforest. Located only 2.5 miles from the Dominical Beach, Cascadas Farallas is a favorite for with honeymooners looking to fine dine in the backdrop of pristine waterfalls in a romantic tropical ambiance. The impeccably designed suites and villas are perfect for everything from an intimate family getaway to an action-packed adventure tour. Guests can enjoy everything from invigorating daily yoga sessions with experts to detox packages at the well-appointed spa. Often touted as the region’s best kept secret, the strategically hidden Cascadas Farallas offers lots of privacy and exclusivity, minus the chaos that marks the more touristy resorts. The hosts are committed to the cause of preserving the beauty of the Baru Rain forest and doing their bit for the environment and local community.Read More