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).
Amenities and Activities
Villa Blanca has a rich bouquet of nature and adventure based activities including on property tours such as the El Silencio De Los Angeles Guided Nature Walk, the Cloud Forest Bird Watching tour and the Villa Blanca Nocturnal Walk.
Area tours conducted by the hotel include A Cloud Forest Nature Walk & Quetzal Tour, an exotic historical and cultural tour through San Ramon, a unique half day guided tour that includes the tourist gems of San Ramon and an add on coffee plantation trip, a tour of the Poas Volcano-La Paz Waterfall and Sarchi Mountain, trip to the Arenal Volcano and Thermal Hot Springs and a thrilling San Luis canopy tour. Other popular guest activities are rafting tour on the La Balsa river, Carara National Park tours and guided horseback riding tours (through Finca Julieta, a working dairy).
In addition to this, the property features a plethora of in-house guest amenities including the well-appointed Serenity Spa (offering a full range of luxurious wellness treatments), a fully air-conditioned movie theater screening shows at night, an indoor games room, the relaxed El Café del Bosque and the chic El Sendero Restaurant (serving genuine Costa Rican fare amidst a stunning Arenal Volcano backdrop).
Apart from the plush-looking spa, Vill Blanca’s impressive wellness portfolio also encompasses spacious and well-maintained yoga facilities such as the Mariana Chapel (built as a replica of a quaint Italian Chapel), a multipurpose El Silencio room (with an alluring backdrop of rural casitas, pastures spread out under the cloud reserve and verdant botanical gardens) and an El Mirador room (offering sweeping views of the whole property).
Accommodation options at Villa Blanca are in the form of rural casitas that create a tiny village like setting that is archetypal Costa Rican in its structure and detailing. Guests can pick from a variety of stay options ranging from individual deluxe villas to intimate honeymoon suites. All accommodations are equipped with ceiling fans, hand-crafted furniture, cane ceilings, stocked mini bars, coffee makers, fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, private porches and other comfortable amenities. The rooms are designed to be rustically charming without trimming comfort and luxury. They offer guests an authentic Costa Rican countryside experience without sacrificing the facilities of a world class vacation resort.
Superior Casitas are priced at $ 189 USD/ night on double occupancy, while Honeymoon Casitas will put you back by $ 235 USD/night and Deluxe Casitas are priced at $ 210 USD on a double occupancy arrangement. Rates include breakfast and exclude taxes.
|Location: San Ramon
Features: spa, river, waterfalls, nature reserve