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Hidden Canopy Treehouses Boutique Hotel
Monteverde, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica|www.hiddencanopy.com|
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Tucked into the cloud forest on the outskirts of Santa Elena, this intimate little B&B is comprised of a series of bungalows that are built right into the trees.
The bungalows sit in five hectares of misty cloud forest, dotted with orchids and bromeliads perched over a jungle-filled valley. This area is rife with exotic life, including hummingbirds, toucans, capuchin monkeys and the occasional slow-moving sloth.
Rooms are rustic – in warm woods and fronted with large terraces overlooking the valley. Some have Jacuzzis and the largest is big enough for a family of five (min age for kids though is 15).
Best of all are the vistas: the lodge is perched on a hillside with extravagant valley views.
The lodge is located on a thickly forested hillside between the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve (excellent hiking) and the village of Santa Elena (good for shopping and dining). The setting is pastoral, surrounded by more than five hectares of pristine woods.
From the village, the main road leads south and east, towards the cloud forest reserve at Monteverde. The lodge is 1,500m above sea level, so it can often be cloudy and cool.
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