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Last updated: 10 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Alex Robinson

Monteverde isn’t the only cloud forest in Costa Rica. This country retreat (formerly owned by president of Costa Rica, Rodrigo Carazo) sits in its own private reserve on the edge of a vast tract of mountain cloud forest.

The hotel is rustic ranch house comfortable. Whitewashed villas – with roaring fires in the grate, terracotta roofs, and terraces with granny rocking chairs under the eaves – overlook the mountains and forest.

Guided trips run straight from the grounds into the wild and white-water rafting, tree-top adventures and canopy tours are all on offer nearby.

Surrounding area

This cloud forest reserve is a less-visited alternative to busy Monteverde, but is equally rich in wildlife.

There are more than 900 species of birds to spot on the hotel’s guided walks – from sapphire blue Hummingbirds flitting between dew-dripping orchids to the long-tailed Resplendent Quetzal, Central America’s elusive equivalent to a Bird of Paradise.

Tours to nearby canopy walkways, waterfalls and volcanoes are easily organised. The international airport in San José is a 90-minute drive.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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