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Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Nature Reserve is nestled in the vivid green mountains of central Costa Rica and lies within the borders of a biological reserve protecting one of the worlds most unique and rare jungle sanctuaries the cloud forest. A life spring of flora and fauna is yours to explore in this mesmerizing world of mist, mountains and the magic of nature just 75 minutes from San Jose.
Just over an hour’s drive from San Jose International Costa Rica airport (SJO), eco-minded travelers from all over the world have reveled in the beauty of Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel, located within the Los Angeles Private Biological Nature Reserve & Research Station in the Canton of San Ramon.
The hotel is ideally situated as a gateway to Arenal Volcano and the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Here, you’re immersed in one of the world’s most precious and complex jungle ecosystems — the cloud forest. There are very few places in Costa Rica where you can experience, with all the comforts of an upscale boutique hotel, the most unique and endangered type of tropical forests: The Cloud Forest Biological Reserve of Los Angeles.
You’ll be ensconced in a beautifully appointed 19th century recreation of a mountain village. From charming Superior and Deluxe Casitas to romantic private Honeymoon Suites, Villa Blanca accommodations feature vaulted cane ceilings with fans, elegantly handcrafted furniture and a variety of convenience amenities that include fireplaces, private porches and in-room whirlpool tubs in all the suites.
Originally owned by former president Rodrigo Carazo Odio and First Lady, Estrella Zeledon de Carazo, Villa Blanca has become a renown and cherished Costa Rica destination. The architecture reflects the original farm village concept, with a welcoming Hacienda, offering guests exceptional Costa Rican hospitality, premier dining, a private theater, conference facilities, and pampering spa menu. Also quite unique is a replica of a 14th century Roman wedding chapel, La Mariana, with its hand painted ceramic ceiling.
El Sendero Restaurant is a phenomenal dining experience presented in a breath taking room, perched on the edge of the cloud forest. The cuisine is a fusion of traditional regional dishes and popular classics from across the country, enhanced by innovative sauces, spices and combinations of fresh herbs and vegetables hand selected from the hotel’s gardens and greenhouses. The enticing meals are thoughtfully prepared with nutritional sensibility and organic ingredients that compliment their exquisite flavours. An extensive wine list and some of the most sumptuous deserts imaginable are yours to savour and enjoy. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily and the made-to-order breakfast is always complimentary to hotel guests. The lunch menu features also light menu choices and fresh brewed Costa Rican Coffee drinks that are a favourite of local visitors and vacationing guests alike.
El Sendero Restaurant has it’s own bakery where each day fresh breads and pastries utilise fresh ingredients and family recipes combining local traditions with international favourites offering a variety of delicious menu options. Add their selection of entrées and main dishes created by the chef and his dedicated kitchen staff and no wonder locals will drive several hours just to have a meal on the weekend.
With the capacity to serve up to 70 guests for a wedding, incentive or special event, the hospitality shared by the waiters and their hostess are very personal as if it’s just you and your family over for dinner. You can also choose to dine on the Hacienda corridor, overlooking the vista of the vast Cloud Forest Reserve, or for special occasions in El Selencio dining room overlooking the village casitas and rolling pastures of Finca Julieta own by the family of former Costa Rican president Rodrigo Carazo Odio.
Located in the Hacienda, next to El Sendero, is Aqui No Mas, a warm and utterly charming lobby bar where guests can gather to share stories and pictures of the day’s adventures while enjoying great wines, cocktails and non-alcohol beverages as well. Handmade leather sofas and chairs in front of the beautiful stone fireplace help set a most relaxing mood before or after lunch or dinner.
At Voices of Nature Spa we are dedicated to provide a comfortable atmosphere for healing care, using many natural ingredients from our own local gardens here in Costa Rica. Our staff is experienced at massaging away sore muscles and reducing stress to enhance relaxation and rejuvenate positive energy bringing even more enjoyment to your holiday experience in “Harmony with Nature”!
Experience the treasures of Costa Rica’s Central Highlands. From guided nature and cultural tours to national park excursions, our licensed guides are ready to share the “Exceptional Costa Rica Experiences” we have included in our Nature Tour Guide. Costa Rica’s Central Highlands’ harbor some of nature’s most stunning creations. Villa Blanca is the only Certification of Sustainable Tourism (CST) hotel located within a private reserve including a working research station. From the moment of your arrival, surrounded by over 2000 pristine acres of the Los Angeles Private Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, you can’t help but sense the “Magic of Nature” and good-natured hospitality in ways you may never before experienced. Choose from a variety of nature-based activities, including horseback, zip-lines, and user-friendly guided trials, plus excursions to Arenal and Poas volcanoes, hot springs, and rural-cultural tours.