Cloud Forest

Villa Blanca

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Villa Blanca

Just over an hour from San Jose International Airport, discover a new world destination for eco-conscious travelers. Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve is a 75-acre boutique mountain hotel surrounded by the spectacular Los Angeles Private Biological Reserve.

Originally owned by former Costa Rican president Rodrigo Carazo Odio and First Lady, Estrella Zeledon de Carazo, Villa Blanca has become a cherished Costa Rica destination. The Carazo’s vision was to capture the simplicity, charm and deep respect for the land that is the spirit of the people of the San Ramon area. As the former president had authorized new national parks, created the University for Peace and initiated the rural medical care program, his hotel, situated where it was, would have to become something more than just a hotel. It needed to be an inspiration.

Years later, this hotel would bring the president and his wife together with another visionary, making possible the extraordinary place that Villa Blanca has become today. A sustainable, green hotel, in the middle of the cloudforest of San Ramón, Costa Rica. That visionary was Jim Damalas.

 

Nature & Hiking Trails

There is no Costa Rica adventure that equals the awe inspiring connection to the magic of nature you’ll experience when exploring the diversity and intensity of life in the cloud forest. Beautifully contoured trails wind their way through this most unique and spectacular jungle ecosystem.

A combination of well-maintained trails offer Villa Blanca guests the option of self-guided excursions as well as guided tours with nature guides who rank amongst the country’s most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in Costa Rican cloud forest flora and fauna.

Biological Reserve Research Station

Amongst Greentique Hotels’ proudest relationships is its support of the on-going research within the Los Angeles Cloud Forest Private Biological Reserve at Villa Blanca, in the Canton of San Ramon de Alajuela. This active field research laboratory, on the hotel grounds, is just 500 meters from the hotel’s lobby, opened to scientists, researchers, students, nature guides and hotel employees, as well as providing a very unique attraction for visitors from around the world who stay at the hotel and enjoy visiting the station as part of informative guided tours offered everyday.

Part of what makes this research so extraordinary is that it is conducted so close to the local population and hotel operations, making Villa Blanca one of Costa Rica’s few hotels where such programs exists. The work done at the Villa Blanca Research Station is part of an international database on biodiversity shared with scientists and researchers around the world. The variety and collection of species represent an inventory, in the surrounding Los Angeles Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, similar to Monteverde’s cloud forest, yet far more accessible for scientists, institutions and tourist visiting from the nearby capital of San Jose as well as many other parts of the world.

Organic Gardens & Greenhouses

A combination of organic greenhouse horticulture and open organic gardening further illustrates the harmony of nature and human needs that come together at Villa Blanca. And where much of this convergence takes place is on the beautifully prepared plates of flavorful fare served in El Sendero, Villa Blanca’s renowned restaurant of chef’s recipe’s of fusion gourmet plates.

These operations also help Villa Blanca create organic-based products such as natural fertilizer and mulch, as well as green cleaning products and biodegradable waste management systems reducing human impact on the reserve.

Accommodations

There is no other hotel or resort property in Costa Rica where you can start and end your day surrounded by the sounds of the most rare tropical forest left on the planet: The Cloud Forest. You’ll be ensconced in a beautifully appointed 19th century Costa Rica casita, which is the way our hotel villas are called. The casitas at Villa Blanca actually form a small village typical of the epoch in Costa Rica’s history when the region was expanding its reach into the world of international agriculture and commerce as it maintained its connection to the land and resources that still define it today.

From charming single deluxe villas to romantic honeymoon suites, Villa Blanca hotel accommodations feature cane ceilings and ceiling fans, elegantly hand-crafted furniture and a variety of convenience amenities that also include fireplaces, private porches and in-room whirlpool tubs in many of the rooms.

Honeymoon Suite

Featuring as a “casita style” villas, the honeymoon suites offer you all the comfort and privacy to enjoy the most romantic honeymoon, surrounded by the beauty of the Costa Rican cloud forest.

It includes:

  • 1 queen,
  • fireplace,
  • spacious living room,
  • mini bar,
  • high speed internet
  • complimentary premium Costa Rican coffee
  • ceiling fan
  • shower
  • Jacuzzi
  • private terrace with hillside and jungle views.

Deluxe villas: Luxury casita

The deluxe villas have everything you need to enjoy a nice vacation with your couple or your family. A “casita style” bungalow will give you the comfort of the city but surrounded with the fantastic experience of nature. Our deluxe guestroom includes:

  • 1 queen bed,
  • fireplace,
  • mini bar,
  • high speed internet
  • complimentary premium Costa Rican coffee
  • ceiling fan
  • shower
  • Jacuzzi
  • private terrace with hillside and jungle views.
  • Some have living rooms

 

Superior villa: Casita superior

 

The superior villas are nice and cozy “casita style” bungalows with all the amenities and comfort you need to enjoy the best stay near the Costa Rican Cloud Forest. Experience a fantastic vacation surrounded by nature. Our superior room includes:

  • 1 queen bed,
  • fireplace,
  • shower,
  • mini bar,
  • ceiling fan
  • private terrace with hillside and jungle views; others have private porch.

OR

  • 2 twin beds,
  • shower,
  • mini bar,
  • ceiling fan