ARENAL VOLCANO LODGE
Poas Volcano Lodge is a stunning and unique mountain lodge nestled into rolling pastures, with breathtaking views of Poas Volcano and the northern Caribbean Plains. The eleven en-suite bedrooms, some with balconies to enjoy the majestic views and others with their own private garden backing onto the cloud forest, are divided between the main Lodge and the outside Garden Rooms.The Lodge is located on a farm, on the edge of Poas Volcano National Park, with easy access to the delightful local villages and attractions. It is only 45 minutes away from San José (Juan Santamaria) Airport making Poas Volcano Lodge an ideal choice of stay for those just arriving or about to depart Costa Rica. At Poas Volcano Lodge our ambition is to offer you the most authentic experience of a mountain Lodge in the Costa Rican cloud forest. You are welcome to enjoy the nature trails we have created through the farm, where we have areas of virgin cloud forest, and where you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse the Resplendent Quetzal. At the Lodge you will be warmly welcomed and made to feel very much at home. We encourage you to enjoy a relaxing time sitting by the fire in our Library or Sitting room, a game of pool or chess in the Games’ room, or a film in our Media room. Whether you are travelling with family or friends, there is something here for everyone to enjoy.
ARENAL PARAISO HOTEL
Arenal Paraiso Hotel is one of the most renamed hotels in the area of La Fortuna. Its great variety of services will guarantee that all guests enjoy their vacation. There are 36 Standard rooms, 74 Superior rooms and 2 Suites waiting for you. Designed for the enjoyment of its clients, there is a SPA for giving you the best quality with a great variety of treatments. The combination of beautiful vegetation and the large brand of hot springs areas will provide you with total relaxation of body and mind. By the way, Arenal Paraiso hotel has a restaurant which offers excellent meat and sea food, perfect for lovers of great food! The resort owns a Canopy Tour within their grounds, ideal for all of those who would like a real jungle-adventure.
Magic Mountain hotel offers 36 standard rooms and 6 junior suites, each offering its own private balcony with direct view to the Arenal Volcano. The hotels location allows its' guest the comfort of being close to the lovely town of La Fortuna without sacrificing the most memorable panoramic views possible from your own balcony.Hotel Magic Mountain is one of a very few hotels in the Arenal area that offers its guest First Class service. This hotel offers its' guest a one of a kind conference center complete with the most modern of technology, an impressive swimming pool and Jacuzzis surrounded by lush tropical gardens, a sports bar like no other in the area and a most impressive spa.The Padilla family would feel honored to have you as their guest and to serve you and your family with the most memorable vacation possible.
EL ESTABLO, MONTEVERDE, Costa Rica
It’s no secret that Monteverde is famous for its cloud forests and abundance of wildlife. This being the case, hikes through the forested mountains – both during the daytime and at night – are a requisite activity. Adventure enthusiasts can consider a canopy tour or mountain bike ride, while culturally inclined visitors will enjoy visits to the coffee plantations or Monteverde Cheese Factory. The Hotel El Establo is set on a private 150-acre (60-hectare) farm that is adjacent to the Monteverdeand Santa Elena reserves. Owned by a Quaker/Costa Rican family, this hotel has everything that one could ever need – restaurants, bars, swimming pools, sports courts, a spa, game room and more. Amazingly, the hotel even runs its very own canopy tour. Here, guests can arrange a tour at their convenience and be led by professional guides across the tour’s 16 cables. Other activities can be enjoyed at the soccer, tennis and basketball courts, swimming pools, or at the hotel’s gym.El Establo’s two restaurants offer a wide range of options for both lunch and dinner. "Las Riendas" has more traditional Costa Rican food and international dishes, whereas the "Laggus" restaurant offers fine cuisine in an elegant atmosphere.The attendants at the Green Leaf Spa are experts in the art of relaxation. The treatments that are available include aromatherapy and hot stone massage, various exfoliation options, baths, wraps, facial treatments and more. Of the hotel’s 155 rooms, there are a number of different options, including deluxe rooms, master and honeymoon suites. All rooms are exquisitely decorated and luxurious, and have wall-to-wall carpeting, private hot water bathrooms (with a separate bathtub and shower), orthopedic mattresses, refrigerator, telephone, cable TV, coffee maker, hairdryer and a safe deposit box. Certain rooms come equipped with a loft, mini bar and private balcony, and many have stunning views of the Gulf of Nicoya.
Monteverde is well known throughout Costa Rica for its unbelievable cloud forests. These forests, which are shrouded by mist and low-lying clouds throughout much of the year, host more plant and animal species than there are words on this page. Understandably, walks through the local reserves are popular, as are visits to the coffee plantations and Monteverde Cheese Factory. Those that are inclined toward more thrilling activities can embark on a zip line tour, mountain bike ride, or horseback trek. The Monteverde Lodge is, quite simply, a place of comfort. Every detail – from the food on the menu to the curtains over the windows – has been designed with the pleasure of guests in mind. The dining room’s contemporary design and elegant furnishings make it easy to relax while enjoying a local or international dish, drink or desert. After dinner, many guests choose to sit by the outdoor fireplace to chat and watch the night come on. Just beyond the restaurant and bar are lush gardens, replete with a stream, pond and small waterfall. These quiet gardens are an ideal place to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning or take a stroll during sunset. What’s more, the Monteverde Lodge has a Jacuzzi to help ease away any aches or pains that may have developed during a day of hiking. The rooms have high ceilings, hardwood floors, and expansive windows. All have private bathrooms with solar heated hot water, a sitting area, coffee maker and hairdryer. Bed options include both double and king size beds. Certain rooms have two floors, a balcony, and a glass-enclosed shower. The Monteverde Lodge is committed to having a low impact on the environment. They recycle, use solar panels, and have high efficiency lighting and water-saving fixtures.
RANCHO NATURALISTA BIRDING
Located in the cloud forest of Costa Rica, Rancho Naturalista is a birding lodge with over 450 bird species. In addition, the wildlife that can be seen directly from the balcony, the lodge offers a variety of excursions to neighboring habitats. The Snowcap. At dawn, bananas are placed out on fruit feeders for the birds. Next, hummingbird feeders are set out ready for action. Early morning coffee and tea can be enjoyed on the balcony while watching Chachalacas, Collared Aracaris and even an occasional Rufous Motmot on the feeders. Many other bird species also come in to feed on the fruit feeders. A moth light can be turned on any night with a simple request. We suggest taking a look after dinner to see the gorgeous and unique moths that gather at the light. Then early in the morning visit the light to watch the birds come have a breakfast of their own. The Tawny-chested Flycatcher and the Red-throated Ant-tanager frequent the moth light in the mornings! Beyond the light, there is a short trail to a stream of natural pools where the hummingbirds spend their afternoon bathing. Some of the more difficult hummingbirds can be seen at the pools such as the elusive Purple-crowned Fairy or the Snowcap. Rancho Naturalista has an extensive network of trails in the forest. Day trips are offered to the surrounding local areas where a number of species can be observed. A Rancho favorite is La Mina which is located along a beautiful river where you have a chance to see the Sunbittern. We suggest taking one of the guides along to help spot the birds. After dinner, you can schedule Night Walks to see the nocturnal side of Rancho. Amenities. Dining Room at Rancho Naturalista. WiFi is available from the main lodge. Farm raised meat and local produce are highlights of the Rancho Naturalista dining experience. The lodge serves up a variety of Costa Rican and international cuisine with creative presentation. Meals are served family style in plentiful portions and a laid-back ambiance. Rooms: There are 15 rooms at Rancho Naturalista with varying styles and layouts. Four of the rooms are located in the main building of the lodge, where a fabulous view of Irazu Volcano and Turrialba Volcano can be seen from the upstairs balcony rooms.