Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Resort & Nature Reserve

Location: Arenal & Northern Costa Rica | Costa Rica

Price guide: £££££ Less than £100 per person per night

In the rolling hills of Costa Rica’s Central Highlands, Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Resort & Nature Reserve offers beautiful casita styled garden villas that are ensconced in the misty cloud forest. Originally owned by the former Costa Rican president, the 75-acre upscale mountain resort blends modern eco-tourism with unique views looking out from whirlpool baths and private terraces.
Perfect forEco-minded couples and honeymooners looking to enjoy a romantic getaway.
In the knowMake sure to visit Villa Blanca’s Mariana Wedding Chapel, the 50th anniversary-wedding gift from former President Rodrigo Carazo Odio to First Lady Estrella Carazo Zeledon. The chapel is a replica of a 14th century chapel in Rome, and it has a unique hand painted ceramic ceiling that beautifully depicts the history of the Virgin Mary.

Recommended for...

  • Eco-tourism
  • Lodge
  • Off the Beaten Track
  • Peace & Quiet

Hotel Overview


Over an hour’s drive from San Jose’s international airport, located within the Los Angeles Private Biological Nature Reserve in the canton of San Ramon.

Rooms at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Resort & Nature Reserve

From charming Superior and Deluxe Casitas to romantic private Honeymoon Suites, the resort has recreated a 19th mountain village with 35 well-appointed lodges, each featuring vaulted cane ceilings, handcrafted furniture and welcoming fireplaces.

Food and facilities

With architecture that reflects the original farm village concept, the resort has a private theatre, health club and a lobby bar where you can enjoy great wines and cocktails in handmade leather sofas after a day of exploration. The resort also has a full-service spa, using ingredients from the garden, so make sure to try the yoghurt, oats and honey body wrap. For a phenomenal dining experience, there is the El Sendero Restaurant, which offers a fusion of traditional regional dishes and innovative sauces and spices. Perched on the edge of the cloud forest, the restaurant has its own bakery where each day fresh breads and pastries are presented for deliciously good breakfasts.

Activities at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Resort & Nature Reserve

Choose from a wide variety of nature-based activities including horseback riding and excursions to the area’s hot springs, as the hotel is ideally suited as a gateway to Arenal Volcano and the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.

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