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Monte Azul

At a Glance

    Pros

  • gorgeous natural setting
  • stunning design aesthetic
  • excellent food

    Cons

  • a little pricey

Monte Azul Review

Set in a private nature reserve bordering the rushing Chirripó River, this sleek and chic luxury hotel is an artistic triumph, both inside and out. Visiting resident artists have supplied the eclectic art—all of which is for sale—in the four stylishly contemporary bungalows. Each has its own garden, terrace, kitchenette, and elegant bathroom. Café Blue (by reservation only), opening onto a gorgeous garden, serves organic food, exquisitely prepared with cosmopolitan flair. Desserts and home-baked breads are standouts. Nature trails hug the river and climb into the forest and up to the hotel's organic coffee farm. If you feel inspired, you can take a printmaking class in the art studio with co-owner Carlos Rojas, or learn to make cheese or natural soaps with co-owner Randy Langendorfer. The room rate includes a welcome drink and a fruit and cheese platter featuring the hotel's own European-style cheeses, including fresh and aged goat cheese.

    Hotel Details

  • 4 bungalows.
  • Rate includes breakfast.
  • Closed Oct.
Updated: 04-01-2013

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