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Monte Azul

At a Glance

    Pros

  • gorgeous natural setting
  • stunning design aesthetic
  • excellent food

    Cons

  • pricey ($199 per person) but worth it—price includes all meals

Monte Azul Review

Set in a private nature reserve bordering the rushing Chirripó River, this sleek and chic boutique hotel is an artistic triumph, both inside and out, with luxurious accommodations unmatched in the area. 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. At this writing, four new bungalows are in the works, along with a swimming pool. Café Blue (by reservation only for non-guests), opening onto a gorgeous garden, serves organic food exquisitely prepared with cosmopolitan flair. Desserts and homemade breads are standouts. Nature trails hug the river and climb into the forest and up to the hotel's organic coffee farm. Along with hiking, you can keep fit with a personal trainer in a one-on-one yoga or zumba class. If you feel inspired by your muse, you can take a printmaking class in the art studio with co-owner Carlos Rojas, or learn to make bread, cheese, or natural soaps with co-owner Randy Langendorfer. The room rate includes all meals, 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 some meals, all-inclusive.
  • Closed Oct.
Updated: 04-24-2014

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