Fodor's Expert Review Hacienda Alta Gracia

Santa Teresa de Cajón de Perez Zeledón, DO NOT USE - MERGE San Isidro de el General with San Isidro, San José, Costa Rica

Breathtakingly luxurious, this ambitious resort high above the lush valley of the General River is aimed at well-heeled equestrians, with a stable of 48 beautiful horses to groom and ride, capacious casitas, a sybaritic spa, and sophisticated dining. Spread over 350 hectares (865 acres) of a former coffee farm, 40 large casitas are planted amid extravagant gardens, fountains, and ponds worthy of a tropical Versailles. Although the houses look a little suburban on the outside, inside they are furnished with oversized contemporary furniture and equipped with flat-screen TVs, top-drawer linens, and designer bathrooms. Substantial artworks by Costa Rican artists add some local character. The larger houses have fireplaces, and all have spacious covered terraces to enjoy the garden views and the green valley below, often blanketed by clouds. Horseback riding aside, the other main activity here is getting pampered at the spa, which features a huge indoor swimming pool, bubbling Jacuzzis, and a tranquil lounge to rest in after one of the many massage treatments offered. There's another outdoor pool with a view, near the terrace lunch restaurant. Dining starts with cocktails in a chic lounge and segues into the elegant Ambar restaurant, where a team of chefs in an open kitchen prepare ultra-sophisticated—and expensive—dishes, aiming for a fusion of traditional, local flavors and international trends. The resort has its own airstrip for guests in a hurry to get here.

PROS

  • exceptionally luxurious spa
  • gorgeous gardens
  • excellent breakfast included, along with free international calls
  • attentive, personal service

CONS

  • long walks to casitas or you can wait for an electric cart to ferry you to and fro
  • more suited to couples and teens than young children
  • need to be tech-savvy to operate all the devices

Location

QUICK FACTS

Resort
New, Romantic, Trendy, Views
Sophisticated
Countryside
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -2105–3080-hotel | -855–452–6326-toll-free

HOTEL DETAILS

20 suites, 30 casitas with one or two bedrooms
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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