Hacienda AltaGracia

Chirripo Mountains, San Jose and Central Valley, Costa Rica

At a Glance

  • Ultimate luxury retreat only a short flight from San Jose

  • Beautiful hacienda on the site of an old coffee plantation

  • Delicious foodie retreat at the Ambar restaurant serving immaculately presented dishes

  • Onsite stables for an exclusive equestrian experience

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The summer season in Costa Rica (December to April), also called the 'dry' season, doesn't necessarily mean no rain but there should be less of it and it is the optimum time to visit. The 'green' season (May to November) can still be a good time to visit and you can avoid the tourist bustle and lodging is slightly cheaper. Mornings tend to be sunny with afternoon and evening showers. During this time, however, rivers start to swell and dirt roads get muddy, making travel more challenging.

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Insider's View

Take the Cessna flight from San Jose and fly directly into the Hacienda's landing strip.

Head up to Casa Grande the social hub of the resort for happy hour and enjoy fantastic wines whilst enjoying a game of pool on one of the two tables.

If you are comfortable with horses, make sure you take the time to have a morning ride, accompanied by a real Gaucho, where you can appreciate the stunning views and great bird life from a completely different perspective.

Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation to Hacienda AltaGracia or take a look at our itineraries to San Jose and Central Valley

Description

Experience ultimate Costa Rican hospitality at the luxurious Hacienda AltaGracia which is set on a former coffee plantation. Get off the beaten track to experience one of the country's last hidden gems in the Central Pacific region of Costa Rica.

The family-owned Hacienda Alta Gracia is perched high in the Mountains of Perez Zeledón, a region well known for its fertile valleys and lush vegetation. Take in the breathtaking mountain views from your Casita's own private terrace as you experience the best of Costa Rican luxury. This new boutique hacienda covers over 800 acres and is a former coffee plantation.

The resort's 50 luxury Casitas are designed to make guests feel totally at home, with a fireplace and cosy seating area, and with high quality leather and wood furnishings. The Casitas also boast the latest technology including Apple TV and Netflix for cosy nights in. Attention to detail at this resort is second to none, adding the most personal touches to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Your stay is tailored completely to your requirements, you can even choose to dine anywhere in the hacienda for a more private and romantic experience.

The beautiful infinity pool is situated to make the most of the stunning views, with panoramic vistas of both the valley and the mountains, and there is a luxury Spa, the largest in Central America, with a huge variety of treatments on offer. All the pools on the property are filled with natural spring water.

The property has its own stables with over 60 of its own Costa Rican thoroughbred horses, trained for different levels of riding, and they can even host equestrian shows in their riding ring. There are a number of trails throughout the property, perfect for horseback riding excursions, including sunrise and sunset tours.

The selection of restaurants is diverse, catering for a foodie audience. Meals are served up by an award winning Master Chef. 'El Bistro' is for breakfasts and light meals, coffees and pastries, 'El Grill' is a more casual dining style and 'El Ambar' is the fine dining restaurant with panoramic views, serving authentic regional cuisine with a twist.

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Accommodation

There are 50 Luxury Casitas on the property, designed to make guests feel at home. Top quality linens and soft furnishings and bespoke crafted beds give the hotel a complete luxury feel.

Childcare

Children are welcome at Hacienda AltaGracia, however no specific facilities are provided. It is worth noting that there are height restrictions for riding activities.

Facilities

With a variety of options to choose from, the menus are uniquely crafted by an award winning Master Chef, appealing to a foodie audience. 'El Bistro' is for breakfasts and light meals, coffees and pastries, 'El Grill' is a more casual dining style and 'El Ambar' is the fine dining restaurant with panoramic views, serving authentic regional cuisine from fresh local ingredients. The staff at Alta Gracia can also create an exclusive picnic basket delivered anywhere on site, wherever you choose.

The Hacienda benefits from the finest facilities, from the onsite Spa, the largest in Central America, complete with indoor pool, to the celebration and entertainment center 'Casa Grande'. This large building includes a 'cantina' style bar, with card tables and pool table, a library which doubles as a cinema, and 'La Bodega' bar for private events with live local music.

Activities

A variety of private tours can be arranged by the AltaGracia Staff. Horseback riding on the estate's thoroughbred horses, mountain biking through the trails to the Talamanca mountains or through rural townships, guided or self-guided nature walks through the Estate's nature trails.

For a birds-eye view of the stunning landscapes, Ultra-light flights can be organized and can take you over breathtaking waterfalls, or to the coastal region and the Osa Peninsula where you may even spot some marine life (depending on the season).

Tailor made tours available on request through the concierge team.

Reviews

5

Sonia Bungaroo (Staff)

The most luxurious property in Costa Rica, this boutique hotel offers spacious, contemporary, haciendas that ooze sophistication and indulgence. Built up like a small village on the Perez Zeledon mountains, Alta Gracia offers a completely private, and relaxing stay in one of the lesser seen, but more beautiful areas of the country. A great place to end a high adrenaline trip, with a stint of complete relaxation and contemporary refinement, with their extensive spa facilities, impeccable service and incredible food in all restaurants. A quirky but wonderful feature of the hotel is it's top of the range stables, and some of the best horses in the country. A pleasure to visit and see the horses even if you don't feel like riding.

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Dominic Atterton (Staff)

Alta Gracia is such a luxurious hotel it almost feels out of place in such a humble country. The rooms are all huge and freestanding with wonderful views over the surrounding valleys and hills. Its a real retreat, somewhere to relax, unwind and spoil yourself with incredible food, wonderful wines on offer and a truly incredible spa. It reminded me a lot of an uber-luxurious estancia in Argentina or the palatial wine estates of Tuscany. The focus is really on the magnificent horses and stables and for anyone who enjoys riding it is a must do when in Costa Rica. Im not a huge rider but certainly enjoyed myself and earned my time soothing my aching muscles in the spa. Besides horses the other passion of the owners is aviation and the hotel has its own small airstrip and microlights for flying out over the surrounding countryside all the way to the coast. I would really recommend the resort to anyone looking to unwind, detox (or retox on the food and wine) and generally pamper and refresh after a busy time seeing everything that Costa Rica has to offer.

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Cheska Goodwin (Staff)

This was an unforgettable stay, in a beautiful location. High up in the hills, the views just take your breath away. I stayed in a Premium Casita, and had breakfast on the terrace one morning with the birds chirping around me, which I can highly recommend.

The attention to detail in this hotel was so impressive, the staff seem to anticipate your every need and nothing is too much trouble. The food prepared by their Master Chef was delicious - Costa Rican with Asian influences.

It really was a great place to unwind and relax, everything was taken care of for us, so we could focus on just having a great time. Top choice for total luxury.

Location & directions

Chirripo Mountains, San Jose and Central Valley, Costa Rica

Hacienda AltaGracia is located in the hills of Perez Zeledon on Costa Rica's Central Pacific Coastal region.

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Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation to Hacienda AltaGracia or take a look at our itineraries to San Jose and Central Valley

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