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Costa Rica is fascinating all year round and the climate here is more consistent throughout the year. November to April are the best months for sunshine. The ‘Green’ season, from May to October, is a good time to visit: it’s sunny in the mornings with rain in the afternoons. The quietest period is April to early June. The rain can be particularly strong in September and October.
High in Costa Rica’s mystical cloud forest, Senda Monteverde is an elegant mountain retreat with stunning views of the surrounding jungle and distant Gulf of Nicoya, within easy reach of the Quaker town of Monteverde.
Experience the magic of the Costa Rican cloud forest right on your doorstep with a stay at Senda Monteverde. This high mountain retreat nestles amongst the verdant jungle foliage of one of the world’s rarest eco-systems, home to a dazzling array of rare and elusive animals, birds and plants. Built in the style of a modern mountain lodge, with plenty of exposed timber, local artwork and whirring ceiling fans, Senda is the perfect base from which to explore the wonders of the cloud forest whilst enjoying the comfort and elegance of a luxury hotel. With just 24 rooms and suites spread across the lush grounds of the hotel, there is an overriding feeling of privacy and tranquillity. All rooms have private terraces that overlook the cloud forest or the Gulf of Nicoya in the distance, with stylish interiors showcasing local wood and handcrafted textiles, with a distinctly contemporary feel. Each room and suite has a large, private bathroom with a solar-heated rainfall shower and organic toiletries and all come equipped with ceiling fans, WIFI and a minibars stocked with local snacks, wines and beers. Set at the heart of Senda Monteverde’s is their restaurant, El Sapo, which celebrates and embraces modern Costa Rican cuisine using the freshest of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Bread is baked in house and served alongside homemade nut butters and chutneys, and the famous cheese from the nearby Quaker settlement of Monteverde is woven throughout the menu to enhance the ‘farm to table’ experience. Senda’s unique location makes it the perfect base from which to explore both the cloud forest and the town of Monteverde with its artisan coffee, craft beer houses and Quaker heritage. Tucked away in the mountains, this lively little settlement is the gateway to the miles of mountainous jungle that stretches out across Costa Rica’s continental divide. This rare ecosystem is home to a myriad of flora and fauna, including over 500 bird species and 100 mammals, from jaguars and tapirs to sloths and howler monkeys. Explore the neighbouring Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and the less-visited Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve in search of these elusive creatures, hiking along the canopy walkways and suspension bridges through the jungle. For thrill seekers, this area of Costa Rica is known as the birth place of ziplining, and flying through the tropical jungle at speed is a truly exhilarating way to experience the magic of the cloud forest.
Senda Monteverde’s 24 rooms and suites are scattered across the property, with windows directly onto the cloud forest or out across the canopy to the Gulf of Nicoya in the distance. Light, airy and contemporary in style with a muted colour palate and plenty of wood to reflect the stunning forest that surrounds, they range in size from the generous Superior Rooms to the large Premium Suites with sunset views. For families travelling together, the Senda Suite offers two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Every room comes equipped with plush beds, open air terraces, ceiling fans and high-speed WiFi.
Families travelling with children are welcomed here at Senda Monteverde. the hotel’s Senda Suites are perfectly laid out for families, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Small rubber boots and walking sticks are available for younger hikers, and trails and excursions can be tailored to inquisitive minds and shorter legs! The main lodge houses plenty of board games, there are cooking classes on offer for young chefs, and after a long day exploring, the Lodge Hosts can set up hot chocolate and marshmallows around the fire pit.
Senda Monteverde’s El Sapo Restaurant and Bar sits at the heart of the hotel, featuring a menu of local, fresh and sustainably sourced produce. Enjoy gourmet breakfasts, light and delicious lunches and sumptuous dinners served to the sounds of the cloud forest, along with local craft beer, South American wines and expertly mixed cocktails at the bar. The open studio space of The Loft is home many of the hotel’s in-house activities, including yoga overlooking the surrounding forest.
Senda Monteverde’s location at the heart of the Costa Rican cloud forest makes it a hotbed for many exciting activities. Soar through the canopy at the birthplace of ziplining, hike across suspension bridges through the forest looking out for the thousands of species of animals and birds that make their home here or horse ride through the banana and coffee plantations of the Monteverde Highlands. For slightly less high-octane activities, take guided night-walks through the cloud forest, visit the neighbouring Aguti Wildlife Reserve or learn about the rich history of Costa Rican coffee. The nearby settlement of Monteverde has also become renowned for its organic farms and artisanal produce, with craft beer and cheese tastings on offer in this high mountain village. Monteverde’s fascinating history of cheesemaking started in 1953 by the original Quaker settlers and has continued to this day.
Learn all about bats on this hour-long guided walk through the cloud forest.
Experience the vast biological diversity of Monteverde Cloud Forest from a different perspective. Arriving just before sunset, you will have the opportunity to see many rare and nocturnal wildlife species emerge out of the darkness.
Explore the magnificent birding opportunities in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Lose yourself in the forest, surrounded by views of the Arenal Volcano and the Guanacaste lowlands.
Sky Tram, Trek and Walk is a guided experience of a cablecar above the canopy, walking along the hanging bridges of Monteverde and zip lining through the cloud forest canopy.
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