San Jose and Central Valley, Costa Rica
Villa Blanca Hotel & Spa is a characterful lodge set in some of the most spectacular cloud forest in Costa Rica and conveniently located just 60km from San Jose offering comfortable accommodation and great outdoor excursions amid breathtaking scenery.
At a Glance
Surrounded by the beautiful Los Angeles Cloud Forest
Within driving distance of San Jose and much more accessible than the more touristy Monte Verde National Park
Full of history and tradition set within 3000 acres of rolling green dairy pastures and nature reserve
Simple but authentic rustic cabins spread around the tropical gardens, each with their own cosy fireplace
Nature trails surrounding the lodge - great for birders
Villa Blanca was once owned by a former President of Costa Rica and are now a part of the "Green Hotels of Costa Rica", a group committed to conservation and sustainable tourismSarah Lowe
Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Spa is a 75-acre hotel surrounded by the spectacular Los Angeles Private Biological Reserve in the picturesque rolling hills of Costa Rica's Central Highlands, just above the cultural city of San Ramon.
The hotel has 35 individual well-appointed, but simple casitas (5 are individual honeymoon casitas). Staying at Villa Blanca is like stepping back in time to a quaint Costa Rican farm village. On the main hilltop, the Hacienda house, serves fresh baked breads, pastries and country-style dining using ingredients from its own greenhouses and dairy products from a local dairy herd (which you can also help milk by hand). There is also a bar and comfortable sitting areas with fireplaces. There is a TV and games room with spectacular views towards the volcanoes and a small cinema.
Adjacent to the lodge are 11km of well-marked trails through the Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve. A short walk takes guests to the hummingbird gallery where several species come to feed. The hotel's guides take guests on morning bird watching tours and nocturnal nature walks and the Jose Miguel Alfaro’s research station educates guests about local wildlife.
There is yoga pavilion with a sauna and jacuzzi and wellness spa.
In the surrounding region you can also horse ride, book a thrilling zipline adventure, visit hanging bridges and go on a guided nature walks and volcano excursions. The Cloud Forest surrounding the property hosts a similar inventory of flora and fauna found in habitats such as Monteverde, yet with only a fraction of the driving time from San Jose International Airport.
The casitas at Villa Blanca actually form a small village typical of the epoch in Costa Rica’s history when the region was expanding its reach into the world of international agriculture and commerce as it maintained its connection to the land and resources that still define it today. From charming single deluxe villas to romantic honeymoon suites, Villa Blanca hotel accommodations feature cane ceilings and ceiling fans, elegantly hand-crafted furniture and a variety of convenience amenities that also include fireplaces, private porches and in-room whirlpool tubs in many of the rooms.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Spa. However, there are no specific facilities available for them at the villa. Families can stay in the superior casitas which connect or two adjacent deluxe casitas. Nature loving kids will enjoy the bug collection and animal exhibits at the research center and helping to milk the local dairy cows.
Facilities at Villa Blanca include a yoga pavilion, Jacuzzi and sauna, spa, bar and restaurant serving Costa Rican country style cuisine most of which is grown or produced locally. There is a TV and games room with spectacular views towards the volcanoes and a small cinema.
Activities at Villa Blanca include self-guided hiking trails through the forest and visits to the plant nurseries and greenhouses, the Lecheria where you can help milk the cows by hand, and the Jose Miguel Alfaro Research Station and hummingbird gallery. In the surrounding region you can also horse ride, book a thrilling zipline adventure, visit hanging bridges and go on a guided nature walks and volcano excursions.
Location & Directions
San Jose and Central Valley, Costa Rica
Located in the foothills of the central highlands, in the 2,000 acre private reserve of El Silencio de Los Angeles. At Villa Blanca you'll be surrounded by pristine cloud forest and a private biological reserve. Medicinal plants, hundreds of bird species, insects and amazing fauna are just part of the area's attractions. A short distance away lays the nearby town of San Ramon, offering excellent restaurants, bars, and museums.
When to go
Year round destination, although 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.