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Costa Rica | Alta Gracia



WHY: FAM trip
WHEN: April 2015
WHO: Just me!

A luxury mountain retreat surrounded on all sides by lush gardens, natural spring streams, and a picturesque valley in Southern Costa Rica.


TYPE: Luxury mountain retreat with equine theme.

ROOMS: Fifty private, standalone designer casitas tailored with leather and wood accents. A mix of 1-2 bedrooms (and ranging from 1200-2400sqft), all are large and luxurious with private terraces with valley views. 

POOL/GYM: Gorgeous outdoor reflecting pool with whirlpool, and a 25m indoor lap pool, and a state-of-the-art large gym designed in the style of Crossfit box gyms.

RESTAURANT: Each morning, a basket of fresh pastries, coffee, tea, fruit, and bread is delivered directly to your casita, which makes for a lovely start.There are also three restaurants on property, each serving farm-to-table food. The fine dining restaurant, Ambar, features a beautiful panoramic view, as well as outdoor fire pit dining.El Grill serves everything from burgers to fresh seafood, located inside the Riding Ring. El Bistro offers lunch, light fare, and a coffee bar.

BAR: Available poolside, and at each restaurant. Additionally, La Cantina, an old world country club-style pub with billiards, poker tables and board game tables set up each evening, with everything from chess to Monopoly. La Bodega de Centro is the after-hours bar, also available for private events. La Biblioteca is a warm and cozy spot, perfect for enjoying a book by the fire or private movie screening. The Firepit offers a romantic outdoor setting for sunsets or late evenings, and can be reserved for private dinners.

VIBE: Artful blending of traditional and modern in a romantic hacienda setting.

SPA: Manantial Spa is the largest in Central America, complete with saunas, steam rooms, treatment rooms for men and women (featuring Vichy showers), several relaxation rooms, and a 25-meter indoor lap pool offering views of the lush surrounding valley. There are also four outdoor palapa-style treatment areas, each within range of the natural sounds of the spring waterfalls/streams running through the property.  

WIFI: Complimentary internet available throughout. 

KIDS: Children age 12 and up are welcome.

LOCATION: In the southern Costa Rican mountains of Perez Zeledon, overlooking the lush Valle del General, a 3.5 hour drive from San Jose through the mountains or along the coast. Alternatively, Alta Gracia's private planes (highly recommended) can make the journey in just twenty minutes.




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An equestrian paradise, the Hacienda property boasts beautiful horse stables and an indoor showring that features over 65 race and show horses. Horseback riding is available on both property and off-property trails, with private and group rides offered. In addition, the resort features tours of the nearby coffee plantation (best visited on horseback) as well as ultralight tours, whale watching, visits to the nearby bird sanctuary, ATVs and, gorgeous hikes with picnic lunches overlooking the valley. All non-motorized activities are included with your stay.

This is one of the last undiscovered locations in Costa Rica and will be a wonderful addition to a multi-location tour of the country, or could simply be a destination for those looking to relax and recharge in a lush green paradise. The cuisine is top-notch and the views are spectacular day and night. Alta Gracia is the ultimate blend of relaxation and activity in a luxurious, secluded setting.