Need to know
13, including two suites.
12pm. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $280.00, excluding tax at 13 per cent.
Rates usually include à la carte breakfast.
Arrange time to tour the plantation and take a coffee lesson. Although small, El Targua spa has excellent treatments, including a hot-stone massage and a full-body scrub using coffee. Treatments often incorporate local crops, including avocados, almonds and chocolate.
On 14 April 2017, vulcanologists from the National University's Volcanology and Seismology Research Institute (Ovscicori) and the National Seismological Network reported two strong eruptions at Poás Volcano; although these eruptions did not cause any property damage or injuries, the government has closed Poás National Park to the public until further notice.
At the hotel
Spa, gardens, library of books and DVDs, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: radio, minibar.
Our favourite rooms
Set in the circular turret of the main house, 40 feet above ground, the Rosa Blanca Suite is the most romantic spot on the property, with a beautiful private patio, 360-degree views from the wrought-iron bed, and the giant turquoise-tiled adobe tub. Junior Suite Las Aves has perky checkerboard floors, beautiful murals and an outdoor Jacuzzi.
The spring-fed infinity pool is set on the hillside, with a 12-foot waterfall tumbling into it. Up above the deck, there’s a hot tub in a pergola roofed with a tangle of flowering vines.
Bring binoculars to spot the birds and butterflies zipping through the gardens; trek-sturdy shoes and long-sleeve shirts for jungle walks. The gift shop should stock any incidentals you forget.
Master suite El Ranchito is wheelchair-accessible.
Welcome. The hotel has a kids’ menu, and games for little ones. Rollaway beds and baby cots are free. There is no charge for children up to age three; 4–11-year-olds are $25 a night (excluding tax); 12 and older are charged $50 a night.
Resolutely green: Rosa Blanca is a champion of sustainability, both as an organic coffee plantation and a hotel. Built from recycled materials, wherever possible, employing solar water-heating systems, growing its own food and composting like there’s no tomorrow, the hotel is a poster child for eco-tourism.