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What We Love

  • The rate includes full breakfast, welcome cocktail, chef's platter, three-course lunch and four-course dinner – for two
  • The back-to-nature location on a 125-acre reserve in southern Costa Rica
  • Handmade cheese — the owner taught himself to make goat and cow’s milk brie, feta, mozzarella and more
  • The friendly, family feeling extended by the owners and staff, all of whom are local
  • The understated eco-consciousness aims to safeguard the earth without being preachy
  • Homemade ginger beer, fruit-infused liquors and creative cocktails in the Café Blue bar
  • All the artwork is for sale
  • Staff will arrange a secluded candlelit dinner at your casita upon request

What To Know

  • Children 17 and under are not permitted unless all four casitas are rented at the same time
  • The “gym” is more of an open-air passageway with a few pieces of exercise equipment; hiking the resort’s groomed jungle trails is a far superior option
  • You’ll need a car to get to any local restaurant or nearby town
  • There is no pool, but you can easily cool off in the Chirripo River, a short walk from any casita
  • Lunches and dinners are not included in the rate, but dishes are the mostly organic dishes are very tasty
  • There is no spa, but in-room treatments can be arranged with advance notice
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Overview

The Review

After bouncing down yet another dusty road, getting what locals refer to as a “Costa Rican massage,” you’ll finally arrive at Monte Azul, an art-centric jungle oasis that owner/artists Carlos Rojas and Randy Langendorfer opened on a private 125-acre nature reserve in 2009. While your bags are whisked to your villa, retreat under the banana trees for a glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc and a fruit plate with homemade crackers and goat’s milk brie.

Monte Azul is part-hotel, part–art project, with just four casitas spread across beautiful gardens that grow by one tree every time a new guest arrives.{“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/3085/prop-68522-1345067682-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”In a magical rural location, Monte Azul overlooks the Chirripo River.”} Each of the four villas has the same mod look, with a terraced entrance that leads into checkerboard-floored rooms adorned with mixed media pieces from visiting artists.

The Shaker-meets-Japanese furniture was built on-site from reclaimed and certified wood, but the look is far from DIY. Queen beds are dressed in 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets and splashy bed coverings in olive, saffron, wheat and orange. Snow-white bathrooms have Kohler fixtures and handcrafted soaps, and while there are no televisions or phones, all rooms have free WiFi.

Use the small kitchenettes for preparing the property’s own organic Quick Monkey coffee (best enjoyed on your private patio), but head to the indoor/outdoor Cafe Blue for seasonal, local and mostly organic meals. Costa Rican country specialties are served at breakfast, and fresh ceviche, cheese plates, local beef and baked fish dishes define the hearty lunch and dinner options.

But art in myriad forms is really the undercurrent at this resort, which offers printing, painting and etching workshops taught in the studio by resident or visiting artists. You can also take lessons in cooking, soapmaking and even mixology — the latter promising to tap into your deepest creative talents by way of bartender Roger’s sweet passion fruit martini.

How to Get There

Monte Azul Boutique Hotel
Contiguo al puente de Chucuyo
Chimirol de Rivas, 00000 Costa Rica