WHAT THE GUIDEBOOKS SAY
“This venerable old hotel has received a major face-lift. Formerly owned and operated by an ex-president of Costa Rica and his family, this lodge is now part of a new group of ‘Green Hotels’ that includes Si Como No in Manuel Antonio.
“The lodge still consists of a series of Tico-style casitas surrounded by 800 hectares (1,976 acres) of farm and forest. All have been completely remodeled. Each casita is built of adobe and has tile floors, open beamed ceilings, and whitewashed walls. Inside you'll find a fireplace in one corner, comfortable hardwood chairs, and either one queen or two twin beds covered with colorful bedspreads. The deluxe units and suites have a separate sitting area with a fold-out couch and bathrooms with a whirlpool bathtub and a separate shower. In many rooms the bathroom tubs look out through a wall of windows onto lush gardens. Some have private patios.
“The main lobby features two restaurants, a bar, and large common areas. Four of the old casitas were converted into a new branch of Serenity Spa. Adjacent to the lodge are 11km (6 3/4 miles) of trails through the Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve. You can also rent horses or take an adventurous swing through the canopy on a canopy tour here.” -Frommer’s Costa Rica 2006.
COSTA RICA EXPEDITIONS DESCRIPTION
Located on a hilltop an hour from the San Jose International Airport, Villablanca is in the elite group of “Green Hotels of Costa Rica.” It has 34 spacious “casitas,” nicely decorated and many with fireplaces to combat the cool, mountain climate. The restaurant serves traditional Central American food as well as salads and other healthy choices. Facilities include a lounge, entertainment room with games for children, spa, gift shop with quality handicrafts, conference room, and a 34-seat multimedia theater featuring nightly movies. Nature trails on the property and birding and other tours offered. Cool climate.
FROM THE HOTEL'S WEB SITE
Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Spa is a 75-acre boutique hotel surrounded by the spectacular Los Angeles Private Biological Reserve.
At Villa Blanca, comfort goes hand-in-hand with conservation. The philosophy behind Green Hotels management is to combine country-style hospitality with a profound respect for the natural surroundings. Clients from around the world come to Villa Blanca to soak in the charming ambiance, to experience the authentic Central American flavor and to explore the most bio-diverse ecosystem on the planet.
Villa Blanca is for the adventurous sort, not the resort sort. So with our apologies to the sun n' fun crowd, we encourage you to put away your swimsuits and get out your hiking boots. From guided nature walks to volcanic excursions to our zip-line canopy tour, we'll make you forget all about that swim-up bar at the pool (actually, if you want that, check out our sister hotel resort Si Como No.
The Villa Blanca experience begins with the unique personality of your private accommodations. There are 35 casitas to choose from, including 5 romantic Honeymoon Casitas, each with breathtaking views of pristine tropical cloud forest.
If you are coming to Costa Rica for relaxation, Villa Blanca is also the right choice. The hotel spa facilities are world-class. And the beauty of the Los Angeles Cloud Forest Private Reserve that surrounds the property provides the perfect setting for inner peace and tranquility.