Originally built as a private family retreat in the foothills of the Cordillera de Talamanca, Hacienda AltaGracia has been transformed into an exclusive, secluded hideaway looking down from its lofty perch over Costa Rica's San Isidro Valley. The Hacienda is home to one of the finest equestrian centres in the country; saddle up on one of over 40 thoroughbreds to ride through private fincas with a local caballista. Other numerous activities include guided nature walks, cycling, coffee plantation tours, visits to local communities and culinary workshops. Make sure you take time out to enjoy the fabulous spa (the largest in Costa Rica) with its huge indoor pool and individual water suites. To further connect with your natural surroundings, time can be spent in the healing river bath after enjoying a therapeutic riverside massage.
A collection of one and two-bedroom casitas boast sweeping mountain views from their large windows and wraparound terraces; interiors are the epitome of rural chic with exposed beams, fine linens and soothing colours reflecting the surrounding landscapes. Larger casitas offer a dining area and butler's pantry; some also feature private pools. A dedicated 'compa' (personal experience designer) is on hand to guide you through the range of activities on offer as part of the Hacienda's daily adventure and wellness programme, and all meals are also included in your stay. These can be taken on the delightful terrace of the Grano restaurant, poolside at Picoteo or Las Brisas, in the informal lounge setting of Mercado or prepared in front of you over the fire at the asado-style Cienfuegos. Many of the ingredients used in the restaurants come from AltaGracia's own farm and chef's garden, and a range of culinary experiences are on offer for those seeking a deeper immersion into the cuisine of the region.
Spa & wellness enthusiasts
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Treat yourself with a hydrotherapy treatment or a holistic wellness programme at the award-winning spa
Visit the stables and set out on a gentle ride, advanced expedition or a full day vaquero experience
Master the region’s flavours with cookery classes, tastings and culinary workshops
Unwind with a spot of yoga or guided meditation
Take a reviving dip in the infinity pool and marvel at the sweeping valley views
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Learn about the intricacies of coffee production at the neighbouring coffee cooperative Los Jilgueros
Hike to the Mina Escondida waterfall and enjoy a riverside picnic
Explore the neighbouring farm and traditional trapiche sugarcane mill
Visit a local community to learn about traditional textile production, and the customs of the indigenous Boruca people
Spot a wealth of bird species including colourful tanagers, hummingbirds or maybe even the spectacular resplendent quetzal
Enjoy guided nature walks in the forest, including after dark in search of tree frogs, armadillos and other nocturnal forest dwellers
Mountain bike along some of the region’s most thrilling trails
Challenge yourself to a full-day mountain hike for some of the Central Valley's most impressive views
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