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.
Couples and families
Spa & wellness enthusiasts
Lodge activities & facilities
Three swimming pools, including an infinity edge pool with views of the surrounding valley
Award-winning spa and hydrotherapy centre
Equine experiences ranging from gentle rides, advanced expeditions or a full day vaquero experience following the activities of the wranglers
Climbing the high canopy tree net, then perhaps abseiling to the forest floor
Cookery classes, tastings & culinary workshops
Yoga classes in a variety of styles, plus QiGong & meditation
Holistic wellness programmes including light therapy, reiki and sound healing
Guided nature walks in the forest, including after dark in search of tree frogs, armadillos and other nocturnal forest dwellers
Mountain bikes for independent explorations or guided trail adventures
Challenging full-day mountain hikes to marvel at the views 'above the clouds'
Things to do nearby:
Learn about the intricacies of coffee production at the neighouring 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
Venture out with a specialist birding guide to a nearby primary forest reserve in search of a wealth of species including colourful tanagers, hummingbirds or maybe even the elusive quetzal
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