Costa Rica is always giving us new surprises and the last visit was no exception. Driving just a few hours South of San Jose to the valley of the area called Perez Zeledon, we encountered our favorite hotel in the country yet and honestly the best one in Central America so far: Hacienda Alta Gracia.
This hotel is part of the Auberge Resorts brand, a collection of some really special properties in very distinctive locations. It is an active farm and ranch that sits on the foothills of a wild mountain range that rises out of the valley below. From the moment we entered the property there is a combination of dedicated and immediate service and the feeling of having the whole place to yourself all at once.
What we found so enjoyable about the property is the peaceful expression of the lush countryside with everything one could want in terms of service and comfort. The hotel team communicates well and everyone went above and beyond to make us feel treasured. The panoramas from every angle are amazing and it creates a feeling of being dropped in the heart of wild nature.
The rooms are all villas of various sizes and are heavenly. Furniture is a lot of stone, wood and leather that really give the feeling of a ranch and the large glass windows with unobstructed views make you feel like there is no other building for miles. The bathroom space is impressive, the in room technology is top of the line and golf carts can whisk you to and from anywhere at a moments call, but its so lovely to walk too.
Even when rooms are just so inviting we didn’t want to go out, you have to! There is so much to do here with outside activities by the dozens. Hiking, horseback riding, motor sports, biking, canopy tours and really almost anything, there are kilometers of trails across the expansive Hacienda.
Where we really found ourselves in heaven was the spa. It is in its own dedicated building with a gym, locker rooms with steam and sauna. The central atrium is a massive hall with glass windows more than 40 feet high. This is the center for the pool and Jacuzzi’s. There are a wide range of treatments available too.
The outdoor pool has majestic views of the mountains and the sunset every day. It is a cool spot to relax and has a nearby bar and it is a minutes distance from two of the hotel restaurants. Speaking of food, if you like traditional Costa Rican Gallo Pinto for breakfast, this is one of the best we’ve ever had period.
With its own landing strip on site, some guests fly in directly and the limited amount of rooms makes it so that the property is never too crowded. It is a slice of Costa Rica that’s far from the touristed hotspots and its an encounter where nature and luxury aren’t mutually exclusive.