Enticing Eco Glam In Pura Vida Costa Rica

You’ll also be happy to learn that the hotel is resolutely green: Rosa Blanca is a champion of sustainability, both as an organic coffee plantation and a hotel. Built from recycled materials wherever possible, drawing on solar water-heating systems, devotedly growing its own food and composting, the hotel is the original poster child for ecotourism in Costa Rica.

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Start your stay with coffee, of course, via a tour of Finca Rosa Blanca’s plantation. Learn about the process, from seed to brew, then taste different roasts at a post-tour cupping. Book between October and January can see the harvest as it happens. The hotel also runs sustainability tours, and has hiking trails ideal for spotting birds and butterflies.

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Small and intimate, El Targua spa has excellent treatments, including a hot-stone massage and a full-body scrub using coffee. Treatments often incorporate local crops, including avocados, almonds and chocolate. Laze the afternoon away by a quaint spring-fed infinity pool is set on the hillside, with a cooling waterfall tumbling into it. Be sure to get directions to the hot tub in a pergola, romantically fringed with a tangle of flowering vines.

Risa, the street dog that adopted Finca Rosa Balnca 10 years ago | Photo: @fincarosablanca 

After you’ve had a coffee scrub in the spa, head out to explore Costa Rica’s natural wonderland. From bubbling volcanoes to rushing rapids, the country is packed with adventure. A short drive north of the city, Braulio Carrillo National Park is a spectacular cloud forest packed with hiking trails, swimming holes and waterfalls. The massive park spans from sea level up to volcanoes and includes an aerial tram for bird’s-eye views.

Photo: Finca Rosa Blanca

A hint of magnolia blossom scents the night air as we dine on the creative gastronomy of El Tigre Vestido, the hotel’s stunning signature restaurant. Service is quirky and not the quickest, but the menu delivers on its promises. The kitchen incorporates local ingredients – including organic produce grown on the grounds – into savory dishes like grilled chicken with tamarind-coffee sauce. The dining room features cool art and a cozy wood-burning fireplace. Set inside the restaurant, Bar Buho serves fruit driven cocktails with a kick, including a passion fruit daiquiri and the the gingery Rosa Blanca mango margarita.

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