Monteverde Lodge & Gardens
Charming Retreat in Costa Rica’s Cloud Forest
Costa Rica’s got plenty of tropical sunshine and island vibes…but if you’re looking for something a little unexpected to add to your itinerary, plan a detour to the misty mountain town of Monteverde, where the Monteverde Lodge and Gardens is a must.
Reminiscent of a ski lodge, this rustic woodsy hideout is nestled so deep into the Cloud Forest that there is a sign on each room door reminding guests to keep balcony doors closed to keep monkeys out. And yet, it’s centrally located, only about a half mile from the town center!
A sit-down breakfast at the Lodge’s El Jardin Restaurant is included, where the staff is so gracious and willing to make just about any modification to your entrée that you can dream up. Plates piled high with fresh tropical fruit and toast with delicious papaya jam come to the table before you even make your selection.
Exceptional service doesn’t end there, with attendants knocking on your door asking if you need ice before you can request it and fresh cookies and local milk waiting in your room on the night before your departure.
The lush grounds and the heated outdoor pool are not to be missed, but the most memorable part of this experience is the indoor green house butterfly garden, where fluttering creatures of all colors can come and land on your shoulder, or stop long enough on a leaf for you to marvel at their beauty.
Pictures just don’t do it justice…this is one place that you’ll have to see to believe.