The Auberge Resort in Costa Rica Is Paradise If We’ve Ever Seen It
In a verdant valley of southern Costa Rica, embraced by the Brunqueña and Talamanca mountains, resides Hacienda AltaGracia, an 865-acre resort that has rightfully earned its place among Conde Nast Traveler’s best new hotels in the world.
An Unspoiled Landscape
The scenic 5-star property sits in the rural canton of Perez Zeledon -- close to Cerro Chirripo (Costa Rica’s highest mountain) and Los Cusingos bird sanctuary. In such alluring surroundings, you can pursue adventures ranging from horseback riding along the Santa Maria trail to rafting down the Rio Savegre (spotting monkeys and iguanas as you float).
Yet with this Auberge's on-site amenities -- think sparkling infinity pools, a world-class equestrian facility and the largest spa in Central America -- you might decide there's no finer way to spend your day than just staying put and soaking in the views.
Hacienda AltaGracia's accommodations range from 1,173-square-foot suites to 2,346-square-foot, two-bedroom casitas. Expect elegant, unfussy decor, light-filled spaces and panoramic views of the mountains from every window, as well as your own private terrace.
High-end touches include designer bathroom fixtures, sumptuous linens, fireplaces and Jacuzzi bathtubs. All rooms also come with Apple TV and use of an iPad.
Activities for Every Taste:
You don't need to venture far from your casita to enjoy a whole host of outdoor activities. Daily hikes, bike rides, fitness and meditation classes are all complimentary.
A 28-stable equestrian facility is the pride of Hacienda AltaGracia. Guests are invited to enjoy guided horseback tours, take lessons in the enclosed riding ring and experience Costa Rica's captivating cowboy culture.
Personal concierge services make it easy to arrange unforgettable adventures outside the resort. Options include zip-line and canopy tours, mountain biking and hiking trips, visits to San Isidro de El General and bird-watching in the nearby reserve. For those seeking a more high-octane experience, consider an ultralight flight over waterfalls, rain forest and a pineapple plantation.
World-Class Dining and Views:
Hacienda AltaGracia presents three dining options, each a showcase of Central American flavors. Start the day with a steaming cup of coffee at El Bistro and end it with cocktails and billiards at La Cantina. Ambar serves gourmet farm-to-fork cuisine featuring produce from the resort's own sustainable farm. Panoramic views of the valley augment every meal.
Central America’s Largest Spa
If your adventures leave you in need of relaxation and restoration, book a luxury, locally inspired treatment at the full-service spa. Two Aqua Suites with Vichy showers, a panoramic pool and more entice you to spend all day indulging in the ultimate "me-time."