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Monteverde, Costa Rica
Best for: Walking Trekking, Family, Wildlife
High up in Costa Rica’s spectacular Monteverde cloud forest, the Hotel Belmar is a rustic lodge-style nature and wildlife retreat. Wonderfully friendly service, stunning views and a range of adventure options make the Belmar our top choice in Monteverde.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Winner of a coveted Five-Leaf award for sustainability, the Hotel Belmar is a serene and charming property set amongst Monteverde’s lush cloudforest, and we would travel a long way for the kind of views you get here, especially from the new jungle suites added in 2017. The hotel consists of a main building, where there are 14 rooms and a separate chalet-style building with a further 12 rooms, each with a private Jacuzzi. All are spacious and well-maintained, decorated with native artwork and soft lighting, and come with a private bathroom and sizeable outside balcony with a table and chairs, where you can drink in the unbeatable vistas, either over the cloudforest canopy or towards the distant Pacific Ocean.
Hotel Belmar’s facilities are equally impressive. The lively Celajes restaurant serves meals made from fresh, local ingredients (many grown on the hotel property itself or on the Belmar family organic farm) on a terrace overlooking the cloudforest, while the bar serves a variety of artisanal craft cocktails. After a long day spent exploring Monteverde, relax in the Jacuzzi, have a pampering spa treatment or take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool. Complimentary yoga classes are also on offer.
Much of the Belmar’s estate is pristine cloudforest, home to many endangered species, and also forms a part of the Bellbird Biological Corridor which connects the cloudforest to the lowland rainforests. The hotel has a short self-guided trail for guests to explore, and one of the big bonuses of staying at the Belmar is that it is right by the trailhead of the Cerro Amigos trail, which leads to the top of the region’s highest mountain, where on clear days you can see the Pacific, Arenal Volcano and sometimes even glimpses of the Atlantic Ocean. Knowledgeable guides are also on hand to take you on hikes through this magical forest ecosystem, and the night safaris are remarkable for what they reveal. Canopy tours, mountain bike rides and horse treks are all extremely popular adventure activities.
When to go
Year round destination, although November to April are the best months for sunshine. The ‘Green’ season, from May to October, is a good time to visit: it’s sunny in the mornings with rain in the afternoons. The quietest period is April to early June. The rain can be particularly strong in September and October.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Things to do
Original Canopy Tour
Begin with a short hike through a 70 acre private Cloud Forest reserve before heading to the cables for an exciting zip-line adventure. Fly through the treetops, rappel down large trees and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife.
Arenal Sky Tram & Sky Trek
The tour begins in the Sky Tram, an open-air gondola, that lifts you through the treetops and offers sweeping views of the Arenal volcano, lake and lush surrounding area. Once at the top, get ready to begin your Sky Trek zipline adventure!
Monteverde Reserve Night Tour
Delve into the vast biological diversity of Monteverde Cloud Forest from a different perspective. Arriving just before sunset many rare and nocturnal wildlife species become active and emerge out of the darkness.
Don Juan Coffee and Chocolate Tour
Santa Elena Reserve Tour
Explore the magnificent birding opportunities in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. Delve into the forest fauna, surrounded by views of the Arenal Volcano and the Guanacaste lowlands.
100% Adventure Canopy & ATV Experience
Embark on this thrilling experience through Monteverde's cloud forest today. Swing along 9 zip lines through the lush canopy, and enjoy pure adrenaline-fuelled fun exploring private trails on an ATV.
Sky Tram, Trek & Walk
Sky Tram, Trek and Walk is a guided experience of a cablecar above the canopy, walking along the hanging bridges of Monteverde and zip lining through the cloud forest canopy.