Staying at Hotel Belmar you'll be in the midst of several acres of lush cloud forest with a fast-flowing stream and cascading waterfall. This family owned and run hotel has a long tradition of hospitality having been welcoming guests for some thirty years.
The hotel is made up of two main chalets, both built in the style of an Alpine ski lodge, a reflection of the time the owners spent in Austria before returning to Costa Rica. They are set in beautiful landscaped gardens, with a large duck pond and sun deck. There's a self-guided walking trail that leads into the forest, giving you the chance to explore at your leisure. If you feel the need for some pampering, spa staff are on hand to administer your choice of treatment. Yoga classes are available most days and will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.
Sitting on the terrace eating breakfast is the perfect way to begin your day, sampling fresh fruits, freshly baked bread, home-made jams and yogurts plus more hearty egg-based dishes as you watch birds among the trees. Lunch and dinner also make use of local ingredients, many grown in the hotel's own vegetable and herb gardens.
Guest rooms in the main building are spacious, with polished wooden floors, hand-made furniture, balconies and private bathrooms stocked with organic toiletries. The floor-to-ceiling windows and private balcony look out over the forest with views of the Nicoya Peninsula in the distance. The decor is warm and finished off with local artworks. You'll have WiFi and a mug of freshly brewed local coffee is just a phone call away. Other rooms are in the separate chalet and have their own lounge and Jacuzzi with fabulous views.
Open: Belmar hotel is open all year round.
Location: This family run hotel is located within its own private private reserve in the cloud-forests of Monteverde.
Rooms: There 23 rooms at the Belmar Hotel located in two chalets. All well furnished with hand carved furniture and local artworks. Rooms have large en-suite bathrooms, and a private balcony or veranda overlooking the cloud-forest and Nicoya Peninsula in the distance. Each room has a mini bar, bathrobe & slippers, hair dryer, safety deposit box, WiFi.
Activities: There is plenty to do both on the private reserve and the surrounding cloud-forest. Enjoy a natural history & bird watching tour or a guided night hike. Enjoy a tour of the organic garden and greenhouse where much of the produce is grown for the restaurant. Thrill-seekers can enjoy an extreme canopy tour, canyoning and horse riding. Those seeking a more sedate experience can opt for a sugarcane and coffee tour, chocolate tour, visit the orchid and butterfly gardens of Monteverde or even take a bat tour.
Facilities: The hotel has a restaurant and lounge bar, there's also a juice and tea bar where drinks are always available. There is a spa, Jacuzzi and a yoga area where you can join yoga sessions held on most days.
Dining: Dining is at individual tables.
Health: Costa Rica has a low risk of malaria.
Communication: WiFi is available throughout the hotel. All rooms have telephones to place and receive international calls. Complimentary computers with internet access can be found in the library.
"What a gem. Rooms are basic - well, ours was! No AC but a fan, insect screen and a breeze kept us nice and comfortable. They actually do "farm to table"; the herb teas and homemade yoghurt are amazing. They have their own micro-brewery producing 3 fine ales and a stout. The gardens are are amazing as is the secret valley. Probably our favourite stop."