Ready to experience a unique, upmarket, yet unpretentious oasis in Latin America? Just 20 minutes outside of Costa Rica’s capital, San José, is a surprising destination inn and resort lovingly honed by American expats Glenn and Teri Jampol. Finca Rosa Blanca is set in the highlands of the beautiful Central Valley, 4,000 feet above sea level, and a few minutes drive to quaint local villages. This intriguing lodge and compound is set amidst eight acres of flourishing tropical gardens and winding walkways, and adjacent to and part of a thriving, 30-acre organic shade-grown coffee plantation. (You’ll get to sample plenty of that coffee during your stay—at breakfast and in the complimentary afternoon teas with freshly baked cookies. Make sure you take a coffee tour and tasting during your stay, and pack a few bags of delicious, finely roasted Finca coffee to take home with you!)
The stunning main lodge is an idiosyncratic architectural wonder: it boasts a great room with 40-foot ceilings, a waterfall reflection pool, skylights, and beautiful international and local artwork. Designed and decorated with artistic flair by the Jampols (Glenn is a painter and his wife Teri also spent time in Manhattan’s art world), many of the rooms are hand-tiled, hand-painted, and boast unique architectural features and decorative flourishes. Choose where to stay out of three master suites, 11 junior suites, and two private villas. Many of these have private verandas affording sweeping valley, volcano, or city views, kitchenettes, and special soaking tubs.
This inn has the amenities of a resort:
an organically-shaped, crystalline, chemical-free swimming pool and waterfall, and a hot tub set amidst the terraced garden offering intimacy
and lovely views.
Glenn is a leader in sustainable tourism, and Finca Rosa Blanca is part of the ecologically committed Cayuga Collection, so the property follows green principles such as composting, growing organic food, and existing in harmony with the environment. The overall aim is to provide visitors with an authentic, environmentally sustainable yet luxurious experience, to employ locals, and to give back to the community. We recommend exploring the local villages and markets, or taking the nearby volcano tour.
Enjoy your seclusion while staying connected via the free Wi-Fi and a shuttle into town. Make sure that you eat at the resort’s restaurant, El Tigre Vestido, which provides sophisticated and healthy meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you want to indulge your inner gourmand, book U.S.-trained Chef Alvarado’s seasonal chef’s table. Mushroom “cappuccino,” pan-roasted corvina, pork belly with faro—this is not rice and beans, but the best of Nuevo Costa Rican cuisine, which is currently experiencing a welcome wave of Latin fusion.
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