Monteverde Lodge & Gardens 

Cool air, cloud forest and curated activities

Perched 5,000 feet above sea level, Monteverde Lodge and Gardens is to sleep in the clouds and rub more than a shoulder with the great outdoors.

You won’t find televisions in the suites of this sky-high mountain lodge but you will find huge windows with magical misty views. Day time calls for miles of bucket-list cloud forest hiking trails and ziplining over jungle canopy before kicking off your boots for a fresh dip in the pool. Sunset brings rum cocktails by an open fire and moreish farm-to-table dining under El Jardín’s hanging plants.

Why we love Monteverde Lodge & Gardens

  • Wildlife-rich evergreen hikes in Monteverde and Santa Elena Cloud Forests

  • Hybrids, miniatures and vibrant purples, see over 450 species of orchids at Santa Elena Orchid Garden

  • With just 31 rooms, the approach here is personalised, peaceful and relaxing

  • Choose from suites with a terrace and garden access or with a balcony and cloud forest views

4 stars
11 hours
On the outskirts of the village of Santa Elena, close to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Approx. 3 hours’ transfer from San Jose airport



  • Restaurants & bars
  • Board
  • Spas & wellness
  • Sustainability

Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at El Jardín which sits alongside a rustic lodge-style bar where cocktails and wine are served by a large open fire pit.

El Jardín
El Jardín’s menu highlights local flavours, fuses Latin American and Mediterranean cuisine and also offers an extensive choice of plant-based meals. Have dinner open-air on a terrace under the stars or sneak into the light-filled greenhouse which has been turned into a gorgeous dining room.

What's included

Breakfast at El Jardín Restaurant

The hotel has a Garden Massage Room offering a selection of organic oil treatments.

Yoga mats are available to borrow from reception for self-led practice.

Monteverde Lodge and Gardens owns 3.8 hectares of land and much of it is dedicated to a private nature reserve designed to preserve biodiversity and provide a safe habitat for wildlife. Staff also periodically help with reforestation in the grounds and join clean-ups of the nearby creeks. The lodge has eliminated single-use plastic straws and bottles, runs on 100% renewable electricity and has 47 solar panels installed. All cleaning products used are eco-friendly and biodegradable and you’ll be swimming in a solar-heated pool that’s purified by salt instead of chlorine, which is much kinder to the environment. El Jardín restaurant is also serious about minimising its carbon footprint, buying as much produce as possible from local organic growers and suppliers.

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