Villa Florencia, Turrialba, Costa Rica
Villa Florencia is a simple property that has been developed from an old family home. The owners worked at CATIE (the local, and world-renowned, biological research centre) for years before taking on this project. Their vision was to create a hotel that was comfortable but as fully self sustainable as possible and have done a fantastic job.
The rooms are all comfortable, and there is a lovely junior suite for those who like a bit more space (and a double jacuzzi), but it is the surroundings that are perhaps the most important. Views at breakfast are of the foothills and mountains of the regions as the morning haze is burnt off by the sun. There are beautiful gardens and the staff are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the region.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Explore the dramatic Puente Vigas Canyon with an experienced climber and guide. Rappel down cascading waterfalls, climb down vertical canyon walls, zip line through verdant forest canopies and witness the raw natural beauty of the Turrialba region.
Enjoy a guided tour of CATIE, one of the leading tropical and agricultural research stations in the world. Walk the winding paths, spotting many tropical bird, insect and reptile species along the way, and learn about the cutting-edge research and techniques being used by the centre.