Fonda Vela enjoys a quiet location away from the main town and close to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. It offers excellent accommodation and plenty of wildlife-spotting opportunities.
The family-run Hotel Belmar was one of the first hotels to open in Monteverde, but the owners' commitment to the upkeep of the hotel, its décor and amenities for guests also make it one of the best in the area. It continues to remain current with modern concepts, such as its on-site micro-brewery, its craft cocktails and juice bar, and its farm-to-table spa and restaurant. The hotel itself is comprised of two buildings built in the style of a Swiss chalet with rustic wooden furniture throughout, its own nature trail in the grounds and beautiful views.
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The hotel has two categories of standard guest rooms (Peninsula and Peninsula Superior rooms) and six categories of the more luxurious Chalet Deluxe rooms. Peninsula and Peninsula Superior rooms are housed on the first and second floors of the main building and boast views of the Nicoya Peninsula, with the former featuring two queen size beds and a balcony and the latter offering a king size bed and larger terrace. Amenities include Wi-Fi access, a safe and an all-day coffee delivery service. The Chalet Deluxe rooms are situated in the chalet building opposite, surrounded by the lush forest, with floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies and terraces allowing guests to immerse themselves in nature. All are spacious and wood-furnished, with the higher category rooms also featuring private Jacuzzis for that added bit of luxury.
The hotel enjoys a peaceful hillside location between the Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve and the quieter reserve of Santa Elena. The village of Santa Elena is located four kilometers from the hotel and has a few cafes and shops to explore after a day of tours or walking in the reserve. The town of Monteverde is slightly larger and has something of a backpacker vibe, but it boasts a good choice of restaurants should you want to try different dining options.
Food and drink
Guests at Belmar can enjoy a delicious spread for breakfast which includes homemade jams, granola and baked goods as well as fresh fruit, pancakes, omelets and the Costa Rican speciality gallo pinto. The restaurant balcony is a lovely place to watch the birds in the morning whilst enjoying your breakfast. Alternatively, you can request breakfast in bed or on your own terrace. The main restaurant also opens for lunch and dinner, with a particular emphasis on organic produce and a farm-to-table concept. In the hotel's chalet building there's a juice and tea bar, where you can enjoy freshly squeezed fruit juices and smoothies, house blended teas, organic coffee and snacks. In the main building inventive cocktails and craft beers can be enjoyed at the lounge bar.
The hotel's Sunset room is particularly suited to honeymooners, offering a romantic setting in the cloud forest with views of the Pacific Ocean and a terrace with an outdoor Jacuzzi.
Facilities and activities
The Belmar is set in a pristine cloud forest reserve and there are a number of nature trails that guests can enjoy during their stay. Tours can also be taken of the organic garden and greenhouse. The hotel offers a wide range of spa services, a Jacuzzi in a glass-walled gazebo and yoga classes.
Environmental and social responsibility
The hotel has a Level 5 Certificate for Sustainable Tourism in recognition of its sustainable tourism model. It has a number of water and electricity saving measures and waste reduction programs in place, using solar panels for heating water, rain water harvesting, environmentally friendly cleaning products and toiletries and energy-saving light bulbs, among many other measures to reduce its environmental impact. The property also supports a number of local community projects focusing on health, infrastructure and education, employing and training over 95% of its staff locally.
This is our favorite hotel in Monteverde. We love the tranquil cloud forest setting, comfortable rooms, welcoming atmosphere and attention to detail throughout.
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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.
This fascinating night tour allows you to see the wildlife around Monteverde quite literally in a different light. Spot a huge variety of nocturnal animals, including insects, tarantulas, snakes, sloths, sleeping toucans and bats.
See the Selvatura Cloud Forest Reserve from a totally unique perspective via a system of raised canopy walkways.
Explore the Selvatura cloud forest from a unique perspective. Follow the canopy walkways through each different level of the forest and traverse the exciting zip lines through the trees.