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Senda Monteverde Hotel

Senda Monteverde is located in Costa Rica’s cool central highlands. The hotel is just minutes away from the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.

In 2018, hoteliers John and Lisa Aspinall closed the doors of their Sapo Dorado Hotel and re-opened the property as Senda. The new hotel’s restaurant, El Sapo, is a nod to the former incarnation.

Senda Monteverde Hotel Accommodations 

Senda’s 24 suites and rooms feature views of the Gulf of Nicoya or of the cloud forests.

In-room amenities include:

  • King & Twin-Sized Beds
  • Lounge area
  • Terraces
  • Complimentary Coffee & Tea
  • Minibar
  • Organic Toiletries, Cotton Robes, Hairdryer
  • Solar-Heated Hot Water
  • Wi-Fi
  • Umbrellas, Flashlight, Games
  • Security box
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Twice Daily Housekeeping Service

Superior Rooms (475 square feet, 2 adults): 


Junior Suites  475 square feet, 2 adults & 1-2 children): 


Premium Suites (660 square feet, 2 adults & 1 child): 


Senda Suites (1,321 square feet, 4 adults & 2 children): 

Amenities

Guests at Senda can enjoy the property’s:

  • El Sapo Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Loft
  • Outdoor verandas & fire pit
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Outdoor playground
  • Wi-Fi

Activities

The full board program at Senda includes:

  • Hiking access to the Aguti Wildlife Reserve
  • Yoga Classes
  • Evening bonfire nights with hot cocoa & marshmallows
  • Ceviche classes, cocktails classes, traditional coffee experience and cajeta Class for kids
  • Rubber Boots, Binoculars & Walking Sticks

Other activities appealing to visitors is exploring the Cloud Forest Reserve, which is home to thousands of animal and bird species.

Monteverde claims to be the birthplace of zip lining and consequently has famous canopy tours that include platforms, cables, and a Tarzan swing.

Guests can also go horseback riding, visit wildlife reserves, and hike through the rainforest.

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Kura Design Villas

Located high in the Uvita rainforest of Costa Rica, Kura Design Villas is a couples retreat focused on relaxation and privacy.

From the hotel’s infinity-edge swimming pool, guests can enjoy sweeping sunset views of the ocean and rainforest.

Wi-Fi is available in the guestrooms and main lodge. Daily complimentary shuttles are offered to the nearby town of Uvita and the beach.

Kura is an adults-only hotel and is a perfect getaway for honeymooners.

A birdseye view of the ocean and Kura hotel.

Kura Design Villas Accommodations

The eight spacious suites feature indoor and outdoor lounge spaces, king-sized beds, and panoramic windows.

Each guest room is equipped with en suite bathroom, air conditioning, ceiling fans, mini-bar, security box, turndown service, bathrobes, private terrace, lounge area, rainforest and ocean views, double-hammocks, and binoculars.


Master Suites (1500 square feet, includes a plunge pool): 

The master suites at Kura include a king-size bed, luxury shower, full size windows and outdoor deck.The Kura Costa Rica suites feature an outdoor deck overlooking the Costa Rican jungle.

Infinity Suites (915 square feet): 

The junior suites have an outdoor deck with hammock and chairs and green jungle.

Junior Suites (740 square feet): 

The Villa suites feature a King-size bed, wood floors and wood paneled ceilings.

Kura Design Villas Amenities

Guests at Kura Design Villas can enjoy the property’s:

  • Infinity pool
  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Lounge
  • Sundeck
  • Gardens
The ocean view restaurant at Kura features lounge chairs and a table.Fruit at Kura has colors of purple, green and orange.The infinity pool at kura looks out above a horizon of blue ocean.

Exploring Uvita, Costa Rica

Nestled in thick Jungle forest, the Kura Villas overlook the village of Uvita and the Marino Ballena National Park. The coast around Uvita offers some of Costa Rica’s best locations for humpback whale watching and surfing.

LANDED arranges privately guided horseback riding tours, waterfall adventures, canopy tours, sport-fishing charters, surf lessons, white water rafting, snorkeling excursions, and more.

A man repels down a waterfall in Costa Rica's jungle.

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Gaia Hotel and Reserve

Gaia Hotel and Reserve is an boutique hotel for couples, perched on a forested hilltop in the town of Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica.

Not only is Gaia considered one of the best Manuel Antonio hotels, but this property was once a wildlife rescue center; toucans, sloths, and monkeys are still easily observed in the surrounding rainforest.

The pale-sand beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park can be reached by car in ten minutes. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

An aerial view of Gaia shows the surrounding rainforest, rooftop of the hotel, and swimming pool.A red, green, yellow, and blue macaw picks at its feathers at Gaia.

Accommodations

Gaia’s 18 airy suites and studios feature contemporary styling and a neutral color palette. Some upper category rooms add ocean views, plunge pools, and jacuzzis.

Each guest room is furnished with a King-size bed, toiletries, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, television, security box, mini-bar, and hairdryer.

This living room is equipped with couches, large windows, and outdoor views.The bedrooms at Gaia feature a king bed, bathroom and outdoor views.The Gaia suites balcony feature outdoor rainforest views, lounge chairs and large living areas.

Amenities

The hotel’s restaurant, La Luna, provides panoramic sunset views. Among the other hotel amenities are a three-level infinity pool, sundeck, spa, dry sauna, and fitness center.

Ceviche at La Luna restaurant has pink pickled onions, chips, and vegetables.The infinity pool at Gaia is three tiers of bright blue water overlooking the rainforest below.

Activities

One of the highlights of staying at Gaia is exploring the Manuel Antonio National Park. The park–known for its beaches, hiking trails, and wildlife–can be reached by car in about 15 minutes from Gaia.  Other beaches, such as Playita and Espadilla Sur, are even closer.

This part of the Central Pacific Coast offers dozens of active adventure options. LANDED arranges privately guided visits to the national park, as well as sailing, waterfall hiking, riding, biking, zip-lining, sport-fishing, surfing, and kayaking excursions. Looking for more? How about a visit to a wildlife rescue, a butterfly garden, or a rainforest conservation project?

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT GAIA HOTEL AND RESERVE? LANDED PROVIDES PERSONALIZED, CUSTOM TRAVEL WITHIN CENTRAL AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE ANTARCTIC. WE’LL CREATE A UNIQUE ITINERARY PLAN TAILORED TO YOUR INTERESTS AND DREAMS. EXPERIENCE THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME. SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR EXPERT TRAVEL PLANNERS TODAY AT 801.582.2100.

El Otro Lado

El Otro Lado is a private retreat on Panama’s Caribbean Coast located within Portobelo National Park, just across the bay from the historic town of Portobelo, Panama.

The resort has a world-class collection of rare Latin American music, which plays softly in the restaurant.

For an additional fee, the hotel can arrange fishing excursions (artisanal or sport fishing), cultural performances (dance performances, meetings with artisans), wildlife viewing, diving, snorkeling, and catamaran sailing.

The interior of El Otro Lado features colorful decorations, tiled floor and high white ceilings.

Accommodations 

This vibrant boutique hotel is a collection of four villas and three suites. Each is unique, but all are furnished with air conditioning, security box,
hair dryer, and Wi-Fi. Some higher category units add private patios, kitchens, and living rooms.

The exterior of the El Otro Lado houses features rainforest views and beaches.

Forest House:

The forest house at El Otro Lado features bright green walls, tiled floor, a bedroom, tv, couch and outdoor views.

Sea House:

The Sea House at El Otro Lado features colorful tiled floors, aqua walls, a TV, couch and ocean views.

Sun House:

The interior of the Sun House at El Otro Lado has yellow walls, unique artwork, white couches and tiled floor.

Spirit House:

The interior of the Spirit House at El Otro Lado features a tiled floor, blue walls, ocean views and colorful furniture.

Casa Grande 

About 8,600 square feet, Casa Grande includes two floors with three suites.

Ground floor includes a living room, bar and outdoor dining.

The three suites are located on the second floor, each with its own identity surrounded by terraces and views of the jungle and bay.

The exterior of Casa Grande at El Otro Lado is two levels with a wood exterior and dimly lit exterior.

Amenities

Among the hotel amenities are an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant, bar, yoga deck, gardens, sea kayaks, and paddle boats for the freshwater reservoir.

The pool at El Otro Lado faces the Porotbelo Bay in Panama.A woman lays on her stomach and gets a massage on a white bed at El Otro Lado.

Exploring Portobelo

El Otro Lado is an ideal starting point for activities ranging from forest adventures to cultural excursions.

Guests can enjoy rainforest hikes, river kayaking, diving, sea fishing, world-class birdwatching and visiting nearby Caribbean beaches.

Visitors can also enojoy the charming town of Portobelo, Panama — a UNESCO world heritage site. Visitors can sample local food, visit art galleries and observe the traditional Congo dance.

Two women point out ancient stone ruins in the rainforests near El Otro Lado.

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Nuss Hotel

Hotel Nuss is a 22-room boutique hotel located in the heart of the trendy Palermo Soho neighborhood in Buenos Aires, surrounded by boutiques, cafes, and restaurants.

Formerly a Spanish-style convent, the rooms are located on three floors around a central patio.

Accommodations

The hotel has Superior and Deluxe rooms that range from 355 – 376 square feet. The rooms are equipped with a large double bed & 2 single beds and can accommodate up to 2 guests.

Among the in-room amenities are:

  • Minibar
  • Security Box
  • Telephone
  • Air conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron
  • Bathrobe
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Free toiletries
  • Heating
  • Slippers
  • Flat-screen TV

Amenities

Guests at Hotel Nuss can enjoy the breakfast room (with buffet breakfast and made-to-order eggs), rooftop plunge pool, a compact fitness room, sauna, and traditional Argentine barbecue.

Exploring Buenos Aires

Nuss Buenos Aires Soho is located in Palermo, a trendy, creative neighborhood fit with designer shops, art galleries and a variety of bars and restaurants.

Guests at Nuss Hotel are at the perfect starting point to explore famous plazas, botanical gardens, and the city center.

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