Once the country retreat and family-run hotel of former Costa Rican President Rodrigo Carazo Odio, this beautiful mountain lodge features a series of individual little houses, or casitas, with clay-tile roofs, whitewashed stucco walls, rustic tile floors, and open-beam and cane ceilings. Each casita has a working wood-burning fireplace, which comes in handy in the cool, moist climate. The deluxe casitas and suites come with their own Jacuzzi tubs. The hotel’s private reserve borders the Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve, a fascinating area and ecosystem, very similar to that found in Monteverde. In fact, some visitors have spotted the elusive resplendent quetzal here. To reach the hotel, first drive to the mountain city of San Ramón on the Inter-American Highway (CR1), northwest of San José. From here, drive north on CR142 toward Los Angeles, following signs to Villa Blanca.