Santa Barbara: COSTA RICA

Bedroom(s): 14  Locale: Highlands. Coffee Farm

price $320 - 470 /night

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A Costa Rica Coffee Plantation Inn, Finca Rosa Blanca Resort comprises a coffee farm and luxurious hotel that crowns the central valley mountain highlands of the country. Located only a short distance from the San Jose International Airport, it has long offered eco-travelers a chic, sustainable resort experience.

The gourmet restaurant, El Tigre Vestido, and El Targua Spa, at the Costa Rica Coffee Plantation Inn has drawn many Costa Ricans, international vacationers and honeymoon couples who find our wellness retreat perfect for an extended stay! Whether your spa preferences range from traditional aromatherapy massage to hot stones massages, facials or organic skin treatments, you’ll find yourself irresistibly pampered by our qualified spa therapists.

Our gourmet restaurant, acclaimed in Gourmet Magazine, Epicurious Blog among many culinary reviews, uses only organic produce from our onsite gardens and local providers. Our Chef draws on Costa Rican and international culinary arts, using fresh seafood and organic meats and poultry to produce a varied menu each day. Enjoy the twinkling lights of the Central Valley at dinner, or the garden surroundings and song birds as you have breakfast, and of course, with our own shade grown coffee.

Our Costa Rica Coffee Plantation Inn offers an incomparable lodging experience with three extraordinary Master Suites and Villas and eleven elegant Junior Suites. All of our well-appointed rooms include Jacuzzi baths, King beds with exotic bamboo linens as well as private verandas overlooking the green Central Valley, the volcanoes above, and secluded patios surrounded by tropical gardens and flowers. The climate is perennially spring like with sunshine every day and temperatures which hover between 65F/18C to 82F/28C.

For your family vacation, there is enough to interest everyone at our Costa Rica Coffee Plantation Inn. We have our own coffee tours, local culture tours, and half-day tours to Barva Volcano, Poas Volcano and Braulio Carillo National Park, among others. If you are adventurous, ask about our full day tours for white water rafting! Check out our vacation packages and tours.

Our Costa Rica Coffee Plantation Inn has achieved the status of five “Green Leaves” – 100% compliance in the CST (Certificate for Sustainable Tourism) program. Owner Glenn Jampol is a member of the Board of Directors of The International Ecotourism Society and President of the National Chamber of Ecotourism of Costa Rica. Because of the attention to ecology, the resort and adjacent coffee farm are sanctuaries to many indigenous and migrant birds, and bird watchers worldwide have discovered this protected private reserve where nature abounds protected and unmolested.

Since 1985, when we began our project at the Costa Rica Coffee Plantation Inn (Finca Rosa Blanca), we have always had several important goals in mind: to leave the minimum possible trace of our existence and to be as eco friendly and sustainable as a small eco hotel could. Since the beginning of our adventure on our organic coffee plantation and hotel, we have concentrated on an ambitious plan of recycling and regeneration, social consciousness and education.

The Costa Rica Coffee Plantation Inn, the first certified sustainable hotel in Costa Rica, has evolved over the last 20 years to become the highest ranking member of the prestigious Sustainable Tourism Certification program (CST) and the only hotel that has achieved a perfect score of 100%. The CST, regarded as the strictest and most demanding program in the world for verifying the sustainability of hotels, eco resorts and tour operators, awards from one to five “green leaves” to those entities which participate in the program. As of the end of 2010, there are approximately 210 hotels and 15 tour operators which are certified by the CST.

At the Costa Rica Coffee Plantation Inn, we are proud to be a Long Run Alliance Member. The Long Run Initiative is the Zeitz Foundation’s flagship program which puts the philosophy of acting today, for a better tomorrow into practice. Long Run Alliance Members are institutions that directly manage or significantly influence the management of a natural area of conservation value with defined geographical boundaries and are committed to achieving sustainability through the 4Cs Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce and support the shared ethical foundation of being Fair, Honest, Positive and Creative.

Members are leaders around the world in sustainable tourism, biodiversity conservation, social entrepreneurship, community development, and cultural stewardship.

The Finca Rosa Blanca Hotel seeks to demonstrate that sustainability can be incorporated into an upscale luxury boutique hotel setting by combining elements of environmental conservation, education, training, luxury, community development and innovative building techniques.

Best Practices and Sustainable Development

At the hotel, sustainability has been a key feature since the planning and construction phase. A few of the sustainable features of the physical property and operation itself include:

  • Solar panels to heat water coupled with energy saving auxiliary on demand heating systems
  • Underground electrical systems that do not interfere with surrounding wildlife or endanger the coffee workers
  • Our own organic shade grown certified coffee in menu offerings, to share with the guests and spa treatments
  • Recycling of the coffee “pulp” to be used as fertilizer
  • Copper/Silver Ionization system to clean swimming pool water
  • 1 gallon flush toilets are used throughout the inn
  • Recycled materials throughout the grounds such as roof tiles and waste receptacles
  • Philanthropic donation programs to help the schools and our community
  • All of our employees are from the local area so we can “recycle” our earnings back into our community
  • Education of our employees, guests and neighbors about good practices
  • Linens made from Bamboo fiber (a very sustainable product)
  • An advanced vermiculture-based (worm beds) compost system to recycle organic waste
  • A greenhouse where organic vegetables and herbs are grown for our restaurant. The soil comes from composted material prepared in our recycling area.
  • High quality fare served with fresh and local ingredients and many Costa Rican recipes

Because of these our efforts in sustainable best practices, we have been awarded the maximum five green leaves from the Costa Rican Tourist Board for our compliance with the CST (Certification for Sustainable Tourism), a new program to encourage Ecological and Sustainable Tourism in this country. We are proud that we have obtained a 100+% ranking and the highest score of all participating hotels in Costa Rica.

Our Sustainable Coffee:

The Costa Rica Coffee Plantation Inn has 30 acres of hard bean coffee which is certified organic by the Rain Forest Alliance, an international organization called BCS OKO Garantie and is certified sustainable by ICAFE, the Costa Rican National Organization for Coffee. We have planted over 5,000 native trees on our plantations producing shade for our organic coffee and with the help of the environmental protection agency (MINAET) and local school children. We have also created biological corridors for the birds and animals of the area.

We use no agrochemicals, pesticides, herbicides or fungicides on the farm preferring to apply the natural compost from our vermiculture (worm beds) and composting at the hotel and to use the natural enemies of the fungi and pests which can plague coffee.

Costa Rica Coffee Plantation Inn (Finca Rosa Blanca) donates in-kind services and funds to the schools of the area for recycling centers, gardens and environmental education and special projects such as the Blue Flag Ecological Program.

The Costa Rica Coffee Plantation Inn supports the local children’s Food Bank “Comedor de Niños” providing the food which is prepared by volunteers and consumed by 75 under-privileged children and seniors in the community.

At the hotel, we have hired a nutritionist who prepared a daily menu for the Food Bank and our chef has helped to train the staff in sustainable practices in the kitchen. We donate the wealth of produce from our farm and gardens to the Food Bank and have begun a hydroponics program with them and the schools to encourage growing their own produce.

We also sponsored seminars by environmental experts for their employees, the teachers and the children, to educate them about the need for recycling and other good environmental habits. We have sponsored and organized community Health Fairs, Environmental Fairs, monthly Recycling Programs in the community parks, Annual Street and River Cleaning Programs, Art Competitions using recycled materials in the schools, and Reforestation in the community.

We have fomented the program called Blue Ecological Flag (BAE) in our community, our farms and our hotel, a program in Costa Rica in conjunction with the Department of Water and Energy which certifies the hygiene, the cleanliness, and the protection of the environment in beaches, small towns and communities, hotels and schools. The result of our participation in the community using the methodology of the Certification for Sustainable tourism (CST), has resulted in our community, the elementary schools, as well as our hotel and coffee farm earning the top score in this coveted Blue Ecological Flag.

We are proud to be collaborating with the Earth Equilibrium Foundation’s project “Building for the Future”. We are working with the Escuela Juan Mora Fernández, the primary school in Santa Barbara de Heredia where all of the children in our community and many of our employees’ children attend classes. We have provided many books for the library and created a recycling center which the children run as well as many art projects to promote recycling and good environmental practices.

Hotel Facilities & Features

  • Agritourism
  • Airport transfer
  • Biosphere reserve
  • Bird-watching
  • Dining
  • Farm
  • Mountain
  • Nature tour
  • Spa treatments
  • Staff
  • Walking/trekking/climbing
  • Wildlife

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