Cloud Forest of Costa Rica
Looking out over the Cloud Forest to the Pacific Ocean there was one thought in my mind. “I can’t believe I am taking a shower, on a balcony, over a Cloud Forest. This is the coolest shower ever!”
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Hotel Belmar‘s slogan is The Art of Nature. The second we walked into our Belmar room, I got it. Instead of a mirror over the double sinks, a giant window opened the wood panel room to the forest outside.
Imagine a treehouse, the feeling of freedom overlooking the world, playing in nature. Except, this treehouse is all grown up. Lush bedding, a glassed in balcony shower and a jacuzzi tucked back for privacy with one heck of a Nicoya Peninsula view.
Yes our room is a tad messy in this picture. Yes those are bubbles on the floor. Can you blame me? We came in from a rainstorm in the Cloud Forest and went straight into a bubble bath, overlooking the Cloud Forest!
A rising sun over the Pacific Ocean begs you to stay in bed just a little bit longer. The absence of a television in the room is a welcome relief. As is the lack of air conditioning. Who needs either with views like these and temperatures that average 62 degrees.
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Perhaps the best part of staying in Hotel Belmar, aside from the restaurant with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, is their green, sustainability efforts. Even if it’s not a travel priority going in, it is leaving. It feels good knowing, your impact on the nature you’re here to see, is as small as possible.
At Hotel Belmar, you shower with harvested rainwater, heated by solar panels. Every detail from light bulbs to skylights to shower heads to cleaners are eco-conscience.
It’s a sign of the respect Costa Rica has for it’s nature. Monteverde itself has 3,021 plant species. A crazy amount for a country that makes up only .03% of the earth. Here in Monteverde there are 755 species of trees. Trees like all the ones right outside the window.
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