Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
The serene Hotel Fonda Vela is embraced by the surrounding cloud forest, often shrouded in mist. The seven buildings that comprise this leading ecolodge are scattered across the lavishly landscaped property and designed to "bring the outdoors in," with natural lighting and huge picture windows that look out upon verdant gardens and the surrounding wild forest. Fonda Vela was constructed with the purpose of providing a nurturing experience – environmentally, culturally and spiritually. Rooms are designed with privacy and warmth in mind, with rich natural wood floors and walls. Each has an en suite bath and two queen-size beds, as well as modern amenities such as cable TV, telephone, mini bar and coffee maker. In this tranquil setting, you may see flocks of parrots come to feed in the fruit trees while horses graze peacefully below.