Villa Alas Azules is nestled about an hour east from the capital of San Jose, in a gorgeous, picture-perfect hidden valley, one hour drive north to the Caribbean ocean, and an hour’s drive south to the Pacific. The estate rests at an elevation of about 4000 feet where temperatures couldn't be more lovely year round!
Virtually all of Costa Rica’s rich treasures are within easy reach and under about 20 miles, from zip lining, canopy tours, rafting, rainforest tours, natural hot springs, waterfalls, to bird watching, hiking trails and star gazing. Even some of the country’s most important archeological sites like Guayabo, or the Ujarras ruins, and the still surviving colonial architecture in 10 minutes away Orosi.
This spectacular home is uniquely outfitted on 9 acres with a basketball court, koi pond, Jacuzzi, edible vegetation (lemons, limes, grapefruits, bananas, coffee, eggplants, green beans, cilantro, peppers, tomatoes, etc), views of beautiful waterfall from the long front porch during the green/rainy season, fully stocked kitchen for cooking and serving, a covered gazebo outdoor kitchen with grill overlooking the valley, lots of walking and hiking trails, hammocks, badminton, croquet, Foosball, etc. There is TV with cable and DVD player, and hook up for iPod stereo music.
There’s loads of space for large family groups, or lots of privacy for those who prefer that. SMall stores are less than a mile, larger grocery stores are located about 15 minutes away in Paraiso, while mega style stores like Walmart are located about 30 minutes away in Cartago, which you pass on the way from the airport to the property.
Local Costa Rican art is on display throughout the home and within the gardens. Note the hand carved columns at the gazebo, the benches, the stone carvings, etc. The home is handsomely and solidly built with hardwoods, glass brick, tile, concrete and stucco. The blue exterior paint on the lower portion of the house is one of the famous traditional ways of building a Costa Rican homes.
The home acquired its name for 3 reasons: the lower blue on its exterior walls, the two blue feathered peacocks living on the property (Fred and Mathilda), and the spectacular Blue Morpho butterflies fluttering into view on any given day.
An onsite groundskeeper will tend to the gardens, while a cook and housekeeper can be affordably hired each day to make your meals and clean house (about $25 per day). Also available if you hire one of our approved guides to drive is a 15 passenger van with large luggage rack on top for $375 per week. We can arrange airport pickup by local staff (email to inquire for prices) and to conduct tours.
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We have had some problems in the past with 2 people renting the property thinking they could have dozens or hundreds of people to spend the day on the property, and we do not allow this. Each guest or visitor will be charged at the nightly rate, regardless of whether they spend the night.
Keywords: Orosi, central valley, costa rica luxury, paraiso, peacocks, birdwatching, zip lining,canopy tours, rainforrest, waterfalls, tucans, Irazu volcano, Tapanti,Cachi Dam, Guayabo
We would love to move to Costa Rica and come here every chance we get, and share the property with others when we are pursuing our careers elsewhere.
Kimberly Haleycoleman purchased this estate in 2010
You would be hard pressed to find better weather and more spectacular array of outdoor activities, peace and quiet, relaxation, clean air
Waking to a constantly ever more beautiful show of sunrises and sunsets while sipping the world’s best coffee grown in Costa Rica, hearing exotic birds chirping all around – even those gorgeous rainbow toucans! Paradise!
Great home; wonderful weather--perfect temps. Property is clean and well maintained. Wonderful hiking on property itself--several fruit trees where you can pick the fruit and eat it right on the property. Lots to do in the immediate area--zip lining, white water rafting, beautiful waterfall hikes, horse back riding, coffee plantation (Chucaras), swimming holes, ROPES course, neat restaurants--open for lunch only--no dinner (fav restaurants include Bocaditas de Cielo, Casona de Cafetal, and Sanshari). Has many amenities of home--washer/dryer. Would love it if they could add a dishwasher and an outdoor grill.
This rustic home made for a wonderful vacation. It wasn't just a resort--you get a real feel for Costa Rica living. Thank you for a lovely home away from home!
We immediately fell in love with Orosi and the estate the minute we arrived. I was blown away by the constantly changing views in this valley. The house was perfect for our family of 20! We were conecrned about bringing our young kids and would there be enough to do??? Well... my kids had so much fun that they asked if we could live there. I don't know how to explain how amazing this place is... peacocks on the property, cloud forests, every tropical plant and flower you could imagine. And did I mention that the people of Orosi are so kind and welcoming. We will be back!
I've been asked by the owners to tell a little btit about my experience staying there, so here goes! M wife and I had been to Costa Rica several times over the past ten years. We enjoy the Pacific coast for its surfing, but do find teh heat and mosquitos can get to you, then a few years ago we decided to drive through teh central vallle and we were shocked to find this little piece fo Switzerland in Latin America! The house is beautifully crafted in historical style and includes everything we need for a stress free, fun filled stay. For example I really appreciate the fun, pretty, tasteful year round christmas lights hung in teh outdoor kitchen gazebo overhanging the mountain. We;re celebrating 40 years of marriage and have to say thatAlas Azules, this grogeois central valley property, has become an instant favorite of our lifelong travels.I coudl write more, but that sums it all up
Oh MY GOSH! This was such a fantastic experience for us, we will never forget it. It was especially wonderful havig a gorgeous calm view of the world in teh monrings before we all went daringly on the zip line tour, one fo oru favorite activities was takign a dip in the Chucaras hot springs and getting massages at rio Perlas. We all loved Federico and woudl highly recomend him as a guide to arrange things for you, he really seemed to care that we had a good, fun, safe time. We had him pick us up upon arrival since we came in at night and were worried we woudln't be able to find teh property late at night. We learned how to make a variety of costa rican coctails as we sat in the gazebo listening to the birds. Buy Cacique - it goes with lots of drinks. The caretaker Luis picked us limes from the property every day to put in our adult libations. I'd recomend they get more hammocks, as we only saw 4 hung and it is such a pleasant way to read a book and enjoy downtowm. We could have never left the property and been happy. Truly TRULY marvelous and stunning location, relaxing, calm, welcoming, and full of adventure. we visited Nano's waterfalls and i'd say its best to bring hiking boots as some of the rock gets slippery. We watcehd a few of teh movie at night that are in the movie file at night. we loved loved hearing teh drogs cvroackinga nd singing and courting each other at night. WE WILL BE BACK ! ! !
Thank you for making this such an amazing experience for us all. I was amazed that our entire family was equally enchated with the beautiy of the accomodations and that drop dead gorgeous setting! I'll never forget watching our little ones chase butterflies while the older kids went ziplining and the whole group went reafting together. I do wish it could hold perhaps another 10 more so that even more extendd family could have come - plans for the future! The internet access wasn't as fast as at home, but it was enough for us all to get what we needed done. I especially loved dining at Casona de Cafetal and having coctail hour at the Orosi mirador
Ziplining, raiforrest hikes, rafting, soak in natural hot springs, coffee plantation tours:
• Excursion to Irazu Volcano or Tapanti Rainforrest, Cachi Dam Lake
• Nature hikes
• Horse-back riding
• Bathe in the many nearby natural hot springs
• Cheese making
• Traditional sugar cane processing
• Incredible star gazing
• Coffee tasting, coffee plantation tour
• Challote farm
• Relaxing in a hammock
• Visit one of the last remaining colonial towns, Orosi, and its famous church
• Guayabo, the nation’s most famous archeological site