Finca Rosa Blanca

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Welcome to Finca Rosa Blanca
Finca Rosa Blanca
Intricately designed walkway
Sample a delicious cup of coffee
Hotel Greenhouse
Delicious vegetables grown in the Finca\s greenhouse
La Casa del Cafe
Open - air Restaurant
Hot Rock Massage at Finca Rosa Blanca
Relax in the jacuzzi

Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn is an organic shade grown coffee plantation with a world class 13 room Inn located in the middle of lush colorful gardens framed by awe inspiring views of the Central Valley below. It is a magnificent place to begin your Costa Rica tour. The recipient of numerous awards and accolades for its extraordinary quality and as a global leader in responsible tourism, Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn is the perfect choice for discerning and knowledgeable travelers who want to combine luxury with certified sustainability on their Costa Rica trip.

To maintain perfect tranquility at Finca Rosa Blanca Country Inn only foot traffic and electric cars are allowed on premises. All cars are parked across the street in a large guarded parking lot next door to the coffee production center and sustainable organic coffee plantation. Guests are encouraged to participate in the picking, processing and roasting of Finca Rosa Blanca coffee.



About the Owners
Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn is owned and operated by Teri and Glenn Jampol. Living next door to the hotel allows them to oversee the guests' every need. Their two daughters Lily and Olivia, grew up at Rosa Blanca along with countless dogs, cats, horses, friends and family. They now live, work and study in New England, USA.

In 2004, Glenn Jampol was elected to the Board of Directors of The International Ecotourism Society. Founded in 1990, TIES is the largest and oldest ecotourism organization in the world dedicated to generating and disseminating information about ecotourism. As a non-governmental organization, TIES is unique in its efforts to provide guidelines and standards, training, technical assistance, research and publications to foster sound ecotourism development and to make tourism a viable tool for conservation, poverty alleviation, protection of culture and biodiversity, sustainable development and educational as well as leisure travel. In 2007, Glenn Jampol was elected President of the Board of Directors the National Chamber of Ecotourism of Costa Rica, (Cámara Nacional de Ecoturismo- CANAECO www.canaeco.org, a government-sanctioned institution for ecotourism affairs and an affiliation of hotels that adhere to the goals and precepts of responsible tourism in Central America. Glenn is an artist who has had exhibitions in the United States, Costa Rica and Europe.

Teri Jampol is on the board of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Costa Rica (www.taoist.org), an international nonprofit organization which promotes tai chi, health and community service throughout the world. Teri's other passions include cooking and the cultivation of organic fruit and vegetables.

Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn has the highest rating in Costa Rica for sustainable tourism (5 green leaves) and cultivates its own organic shade grown coffee on its 40 acre organic coffee farm for the use of the hotel guests.

Finca Rosa Blanca's attention to detail is unparalleled in Costa Rica, and its personal care of its guests is legendary.

Common Areas
The main lobby area is a 40 foot high sky lit ceiling which illuminates the indoor gardens and lush Costa Rican hardwood interiors, decorated with hand painted murals.

Upstairs the guest has the use of a private office center with free internet service and computer and printer as well as wireless service in most of the hotel public areas.

Rooms
The Inn offers two extraordinary master suites, and eleven elegant yet whimsical junior suites, four of which can be united to form two spacious villas.

All of the luxurious rooms include Jacuzzi baths and mini bars as well as private verandas overlooking the lovely Central Valley and the volcanoes above.

Rosa Blanca Suite: The Rosa Blanca Suite is a stunning duplex, with the sleeping quarters occupying a tower 40 feet above the ground with a 360-degree view of the surrounding lush countryside and the Central Valley beyond. Stairs built around a Cristóbal tree trunk lead down to the master bathroom. There a hand painted tropical rainforest mural surrounds the bathtub-pool, which is fed by spring water cascading down a stone waterfall.

Rosa Blanca Suite represents the prized quarters, the dramatic duplex encompassing a separate living area and bar opening onto an enormous terrace looking out over the flower-spangled grounds.

Guests will enjoy their own bar and sumptuous living room which opens onto a large private patio overlooking the coffee plantation and exotic foliage below.

El Ranchito Suite: El Ranchito is a well-appointed master suite which occupies a lovely open-air bungalow, a traditional style Costa Rican structure, with cane ceilings and murals throughout.

The bathroom has a luxurious Jacuzzi bathtub surrounded by lush gardens and a large sitting room and deck provides views of the Higuerón trees above and the coffee plantations below.

Guests will enjoy their own bar and sumptuous living room which opens onto a large private patio overlooking the coffee plantation and exotic foliage below.

La Ventana: The “Ventana”, a junior suite named for its famous window mural of the view outside, features a rustic hand made bed with an extra bedroom for the family. Its spacious private terrace has a magnificent view of the Central Valley below.

El Valle: El Valle, is an airy junior suite with an extra bedroom to sleep one extra person and a renovated bathroom replete with a Jacuzzi tub. Outside, there is an outdoor garden next to a large deck with a fantastic view to the Central Valley.

Piedra: La Piedra, featuring a king- size bed supported by a large stone, a sumptuous bathroom with Jacuzzi tub and incredible views of the Central Valley from the windows and terrace.

La Carreta: La Carreta is a large junior suite with king-size bed, a comfortable sitting room with a sofa bed, elegant bathroom with Jacuzzi tub and a large private terrace with garden views to the Central Valley.

Las Aves: Las Aves is a whimsical junior suite with spacious bathroom with murals and a lovely sky lit garden Jacuzzi tub.

El Guarumo: Luxuriate in the elegance of “El Guarumo”, a junior suite where you can sit on your private terrace or bask in a free form tub overlooking a Guarumo tree and the far-flung reaches of the valley below.

El Cafetal: Named for the expansive views of the coffee plantations and its accompanying mural of the countryside, "El Cafetal" features a sumptuous king-sized bed, a Jacuzzi bathtub large enough for two which overlooks the valley and a fabulous tiled bathroom which is filled with natural light. Guests can enjoy the sunset from the private deck which is suspended over the flowing landscape.

Villa Boyero: Villa El Boyero features a king-size bed, and day beds in the living room area, mini-bars and private terraces overlooking the valley below. The bathrooms include sky lit Jacuzzi bath tubs and hand made tile work.

Villa Laguna: Villa Laguna features king-size beds, large living and dining areas with kitchenette and spacious decks over-looking the coffee plantations below. The bathroom features a sky lit Jacuzzi bathtub and rustic hand made tile work.

Spa
Enjoy a relaxing and refreshing massage, exotic volcanic mud wrap or organic coffee body scrub in the elegant but intimate El Targua Spa.

The hotel's renowned masseurs and masseuses will provide you with all the elements to join body, mind and spirit in a natural healing experience.

Each massage/treatment room includes a private Jacuzzi bath and shower as well as outdoor terraces to enjoy the verdant valley below.

Please call reception to make an appointment at least one hour in advance.

The perfume of coffee in flower will scent your experience and the music of myriad birds and cicadas will lull you into a state of total relaxation.

Pool and Gardens
The extraordinary hillside infinity swimming pool provides luxuriant bathing and is surrounded by tropical gardens, secluded decks and shaded verandas where guests can sunbathe and enjoy the magnificent vistas.

The spring fed pool features chemical free water and a 12-foot cascading waterfall. Nestled above the deck of the pool is a hot tub- Jacuzzi surrounded by a sculptural pergola covered with flowering vines that create a ceiling of flowers with views over the trees to the central valley below.

Finca Rosa Blanca's landscaping is an intrinsic part of the unique architectural experience. The inn has over 300 fruit trees, including Orange, Lemon, Tangerine, Grapefruit, “Caimito”, Avocado, Macadamia, “Jogote”, Lychee, “Cas”, “Guanabana”, Guava, Cashew and many others.

Thousands of native and tropical plants have been cultivated on the 8 acres of the lush volcanic terrain. Many species of rare and colorful birds and butterflies are attracted to these extraordinary gardens. The 300 year old “Higueron” trees and the other numerous and statuesque hardwoods, tower above the lush and colorful painted landscape that offer trails and meditative areas in which the guest can truly feel “at one with nature”.

Gift Shop
La Tiendita Gift Shop at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn is a unique Gift and Amenities boutique easily accessible to the reception, restaurant and bar areas. This shop is dedicated to promoting indigenous arts and crafts as well as local contemporary design and crafts and emphasizes artists that use recycled materials or refer to local culture and/or traditional craft techniques and materials.

The Tiendita is the place to discover Finca Rosa Blanca Organic Coffee and the Raw Botanicals Organic skin care products which are featured in El Targua Spa and in the room amenities. You can also purchase the excellent chocolates from the Casa De Chocolate which you will find next to your bed in the evening.

Restaurant
El Tigre Vestido Restaurant and Bar Buho are located in the owners' former home. Expansive decks and views of the Central Valley and surrounding coffee farms as well as two fireplaces and comfortable couches for relaxing add to the experience.

Each sunny morning you will wake to an exquisite breakfast, replete with freshly brewed organic coffee grown in our plantation and succulent mango, papaya, pineapple and bananas from the Inn's own organic orchards.

The hotel owners ask guests to reserve their evening meal with us as early as possible and to choose the main course from the Menu of the Day. This will allow chefs time to buy and prepare daily only the freshest vegetables, fruit, poultry and fish and to pick only what is needed for that meal from the hotel gardens and orchards. If your children prefer to order from our children's menu, it would be very helpful to know beforehand. Your children are also welcome to enjoy the Menu of the day at half price and in child-size portions.

Finca Rosa Blanca has had a long-standing tradition of encouraging guests to dine together and share their experiences while in Costa Rica and their personal histories. They offer the Travelers Table to you at 7pm. A family-style seating of 12-16 people at our large communal table will have a chance to sit together and partake of our 4-course gourmet organic dinner.

Hotel Facilities
*Restaurant (4-course pris-fixe gourmet dinners; lunch & breakfast a la carte)
*Bar
*Conference Room
*Spa
*Gift Shop
*Office Center with High Speed Internet
*Television Lounge and Library
*Physically Challenged-Facilities
*Swimming Pool- heated with Solar panels, chemical-free ionization system
*Large Outdoor Jacuzzi
*8 acres of Gardens and paths
*Only Electric Car access on hotel grounds
*Valet Parking Lot

Activities on Premises
*Organic Coffee Farm Tour
*Sustainability Tour
*Certified Tour Guide/Naturalist
*Bird Watching
*Hiking/Walking
*Interpretive Trails through Gardens
*Horseback Riding

Activities
Finca Rosa Blanca Tours: Personalized guided tours can be arranged to Rosa Blanca's own sustainable organic coffee farm as well as to the local community, including projects with the Children's Food Bank, Barrio Jesus Elementary School, the Barrio Jesus Recycling Center and CENDAS, the senior citizens center that hand crafts beautiful rugs made from recycled rags. They offer a free Sustainability Tour of the Farm and the hotel where the many aspects of the Costa Rican Certification of Sustainable Tourism (CST) program are explained and experienced.

Nature Tours: Rosa Blanca is renowned for its own certified naturalist and guide, who will take you on a bird watching walk in the hotel gardens and coffee farm as well as to many of the area's national parks, cloud forests, biological rain forest reserves and botanical gardens. Other tours include butterfly farms, bungee jumping, white water rafting as well as horseback tours from the hotel's own stables to experience the coffee fields and landscapes of Costa Rican country life, including riding to the slopes of Barva Volcano.

Hiking: Guests can enjoy many day excursions, including hiking into the Braulio Carillo National Park Cloud Forest, and experiencing the splendor of the Barva, Poás and Irazú volcanoes.

Coffee Tour: Experience coffee through the ages; learn how coffee was discovered, traded and consumed, then stroll the lanes of our organic sustainable coffee plantation and learn the entire process of organic cultivation and harvest, including participating in the picking of coffee during our harvest Season (Oct- Jan.) Your guides will then take you through the processing of coffee, including cleaning the berries and drying them, ending with roasting your own coffee in our roasting and packing house.

Learn how the experts discern and rate gourmet coffee by participating in a “coffee cupping” (catación) session with a knowledgeable Barista and Coffee Tour Guide. Finish up with a walk to the hotel coffee bar where you will learn to make a cappuccino, café latte and espresso coffee.

Sit out on the spacious deck and enjoy the views of the volcanoes above and coffee fields below while sipping your cappuccino, enjoying fresh Rosa Blanca pastries and learning more about the benefits to the environment and the community of an organic sustainable coffee farm. This tour plus the cupping session and the coffee break and pastries session will be about 2 hours.

Coffee Farm
Finca Rosa Blanca has 30 acres of hard bean coffee which is certified organic by the BCS OKO Garantie, an international organic agriculture certification and is certified sustainable by Rain Forest Alliance and ICAFE, the Costa Rican National Organization for Coffee.

The Coffee Plantations: Finca Rosa Blanca has planted over 5,000 native trees on their coffee plantations with the help of the environmental protection agency (MINAET) and local school children. These native trees produce shade and nitrogen for the organic coffee and have created biological corridors for the birds and animals of the area. The coffee is planted following the natural topography of the farm to avoid erosion and water waste and is protected by living fences planted with native shrubs and trees.

The farm uses no agrochemicals, pesticides, herbicides or fungicides on the farm preferring to apply the rich compost from our vermiculture (worm beds) and from the composting of organic refuse at the hotel and we apply only natural remedies for the fungus and pests which often plague coffee.

Sustainability
Since 1985, when the Jampols began their project at Finca Rosa Blanca, they have always had one important goal in mind: to leave the minimum possible trace of their existence. Since the beginning of their adventure on this property, they have concentrated on an ambitious plan of recycling and regeneration, social consciousness and education.

Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and 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 and tour operators, awards from one to five “green leaves” to those entities which participate in the program. As of 2009, there are approximately 130 hotels and 10 tour operators which are certified by the CST.

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