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Spotting Monkeys While Showering, My New Favorite Pastime

In our travels we visit a lot of places that are breathtaking, fascinating, and fun. We see and experience things that test our boundaries, inspire our imaginations, and make us see the world in a different light. Once in a great while we are lucky enough to visit a place that touches us on an even deeper level; Inishowen in County Donegal, and Blacksod Bay in County Mayo, both in Ireland, are two of those places for us and, last month, we stumbled upon another– a magical little spot about 40 minutes from our house that we fell head over heels in love with immediately upon arrival.

My husband and I rented a one-room, octagonal-shaped cabina at the Vista del Valle Plantation Inn. We only had one night, and we wanted something romantic, so I was looking for a stand-alone cabin in a quiet spot not too far away and the cabina on a cliff’s edge definitely fit the bill–plus, it had an outdoor shower, which I thought was pretty cool. When we can swing it, my husband and I make a habit of getting away just the two of us and I love searching for the perfect romantic spots for our getaways. After I made our reservation the hotel sent us this video:

Upon arrival we saw it actually was as beautiful as it appeared in the video and the people who run the Inn were as gracious and welcoming as we had anticipated. We were met with a tour of the grounds and a glass of sparkling wine, which was a lovely touch and a nice way to start our little mini-holiday. After our drink we took a walk through the grounds of the Inn, shortly after we’d started our hike we were greeted with this view

View of the valley from the hiking trail on the grounds of Vista del Valle Inn

The hiking path wound its way through the grounds and followed a sweet stream where impatiens (at least that’s what they looked like) grew among the rocks

After the hike we headed to the cabina for a post-dinner nap, I’m pretty sure I squealed in girly delight when we spotted the cabin

Mona Lisa Cabina

Front porch of our cabin, overlooking the valley

Inside the cabina–cozy and romantic!

And, of course, the outdoor shower . . .

Showering on the edge of a valley cliff!

After our nap we headed down the path from our cabina to the restaurant

The restaurant overlooked the valley so we drank wine, had our leisurely dinner and dessert, and watched the sun set over the valley

The next morning we woke up to the stirrings of the creatures in the trees, which we enjoyed from the bed (when you have a view like this, truly, there is no hurry to get out of bed)

I even spotted a toucan from the comfort of our bed!

While enjoying the outdoor shower I heard a rustling in the trees, I looked up and saw a family of monkeys moving through the branches over my head

On the way to the restaurant for breakfast we admired the pool and decided, next time, we were definitely bringing suits

One last cup of coffee on the porch of our cabina, soaking in the breathtaking view and serenity of our newly discovered paradise, before we headed off for a nearby village

We said “see you soon” to Vista del Valle and headed for Sarchi, a village known for its woodworking and, apparently, the biggest ox cart in Costa Rica

While in Sarchi we bought these chairs for our terrace

Rocking in the chairs, admiring the sunset over San Jose, is a lovely way to pass an hour and a great place to talk about our next visit to the Vista del Valle Inn!

Vista del Valle Revisited …

So we went back for a second visit to Vista del Valle. Kind of a spur of the moment thing, taking advantage of grandparents being in town (ya’ll know what I’m talking about–get away!). It was as magical and gorgeous as the first time we visited. We were greeted with a friendly “welcome back!” from the front desk. We got the same casita, which made us very happy. Pool, naps, a stroll, excellent food. Some places get under your skin, Vista del Valle is one of those places for me. I can’t explain it, really. I could gush about the amazing setting, the breathtaking views, the warm service, the feeling of complete relaxation that washes over me when I am there but none of that really encapsulates what it is about that place that has entranced me–it just is. So I accept that. All I can say is if you find yourself San Jose way, Vista del Valle Plantation Inn is a must visit. Hands down my favorite spot in Costa Rica so far. Some more photos, albeit kind of funky since my camera is acting up and I’m still waiting one my new one to be delivered … Oh! This visit I did not spot any monkeys while showering, which just means I’ll have to go back!

There are several charming arches throughout the property, this is just one.

VDV porch

A lovely spot to enjoy coffee and a book (or a glass of wine and a book, depending on the time of day).

VDV tree

Beautiful, old tree in front of the casita we stayed in.

VDV Garden

THIS is why their salads are so yummy!

VDV Bridge

Bridge of the pond, which houses koi.

VDV Bamboo

One of the many groves of bamboo, which adds to the Japanese zen feel of Vista del Valle.


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