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Poas Volcano Eco Lodge

offered by supplier M12328 (read about supplier)

Key Information:
Specialty Category: Eco lodges
Location: Costa Rica
Region: Central America and Caribbean
Min Price: 95 US Dollar (USD) per day
Max Price: 250 US Dollar (USD) per day

This lodge lies between the Poás and Barva Volcanoes at 6200 feet above sea level on the ridge dividing the Atlantic and Pacific zones of the country. The lodge is nestled into the rolling pastures, at the foothills of Poás Volcano, one of the world's largest active craters.

The impressive views from the house include not only the volcano, but also the western area of the spectacular Braulio Carrillo National Park as well as the Caribbean plains and even the Caribbean Sea. The lodge is just a few meters from the nearest protected subtropical rain forest area, through which a network of trails has been designed for visitors to explore and see its birds and extensive flora.

The lodge itself was built by an English family, as the principal house for the surrounding dairy farm, El Cortijo, both of which they still own. Poas Volcano Lodge is a unique eco-tourist lodge set within a working dairy farm close to Poas Volcano National Park and the extraordinary Waterfall Gardens. The luxury rustic flavour complements the surrounding landscape of lush virgin cloudforest.

Property amenities:
We are well into rebuilding the main building of the Lodge and are slowly defining our future. The Vara Blanca area has seen a huge transformation in its infrastructure due to the enormous effort CONAVI (part of the Ministry of Transport) are investing into the road system. Just between Los Cartagos and Cariblanco there have been some 400 units working, be they dump trucks, excavators, bulldozers and back hoes. They have removed millions of tons of soil and created huge terraces along the route. It is unlikely they will finish opening a route to the Caribbean this year, but they have promised to open the road and keep it open, for traffic as far as the La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

The Gardens opened last June 2009. In 2010 we will hopefully see a road to San Miguel and Sarapiqui/San Carlos open for traffic built by ICE for its reconstruction of the high voltage lines damaged in the earthquake. Recently the Government has expressed its determination to rebuild the road through Cinchona during this year and next , as the construction of Nueva Cinchona and the need for access by the El Angel factory, as well as the importance of route 126 for the alternative access for Braulio Carrillo , make this a high priority.

This means that the main attractions for your guests locally, will be available and we will play our part in accommodating them. Our trails are open, the dairy can be viewed, and we will have the main lodge building with all its services available for July 2010. There will be 5 Master Suites, the games room, a library, a yoga and wellness room, a small cinema, wireless broadband, TV, the restaurant, a bar, Jacuzzi tubs in two of the suites, and three suites with great views of the volcano.

There will be an open fireplace, and the Master Suites, library and restaurant will include wood-burning stoves for the cooler weather. We are very pleased with the way the Lodge is evolving and it will be a notable green building. We have recycled a great amount of the original house and used oak wood which had to be felled due to the earthquake repairs of the roads. The building will be 50% larger than the original one and rebuilt as a hotel, but with the same personality.

Nearby attractions and activities:
- Poas Volcano National Park
- La Paz Waterfall Gardens
- Sarapiqui White Water Rafting
- La Virgen del Socorro
- Neotropical Centre Sarchi
- Doka Coffee Estate.

Policy:
- Reservations need to made in writing either by fax or email.
- Cancellations need to be made 1 month in advance of the reservation date in high season (Dec-April) and two weeks in advance in low season.
- If reservations are cancelled outside these limits, the client or agency is obliged to pay 50% of the value of the reservation.
- Our payment policies oblige the tour operator to work with a voucher system. Once the client has presented the voucher for their stay/room, we send this via fax to the tour operator and expect payment by deposit within 8 days.

Payment arrangements are negotiable.

Packages:
At present, we are offering three junior suites and three standard suites (with more to come into use when the main lodge has been rebuilt). Breakfast is being be offered here, with several alternatives for dinner within 10 minutes of the Lodge. For example Restaurant Colbert (3 minutes) has been the preferred choice of our guests and all return more than satisfied.

The tariffs for the rooms for 2010 to December 15th will be as follows:
- Master Suites: US$250 plus US$50 per extra person, plus tax (When are ready)
- Junior Suites: US$110 plus US$25 per extra person, $10- $20 plus tax
- Standard rooms: US$95 plus tax.

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer.  Request a free gift certificate.

Supplier Information
Location: Costa Rica
Joined InfoHub: Oct 2003
Client Request Served: 18

M12328 lies between the Poás and Barva Volcanoes at 6200 feet above sea level on the ridge dividing the Atlantic and Pacific zones of the country. The lodge is nestled into the rolling pastures, at the foothills of Poás Volcano, one of the world's largest active craters. The impressive views from the house...

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