Situated on a hillside covered in pristine cloud forest and yet a short walk from the small town of Santa Elena is Monteverde Lodge and Gardens. A beautiful property already well known for its seclusion and impressive tropical gardens with winding trails. The 28 rooms all look out onto the stunning gardens, featuring a hidden naturally heated pool and which offers a natural oasis with opportunities to spot many species of birds, monkeys and sloth at any time of day. They have 1.5km of easily self-guided trails through their private reserve so you can explore the wonders of the forest at leisure. Their excellent restaurant, El Jardin, features an impressive menu of surprising fusions of flavours and local ingredients.