Latin Destinations: Costa Rican Art Oasis
I just discovered an exclusive retreat for lovers of nature and art, operated by gay partners Carlos & Randy, in a private rainforest preserve in southern Costa Rica. No way could Steve & Bob (from Las Aguas Waterfall Jungle Lodge an hour away) believe what was behind the electronic gate after driving 6kms on some of the worst roads in this country! Part of the adventure is getting there, they say. Not to mention anticipation of an equisite work of art from the kitchen.
Monte Azul, the name of their 125-acre dream oasis, is where jungle meets luxury in arty, stylish cottages. Further into the property is a work-live studio for artisits and writers, including furniture makers with local timber.
The place is calling for birdwatching tours, too. They have identified 250 species on the property, which is no wonder given the gardens and streams that run through it. Gardeners should not miss the place either!
I can’t say enough about all the ferry dust at Monte Azul. Carlos and Randy both have degrees in art, and have the requisite gay designer gene which is evident in the stylish comfort at their boutique hotel. They get my Rainbow Tourism Recommendation award this month. (Soft opening room rates are available through RainbowTourism.com)
Come visit Costa Rica and don’t miss this stopover between the gay beach in Dominical and the city gay nightlife in San Jose. It will be the best time out you can take in an otherwise hectic vacation schedule.
PS Like the artwork in your room? Ship it home! They represent some wonderful artists and artisans.
Rainbow ConciergeDee, traveling in Costa Rica