Family Vacations at Hacienda AltaGracia
An unparalleled family sanctuary deep in the Costa Rican highlands
If Hacienda AltaGracia feels especially welcoming towards families, that’s because its owner, Alberto J. Esquivel, originally conceived it as his own personal family retreat. Now, the 850-acre estate is where all parents and their kids are greeted with open arms, and treated to an authentic escape rooted in the beauty and bounty of the Costa Rican highlands. From marveling at vast pineapple plantations, dense rainforest and the majestic Pacific Coastline on a helicopter tour, to picking your own fruits and vegetables from our farm, La Huerta, to be prepared by our chefs later in the day, exclusive adventures await for memories that will last a lifetime.
- Large and adjacent casitas and suites with flexible sleeping arrangements including cribs and rollaway beds, plus blackout blinds and high chairs
- Welcome amenities for kids
- Special birthday amenities available upon request
- Kids’ menus in all the restaurants
- Separate Manantial Family Pool with toys and floats
- Babysitting services can be arranged 24 hours in advance
Your Tropical Mountain Playground
From naturalist-guided wildlife treks through the dense jungle to horseback rides through sweeping “fincas,” our highly curated outdoor adventures are inspired by Costa Rica’s biodiverse landscape, and designed for the whole family to rediscover the simple joys of playing in the great outdoors. Kids of any age can also experience a true back-to-the-land connection by harvesting produce from “La Huerta,” and gathering eggs and juicing sugarcanes from a nearby family farm.
Fun for families
From spending a day with one of the last indigenous tribes in Costa Rica to hiking in the rainforest, there’s something for every family.
The whole family will thrill in soaring high amongst the treetops and cloud cover of the Valle del General. Take in majestic views of the Talamanca Mountains and the Cerro de la Muerte, while on the clearest days, you’ll be able to see as far out as the Pacific Ocean.
Discover household techniques and customs in preparing a typical family meal as our neighbors, Don Nery and his wife Yamileth, welcome the whole family into their home kitchen for an authentic cooking lesson. Even the littlest ones can help join in on meal prep, including rolling out the dough to make fresh tortillas and other local specialties. Afterwards, gather round the table to enjoy the wonderful dishes you’ve prepared with your hosts. Buen provecho!
Wear your most comfortable clothes, dig in and get dirty. Then enjoy your harvest at Ambar, our signature restaurant overlooking the valley, or with a special meal served in your suite or casita, or in an open-air palapa-thatched Ranchos.
Borucas first created their elaborately carved wooden masks, known as “diablito” masks, or little devil masks, over 500 years ago with the intent of scaring away Spanish conquistadors. The colorful masks served their purpose, and they’ve been a point of tribal pride ever since. Travel with our guide to the Boruca Tribe’s remote village atop Fila Costeña, where even the littlest ones will be warmly welcomed by a village elder. Watch as an intricate wooden mask—the tribe’s pride—is carved, listen in on their stories passed down through the generations, dance to the beat of their hand-made drums, and eat their food along a river they hold sacred, taking in waterfall views.
Our neighbors, Don Nery and his wife Yamileth, welcome families with open arms to meet and learn how to tend to their farm animals, from feeding the rabbits and pigs, to milking the cows, and checking the chicken coop for fresh eggs. Parents and kids alike will thrill in learning how to juice sugarcanes with a hand-moving grinder, and how to use the juice to make honey and candy. Afterwards, gather round to enjoy traditional Costa Rican drinks and traditional specialties with your hosts.
Hacienda AltaGracia’s owner Alberto J. Esquivel originally intended to build a modest country retreat where his children could ride horses through the vast “fincas” and winding tropical forest trails of the 850-acre estate. Now, your family will revel in meeting our thoroughbred horses, touring our stables, and going on unforgettable equine adventures. Visit Central America’s finest stables, the immaculate Los Establos, home to over 40 thoroughbreds including Peruvians and Andalusians. Then explore the beauty of the foothills of the Talamanca Mountains on a trail ride suited to your family’s level and ability.
Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, and our private interlinked trails allow your family to experience that bounty right beyond our doorsteps. Our trails weave through a vast tract of reserved forest with soaring canopy trees, trickling streams, and the scenic banks of the Rio Calientillo, right on our 850-acre property. Enjoy a hike suited to your family’s level and ability.
Hacienda AltaGracia provides ample opportunities for your family to root down and rise up in our majestic landscape. Our yoga program can be tailored for every experience level and is suitable for even our youngest guests. Walk through serene garden paths to our thatched-roof yoga sanctuary to enjoy a family yoga session of your choosing.
At Hacienda AltaGracia, we have seemingly endless private trails that make our 850-acre estate a biker’s haven. Our family biking excursions are suited to every ability and skill level, with something for everyone, even our youngest guests. Our private guides set you up with the proper gear and equipment (kids’ bikes and helmets included) and accompany you every step of the way.
Your thrill-seeking teenagers will marvel at climbing aboard an open aircraft to see nature up close from the sky, where they will be able to literally reach out and touch the clouds with their fingertips. Our exclusive Ultralight flights take off from our private airstrip, and soar through pillowy clouds to give a spectacular aerial view of vast tropical plantations, lush rainforest and multi-tiered waterfalls.
Costa Rica is home to some wonderful and tasty tropical fruits not widely available elsewhere. Come and sample ripe, seasonal fruit harvested from “La Huerta” and other area farms and plantations.
Perfect for Families
Our family suites and free-standing casitas range from 1173 to 2346 sq. ft. of indoor-outdoor living space and provide plenty of room to connect and relax after a thrilling day of adventure. Family time takes on special meaning here as you wake up to the gentle chirping of tropical birds and enjoy story-time huddled together on your large terrace underneath a sweeping, starry night sky.
Measuring 2,346 square feet, our largest accommodation offers Costa Rican country living at its finest, along with utmost privacy. Two master bedrooms—one furnished with a king bed for parents, the other with two queen beds for the kids—are separated by a large living room that overlooks the private terrace. A fully-equipped kitchen accentuates the feeling of home.
This sprawling all-in-one suite measures 1,173 square feet and comes furnished with two queen beds, plush living area, and expansive panoramic terrace. There’s more than enough space for a small family to comfortably spread out, though larger families with older children—or those simply seeking extra privacy—can choose to book an adjacent Deluxe King Suite.
Your family can live the hacienda-lifestyle in this 2,293 square foot freestanding casita, outfitted with roomy living quarters with a spacious dining area, plus expansive panoramic terrace overlooking scenic mountain views. A generously sized bedroom can accommodate an extra rollaway bed for small families of three. Larger families can opt to book two One Bedroom Master Casitas, situated only 15 meters apart.
Play for Longer
Your 3rd night is on us! Reserve your Costa Rican family adventure and enjoy even more with a complimentary night. Whitewater raft along a rainforest-lined river, mountain bike through secluded trails, and zip line through dense tropical jungles. With so much for families to do in the foothills of the Talamanca Mountains, stay an extra night on us to experience even more.
Early Bird Savings
Book your stay at least 21 days in advance and save up to 30% on your family escape to Hacienda AltaGracia’s private 850-acre estate. A private terrace surrounded by rolling hills, family trail rides through vast “fincas,” and a vast farm where you can pick your own tropical fruits and vegetables all beckon.
Celebrate the Holidays with Family at Hacienda AltaGracia
Bring the family together for days of adventure and nights filled with memorable moments in the Costa Rican highlands. Book during the holidays and enjoy a $200 resort credit on family experiences ranging from a visit to an indigenous tribal village to a special chef-prepared holiday meal in an open-air palapa-thatched Rancho.
From cribs and rollaway beds to kids’ bikes, board games and iPads, we have a wide range of gear to make your stay with us like staying with family.
Our world-class dining team takes great pride and care in crafting kids’ menus for each of our restaurants, incorporating just-harvested produce from our on-site farm. We can also work with you to accommodate allergies, sensitivities—or the particularly finicky palate.
Relax and reconnect as a couple while knowing your kids are stimulated and well-looked after by our highly trained and professional childcare staff.
Hacienda Altagracia is an absolutely beautiful hotel on spectacular grounds where you will be spoiled and pampered all day long. The pools are unbelievable, and the breakfast was amazing. Even more important to us though, was the care, love and attention the staff gave to our twin girls, aged 14 months. The hotel staff was incredibly accommodating - providing us with cribs, blackout blinds, pool toys, and high chairs. All the staff members called my children by their names (amazing!), and we were greeted with so much care everywhere we went. We would go back in a second. TripAdvisor Alana S.
Eat Get Your Hands Dirty
My friend Eladio Soto has helmed the fields at Hacienda AltaGracia since the land was only comprised of a coffee plantation. Soto, along with a group of five full-time farmers from the local community grow crops like asparagus, passionfruit, chayote squash, and mustard leaf, making my job as a chef much, much easier.
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