Farmstead goat cheeses made on site
At Monte Azul guests are greeted with a platter that includes one of our farmstead cheeses made from goats’ milk, an unexpected treat in the rainforest of Costa Rica.
We raise our own dairy goats, which allows us not just control of the quality of the milk, but also of the quality of care the animals receive. We are firm believers in treating our goats humanely for the sake of principal and ethics, on one side. On the other side, we have seen for ourselves that happy goats produce better milk, and more of it!
Now available for wholesale and retail sales in Costa Rica.
Enjoy our version of camembert, chevre and feta, as well as our limited production specials.
welcome Michael Martin!
We are pleased to announce Michael Martin as Director of the New Monte Azul Artist in Residence Fellowship Award in collaboration with the Michael Martin Galleries Foundation of California.
As initiator of MMGF almost two decades ago, Michael brings her experience as an Art Dealer and Philanthropist to Monte Azul's expanding Artist in Residency Program. Monte Azul and MMGF combine efforts to support the local school near Monte Azul with a special program, Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), all through proceeds from the sales of art.
(left: image by Federico Herrero, monotype 2010, available at Monte Azul)
Revitalize and inspire
Monte Azul allows people the luxury to live in the moment and to take pleasure in simple things.
Getting away from a hectic daily routine isn’t always enough to make a person feel reenergized. Sometimes it takes a little more than that, like experiencing and learning something new. By offering creative activities combined with a relaxing, stress-free environment, guests feel revitalized and accomplished.
Private nature trails
Enjoy the luxury of walking in privacy in the rainforest.
Hike to the waterfall, take a photo safari, swim in the river, enjoy world class bird watching, or simply stroll through our pristine nature preserve and contemplate this magical eco-system.
The property also offers an organic shade grown coffee farm, organic vegetable greenhouse and an animal barn where you can meet our happy goats and egg-laying chickens. It’s the best of both worlds!
Monte Azul Resort Hotel is located in the Talamanca Mountain Range in the Southern Zone of Costa Rica. This area is just being discovered by travelers and is considered one of Costa Rica’s most dramatically beautiful and diverse landscapes. The second most wild place on Earth, Corcovado National Park is in this region, with 5% of the entire planet’s biodiversity found here.
We are located in mountains of Pérez Zeledón long the Chirripó Pácifico River:
- 3:00 hours south of San José via the Pan American Highway
- 20 minutes from the entrance to Chirripó National Par or from San Isidro de El General
- 01:30 hour from the Quepos airport near Manuel Antonio National Park
- 01:20 hour from Uvita and Marino Ballena National Park
- 01:00 hour from Dominical
GPS: 09°25'21” LAT.N / 83°39'36” LONG.W
The Studio at Monte Azul is the center piece of the project. The high ceilinged space is filled with natural light through a clerestory that offers views to the surrounding rainforest and its wildlife. Artists are invited to create original works in various media including paint, sculpture, mixed media or site specific installations. The printing press, a 1978 Griffin and the largest one of its kind in Costa Rica, can be used for limited editions, monotypes and other press formats. Guests and artists alike benefit from the inspirational surroundings to create and produce their work. The facilities are also available for hire to artists submitting a proposal.
When artists are not using the space, the studio becomes the MACA gallery. Here we present contemporary Costa Rican art by artists such as Álvaro Gómez, Federico Herrero, Karla Solano, and US artists like Henry Jackson. Guests are often surprised to find the high caliber work we offer in such an unexpected location.
Works produced at Monte Azul are exhibited for sale at the gallery, as well as in the Casitas and Café Blue, and shipped to all parts of the world. In fact, the art gallery accounts for half of Monte Azul’s income and is a vital part of our project. Clients get to experience not just the space in which a piece was produced, but also the entire environment that served as its inspiration, and sometimes get to meet the artist as well in a personal and friendly gallery environment.
Everyone who comes to Monte Azul is a potential artist! To bring out your creativity, at Monte Azul Studio & Gallery we offer an unusual number of art studio workshops, designed for just two people at a time. These are taught by Alvaro Gomez, renowned Costa Rican artist, and Melissa Matamoros, MACA Gallery and Studio Manager. Designed for all levels, for hotel guests and artists alike, participants will learn the techniques used to produce monotypes, etching, painting, as well as related workshops such as handmade paper. We use only professional grade materials to ensure that your masterpiece will last!