"these mist covered mountains are home to me now....."
This is a very isolated retreat up in the beautiful mist covered green thickly vegetated mountains in central PR. That is primarily what makes it special. Sitting on your deck looking out at and hearing the sounds of the jungle is magical. Come here to meditate, think, read and swim. If that's what you want, this is your place. However be aware: there is very little else to do. Gentle morning yoga sessions and good massage is available. If you want TV, Internet, activities, luxury etc, this is not the place for you. The rooms are sparse, but tasteful and somehow seem right for the environment. There is no air conditioning, but again, it felt good for this setting. Nice cross breeze, with the sounds of the jungle was quite pleasant. You will be eating the food here, because there is nowhere else to get food- but it was perfectly good. Service was friendly and helpful. Internet was mostly not working-it's a satellite link which is very weather dependent and only available in the dining/lounge area. Don't come here if you need Internet all the time.
It was surprisingly difficult to find this place. We heard several stories of people getting lost and ending up on tiny dangerous roads. We actually took the Ruta Panoramico, which was very beautiful and scenic. Incredible vistas along the route, nice whole roasted pig at the roadside and surprisingly well maintained roads. Our iPhone maps really helped us not get lost. But make sure you get maps and plan your route in advance. Follow the advice of the hotel.
If you want a beautiful isolated sparse magical mountain jungle retreat, this is the place for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a valley in Puerto Rico's central mountains, Casa Grande is an oasis of peace and tranquility. 20 rooms scattered up the mountainside, each with private bath, balcony and hammock. Freshwater pool, restaurant and bar. The Café serves comida criolla, contemporary dishes and vegetarian options. Fully equipped yoga facility offering morning class, birder's paradise, botanical gardens and woodland hiking trail. Near Camuy Caves, Arecibo Observatory, Caguana Ceremonial Park, Toro Negro and Rio Abajo Forests. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Grande Mountain Retreat Hotel Utuado
- Casa Grande Mountain Retreat Puerto Rico/Utuado