Third Place Essay in our 2012 Dream Vacation Contest

November 29, 2012

Congratulations to Kaia for winning 3rd place in our Dream Vacation Contest!   She’s won a 2 night stay at Latitude 10 Resort in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica!   Here is her essay:

A Dream to win a vacation to Costa Rica is right!!! My dream vacation would start at the amazing Arena”™s Del Mar where I would experience everything that the hotel had to offer by starting off with a horseback ride along the beaches to get a senic EXPERIENCE of Costa Rica. By taking a guided tour of the Rain Forest I would pick the guides brain to LEARN all about the wild life Costa Rica has. After a lovely lunch at hotel I would CONNECT with the waters of Costa Rica by taking an afternoon White Water Rafting trip or a Canopy Tour.

Surely after fitting this in all on one day I would need to use the following day to RELAX on the beautiful beach followed up by a massage at the spa.
My other choice of hotel to visit would have to Lapos Rios Ecolodge. This hotel looks like an amazing place to RELAX with their Ocean View Bungalows I could relax in bed all day, but of course there is so much else to EXPERIENCE there like all the Site Guided tours were I could LEARN all about the wildlife and I most definitly need to CONNECT with my inner peace at a lovely Waterfall Luncheon. Do experience, learn , connect, and relax at anyone of these amazing resorts would be a dream trip come true.

We look forward to having Kaia and her guest visit Latitude 10 Resort during the 2013 Green Season!

A leader in ecotourism, Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality manages luxury and boutique hotels in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.


Second Place Essay in our Dream Vacation Contest

November 28, 2012

Sean entered this essay into our contest and won second place.   Him and his wife, Renee, won a 3 night stay at Jicaro Island Ecolodge near Granada, Nicaragua during the 2013 Green Season.

Here is his essay:

This past summer, my wife and daughter travelled to Costa Rica while I stayed behind, taking on extra part-time work to help send them. The pictures and videos they sent of their trip more than made up for the extra work hours and silent house for the time they were gone. Scenes of green canopies, brilliant fresh fruits, and videos of adorably scampering, howling monkeys bridged the difference between us. I thought that those souvenirs would be the closest I might ever get to Costa Rica until your contest appeared.

I”™d absolutely love to travel with my wife, who spent years becoming fluent in Spanish. She is a teacher who works with students from other countries, making sure they get the support they need in a brand-new country and culture. She”™d be perfect to help me better connect with Costa Rica”™s culture, its language, and all of the people we would meet on our trip.

Lapa Rios in Puerto Jimenez seems like a great destination to start off at for a few days. The ” Caña Blanca Sanctuary and Dolphin Tour” looks like a perfect opportunity to learn firsthand how people can work with nature, taking on the role of responsible stewards and using our human abilities to create a healthier Earth. The ” Sustainability Tour“ looks like an inspirational trip to see just how creative we can get in productively using those things we”™d normally throw away without a second thought. Nearby nature walks, and a few (or maybe, many) trips to that comfortable hammock on the balcony overlooking the ocean would be wonderful opportunities to relax and disconnect from the technological, hurry-up, here”™s-more-to-do world I live in every day.

The perfect companion trip to Lapa Rios would be a couple of nights at the Finca Rosa Blanca in Heredia. As a coffee fanatic, it would be phenomenal to visit the organic coffee plantation, and to see how the coffee berry travels from the ground to the coffee cup. I feel pretty confident that the part where I roast my own coffee is going to lead to one of the best cups of coffee I”™ve ever had.

While I”™m in Heredia, I”™d love to visit the two steamy volcanoes nearby. As a kid, I was fascinated by the idea that there was even such a thing as ” geothermal energy” where the power at the center of the world leaked up to the surface. It would be a great experience to actually be so close! And as a final cherry on the top, a couples massage would be wonderful for two people who work on our feet, moving all day long.

A trip to Lapa Rios and Finca Rosa Blanca in Costa Rica is a wonderful possibility to even consider. Beyond the tours and your beautiful hotel spaces is a culture and community I would very much love to visit, and connect with. And this time, Instead of just looking at the fun, I”™d be in the picture.

Congratulations to Sean, we look forward to seeing you soon at Jicaro!

Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality is a world leader in sustainable hospitality management.   We manage and market hotels, resorts, eco lodges and Haciendas in Costa Rica and Nicaragua with a focus on high end experiences and sustainability.

And the winner of Cayuga’s Dream Vacation Contest 2012 is…

November 27, 2012

Chala H. for her essay, “Lessons for Ayla”!   Here’s the essay she wrote…

Days are short in New England now. Another summer passed without taking my daughter, Ayla, on the long-promised trip together. She”™s happy to go anywhere as long as it”™s time together, her and mum. But if I could take her anywhere, I would bring her to you.
Ayla is an animal lover who possesses the wildness of nights and sea. She dreams of talking to animals, carries magic words uttered as poetry, and flows with nature as only an earth goddess can, albeit at 9 years old.
I”™m certain in Costa Rica she would recognize a sense of home.
Living in the city she frets, unbalanced, like a caged animal. In the mountain setting of Hacienda Tayutic she could unravel her anxious soul, experience vast nature in one breath, and understand how history, social systems, ecological systems, and economies all interact in dynamic ways that can be for the greater good, rather than impoverishing for some in the benefit of others. She could ride horses, as she loves to do; fly through the forest; commune with the butterflies, hummingbirds; discover art in nature and of human hand; absorb shamanic history; and, I imagine, turn all this by night into pictures and words, curled with a cushion in the hacienda lounge.

Until the ocean calls.
She would learn to travel, not just consume. The bus from Turrialba to San Jose takes about two hours. From San Jose, another bus carries local travelers to Nicoya in about four. From Nicoya to Playa Guiones, the road is largely unpaved, dusty, or muddy with rains, so the short distance can take an arduously bumpy few hours.
But I wouldn”™t travel any other way ““ not only is it the ecologically sound option, but through seeing the lives of local people going about their tasks, we are reminded of how privileged we are to take time off our own daily tasks, to travel to other countries, to be welcomed ““ if our behavior deserves it ““ into the lands and lives of other societies. Embracing the concept of geotourism, the light-footed traveller ensures her social imprint on a region”™s sense of place is as minimal as her carbon footprint.
With Harmony as home, Ayla would have the waves as her lullaby. The deep darkness of the nights there holding sleep as a marvelous gift. Early morning and evening walks in sea air, daily yoga (fit-2-rip for mum), learning to ride the waves, papaya juice, showers outdoors, and always our art in words and images; we need not move far, our bodies, the surf and local food our only study. Here she will learn that relaxation is precious, and can also be a way of life. And she will learn that her mother too can relax ““ it just takes the magic of Costa Rica ““ the place, the people, and businesses like Cayuga who understand and are committed to protecting the interconnectedness of it all, the incredible fragility of balance.

Congratulations to Chala and Ayla, we look forward to having you visit our hotels and hear more about your experiences!

Creating exceptional family travel experiences, Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality manages  family friendly hotels in Costa Rica.

Design Your Dream Cayuga Vacation in Costa Rica & Nicaragua

October 1, 2012

Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality, is excited to announce a new contest where you design your dream 6-night Cayuga Costa Rica/Nicaragua vacation! What adventures will you have, who will you meet and how will you relax? Click here to learn more and enter today!

Contest Instructions:

Select a minimum of 2, maximum of 3 of Cayuga’s 9 properties in Costa Rica and Nicaragua and write about what you will do at each property during your six night dream vacation. In your essay, be sure to answer this question…how will you Experience, Learn, Connect and Relax ® at each Hotel you want to visit?

Essays should be no more than 500 words and must be written in English.   Contest is open from October 1-31, 2012.

Grand Prize:

Grand prize winner will receive their dream Cayuga vacation: room, meals, non-alcoholic beverages, activities and in-country transportation for two people. Not included: alcoholic beverages, transportation to/from Costa Rica and/or Nicaragua, additional services, travel fees, exit taxes, etc. Vacation must be taken during the 2013 Cayuga green season and is subject to availability at the hotels. Activities are dependent on weather conditions.

2nd prize

One second prize winner will receive a 3 night stay for two people (lodging, food and non-alcoholic beverages) at Jicaro Island Ecolodge in Nicaragua during the 2013 green season.

3rd prize

One third prize winner will receive 2 nights of lodging and breakfast for two people at Latitude 10 Resort in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica during the 2013 green season.

Enter today and be sure to share this with your friends! If they win, hopefully they’ll take you with them!


Prize winner will be selected by a panel of 3 judges:

Hans Pfister is the President and Co-owner of Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality. Hans brings over 20 years of experience in the hotel business in all capacities from trainee to General Manager, and currently focuses on marketing, finance, strategy and new projects.

Deirdre Campbell is the Owner and President of Tartan Group and is one of the most recognized and respected PR professionals in the industry. With a passionate interest in sustainable tourism, Deirdre has worked with the Cayuga properties for the last 4 years and is dedicated to fostering appreciation and stewardship for the natural environment, regions and communities.

Chrissy Gruninger is the Owner of Rich Coast Experiences and author of Vicarious Adventures on the Rich Coast, a travel guide and memoir.   She created her own dream eco-vacations by traveling to, and writing about, each of the Cayuga properties in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Contest dates:

  • Contest begins: October 1, 2012
  • Deadline to enter: October 31, 2012
  • Nov 1-10: Public gets to vote on their favorites
  • Nov 11-14: Judges review entries and determine winners
  • Nov 15: Winners are contacted/announced

Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality is a world leader in sustainable hospitality management.   We manage and market hotels, resorts, eco lodges and Haciendas in Costa Rica and Nicaragua with a focus on high end experiences and sustainability.