Last week, the Quest for the Perfect Eco Honeymoon was featured in a New York Times Blog written by Charu Suri. As a result, we have received many more applications of couples that would like to visit our sustainable luxury hotels and lodges in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. We are excited to get so much press for this initiative and look forward to very valuable feedback from the three winning couples.
In case you are interested in applying, you have time until May 1st, 2014. Click here for the application.
Below is the complete article as featured in the New York Times Blog:
Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality, a Central American eco-lodge operator with eight properties, is looking for newlyweds to help perfect the ” eco-honeymoon” experience.
Cayuga is offering what could be called eco-internships to three couples. Applications are available on the Cayuga website, and the internships will cover all costs related to lodging, meals and activities (airfare and property transfers are not provided).
The selected couples will act as designers and provide recommendations on experiences like settings for romantic dinners; they will also test bamboo linens and consider details like ” is air-conditioning really necessary on an eco-honeymoon?” said Hans Pfister, president and co-owner of Cayuga.
The Cayuga lodges are in Costa Rica and Nicaragua; the couples can customize their itinerary according to their geographic interests and across any number of properties for seven to 10 days.
Mr. Pfister said that because the hotels and lodges were developed with sustainability in mind, amenities like organic wine, farm to table cuisine, biodegradable toiletries and organic linens are a given.
The idea behind the internship is to determine which features (including community-enhancing activities couples can do while enjoying their quality time) can be included in romantic packages.
” Honeymooners want to have authentic experiences that they can remember together,” said Mr. Pfister, who noted that couples are increasingly asking not only for tandem massages and wellness experiences but also for ways to help local schools, plant a tree in a reserve or assist with organized beach cleanups.
Submissions must be received by May 1 and the chosen honeymooners will be announced by May 30.