Three couples will come to Costa Rica and Nicaragua this fall and help us perfect the eco honeymoon experience for our guests. We are happy to announce Josiah and Cloe from New York, Sara and Joshua from Sebastapol, California and Simone and Richard from New York as the couples that we found most qualified to help with this task. They have received this e-mail today:
Get ready for a trip to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. We have chosen you to help us develop the perfect honeymoon. Out of the 164 applicants, we believe that you are the most qualified ones to help us create a honeymoon experience that finds the right mix of sustainability and luxury. We invite you to stay at our hotels and lodges between August 20th and December 15th, 2014 for 7 to 10 nights. You are responsible for your international airline transportation and transfers between hotels and lodges. We will take care of your lodging, food and non-alcoholic beverages as well as tours and activities that we operate ourselves. Take a look at the eight Cayuga Collection Hotels and Lodges and let us know which ones you are most interested in. Take into consideration travel time and logistics.
All other applicants have received e-mails as well letting them know that although they were not selected for this quest, they would be receiving a 40% discount at all the Cayuga Hotels for a visit this year.
Now, the hardest part for the three selected couples is to select the hotels and lodges that they would like to visit. They can choose between the following eight Eco Lodges and Sustainable Hotels and Resorts.
Lapa Rios is an upscale 16-bungalow ecolodge protecting over 1,000 acres of preserved rain forest on the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, an area prized for its biodiversity and soon to be named World Heritage Site. The 50-plus staff members are from the local isolated area, and environmental education is fundamental to the employees and international guests”™ experiences. The development of the local primary school is entirely funded by the lodge”™s Travelers Philanthropy outreach. This model ecolodge has been consistently voted as one of Latin American”™s top resorts by Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure and Andrew Harper.
KurÃ Design Villas is an exclusive boutique hotel on the Southern Coast of Costa Rica where the rain forest covered mountains tumble on to pristine beaches. Built on an impressive mountain ridge, KurÃ “™s tropical minimalist architecture provides a luxurious jungle experience and breathtaking Pacific ocean views. Featuring 6 luxury villas, an infinity salt water pool, spectacular outdoor poolside lounge and spa area, KurÃ is the perfect base for aquatic and nature tours in this tropical paradise.
Latitude 10 Resort was built as a private resort and is now available to the public. As the winner of the 2008 Grand Award in the International Class for second homes, the resort leaves nothing to be desired in luxury and elegance in its natural setting, providing interaction with the jungle and it”™s beachfront location. Staying at Latitude 10 is like staying with good friends at their luxury beach house. You will experience personalized service and attention to detail in a relaxed, yet classy atmosphere.
Developed in harmony with the surrounding nature and local community, Jicaro Island Ecolodge is Nicaragua ´s most upscale nature resort located on a private island in Lake Nicaragua. Nine private two story casitas serve as the perfect setting for romantic escapes and wellness retreats on this secluded island getaway. The open kitchen serves Nicaraguan fusion cuisine using local and organic ingredients in an open air setting overlooking Mombacho volcano. Immerse yourself into a magical island experience filled with peace and tranquility and access to a wide variety of activities ranging from hiking or zip lining on volcanoes, bathing in hot springs and exploring the colonial treasures of Nicaragua.
Arenas del Mar is a 38 room upscale beach and nature resort with spectacular views of the Manuel Antonio National Park on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, nestled in eleven acres of rainforest with private trails and two tree-shaded sandy beaches. The resort offers two restaurants focusing on fresh local ingredients, pools with views of the national park and the beach as well as a spectacular spa. Arenas del Mar is the perfect base to engage in tours and activities such as: whitewater rafting, mangrove kayak and boat tours, guided rainforest hikes, ocean kayaking, canopy tours and horseback riding excursions.
The first boutique hotel and the most exclusive hideaway in Costa Rica offers 13 unique suites focused on coffee culture, comfort, art and design. Surrounded by volcanoes, the Inn is only 20 minutes from the international airport. Finca Rosa Blanca features a restaurant and bar with magnificent views, a full service spa, private tours of the Inn”™s organic shade grown coffee plantation as well as guided volcano, bird-watching, nature walks, horseback tours, and an infinity swimming pool and Jacuzzi.
Hotel Grano de Oro is a sanctuary in the heart of San JosÃ©, 20 minutes from the international and 10 minutes from the domestic airports. Converted from a Tropical Victorian mansion, the 40 room hotel maintains the warmth and comfort of a private home with all the amenities of a fine hotel. The hotel is ideally located for exploring San JosÃ© and its museums and other local sites as well as for enjoying a host of daytrips to the rainforest, volcanoes or experiencing the thrill of white water rafting.
The Harmony Hotel located on Guiones beach is inspired by the old school tropical destinations of eras that appreciated low key glamour and total escape; this is the perfect for people to get in tune with their natural rhythm. The Harmony is a 25 room hotel with a strong focus on sustainability trying to show an alternative development model taking into consideration the local community and the surrounding nature attractions. It caters to upscale surfers, yoga enthusiasts as well as honeymooners and families with older children looking for an authentic and relaxed Guanacaste experience.