Meeting like-minded travelers on vacation

Sometimes the best vacation memories include meeting other travelers, sharing on-the-road experiences and having the time, head and heart space for new encounters. We see this happen all the time with our guests at our sustainable luxury hotels & lodges in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

According to a recent article in Skift Magazine about 2017 Mega Trends in the Hospitality Industry, the concept of “bringing people together” is bound to take off as a big trend. City hotels are turning lobbies into bars and restaurants and hotel chains are designing specific areas where travelers can hang out and meet.

Santa Teresa Resort
Latitude 10 in Santa Teresa used to be a private beach home and is therefore set up for social interactions. Guests enjoy their private “casitas” but come together for meals in the main lodge to share experiences and stories.

We find that guests at our hotels, resorts and lodges connect best, deepest and strongest when they share activities or get to know each other on tours. This is true for all kinds of travelers.

We have days filled with honeymoon couples sharing stories of their “wedding stress” at the bar at Latitude 10 in Santa Teresa. At Playitas beach of Arenas del Mar in Manuel Antonio, we have mothers bonding in the shade of palm trees while their little ones play in the sand caressed by the gentle waves of the Pacific Ocean. We have had two Nobel Prize winners meet each other casually by the pool at Lapa Rios Rainforest Lodge on the Osa Peninsula (physics and economics, if we remember right).

rain forest reserve
A lot of bonding happens on tours. At Lapa Rios Lodge on the Osa Peninsula, it is not uncommon to see guests have lunch together after meeting on a morning excursion in the the rain forest reserve.

We have adventure travelers bonding on the boat ride from Granada to Jicaro Island Lodge over why now is the time to visit Nicaragua before it is too late. New friendships are forged during cooking and cocktail-making lessons at Kura Design Villas in Uvita, just south of Manuel Antonio. Our guests connect in the ocean while waiting to surf the perfect wave at Guiones beach in front of the Harmony Hotel.

rafting costa rica near manuel antonio
Water sport adventures such as rafting or surfing are also a great bonding experience for guests. Many guests of Kura Design Villas or Arenas del Mar Resort opt for a rafting trip during their vacation.

Our concept of “Experience – Learn – Connect – Relax” encourages guests to leave their comfort zone, explore new things and share with others. In many cases that can be our staff but of course it is also about connecting with fellow travelers.

A guest recently told me that what impressed her most about her stay with us was how connected she felt to other guests. Perhaps because we are so focused on sustainability and doing the right thing, that attracts a certain kind of guest so bonding gets easier. That’s one explanation.

What do you think? Have you been to places where you really connected with others? We would love to hear from you. Comment below or send us a note to [email protected].


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