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Costa Rica 2017 – Sustainable Just Got Sexy

November 29, 2016 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Costa Rica, already officially the happiest country in the world, must be grinning away because sustainable just got sexy.  The United Nations has declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, and this global leader in sustainability has just found itself the perfect opportunity to flaunt its most enviably gorgeous eco-resorts.

Costa Rica is ahead of the world, producing nearly 93 percent of its electricity from renewable resources and conserving almost 30 percent of its national territory.  The country is also on track to become the first carbon neutral nation in just a few years.  At the forefront of Costa Rica’s sustainable tourism is the Cayuga Collection, comprising by far the sexiest ecolodges, resorts, and hotels throughout Costa Rica and Nicaragua:


Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort (Manuel Antonio)

The Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort in Costa Rica is set in an 11-acre private nature reserve, boasting nature trails and access to two beautiful beaches: Espadilla and Playitas Beach.  The luxury hotel overlooks the spectacular Manuel Antonio National Park, home to a number of different ecosystems from fresh water lagoons to coral reefs, and to species of primate only found on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.

Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort (Central Valley)

Just a short drive from San José, Finca Rosa Blanca’s lush gardens and cosy suites are the perfect spots to watch the city lights twinkle in the valley below.  At this quirky, whitewashed hotel set on a 12-hectare coffee plantation, guests are invited to learn the art of gourmet coffee by experiencing a coffee cupping in the most authentic of surroundings.

Kurà Design Villas (Uvita)

“The most glamorous romantic resort in Costa Rica”, Kurà creates a luxurious and contemporary adult haven comprising just 6 seductive Design Villas, each boasting spectacular views of the Southern Pacific coastline.  Overlooking the lush Uvita canopy, the exclusive hotel sets the bar for chic sustainability, allowing their guests to explore the region’s rich biodiversity in ultimate style from their secluded location high among the treetops.

The Harmony Hotel (Playa Guiones, Nosara, Nicoya Peninsula) 

Inspired by old school tropical destinations of eras that appreciated low key glamour and total escape, The Harmony Hotel is located on Playa Guiones, just a stone’s throw from a pristine surf break with consistent year-round waves – some of the best on this side of the Pacific.  This lush, sustainable property is the ideal place to relax and mingle with hummingbirds and howler monkeys.

Lapa Rios Ecolodge (Puerto Jimenez, Osa Peninsula)

Set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America’s last remaining lowland tropical rainforest in the wild Osa Peninsula, Lapa Rios is paradise for wildlife, nature and beach lovers.  17 private bungalows line three ridges overlooking the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the Pacific Ocean, and the lodge is also home to monkeys, macaws, pumas, toucans, tree frogs and thousands of other creatures.

Latitude 10 Beach Resort (Santa Teresa, Nicoya Peninsula)

Latitude 10, the secluded, five-acre beachfront resort, features just five open-air suites, and was originally built as a luxury private residence for summertime escapes.  The resort is totally surrounded by nature and sets the bar for ultimate personalised pampering and blissful, low key relaxation.

Jicaro Island Ecolodge (Granada, Nicaragua)

Located on a private island in Lake Nicaragua, Jicaro’s 9 luxury casitas are nestled among the trees, creating a space of magical peace and tranquillity, just a short boat ride from the colonial town of Granada.  From Jicaro’s wellness centre and yoga deck, guests may look out across the lake to the majestic Mombacho Volcano, and can enjoy the calm and romantic evening waters from the privacy of their own canoes.

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