Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort First Hotel in Belize to Earn STEP

October 20, 2014 on 2:45 pm | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Belize, Central America, Scuba Diving | Comments Off



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CONTACT: Dana Krauskopf
TEL: 571-405-7664
EMAIL: Dana@hamanasi.com
WEB: www.hamanasi.com

Boutique eco-resort commits to maintaining the global standard in sustainable tourism and will continue improvements for the benefit of guests, employees and the community

HOPKINS, Belize — Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort, an award-winning boutique eco-resort in Belize, recently earned a Bronze Certification from Sustainable Travel International’s Sustainable Tourism Education Program (STEP), illustrating full compliance with a set of baseline best practices aligned with global sustainable tourism criteria. Hamanasi is the first hotel in Belize to earn this esteemed certification.

The revolutionary STEP Eco-Certification Standard was one of the first standards to be formally recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. The standard includes universally accepted best practices for tourism business management and dozens of sector-specific practices. Each practice includes multiple levels of involvement, ranging from low-cost baseline criteria to resource-investment industry leader criteria.

STEP measures all aspects of sustainability for tourism businesses and serves as a practical tool for assessment, benchmarking and education. Companies enrolled in the STEP program are required to assess the impact of their business practices and continue to thoughtfully integrate sustainable practices into future operations.

“Hamanasi is illustrating leadership in sustainable tourism by committing to the certification process,” said Robert Chappell, Senior Director of Standards & Monitoring at Sustainable Tourism International. “It is a rigorous undertaking and by completing this process, it shows they’re committed to having their work generate positive impact on the people and places where they’re located.”

The bronze level is the first step in the certification process, laying the foundation for future sustainability initiatives. One of the primary focuses of the program is to demonstrate continuous improvement over time. These improvements can have a profound effect on habitat preservation, cultural heritage protection and area economic systems.

“Reducing our carbon footprint, educating others and engaging in community projects are energizing, on-going commitments. These include expanding our organic garden, enhancing our Green Team’s outreach initiatives and transitioning to more eco-friendly infrastructure. We see being a sustainable resort as a continuous journey with and for the benefit of our employees, guests and community,” said Dana Krauskopf, co-founder and owner of Hamanasi.

Within 12 months of receiving the bronze level certification, businesses are encouraged to setup an on-site assessment of best practices from an independent, third party auditor. Common Accommodations best practices involve facility management, safety, employee training, guest rooms, public areas, and kitchen operations.

To find out more about the STEP Standard, visit www.sustainabletravel.org. To find out more about Hamanasi’s commitment to sustainability and to book your stay at the No. 1 Small Hotel in Central America, visit www.hamanasi.com or call 877-552-3483.
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About Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort:
Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort is nestled between sandy beaches and lush rainforest on Belize’s central coast. The boutique resort embodies casual elegance with displays of Belizean hardwood furniture, locally crafted art, fresh Caribbean fusion cuisine, and a warm, welcoming staff. Customer service is a high priority at Hamanasi; employees undergo an extensive training program and share a true sense of pride and ownership in the resort.

About Sustainable Travel International:
Sustainable Travel International is the world’s leading organization that is harnessing the power of travel and tourism as a force for good. We help communities, businesses and governments build a better future for themselves and their environments through travel and tourism. Our vision has always been to harness the power of travel and tourism as a force for good. Since our creation, we have dedicated ourselves to understanding the complexities of travel and tourism around the world and spent more than 10 years developing tools and partnerships that deliver on such ambitious goals. Today, in response to urgent threats facing our planet, we are convening leading travel corporations and tourism destinations to scale-up our solutions in order to improve the lives of at least 10 million people over the next decade. Collectively, we are redefining global travel and tourism as a force for good.


Huge Savings on the 2015 Panama and Alaskan Sun

October 20, 2014 on 11:45 am | In Alaska, Cruise Boats, Panama | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowCRUISE specialist ecruising.travel has just released a new 34-night cruise tour package for 2015 which takes in Alaska, North America and the Panama Canal with introductory discounted prices of up to 40 per cent, when you book by December 15.

The deal is great value as it includes return air fares, 29 nights aboard the Norwegian Sun, three nights at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Hotel in Tampa, Florida and two nights at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel.

The new price starts from $6489 for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane passengers, from $6739 from Adelaide and from $6859 from Perth and also includes all meals and entertainment on the ship, and all port and air taxes.

After your stay in Tampa, the Norwegian Sun departs on April 19, 2015 for a stop in Colombia before passing through the Panama Canal to Costa Rica. It then makes three port calls in Mexico and calls on Los Angeles and San Francisco on the way to Canada.

The ship then spends several days cruising the waters of Alaska including the Inside passage and Sitka, Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan before returning to Vancouver.

For more details contact ecruising.travel on 1300 369 848 or check-out www.ecruising.travel.


Caribbean’s Newest Cruise Destination Opening

October 15, 2014 on 2:21 pm | In Beachbooker, Belize, Costa Rica, Cruise Boats | Comments Off



The Caribbean’s newest cruise destination, Banana Coast, will officially open on Oct. 15 when the Norwegian Jewel visits the purpose-built facility on the north coast of mainland Honduras.

The $20 million development is located on the protected deep-water Bay of Trujillo, “one of the finest harbors in the Caribbean, if not the finest,” said Michael Greve, president of Miami-based Global Destination Development, which is a partner in the project.

Eight ships have scheduled 29 calls at Banana Coast during the 2014-15 winter season. In addition to Norwegian Cruise Line, other companies with plans to visit include Holland America Line, Silversea Cruises, Oceania Cruises and P&O Cruises.

Although a ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for Oct. 15, the Norwegian Jewel is not the very first ship to call at Banana Coast. That honor went to the Travel Dynamics International’s 130-passenger Yorktown, which visited on Feb. 10. But the 2,376-passenger Norwegian Jewel is the first mega-ship to call at the new cruise facility.

“We finished construction this past spring after a couple of years,” Greve said. “Tenants are still moving in, and that will continue as we build up our business. Tours are fully developed at this point.”

The 10-acre waterfront facility now has a beach and about 20,000 square feet of retail, including a jade museum and jewelry store, CocoLoco’s organic frozen coconuts, duty-free liquor and gift shop, and kiosks offering refreshments and souvenirs crafted by local artisans. The shopping area can build out to 50,000 square feet over time, Greve said. There isn’t a restaurant at this time, but several are within walking distance just outside the Banana Coast welcome center.

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowArriving cruise passengers will be welcomed by local Garifuna performers — who play a unique Central American style of music, including Punta — and dancers in colorful attire. Signage will be in English and Spanish, and translators will be on hand at the port.

Banana Coast Tours offers 15 shore excursions that include active, adventurous activities as well as tours on trams. Among the excursions are a snorkeling trip to a bay populated by starfish, kayaking in a bio-diverse lagoon, a hike to cascading pools of water, an ATV tour through the jungle, horseback riding, hikes through the Campo del Mar nature parks, and tram rides through the historic city of Trujillo.

“Our dedicated cruise center is adjacent to the colonial town of 30,000 people, which offers a plethora of options,” Greve said. “There are all kinds of walking activities very close to the port, which is one of the highlights of Banana Coast. Trujillo was established in 1525, so it’s a really quaint Spanish colonial town. It’s less than a five-minute walk away.”

Christopher Columbus landed in Trujillo in 1502 during his final voyage to the New World. Among the attractions in Trujillo are the 17th century Santa Bárbara Fort, a traditional Spanish plaza, and 19th century San Juan Baptista Church. Historic British, French, and U.S. consulates also are within walking distance.

Banana Coast is about 32 miles south of Roatán, an island that is home to Carnival Corp.’s Mahogany Bay Cruise Center and the facility at Coxen Hole partially owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. But as those facilities have grown in popularity on the Western Caribbean circuit, it sometimes gets crowded.

“They can become quite full on middle days of the week in high season, which is part of the reason some of the lines are interested in our port,” Greve said.

Although there are plans to build a pier, Banana Coast now will operate as a tender port. Ships will use their own tenders to bring passengers about 550 yards to the cruise center. “The water is so calm in that bay, we really don’t foresee that to be a major issue for the guests,” Greve said. “We have plans for a dock but it depends on the growth and the feedback we get from the cruise lines.”

Global Destination Development is building Banana Coast with Grand Trujillo Authority, a partnership that includes Life Vision Properties and the municipality of Trujillo.

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Belizean eco-resort is committed to preserving and sharing the local Garifuna culture

October 14, 2014 on 11:00 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Belize, Central America | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowHOPKINS, BELIZE – Hopkins is one of the few remaining Garifuna villages in the world and, like others in Belize, is struggling to preserve their endangered customs. A community-wide effort has ensued to uphold and share the Afro-Amerindian traditions with those who visit their district. Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort remains a defender of this disappearing culture; this award-winning eco-resort educates guests about Garifuna heritage and encourages travelers to take part in cultural festivities throughout the year.

The Garifuna people, also known as Garinagu, are an Afro-Caribbean culture created out of slave-driven and war-driven migrations from Nigeria to St. Vincent to Honduras and up the coast of Central America, including Belize. Through the admixture of these peoples as well as the influence of European settlers in the Americas, the Garifuna became a diverse culture incorporating African music, dance, rituals and ceremonies; Native American agriculture, hunting and fishing techniques; and an Arawak, Carib and French influenced language. UNESCO recognized the Garifuna Culture as a masterpiece of the oral and intangible cultural heritage of humanity, meaning this important culture should be preserved, promoted and celebrated.

At Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort guests can experience fresh, local Garifuna cuisine created by the resort’s award-winning culinary masters. Cassava, fresh coconut milk, plantains, local herbs from Hamanasi’s organic garden and freshly caught fish are just a handful of the ingredients used in Garifuna fare. Enjoy reading common Garifuna, Creole and Mayan phrases on the menu while waiting for your savory meal.

Hamanasi also offers a Hopkins Bicycle Tour, where a local guide leads guests through the village showing them cultural highlights, like the village drum marker, Rudy Coleman (father of a Hamanasi cook), and the Lebeha Drumming Center. The drumming center keeps Garifuna music alive by providing lessons to young people and offering weekly dancing and drumming performances for locals and guests. Visitors can even learn to play during one-on-one and small group lessons right on the beach. Hear the rhythmic African drumbeats, watch the dancers pulsate their hips and feel the spirits of Garifuna ancestors all around.

On November 19, Garinagu Settlement Day, the Garinagu present a reenactment of their forefathers’ arrival to Belize. Villagers awake at daybreak, don traditional clothing, then jump into boats and make their way along the shoreline. The boisterous crew stops at local sites, blowing conch shells to herald their arrival at each beach, then march along the sand while beating drums, shaking sisera, singing and dancing. Hamanasi Resort guests greet the Garinagu with local rum and cassava bread while dancing along. Resort employees – more than 50 percent of whom are Garifuna – also participate and wear traditional garb throughout the day. After these festivities, a mass is held in the village church to solemnly honor the ancestors who arrived from Honduras. The day also features a parade, drumming and dancing competitions, traditional food entrees and plenty of rum. In the evening, Hamanasi invites a local group to perform traditional drumming and dancing, offering guests the chance to, once again, enjoy and participate in the celebration.

Hamanasi supports the Garifuna year-round, providing jobs to locals, bringing in groups for performances as well as donating to many causes and organizations with the help of the Hamanasi Green Team. The resort is committed to supporting the community and giving them the means to preserve their unique traditions and share their culture with people from all over the world.

www.hamanasi.com


Avitourism takes flight with the Cayuga Collection

October 14, 2014 on 7:28 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Belize, Cabinweb, Costa Rica | Comments Off




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A 10-day Tropical Birding Expedition, Nov. 10 – 20, 2014

San Jose, Costa Rica – For those who you like to see, hear or track tropical bird species or assist conservation efforts to the 870 bird species that call Costa Rica home, the Cayuga Collection has partnered with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to offer a 10-day Tropical Birding Expedition (Nov. 10 – 20, 2014).

Cayuga’s Tropical Birding Expedition will guide guests through some of the most diverse and plentiful bird habitats in the Costa Rica, while providing avid birders the opportunity to enjoy eco-luxury amenities at a variety of award winning, sustainable properties. Additionally, guests will experience both primary and re-generating rainforests and a coffee plantation, many differing ecosystems hosting a myriad of Central American species. As a bonus, North American migrants will have arrived, better informing the need for neo-tropical forest conservation.

Included in the expedition are visits to Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort near San Jose, Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort in Manuel Antonio, and the famed Lapa Rios Ecolodge on the southern tip of the Osa Peninsula. Guests have the opportunity to sign up for the full 10-day tour, or arrange schedules to join the avitourism activities at any of these properties. When signing up for any of the Cayuga’s Tropical Birding Expedition, there is a 35 per cent reduced room cost at each participating property.

Properties offer a wide range of bird species, including the scarlet macaw, laughing falcon, dozens of tanagers, toucans, and colourful hummingbird species. To help maintain the natural habitats and migration of these birds, each of the Cayuga Collection properties have taken steps to enhance conservation efforts. At Finca Rosa Blanca, the tree-shaded organic coffee plantation is a natural draw for birds seeking insects, fruit and shelter. Thanks to the many native trees planted on site, the shade trees in turn provide nutrients and nitrogen to the coffee plants. Arenas Del Mar uses only native plant species throughout the property to attract bird life found in the Central Pacific zone including the common black hawks, trogons and toucan varieties. John and Karen Lewis, the visionary founders of Lapa Rios Ecolodge and Reserve, signed a conservation easement benefiting permanent biodiversity protection to more than 900 acres of tropical rainforest. In addition to almost all Costa Rican animal species, reptiles, amphibians, etc., more than 360 bird species have been recorded. For a bird list, visit http://www.laparios.com/birders_paradise.html

Awaken each morning to the bird chorus then join the pre-breakfast early bird walks, which provide the best chance to see multiple foraging species. Participate in afternoon or evening bird hikes, and seminars on birding conservation with an overview of the work being done by Cornell Lab of Ornithology. A full schedule of daily activities is available by contacting info@cayugaonline.com

Joining from Cornell will be husband-and-wife team Ben Freeman and Alexa Class Freeman. Having worked as a bird guide and researcher throughout Central America, Ben is now studying and conducting research for his dissertation for Cornell on tropical bird evolutionary ecology. Alexa is currently a post-doctoral researcher, where she works to educate the public about the conservation of biology of birds. Previously, Alexa worked several years in tropical countries including Costa Rica, Ecuador (where she completed her dissertation research), and Papua New Guinea, studying birds and helping with conservation efforts.

With one fifth of Americans identifying as birdwatchers, avitourism is a growing industry, contributing more than $36B to the US economy, according to a US Fish & Wildlife Service study, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society developed eBird.org in 2002, which serves as an online checklist program, helping to revolutionize the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. With a goal to maximize the utility and accessibility of bird observations, those participating in the Tropical Birding Expedition will have the opportunity to participate in the program, helping to catalogue observations in each of the Cayuga Collection property locations.

For more information on the Tropical Birding Expedition, visit www.cayugaonline.com

About Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality

Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality develops and manages hotels, lodges and other tourism related projects in Central America commit to the four Ps of sustainability – people, planet, profit and place. It offers solutions and expertise to tourism operators looking to enhance their performance in an environmentally, socially responsible manner. Cayuga provides expert responsible travel advice, including full itinerary suggestions for families, adventurers and honeymooners. For more information, visit www.cayugaonline.com


Costa Rica: Explore the Wildlife and Gain an Appreciation of Nature with WANT Expeditions

October 14, 2014 on 7:23 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Central America, Costa Rica | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today Show Costa Rica is truly an adventurer’s paradise. Full of lush vegetation and abundant wildlife, this region attracts many by luring visitors with its natural beauty and unique biosphere. Travel like never before with expert tour operator WANT Expeditions and experience their Costa Rica Wildlife Safari.

Explore the Amazon

As a destination widely pursued by many outdoor and nature enthusiasts, Costa Rica remains a region packed with numerous types of species and limitless adventure. The amazon is densely populated with a variety of plants and animals, including more than 350 species of birds alone! While in the region, opportunities to view the various plants and wildlife are great, and the experience comes with days filled with adventure, exploration and education. Paddle the waters in a canoe or slosh through the muddy trails in a pair of wellies for an up-close and personal look deep into a region that is rich with everything an outdoor traveler desires!

Make the Most of Your Trip

With the Costa Rica Wildlife Safari, travelers are sure to breathe in every aspect of the encounter without missing a thing. Offering trips that aim to deliver action-packed excitement along with educational and conservational awareness, WANT Expeditions boasts an impressive rate of return guests. Try everything from seeking out high-flying birds to quietly creeping along the jungle floors.

Feel Good about the Company with Whom You Travel

If you’re looking for a tour company who truly prioritizes the importance of conservation and environmental responsibility, look no further. While the Amazon impresses travelers with the chance to experience a variety of animals and enchants onlookers with countless species, WANT Expeditions gives guests the opportunity to help make a difference by supporting efforts to protect wildlife with initiatives such as the Maquenque Private National Park Conservation Project. The proposed project intends to save several crucial species,

 

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-Day/3-Night Baden-Baden Pre- or Post-Cruise Extension

October 13, 2014 on 7:38 am | In Central America, Germany | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowBaden-Baden is two hours away by rail from the Frankfurt Airport and less than two hours by rail from Basel, Switzerland – not to mention that Baden-Baden is one of the most authentic spa resorts in the world.
Relax in the thermal waters of the Caracalla Spa, spend an evening at what Marlene Dietrich called

“The most beautiful casino in the world,” sail in a hot-air balloon over the Rhine Valley, take in a world-class performance at the Festspielhaus, challenge your golf score at one of the nearby champion golf courses, or just stroll through our beautiful parks and gardens and enjoy the crisp Black Forest air.
The 4-day/3-night package, including a daily breakfast buffet, all taxes and service charges, a 3-hour visit at the Caracalla Therme, a visit at the Casino Baden-Baden, and a visit to the Museum Frieder Burda starts at $579 per person, double occupancy at one of our top 4-star hotels, and $679 at a 5-star hotel.
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Ziplining A Volcano At Arenal in Costa Rica

September 7, 2014 on 3:03 pm | In Adventure Travel, Central America, Costa Rica | Comments Off



Carol Dimopoulos, the president of Learning Journeys Powered by Perillo, calls Sky Adventures “the Rolls Royce of Ziplining.” I can’t argue with that. I’m no expert, but I’ve ziplined a few times and I can say that it would be hard to beat the view when you’re zipping across a deep forest valley with the great Arenal Volcano looming above you and the giant Lake Arenal below, a 32-square mile manmade lake created after Arenal’s 1968 eruption.

It was about a two-hour drive from where the Perillo fam group was staying at the Villa Blanca Resort in the San Ramon vicinity to the zipline concession. During that drive Arenal first appeared on the distant horizon, then loomed larger and larger as we approached. It’s so symmetrically shaped it looks like a pyramid, but much more massive than any manmade thing.

A little plume of steam came out of the crater on top, and clouds tended to gather at its peak, sometimes hiding the top, sometimes not. For the rainy season we had an exceptionally clear day, according to our guides. As we approached, we could see its whole magnificent profile.

As we got to Arenal we drove around it, so we were able to look at the changing view as we drove from one side to the other. As we got close we reached the town of La Fortuna, which is within a few miles of the volcano, and when you’re there it feels very close because of the size of Arenal. As you reach La Fortuna, everything is about Arenal, the signs on the hotels and resorts and stores practically all reference Arenal or the volcanic thermal springs in the area.

Arenal was thought to be an extinct volcano as its stood quietly for 400 years from 1500. Then in July 1968, it blew and kept bllowing for several days, covering six square miles with volcanic rock, lava and ash, killing 87 people, burying three villages and finally affecting 90 square miles around the volcano. It threw rocks weighing tons almost a mile at a speed of 600 miles an hour. Talk about awesome.

Not far beyond Arenal we reached Sky Adventures and prepared to experience our ziplining adventure.

The crew at Sky Adventures greets you with a gung ho attitude and gives you a quick preparation. After they harness and helmet you and give you your own pulley, you get in an open train car that holds six people and takes you up to the top of a series of platforms connected by steel coil cables. From there you travel back down via eight different ziplines.

The first is a training segment, very short, to give you a chance to master the techniques in an easy situation. The second is also short and easy. Then the long runs begin, back and forth across a deep, forested valley. As you zip back and forth, hooked to your pulley that rolls along the cables from platform to platform.

Ziplining has become such a rage that now it seems you can do it almost anywhere. It’s in cities now. But it actually originated as a practical form of transportation in remote places. Ziplining is traveling by a cable on a pulley, and has existed in variations, either with a car or not, in places such as Australia and China.

But its popularity as a thrill sport seems to have originated in Costa Rica. The practice was developed by biologists studying the rainforest. They developed platforms in various stations of the forest canopy and mounted cables between them.

Zipliners are firmly and doubly attached to the pulley, so there’s no danger of falling off, though the sensation is one of falling. You wear helmets, which protect the head from touching the cable as you slide rapidly down, and gloves to protect the hands. The dangers are minimal. The thrill is maximal.

About the worst thing that is likely to happen is that you’ll spin to the side so you are traveling sideways. And if you try to correct yourself by pushing the pulley to straighten yourself out, the friction of the pulley on the cable will slow you and you may not make it to the platform.

If that happens you have to turn around and pull yourself hand over hand to the platform. I know because it happened to me. It was a lot of work pulling myself across the last 50 feet or so till they could throw me a rope and pull me up. But no harm done.

I was with a group of adventurous travel agents who had joined Perillo’s Costa Rica fam trip. They all supported each other and cheered each other’s successes. They cheered especially loudly for the ones who had been a little nervous about trying ziplining. They ranged in age from 30s to 60s and 70s. Everyone mastered it and appeared to have a good time. One of the ladies in her 70s told me, “If I can do it, anyone can.”

The more hesitant about doing it they were, the more exhilarated they were when they had succeeded in doing it. It was a very empowered and euphoric group when we left Sky Adventures.

But in the rainforest, storms come and go practically every afternoon and the rain pours down in sheets. Clouds were gathering as we worked our way through the eight platforms and by the time we got to the last one, a “baby” run of only a few feet, the rain was pouring down. A few more minutes and we’d have been soaked. As it was, we got a little wet.

As we were walking from the concession to the parking lot, lightning crashed so loudly and the sound was so close in time to the light that it felt like it had to have been only a few feet away. That will wake you up.

After ziplining we went to Eco Termales Hot Springs, where we were able to lounge a while in the natural hot springs of Arenal. By then the storm had passed and the rain had lifted. Arenal, shrouded in clouds, loomed powerfully over the parking lot. We were a happy and satisfied group as we headed back to our resort.

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Finca Rose Blanca Coffee Resort

August 29, 2014 on 9:01 am | In Cabinweb, Central America, Costa Rica | Comments Off



Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Small Hotels in the World by the reader’s poll of the venerable Condé Nast Traveler.

This hotel is truly a paradise, where guests enjoy impeccable service, world-class facilities and exciting and informative tours. The opportunities to see cascading waterfalls, explore the steaming volcanoes immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture, and of course, learn about the production of organic coffee, ensure each visitor leaves not only with sun-kissed skin, but a deeper understanding of Costa Rica, the wonderful country that Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort calls home.

The boutique coffee plantation/eco-resort offers travelers an authentic experience, without making a single sacrifice in quality. With only 14 rooms, Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort still delivers the amenities of a larger hotel, catering to business clientele with a private business centre and conference room, in addition to having a library, spa, chemical-free infinity pool, Jacuzzi, restaurant, bar, and lounge.

Beyond the aforementioned amenities, Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort truly distinguishes itself with its organic greenhouse, 300 on-site fruit trees, recycling centre, vermiculture (worm beds) centre, chicken coop, and of course, its on-site coffee plantation!

The 30 acre coffee plantation attracts travellers from all over the world, and though they may come to taste the aromatic and delicious coffee, they leave understanding the positive social and environmental impact of this venture. Having planted more than 5,000 native trees on their certified organic plantation, to provide shade for the plants and beans, they have simultaneously created habitats for many creatures. Operating without use of any agrochemicals, pesticides, or anything damaging to the environment, their operations are authentic, clean and eco-friendly.

Condé Nast Traveler is recognized worldwide as a creative, trusted and credible voice in the tourism industry, guiding many in their destination and hotel choices. One might be impressed and excited that Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort was featured by this publication, but definitely not surprised.

About Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort
Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort is located just 20 minutes from the San José International Airport, set in the highlands of the beautiful Central Valley. At 4,000 feet above sea level, the lodge’s property offers acres of tropical gardens and paths and a thriving, 30-acre hard bean organic shade grown coffee plantation. From the beginning, the Jampol family envisioned the creation of an exclusive boutique inn, which would become one of the world’s leading hotels, combining luxurious accommodations and amenities, cultural authenticity, environmental respect and sustainable tourism. Today, they have fulfilled this dream and the resort is recognized as one of the globe’s top destinations, demonstrating that it is possible and necessary to combine luxury with sustainability.


Hilton Worldwide hotels in Latin America Rolls Out Limited-Time, Three-day Flash Sale‏

August 29, 2014 on 8:55 am | In Brazil, Panama, South America | Comments Off



Travelers looking to explore Latin America, now have a chance to take advantage of an irresistible deal, with Hilton Worldwide’s limited-time, three-day flash sale and unprecedented rates starting at US$99 per night.

What’s more, guests can register to earn up to triple HHonors points.

Bookable Sept. 8-10, 2014, for stays through Dec. 20, 2014, the irresistible deal is available at more than 20 participating Hilton Worldwide hotels and resorts in Latin America including the brand new Hilton Panama and award-winning Hilton São Paulo Morumbi.

The brand new Hilton Panama just opened its doors in August, with a privileged location in the heart of Panama City that offers panoramic ocean views. Travelers can discover Casco Viejo – the historic city, and many of the area’s finest restaurants, cafés and hotspots within walking distance. With luxurious accommodation, six dining outlets, outdoor swimming pool, fitness center and the first eforea: Spa at Hilton in Latin America, Hilton Panama welcomes guests to an array of amenities sure to make their stay unforgettable.

Welcoming travelers to São Paulo’s Morumbi district, the 28-floor Hilton São Paulo Morumbi (pictured) features direct access to a shopping mall and welcomes guests to a variety of activities. Designed with a contemporary flair, this São Paulo hotel boasts stunning city views, a rooftop indoor swimming pool, a spa, a 24-hour health club and artistically-inspired dining experiences at Canvas – the hotel’s exciting concept restaurant and bar designed to replicate a working art studio.

Travelers can also embrace the spirit of making up and discover the rich cultural history, sensational culinary creations and amazing natural resources of Latin America with rates starting at $99 per night at participating hotels and resorts in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama and Peru.

For reservations or further information, visit www.HiltonsLAC.com/FlashSale

* All-inclusive hotels offer starting rates of $99 per person per night based on double occupancy. Flash Sale rates are starting rates, subject to availability, and do not include taxes, service charges, incidentals or gratuities. Valid for reservations made on Sept. 8, 9 or 10, 2014, for travel through Dec. 20, 2014. Certain restrictions apply. Triple HHonors points on Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights, and double HHonors points on Monday – Thursday nights. Visit www.hhonors.com to register.


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