Four Seasons Unveils Exclusive Collection of 2016 Private Jet Experiences

January 5, 2015 on 9:34 am | In Adventure Travel, Airlines, Asia, Caribbean, Central America, Costa Rica, Dine Drink, Europe, Mauritius | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowFollowing the overwhelming response to the launch of the 2015 Private Jet experiences, Four Seasons announces the launch of four new Private Jet itineraries for 2016. Featuring re-imagined versions of the perennial favourite Around the World journeys, this collection of Private Jet escapes includes two completely new experiences built around the themes of adventure and cultural exploration in keeping with the evolving needs of discerning guests who seek to create memorable moments while in search of unique and exclusive adventure.

“The launch of the hotel industry’s first fully-branded Private Jet earlier this year was in response to the growing demand among modern luxury travellers for a fully immersive Four Seasons experience both in the air and on the ground,” says Christopher W. Norton, Executive Vice President, Global Product and Operations at Four Seasons. “Our new 2016 itineraries offer guests the opportunity to experience new and exciting destinations while enjoying the uncompromised luxury and customized service they have come to expect from Four Seasons.”

While on their journey, guests will enjoy the finest of everything – from legendary Four Seasons service to remarkable itineraries, inspired cuisine and Dom Pérignon Champagne. As the exclusive Champagne provider aboard the Private Jet, passengers will enjoy the latest vintage from one of the world’s finest wine makers.

“Dom Pérignon and Four Seasons have always shared a commitment to quality and a meticulous attention to detail,” says Trent Fraser, Vice President, Dom Pérignon. “As the official Champagne of the Private Jet Experience, we hope guests will enjoy toasting with Dom Pérignon during their journey of a lifetime.”

Here’s a glimpse at what awaits Four Seasons Private Jet passengers in 2016:

Timeless Discoveries: An Around the World Journey (January 26 – February 18)

Los Angeles – Kona – Bora Bora – Sydney – Bali – Chiang Mai – Taj Mahal and Mumbai – Prague – London

This signature Four Seasons Private Jet itinerary has become a classic favourite among guests. A sell out many times over, the 2016 itinerary introduces a stop in Prague, Czech Republic in addition to other favourite locations around the globe, from the breathtaking beaches of Bora Bora to the majestic beauty of the Taj Mahal. Guests will enjoy the thrill of some of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities and the tranquil beauty of the most stunning landscapes nature has to offer.

International Intrigue: An Around the World Journey (April 14 – May 7)

Seattle – Tokyo – Beijing – Maldives – Serengeti – Istanbul – St. Petersburg – Marrakech – Boston

Spanning eight countries and four continents, this itinerary takes guests to some of the world’s most unique and intriguing destinations. From the stunning landscapes and lush, untamed nature of the Serengeti to the opulence of St. Petersburg and the beautiful Maldives, known as the “last paradise on earth,” guests traverse the globe in Four Seasons luxury both in the air and on the ground.

Extraordinary Adventures: An Around the World Journey (September 17 – October 11)

Austin – Costa Rica – Hawaii – Sydney – Langkawi – Mauritius – Serengeti – Petra and the Dead Sea – Lisbon

This brand new itinerary caters to the adventurous spirit. With an increasing demand for adventure travel, Four Seasons has created an itinerary for the thrill-seeker at heart without compromising on legendary Four Seasons luxury. This exciting journey includes everything from rock climbing in Malaysia to zip-lining in Costa Rica and surfing in Hawaii. Seven of the nine stops on this itinerary are entirely new to the Four Seasons Private Jet Experience. Be among the first to experience adventure in a way only Four Seasons can deliver.

Cultural Escape: Europe, Middle East and Africa (November 4 – 22)

London – Petra and the Dead Sea – Dubai – Seychelles – Serengeti – Florence – London

Featuring perhaps the most diverse and intriguing collection of destinations of all Private Jet itineraries, including the beautiful Seychelles, a perennial guest favourite, this journey allows guests to immerse themselves in the distinct cultures of some of the most fascinating areas of the world. Departing from cosmopolitan London, guests travel to the lost city of Petra, imposing in its grandeur, as well as visiting the lowest point on earth and experiencing the healing properties of the magnificent Dead Sea. This is juxtaposed with a grand finale in Florence, the birthplace of Renaissance culture, art and architecture before a return to London.

Starting at USD 100,000, each journey includes air travel aboard the Four Seasons Private Jet and ground transportation, planned excursions, all meals throughout the trip and luxurious accommodations exclusively at Four Seasons hotels and resorts.

Visit and follow the #FSJet hashtag on Twitter and Instagram for the latest news, updates and insider glimpses of the Four Seasons Jet.

About Dom Pérignon

In the 17th century, Dom Pierre Pérignon, the cellar master of the Abbey of Hautvillers in Epernay, developed a wine whose extraordinary quality would make him the spiritual father of Champagne and one of the great visionaries of the winemaking world. A miraculous triumph of blending and delicate fine-tuning that finds its mysterious harmony by reinventing, Dom Pérignon is made exclusively from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes from Grand Cru vineyards and from the Abbey of Hautvillers. Dom Pérignon is produced only in exceptional vintage years. Follow @domperignonofficial on Instagram.

Un-Cruise Adventures Debuts Costa Rica & Panama Adventure Cruises in 2016

December 12, 2014 on 12:55 pm | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Central America, Costa Rica, Cruise Boats, Panama | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowUn-Cruise Adventures expands to Costa Rica and Panama with the 64-guest Safari Voyager sailing weeklong adventure cruises beginning in October 2016. A new brochure completed in December 2014 details new itineraries in Costa Rica/Panama and the Galápagos Islands.

The Safari Voyager will sail 29 one-way cruises between Costa Rica and Panama on an Uncharted Isthmus! Sloths, Monkeys & Mangroves itinerary from October to April. Weeklong voyages depart from San José, Costa Rica or Panama City, Panama, and include a full transit of the Panama Canal, water sports adventures, jungle explorations, wildlife encounters and island time.

“We’re exploring further south along the West Coast of the Americas,” said Captain Dan Blanchard, CEO. “Costa Rica and Panama are ripe with adventure opportunities, wildlife and natural beauty.”

Areas visited in Costa Rica include Isla Tortuga, Curù National Wildlife Refuge, Manuel Antonio National Park, Corcovado National Park and Golfo Dulce. In Panama, visit Granito de Oro islet in Coiba National Park, Gulf of Panama Islands and transit the 48-mile canal.

Carrying water sports equipment and featuring a custom EZ dock kayak launch platform, guests aboard the Safari Voyager enjoy included kayaking, snorkeling, skiff excursions and paddle boarding. Knowledgeable expedition guides and local experts lead excursions in water and ashore often searching for wildlife such as colorful fish, humpback whales, sloths, macaws, iguanas, hummingbirds, monkeys, caimans and other creatures.

Adventure activities are included and are a focus of the trip. Guests may explore mangroves of Golfo Dulce by skiff or kayak; watch for sloths in Manuel Antonio National Park; relax and snorkel on the palm-lined beach of Isla Tortuga; cruise around the small islands in the Gulf of Panama; and take a jungle hike in Corcovado National Park keeping eyes peeled for monkeys, anteaters and birds.

A new 24-page Costa Rica/Panama and Galápagos brochure is completed and posted online; hard copies may be ordered on the company’s website. Itinerary details, photos, trip extensions and information on trip inclusions and adventure activities are included in the brochure.

Winter holiday departures in Costa Rica are scheduled for Dec. 23 and Dec. 30, 2016 and include one extra night pre-cruise in a hotel. The inclusive cruise includes all activities; exquisite meals; fine wine, premium spirits and microbrews; exercise equipment and a massage for wellness; transfers; and all port charges, taxes and fees. Rates begin at US$2,995 per person, double occupancy. To book or to request additional information, contact your travel agent or Un-Cruise Adventures at 888-862-8881 or

About Un-Cruise Adventures

Un-Cruise Adventures’ boutique yachts and small ships carry 22-88 guests on voyages in Alaska, Hawaiian Islands, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, Columbia & Snake Rivers, coastal Washington, British Columbia, Galápagos Islands and Costa Rica & Panama. Un-Cruise Adventures, under the parent company of InnerSea Discoveries Alaska Inc., is a member of Trusted Adventures, dedicated to the highest standards of small-group travel and to giving back to the places visited.

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Tulemar Resort Invites Guests to Celebrate Turtle Hatching at the Annual Turtle Festival

November 10, 2014 on 3:04 pm | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Central America, Costa Rica | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowTulemar, in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, is a 33-acre gated resort known for occupying some of the area’s most distinguished luxury vacation rentals and exclusive amenities that combine for a unique guest experience. Next weekend, Tulemar invites guests to a different kind of unique, taking place at the Annual Turtle Festival in the small beach town of Matapalo, a mere 25 minutes from the resort.

Matapalo Beach is one of the country’s most popular nesting areas for three species of sea turtles in Costa Rica. Every year, from July to December, hundreds of Pacific Green, Olive Ridley, and Hawksbill sea turtles hatch along the pristine Matapalo coastline.

To commemorate the hatching, every November a turtle festival is held, with turtle patrol tours, music, traditional Costa Rican foods, dancing, and contests.

Dave Houck, owner at Tulemar Vacation Homes comments, “We’re thrilled to promote the festival releasing turtles in Matapalo. It’s one of those unique opportunities that so many of our guests look for, to witness the splendor of nature and celebrate with traditional Costa Rican customs.”

Houck also emphasizes the hard work of the volunteers during the long process leading up to the release of the turtles; the Association of Volunteers for Services in Protected Areas (ASVO), hosts volunteers from around the world who assist in providing for the protection and care of turtles and their eggs, keeping them safe from predators and human looting. He states, “from creating the refuges, to building nests for the eggs, to cleaning and patrolling the sites, there is a lot of hard work that goes into protecting these wonderful creatures. It’s an experience we love our guests to be able to see.”

This work has been a success, with an average of eighty per one hundred eggs hatched from the thousands that are laid on the beaches of Matapalo annually.

“We love to keep our guests informed on these kinds of events that are for a worthy cause and an enriching experience,” concludes Houck.

The Annual Turtle Festival will take place November 15 and 16 at Matapalo Beach; to learn more about the festival and vacation rentals nearby, visit

Renovations Of The Libertador Trujillo

October 21, 2014 on 12:42 pm | In Beachbooker, Central America, Costa Rica | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe renovations of the public areas and guestrooms in the Libertador Trujillo, one of the city’s most symbolic hotels, are complete, and its guests can now enjoy the fruits of this grand restoration work.

The hotel will soon celebrate its 20th anniversary as part of the Libertador hotel chain, and this completed work that restored traditions this city is known for and that added innovative touches is an expression of its commitment to maintaining the expected high standards of quality.

Libertador focused the improvements on expanding the reception area and lobby and on making the bar, restaurant, and terrace more distinctive and striking to increase its guests’ comfort. The Lobby expansion, furthermore, included the addition of a new Business Center to meet the needs of its business and vacation travelers.

Guestroom renovations took the form of upgrades to the beds and bedding and the installation of new, modern television sets; the final touches to the interior design to embellish and enhance our guests’ experience are still underway.

The chosen color scheme highlights the hotel’s Colonial architecture and is in keeping with a manor house from that time period, employing mosaics, heavy drapery, and other significant changes in interior décor, some very traditional like the lattice work and wrought iron lamps for which Trujillo is famous.

Flavia Montesinos, the hotel’s manager, said, “We have balanced the operational aspects that a hotel must have with its attractive visual details, all the while maintaining good taste.”

The Libertador Trujillo hotel has 73 guestrooms, and the average number of guests per year is 19,700. The nine-month long renovation period entailed an investment of $ 2 million.

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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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Avitourism takes flight with the Cayuga Collection

October 14, 2014 on 7:28 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Belize, Cabinweb, Costa Rica | Comments Off - Free Shipping on ALL orders
Avitourism takes flight with Costa Rica’s Cayuga Collection

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

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

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 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

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

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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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.

Four Seasons Costa Rica Nocturnal Jungle Golf Under the Milky Way

August 12, 2014 on 11:44 am | In Adventure Travel, Central America, Costa Rica | Comments Off

WHO: Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

WHAT: Privately guided Nocturnal Golf tour under the stars to include a practice round at the driving range, play at holes 1 and 9 and a walk to Nacascolo Beach and the certified Audubon Sanctuary for more tropical nightlife viewing. Starting time is 6 p.m. for a maximum of four players.

The experience includes a line of lights showing the fairway from tee to light-encircled greens. Pull carts and lanterns will be available.

The Night Pals Audience: Howler and white-faced monkeys, deer, pizotes (raccoons), pecaris, and iguanas.

WHERE: Adjacent to the Four Seasons Costa Rica is Peninsula Papagayo’s Arnold Palmer-designed, highly acclaimed golf course in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

WHY: The 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo with the culinary celebration Taste the Stars and the Perfect 10 travel package.

WHEN: NOW to November 23, 2014

COST: USD$95/per person

RESERVATIONS & INQUIRIES: or Resort Reservations +800-819-5053

About Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Founded in 1960, Four Seasons continues to define the future of luxury hospitality with extraordinary imagination, unwavering commitment to the highest standards of quality, and the most genuine and customized service. Currently operating 92 hotels and private residences in major city centers and resort destinations in 38 countries, and with more than 60 projects in development, Four Seasons consistently ranks among the world’s best hotels and most prestigious brands in reader polls, traveler reviews and industry awards. For more information and reservations, visit For the latest news, visit press.  and follow @FourSeasonsPR on Twitter.

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