Glenn and Teri Jampol, the owners of award-winning Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort, are on a mission to showcase the amazing flavors of Costa Rica for their guests during a six night, six day culinary tour, June 1 – 7, 2014.
Called the Costa Rican Culinary Paradise Week, guests will be introduced and guided by chef instructor MikeC., author of Kitchen on Fire and creator of Wine Country Culinary Adventures in Napa , and international culinary adventurer Gilad Chudler, of Costa Rica Culinary Tours. Together with the Jampols, their goal is to showcase some of the best local artisan foods and beverages that Costa Rica has to offer, including:
- Tour of Finca Rosa Blanca`s Rainforest Alliance Certified, organic coffee farm and tasting;
- Visit to Heredia`s Central Farmers Market;
- Cooking class and pairing artisanal cheeses with local craft brews;
- A day of nature hikes and tours of cacao, vanilla and pepper farms;
- Visit to Ark Herb Farm and Meadery;
- Mead and honey with goat cheese pairing over lunch; and
- Chocolate Tasting and lunch at Sibu Fine Chocolates workshop.
And there will be cooking classes and fine dining, based on the raw ingredients of vanilla, chocolate, coffee and pepper stirred in throughout the itinerary.
The total cost of Costa Rican Culinary Paradise Week is $3095 USD per person for double occupancy and $3,995 USD per person for single occupancy, and includes, five nights accommodation, all meals, cooking classes, guided tours and in-country transportation. More information and reservations are available at www.fincarosablanca.com
An ecolodge steeped in authentic Costa Rican culture
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.
When it comes to the overall guest experiences, Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort offers 13 uniquely designed rooms (two master suites and 11 junior suites), each featuring private verandas, sweeping valley and volcano views and artistic décor. Common guest areas include a picturesque lobby with 40-foot ceilings, skylights and tropical gardens; a private office centre with internet service, computer and printer; eight acres of tropical gardens and paths, complete with a spring-fed swimming pool and waterfall and a commodious hot tub.
A gift shop features local crafts, organic skincare products and chocolate, and guests can enjoy a full-service spa, and a gourmet restaurant featuring garden to table innovative dishes.
About the Chefs & Guides:
Costa Rica Culinary Adventures is the brainchild of American Chef Gilad Chudler, who lives with his wife, Costa Rica native Natalia Schyfter, in the Central Valley outside of San Jose. Formerly one of the Bay Area’s most popular culinary instructors, Chudler founded Plátano Verde, a green-based catering and event planning firm, in 2012. His clients include award-winning hotels (including Hotel Sugar Beach, for which he recently served as a consulting executive chef) and restaurants (including ProductC), as well as the prestigious Punto de Vista Villa in Manuel Antonio.
While most chefs spend their entire careers working in restaurants, MikeC. was always hooked on teaching. In 2002, while completing his studies at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, he began working for Sur La Table as a resident instructor and manager of their in-store culinary program, which included assisting such visiting celebrity chefs as Martin Yan, Jamie Oliver, Alton Brown and Michael Chiarello. Now based in Napa Valley, MikeC. has led cooking classes and winemaker dinners at Cedar Gables Inn (among other venues) for nearly a decade. MikeC. has been featured on numerous television programs, including the Travel Channel’s “Great Weekend Getaways with Samantha Brown.” He was selected by Circulon, one of the largest cookware brands in the world to serve as the guest host of the first-ever web-based cooking show series, “Hungry Bytes” and was featured as the most recent host of the long-running TV series Organic Living with the Hippy Gourmet, filmed on location in Mexico, Belize, and New Zealand, as well as Northern California.
Banana Coast, the new Western Caribbean cruise port at Trujillo, Honduras, hosted its first cruise ship on Feb. 10 when Travel Dynamics International’s 130-passenger Yorktown visited. Passengers tendered to shore and were welcomed by Garifuna musicians playing the unique style of the Central American music. They shopped for locally made crafts, went on tours to the nearby rainforest and relaxed on the beach.
“It was rewarding to see Banana Coast come to life today with its first cruise passengers,” said Randy Jorgensen, general manager of Grande Trujillo Authoridad, which developed the port.
Banana Coast has shopping, a newly built tender dock, a reception center and transportation hub and 10 acres of beachfront in the town of Trujillo, which was established in 1525. To date, five cruise lines have scheduled 20 calls on eight ships at the first cruise destination on the Honduras mainland. The Honduran island of Roatan, a frequent port of call on cruises, is about 32 miles north.
Holland America Line has committed to a series of port calls to Banana Coast beginning in November through March 2015. Silversea Cruises has scheduled calls in December 2014 and March 2015. P&O Cruises and Oceania Cruises are slated to call in the first quarter of 2015.
Situated within the Bay of Trujillo, Banana Coast has a natural, deep-water harbor that provides protection from winds and waves. Christopher Columbus landed there more than 500 years ago during his last voyage to the Americas.
Since then, the area has been a Spanish colony and was at various times controlled by the Dutch, French, English — and pirates. During the early 20th century it was the banana export capital of the world.
G Adventures, the leading small group travel pioneer, announced it is the official supplier of ASTA’s Young Professional Society’s next retreat.
ASTA’s Young Professionals Society (YPS) is a group of travel professionals under the age of 40 with a focus on networking, education and career development.
YPS hosts networking events and retreats throughout the year.
This year, G Adventures will sponsor their annual spring retreat in Costa Rica, May 16 – 24.
Ron Fenska, G Adventures Director of Sales, US, says the retreat will be the company’s Costa Rica Quest itinerary offered at a great discounted rate.
He adds, “The trip will mimic the exact itinerary offered to our regular clients but will include training and brainstorming sessions, as well as a Planeterra visit to learn more about sustainable tourism. We are thrilled to show these travel professionals not only Costa Rica but how G Adventures rolls.”
Now in its 24th year, G Adventures’ small traveling groups (average 10-12 passengers) enjoy the ease and convenience of local tour leaders known as Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) who provide insider perspective on the company’s tours, safaris and expeditions to more than 100 countries on all continents. With G Adventures, members of YPS will be able to match their clients travel interests with the best travel style – and there are seven travel styles to choose from including Small Ships, Family and Active portfolios. G Adventures offers their travel programs according to travel style versus simply by destination, helping agents better qualify and meet the needs of their customers.
“Our partnership with G Adventures on this retreat symbolizes both our members’ interest in the small group adventure travel market as well as their interest in working with travel companies with a purpose,” says Evan McElligott, CTA, from Find Longer Vacations and YPS board member. “The next generation of Travel Consultants will carry a lot of responsibility for thefuture of sustainable tourism and forging partnerships with companies like G Adventures sends the message that we are committed to this kind of businessmodel and, in turn, it shows G’s commitment to the next generation of dedicated travel professionals.”
With G Adventures, YPS members and their clients can depend on differentiating services such as 100% guaranteed departure dates, 24/7 service and a lifetime deposit that’s unparalleled.
Applications are being accepted now through the end of February.
Newest Opening within Preferred Boutique Portfolio Boasts Prime Papagayo Bay Location, Just 20 Minutes from International Airport
February 3, 2014 – The Enjoy Hotels brand announced today that the highly anticipated El Mangroove in Papagayo Bay, Costa Rica will open its doors to international travelers on February 2. El Mangroove, a member of Preferred Boutique, is the first boutique property to open within the Enjoy Hotels portfolio and the only independently owned and operated luxury boutique hotel in Papagayo Bay. In addition, the luxury beachfront property is the closest resort to any international airport in Costa Rica, located just 20 minutes from Daniel Obuder International Airport.
“El Mangroove is not only inspiring but also fresh and unique, offering impeccable service, warm hospitality, and a cozy yet luxe environment. El Mangroove is Costa Rica’s best new option for travelers who are seeking a balance between impeccable and inspiring design and a relaxing, natural, and exciting experience,” said Ruben A. Pacheco – Executive President, Enjoy Group.
Set on more than 15 acres of beach forest surrounded by virgin mangroves and autochthonous landscaped gardens, offering breathtaking sunset views, El Mangroove offers the perfect combination of nature and simple luxury. The concept of El Mangroove focuses on the idea that “true essence is in simplicity,” and this philosophy is exuded across the resort through a variety of water and wood elements, which are complemented by sleek design lines, natural furniture, and subtle touches of color.
The resort’s 85 suites – among the largest in the region starting at 625 square-feet – feature indoor/outdoor living rooms, regional artwork, and a simplistic-meets-exotic furnishings. To reflect the lifestyle theme found throughout the Enjoy Hotels portfolio, El Mangroove features live music daily offered by the poolside DJ, sensorial gastronomy at its two restaurants, nature-inspired fitness facilities with indoor/outdoor training spaces, and 7,000 square-feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space.
Active travelers looking to experience Papagayo Bay can access the resort’s boats to enjoy fishing trips, surfing tours, and beach hopping excursions, or experience the area like locals during a visit to the artsy town of El Coco, which is just 15 minutes away. For those looking to indulge in the art of relaxation, El Mangroove features a full-service spa that is nestled among the mangroves and offers outdoor yoga and meditation areas, as well as a 130-foot pool with poolside private cabanas and pool lounges. Among the hotel’s other features are 24-hour in-room dining, 24-hour concierge services, and complimentary WiFi.
El Mangroove is a member of Preferred Boutique, an inspiring collection from Preferred Hotel Group that represents more than 150 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts around the world.
This project is not only naturally inspiring but also fresh and unique. The quality of services and the cozy vibe of our hotel makes El Mangroove the number one option for those who are looking to get in-tune with nature, relax but at the same time have all your senses be awaken and provoke.” Concluded Ruben Alberto Pacheco, Presidente Ejecutivo Enjoy Group.
For additional info about El Mangroove, please call to 506 2291 7750 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
On the web http://www.elmangroove.net
While pagan fertility festivals and martyred saints are long gone, spending time with your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day is here to stay. Whether your idea of romance is a cozy candlelit dinner a-deux, a twosome at a tropical paradise, or shredding powder with your honey, here are some ideas for your inner cupid:
Is your love adventurous? In Golden, BC, you can walk with the wolves at Wildlife Wolf Center or take a snowmobiling tour to a candlelit dinner location. Active couples can ski or snowboard in premium powder or try something new, like ice-climbing on falls with names like Pretty Nuts and The Asylum. Stay in The Eagle’s Eye Suites at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, one of the highest-altitude accommodations in North America. Start with a ride up the mountain in a deluxe, leather-lined gondola, top up with a personal concierge, ski instructor and chef. Starting from $2,283 (US $2,058) per suite per night. www.tourismgolden.com
Is your love exotic? Tropical flora and fauna and luxurious surroundings complement a lush setting in Costa Rica’s Nayara Hotel, Spa and Gardens. The surrounding rainforest and caves await with ziplining or spelunking options. Private verandas with volcano views are a perfect setting for some alone time, and the Nayara Springs Villas even have private thermal-fed spring plunge pools. The Romance in Paradise package starts at $1,834 (US $1,653) for 3 nights’ accommodation, full breakfast buffet daily, romantic dinners, hot stone massages and more. www.arenalnayara.com
Is your love glamorous? Badrutt’s Palace Hotel hosts royalty and the Hollywood elite on a regular basis so they know how to provide star treatment. Badrutt’s Palace offers an iconic location, exceptional service and fine restaurants such as Le Restaurant, Nobu and Chesa Veglia. Add a chauffeured Rolls Royce ride to the hotel, activities and events such as the St. Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow and Crazy Horse’s Parisian revue Forever Crazy, and you have the makings for a sophisticated holiday for glamorous couples.
The Love Your Love package at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel starts at $4,344 (US $3,916) for three nights’ accommodation and includes three romantic dinners, a spa treatment for two, and an exclusive candlelight pool visit. www.badruttspalace.com/en
Is your love cozy? Bask in the warm hot springs at Harrison Hot Springs and re-discover why you love spending time together. Venture out to the local shops and restaurants and discover this charming small-town with your favorite person in tow. If you are nature-inclined, take a jetboat tour to view wildlife, including stragglers left from the thousands of bald eagles that visit Harrison each winter. The Be my Valentine package at Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa starts at $379 (US $342) per night and includes one night’s accommodation, an elegant dinner, breakfast and sparkling wine upon arrival.
Guests who stay at the adults-only, all-inclusive Occidental Grand Papagayo in Costa Rica will receive a certificate allowing them to return to the hotel in 2015 at the same rate booked in 2014. The booking window for this promotion is January 2 – December 22, 2014, for travel valid January 2 – December 22, 2015.
The Same Time Next Year promotion requires a minimum 3-night stay and can be booked through the resort, a travel agent or tour operator. In order to redeem these special rates, guests must book the following year’s trip within 60 days of their original stay, and must submit the certificate when booking to guarantee the same rate. Booking must be made in the same room category and the guest must travel during the same month of their original visit. *The booking and travel period is subject to change.
Trends range from Brazil World Cup football trips, to luxury Nicaraguan lodges and food and wine discoveries in Peru.
Brazil is a hot topic ahead of the Football World Cup this summer.
At Journey Latin America they have created a one-off Highlights of Brazil Special World Cup Departure which coincides with three group matches: The first in Manaus (14 June) when England takes on Italy, then in Salvador da Bahia (16 and 20 June).
The trip departs the UK 7th June 2014 and costs from £4,695 per person based on two sharing.
This price includes B&B accommodation, transfers, guided excursions and most meals, but excludes international flights and tickets.
Nicaragua is becoming increasingly popular with an influx of smart new boutique hotels – and is reminiscent of how the Caribbean was 50 years ago. Journey Latin America has created a 12-day Highlights of Nicaragua which visits Managua, Grenada, León and the Caribbean Corn Islands.
Peruvian cuisine has become a real talking point since the opening of several successful gourmet Peruvian restaurants in London. Journey Latin America has crafted a 12-day Culinary Tour of Peru which features chef-guided tours of markets, pisco distillery tours, vineyard tours, Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuamán ruins and the chocolate museum in Cusco.
It costs from £3,180 per person based on two sharing, including flights from London, domestic flights, transfers, accommodation and excursions listed.
“With the Dakar Rally coming to Argentina, Bolivia and Chile in January and the World Cup kicking off in Brazil this summer, all eyes are on Latin America for 2014.There is, of course, a lot more to the region than these high-profile events and we are already seeing a huge amount of interest in people wanting to find out what else there is to do and see throughout South and Central America.”
Journey Latin America are the UK’s leading specialist in travel to Central and South America. The company thrives of almost 35 years of experience in this sector, and is still independently run.
For more information on Journey Latin America and to see our full range of holidays, please visit www.journeylatinamerica.co.uk or telephone: 020 8747 8315.
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New Mesoamerican cruise route sets sail for the first time from the destination’s
tropical port city of Puerto Caldera
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – – For the first time, an international cruise departed on January 15 from a Costa Rican port to tour the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico, as part of the regional strategy called Mesoamerican Cruise Route, sponsored by the Costa Rica Tourism Board together with port and tourism authorities of the countries. This new route allows international travelers to embark on Puerto Caldera (in Costa Rica) and departs on the new route, being called the Amazing Pacific. Travelers now have more time in Costa Rica to explore its beaches, lush rainforests and volcanic landscapes with AzamaraClub Cruises.
“We are honored to be part of Azamara’s new cruise ship route, as we continue to solidify our presence as an important cruise destination in Central America,” said Mr. Allan Flores, Minister of Tourism of Costa Rica. “This has been a major cooperation between Costa Rica’s Tourism Board and port authorities, as well as those from neighboring countries, which we are positive, will result in an unforgettable journey for travelers.”
This new route will certainly boost overnight stays of international travelers in Costa Rica and presents a tremendous opportunity for the Pacific coast of Central America and position it as a fascinating cruise destination.
For every visitor, Costa Rica offers a rich cultural experience and a myriad of options that all fall in line with country’s sustainable tourism initiatives.
The new Mesoamerican Route consists of an a 14 night voyage on the Pacific coast aboard the “Azamara Quest” Azamara Club Cruises®, from the Caldera Port, passing places other popular destinations including: Puntarenas Costa Rica, Gulf of Papagayo, Costa Rica; and docking at San Juan Port in Nicaragua, in Acajutla, El Salvador, Quetzal, Guatemala and the Mexican ports of Chiapas, Huatulco and Cabo Blanco, and finalizing its journey in Los Angeles, California.
Roughly the size of West Virginia, Costa Rica houses 5 percent of the world’s known biodiversity. The country is known for its natural and ecological wonders and is a world leader in sustainability. Cruise passengers will have the opportunity of exploring Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, featuring some of the country’s best national parks known for their large and diverse populations of forests and aquatic birds. Caldera’s rainforest, which begins just inside the coastline and continues up into the mountain ranges, features a multitude of rivers and waterfalls.
Additional Route of the Americas ports include Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico.
For more information on Costa Rica and the variety of options available to cruise passengers, visit www.VisitCostaRica.com
About Costa Rica
Costa Rica is located in Central America, nestled between Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south; it is bordered on the east by the Caribbean Sea and the west by the Pacific Ocean. With an abundance of unique wildlife, landscapes and climates this small country proudly shelters approximately five percent of the known biodiversity in the world. In order to protect and preserve its wealth of natural resources Costa Rica has become a global leader in sustainable practices with protected areas comprising 26 percent of its land mass. With a peaceful spirit, emphasis on education and an economy based on tourism, technology and exportation, Costa Ricans and visitors alike enjoy one of the highest standards of living and organized tourism infrastructure in Latin America among a tropical paradise of lush rainforests, mystical volcanoes and cloud forests and beaches that meet mountains filled with monkeys and macaws. Offering a broad terrain of activities and accommodations, visitors to Costa Rica will find a range of hotel options ranging from small beachside bed & breakfasts, to authentic intimate boutique mountain lodges, to major international business hotel brands and everything in between; Costa Rica’s accommodations offer something appealing for everyone’s desires. The phrase “Pura Vida” can be heard echoing throughout Costa Rica from coast to coast. Used as a greeting or expression of happiness, the phrase literally translates to “pure life,” however its true meaning is “full of life,” which accurately describes the adventure and wonder that await visitors.
About InstitutoCostarricense de Turismo (ICT)
Established in 1955, the Costa Rica Tourism Board spearheads the vital task of regulating and promoting Costa Rica’s extensive of tourism offerings. The ICT and its partners in the private sector work tirelessly to garner recognition, standardize practices, provide insightful research data and foster cultural development for the country’s coast to coast one-of a kind tourism products and resources.
P&O Cruises’ Adonia scheduled a call at Banana Coast, the new cruise destination in Honduras, for Feb. 27, 2015. P&O is the fourth cruise line to commit to first-season calls at the cruise destination.
Holland America Line was the first to schedule a series of calls at Banana Coast beginning in November 2014. Two upscale cruise operators — Oceania and Silversea — also have slated calls in December 2014 and March 2015.
Banana Coast has retail shopping and 10 acres of beachfront in the colonial town of Trujillo, Honduras, which was established in 1525. Shore excursions highlight the region’s Spanish colonial heritage and tropical setting with cultural, historical, soft-adventure and eco-tour shore excursions.
POTOMAC FALLS, Va.,—RaceQuest, a travel and event management company focused exclusively on the training and race travel needs of endurance sports athletes, announced details today for its Costa Rica Triathlon Training Camp which takes place February 12-17, 2014, in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
RaceQuest is partnering with champion professional triathletes and coaches Chris “Big Sexy” McDonald, Donna Phelan, and Katya Meyers to provide the training program and coaching for this all-inclusive, 5-day triathlon camp which will be based at beautiful Coco Bay Estates, in Guanacaste.
The Perfect Offseason Training Getaway
RaceQuest has designed the training camp to be a family-friendly event, welcoming non-training guests to make it a week in Costa Rica that everyone will enjoy. Extras such as an on-site Nanny and an activity-filled Kids Camp will allow athletes to receive world-class training while RaceQuest manages all details and client needs throughout the week.
This all-inclusive camp experience is comprehensive, with a range of pricing options that include the guests’ choice of luxurious accommodations, all meals with special dietary options available, nutrition needs during the camp, round trip airport shuttle service, access to amenities at Coco Bay Estates, and the coaching services of three of triathlon’s most respected professionals.
“As triathletes ourselves, we understand what a huge part our families and friends play in our success, and we wanted to build the kind of travel experiences that would encourage a family-friendly environment,” said RaceQuest Co-Founder, Krista Baker-Scheyer. “To have not one but three of the best coaches in triathlon in Chris McDonald, Donna Phelan and Katya Meyers mentoring our athletes will make our camp truly a “can’t miss” experience,” said Baker-Scheyer.
Costa Rica Training Camp Features Top Professional Triathletes
RaceQuest’s Costa Rica Triathlon Training Camp will feature three of the best professionals in the sport. Head Coach Chris McDonald is a 6-Time IRONMAN® Champion, most recently winning the inaugural IRONMAN® Lake Tahoe event and setting a new course record at IRONMAN® Louisville. He is also the Head Coach of Big Sexy Racing, his successful training and race team program that serves committed triathletes around the world.
Coach Donna Phelan has a rich history of racing every distance, having begun her career on the ITU circuit in 2000. In addition to professional appearances at the IRONMAN® World Championships, podiums at the longer distances at Wildflower and IRONMAN® China, Phelan is also regarded as an outstanding coach who incorporates her training as a physiotherapist with her vast knowledge of the sport.
Professional triathlete Katya Meyers has five appearances at the IRONMAN® World Championships under her belt and is a consistent Top-5 podium athlete. Katya’s love for triathlon is surpassed only by the love of helping other athletes reach their goals. She brings years of racing and coaching experience as well as a background in exercise physiology and nutrition to clients.
Registration for the Costa Rica Triathlon Training Camp can be made by visiting race-quest.com or emailing the team at email@example.com. Additional camps and race week travel packages are also planned for 2014, with the full event calendar to be announced soon.
RaceQuest was founded by triathletes Krista Baker-Scheyer, Kelli Eldridge and Scott Coey with the purpose of providing exceptional training and race travel experiences tailored to the endurance sports athlete. With singular focus and passion, the RaceQuest travel team combines years of experience traveling, racing and supporting professional and age-group triathletes around the globe to deliver world-class travel services.
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