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April 30, 2019

Supplier News: Four New Incentive Options in Costa Rica

Four new incentive options in Costa Rica should be on your radar this week.

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Costa Rica Glamping: Nayara to Launch New Tent Property

Nayara Resorts officials have unveiled a plan to launch a new luxury tent property in Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano National Park this November: Nayara Tented Camp. The new camp will join two existing properties by Nayara in the park, Nayara Resort, Spa & Gardens and Nayara Spring for possible incentive trips. 

Phase one of Nayara Tented Camp, opening this November, will consist of 21 luxury tents, each with a master suite, an en suite bathroom and an outdoor shower. Each tent will sit on its own platform with an outdoor living area and a plunge pool filled from nearby hot springs. For families, 12 of the tents will mirror each other with the option to connect two tents via a passageway. The remaining tents will be standalone units, which the company says could be good for a couple’s getaway. 

Phase two, set to open in early 2020, will include a new swim-up bar and family-friendly pool, as well as a new spa. Prior to the spa’s opening, guests can use the open-air spa and fitness facilities of the sister resorts, which are cantilevered over the rainforest. Phase two will also see the opening of a new Asian restaurant with a large terrace. Six other dining options are available at the other two resorts. 

Nayara Tented Camp is set on a sloth sanctuary for guests to explore; last year, the company planted 300 Ceropia trees (the sloth’s main food source) on the property. As a result, more than 15 sloths now call Nayara home, and the company plans to increase the number of sloth-friendly trees to approximately 1,000. Other activities on the property and nearby include yoga in an open-air pavilion, hiking, ziplining and whitewater rafting. 

The addition of the Tented Camp will bring Nayara’s property to 62 acres of rainforest. All three resorts are two to three hours by car, or 30 minutes via Nayara’s private plane, from the capital of San Jose. Guests can travel between the three properties via golf cart. 

Visit http://nayaratentedcamp.com/

What You Need to Know: Origins Luxury Lodge in Costa Rica

Although it opened last year, the Origins Luxury Lodge in Costa Rica has remained an under-the-radar hideaway — until now. 

Here, there are just seven lodges: Six one-bedroom options and one three-bedroom option. Each has over 1,000 square feet of space, 180-degree views of the surrounding landscape (including Lake Nicaragua) and fire-heated baths. While this all sounds romantic, we’re told these rooms aren’t strictly for couples and have accommodated mothers/daughters, friends and even solo travelers. The three-bedroom Villa Vertigo is well-suited for families with older kids. Note: The resort is not suitable for young children (under eight to 10) due to the layout and location of the lodges.

Origins Luxury Lodge has seven lodges.

Michelin-starred chef Jean-Luc L’Hourre created the resort’s gastronomy program, which embodies local cuisine. The restaurant, El Salto, is intended to make guests feel like they are visiting someone’s home. Tip: There is also an impressive wine list, with varieties from across the globe. El Salto is located in a main building, which is also occupied by the lounge bar and entertainment center with an adjacent pool and hot tub. 

Included with the rate are three daily meals and a myriad of onsite activities, including fishing in the lagoons, yoga (with instructors) and horseback riding. General Manager Claudia Silvia ([email protected]) can also arrange guided hikes (we suggest the “Discovery Pathway,” which brings guests to Oro waterfall), cocoa plantation tours, white water rafting and more. 

Origins Luxury Lodge has 180-degree views of the surrounding landscape.

Although there is no spa, guests can request massages, facials and pedicures in their lodge or on the yoga deck. 

Tip: For groups, Origins does offer buyouts — perfect for small weddings. We’re told guests will often combine a stay at Origins with a visit to the Guanacaste region, as both are serviced by Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia; for VIPs, the resort can arrange helicopter transfers to its own helipad.

Casa del Cielo

Four Seasons in Costa Rica Unveils Fully Inclusive Estate Homes

Earlier in March, Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo launched a new, fully inclusive offering available when booking the resort’s private luxury estate home accommodations that are ideal for incentive trips. Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo will be the first property in the brand’s portfolio to offer the program.

Located at the highest point of the resort and set in a gated enclave, the estate homes range from 5,274 to 6,662 square feet in size. Guests can now enjoy a variety of customized and complimentary offerings, including all food and beverage, unlimited spa treatments and fitness classes at the newly renovated spa and wellness center, as well as golf rounds and rental clubs at The Ocean Course at Peninsula Papagayo, the resort’s 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course designed by Arnold Palmer. Estate homes also come complete with a private butler to arrange personalized excursions and in-villa experiences, a fully stocked in-home bar, private airport transfers for maximum privacy and special access to Prieta Bay Beach Club, the exclusive Peninsula Papagayo members-only beach club.

Casa del Cielo – Overlooking the bay, Casa del Cielo is the resort’s largest residential estate offering three king beds, two double beds, a sofa bed, four marble bathrooms, a guest powder room, outdoor shower and a guest cottage with a private bathtub and shower. This 6,662-square-foot gated home has floor-to-ceiling windows, outdoor showers, a heated infinity pool and whirlpool, outdoor grill and grand gazebo, decks and outdoor seating providing wraparound bay-to-ocean views.

Casa del Mar – Set in the tropical forest, Casa del Mar offers three king beds, two double beds, a sofa bed, four marble bathrooms, a guest powder room and nanny’s quarters with a private bathtub and shower. With views of Blanca and Virador beach, this private estate spans 6,662 square feet and includes outdoor showers overlooking the surrounding forest, a heated infinity pool and whirlpool, outdoor grill and grand gazebo and an expansive back patio.

Casa de la Luna – Carved into the hillside, Casa de la Luna offers two king beds, two double beds, a sofa bed, three marble bathrooms and a guest powder room with a shower. This 5,274-square-foot estate includes a large infinity pool and whirlpool, spacious outdoor showers overlooking the ocean, outdoor grill and grand gazebo.

Available year around, the fully inclusive private estate home is available for $17,000 to $37,000 per night for a three-night minimum stay.  Blackout dates are December 25, 2019 to January 1, 2020.

Eco-Luxury Resort Kasiiya Papagayo Opens in Costa Rica

Located on over 123 acres of tropical dry forest, Kasiiya Papagayo, an eco-retreat overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Costa Rica, has launched the first phase of its evolution with the unveiling of five tented suites. Each structure throughout the property is environmentally friendly, resting on timber platforms and constructed solely from natural materials, while the flora has been preserved to leave little trace of disturbance on the surrounding landscape.  

Kasiiya’s accommodations include three tented suites overlooking the beach with two more perched on the hillside. The suites dot the jungle and include a king-size bed, lounge space, closet, bathroom with an indoor and outdoor shower, as well as a private terrace with lounge chairs. There are plans to add 15 more tented suites for a total of 20, to be finalized in 2020. Later this year, five of those will open.

The grounds include a beach cabana, sunset deck, library, spa cabin and three-level fitness platform where guests can participate in yoga, meditation and movement exercises inspired by Capoeira. Meals at Kasiiya are enjoyed together at the restaurant overlooking the beach or at the hilltop Chefs Table and feature flavors inspired by South American cuisine.

The Kasiiya experience is about personal wellbeing while reconnecting with nature. Additional activities on property include snorkeling, paddle boarding, tree climbing, canopy zip lining or relaxing on one of two private beaches, while off property excursions can be arranged for horseback riding, ATV tours, sailing, surfing, deep sea fishing, sunset catamaran sails and more.

Good to know: The property rustic with wildlife around, but is definitely kid-friendly with lots of activities to keep them busy. Just know, they may hear some animals at night nearby!

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