Discovering Your Destiny in Central America
December 2009, San Jose – Each New Year brings thoughts of new resolutions and for the millions of baby boomers hitting middle age, ensuring you are on the right life path or destiny discovery’ is a travel trend that is leading people to exotic and remote destinations of self discovery.
Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality has created a special package at two of its Central American resorts for =individual guests and groups who are looking to secure a new life path.
“As 2009 seemed to remove all sense of control we had over our lives, taking time to focus on your life’s path, defining your life’s journey and working to control your own destiny is a trend we are seeing from our guests,” says Hans Pfister, President of Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality. “These guests are looking for a destination resort experience that provides them privacy, new experiences and the opportunity to completely unplug from their old world, in eco-friendly destinations.”
Pfister has seen these personal ‘journey’ retreats being requested by guests on their own, with a life coach or with a group of close friends and peer mentors. Cayuga has two properties that are perfectly designed for this type of personalized getaway: Latitude 10 Beach Resort in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica and the brand new Jicaro Island Ecolodge on Lake Nicaragua near Granada, Nicaragua.
Destiny Discovery packages at Latitude 10 Beach Resort start at US$615.00 per person and include three nights accommodation, a full breakfast each morning and yoga each day. Surfing lessons, guided hikes and tours may be added upon request. Jicaro Island Ecolodge’s destiny discovery package starts at US$960.00 per person and includes three nights accommodation, all meals, transfers to and from Granada ’s Asese Port, and yoga each day. Special rates at both resorts are available for groups of four or more people and may be reserved by contacting Cayuga directly at email@example.com.
Latitude 10 Beach Resort in Costa Rica is a perfect resort for this type of retreat as it is small (only five separate casitas), private yet close to the remote, eclectic and surprisingly sophisticated beach town of Santa Teresa. This means great dining experiences are close by (there is not a full service restaurant on property), some of the best surfing in the country is steps away on the beach and well trained yoga and meditation instructors are available.
Originally built to be a private family estate, Latitude 10 is set on over seven acres of beachfront property. The free standing casitas are individually decorated and surrounded by their own tropical, rainforest gardens. The heart of the resort is the Clubhouse, an open-air ranchito which overlooks the infinity pool and over 100 meters of private white sand beach. This is where guests can relax and begin defining their new destiny, enjoy breakfast, cocktails and light meals, and have their private chef create meals, if they book the whole resort. An open air studio sits high above the trees and offers personalized yoga, massage and spa services.
Santa Teresa lies in the southern tip of the Nicoya Península, one of the most diverse and attractive areas of Costa Rica. It takes between three and seven hours o fly to Costa Rica from cost U.S. and Canadian cities, and most international flights land in San José’s Juan Santamaría International Airport (airport code SJO) which is serviced by all the major airlines. From there, guest can jump on either Sansa or Nature Air for a short flight to Tambor, which is just a 50 minute drive to Santa Teresa and Latitude 10 Resort.
Jicaro Island Ecolodge opened its doors in December, and is set on a private island just a short boat ride from the colonial town of Granada, Nicaragua’s top tourist town. The island itself is small and intimate, accommodating no more than twenty guests in nine hand crafted, private two level casitas. There is also an open kitchen and dining area, yoga platforms, large pool area and expansive decks – all with spectacular views of Mombacho Volcano across Lake Nicaragua. The full service restaurant means life path seekers never have to leave the island, should their journey truly be more internal. For those who are more adventurous, a signature tour of the ecolodge includes a short boat ride across the lake to the foot of the Mombacho Volcano where guests can hike up to hidden hot springs , the Mombacho cloud forests and be immersed in the areas abundant wildlife.
Travel to Jicaro Island Ecolodge is straightforward as it is strategically located so close to Nicaragua’s most important tourism destination Granada and just north of the Costa Rican border. Guests may choose an international flight into Nicaragua’s Capital Managua, Costa Rica’s capital San Jose or the northern Costa Rican city of Liberia.