Escape The Heat: Visit The Tropics This Summer To “Cool Down”

As heat waves and heat domes build up over the northern hemisphere from June through September, the tropics offer a surprisingly cool escape. Contrary to popular belief, temperatures in tropical regions like Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama are consistently warm year-round without the extreme highs experienced in many parts of the northern hemisphere. Since most of the […]

Cayuga University – Investing in our Management Teams

In early 2024, Cayuga University began a series of training sessions aimed at General &  Operations Managers as well as all our middle managers on a Career path to Operations Manager.  As of today, we have had 125 participants from San José, Manuel Antonio, Uvita, Monteverde, Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica and Chiriqui, Panama.  The […]

Do you need air conditioning in your hotel room in Monteverde?

We have been discussing retrofitting our rooms at Senda Monteverde with A/C units.   The reason is not that guests who stay at Senda complain about the lack of air conditioning, but it is rather the fact that we lose a few potential guests during the reservation process who insist that they need it to sleep.  […]

Over-tourism is back.  Who would have thought… 

I wrote my last blog talking about overtourism in Costa Rica in 2018.  Just 18 months later, tourism shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic and we were longing for tourists to come back.  Just four years later, we are back to talking about overtourism and thanks to the phenomenon of “revenge travel” it is […]

Explore more than 1000 years of Indigenous History at Isla Palenque

One of the things that fascinates me about Isla Palenque in Panama is the variety of experiences on the island.  With seven private beaches and a vibrant tropical flora and fauna, you have the vibe of being stranded as “Robinson Crusoe with all the creature comforts” – with a 1,000+ year history of natives living […]

What does luxury mean to you?

A few weeks ago, I was at Isla Palenque in Panama, the Cayuga Collection Hotel located on a 400-acre island in the Gulf of Chiriquí. Our manager Aldair told me an interesting story. We received a message from the management of an ultra-luxury resort about an hour’s boat ride from Isla Palenque. Two of their […]

How to “Walk the Talk” and show that we are not “Greenwashing”

As the founders of the Cayuga Collection, we have been implementing sustainable hospitality initiatives since the mid-1990s.  Sustainability is in our DNA and we can’t think of operating in any other way. We have been recognized for our efforts by organizations like National Geographic, Tourism For Tomorrow, Travel & Leisure, and Conde Nast Traveler, among […]

International Volunteer Day

December 5th, 2024 was International Volunteer Day. It was also the day of our End of end-of-year get-together at Cayuga. Volunteering in our communities is an important part of “The Cayuga Way” and throughout the year, many of our team members, often accompanied by guests, head out to help locals in need, plant trees or […]