Undertourism – This Destination needs your Attention

National Geographic recently published an article about the “destinations that want your attention” vs. the many other destinations that are swamped and suffering from over-tourism. Last year saw a number of destinations finally put the brakes on over-tourism.  Venice announced payments for entry, Bruges cut the number of cruise ships and Paris declared intentions to […]

Should We All Stop Flying on Vacation?

  Will “flygskam” (“flight shame” in Swedish) be the buzzword of this year’s summer holiday?  Forbes Magazine recently posed the question and it’s got us thinking. It might be too early to tell, but the concept of flygskam isn’t at all too far from reality. Inspired by Gretha Thunberg and the Fridays for Future movement, […]

What is the Cayuga Collection? An Elevator Pitch.

We are an award-winning Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels & Lodges in Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.  We are recognized as World Leaders in our field and have set the benchmark for sustainable tourism for almost 20 years.  Our guests, staff and hotel owners are raving fans of The Cayuga Way, our signature style of […]

What is New Luxury?

Sometimes we struggle with the word “Luxury” when we talk about the Cayuga Collection Experience.  One the one hand, we are a luxury experience because of the level of service and installations we offer – and of course also because of our premium rates.  But on the other hand, we don’t fit into the profile of […]

Cayuga People – Meet Diamanda of Jicaro Island Lodge, Nicaragua

Diamanda del Socorro Jimenez Zapata – an impressive full name to say the least – has lived in Granada all of her life.  She has seven brothers and sisters, is married and has an eight-year-old daughter called Isabella.  She is also currently taking classes in business administration at UHISPAN in Granada. Diamanda started working at Jicaro […]

Hope Turns to Excitement – Grand November Reopening of Jicaro Island Lodge, Nicaragua

Nicaragua: a beautiful and safe country that quickly became recognized as the hottest new travel destination – a destination even fit for a royal engagement.  It was well and truly on the map for all of the right reasons; for its endless adventures, rich culture, sprawling beaches and charming colonial towns with centuries of stories to […]

Jicaro Island Lodge in Nicaragua Set to Reopen Nov 15th, 2018

High Season 2018 was the very best period for tourism in the history of Jicaro Lodge and Nicaragua.  The country received endless international praise for its authentic travel experiences, and visitors flocked to Nicaragua to visit its unspoiled beaches, volcanoes and cultural landmarks, and to meet its friendly and upbeat people.  Iberia had scheduled direct flights from […]

The Zika Virus: What’s the Situation in Costa Rica?

Zika first made it into the news big time in February 2016.  Back then, we published a blog recommending that pregnant women or women who were actively trying to get pregnant should not be traveling to Costa Rica.  Two and a half years on, how is the situation looking now in Costa Rica in mid-2018? Much better.  […]

We planted 721 Trees:   Anniversary Celebrations – The Cayuga way!

During the month of May, we celebrated the 15th Anniversary of the Cayuga Collection.  We wanted to leave a positive impact and decided that this could best be achieved by planting trees.  It started on May 2nd, the actual anniversary date with the Cayuga corporate team planting 50 trees in the mountains of Escazu, about a one […]

15 Lessons Learned in 15 Years of Managing Sustainable Luxury Hotels & Lodges

On May 2nd, 2003, Andrea Bonilla and Hans Pfister launched Cayuga, a company dedicated to managing sustainable luxury hotels and lodges in Latin America.  15 years later, here are 15 lessons learned and an insight into what has worked and what could have been done differently. It is all about the people.  Always and foremost.  […]