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, […]

Life will Thrill You, if You Let it – Whale Watching in Panama

Acting as the bridge between Central and South America, adventure-seeking travelers are spoiled for choice when it comes to exciting things to do in Panama. But with so many traditional activities like sport fishing or jungle hikes to enjoy in this beautiful sliver of country, it’s easy to overlook those more niche adventures. And they’re […]

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 […]

People of Palenque – Meet Benny

At Isla Palenque we like to think of ourselves as a little private island with a lot of personality. If you’ve visited our Panama paradise since our opening in 2018, you’ll likely have met a fair few memorable characters, and almost certainly our extraordinary Food & Beverage Coordinator, Benny Olmos.  He might have mixed you […]

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 […]

Transformational Travel – the cayuga way

Transformational Travel is defined by the Transformational Travel Council as “any travel experience that empowers people to make meaningful, lasting changes in their life.” There are lots of articles about transformational, experimental, conscious, responsible and just ‘different’ travel out there.  This is a “hot” topic in all travel related conferences these days and many in the industry […]

The Perfect “Costa Rica – Panama” Itinerary

Have you been thinking about visiting Costa Rica this year? But then, you came across our new Cayuga Collection Hotel Isla Palenque in Panama and are getting second thoughts? No problem. You can do both. Here are some ideas on how to do the Pacific Trail along the coast of Costa Rica and Panama. If […]

The 10 Year Challenge – The Cayuga Way

Have you heard of the 10-year challenge?  An Internet challenge that requires people to post pictures of themselves now and ten years ago. It has come under scrutiny after social media users suspected it may have been developed by Facebook for secretive purposes.  We don’t really have any idea how true this is and leave […]

Why are there almost no Boutique Luxury Hotels & Resorts in Panama?  

When you do a search for “Luxury Hotels and Resorts in Costa Rica”, there is a long list of boutique hotels that a visitor can choose from along the Pacific coast.  Among them Arenas del Mar in Manuel Antonio, Kura in Uvita, Latitude 10 in Santa Teresa and the Harmony Hotel in Nosara.  But in […]

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.  […]