Sophisticated, sexy and sustainable? Not all hotels are made equal

There aren’t many hotels out there that could call themselves sophisticated, sexy and sustainable. Sure, there are hotels and resorts that might qualify under one or maybe two of those categories, but Kurà in Uvita, Costa Rica hits them all. So for anyone who thinks that “sustainable” has to mean “rustic” – and invariably unsexy – allow […]

Are Executives of Oil & Drilling Companies Welcome at our Hotels?

ASomebody recently suggested that we should do background checks on our guests to make sure that they are aligned with our values in terms of environmental conservation and community development.  It’s an interesting thought, that’s for sure, and one that’s probably crossed the minds of many companies that have an environmental focus. One of those […]

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 […]

Salmon in the Tropics – Is that Luxury?

Last week, we were invited to the trade show “Remote Latin America” as Keynote Speakers.  Our presentation was:  The Future of Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism.  Not an easy task since our crystal ball got misplaced recently (-:   Besides talking about topics like over-tourism, climate change adaption and transformational experiences in hospitality, the topic of sustainable food at […]

“A Breath of Fresh Air” – Cayuga is about to open Monteverde’s Newest Hotel

The Cayuga Collection will open Senda, a new, sustainable luxury hotel in the Cloud Forest of Monteverde on December 15th.  Starting November 15th, we will have a “soft opening” for Friends, Family and Industry Fam Trips to test and fine-tune the operation.  We are ready to take your reservation inquiries. This is the first “Mountain Hotel” in […]

How we turn Happy Guests into Raging Fans

Come see for yourself!  We are transparent in what we do.   All back of the house areas are accessible to our guests.  When you walk the talk of sustainability, there is nothing to hide.  And we have found that our guests honor that – no, they love it! At every Cayuga Collection Hotel in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama, […]

Measuring the Success of Tourism – It’s not All in the Numbers

“Tourism acts like fire.  If used right, it can change the world for the better.  But if it gets out of control, its powers can be highly destructive.”  Those are the wise words of Costas Christ, one of the world’s most renowned sustainable tourism consultants, shared in a meeting at National Geographic last month.  His comments come at […]

Isla Palenque – Island Luxury and Sustainability in a class of its own

On July 1st, 2018, Isla Palenque will join the Cayuga Collection as its first Panamanian Hotel.  It will redefine sustainable luxury in Panama.  Here is why we think that Isla Palenque will be extremely popular, even within the first months of its operation. Beaches, Beaches & More Beaches. This is Isla Palenque’s main beach with the restaurant, beachfront casitas. Ideal for […]

Sustainable Luxury Hotels: Why is there no competition for what we do? 

We are a management company for Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Lodges.  We often get asked who our “competition” is.  Who else in the region manages sustainable luxury hotels and lodges?  The answer is: Nobody.  We’ve almost created a “Blue Ocean Strategy” for ourselves without any competition.  Even after operating for nearly 20 years, we still don’t […]

Five Trends in Sustainable Luxury Travel & Tourism for 2018

Every year we create a list of trends based on observations at our hotels and lodges, as well as conversations and feedback from our guests.  One thing is crystal clear to us: our guests are looking for intelligent luxury and genuinely authentic experiences.  Here are 5 top trends for 2018 that we have identified. Five […]