Hospitality Training in the Sustainable Luxury Segment

November 7, 2017

At Cayuga, we believe that our local staff is our biggest asset.  This is why we are committed to year around employment, something that is not usually done in highly seasonal destinations like Costa Rica and Nicaragua.  We take advantage of the lower occupancy months to invest in our infrastructure but also to make sure we train our local staff.

Eduardo Zumbado of Cayuga Collection with the Lapa Rios Lodge Food and Beverage Team getting ready for diners at Brisa Azul Restaurant.

We have a dedicated person on the Cayuga corporate payroll that visits all the hotels and trains the staff on an ongoing basis.  He also trains a ‘trainer’ in each department that is then responsible for the training of new staff.  He is also responsible for updating our Cayuga Operating Procedures.  No, they are NOT Standard Operating Procedures as there is nothing standard about what we do.

It is not only about technical training though.  At Cayuga we have a strong focus on motivational and fun activities as well.  Team building is an important part of our efforts in the low season.

We can see the results of our training efforts in the smiles of our guests and the warm hugs our employees receive from guests before they return home.  And of course there are the “raving reviews” on Tripadvisor.

The Latitude 10 Resort Team in Santa Teresa with Cayuga Collection Trainer Eduardo (second from left).  Celebration after a successful training session.  We are ready for the high season.

Many of our staff members have very little formal education and most have not worked in the hospitality industry before starting with us.  A lot of what we do is done by learning on the job, but the formal training sessions are just as important.

The devil is in the detail.  Especially in housekeeping.  This is a picture of our housekeepers at Arenas del Mar Resort in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

You might have read about our Cayuga Week on this blog.  Here is the link to the last edition.  It is always important for us to do things right.  The Cayuga way

People or Place? What’s the key ingredient to an unforgettable vacation?

August 2, 2017

The other day we received some really spectacular TripAdvisor feedback for Cayuga Collection’s Arenas del Mar Resort from a first-time reviewer.  They made a big effort to point out that they never normally write up their vacation experiences and many of us can probably relate to that.  After an underwhelming stay we feel cruel to leave harsh comments and totally shatter a hotel’s reputation in the process, and equally, time is too precious to share mediocre experiences!  A lot of us only share things that really impact us, experiences that so far exceed our expectations that we want everyone to know about them.

Tortilla classed with Mama Eli at Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

With amazing hotels up and down Central America’s Pacific coast and rain forest, and even on private islands, our guests are never short of inspiring vacation stories to recount on TripAdvisor.  We could spend hours reading their feel-good tales of mischievous monkeys in Manuel Antonio, perfect beach sunsets in Santa Teresa, and tasty food on the Osa Peninsula!  The one stand-out thing that always warrants its own little paragraph and plenty of capitalized exclamations, however, is our staff.

People or place?  What matters most?

This has got us thinking – what is it that really makes for a truly memorable vacation?  What is it that makes first-time reviewers so eager to finally break their TripAdvisor silence?  Is it the people or the place?

If you’re lucky enough to have stayed somewhere where the service has been so unexpectedly outstanding and genuine, or where the people you met were able to show you a whole new perspective on the world, then we know what you’re thinking; the choice is a no-brainer.  More than ever people are looking for meaningful travel experiences, and in our (TripAdvisor-informed!) opinion, the most crucial ingredient in the complex recipe for meaningfulness has got to be authentic human engagement.  It’s part of our Cayuga DNA!

It’s always story time at the Latitude 10 bar in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.

Our Cayuga philosophy is centered around four “pillars” – Experience, Learn, Connect and Relax – and at the properties, we’ve never really had to train our staff on how to connect with guests.  Our many long-time staff members in particular have fascinating stories to share, and love to listen as well.   It seems to come so naturally to them to go above and beyond, and to actually build bonds.

Our guests arrive to the hotels, welcomed by new faces who quickly become just like family.  They come expecting a certain level of service, but end up leaving with new friendships, heavy hearts, and often even teary eyes when it’s home time!  And the feelings are mutual – we’re always delighted to see familiar faces return year on year, and the friendship picks up right where it left off!

So, the key ingredient to an unforgettable vacation?  According to our guests, it’s the great conversations, memorable characters and incredible experiences shared with locals that really stick!

What do you think?  Let us know and comment here or send us a note to info@cayugaonline.com.

Travel to Latin America in 2017:  PEOPLE OVER POLITICS

February 17, 2017

We are living a strange and fraught moment in history, which has presented a new set of challenges for travelers. A journalist from the United States who recently stayed at Jicaro Island Lodge while researching a story on Nicaragua posed a question that challenged us at the Cayuga Collection: How am I perceived in Latin America as a tourist from the United States these days?

It is a fair question. In the US media, there has been a lot of harsh rhetoric targeting Mexicans. As a result, it is no surprise people traveling to Latin America wonder if they may encounter a backlash. Are we safe? Are we welcome? These are basic questions people ask themselves before deciding on a destination.

We love visitors from all over the world.  We have a passion for food that many of our guests share with us.  Let us prepare something fresh and local for you here at Latitude 10 in Santa Teresa.  

Inspired by this uncertainty that potential visitors may feel, we put our thinking caps on and did some soul-searching at Cayuga. We are happy to report that you are not only safe at our hotels & lodges in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, you are more than welcome. We are big believers in building bridges between people and cultures, which seems more pertinent now than ever before. With so much talk about walls, separation and division across the globe, on our patch of the planet we are all about bringing people together – and bringing them closer to nature.

Our housekeeping team at Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rain Forest Resort in Manuel Antonio.

For the most part, Latin Americans can distinguish between the people and their governments very well. In Nicaragua and Costa Rica, you won’t be personally blamed for your president’s rants. We know how to spot people with good hearts and right intentions. Of course, commonsense advice on respect applies. Make sure you act like a visitor. A little humility goes a long way when traveling in a culture other than your own. Here are some guidelines to follow.

Don’t assume everybody speaks fluent English. If they do, show your appreciation.

Say the magic word. A “gracias” and a smile will take you far in Latin America, and right to people’s hearts.

Always ask permission, whether it is to take a photo of someone or touch their handicrafts.

Don’t dwell on politics. Instead, talk about soccer, food, cold beer and fun things to do in the area.

We are also happy to share that Costa Rica is one of the world’s most peaceful and tolerant countries, a stable democracy that has no military and stands as a global leader in sustainability. At the Cayuga Collection properties, you will know right away why that is so.

Our people are our power. This is where we draw our good energy and the great impressions that our guests walk away. For the staff at Cayuga, it matters not where you come from. If they come with the right attitude and an open mind and heart, we give our all to guests.

 

8 Surefire Ways to Love – or Hate – your Cayuga Collection Stay

January 28, 2017

Though it’s great to think in positives, sometimes in life we need to be clear on what we don’t want in order to get down to what our heart desires. With travel experiences, this counts even more, as disappointment can loom large when expectations don’t live up.

So to help you choose your vacation wisely, we’ve come up with a list of very important reasons NOT to book a Cayuga Collection Hotel or Lodge. If you recognize yourself in any of these, you may want to look elsewhere. Otherwise, you’ve come to the right place.

Swim-up bars and all-you-can eat buffets are your idea of a perfect culinary experience.

Our idea of the perfect culinary experience is a little different. The restaurants at all our hotels serve freshly prepared meals showcasing local seasonal ingredients and even when “fast” and no-frills, the food is prepared with a lot of TLC.

You have no tolerance for wildlife and wilderness encounters.

All our sustainable luxury hotels & lodges come with creepy-crawlies and wildlife aplenty, so you’ll need to come with an open mind and get out of your comfort zone–and once you do, the rewards you reap are immense.

You don’t like to work up a little sweat while on holiday.

At Cayuga Collection hotels in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, we provide a myriad ways to stay active, be it walking to your room, going on a hike, rappelling down a waterfall or playing at the beach. Though they can, our guests don’t spend their vacation lazing by the pool.

You like your hotel staff to bow and wear a subservient smile.

At Cayuga, you get to know our local staff and sometimes even strike a friendship. It’s the pura vida way. We don’t put on a show; it’s all real-deal, including those smiles.

You love your water in a plastic bottle and plastic straws in your drink.

At Cayuga, we passed on plastic back in 2014. In fact, we eliminated the use of plastic bottles and straws at all of our properties. We only have one earth we all live on. Plus bamboo straws are cool.

You are a deal hunter and the price you nabbed is more important than the experience.

We love deals too, but our ultimate goal is to offer guests unique authentic experiences that have a positive effect on both the people and the environment. We walk the talk and don’t compromise on quality.

Shopping is the most important part of your holiday.

While our hotels, resorts and lodges do have shops with local handicrafts and edible treats, the souvenirs our guests take home can’t be paid in any currency–it’s the memories that stay with them forever.

You are looking to eat what you eat at home.

Forget about imported cheeses and ingredients flown in from across the world. At Cayuga, we strongly believe in food that is locally produced and organic and our restaurants serve only responsibly caught seafood, grass-fed beef, hormone-free chicken and lots of fresh fruits and veggies.

Are you still interested in visiting a Cayuga Collection Hotel or Lodge?  Send us a note to info@cayugaonline.com to request a reservation or itinerary.

Meeting like-minded travelers on vacation

January 8, 2017

Sometimes the best vacation memories include meeting other travelers, sharing on-the-road experiences and having the time, head and heart space for new encounters. We see this happen all the time with our guests at our sustainable luxury hotels & lodges in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

According to a recent article in Skift Magazine about 2017 Mega Trends in the Hospitality Industry, the concept of “bringing people together” is bound to take off as a big trend. City hotels are turning lobbies into bars and restaurants and hotel chains are designing specific areas where travelers can hang out and meet.

Santa Teresa Resort
Latitude 10 in Santa Teresa used to be a private beach home and is therefore set up for social interactions. Guests enjoy their private “casitas” but come together for meals in the main lodge to share experiences and stories.

We find that guests at our hotels, resorts and lodges connect best, deepest and strongest when they share activities or get to know each other on tours. This is true for all kinds of travelers.

We have days filled with honeymoon couples sharing stories of their “wedding stress” at the bar at Latitude 10 in Santa Teresa. At Playitas beach of Arenas del Mar in Manuel Antonio, we have mothers bonding in the shade of palm trees while their little ones play in the sand caressed by the gentle waves of the Pacific Ocean. We have had two Nobel Prize winners meet each other casually by the pool at Lapa Rios Rainforest Lodge on the Osa Peninsula (physics and economics, if we remember right).

rain forest reserve
A lot of bonding happens on tours. At Lapa Rios Lodge on the Osa Peninsula, it is not uncommon to see guests have lunch together after meeting on a morning excursion in the the rain forest reserve.

We have adventure travelers bonding on the boat ride from Granada to Jicaro Island Lodge over why now is the time to visit Nicaragua before it is too late. New friendships are forged during cooking and cocktail-making lessons at Kura Design Villas in Uvita, just south of Manuel Antonio. Our guests connect in the ocean while waiting to surf the perfect wave at Guiones beach in front of the Harmony Hotel.

rafting costa rica near manuel antonio
Water sport adventures such as rafting or surfing are also a great bonding experience for guests. Many guests of Kura Design Villas or Arenas del Mar Resort opt for a rafting trip during their vacation.

Our concept of “Experience – Learn – Connect – Relax” encourages guests to leave their comfort zone, explore new things and share with others. In many cases that can be our staff but of course it is also about connecting with fellow travelers.

A guest recently told me that what impressed her most about her stay with us was how connected she felt to other guests. Perhaps because we are so focused on sustainability and doing the right thing, that attracts a certain kind of guest so bonding gets easier. That’s one explanation.

What do you think? Have you been to places where you really connected with others? We would love to hear from you. Comment below or send us a note to info@cayugaonline.com.

tortilla-making-class-at-arenas

Have you taken a vacation this year?

September 19, 2016

If you have – congratulations, you did well.  You are doing much better than many others out there.  Almost 40% of Americans have not taken a vacation this year.  The following statistics were published in Skift Magazine last month:

“To better understand what the average American worker was thinking this year, We asked a pool of over 2,000 people: “Now that summer is almost over, how many days of vacation did you take this summer?” While 33.5% of respondents said that they took either one or two weeks vacation, 48.4% said that they had taken either no vacation (37.4%) or 1-3 days (11%).”

Jicaro Nicaragua
A vacation is not just about relaxing at the pool sipping cocktails. It is about learning about cultures, trying new foods and connecting with the locals like here at Jicaro Island Ecolodge in Nicaragua.

The advice from the management gurus in terms of health and productivity is clear:  “The real enemy of high performance is not stress. Stress = Growth. The problem is the absence of disciplined, intermittent recovery.” – J. Loehr & T. Schwartz

So, why is it so hard for North Americans to go on vacation?  Of course there are monetary restraints.  We all know about that.  But we wonder if people just do not know how to go on a vacation, change their routine and simply “let go”.  Is this something that needs to be taught?  “How to organize you work, your private life and your finances so that you can go on a vacation?”  A university course?  An online course?

Waterfull lunch
Have you ever had lunch in the middle of the rain forest next to a gushing waterfall? Those are the experience that renew you and will recharge your batteries… This experience is a favorite at Lapa Rios Ecolodge in Costa Rica.

We see the positive impact that a vacation can have.  We observe the before and after.  We greet guests that arrive, pale, tired, stressed and with “worry wrinkles” on their forehead.  And we see them leaving looking healthy, talkative, smiling and relaxed after a few days with us.  There is not a doubt on our minds that those guests will be better and more productive employees once they get back to their jobs.  Of course it helps that our hotels, resorts and lodges are located in natural environments with plenty of activities, healthy food and friendly people all around.

Maybe businesses need to set up training sessions on how to take a vacations?  We would be happy to help.  Send us a note if you need help.  And yes, summer is over, but it is never too late for a quick escape.  Now is a great time to visit Costa Rica and Nicaragua taking advantage of our green season values.

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Fresh Ceviche, a cold beer and all of this while sitting on a secluded tropical beach.  You can find that experience at Arenas del Mar Beachfront and Rain Forest Resort in Manuel Antonio.

 

Havana Cuba

Tourism in Cuba – the next frontier for Cayuga?

May 5, 2016

Where is Cuba Tourism going?  Will it be sustainable or continue down the road of mass tourism?

We have been managing sustainable tourism projects in Costa Rica since 1995.  We have been involved in the administration of one of the world’s premier and pioneer ecotourism projects, the Lapa Rios Ecolodge since 1999.  We started to get involved in projects in Nicaragua as early as the year 2000. And we are recognized as world leaders in combining sustainability with luxury.

Is 2016 the year to once again put on our “pioneer” hats and help Cuba develop sustainable boutique tourism?  We were invited to visit Cuba as consultants earlier in the year to help in the development of four small sustainable luxury hotels.  It was an exciting trip.   Lots of great experiences and inspirations.

boutique hotel in the making
This is the building that used to be one of Cuba’s first luxury hotels. It has great potential to be a wonderful boutique hotel again. But it sure needs some work…

We came back to Costa Rica excited about the opportunities and very happy with the warm welcome we received there from everybody including government agencies, local and international investors and local consultants. Scouting out new projects is a real fun part of our jobs and we started to dream…

Rum in Havana
There is lots of history and many stories to be told.  Best place is at the bar.  The tough part of our research. Where to find the best Mojito in Havana. 

But then reality hit!  Currently, Cuba is all about 700 room all-inclusive beach and sun locations, 1970s looking high rise city hotels and ‘home stays’ of people renting out real estate in the city.  There are no boutique hotels and sustainability is a new word for Cubans.    Doing business in Cuba is currently only possible if you accept the Cuban government institutions (in some case the military) as a business partner, or if you are a “well-positioned” Cuban resident.  Resources in Cuba are very scarce and it is expensive to operate at a high level.  Internet is just getting introduced and very sloooow.

Internet in Cuba
Airport Internet Cafe in Havana. Out of Order. Can you imagine doing business today without good internet?  It will take a while to improve.  Need patience!

What struck us the most was that the Cuban authorities were very confused about our sustainability practices in terms of how we treat our staff.  They loved our ideas of sustainability in terms of energy, building and other resources.  But many of our human resources policies at Cayuga are more “socialist” than how staff is managed in Cuba.  Isn’t that ironic? Unless this changes, this would be a deal breaker on our decision to expand to Cuba.  We are all about the people that we work with…

Mintur Meeting in Havana Cuba
We found competent staff at the meetings at the Tourism Ministry. In general, there is a great desire to do things right.  We invited them to come to Costa Rica.  

But Cuba is hot.  No doubt about it.  The Pope was there, Obama was there.  The Rolling Stones gave an amazing concert with over 1 Million people listening.  Big American hotel chains just got contracts for hotels.  The first US cruise ship just arrived in Havana.  We understand why.  Going to Cuba right today is like traveling back in time.  The first day of our visit in Havana, we felt like we were in East Berlin in 1988 – just more color and better weather.  What we are not sure about is weather the “winds of change” are for real…

Cuba Tobacco Growing Region
This was one of our favorite spots to build an Ecolodge or Sustainable Hotel. Los Vinales – the Highlands where the Tobacco for the famous Cuban Cigars grows.

We will continue to explore more and keep you posted.  Of course, we would love to open a Cayuga Collection Hotel or Ecolodge in Cuba.  But it has to be in line with our values and beliefs.  In the meantime, come visit us in Costa Rica or Nicaragua and learn how we do sustainable hospitality here – the Cayuga way.

Cuban Hospitality
We had great experiences wit the people of Cuba. The hospitality that we received was genuine and authentic. We always got offered a coffee, some fruit, a shot of rum or a cigar… We will be back.

Don’t Kill Yourself Working so Hard

January 23, 2016

Why is it so hard for Americans to take time off and go on vacation?  Research clearly shows that not going on vacation has very negative impacts on health and performance.

We run hotels, resorts and ecolodges in beautiful tropical vacation destinations.  Of course it is in our interest, that Americans and Europeans take time off and go on vacation.  No problem with the Europeans as vacation time is deeply engraved in their culture.  But a recent survey done by Skift Magazine showed that during 2015, 41 percent of Americans didn’t take a single vacation day and almost 17 percent said they took less than 5 vacation days.  These numbers are about the same as in 2014, when Skift did the same survey.

So from a marketing point of view, our “target” market of North Americans going on vacation is cut in half just by the fact that they don’t even go on vacation.  We are not competing with other destinations, we are competing with offices!  So why are Americans not taking vacations?

Be Sustainable – Visit your own Town

November 23, 2015

Being a “tourist” in your own town is probably one of the most sustainable forms of taking a vacation.

We were asked in a recent media interview about ways on how to reduce one’s carbon footprint in travel.  When visiting the Cayuga Collection Hotels and Lodges in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, you can be assured that we do everything possible to keep your carbon footprint as small as possible.  But depending on how far away you live and how much you have to travel to come visit us, your transportation footprint can play an important role on how sustainable your trip will be.

 

There are ways to mitigate this and we recommend our guests to visit the Fonafifo Website where they can offset their carbon emissions depending on where they are coming from.  Visit their site prior to your travel to calculate your carbon emissions.

So, this got us thinking that in reality, the best way to vacation is as close to home as possible.  Of course, we don’t want to discourage travel to exotic places like Costas Rica or Nicaragua as our business model and the well being of the rural communities where we operate depend on this.  But how about being a “tourist in your own town” for a weekend and not only saving on transportation costs but also carbon emissions?

Grano de Oro Hotel, San Jose
The Hotel Grano de Oro is not only one of the best places to stay in San Jose, but also has one of the city’s best restaurants.

The Cayuga Collection is headquartered in San Jose Costa Rica.  And we happen to have two hotels that are located in or just outside the city.  One is the Hotel Grano de Oro in Downtown San Jose and the other is the Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Inn about 20 minutes north of the International Airport.

Both places are great getaways for people living in the Central Highlands and San Jose.  Especially during the green season months from May through November, it is easy to get a great rate and have a mini vacation.

Grano de Oro Roof Top Jacuzzi
Relax and soak up in the roof top jacuzzi tubs at Grano de Oro in San Jose. A true Oasis in the middle of a bustling city.

In the past, some of our team members have taken advantage of staying at those hotels and here are some of the highlights and recommendations (also apply from tourists from around the world).

When staying in San Jose at Grano de Oro, visit the Gold Museum or Jade Museum.  They are the best museums in town.  Check listings for concerts in the National Theater.  It feels for a moment as if you were in Europe.  Eat great food at those select restaurants located downtown:  Aya Sofia, La Esquina de Buenos Aires, Lubnan or Pescatore.

In the morning, go for a stroll to San Jose’s most important city park La Sabana.  You will see people going for a run, having BBQs, training their dogs, practicing baseball or just watching people.  Don’t forget to stop at La Soda Tapia for breakfast, a Lorenzo sandwich or a “Churchill”.

Barva
Street scene in Barva de Heredia near Finca Rosa Blanca.

When staying at Finca Rosa Blanca, it is hard to convince oneself this oasis of peace in the middle of nature.  If you can get yourself away from the balcony or Jacuzzi tub, we recommend that you visit La Luna de Valencia for some great Spanish food and the best Paella in town.

Don’t miss the coffee tour in Rosa Blanca’s organic coffee plantation and learn about what it takes to grow not only delicious coffee, but also grow it in a responsible way.   Maybe take an excursion to the nearby Poas or Barva  Volcanoes.

Poas
An excursion to the Poas Volcano is a great “soft adventure” near Finca Rosa Blanca.

Vacationing in your own town is a great way to disconnect in order to connect.  Suggest this to a loved one for next weekend.  No matter if you go as a family or you need to take a “break” from your kids and just go with your spouse.  You will feel very different back at work on Monday.  Maybe even consider to turn off the phone for a few hours.  It might help you get the vacation feeling even more.

 

The Art of taking a Vacation

July 30, 2015

Is the art of taking a vacation is endangered by our modern “always- connected” lifestyles.

July and August is the time of the year that many people in the northern hemisphere take a vacation.  A vacation is defined as “an extended period of recreation, especially one spent away from home or in traveling”.  The word vacation comes from the Latin word “vacatio” which means “freedom, and release from occupation” and the word “vacare,” which means “empty.”

Jiccaro Island, Nicaragua
This could be a good place to “empty” your mind and “reset”. The dock at Jicaro Island Ecolodge on the Isletas of Granada in Nicaragua.

Do you remember the days when the office was the only place that you could have access to your work?  The good old days of opening letters and receiving a fax once in a while and answering phone calls on a big clunky phone that was connected to a wall with a cable.  And when we left on vacation, we really left could not be reached.  If you are not old enough to remember, maybe you remember your parents in this kind of a work environment.

We went off to vacation in complete “freedom” and “release from occupation” and were able to “empty” our minds.  Control-Alt-Delete.  Refresh.  Ahhh….

Harmony Nosara
The Cayuga Collection Hotels offer a great opportunity to “get away from it all”. The settings invite you to disconnect or to engage in new and exciting activities such as surfing.

Things have changed a bit.  We go on vacation and are “available if something important comes up”.  We have a hard time putting down our electronic devices since a lot of our social life happens on there.  We are always “on call” and always “available”.  Every time it is harder to get away and make sure that our minds are not preoccupied with the same issues that we think about at work throughout the year.

Lapa Rios Eco Lodge
At Lapa Rios Eco Lodge on the Osa Peninsula, we don’t offer access to Wifi for our guests. If you are looking for a true “disconnect” this is the place to visit.

Here is some advice from us.  We know it is hard, but if you are able to pull it off, you will feel the difference once you are back in the real world.

  • Before your vacation, take the time to leave things in place and organized. If you have great colleagues or employees, they should be able to take care of things for up to 2 weeks for you.  Don’t blow up yourself and your ego and think that you are irreplaceable.  You are not.
  • Make sure that everybody travelling with you (spouses, kids, friends, etc) are on the same plan: As little connection to the day to day and a strong focus on getting away.
  • Why not take a break from your social media experience as well. It might be quite refreshing and a good change in routine.
  • You might suffer from withdrawal symptoms. Make sure you are prepared to face this.  It has happened to us as well.
    • Bring a book or magazines that are printed on paper.
    • Engage in activities that take you out of your comfort zone. Take a couple of surf lessons, rappel down a waterfall or go on a long hike.
    • Keep your mind occupied by learning a new language, take cooking classes or learn a handicraft.
    • Spend time with real people. Look them in the eyes, tell each other stories, laugh together, play a game and share meals.
Kura relaxation at the pool
The choice of where you choose to spend your vacation is very important. If you are looking for quiet and peace, the adult only Kura Design Villas in Uvita, Costa Rica might be just what you are looking for.

At the Cayuga Collection Hotels in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, you have the option to “disconnect” to connect.  At most of our hotels, it is your choice to decide if you want to go offline completely.  Maybe at least a few days might help.  At Lapa Rios Ecolodge in the Osa Peninsula, we don’t offer Wifi to our guests and it is a great place to do the “Control-Alt-Delete” therapy.  Take a look at what our guests have said in the past.

Santa Teresa Outdoor Shower
An important part of a vacation are things that you normally don’t do at home. How about a private shower under the rain forest canopy next to the Ocean at Latitude 10 Resort in Santa Teresa?

We will continue to talk about this topic in the next blogs and explore the art of vacationing a bit further.   What can a vacation do for you?  How you need to pay attention to the things you think about and learn during your vacations.  They can make a very positive difference in your day to day back at work.  Stay tuned…

Manuel Antonio and Playitas Lunch
The concept of vacationing as a family is very important. But please, everybody leave the electronic devices for a while. At a place like Arenas del Mar in Manuel Antonio, there is so much to do that it will be easy for everybody to be “offline” for a few days.