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Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo announces $35 million Resort Re- Imagination with December 2017 debut..

New era of locally-inspired, globally-considered modern luxury coming to the only Forbes Five-Star resort in Central and South America..

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, the only Forbes Five-Star luxury resort in Central and South America, announces a  USD 35 million extensive re-imagination that will bring a striking new interpretation of modern eco-luxury and meaningful explorations to Costa Rica’s north Pacific coast in December 2017.  Active families and couples, nature enthusiasts, bold adventure seekers and more will discover a world apart at the re-imagined Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica located on a strait of back-to-back sandy beaches within the premier eco-tourism destination of Peninsula Papagayo.

The Resort-wide transformation will begin in August 2017 and encompass the following:

  • All 181 guest rooms, suites and villas will emerge as soothing retreats with a seamless visual connection to the flora, fauna and ocean views beyond each balcony or patio
  • A redesigned arrival experience with an inviting setting along with a new luxury retail experience
  • New culinary concepts featuring locally-sourced organic foods, including  three re-imagined restaurants and an all-new Añejo bar and Library lounge
  • An enhanced signature pool area with new luxury cabanas, amenities and programming
  • A new collection of guest activities and experiences rooted in a deep connection to self and nature
  • Experience all that is new with an introductory offer of a USD 1,000 Resort credit with a five night stay

Design Details

The USD 35 million renovation of Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica will be guided by a locally-inspired yet globally-considered modern design narrative from Meyer Davis Studio. The renowned New York City-based design boutique will bring a handcrafted approach to effortlessly integrating the Resort’s signature indoor-outdoor spaces with the peninsula’s vibrant tropical landscape so that nature takes centre stage. Meyer Davis’ design concept of effortless, sun-dappled luxury and modern elegance will play with space, form, texture and light to develop a visual experience that celebrates the rare beauty and alluring mystique of Peninsula Papagayo and the rustic coastal Central American lifestyle. The new design vision will weave together a soothing, natural colour palette, rich elements from nature, indigenous art and local wood to create an immediate and lasting impression while revealing an ongoing visual dialogue of discovery.

Enhanced Rooms and Suites

The Resort’s 181 guest rooms, suites and villas will emerge as all-new sophisticated retreats for today’s generation of luxury travellers, with a modern yet locally-celebrated design aesthetic that recalls the intimate luxury, warmth and comforts of a beautiful home space. Each room’s foundation of new furnishings, natural colours, rich textures and woods, and local elements including artisan pieces and artwork will create a seamless visual connection to the wondrous flora and fauna and expansive ocean views on display beyond each room’s private balcony or patio. The Resort’s 15 one-bedroom Canopy Suites built into the hillside will additionally feature new plunge pools.

Redesigned Lobby with New Luxury Retail Experience

The redesigned lobby will offer an inviting and convivial open-air gathering space that encourages guests to linger longer and enjoy the surrounding nature. The lobby will also be anchored by a new luxury retail experience.

New Dining and Drinking Experiences

All of the Resort’s five culinary venues will be re-conceptualised with a fresh approach that focuses on locally-sourced organic foods.  Highlights include three re-imagined restaurants and an all-new Añejo bar and Library lounge serving artisanal rum and spirits. The Resort’s signature restaurant will offer a new farm-and-sea-to-table concept and a showpiece outdoor kitchen. A redesigned lower lobby lounge will provide a dynamic gathering space for guests that transitions throughout the day from grab ‘n go offerings in the morning to a relaxed lounge and bar setting during afternoons and evenings. Guests can also enjoy an enhanced steakhouse and an Italian and Mediterranean seafood-focused restaurant.

New Ways to Relax and Explore

Flanked by glistening beach and ocean views, the signature pool area at the heart of the Resort will become an ultimate escape for sun-kissed relaxation and social gathering with enhancements including new luxury cabanas, amenities and programming that offer new ways to relax and play. Guests can also enjoy a variety of only-here experiences across active adventures, culture, wellness, fitness and volunteerism that range from exhilarating manta ray and dolphin expeditions, mountain biking along the Peninsula’s new trail system, surfing trips and yoga practice to experiencing the lives of the local Ticos people through horse riding, cheese making and pottery sessions.

Major Investment in Peninsula Papagayo

The December 2017 debut of the re-imagined Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica will also signal the launch of a more than USD 100 million investment toward a major transformation of the 1,400-acre (570 hectare) Peninsula Papagayo – one of the premier residential and resort communities in the Americas. Guided by new ownership led by Miami-based Gencom, a leading international luxury hospitality and residential real estate investment and development firm, the ambitious destination transformation will connect and celebrate the sprawling Peninsula from end to end for the first time. In addition to the Resort renovation, the first USD 100 million phase will include all-new Peninsula amenities, immersive adventure and cultural experiences and a Peninsula-wide network of more than eight miles (13 kilometres) of nature trails designed to integrate man and nature and help preserve one of the most extraordinary biological corridors on the planet.

Costa Rican Dishes Everyone Should try..

When asked about Costa Rica’s gastronomy the first thing that comes to mind is the most popular dish, the “Casado” the typical dish that includes white rice, black beans, meat (chicken, fish, pork or red meat) and a small salad and perhaps the famous “gallo pinto” (rice and beans mixed together and flavored with different natural spices) also come to mind, but not every dish in Costa Rica is about rice and beans, although we have to admit we love the combination and it is the base of our diet.

Here are some Costa Rican dishes everyone should try:

1) Olla de Carne: This delicious dish does not involve any rice or beans. It is basically a beef stew, a delicious dish perfect for rainy days or to get rid of a bad hangover. Olla de carne is prepared with fresh vegetables and although the combinations vary depending on the preferences of the chef it usually includes potato, carrot, plantain, yuca, chayote, ayote (pumpkin), corn, and of course plenty of tender beef.

2) Patacones: As part of a main meal or as a snack, patacones are also served in other countries such as Puerto Rico and Colombia, and it’s basically flattened deep fried plantains, usually served with refried beans, “pico de gallo” (tomato, onion, cilantro), or guacamole.

3) Sopa Negra: The black bean soup is a highly nutritious and a delicious dish, perfect for those on a diet or following a vegetarian regimen, but anyone can enjoy it, usually served with a hardboiled egg and cilantro.

4) Picadillo de arracache: Picadillo means finely chopped and Costa Ricans love serving different kinds of picadillos, among them the arracache is one of the most unique ones, a delicious flavor difficult to find anywhere else. Arracache (arracacia or arracacha in English) is a root vegetable it is usually mixed with meat, garlic and onion and the result is a delicious picadillo served with tortillas as a “gallo” (anything served on a corn tortilla is a gallo in Costa Rica). Also try picadillo de papa (potato and meat or chorizo) and picadillo de chayote, both delicious alternatives.

5) Chifrijo: Ok, we tried to keep the rice and beans out of the equation but simply couldn’t. Chifrijo can be served as a main meal, but it is very common to get it at bars to go along with your Imperial beer. Chifrijo brings together, white rice, large kidney beans, chicharron (pork meat), pico de gallo (tomato, onion and cilantro with lime juice) and sometimes avocado or sour cream, this is all served in layers on a small bowl and the combination is amazing.

6) Tamales: Mostly served during Christmas time, tamales can be a meal on their own, Costa Rica Tamales are made from corn dough prepared with different spices and a little fat and are filled with many different ingredients, rice, bell pepper, shredded pork or chicken, wrapped in banana leaves, tied with string into squares, and boiled.

7) Cheese tortillas: “chorreadas” which are sweet corn tortillas served with sour cream, arroz con pollo (rice with chicken) are also part of the day to day menu of Costa Ricans.

For dessert the arroz con leche, or Cajetas some of the most representative of Costa Rican cuisine.

By Laura Alvarado, The Costa Rica Star

Iroman 70.3 Playas del Coco, Guanacaste

The United States’ Kevin Collington and Great Britain’s Leanda Cave claimed the victories at the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Costa Rica triathlon in Playa del Coco. Collington put together a 25:01 swim, a 2:00:33 bike and a 1:15:36 half-marathon to claim the victory in 3:43:21. Columbia’s Carlos Quinchara Forero earned second at 3:47:58, with Chile’s Felipe Van De Wyngard rounding out the podium in 3:49:44.

Cave, the 2011 Ironman and 70.3 world champion, turned in an impressive performance with a 27:02 swim, a 2:14:25 bike and a 1:28:57 half-marathon—crossing the finish line at 4:13:20. Americans Lauren Goss (second) and Dede Griesbauer (third) were the other podium finishers.

Iroman 70.3 Playas del Coco, Guanacaste ,Costa Rica.

 

By Triathlete.com

Photographer Wagner Araujo.

 

Discovery to open $1 billion adventure park in Costa Rica !!

Discovery Communications Inc. has announced that it will license its name for a $1 billion eco-tourism park in Costa Rica.

President Luis Guillermo Solís confirmed the news on a Facebook post, and said the 810-hectare adventure park will be located in the province of Guanacaste.

Discovery Costa Rica is scheduled to open in late 2020, some 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Liberia, according to a news statement. The park will include outdoor activities such as rock climbing, hiking, scuba diving and other pursuits across four locations at beaches, parks and volcanoes. All of the park’s activities will focus on biodiversity and conservation, the statement said.

Richard Wirthlin, chairman of investor relations at Sun Latin America, the developer leading the project, said the facility will also include a water park, along with Discovery-branded hotels and restaurants.

Large investment

President Solís said that this is likely one of the largest investments in Costa Rica in the last 10 years.

“This investment follows our vision of sustainable development and respect for communities outside the Greater Metropolitan Area,” he said.

Solís highlighted the fact that the park will unite Costa Rica and a prestigious international brand.

“It will boost tourism and competitiveness, will generate employment and is part of our tradition of sustainability, renewable energies and environmental respect,” he said.

The president said he will disclose the details of the project at a press conference on Tuesday along with Vice President Ana Helena Chacón and various Cabinet ministers.

By L. Arias , The Tico Times

 

 

Air France will operate permanent flights between Paris and Costa Rica as of April 2018 and not just for the winter season

Air France started operating the Paris-San José route back in November or 2016 and the service so far was only offered during the European winter from October through March, the airline had already announced in March of this year that thanks to the success they’d had the operation would add a third flight for the 2017-2018 season.

Now, the airline has confirmed they will continue to operate two weekly direct flights starting on April 1st, 2018, on Wednesdays and Sundays.

AirFrance only waited two seasons before launching the permanent service to Costa Rica which speaks of the positive results the company has had.

“Thanks to the great reception of the route offered by Air France to Costa Rica and the increasing demand of the market, Air France and KLM will be expanding their offer in the country. During the European winter 2017-2018 we will add a new flight to offer three direct flights between Paris and San José and we will inaugurate the KLM route between Amsterdam and San José with two weekly flights; once the season is over, as of April 1st 2018 we will have two Air France flights, this way Costa Rica will be permanently connected to France”, explained Pía Lackman, General Manager of Ari France KLM for Central America and Panama.

The Amsterdam – San José route will begin operating in October 31st, 2017 with a Boing 787 of 294 seats.

Air France also offers weekly flights going through Panama, one daily KLM flight and six weekly Air France flights.

By Laura Alvarado , The Costa Rica Star.

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