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July Costa Rica Scoop news for upscale travel by Grupo Islita â”‚ July 2013 2013 - Grupo Islita - Greetings from Gustavo The year goes by in a flash! It is hard to believe that we are already in the second part of 2013. Many families (including my own) have been blessed with an opportunity to relax and unwind in a mid-year break, enjoying fun adventures and a respite from routine. As the vacation period draws to a close, we remind you that it is not too late to schedule an August/September last-minute escape. We also look forward to the coming months, anticipating a time stretch that is especially attractive for honeymooners and couples. Costa Rica’s forests will be in full bloom, providing exuberant landscapes teeming with life & romance. CEO Gustavo and his family enjoying a relaxing getaway at Hotel Punta Islita. Love is a precious emotion and we strongly believe that everybody’s wholehearted commitment should be celebrated in full joy. We hope to have a chance to surprise and pamper many couples with our signature details and stunning surroundings. -Gustavo Segura -CEO Wedding Bells at Grupo Islita Edgar and Yariela looked radiant as they celebrated a charming beach wedding L Nelson and his beautiful bride Guiselle pledged their bond in a traditional church ceremony. ove is in the air! The past months have brought joyful occasions to celebrate devoted life pledges among Grupo Islita’s team. Hotel Punta Islita’s Edgar & Yariela held the wedding of their dreams at their native Corozalito Beach. And El Silencio Lodge & Spa joined Nelson and his bride Guiselle in a classic ceremony at the picturesque Zarcero church. Surrounded by family, friends, and colleagues, both couples enjoyed a magical day. We were honored to be part of it. Congratulations and many blessings! Offers a cloud forest wedding destination, surrounded by clear mountain streams and graceful waterfalls. Talk to our wedding expert: email@example.com - El Silencio Lodge & Spa - Surprise Your Sweetie Pancakes ½ cup of whole wheat flour 1 cup of all-purpose flour 2 tbsp of raw sugar 3 tsp baking powder Pinch of salt 1 Can of Evaporated Milk (12 oz) ¼ cup of 2% milk 1 egg Homemade pancakes are a delicious way to say “I Love You”. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder & salt in a bowl. Fold in milk, egg & butter until smooth. Preheat a lightly oiled pan to medium high. Scoop about a 1/4 cup of batter and pour on pan to make each pancake. Sprinkle fruit mix on the batter before it completely sets. Dab a bit of extra batter on top of fruit to seal in the banana and berries. Brown on both sides and stack. For the sauce: add pineapple, orange juice, butter, and sugar to a sauce pan. Reduce on low heat until the mixture becomes a syrup. Pour warm on pancakes and add more fruit as topping.. 3 tbsp melted butter 1 banana (in thin round slices) 1 cup of fresh berries (finely diced) Sauce 1 cup of diced fresh pineapple 1 cup of fresh orange juice 1/3 cup raw sugar 1 tbsp of butter A Little Bird Tells You So “Word has it that El Silencio Lodge & Spa will soon be featuring private cottages! Stunning two bedroom, fully-outfitted homelike units with gorgeous mountain views. Stay tuned for details…” - El Silencio Lodge & Spa - Quetzal Sighting! Recent guests were treated to the rare sight of a Resplendent Quetzal as it guarded its offspring along El Silencio’s La Promesa Waterfall trail. The Quetzal’s signature long tail and luminous blue, green, and red plumage were the talk of the town! We are quite thrilled because this evidences the gradual success of our Quetzal initiative, a reforestation program that is bringing back the native tree species that are essential to these endangered birds’ survival. Eco-Concierge Orlando’s outstanding photography skills managed to capture the Quetzal's extraordinary magnificence. Resplendent Quetzals are considered one of the planet’s most beautiful and elusive birds. Doting parents, they take turns incubating the eggs. Near the end of the rearing period, the male will remain with the hatchlings for the last couple of weeks. It was during this stage that our Eco-Concierges spotted our longtailed friend. We look forward to more sightings in the near future! Running Wild W e are thrilled to announce the second edition of one of Costa Rica’s most engaging off-road running races. The North Face Costa Rica Ecogreen Adventure Challenge will take place right here in Bajos del Toro, featuring 5K, 10K, or 21K of pure adrenaline. Space is quite limited. If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. August 10th, 2013 A magical beach wedding destination, surrounded by infinite ocean views and colorful tropical gardens. Talk to our wedding expert: email@example.com - Hotel Punta Islita - Flower Power Tip from Casa Spa B eautiful flowers can quickly brighten a room’s mood with color and fragrance. But their feel-good powers do not have to be relegated to a vase. Pamper your better half with a romantic bath, adding a layer of flowers or petals for a floating splash of brilliant hues and textures. Under the flicker of candlelight, the effect is mesmerizing! Twice Honored F rom superlative services and facilities to one of the planet’s best swim-up bars. Hotel Punta Islita is thrilled to celebrate being featured (for the second time) in Travel + Leisure Magazine’s Best 100 Hotels in the World and earning a spot in Trip Advisor’s Ten Swim Up Bars You Can’t Miss List. Thanks to all the savvy travelers who shared their experience at Hotel Punta Islita with these publications! - Hotel Punta Islita - British Ambassadors to Costa Rica, Chris and Sharon Campbell officially inaugurated the Islita Lapa Lookout. Lapa Lookout Our partnership with The Ara Project keeps growing! With the generous support of the British Embassy in Costa Rica, we have completed the latest stage in the wildly successful Red Macaw recovery program. The Lapa Lookout is a welcoming spot that offers a vantage view of the playful specimens as they thrive in the dry forest. An information and training center provides educational material to guests and community members. Hotel Punta Islita is thrilled to be part of this ambitious plan to restore fit numbers to the local macaw population. See the Sea Turtles The months of July through November are ideal for seaturtle watching at nearby Camaronal Beach. This guided nightly natural spectacle is suitable for all ages and provides a close-up look at the incredible egg-laying ritual of these endangered sea dwellers. Let Costa Rica Amaze You! Did you know that some rivers in Costa Rica are naturally tinted blue in the depths of volcanoes? - Costa Rica - - Costa Rica - New Direct Flights! (check featured airlines for details) Los Angeles - San José Liberia - Atlanta (Delta Airlines: Fridays -Dec 21st, 2013 - January 4th, 2014) Minneapolis - San José Ft. Lauderdale - San José (Delta Airlines: Starting in July!) (Delta Airlines: Dec 21st, 2013 - March 29th, 2014) (Jet Blue: Sep 6th - Dec 13th, 2013 -On sale now!) Costa Rica-Bound Suitcase Glance Sheet Swimsuit (believe it of not… it’s easy to forget) High SPF Sunblock (your skin will appreciate it) SPF Sun-Hats (baseball caps or stylish flair) UV-Blocking Sunglasses (full spectrum) Medication (prescription and OTC) Favorite Reads (for a little quiet time) Camera/Media Gadgets (to post & brag) Hiking Pants (ideal for some eco-adventures) A Light Windbreaker or Jacket (you never know) Please follow Hotel Punta Islita and El Silencio Lodge & Spa on Facebook for fresh updates, travel ideas, news, and mini-contests! We will gladly assist you! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone in Costa Rica: +506 2231-6122 Toll Free from US & Canada: 1-866-446-4053 Online chat: www.hotelpuntaislita.com or www.elsilenciolodge.com Grupo Islita’s two select properties blend best of Costa beach and settings the Rica’s mountain featuring in- tense nature, upscale comfort and bespoke services. hotelpuntaislita.com │ elsilenciolodge.com ..….