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Costa Rica Scoop news for upscale travel by Grupo Islita │ May 2013

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Greetings from Gustavo We begin to see the signs that cue the start of the Northern Hemisphere’s Summer Season, a special time of the year for family vacations, outdoor activities, and movie blockbusters. Regarding the latter, we look forward to the release of After Earth, the action film starring Will Smith, his son Jaden, and Costa Rica. That’s right, if you happen to watch this science-fiction thrill ride, keep an eye out for some of our country’s emblematic landscapes. Even if you miss out After Earth, you may still catch a glimpse of Costa Rica at your local theater during the preview session. A stunning teaser will be shown in select cities, featuring spectacular imagery that will surely have you checking flight schedules!

Gustavo Segura signs the UNWTO’s

Finally, I am thrilled to announce that Grupo Islita has become a signatory of the UNWTO’s Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, one more hallmark of Hotel Punta Islita and El Silencio Lodge & Spa’s commitment to making the travel industry safe, fair, and inclusive. We look forward to your visit! -Gustavo Segura, CEO

The United Nation’s World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has developed a comprehensive frame of reference to guide sustainability principles in the tourism industry. It addresses and involves governments, the private sector,

communities, and travelers to maximize the industry’s positive potential while minimizing negative impact. To learn more, please visit: www.ethics.unwto.org

Woo Hoot! Trip Advisor! Did you know that as of January 2013, Trip Advisor tallies more than 200 million unique visitors per month and posts at least one new comment, photo, or video each second? It is not surprising to learn that it is now officially the largest travel site in the world with

increasing influence in customer research and decision-making. Grupo Islita is honored to thank the Trip Advisor community for naming both Hotel Punta Islita and El Silencio Lodge & Spa as some of 2013’s favorite Costa Rican hotels. Muchas Gracias!

Hotel Punta Islita and El Silencio Lodge & Spa among travelers’ favorites on Trip Advisor.


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Water-Cooler Chit-Chat!


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The Art of Orlando

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elebrating the innate talent of a colleague fills us with pride! Those who follow our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ ElSilencioLodge) are familiar with EcoConcierge’s Orlando Flores’ uncanny eye for spectacular photography. Over the last couple of years, he has developed a portfolio of unbelievable scenery, capturing the essential elements of nature’s magical shapes, flow, and colors. El Silencio Lodge & Spa is honored to host Orlando’s first professional show, to be displayed in large-format print right at the hotel’s gallery. We hope you enjoy this sneak peek, including the image on the left and the two page waterfall spread featured in this newsletter. Eco Concierge Orlando’s photos are hauntingly beautiful.

Congratulations Orlando!

El Silencio Lodge & Spa (& Families)

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any friends ask us if El Silencio Lodge & Spa is suited for families. Absolutely! Our Suites are generously sized, featuring one king bed and two convertible twin day beds that can accommodate two parents and two children. Because of the intense nature-immersion experience, we do recommend a minimum age of eight, but leave it up to parents’ discretion. Family-friendly experiences include horseback riding, chocolate-expeditions, tree-planting, and a visit to an adventure eco-park. To view our latest catalog: http://bit.ly/ESLExperienceCatalog


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School-aged children at the Bajos del Toro School have been the first to enroll in the English 4 All program.

English 4 All: Thanks for Your Support

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ecent guests have generously joined our efforts to enhance bilingual education in the Bajos del Toro. Sponsored by El Silencio Lodge & Spa and travelers, the program provides affordable complementary English lessons to an enthusiastic and receptive community. Although it was scheduled to launch midJune, we are proud to announce that due to the eager support of visitors, the lesson

sessions have started ahead of the initially proposed timetable. We are very excited about this early launch and look forward to sharing its fruits with you in the coming months! The positive impact that bilingual education has is extraordinary, significantly expanding professional and academic opportunities to children and adults alike.


Rush Hour!


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Do Play With Your Family’s Food!

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olor, quirky shapes, and unexpected surprises can help you steer your family towards healthier food options. Research shows that novel presentations can trigger better receptivity to nutrient-rich ingredients. One simple and fun way to play with your food is to hollow out a thick-shelled veggie or fruit like a zucchini or a melon and use it as a serving bowl.

A fun presentation can make healthy dishes more attractive for the whole family.

Kid Kudos

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A heartfelt note from one of our young guests.

henever we inspire a guest to write a spontaneous thank you note on the first day, we know that we are doing something right. We proudly share this wholehearted hand-written message by seven year old Page P. Hosting her and her family a couple of weeks ago was a true pleasure. Thanks Page! We are delighted to learn that you loved your PiĂąa Colada (non-alcoholic, of course). :)


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Sharing is Better!

Hotel Punta Islita is Great for All Families!

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lthough a fantastic destination for hon- lection of experiences that can be shared by pareymoons and romance, Hotel Punta ents and children including: Islita is perfectly suited for family trav Canopy Zip-Lining el. The selection of 2-4 bedroom Pri Horseback Riding vate Villas offer the convenience of home-like amenities like a full kitchen, independent garden  Art Projects with the Local Community and terrace, and spacious common areas. They  Tame-Water River Kayaking even feature private pools!  Monkey Safari Although the hotel’s upper deck infinity pool is  And more! reserved for adults, the Borrancho Beach Club pool is open to all ages for beachside swimming Review our latest Experience Catalog here: and family fun. And we feature an exciting se- http://bit.ly/ExperienceCatalogHotelPuntaIslitaCostaRica


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Sneak, Sneak Preview

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ook out for Costa Rica’s latest promotional initiative, an exciting high-definition minutelong film that captures the country’s inspiring nature, welcoming people, and penchant for unbelievable outdoor adventures. It will be showing at select movie theaters during the Summer Blockbuster Season. In case you miss it… just check out the online version here: http://www.visitcostarica.com/ict/paginas/en_nota_prensa.asp

Visiting Costa Rica? Check this free app

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osta Rica’s National Biodiversity Insitute (InBio) is launching touit, a new fun app that lets savvy traveler’s best enjoy our country’s wildlife. With a release date of May 15th, it will provide detailed information and images of close to 500 of Costa Rica’s most prevalent fauna species. Plus, it will integrate geolocation features to tailor the data and maps to alert and best guide the user about the most commonly spotted birds and animals of their immediate surroundings. To download: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/touit/id620449618?mt=8


Kids Have More Fun in Costa Rica!

Blending Grupo Islita’s beach and mountain properties is the perfect way to experience a complete Costa Rica family vacation.

We will gladly assist you! Email: reserve@grupoislita.com 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 the best of Costa Rica’s beach and mountain settings featuring intense nature, upscale comfort and bespoke services. Remember, we now offer a unified reservations center and a dedicated bilingual team to help travelers, travel professionals and their partners ensure seamless logistics from arrival to departure.

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Grupo Islita Scoop: May 2013