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SEP 2011

Fall for Costa Rica!

Coinciding with the Northern hemisphere’s Autumn, Costa Rica’s Green Season is upon us. With it, we celebrate the coming month’s great values for a fun getaway. Accessible, affordable, and laid back, the Green Season displays

nature at its lush peak. Grupo Islita is proud to greet this special time of the year with a refreshed stewardship outlook, special bundled vacations, and extra values to entice couples, families, and groups of friends. Like us!

Grupo Islita Appoints New Director Hotel Punta Islita and El Silencio Lodge & Spa have announced the appointment of Costa Rican hospitality and sustainability expert, Mr. Gustavo Segura, as Director and CEO. “I undertake this role with a hopeful vision, outlining a clear mandate to align Grupo Islita’s two proper-

lita’s secluded coastal landscapes and El Silencio Lodge & Spa’s cloud forest wellness. Vacations featuring both properties, will grant a streamlined reservation process, expedite response times, and efficient logistics at an optimal value. Mr. Gustavo Segura brings

Mr. Gustavo Segura

“I undertake this role with a hopeful vision, outlining a clear mandate to align Grupo Islita’s two properties in a common path towards sustainable excellence.” ties in a common path towards excellence, and sustainability” affirmed Mr. Segura. “Our hospitality product is superlative and ideal for conscientious high-end travelers who cherish authenticity and planet-friendly stewardship”. Mr. Segura’s leadership integrates Hotel Punta Is-

a fourteen-year track record in the national and international responsible tourism arena, highlighted by effective and successful leadership in both the private and public sectors. His expertise has been sought by the governments of Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Honduras, and Argentina’s Tucuman

Province. While at the helm of two prestigious hotels in Costa Rica, he succeeded in attaining the top-level rating (5 leaves) as awarded by the Costa Rican Sustainability Certification program (CST). He currently sits on the board of the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT).

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2011-12 Holiday Availability! Quest for Pura Vida, a visual journey detailing Costa Rica's planet-friendly mantra just premiered on American Public Television. Produced and hosted by award-winning author Richard Bangs, it features some of the country's most impressive landscapes and vividly captures the contagious optimism of its people. The preview is simply stunning and we were thrilled to spot Islita in several shots. Please enjoy!

The Holiday Season is one of the best and most popular times to enjoy Costa Rica’s hospitality and eco-adventures. And at Hotel Punta Islita, the traditional New Year’s Carnaval celebration featuring live tropical music and beachside fireworks is a not-to-bemissed event. We have a few openings in our double occupancy rooms and Private Villas and would like to give you first-priority. Plus this year, you can easily combine Hotel Punta Islita with El Silencio Lodge & Spa for a complete (and flexible) Costa Rica vacation. For more information please write to: Condé Nast Johansens Voting Sweepstakes Your travel expertise could earn you a luxury getaway for two! If Hotel Punta Islita's view left you breathless, if you can still savor one of our signature ceviches, or if remembering one of Casa Spa's wellness treatments elicits blissful relaxation, please take a minute to vote for us. Best of luck in the drawing! Like us!

El Silencio Lodge & Spa, Tabacón Resort, and Hotel Punta Islita welcome couples with upscale comfort, Spa treatments, and Costa Rica’s authentic “Pura Vida” mantra. For more information please contact: At Hotel Punta Islita, life’s best experiences intensify. Overlooking a rugged ocean cove in Guanacaste, it features exciting eco-adventures and heartfelt hospitality.

Gazed upon by Arenal Volcano’s temperamental cone, Tabacón Resort features lava fireworks, natural Spa elements, and the infinite flow of Earth-heated soaking springs.

Flanked by two national parks in Bajos del Toro, El Silencio Lodge & Spa offers a natural immersion experience. A serene cloud forest, dotted with waterfalls to elicit romance.

INCLUDES:  3 nights in Deluxe Room

INCLUDES:  3 nights in Deluxe Premium

INCLUDES:  2 nights in a Suite

Internet access

Internet access

Three daily a-la-carte meals

Pura Vida welcome cocktail

Tropical welcome beverage

Eco-Concierge services

Daily breakfast

Temazcal Group Session

In-Room snacks

$50 spa credit per couple

$150 spa credit per couple

Mystic Hiking Adventure

One guided Destination Tour

Hot springs unlimited access

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We Vouch for Value!

Hotel Punta Islita is offering a special $75 per day Resort Credit. Valid for new reservations for stays between September 15 through December 20th, 2011. Three-night minimum. Applicable to hotel services including food & beverages, tours, spa. For detailed information, please contact:

Hammock Time... Current Biology published a

New Flights: Update Costa Rica is an accessible travel destination, serviced by major airlines. We gladly share the announcement of upcoming direct flights servicing Liberia Airport in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Province. Convenient to Hotel Punta Islita!

November 2011 Air Berlin Düsseldorf Jet Blue New York (JFK)– Liberia (LIR) January 2012 Sun Country Airlines Minnesota (MSP)—Liberia (LIR)

study that gives a scientific seal of approval to hammock napping. According to preliminary research, sleeping while cradled and swayed by a comfy hammock




deeper ZZZs. More research is needed to establish the reasons, and we are happy to oblige! To learn more, visit the NPR piece here: Like us!

Coconut Sparkle Coffee Tip Chef Lizzeth adds tropical spark to Costa Rica’s favorite beverage.

We thank Tablet Hotels for featuring Hotel Punta Islita in a coffee-lover’s blog post detailing “Highly Caffeinated Hotels”. We are very excited to have a chance to showcase some of Costa Rica's best, tastiest, and most aromatic java. A cup of coffee while gently swaying in a hammock with the ocean as backdrop is one of life's simplest yet giddiest pleasures. Salud!

Just add 1 whole clove to the coffee grinds and brew normally. Serve with warm milk/milk substitute and add sugar, honey, or your favorite sweetener to taste. Finish with coconut flakes and cinnamon. Like Hotel Punta Islita Our Facebook MicroSite is Up! Featuring colorful informative tabs and custom menus, it is easier than ever to learn about Hotel Punta Islita’s latest offerings, specials, and news. We cordially invite you to view it online at: Like us!

Islita Town -- Even Better, the 2nd Time Around I first visited Punta Islita Resort five years ago; I was deeply impressed by the range of community projects that the hotel had helped start in the local community. In an initiative involving local residents and several well known Costa Rican artists, this disadvantaged coastal town had been transformed into what is hailed as the first open air art museum in the Americas. Sculptures dotted the edges of the soccer field and bright colored murals adorned the primary school, daycare, community center, and even the one local store. A small museum sold crafts made by local cooperatives. Marta Figueroa, who showed me around town, was clearly proud: “This used to be the ugliest little town on the coast. Now look how beautiful we are!” The women jewelry makers excitedly explained that they had just returned from a trip to Guatemala (the first time any of them had left Costa Rica) to meet with craftswomen there. This July I was fortunate to return for a stay in one of the resort’s glorious villas overlooking the sea. We learned that this stunning villa belongs to one of the generous families who have not only purchased real estate in Costa Rica, but have developed an ongoing giving program to support the Hotel’s community betterment initiatives. Philanthropy in virtuous cycles!

We were given a tour of the town’s Casa Museo and art studios by the hotel’s general manager Alonso Bermudez – and what a surprise! What began as rudimentary jewelry and embroidery had diversified into an engaging collection. Graceful mo-

biles made from driftwood, shells and seeds, brightly colored miniature wooden paintings – similar to the town’s murals, block-print textile art depicting turtles, macaws, and other local scenes. Also added are children’s clothing, cloth bags, pottery, candles, and, of course, jewelry. Alonso suggested visiting the recycling center, started by the hotel but now servicing the resort as well as surrounding communities. Even

this efficient and environmentally sustainable garbage collection center is adorned with art! The town had held a contest and given prizes to the best sculptures made from trash. My favorite was a toucan made from an old tire now hanging from the tin ceiling of the recycling center! I was pleased to find Marta is still involved in the museum and championing its artists. She said she’d left for a time, but had been drawn back because “I just love this project.” As a first-hand, second-look witness...I couldn’t agree more!

Dr. Martha Honey is the Co-Director of the Center for Responsible Travel, a research institution with offices in Washington DC and Stanford University. She is a leading authority in sustainable tourism and traveler’s philanthropy. Like us!

Oxcart Mural: Islita Community Art Museum

Happy Independence Day! As Costa Rica celebrates its independence day on September 15th, visitors will be delighted to find colorful festivities including oxcart parades, paper lanterns, and traditional song & dance. But what will be most joyous will be an entire nation brightly flashing the broad smiles of a happy, healthy nation. El Silencio Lodge & Spa will soon feature a new unforgettable eco-adventure!

El Silencio’s guests will soon be able to explore Bajos del

of the Juan Castro Blanco National Park, participants will

Toro’s bucolic landscapes on horseback in an fun new ad-

be shrouded in one of Costa Rica’s most pristine primary

venture designed by our own eco-concierges. A relaxed

cloud forests for a uniquely soul-soothing immersion expe-

pace will let riders fully take in Poas Volcano’s heat-etched

rience. A highlight will be witnessing Rio Segundo, an

slopes and blue-tinted streams and waterfalls. The trek

abandoned hacienda slowly being reclaimed by nature’s

will include a visit to Cooper lake, essential to the genera-

implacable exuberance. In General Manager Andrey’s own

tion of clean hydropower. As the trail veers into the heart

words: “This will be a must-live adventure”!

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Hotel Punta Islita Insider- Sep 2011  

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