New on Pursuitist’s radar is this intimate, 39 room eco-friendly boutique hotel located within Costa Rica’s Las Baulas National Park. Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas’s mission is equal parts hospitality and sustainability; guests experience the perfect blend of luxury, consciousness, and comfort. Not to mention you’ll 99.9% see some of Guanacaste’s famous Leatherback turtles! On property, we’re coveting Cala Luna’s new Lifestyle suites, eight one-bedroom contemporary living arrangements surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Blond teak furnishings and gray and golden hues complement featured Costa Rican art, which evokes a sense of calm and relaxation while integrating guests with talents of the local community. Each of these rooms also has a double walk-in shower, a private patio terrace with garden views, and body-con architecture and lighting that you’ll just have to experience for yourself. Most of the hotel … [Read more...] about Costa Rica’s Cala Luna: Locally Grown Meals, an Eco-Mission and a Maze!
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Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villlas is announcing its wellness program. The hotel tucked within Costa Rica’s Playa Langosta and the Baulas National Park is launching a series of luxury wellness retreats. Its first one began October 17 and will run through October 24 featuring yoga practitioner Arkady Shirin. The Yoga and Martial Arts retreat will encourage participants to practice asanas and ancient vinyasas combined with Martial Arts, bodywork tips and more. Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas says a typical morning at Cala Luna begins with outdoor yoga classes surrounded by jungle and the sounds of native birds and monkeys. Guests can then experience the hotel’s indoor/outdoor spa which offers healing practices, volcanic rock and mud treatments and holistic massages. They can also visit the nearby La Senda, an organic farm that houses the world’s largest meditative cacti labyrinths. Luxury Travel Advisor’s ULTRA Summit May 21-23, 2019 | Reunion | … [Read more...] about Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas Showcases Wellness Program
Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas implemented a mass solar panel installation last December as part of its goal to achieve carbon neutrality by late 2019. The eco-boutique hotel set up 1,400 solar panels, which it estimates will offset 34 tons of its energy usage. The Costa Rican solar power company Solar Ing led the venture. Its saline-protected, marine-grade solar panels are especially designed to resist salt water damage and rank within the top 10 in the world. “Travelers are more socially and environmentally conscious than ever, seeking vacations that have minimal impact on the planet’s resources,” said the hotel’s general manager Federico Pilurzu. “At Cala Luna, we strive to take sustainability to new levels and inspire our visitors to connect with nature in a meaningful way.” Luxury Travel Advisor’s ULTRA Summit May 21-23, 2019 | Reunion | Kissimmee, FL This exclusive, invite-only event focused on the luxury travel market … [Read more...] about Eco-Boutique Hotel Cala Luna Installs 1,400 Solar Panels
With 43 (out of 46) mountains topping 4,000 feet, the High Peaks region of New York's Adirondack State Park is a Mecca for serious mountain climbing in the east. If you're all about making challenging climbs harder, tackle 5,344-foot Mount Marcy during the winter, when temperatures drop to minus 30F and glare ice smears the standard walk-up route. Start your trip with an overnight at Marcy Dam, a 2.3-mile hike from the historic Adirondack Lodge (or in local parlance, the Loj). You'll find shelter in one of five three-sided log lean-tos, but frigid temps will still make this feel like full-on winter camping. (Trap some extra warmth by draping a tarp over the open side.) The good news is you'll be poised for an alpine start, which you'll need for the 10.2-mile round-trip assault on Marcy's summit. This is the easiest (nontechnical) route to the summit, but it still requires your A-game in winter conditions. Before dawn, head down the well-marked Van Hoevenberg Trail (named after Henry … [Read more...] about Adirondack Park: Mount Marcy
Yes, 5,344-foot Mt. Marcy attracts a crowd. No, you don’t have to join it. Most hikers follow a series of trails from the Adirondack Loj to the east. But heed our team’s advice: Head for Marcy’s summit via the Elk Lake Trail and you’ll find guaranteed solitude—and a perfect long weekend—on a 30.6-mile, three-day backpack that tags Marcy and two more 4,000-footers. “It’s pure wilderness,” promises Tim Dubois. “It’s everything you like about the raw, wild character of the Adirondacks rolled into one trip.”Day one Set out on the Elk Lake Trail (marked with blue discs), which slips through private land for the first 6.5 miles (no camping permitted). At mile 5.5, reach an open bog called Marcy Swamp, with views north to the mountain. In another 3.2 miles, pass an open area in an otherwise dense beech forest where Hurricane Floyd flattened the trees in 1999. Just after, enter Panther Gorge and gain 1,200 feet in a little … [Read more...] about Readers’ Choice Northeast Hikes: Panther Gorge and Mt. Marcy, Adirondack Park, NY