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As we mentioned the other day, our own celebrity hotel hopper Josh Flagg has just returned from a wild adventure in Costa Rica where he found a barf bag on the nightstand in his hotel suite.
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Gay couples across the state of New York married for the first time on Monday—an event so huge, Niagra Falls suddenly became rainbow-colored! Now that ceremonies can legally take place, hotel geeks around the state will be seeking out the best venues for their ceremonies, honeymoons, and receptions. Here are five of our top picks:
For a tropical escape—How about some breakfast in bed? It's all included in the "Love And Equality" package at Costa Rica's 125-acre Monte Azul Boutique Hotel. All couples, gay or straight, who were married after January 1, 2011, are entitled to four nights for the price of three ($570 plus tax) in one of the hotel's signature casitas. Rooms come with a chef's welcome platter, free wifi and a personal garden.
If you reality TV addicts who are glued to NBC's new dating show Love in the Wild are wondering which romantic-looking abode the winning couples shack up in after an action-packed episode, it's the Nayara Hotel and Gardens.
The adventure-based dating series was filmed last spring at the Costa Rica hotel. In each episode, couples go head-to-head in various adventures; the winning twosome gets to spend the night together in the let's-get-it-on "Oasis." However, the "Oasis" is actually a Nayara Suite at the hotel.
All-inclusive resorts aren't our jam but it is interesting to hear that Starwood Hotels has just opened their very first all-inclusive resort--The Westin Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal in Costa Rica, formerly known as the Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort.
Here's a brief description of the property:
Centered around an expansive, lagoon-style pool, The Westin Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal is adjacent to the championship Robert Trent Jones II golf facility and is easily accessible from the international airport in Liberia, Guanacaste. Inspiring wellness with its signature Westin The Spa, the resort features beautiful gardens, luxurious suites, thatch-roofed bungalows, as well as breathtaking vistas. Guests will enjoy a variety of outdoor recreation and nightly entertainment and several restaurants serving both local and international cuisine.
Sounds nice, right? But this all-inclusive paradise will cost you.
If you thought you had a crappy Christmas, you don't have anything on guests at Costa Rica's Barcelo Tambor Beach. The hotel had to close after a nasty diarrhea outbreak last week.
The health ministry shut it down after 150 people reportedly sought treatment late last week at a local clinic after suffering from such symptoms as nausea, cramps and vomiting, though the hotel only reported 37 cases of the runs.
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But what we really want to know is where are they holding these fake negotiations about their sex tapes? TMZ is reporting that the fame-seeking duo are happily vacationing at a resort in Costa Rica while publicly acting like there's a divorce war on with sex tapes at the center of the battle. The report doesn't mention where Heidi and Spencer are vacationing and when we actually tried to watch the TMZ video for clues (we know, gag), it crashed our browser.
Time for one our favorite topics of 2010 so far—Andaz! Only this time we're not talking Andaz Wall Street, Fifth Avenue, or even San Diego. It's time for Hyatt's hip little sister to take a trip to Costa Rica. That's right, this week Hyatt announced that Andaz Papagayo would open on the Península Papagayo in 2013.
The area is alreadly home to other resorts like the Four Seasons, but this will be the first Andaz property in Latin America. Given the brand's love for all things local, we look forward to this hotel's region-specific quirks, design, and food.
We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.
Today we have a very special Killer View from Adam Kirby of HOTELS Magazine. These snaps were taken at the all-inclusive Riu Guanacaste Resort in Costa Rica from the balcony of room 5105. And in case you were wondering, Adam says, "Yes, it was awesome." Rooms start at $216 a night for the all-inclusive offer.
More photos of the pool and beach after the jump. Thanks Adam!
We've heard the adjectives "isolated," "peaceful," and "remote" thrown around one too many times to trust the descriptions some supposedly out-of-the-way hotels offer. You may have been met with the unfortunate scenario of looking forward to a getaway, only to arrive and find a resort in a spot heavily populated by tourists with the same idea in mind.
The Jade Resort Residences & Beach Club (branded under Wyndham) in Costa Rica sounds like it might be the real deal, though. What makes Jade different, at least from the sneak peek details we're privy to, is the fact that it's one of the first major developments in a quiet, relatively untouched region known as Manuel Antonio.
Two resorts in Costa Rica have been taking good care of the beach they share in fact, they've been so environmentally friendly that the Manzanillo Beach, where you'll find the Allegro Papagayo Resort and the Occidental Grand Papagayo Resort, has been awarded an Ecological Blue Flag for 2009.
Blue Flag beaches are not common, and it's a good way to recognize a beach whose caretakers are making sure it's clean, safe and will stay that way in the future. And these two Occidental resorts are celebrating their Blue Flag achievement with a couple of special deals for this summer.
At the Allegro Papagayo, they've reduced the nightly rates to start at $68, and they've also got a special for kids: under-12's can stay for free until December 18. Nearby at the Occidental Grand Papagayo, they've also reduced the nightly rates, so they now start from $122, and their extra special is giving you a fourth night free if you book three nights in Royal Club accommodations. And of course, if you're staying at either of these places you can be sure that the beach is going to be a high quality one a pretty important factor for a summer vacation.
We got all Diane Lane “Under the Tuscan Sun” as we pulled up the windy hill to Hotel Villa Caletas in Herraduras, Costa Rica. We’re a sucker for sweeping panoramic views of the Pacific (especially from cliff side vantage points) and all the pomp and circumstance en route led us to believe we were in for something really special. As in five star special – the elite status this misguided member of Small Distinctive Hotels of Costa Rica fancies itself to have. Reality check: three stars is more like it.
We must’ve suffered a bad case of beer goggles, because as soon as we starting paying close attention to our surroundings, it wasn’t all that pretty.
Nosara is located in Costa Rica’s North Pacific province of Guanacaste, about 160 miles west of San Jose, best reached via a short flight on Nature Air, followed by a short taxi ride. The village is a surfer’s paradise and The Harmony Hotel has one of the area’s best stretches of beach and surf breaks just outside its back door. Playa Guione’s is a near 4-mile swath of white sandy beach with year-round waves and long left and right beach breaks.
Since we hadn’t been on a surfboard in ages, we asked the staff where we should go for a refresher, since it seemed like surfing savviness was a job requisite at Harmony (as well as super buff arms, flat abs, and the boyish good looks of the Jonas Brothers). For surfboard rentals, we were directed to Nosara Surf Shop, a short walk from the hotel.
But for instruction, we were sent to innocent surf school. There, we were outfitted by Brit-owners, Ru Hill and his Kate Moss look-alike wife, Gem Yates. There are four levels of instructor status within the British Surfing Association (BSA), with only 20 Level 4 Surf Coach Award instructors in the world – Ru is one of them.