Situated in the mountains of Monteverde, Hotel Belmar embraces sustainable travel and ecotourism, incorporating the beauty of Costa Rica into every experience and amenity on the property. A leader in responsible tourism, Hotel Belmar has honored the environment for more than 35 years and continues to create new experiences for guests looking to connect with nature and community while also enjoying the beauty and wonders of the Costa Rican cloud forest.
Last week, Hotel Belmar won the Silver Award at the Latin America Responsible Tourism Awards. The hotel’s role in the region’s green development has transformed the remote area into a thriving collection of eco-tourism enterprises and initiatives. Hotel Belmar not only seeks to educate visitors but also strives to inspire the next generation of caretakers of the world’s ecosystems.
At the property’s on-site garden, guests learn about low-impact farming and cooking methods, as well as how harvesting and using fresh ingredients elevates the dishes served at the hotel’s restaurants. Hotel Belmar also created Finca Madre Tierra, the country’s first carbon-neutral farm, to allow guests to enjoy a real Costa Rican farm experience and learn about sustainable agriculture while picking coffee beans and grinding sugar cane.
One of the first microbreweries in the country, Cervecería Belmar Tap Room & Beer Garden serves Cervezas Artesanales Belmar and other artisanal ale brewed on-site. The emphasis on local goods and services also transfers to the hotel’s artist residency initiative. Hotel Belmar offers four opportunities per year for artists to stay at the hotel for up to three weeks. Artists passionate about nature and the rainforest can further connect with their surroundings at the property.
The newest addition to Hotel Belmar, SAVIA private reserve offers thrilling eco-adventures such as hiking, walking on a hanging bridge, rope climbing and bird watching above the forest canopy. With the cloud forest serving as the center of every experience and purpose at Belmar, guests can choose from a wide variety of other experiences, including a private treetop picnic and a garden-to-glass cocktail class.
Hotel Belmar features 22 guestrooms and 3 newly inaugurated suites. Each room includes balconies with rare views of the forest, floor-to-ceiling windows, local organic toiletries, a private minibar and locally crafted wooden furniture. Many rooms offer additional amenities like a private Jacuzzi, hammocks and comfortable sitting areas. In addition to the hotel’s on-site restaurant Restaurante Celajes, Hotel Belmar also boasts The Celajes Bar, a Juice Bar & Tea Room, yoga studio and spa services.
Glamping is made more inclusive and effortless than ever at AutoCamp Joshua Tree, 38 miles outside of Palm Springs and a three-hour drive from Los Angeles. The design and layout of this multitasking camp — which can accommodate family groups and corporate retreats as readily as couples — puts guests front and center amidst the natural wonders and phenomena of the Coachella desert, even while providing creature comforts found at better hotels and practical features like well-appointed kitchenettes with basic cookware, towels and linens, and a fire pit with a grill.
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Sonesta Hotels teamed up with Best Friends Animal Society to support the society’s mission to end homelessness for animals. To celebrate the collaboration, Sonesta Select properties will serve a complimentary, pet-inspired mocktail to guests. These hotels also offer opportunities for guests and team members to donate to help save the lives of dogs, cats and other animals.
Costa Rica prepares to welcome its first Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts property, slated to open in 2025. Waldorf Astoria Guanacaste will boast 190 guestrooms, as well as 25 Waldorf Astoria-branded residences, all offering sweeping views overlooking the ocean. A presidential suite will also grace the property.
Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.
West Coast travelers can now enjoy easier, more efficient access to the Cayman Islands thanks to a new airlift option via Cayman Airways Ltd. As of Nov. 6, Cayman Airways operates nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport to Owen Roberts International Airport in Grand Cayman at an introductory fare of $399.
I sat in spellbound reverence, fixed to my rickety wooden chair in a Peruvian Amazon rain forest village. A local shaman welcomed our small group from the riverboat Zephyr to teach us about medicinal plants from the jungle. Then, blowing tobacco smoke from his cupped hands, he framed my body with a smoke shield as he blew it around my face and over my shoulders, all the while chanting his blessing from the forest.
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