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Vogue Hong Kong Cover Location, April 2021
We are honored to be graced on the front cover of Vogue Hong Kong for their Sustainability Issue in April 2021. Gisele Bündchen shines (as always!) as the cover star of this issue with a feature about her “highly-championed environmental work, which includes helping to plant 40,000 trees in the Amazon Rainforest.” Gisele has been the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations since 2009, helping to bring attention and action to global environmental issues.
We are thrilled to be the backdrop for this cover and this issue, in particular, since we are strong advocates for eco-tourism and sustainability on our property, in our community, and among our guests who visit us from all around the world.
Thank you to Vogue for working with us here at Florblanca and for highlighting such interesting details of our property.
CN Traveler: Buzzy Nicoya Peninsula Is a Natural Haven for Creatives
CN Traveler reported on how “a set of forward-thinking creatives are building on the region’s eco foundations.”
In the midst of this pandemic, Costa Rica has announced its announced its 30th national park, a powerful reminder of our country’s commitment to protect our natural environments — both for the country’s own sake and to lessen the threat of climate change. In our very own Nicoya Peninsula, artists, surfers, business leaders, and naturalists are leading the way in conservation and advocacy for preserving our beautiful and precious environment.
CN Traveler profiles “five of the movers, shakers, thinkers, and makers on the scene” in the Nicoya Peninsula.
NY Times: 52 Places to Love in 2021
The NY Times special travel feature profiled 52 Places to Love in 2021 in a fun, interactive piece. They asked readers to tell them about “the spots that have delighted, inspired and comforted them in a dark year.”
Among the 52 places they included out of the more than 2,000 suggestions they got from readers, is Malpais, Costa Rica. Their reader says of the glorious nature of our area: “I felt small and big at the same time, like I was connected to everything … This time in Costa Rica felt like an introduction to me stepping into myself and finding my independence.”
We couldn’t agree more. What a beautiful way to describe your experience in Malpais. We can’t wait to have you back!
Gala Magazine Feature
Gala magazine out of Germany recently created a lifestyle story about Costa Rica for their celebrity print magazine. Florblanca was prominently featured in their piece where they discuss the beauty of the country and the many film stars and models who frequent the area for vacation or a home away from home.
Florblanca is shown in photographs that show off our amazing surf, delicious food, and luxurious private villas.
Thank you so much to Gala Magazine for including Florblanca in this travel-inspiring feature on Costa Rica.
Travel+Leisure World’s Best Awards
We are so incredibly honored to have been chosen by global travelers and readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine as one of the Top 3 Resort Hotels in Central America AND as one of the Top 100 Hotels of the World!
Thank you to Travel + Leisure for including Florblanca in your travel and resort categories and for all of you who cast your votes. We appreciate you and look forward to the day soon when we can have you back here at our paradise in Costa Rica.
Please visit travelandleisure.com to see all the results of their World’s Best Awards.
Forbes: The World’s Most Secluded Destination Wedding Venues
In a time when so many engaged couples have had to postpone their big wedding celebration and instead opt for something smaller and more intimate with close family and friends, Forbes and contributing writer, Roger Sands, explored wedding venues that feature privacy and seclusion for just these types of occasions in their piece, The World’s Most Secluded Destination Wedding Venues.
Florblanca is honored to be featured as one of these destinations. Sands highlights Florblanca’s romantic and serene atmosphere as well as our private villas and wide open spaces full of lush flora, ideal for continued social distancing in Costa Rica’s famed Blue Zone. He says: “The private setting of Florblanca, natural beauty of Costa Rica, and romantic villas combine to make this an enchanting destination for intimate weddings.”
Thank you to Forbes and to Roger Sands for taking the time to explore Florblanca and for your thoughtful piece on secluded destination wedding venues. (Learn more about Weddings at Florblanca.)
Insider.com: How Our General Manager is Spending Her Days in Lockdown
Travel reporter, Monica Humphries, interviewed our General Manager, Cody Dillon, for a piece on Insider.com called From sea turtles hatching to exploring tide pools, here’s how the manager of a luxury Costa Rican resort is spending her days in lockdown. They discussed the ways that the COVID-19 has affected Florblanca, Cody, the employees, and guests and also detailed our Voluntourism program that invites guests to take part in volunteer activities to help sea turtle preservation.
This piece was released on June 16th, World Sea Turtle Day, and we were excited to see the coverage for our partnership with CIRENAS featured in such a way and shared around a wide audience on social media.
“She said the sea turtle program aims to bridge the need for sea turtle conservation efforts and satisfying her guests’ vacation expectations.
‘That’s a really cool trend I think that’s happening in travel, hopefully everywhere,’ she said. ‘Certainly it is here.'”
Thank you to Monica and to Insider.com for taking the time to check in with Cody and find out how this pandemic is affecting the resort, our employees, guests, and our global community.
Genlux – Getaway to Costa Rica
Florblanca is thrilled and flattered to be the subject of a gorgeous 2-page spread in the Spring/Summer 2020 edition of Genlux Magazine. Publisher Cecilia Moreno and her son visited Florblanca and shared details about the resort, the area, the people, and the overall experience of visiting Florblanca and Santa Teresa.
We absolutely loved hosting Cecilia and Sean and especially loved the attention they gave to our efforts in sustainability. They also praised Nectar Restaurant, Spa Bambu and some of our adventurous excursions.
Thank you, Cecilia, Sean, and Genlux Magazine, for being such wonderful guests and for helping to spread the word about Florblanca and our area of Costa Rica.
RedBook Magazine – World Turtle Day
Our Sea Turtle Voluntourism program got some love from Red Book Magazine in their sustainability-focused piece, Interesting Facts About Sea Turtles.
In this piece, writer Emy Rodriguez explores the important role that sea turtles play in our ecosystem and highlights the importance of implementing voluntourism programs like our partnership with CIRENAS.
We are thrilled that Red Book Magazine dedicated such a piece to sea turtles and especially that they highlighted our devotion to conserve and protect turtle nests on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. We invite you to explore our Voluntourism program to see how you can help to ensure the survival of this marvelous at-risk species for generations to come.
World Bride Magazine – Cheers to Love
Our beloved General Manager, Cody Dillon, and her partner Ugo, are featured in this World Bride piece, Cheers to Love. The piece highlights how couples and experts in hospitality are toasting to romance during the coronavirus pandemic. It includes a thought from Cody about how she and Ugo catch up at the end of the day mentions their celebratory drink of choice – the Campari Spritz. This is the perfect cocktail to sip outside while enjoying Costa Rica’s warm weather and gorgeous sunsets all year-round.
Huge thanks to writer Stacey Marcus and to World Bride for including us in such a fun and uplifting piece.
Uproxx Guide to Favorite Drinks
Uproxx, the leading guide and source for examining youth culture, has included Florblanca in a number of stay-at-home centered articles cataloguing favorite drinks and liquors from around the globe.
Our General Manager, Cody Dillon, is featured in The Best Gins for your G&T While at Home with her pick of The Ozark Mountain Daredevils Gin. She is also featured in The Best Tequilas To Drink Straight (Because You’re All Out Of Mixers) and Bartenders’ Favorite Beers Of All Time You Should Try.
Thank you to Uproxx for curating such fun lists and for including Cody and Florblanca in your mix.
Food & Travel Magazine – Caribbean Cuisine
We are thrilled to be a part of Food & Travel Magazine’s feature about Caribbean cuisine in the Spring 2020 issue. They describe the Caribbean Islands as a “melting pot of cultures and flavors, each island offering its own distinct personality.” Though Florblanca is not technically one of the Caribbean Islands, we are just a short distance away and feature delicious, made-from-scratch Caribbean-influenced cuisine.
This feature includes gorgeous imagery highlighting Florblanca’s authentic and largely plant based Costa Rican menu. It calls out Florblanca’s oceanfront location and surrounding waters full of fresh fish where Néctar Restaurant sources the majority of the seafood served on site. We especially love the mentions of our “hook to fork” menu highlights such as the Daily Catch Ceviche, Green Curried Prawn Salad and Grilled Local Octopus.
Thank you to Food & Travel Magazine for such a special profile in your Spring 2020 issue.
Honeymoon Always – Plan Your Romantic Paradise Escape in Costa Rica
We are so excited to be included in this comprehensive profile of honeymoon vacations in Costa Rica. Honeymoon Always gives you a rundown of the best times to visit Costa Rica, things to do, must visit places, and the best places to stay for your honeymoon.
Florblanca comes in at the top of the list for honeymoon suites, highlighting our ocean views and gardens.
We offer an amazing experience for honeymooners with our secluded, oceanfront Honeymoon House, couples massages at Spa Bambu, al fresco dining at Nectar Restaurant, and the best personal service from our staff.
Thank you to Honeymoon Always for including us in your profile of honeymoons in Costa Rica.
Travel + Leisure – Escape to Costa Rica’s Blue Zone
The Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica is one of the world’s five identified Blue Zones, areas where residents live measurably linger lives. There are a number of factors that contribute to this longevity including a strong connection to nature and the community, eating healthy, and moving naturally.
Travel + Leisure Magazine recently explored Private Villas in the Heart of Costa Rica’s Blue Zone and featured Florblanca in their profile. They highlight our “90-minute yoga, indulgent services at Spa Bambu, and more.” They also discuss the abundance of activities in and around Santa Teresa including surfing for all levels as well as “hiking to Montezuma Waterfalls, zip-lining through the jungle, [and] private horseback riding.”
Thank you to Travel + Leisure for including Florblanca in this escape plan to the Blue Zone!
Jetsetter – 9 Best Hotels in Costa Rica
Jetsetter Magazine names Florblanca one of The 9 Best Hotels in Costa Rica!
We are proud to be listed among amazing hotels on this list, including the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica and The Springs Resort & Spa at Arenal.
Florblanca is called out for being unique in its location where guests can enjoy both the rainforest setting and the beautiful sandy beaches. Because we’re in Santa Teresa, home to one of the best surf breaks around the world, we’re also known for having a “chill surfer lifestyle with a high-class twist.” We are always striving for the balance between organic nature and pampered luxury – or “rustic luxury” as Jetsetter so aptly calls it.
Thank you so much to Jetsetter for including us in this very special list!
Luxury Latin America – Florblanca Resort
Travel writer Timothy Scott submitted his review of Florblanca for Luxury Latin America and it starts with a stunning summary.
“With its stupendous oceanfront position and gorgeous Asiatic-inspired aesthetic, Florblanca Resort is in a league of its own as a small boutique beachfront hotel with panache, offering true luxury in a far-flung area that mostly appeals to surfers and wanderers, with a secluded jungle setting away from the bustle.”
Timothy’s words mean so much to us as we strive to give our guests a special, unforgettable experience. We encourage you to read his full write-up here – Florblanca Resort Review – to go along on the Florblanca journey with him, from the travel to the arrival, the food, spa, villas, and even a paddleboarding excursion.
We think Timothy sums up the Florblanca experience so well with these words: “For nature lovers who want to really feel like they’re in Costa Rica while still enjoying gorgeous sleeping quarters and fine meals, it’s hard to top Florblanca resort for a relaxed vacation.”
Thank you to Timothy and to Luxury Latin America for including us on your exceptional travel website.
Getaway Travel – The Most Special Hotels in Costa Rica
Getaway Travel’s Central America section shared editors Marleen & Lotte’s choices for the 11 Most Special Hotels of Costa Rica. One of Marleen’s choices for this list is Florblanca (thank you, Marleen!). All the hotels they chose had a common thread in their appreciation for nature and the gorgeous Costa Rican outdoors.
Marleen loved how the villas at Florblanca “hide under a green roof of tropical plants. But you can also walk to the beach from your jungle house. And that is precisely what makes Florblanca so special.” She especially loved the open nature of our villas where, with no roof over the bathroom, “you shower here literally among the plants.”
Thank you so much to Getaway Travel and to Marlee de Keyzer for her beautiful tribute to Florblanca for this piece. We’re so happy that you enjoyed our piece of paradise here in Costa Rica.
Food & Beverage Magazine – Get Caffeinated
Recognizing the height of coffee harvesting season, Food & Beverage Magazine highlighted Costa Rica as the “top country for coffee exportation and an idyllic destination for coffee enthusiasts.” They point readers to destinations where they can discover the world of coffee and learn how to make the best of it, including how they can indulge in a Coffee Scrub spa treatment at Florblanca’s Spa Bambu.
You can read the full article here: Get Caffeinated at Peninsula Papagayo. Thank you to Food & Beverage Magazine for including Florblanca in your focus on coffee in Costa Rica.
Forbes Best Dining Experiences At Caribbean Resorts
The Travel section of Forbes Magazine recently picked their very favorite Caribbean Island restaurants for their article, The Best Dining Experiences at Caribbean Restaurants. Though Nectar Restaurant at Florblanca is technically a short distance from the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, we are so excited to be included in this list!
The contributor and writer, Roger Sands, makes note of the Blue Zone way of life here in the Nicoya Peninsula where “locals maintain a largely plant-based diet, avoiding most processed foods and meals typically consist of rice, beans, local vegetables and fruits incorporating meat only a few times a week.” He mentions our hook-to-fork cuisine, organic and locally sourced ingredients and highlights some of his favorite dishes, “Daily Catch Ceviche, Green Curried Prawn Salad and Grilled Local Octopus.”
Thank you, again, to Forbes, for including Florblanca in such a special collection of Caribbean Resort restaurants.
Forbes Valentines Gift Guide
Forbes went all out on its Valentine’s Gift Guide for Adventurous Couples. Far beyond a romantic night out, Forbes recommends trips for thrillseekers who “want their romance to come with a little more excitement and perhaps a bit of an adrenaline rush.”
Florblanca made this exclusive travel gift guide with our Valentine’s Special Package that is both adventurous and fully romantic. Forbes calls us “a true adventure-lovers paradise” with surfing, horseback riding, ziplining, fishing, fresh-caught seafood, and the luxurious Spa Bambu.
Thank you to Forbes for including us in such an adventurous Valentine’s Gift List!
Brides Magazine Top 50 Honeymoon Destinations for 2020
When Brides Magazine came out with their Top 50 Honeymoon Destinations for 2020, we were SO thrilled to be among their favorite “ultimate honeymoon spots for the new year.” We absolutely love to host honeymoons in Costa Rica and do everything in our power to make the occasion special and memorable for the newlyweds.
Brides mentions some of the most beautiful destinations in the world for their Honeymoons list and they give Costa Rica attention for its gorgeous natural beauty. Within Costa Rica, they call out Santa Teresa as a beach town where there’s “wildlife everywhere, the ocean is warm, the waves are perfect and the rainforest above the beach is home to creative kitchens and boutique-y hotels such as Florblanca Resort.”
Honeymooners who choose Costa Rica usually love nature, adventure, and the outdoors. Our guests get to enjoy private villas – including our Honeymoon House – luxurious amenitities, amazing sunsets over the ocean, wild fauna all around, howler monkeys, iguanas, and exotic birds everywhere. It truly is a magical place.
Passports & Grub Best Boutiques in Santa Teresa
For her article on the Best Boutique Hotels in Santa Teresa, Tomika of Passports & Grub lists Florblanca as one of her top favorites. She mentions the “fresh, healthy, and locally grown food prepared by our chefs at Nectar” as well as our activities and excursions, yoga and Pilates, Spa Bambu, and our private beachfront villas where you can “marvel at the natural beauty, serenity, and energy of Florblanca.”
Thank you so much, Tomika. You are a valued guest and we are honored to be so high on your list of favorites!
Vacation Idea Magazine
We’re thrilled to be listed in Vacation Idea Magazine’s 25 Must-Visit Romantic Getaways. Their recommendations span the globe from New Orleans to NYC, Nicaragua, French Polynesia, the UK, Hawaii, Italy and beyond with ideas for “luxurious resorts” that make “perfect getaways for couples looking for romantic ambiance.”
Florblanca is included as an upscale resort with a spa, yoga and a waterfall pool. It talks about our unique amenities like “two-person hammocks, fully-stocked mini-bars, and freestanding stone bathtubs.” And it makes special mention of Nectar Restaurant, “which prepares healthy, locally-sourced fare with an emphasis on creative seafood entrees.”
Thank you to Vacation Idea Magazine for including us in such a special list. We love to host couples looking for a romantic getaway and have just the right luxuries to make sure it will be worth the adventure.
Barron’s Great Escapes – Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
“Florblanca is the luxury destination of choice.”
In a travel piece about Santa Teresa, Costa Rica called Great Escapes: Santa Teresa, a Refuge With Surf and Sun in Costa Rica, Barron’s gushes about this out-of the-way “blissful escape from the world” that attracts Silicon Valley tycoons, Hollywood celebrities, supermodels, and professional athletes. Santa Teresa’s offerings of exercise and adventure along with fresh and delicious food and a laid-back attitude lets visitors experience a “whole-life detox.”
Barron’s calls out Florblanca as the place to stay, calling it “the luxury destination of choice” and pointing out the charming villas, farm-to-table cuisine at Nectar, and signature coconut scrub at Spa Bambu.
Thank you to Barron’s for including Florblanca in such a beautiful article about our beloved Santa Teresa. We hope you come again soon!
Forbes Magazine Spotlights Santa Teresa and Florblanca
Billed as “THE up and coming go-to spot for barefoot luxury,” Forbes spotlights Santa Teresa as a Girlfriend Getaway destination. The girls on this particular trip stayed at Florblanca and they soaked up the 5-star luxury in their private villas and at Spa Bambu. They especially loved yoga class with Stefano, an Italian born yogi who “embodies why people come to Santa Teresa and never leave.”
The profile goes on to highlight dining, nightlife, and fun, outdoorsy activities around Santa Teresa. These girls got adventurous with ziplining, ATV tours, and horseback riding.
Thank you to Forbes Magazine and to Kerri Zane and Christina Cindrich for spending their time with us.
Brides Magazine Reveals the Costa Rica Honeymoon Rentals that Epitomize Pura Vida
It’s fitting that Costa Rica is such a popular destination for newlyweds on their honeymoon. The country is ranked #1 on the Happy Planet Index and is one of only five Blue Zones in the world where people live measurably longer lives. This certainly bodes well for newly married couples. And, as Brides Magazine mentions, it has incredible biodiversity for exploration, epic swells, and a strong focus on ecotourism and wellness, all excellent factors for a trip to start off a long and happy marriage.
Florblanca is so pleased to be featured in Brides Magazine’s latest article on honeymoons in Costa Rica, 6 Costa Rica Honeymoon Rentals That Epitomize Pura Vida. We are in outstanding company with the other resorts mentioned on this list including Pacuare Lodge, the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, Rancho Pacifico, and Hacienda AltaGracia.
Thank you to Brides Magazine for including Florblanca in such a wonderful feature.
Best Surf Spots in the World According to Net-A-Porter
In their lifestyle travel section, Net-A-Porter made a list of the best surf spots in the world. We are thrilled to be a part of this short list of only 5 places around the globe. Coming in at #2, Florblanca was chosen for its eco-chic vibe and for the fact that the surf dictates our way of life here. We are only steps from the ocean and our town of Santa Teresa is known for world-renowned breaks.
Thank you to Net-A-Porter for considering Florblanca among such excellent company on this list including The Goodland in Santa Barbara, California; Lisbon Surf House in Lisbon, Portugal; Jardin des Douars in Essaouira, Morocco; and Hotel Escondido in Puerto Escondido, Mexico.
Man Repeller Brings Us Tips on How to Travel Light
As part of their 5 Ways 5 Days campaign, Man Repeller sent writer and creative consultant, Natasha Nyanin, to Costa Rica with the task of styling one item of clothing five different ways for five days. Natasha chose a yellow silk Tome shirt with blouson sleeves and it proved to be perfect for her trip to Florblanca and her adventures around the Nicoya Peninsula.
Read the full article here and see her tips on traveling light and being versatile
Harper’s Bazaar Visits the Wilds of Costa Rica
Writer Alex Preston explored the diverse and wild oasis of Costa Rica for the travel section of the March 2018 issue of Harper’s Bazaar.
He started his weeks-long journey in the mountains, traveled among volcanoes and ziplines, jungles and beaches, and took in the wildlife, exotic fauna, adventure and luxuries along the way.
The last stop on his journey was our surf town of Santa Teresa and a stay at Florblanca. After surf sessions at Playa Hermosa (where one day the only other people there were Tom and Gisele), he would retreat to the beautiful sunsets, hammocks, and open-air, laid-back air of Florblanca.
We were so happy to host Alex during his explorations and absolutely love the piece he created as a document of his journey and an ode to Costa Rica.
Well + Good Magazine praises Florblanca’s Energy
Well + Good Magazine magazine had to see for themselves if Santa Teresa earns its popular nickname of “the new Tulum.” The verdict: Tulum can’t compete.
Kathryn Romeyn ventured to “the land of surf and yoga” and found that Santa Teresa is more than just a beautiful beach. It’s a place connected to the “elements of wild, primal living” with an energy that’s “like an amplifier and allows a healthy spirit to thrive.”
Kathryn highlights Florblanca’s Spa Bambu as a place to “indulge your spa dreams.” She also praises Florblanca’s bespoke Pilates sessions with Lucia.
The spa, pilates and yoga at Florblanca, along with other Santa Teresa attractions, like beachside horse rides, weekend community dances, and superfood cafes, make Santa Teresa a prime destination to relax and renew your energy.
Vogue Escapes to Santa Teresa, Costa Rica’s Idyllic, Healthy Oasis
Vogue travel writer, Kathryn Romeyn, visited Santa Teresa and quickly dismissed the popular perception that this destination is merely “the new Tulum.” As one of the world’s five Blue Zones, Santa Teresa in the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica is in a class of its own with a “rustic-bordering-on-primal” lifestyle centered around the natural environment spanning mountains, waterfalls, and the ocean.
Florblanca is featured as a luxury resort, “intimate and Edenic,” and is called out for embracing the outdoors and wildlife with its open-air villas, oceanfront yoga shala, exotic Spa Bambu, and spectacular sunsets.
Thank you to Kathryn and Vogue for such a perceptive and beautiful piece. We were so happy to have you visit our end of paradise.
Brides Magazine declares Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, the next honeymoon destination
Brides Magazine went in search of the honeymoon destination that’s about to be discovered by couples around the globe who love “sandy beaches, surfing, lush jungle waterfalls, cold coconuts (pipas frias), frosty piña coladas, and epic sunsets” and found Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.
As this pieces points out, if you can handle the abundant wildlife and embrace the rustic wildness of the place, you’ll be in heaven. They feature Florblanca as “hands down the best place you could hope to spend your honeymoon.” From the private and luxurious Honeymoon House bungalow, to Nectar Restaurant, adventurous excursions, yoga, and Spa Bambu, Florblanca has it all. Our villas and amenities are perfect for newlyweds looking to unwind after the ceremony and celebrate their union.
A big thank you to Brides for featuring Florblanca and Santa Teresa as the next honeymoon destination. We’re so appreciative of the kind words and attention.
Guides for Brides: Honeymoon Ideas
In their Honeymoon Inspiration and Reviews article covering Costa Rica, Guides for Brides extols the natural beauty of our country, from the lush rainforests to the long, sandy beaches. Their recommendations for the area include adventures to try and sights not to be missed. On where to stay, they recommend Florblanca for the “ultimate honeymoon luxury.” They have a full review of the resort and our amenities for brides and grooms to consider, including our world-renowned Spa Bambu and oceanfront Nectar Restaurant.
We are so grateful to Guides for Brides for recommending Florblanca to their readers. We hope to see some of you soon!
New York Times’ T Magazine Visits Santa Teresa
While we’ve been singing the praises of our hometown of Santa Teresa for years, we’re excited that the New York Times is casting their light on what they call “the next great south-of-the-border destination.”
In a Wanderlust piece for T Magazine, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica is described as having “an edge-of-the-world vibe that still feels remote and inspires dreams of relocation.” White sand beaches, near-perfect surf, horseback riding, and yoga accent our paradise with plenty of options for adventure, luxury, and delicious food. This piece highlights Florblanca as the most high-end hotel in Santa Teresa, with special mention of our villas, Spa Bambu, and Nectar Restaurant.
Thank you to the New York Times for spreading the word about our paradise here in the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. We welcome travelers looking for that rare mix of adventure and luxury in a destination that’s still (for now!) under the radar.
Goop Features Florblanca in The Adventurer’s Packing Guide
We’re thrilled to be among elite company in The Adventurer’s Packing Guide featured on the home page of goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s wildly popular lifestyle site and one of our favorites.
For this article, goop profiles surfing and hiking getaways perfect for springtime. Florblanca is featured as a surfers’ “destination inspiration” along with Amanwella in Sri Lanka; Four Seasons Maui at Wailwa; and Atlantic Byron Bay in Australia.
Many thanks to goop for inspiring adventurous travelers with this beautiful feature.
Marysia Swim and Florblanca Featured in Harper’s Bazaar
High fashion swimwear designer, Marysia Dobrzanska Reeves of Marysia Swim, visited us once again and this time she shared her trip with Harper’s Bazaar in a Just Back From….Costa Rica segment. Marysia tells BAZAAR about her latest trip, what she loves about Florblanca and Costa Rica, her favorite meals, and items she couldn’t leave home without. “Costa Rica’s raw beauty and Florblanca’s location is ideal for our family and a great escape from the busy-ness of home.”
Thank you for another wonderful visit and such a lovely review of your time here. We can’t wait to have you back.
InStyle UK – How to Honeymoon in Costa Rica
InStyle UK’s columnist, Victoria Moss, and her new husband wanted beaches, beautiful landscapes, and wildlife adventure for their honeymoon (or what they called a “spoilt brat bonanza”). They chose Costa Rica as their destination and traveled along the coast from one honeymoon suite to the next. Florblanca was the last stop of their trip and Victoria commented: “We stayed in a one room villa and it was bliss….I have never felt more relaxed or pleasingly secluded from the world.”
Read the full post for more about their adventures in Costa Rica including food they ate, their travel experience, and their many “International Honeymooners Welcomes.”
RL Mag – Crowd Control
Ralph Lauren Magazine (RL Mag) travels the world over to reveal exotic and interesting destinations that inspire us to get out and explore. This month, in a piece called Crowd Control, RL Mag has identified five warm-weather destinations where the vibe is still under the radar. One of these is Santa Teresa, Costa Rica “for wild year-round surf and dense rainforest,” noting that Tom Brady and Gisele are homeowners here. For accommodations, RL Mag recommends Florblanca where “you can rise at dawn and paddle outside the front door.”
Thank you to Ralph Lauren for including us in a such a special list. Our guests come back year after year to escape the crowds and to retreat into nature while enjoying luxurious spa treatments, delicious food, outdoor adventures and their own private villa among the howler monkeys, iguanas, and lush green jungle forest. And, year after year, we are here for them. Read the full article here.
MSN Latino – A Return to the World of Luxury
MSN Latino published an article featuring 42 rejuvenating retreats around the world in destinations including Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Brazil, the U.S. and Costa Rica. Florblanca was chosen as a destination in the wild jungles of Costa Rica where you can wake up in your elegant, private villa to take in the glorious views of a beach famous around the world for its surfing. Guests can explore the area by surfing, horseback riding, zip lining, and hiking before relaxing in the magnificent Nectar restaurant, where local fresh food is served everyday.
Thank you to MSN Latino for including Florblanca in this round-up of stunning and restorative retreats around the world.
Net-A-Porter – 5 of the Best Surf Spots
NET-A-PORTER, one of our favorite online luxury fashion magazines, featured Florblanca in a travel piece on 5 of the Best Surf Spots. NET-A-PORTER editor Catherine Fairweather, chose beach destinations around the world including our very own Santa Teresa, Costa Rica as well as Lisbon, Portugal; Essaouira, Morocco; Puerto Escondido, Mexico; and Santa Barbara, California.
We’re so happy to be a part of this feature, and especially to have our very own Surf House be Catherine’s pick on where to stay while surfing in Santa Teresa.
InStyle Germany – Jungle Fever
In a piece called Jungle Fever for InStyle Germany, the magazine explores resorts around the world set in exotic jungle locations. From Australia to Vietnam, India, Bali, Brazil, and Costa Rica, the photos in this spread will make you want to pack your bags and book your flights for an adventure of a lifetime.
We are thrilled for Florblanca to be included among such unique and enchanting destinations. The writer talks of our dense green jungle, snow white gardens, and black rock beaches as forming a cinematic backdrop for the resort and we couldn’t agree more.
We’re so glad InStyle Germany came to visit. Thank you for sharing our jungle paradise with your readers.
Porter Magazine – Heaven on Earth
Calling it “Heaven on Earth,” Porter Magazine dedicated a 7 page spread to life in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. They beautifully captured the local vibe, attributing our laid-back lifestyle and under-the-radar visibility to why so many A-listers make homes here. Santa Teresa strikes a unique balance between authentically rustic and high-end luxurious.
This spread features Florblanca as “Where to Stay” for the ultimate boutique hotel experience. They mention our 11 private villas, our secluded beach, our brilliant yoga, and our Honeymoon House as the destination of choice for honeymooners.
Thank you for visiting Santa Teresa, Porter Magazine. We’re so glad you like it as much as we do.
Dove Magazine – Welcome to Paradise
Dove Magazine, a gorgeous Italian travel magazine and website, featured Costa Rica in their June 2015 issue. Titled “Benvenuti in Paradiso” (Welcome to Paradise), the article calls Costa Rica an Eden and the happiest country in the world (as ranked in the Happy Planet Index), highlighting the widespread use of renewable resources as well as the biodiversity of our environment.
Amid the natural patchwork that is Costa Rica, travelers will find eco-lodges and boutique villas that encourage a strong connection with the environment and surrounding landscape. Florblanca is featured here, with photos of our open air, ocean facing villas and our proximity to some of the world’s best surfing. Our Pilates instructor and all-around inspiration, Lucia Festa, is pictured in the article with her surfboard.
Marysia Swim Finds Inspiration at Florblanca
Maria Dobrzanska, the Marysia swimwear designer, is one of our treasured frequent guests here at Florblanca. She was recently interviewed by W Magazine about the source of her inspiration. Maria answered that the beach in front of Florblanca is her favorite of all the beaches she loves around the world. We are so excited to welcome her back soon on a trip where she will be tapping into that inspiration again while also collaborating with our local schools to lead a class in art and design.
Lonny Magazine – Wish We Were Here
In a Monday Design Daydream column, Lonny magazine profiles Florblanca in a piece called Wish We Were Here: Florblanca. A romantic Costa Rican retreat tops our travel wish list.
Lonny Magazine is a beacon of home decor and design inspiration. We are in love with their stories, ideas, and features, and are excited to be a part of this publication. We also love how they describe our villas in this piece: “11 villas artfully blend sleek design…and a laid-back tropical vibe. Local touches such as organic fabrics and native hardwood flooring mingle with more rustic elements, including gauzy hammocks for two. Like the living rooms, open-air bathrooms take relaxation to another level, with minimalist hand-carved stone soaking tubs, oversized rain showers, and foliage at every turn.”
Thank you to Lonny Magazine for planting daydreams of Florblanca in the minds of your readers.
A Wedding in Paradise
We are so grateful to Lauren and Austen for choosing Florblanca as the site of their destination wedding. You can see a profile of this gorgeous event at two+seven, a fashion collective website. As Lauren and Austen were looking for the perfect location for their wedding, “They hoped to find a place where their 60 closest friends and family could feel like they were on vacation in a small exotic town with access to warm weather, beaches and excursions.”
They narrowed down their list to Santa Teresa, Costa Rica and we are ecstatic that they ultimately chose Florblanca. As Lauren explains it: “In our humble opinion, there is no better place. They’ve built a gorgeous hotel that seamlessly blends luxury and nature – it’s a fantastic experience. They catered to our every want and need, treated us like family and greeted us by our first names. We felt like we were at home.”
We want to send Lauren and Austen a huge congratulations on their marriage and wish them many more adventures in the years to come.
Florblanca Recognized for Creativity in Eco-Travel and Luxury Accommodations
At Florblanca, we believe that eco-travel and luxury travel can co-exist. Alexandra, author of the blog traveling-in-heels.com, is no stranger to luxurious and exotic travel destinations around the world. During her stay at Florblanca, Alexandra was able to indulge in a “premium travel experience with the utmost first-class amenities” while recognizing that these services for our guests are an extension of our greater mission to conserve our natural environment and enhance our local community. (See more about Sustainability at Florblanca.)
We are grateful to Alexandra for her visit and for her reflections on the Pura Vida lifestyle that Costa Rica serves up to residents and visitors alike. Our efforts to incorporate Florblanca’s natural bounty into the daily experience of our guests is an eco-travel strategy with luxury travel results.
Inside Weddings Magazine Chooses Florblanca as a Best Beach Destination for Healthy Honeymoons
Inside Weddings magazine covers everything about wedding event planning, from the table settings to the honeymoon and all the details in between. They recently covered the 10 Best Beach Destinations for a Healthy Honeymoon, profiling oceanfront resorts around the world. We are honored that Florblanca is the chosen destination for Costa Rica. Some of the other picks include Carlisle Bay in Antigua, Spa Village Tembok in Bali, and Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman.
Resorts were chosen by experts at Health and Fitness Travel and all picks incorporate a wellness element. In addition to our spectacular Honeymoon House, guests also enjoy healthy, locally sourced food and activities that range from horseback riding along the beach to surfing, SUP, yoga, Pilates and more.
A big thank you to Inside Weddings for such a wonderful feature.
USA Today Ranks Spa Bambu Among 10 Best Spas in Costa Rica
USA Today local expert, Sophia La Monica, chooses Spa Bambu as one of Costa Rica’s 10 Best Spas. She notes the giant private jaccuzi, the beautifully designed space, and the seven day a week access to the spa as some of the reasons for choosing us for the Top 10.
Spa Bambu has been gaining international acclaim and is ranked in many travel guides and publications as a “must experience” destination. Conde Nast Traveller and Prevention Magazine are just two of the many other advocates for our unique and luxurious Spa Bambu.
Jacada Travel Ranks Florblanca Among Luxury Health Retreats for Total Rejuvenation
Florblanca is on the radar when it comes to planning luxury health and fitness retreats. Whether it’s a spa vacation, a yoga retreat, or a Pilates workshop, Florblanca has become a destination of choice for healthy minded world travelers.
The Explorer website by Jacada Travel published a list of Eight Luxury Health Retreats for Total Rejuvenation where “striving for your best in fitness and health feels like an indulgence.” Florblanca in Costa Rica is ranked #3 on their list, noting that the “resort focuses on wellbeing through active exploration of the pristine surroundings; the beach is a well known spot for surfers, but aside from riding the waves guests can venture out on horseback, hike and take part in yoga and pilates sessions or more intense fitness training. “ Also mentioned are our luxury villas, Spa Bambu, and the fresh, local cuisine featured at Nectar Restaurant.
Maisons Créoles French Travel Magazine
Florblanca is featured in the French travel and lifestyle magazine, Maisons Créoles. Showcasing a slideshow of images from the resort, the piece describes the location, the style, accommodations, and the luxurious amenities we offer our guests including our world-renowned spa.
Expressen.se Swedish News Website
A Swedish news website, Expressen.se, has ranked Florblanca as the #1 place to stay in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, calling it a “dreamlike accommodation where you live in a luxurious bungalow.” They also ranked Nectar among the top restaurants in the area, noting that it is more elegant than some of the other beach restaurants and also a great place to listen to music and hang out at the beach after dinner.
Conde Nast Traveller “Coolest Places to Stay”
Conde Nast Traveller Magazine published a feature on Costa Rica’s New Groove: The Coolest Places to Stay in the Jungle and on the Beach. The beach town of Santa Teresa is included on this list and noted for its status as a surfing hot spot with a laid back atmosphere.
Florblanca is featured as Where to Stay and is credited with putting “Santa Teresa on the map when it opened 11 years ago.”
The article gushes over Florblanca’s spa treatments, yoga and Pilates classes, the writer’s favorite Florblanca villas, and the people: “The crowd is unselfconsciously cool (Gisele Bundchen tied the knot on the beach here a few years ago).” Many thanks to Conde Nast Traveller for such a wonderful feature.
C Magazine Weddings
C Magazine, a publication that celebrates “the best of California life, style, and influence,” featured Florblanca Resort in their Fall 2014 Wedding Guide “What’s Hot” list for Honeymoon Destinations.
Florblanca caters to travelers celebrating romance, whether it’s for their honeymoon, anniversary, their wedding, or a romantic getaway. Our Honeymoon House offers an idyllic setting for any couple looking for the ultimate in romance, privacy, and luxury. Together with world class amenities such as our Spa Bambu and Nectar Restaurant, Florblanca Resort is the ideal honeymoon destination.
Many thanks to C Magazine for including us in their “What’s Hot” list for weddings in 2014.
A Luxury Travel Blog
The editors at A Luxury Travel Blog, one the most popular travel blogs in the world, included Florblanca Resort in their list of Top 10 Luxury Beach Retreats.
We are honored to be named alongside such renowned beach resorts as Gili Lankanfushi in the Maldives, The Four Seasons in Bora Bora, and other fabulous getaways.
In the article, Florblanca is introduced this way: “For an ultimate combination of adventure and beach relaxation, Florblanca is your match.” We just love that. We strive to provide our guests with new and adventurous experiences, opportunities for health and wellness, and ultimate relaxation.
“Listening to the distant calls of Howler monkeys and spotting migrating whales dancing by encapsulates the true organic spirit of Costa Rica.” We hope you add Florblanca to your list of luxury beach retreats so you can experience this spirit for yourself.
Prevention Magazine featured Florblanca Resort in their list of “13 Healing Spas to Visit In Your Lifetime.” This list includes several well known spas throughout the world including Canyon Ranch in Tuscon, AZ and Lenox, MA as well as Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico and Ananda in the Himalyas. We are so proud to be a part of this illustrious list.
Our Spa Bambu is a full service spa that invites relaxation and restoration from the moment you lay eyes on it. The spa was designed by San Jose architect Jean Garnier and is suspended over peaceful waterfall filled pools, shaded by natural flora. Spa Bambu is one of the amenities that makes Florblanca such a luxurious and unique vacation destination. See photos, videos, and read about the services we offer at Spa Bambu.
We send our many thanks to Prevention Magazine for recognizing Florblanca as one of the great healing spas of the world.
Surfline is the leading online publication for surf cams, weather reports, and surfing news around the world. Florblanca is included in their Travel Resort Guide and Surfline recently chose Florblanca as their “Featured Resort.” This news was published, along with photos of our Surf House and water activities, on their Facebook and Twitter feeds to hundreds of thousands of Surfline fans. You can see their post here.
Thank you so much to Surfline for featuring our resort. We know Surfline fans will appreciate our oceanfront location near Suck Rock, one of the world’s best surf breaks! See photos and learn more about surfing at Florblanca.
Stefano Allegri in Conde Nast Traveller feature “The Experts”
Florblanca Yoga Master Stefano Allegri is “The Expert” in the June 2014 issue of the Conde Nast Traveller. The Experts monthly column focuses on an individual in family, health, food, books, or advice that is deemed an expert in their field. Stefano surely fits the bill with his extensive training in ashtanga and vinyasa yoga and his inspiring practice.
The feature starts by identifying “What You Want: The best yoga instructor on the beach.” It answers with: “Who You Need: Stefano Allegri at Florblanca in Costa Rica.” It then goes on to profile Stefano’s background – how he landed in Costa Rica from Italy and his study of yoga – as well as the experience of taking his yoga class and his glowing reputation in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.
Congratulations to Stefano for such well-deserved recognition. Watch our yoga video and learn more about yoga at Florblanca.
H&M Photo Shoot with Gisele Bundchen
The lush gardens, white sand beaches, and iconic black rock surrounding our beautiful Costa Rica resort provide the backdrop for the H&M Summer 2014 Collection campaign featuring Gisele Bundchen. We loved hosting the fabulous group from H&M and were excited to welcome back Gisele, one of our favorite guests.
You can watch the H&M Inspiration Video to see Gisele model the full Summer 2014 line and to catch some breathtaking footage of our Costa Rica paradise. Gisele even performs the Blondie classic, Heart of Glass, in the video (all royalties from downloads of the song are donated to Unicef for its work for education).
Many thanks to H&M for choosing Florblanca to host your production. We are in love with the new summer line and all the images and footage featured in the campaign.
Learn more about holding your photo shoot or video production in Costa Rica at Florblanca Resort by contacting Cody Dillon, our General Manager: email@example.com.
New York Post
New York City’s popular Israeli cuisine chef and restauranteur, Einat Admony, chef-owner of Balaboosta restaurant in Nolita, tells the New York Post that Florblanca is one of her favorite vacation destinations.
In an interview where Admony is asked about some of her favorite things, she says: “Costa Rica is one of my favorite places to visit. For me, it feels like heaven — with the nicest people, gorgeous beaches and the most beautiful jungle. I like to stay at Florblanca, a lovely eco-type resort on the Pacific.”
Thank you so much to Chef Einat Admony for thinking of us! We love having you as a guest and can’t wait to have you back.
AFAR Travel Guide
AFAR Travel Guide recently featured Florblanca Resort in the Puntarenas, Costa Rica section of their magazine. Titled “An adventurous stay in Costa Rica,” the feature remarks on the seemingly juxtaposing experiences you can have at Florblanca Resort: “Florblanca offers two kinds of holidays in one place. Scattered along white-sand beaches, nine villas with open-air living rooms were built for relaxation. But a personal itinerary of surf lessons, sport fishing excursions, and yoga classes will keep adventurers busy.”
Book your Florblanca Reservation today to experience this relaxing and adventurous vacation for yourself!
GQ Magazine – France
GQ Magazine published their picks for the top ten most beautiful spa resorts in their January 2014 feature, The 10 Most Beautiful Spa Hotels of the World. Florblanca Resort is honored to have been chosen for this exclusive list.
The feature article describes Hotel Florblanca as providing “a complete break with the stress of everyday life.” It also introduces our Retreat Package – the Pilates Retreat – as ideal for purists and travelers who love to detox. Our retreat options offer world-class distinctive services including Pilates, yoga, and spa sessions.
Spa Bambu at Florblanca truly distinguishes our resort among the world’s most beautiful spa hotels. Our spa was designed by San Jose architect Jean Garnier and is suspended over peaceful waterfall filled pools shaded by natural flora. It is a unique sanctuary nestled among our lush, oceanfront rainforest surroundings.
We invite you to book your visit and take advantage of one of our Retreat Packages or to simply plan a relaxing, rejeuvanating Costa Rica spa vacation at Florblanca.
Destination Weddings & Honeymoons
A-List Wedding Planner, Aimee Monihan, recently arranged a wedding celebration in Costa Rica as chronicled by the popular Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine in their September/October 2013 issue. She visited resorts all over the region to report on her best recommendations for a Costa Rica wedding.
Florblanca is excited to have been chosen as the “On the Sea” resort choice in the issue’s feature story, “Getting Married in Costa Rica.”
Monihan says: “The Honeymoon House is where it’s at with a master suite and sliding doors that open to the beach, Jacuzzi and hammock for two.” Our Honeymoon House is truly a luxurious, romantic, and unique experience for newlyweds.
Florblanca Resort has been host to many destination weddings and honeymoons, and is a favorite among brides and grooms for its intimate environment, romantic villas, delicious, fresh and healthy food, plus all the amenities and services needed for the ideal Costa Rica beach wedding.
A huge thank you to Aimee Monihan and Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine for visiting Florblanca and including us in your feature piece!
New York Times Sunday Travel
Florblanca is thrilled to have been a part of a New York Times Travel article profiling our home town, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Journalist Dave Seminara was a guest at Florblanca recently and he saw the opportunity to spotlight an important issue in our small town that is sure to reverberate with other off-the-beaten-path tourist destinations.
The article – In a Costa Rican Beach Town, the Road Less Paved – sheds light on the wear and tear of the increasingly busy dirt roads leading to and from Santa Teresa. The stress on these roads from traffic creates an extremely bumpy car ride and also generates a great deal of dust during the dry season and mud during the green season, making pedestrian traffic more challenging.
People in town have differing opinions about solutions for the roads and Mr. Seminara reveals the complexities of the issues for residents, business owners, expats, and travelers.
Condé Nast Traveller
Florblanca Earns a World’s Best Spa Distinction from Condé Nast Traveller.
At a ceremony at the Four Seasons, London celebrating the release of The Spa Guide 2013, Condé Nast Traveller named eight resorts around the world as the best in their respective category. Florblanca was named the winner in “Best for Beach Action.”
The reviewers loved our world famous Santa Teresa surf breaks and reveled in the challenge of surfing from dawn until they could barely carry their boards back to their room.
After an exhilarating day in the surf, recovery was aided by deep tissue massages at our very own Spa Bambu followed by a delicious, nutritious, fresh and healthy dinner at Nectar, our laid back yet elegant restaurant.
We are so honored to be included in the Condé Nast Traveller Spa Guide. We know how much our visitors love and appreciate the amenities here at Florblanca and we can’t wait for new visitors to discover all that Florblanca has to offer. Book now and take advantage of our Health and Lifestyle Special Offer, valid until Dec. 14th, 2013.
Florblanca Resort in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica is proud to announce that we have been voted the #1 Luxury Hotel in Central America by users of TripAdvisor.com!
We are extremely proud to top this list of 25 resorts in Central America. We extend a HUGE thank you to our visitors who took the time to review our resort and to cast their vote for us in the Travelers’ Choice Awards 2012.
To see the results for our category on TripAdvisor.com, please visit Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Central America.
To see TripAdvisor.com reviews of Florblanca direct from our visitors, please visit Florblanca Resort – Tripadvisor.com.
W Magazine Photo Shoot
Florblanca Resort was recently chosen as a backdrop for a June/July 2013 W Magazine Fashion Feature photo shoot in Santa Teresa. The feature shows Joan Smalls and Liya Kebede on a Costa Rican adventure showcasing fashion from Proenza Schouler, Jennifer Fisher, Dannijo, A Peace Treaty, Isabel Marant, Christopher Kane, Roberto Cavalli, Gucci, Versace, Emporio Armani, La Perla, Rodarte, Michael Michael Kors, Marni, Burberry Prorsum, Prada, and Chloe. Feature photographer is Mikael Jansson and the stylist is Edward Enninful.
As if we needed anything to make our Florblanca beach more beautiful. We think this W Magazine spread did the trick!
CNN Travel recently toured Costa Rica, profiling some of the more upscale hotels and resort communities. Lucky for us, they planned a stop in Santa Teresa where “the wide white-sand beaches of Santa Teresa have become Costa Rica’s hippest luxury escape.” Florblanca is mentioned in the article as a full-service resort “that won’t disappoint.”
Among the highlights of our resort, the author mentions horseback riding, surfing and yoga. She also mentions Costa Rica’s Sustainable Tourism Program that qualifies resorts to be designated as eco-friendly. We are proud to have earned 4 leaves out of a possible 5 and a Certificate of Sustainable Tourism through that program.
The word is out! Florblanca Resort has been featured in Outside Magazine as one of their Life Changing Adventure Trips for Surfing. We couldn’t be more pleased to be recognized by this publication and we hope to continue to impress our guests with our accommodations and amenities.
Surfers looking for a place to rest after a day of riding the waves will feel right at home at Florblanca’s Surf House. This fairly recent addition to our resort offers a spectacular oceanfront vista, three air-conditioned sleeping rooms, one bathroom, large refrigerator and plenty of comfy outdoor seating. Able to accommodate up to six guests, the Surf House is the perfect place to bring a group – and at only $400/night for two people ($50/night per additional guest), this is one vacation that won’t break the bank. See our Villas and Rates.
Travel + Leisure
Here’s what the popular vacation travel magazine Travel + Leisure has to say about Florblanca Resort in it’s article “Costa Rica’s Hottest new Hotels and Lodges.”
“It’s not often that you come across an Asian-inspired resort in Costa Rica-especially one located on Playa Santa Teresa’s best surf break. Here, it’s more about blissing out than riding the waves. There are only a few dozen guests at any time, and everything is designed to soothe-from the boulder-studded pool, where you’ll feel like you’re swimming in an aqueous Zen garden, to the bamboo spa bungalow, with its ponds and shoji screens. Each of Florblanca’s 11 villas is accented with organic fabrics and native hardwoods, and all have terraces outfitted with hammocks. (Book the Surf House, steps from the ocean.) After an evening yoga class on the beach, kick back with a tamarind mojito-or two-from the open-air Nectar bar.”
Frommers listed Florblanca as one of the Best Luxury Hotels in Costa Rica. Here is what they say about our resort:
“The individual villas at this intimate resort are some of the largest and most luxurious in the country. The service and food are outstanding, and the location is breathtaking, spread over a lushly planted hillside steps away from Playa Santa Teresa.”