Guest Spotlight: Shayla

By Jackie Dreyer

Friend of the Glamping Hub family, Shayla, took the girls getaway of a lifetime to Costa Rica, staying at multiple glamping sites, such as these luxury suites and villas in Puntarenas.

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Choose three adjectives to describe the glamping site you stayed at before your trip and another three words to describe it post- stay. How did your expectations measure up to reality?

Before: Relaxing, nice, and private.
After: Luxury, charming, and romantic.

Who did you go glamping with, and what was your favorite memory that you made together during the stay?

My friend and I took a girls trip to Costa Rica, and Glamping Hub was the obvious choice. I have so many nice memories from our stay at this hotel, but a memory that I won’t forget is being outside on our private patio and enjoying the private pool off of our room.

The room opened up to a beautiful view of the Santa Teresa Beach. We felt as though we were in the middle of the jungle, as we listened to the howler monkeys and watched the sun set.

What was the best part about the accommodation? How does it compare to past places you’ve stayed?

The best part of the accommodation is the villa itself. The villa is nicely decorated and very well detailed from the fresh robes provided to the indoor/outdoor shower. A beautiful view can be seen from every angle of the room, which makes it seem like you are the only one on the property. We stayed at other places in Santa Teresa and to put it simply—none compare.

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Describe to us the area around the glamping site. What do you think the perfect time of year to stay here would be, and why?

The hotel is located in a tropical surfing town called Santa Teresa. The road leading to Santa Teresa is not paved and hard to get to, but once you arrive in the town, there is plenty to do. There is an array of restaurants and outdoor activities. The summer would be a nice time to go, in order to be able to enjoy the outdoor scenery and beach activities.

Tell us one thing about your first glamping experience that surprised you and why.

I was surprised how much privacy we had. Each villa is separated from the other villas and main lobby. Each independent villa allows guest to feel as though they are the only ones on the property.

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If you could have invited a famous celebrity (dead or alive) over to your glamping site, who would it be, and what would you have done together?

I would invite Jude Law to accompany me on this glamping adventure so we could explore the beautiful property together. We would travel down the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula on ATVs to Montezuma for a canopy tour and hike the waterfalls, and we would take surf lessons and watch the sunset on horses. At night, we would dine at the hotel's restaurant, and after dinner, we would go for a drink at the hotel bar near the main pool.

What is your ideal food item and beverage for a glamping trip, and why? If you have a special secret or recipe, please share with us—if you’re willing, of course!

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at the hotel. I enjoyed the Costa Rican diet, trying different dishes made by Chef Jose Luis—a master of the palate! We ate dinner and breakfast at the restaurant.

The chef cooked a beautiful three-course meal for dinner. For breakfast, we had pancakes and a typical Costa Rican rice and bean dish. This hotel offers an incredible service that is hard to match.

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Do you prefer a more active or more relaxing getaway? Which did you opt for at the glamping site, and what was the best related activity in the area?

I prefer a more relaxing getaway, and here, I didn’t need to worry about a thing. Guests are very relaxed from when they first arrive at the property and are handed a welcome drink to the end of their stay when a staff member is waiting to take their luggage to the taxi.

The delicious on-site restaurant really takes special care of their guests, as well. If you’re up for leaving the resort, the town of Santa Teresa has a lot of activities to offer, from surf lessons to canopy tours.

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Fill in the end of the sentence: “This glamping site would be the perfect place for ____________________,” and tell us why!

HONEYMOON. This property is both romantic and relaxing. Couples can come to relax without having to worry about a thing, because the resort staff is so helpful, and the villa itself has so many areas to kick back—whether it’s in the private pool, outdoor shower, or hammock.

The town offers nightlife, restaurants, and outdoor activities if you feel like leaving the property to explore the Nicoya coast.

Would you recommend glamping to family and friends? Do you see yourself going glamping again? Let us know why!

Traveling opens one’s mind to appreciate the uniqueness of different cultures, and glamping allows you to experience where you are staying differently than any other accommodation I have stayed at before.

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While staying at this villa property, I experienced Costa Rican culture while still having the comfort of a 5-star accommodation. After my great glamping experience in Costa Rica, I can’t wait to continue glamping in my home state of Arizona.

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Livin' the Pura Vida in Costa Rica

By Caroline Picken

Costa Rica—a perennial favorite for travelers all over the world—there is more to this small country than meets the eye. From riding the waves of the Pacific coastline to indulging in the natural hot springs of the effulgent Arenal Volcano, nature's beauty is always within reach.

The rarest of gems in the tourism crown of Central America: luscious rainforests give way to a plethora of flora and fauna, beaches languish on the coastline—inviting, rugged and unique. Costa Rica also boasts a well-developed infrastructure, which makes exploring safe and straightforward for every kind of glamper.

The capital city of San Jose is a unique mix of Neo-Classical grandeur and busy urban structures, the unrelenting honking of car horns make for an interesting contrast to the birdsong found in the backdrop of mountains.

Puntarenas is our top pick, from five-star luxury to secluded glamping spots, it truly is the best-kept secret for travelers wanting to experience PURA VIDA. From horse trekking to zip-lining exploring hidden waterfalls, to catching sunset waves...everything is possible for the adventurous traveler.

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