Florblanca is a Favorite Destination of Einat Admony, New York Chef of Balaboosta

NYP Einat Admony Florblanca is a Favorite Destination of Einat Admony, New York Chef of Balaboosta

Einat Admony is an Israeli-born New York City Restauranteur, chef-owner of Balaboosta restaurant in Nolita,  Taim falafels in the West Village and Nolita, and Bar Bolonat on Hudson Street.  She is known for cooking up a contemporary spin on classic Israeli cuisine.  The New York Post recently did a “One the Road With…” feature with Einat Admony where she talks about some of her favorite foods, restaurants, and destinations around the world.  Here’s what she has to say about her favorite place to visit:

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.

We are so honored to have Einat as a frequent guest at Florblanca!  We are so appreciative of her love for our resort and are honored that she mentions us in this feature.  We can’t wait to have you back, Einat!

Read the full New York Post Feature here: Israeli chef shares her favorite spots to travel, dine  | New York Post

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Florblanca Vacation Chronicled in Popular Blog

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Brian and Jamie were recent first-time guests at Florblanca and Jamie chronicled their experience in her popular blog, i suwannee. We love hearing Jamie’s account of their stay here in Costa Rica, which was actually their first visit to Central America.

Jamie explains why she chose Florblanca as their destination and references the Conde Nast Traveller feature with Florblanca listed as one of The World’s Best Spas (she also mentions our world class surfing as well as our yoga and Pilates studios):

We chose Florblanca because it’s in a surfing town, on a beach with renowned wave breaks up and down it, and it has an award-winning pilates/yoga studio and spa …  plus, their food was touted as extra-delicious, fresh and super-healthy.

Jamie and Brian were wonderful guests and took advantage of many of the amenities and activities we offer here at Florblanca.  Take a look at the photo journaling in her blog post to get a great idea of all the fun, adventurous, and relaxing experiences they had during their visit: i suwannee: costa rica and florblanca resort.

One of our favorite comments that Jamie makes in her blog is this one:

arriving at florblanca, we found our expectations exceeded.

That is always our goal for our guest experience and we are thrilled to get this kind of feedback.

Thank you so much to Brian and Jamie for choosing Florblanca and for the chance to read all about your travel adventures.

Read the full post here.

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Spa Bambu Is One of the World’s Most Healing Spas

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Healing Spas to Visit In Your Lifetime

Prevention Magazine recently came out with their list of “13 Healing Spas to Visit In Your Lifetime.”  Florblanca is honored that our own Spa Bambu was chosen among these elite spa destinations.  We are listed alongside Canyon Ranch in Tuscon, AZ and Lenox, MA as well as Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico and Ananda in the Himalayas among other world renowned spas.

Read the full feature here: World’s Most Healing Spas – Prevention.com

Spa Bambu

Spa Bambu at Florblanca offers full services for restoration, relaxation, and healing.  Enjoy  a massage, body scrub, facial, or waxing in our luxurious and masterfully designed spa sanctuary.  We offer a range of massage services including relaxation, Thai, and hot stone massages so that we can cater to your individual needs for healing and rejuvenation.

We are especially proud of the growing recognition for our Spa. It was custom designed by San Jose architect Jean Garnier and is a truly unique space. The whole structure is suspended over peaceful, waterfall filled pools and is shaded by natural flora.  Upon entering Spa Bambu, you’ll feel immediately at ease with naturally relaxing aromas and a peaceful connection with nature through open air spaces under bamboo canopies.

We welcome you to explore our spa services and to book a reservation at Florblanca for a healing spa vacation.

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Florblanca Yoga Master Stefano in Conde Nast Traveller

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Stefano Allegri, Yoga Master at Florblanca, is the subject of this month’s “The Experts” column in Conde Nast Traveller (June 2014).  The feature introduces Stefano this way:

What You Want: The best yoga instructor on the beach
Who You Need: Stefano Allegri at Florblanca in Costa Rica

The article details Stefano’s background and training in yoga. It also describes the experience of taking his class at the Florblanca dojo, an open air, seaside studio that is a centerpiece of our property.

See the full feature here.

Stefano is truly an “expert” and we are so proud to be able to offer our guests the experience of practicing with him.

Learn more about yoga at Florblanca as well as our Group Yoga Retreat.

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Surfline picks Florblanca as a Featured Resort

On June 8th, Surfline chose Florblanca Resort as the “Featured Resort” on the home page of their massively popular surf website.  Surfline is the leading site for surf weather reports, news, and surf cams around the world. They also posted about Florblanca on their Twitter feed and on their Facebook page which has 365,000 fans!

Surfline Facebook Post Surfline picks Florblanca as a Featured Resort

 

A huge thank you to Surfline for sharing their love of Florblanca Resort!  If you’re interested in booking a surf vacation, be sure to take a tour of our Surf House or explore our other villas.  We offer an intimate and luxurious Costa Rica oceanfront experience.

Read our reviews on TripAdvisor to hear what other guests have to say about their stay here.  We hope to hear from you soon!

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Take a Tour of the Surf House at Florblanca

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Take a tour of the Surf House at Florblanca with Cody Dillon, our resort general manager, in the video above.

Florblanca’s Surf House was built and designed as a villa with a lower price point but set right in front of the ocean. It is ideal for guests who want to wake up and check the waves outside their front door everyday. Surf House guests are a mere few steps from the best break in Costa Rica at Suck Rock.

The villa consists of three rooms: the first room has two twin beds, the middle room has a king bed, and the third bedroom has two twins as well.  There is a small kitchenette, one bathroom, and a big terrace out front with two hammocks and one of the best ocean views you can imagine.

The Surf House is more of a rustic villa at Florblanca and it is perfect for a group, for a family with teenagers, or a surf trip.  It is a wonderful villa for people who want accommodations close to nature  and who want to be part of the Florblanca property with the Pacific Ocean right at the doorstep.

Learn more about the Surf House and Book your Reservation today!

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Florblanca is “Dream Hotel of the Day” in West Elm via Tablet Hotels

West Elm Dream Hotel of the Day Florblanca is Dream Hotel of the Day in West Elm via Tablet Hotels

Hotel Florblanca was recently named the “Dream Hotel of the Day” by West Elm company via Tablet Hotels.  The feature in Tablet Hotels describes Florblanca as an “intimate upscale hotel” and goes on to discuss the villas this way:

“These eleven villas are expansive, comfortable, handsomely decorated, but stop short of any sort of ostentatiousness. Luxury here means swaying in the two-person hammock in your villa’s open-air living area, surrounded by jungle flora, not being dazzled by marble and gilt. All the villas feature outdoor bathrooms, in a sort of garden courtyard, with deep soaking tubs, biodegradable bath products and reminders to use the running water sparingly.”

The article goes on to talk about our Surf House which is geared more for families or group trips and is situated oceanfront with some of the world’s best surf breaks right outside the door.

We are honored to have been chosen as a “Dream Hotel of the Day” and we invite you to read the full feature on Florblanca in Tablet Hotels here.

 

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Florblanca Vivero in Full Bloom

 

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Our nursery “Vivero” is in full bloom, and we are excited to have harvested some delicious ingredients to use in our Nectar Restaurant and Bar. Recently, we have cut fresh basil, three types of peppers, oregano, spearmint, stevia and tilo. While the herbs and veggies are used for both cooking and making exotic cocktails and smoothies, the tilo is to make our relaxing herbal tea in our Spa Bambu. One of our senior line cooks at Nectar Restaurant, Fanny Rodriguez, has dedicated much time to ensure our vivero is well maintained and that the kitchen is fully stocked with these ingredients when they are ready. Soon we will be planting a few types of tomatoes, cucumbers, and sage.

All plants are fertilized with compost we made here on our property. Our vivero is being irrigated with our own water that is cleaned through a treatment plant.

We are extremely proud of our efforts in sustainability and we’re constantly working toward improvements and better efficiency for sustainable tourism.  We know we are making a positive difference for our guests, our community, and our environment.

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H&M and Gisele On Location at Florblanca Resort

h and m photo shoot gisele H&M and Gisele On Location at Florblanca Resort

Florblanca recently played host to the H&M summer campaign photo shoot featuring Gisele Bundchen! We were so excited to have them set up their shoot in the beautiful gardens and white sand beaches of our Costa Rican paradise.

The photo above is a behind-the-scenes sneak peak of the full campaign you can expect to see this summer.

Visit the Productions and Photo Shoots page on our website to get a glimpse of other campaigns that used Florblanca as their backdrop, including Elle, W, and Avon.

We welcome press and media productions at our luxury, oceanfront resort.  Contact us to learn more about our services and amenities for productions and photo shoots.

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Meet Stefano, Yoga Master at Florblanca Resort

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Yoga has always been central to the culture and daily routine at Florblanca, ever since we first opened.  In fact, our seaside, open-air dojo is a centerpiece of the property.  We offer daily yoga practice for all our guests with a variety of classes for all skill levels.

At the heart of our yoga program is Stefano, our resident Yoga Master.  We spoke with Stefano in an earlier interview about practicing with nature.  Now, we wanted to provide a a more detailed introduction to his background and philosophy of practicing yoga.

Stefano Allegri began the deep exploration of “mind body” years ago through the world of marital arts. Stefano studied for more than ten years with Enzo Montanari, a legendary Sensei of Karate-Do. He received the second degree black belt of Karate-Do Shotokan style and became an international instructor of this ancient practice.

Stefano’s love of nature, and respect for a country that had no army, moved him to Costa Rica where he took the first steps in Asana Yoga. The passion for union between opposite energies brought Stefano to Bali in 2003 to explore his first teacher training in Ubud. For two months, he practiced morning, noon and night with master Luise Serss. In 2005, he travelled to India where his Mysore and Ashtanga studies unfolded with Sre. K. P. Jois. In the last decade, he has spent time in California and Colorado practicing and learning from Master Tim Miller and Master Richard Freeman. In 2013, Stefano returned to India, and was eager to go deeper with one of the most recognized yoga masters in the world, Mathew Sweeney. This year, he will return in October to study again with Matthew in Bali.

Stefano loves working with the anatomy and alignment of the body. His yoga practice is both on and off the mat; Stefano lives yoga. His classes are a journey of the mind and the body and he always teaches with passion, joy and a fabulous sense of humor. In his own words, “The expression of your face, is the expression of your practice…keep always the sense of humor.”

Visit our website to learn more about the yoga classes at Florblanca and find information on booking a Costa Rica Yoga Retreat at beautiful Florblanca Resort in Santa Teresa.

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