Romance Blossoms at Florblanca Resort


We love to welcome guests to Florblanca who are here to celebrate a wedding, a honeymoon, an anniversary, or a couples getaway vacation.  The atmosphere at the resort is absolutely perfect for all things romance.  The private villas, gorgeous beaches, delicious food, and outstanding service create a world where your worries fall away and you are free to focus on the beauty of your relationship and of the world around you.

Florblanca Weddings

Florblanca destination weddings are gorgeous affairs where guests enjoy our amenities, participate in area adventures, and can revel in the couple’s celebration.  Brides and grooms who choose Florblanca for their wedding destination rejoice in the beauty of the area, the service of our staff, the amazing food we provide, and the overall joy of the day.  Learn more about Weddings at Florblanca here.

Florblanca Honeymoons

If you choose to have your wedding closer to home, then Florblanca becomes the perfect honeymoon destination.  Our resort is truly an oasis of luxury in the middle of the Costa Rican rainforest.  We offer privacy and comfort in our Honeymoon House villa along with luxurious amenities including the world-renowned Spa Bambu.  It’s the perfect honeymoon getaway for relaxation, adventure, and indulgence.

C Magazine recommends Florblanca as the perfect honeymoon getaway in their C Weddings “What’s Hot” list for Fall 2014.

If you’re seeking a romantic escape, then contact us at Florblanca Resort to see how we can help you make this happen.

 

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Santa Teresa Named as One of the 10 Best Beaches of Costa Rica

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Florblanca’s community of Santa Teresa is included as one of the 10 Best Beach Towns in Costa Rica by USA Today.  As part of the “10Best” Series in their Travel section, USA Today compiled a list of the 10Best: Beaches in Costa Rica.  Santa Teresa is noted for its “low key” atmosphere, absence of notorious high tides, and an abundance of beach activities, including surfing, SUP, and snorkeling.

Florblanca loves being situated in Santa Teresa and we work hard to give back to our community.  Our efforts towards sustainability directly affect and influence the community.  We are a key source of local jobs; we support local businesses, farmers, and fishermen; we are a member of the Costa Rica Blue Flag Ecological Program through our beach clean up events; we’re working to build a biogarden to address water shortages; and we support local schools and  groups through various campaigns.

We applaud our community for being recognized as one of the Best Beaches in Costa Rica.  We already know this is true and so do our guests!

Read the full article here: 10Best: Beaches in Costa Rica

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Interview with Jenny Speirs in La Revista Biobalance

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We are so excited to have our very own Pilates Director, Jenny Speirs, featured in La Revista Biobalance, Costa Rica’s leading wellness publication.  In an interview for the publication, she was asked to tell us her favorite things about Pilates, how her practice fits in with her overall wellness routine, and her thoughts on mat classes versus equipment classes, among other topics.

Here is a translation of her interview from Spanish into English.  You can also learn more about Pilates at Florblanca here.

Jenny tell us a little about yourself, what brought you here?

Jenny: The first time I came to Florblanca was for a Yoga retreat almost 8 years ago. I met my husband when I was here. Initially we had a long distance relationship, but then I decided to come to Costa Rica. Now we have 2 children and I’m here.

Where were you before coming to Costa Rica?

I grew up in California, my Pilates studies were there. I have traveled a lot through Central America. Costa Rica is very different. California is more like a desert and here we have jungle and biodiversity.

What does Pilates means for you?

Pilates is a way of conditioning, it consists of a set of physical exercises specially designed to strengthen and tone the muscles. All the exercises are made so the abdomen is the center of your body, resulting in the strengthening and toning of the lumbar spine, which is the base of the spinal column.

The Pilates method means that the mind, body and spirit work as one.

What do you enjoy most about Pilates?

I love how it feels in my body. When I finish a Pilates session, I feel taller, longer, more toned. I do not feel heavy, rather I feel like floating.

The difference between this and other practices where you feel heavy is that Pilates makes you feel toned, it is a practice that anyone can perform, it’s for everyone.

How does Pilates play a role in your perception of conditioning?

I was a runner, practiced yoga and surfed in the summer, but I felt more powerful doing these exercises when I joined Pilates.

I feel better when I practice Pilates, but mostly I feel protected. With Pilates now I know how to protect myself, because I can feel it.

What do you think is better; practicing Pilates with the equipment or doing a Pilates mat class?

It is better to combine them, because they are very different. Pilates mat classes do not have anything that will help against gravity. This is why the equipment was created, to help people to be better at the mat class. So the best combination is to do both, the equipment supports you with the technique and the mat will push yourself to do a little more.

With respect to the equipment, was it easy to find it here in Costa Rica?

When I began to search on the computer, I had no idea where to start. But I found a girl in San Jose that sold me part of her equipment. Then I found someone who has a company that imports the best Pilates equipment including Multispa, and I ordered the equipment that was missing. Then it was a challenge to bring it from San Jose to Santa Teresa.

But, thanks to all that, Florblanca has one of the best Pilates equipment studios in Costa Rica. All this combined with the beauty of Santa Teresa and Florblanca, that is paradise.

Which factors do you consider important when planning your routine?

When I’m planning a private lesson, it will depend on each person and which factors influence each individual.

When it is a mat class, I always try to make a class that involves the whole body.

The most important reason I have my studio at Florblanca is because I want not only to promote Pilates locally, but also to promote it with all the people that visit us, including people from San Jose and other parts of Costa Rica. Then they can integrate a Pilates routine into their holiday and likewise integrate it to your life. People can plan a holiday without leaving out the fitness. They can focus on their body and also relax in this beautiful place.

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Benefit for RainCatcher Organization

 

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Florblanca recently donated a 4 night stay in one of our private villas for a live auction benefit with proceeds earned from the lot to go to RainCatcher, an organization dedicated to healing communities by providing clean water for children in the developing world using affordable and sustainable solutions.

While the lot is closed and that particular fundraiser is complete, it is always a good time to donate to RainCatcher.  They are working toward a critical mission in our world today.  Good health, nutrition, development of the brain and body, and peace among people is impossible without clean water.

We appreciate all the work RainCatcher is doing and hope that our contribution helped make a difference.

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Working with the Nicoya Peninsula Waterkeeper

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Florblanca has teamed up with the Nicoya Peninsula Waterkeeper organization to help preserve and restore our land and marine resources here in Playa Santa Teresa.  Our efforts with the Waterkeeper are in keeping with our Community Outreach and Development work through our Sustainability program.

We recently joined the Waterkeeper and local Mal Pais school children on a project to reforest the riverbanks.  Our Sustainability Director, Maricel Segura, joined the group and worked on planting trees and vegetation along the rivers. Together with the Costa Rica Blue Flag Ecological Program, we are all working towards protecting and sustaining our beaches and our land so that we can enjoy them today and in the years to come.

We are so excited to have the Waterkeepers right here in Santa Teresa!  This is a wonderful opportunity for our community and a powerful way for Florblanca to continue moving towards sustainability and ecotourism in Costa Rica.

Learn more about the Nicoya Peninsula Waterkeeper.

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Experience Florblanca Resort

We are so excited to share our most recent Florblanca Experience video with you.  Meet our people, see our accommodations and activities, and learn what makes Florblanca such a unique and incomparable experience.

Book your reservation now to get the experience first-hand.

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What Makes Costa Rica So Spectacular in the Green Season? Here are our Top 5 Reasons.

The “Green” Season, as it’s known here in Costa Rica, is the time between August and November when we tend to get more rainfall, generally during the evening or nighttime. This season means different things to different people and to us here at Florblanca, it means it’s a great time to visit.

Here are our Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Florblanca During the Green Season:

1. Beauty

More rainfall means that our landscape and surrounding rainforest is even more lush, vibrant, and beautiful than ever. Our native wildlife is also more active during this time to take advantage of the blooming trees, shrubbery, and flowers. Birders will absolutely love the Green Season at Florblanca.Florblanca Beach What Makes Costa Rica So Spectacular in the Green Season?  Here are our Top 5 Reasons.

2. Peace

When you visit us during the Green Season, you get the chance to experience our community like a local. Crowds are thinned out and life along our beaches settles into a peaceful, mellow, and happy way of life. Come enjoy our slice of paradise with the locals.baby sea turtles 1024x562 What Makes Costa Rica So Spectacular in the Green Season?  Here are our Top 5 Reasons.

3. Wellness

With fewer visitors here, it’s a perfect time to focus in on your yoga and Pilates practice. We offer daily yoga practice in our open air dojo as well as Pilates mat classes and private Pilates equipment sessions. Class sizes tend to be smaller during the Green Season, giving you an ideal opportunity to focus your attention on your health and wellness.

This is also the ideal time to indulge in a spa vacation.  Our Spa Bambu was recently named One of the World’s Most Healing Spas.  Indeed, we offer a full menu of services for restoration, relaxation, and healing.  Complement your yoga and Pilates practice with healing and restorative Spa Bambu treatments.

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4. Relaxation

Use the rain as the perfect excuse to relax in your private villa and read a good book, catch up on your writing, take a siesta, or dive into a hobby you’ve been wanting to pursue. While we have so many adventurous activities for you to enjoy here at Florblanca, sometimes you need to take some time to completely relax. And our villas provide the perfect resting spot.hammock villa florblanca 1024x477 What Makes Costa Rica So Spectacular in the Green Season?  Here are our Top 5 Reasons.

5. Savings

Perhaps one of the best perks for visiting Florblanca during the Green Season is that you can save money on our special rates and enjoy unique travel packages, including Health & Wellness, Surf & Yoga, Love & Romance, and Family Fun packages. We love to pamper all our guests and we especially love the extra attention we can give our guests who visit during the Green Season. Take advantage of our special rates and explore all that we have to offer.

Book now and enjoy 30% off in the month of September.

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Florblanca is an amazing place to visit any time of year, but the Green Season offers some unique advantages. We hope you can join us this season and enjoy some of the peace and tranquility of the Costa Rican rainforest at the peak of its beauty.

 

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Pilates Teacher Training at Florblanca

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What a great way to spend 6 days in the Florblanca Pilates studio!

Florblanca Pilates Instructors, Jenny Speirs and Nadja Kolesnikoff, just completed a continuing education course on the Cadillac, Wunda Chair and Ladder Barrel with Page Seiffert from Nosara Pilates.

Page led the group through a daily 6 hours of intense advanced exercises and teaching techniques that has left the girls buzzing with new insight and inspiration, as well as tired and sore muscles and brains!

Page is a one-of-a-kind Master Instructor who has a gift for teaching teachers.  With much gratitude and respect, thank you Page Seiffert!

Learn more about Pilates at Florblanca.

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Florblanca Celebrates Nicoya, Costa Rica Independence Day

Independence day Florblanca Celebrates Nicoya, Costa Rica Independence Day

Florblanca celebrated Independence Day on July 25th, the day that Nicoya officially became a part of Costa Rica.  For the occasion, our staff dressed in traditional clothing and we enjoyed authentic dishes served up by Nectar Restaurant.

Here is a quick history lesson outlining the independence of Central America from Spain and how the Nicoya Peninsula joined Costa Rica.

The Annexation of Nicoya
In 1821 when Central America declared its independence from Spain, the territories were divided into 5 Provinces: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. They banded together as the Federation of Central America. Nicoya was considered part of Nicaragua. However, Nicaragua was involved in many civil wars at the time and was somewhat hostile to the Nicoyans. Residents of Nicoya because of their location were closer with the Costa Rican cities of Puntarenas, Esparza, Bagaces and Cañas. Costa Rica was also stable politically and already had developed a trading relationship with Nicoya. Because of this close relationship, the Costa Rica government invited Nicoya to join their country. The Nicoyans agreed. As Costa Rica was not officially a republic at the time, legislatures presented a formal petition to the Federation of Central America. July 25th 1824, Nicoya officially became part of Costa Rica.‘Guanacastecos’ as the residents of this part of the country are known, take pride in being part of Costa Rica. Their motto is ‘de la patria por nuestra voluntad’, which translates to ‘part of this country by our own choice’.

This annexation by choice illustrates one of Costa Rica’s core values – democracy , also possess a deeper meaning and reinforce the following Costa Rican cultural ideals: the love of music and dance, courtship rites, gender roles, and their peace-loving attitude.

To commemorate this day, Florblanca served up “cafe chorreado” this morning as well as some dishes for lunch using traditional ingredients:

  • Shrimp chorreada: is a kind of typical corn pancake with sautéed shrimp
  • Chicken corn empanadas: served with black beans puree and cabbage salad

Happy Independence Day!

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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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