PRESS AND MEDIAWhat others are saying about Florblanca
At Florblanca, we highly enjoy working with media profesionals, and we love to tell our story. We truly appreciate the journalists and publications that seek us out and find interest in our hotel and this area of Costa Rica. Please feel free to contact General Manager Cody Dillon for more information regarding Florblanca Media: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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, 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.
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.
La Revista Biobalance
The leading wellness magazine in Costa Rica, La Revista Biobalance, recently profiled Florblanca in an article titled "Un Lugar de ensueño" ("A Place of Dreams"). Florblanca is noted for its spa treatments, adventurous activities, and healthy, locally sourced dining. Of the activities available at Florblanca, the author highlights surfing, yoga, and Pilates, including an interview with Jenny Speirs, our Pilates Director.
We included a translation of Jenny’s interview in our blog here. In it, she discusses her favorite things about Pilates, how her practice fits in with her overall wellness routine, and her thoughts on mat classes versus equipment classes.
We are so grateful to La Revista Biobalance for including us in their latest edition.
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.
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.
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 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.
La Republica is the leading business and economics newspaper of Costa Rica. Our very own Nectar Restaurant was recently the subject of a feature article they published in their Magazine section. The reviewer emphasizes Nectar’s commitment to sourcing local, fresh ingredients, specifically their Farm to Table and Hook to Fork initiatives. The article also introduces Chef Norman and sushi master Pablo.
"The restaurant of this fine hotel in Santa Teresa offers without excess dishes that are inspired by a common denominator: fresh ingredients … The hotel has a restaurant whose style is relaxed, elegant, delicious and served by a professional staff eclectic and absolutely charming." (translated from Spanish)
Read more about the Cuisine at Nectar and be sure to come visit us soon!
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 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.
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!
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.
BioBalance is a Spanish language magazine with a focus on natural medicine, nutrition, natural cosmetics, yoga, dance, meditation, and alternative therapies. The publication recently sent a writer to Florblanca to profile our Yoga Studio and our Yoga Master, Stefano Allegri.
We are so pleased with their take on Florblanca and our amenities. They captured the essense of our resort and the sense of adventure that can be so important to our guests. They also captured the mind / body / soul connection that can be achieved here in our oceanfront and rainforest setting, enhanced through yoga, pilates, and fresh, local, healthy, delicious food at Nectar Restaurant.
The article also provides a flattering profile of Stefano, our resident Yoga Master, accompanied by a wonderful slideshow of images from his classes in our open-air dojo.
To read the full article, please visit Yoga in Santa Teresa - BioBalance
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.
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.
We were delighted to host Gadling.com travel blogger, Dave Seminara, during his two day stay with his wife and young kids at Florblanca. Having spent his younger years traveling frequently and always looking for the cheapest place to stay, Dave is a budget-conscious traveler who appreciates a "once in a blue moon" splurge at a "truly world-class, luxury resort." We are so glad he chose Florblanca for his once in a blue moon trip!
Dave knew he wanted to be near Santa Teresa and he chose Florblanca after reading rave reviews on TripAdvisor. Upon arriving, he writes: "Before we'd even officially checked into Florblanca, a small, 11 villa eco-resort in Santa Theresa, on Costa Rica's glorious Nicoya Peninsula, I was already dreading leaving the place."
Dave enjoyed his short stay with us, commenting that the resort, the beach, the lush trees and wildlife "make the place feel like something pretty damn close to paradise." Cheers to that! We hope to see Dave and his family back at our paradise before the next blue moon.
Marysia Swim gives a shout out to Florblanca in the May 2013 issue of Condé Nast Traveller.
New York based swimwear designer Marysia Dobrzanska Reeves recently stayed at Florblanca with her family during a trip to Costa Rica. She says: "It's heavenly - I can watch my daughter play in the tidal pools while my husband surfs nearby."
We were so happy to have Marysia and can't wait to see her again!
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.
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."
The 100th episode of MTV’s "The Hills" was filmed at Florblanca. Watch the episode here: MTV's "The Hills" comes to Florblanca, Costa Rica
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."
This elegant publication singled out Nectar at Florblanca in their Food & Dining section for "Beachside Elegance in Costa Rica."
"Chef Spencer's ability to employ fresh local ingredients in imaginative and tasty ways is a true art. Creativity and thoughtful presentation convey the passion and love that goes into every plate."
Access the full issue here (Necar article found on pg 116) Nectar: Beachside Elegance in Costa Rica.
Florblanca Resort is proud to have been featured in a recent Alister & Paine Magazine article entitled "Pacific Surf Town’s Luxury Resort: Boutique Costa Rica Resort is the perfect balance of adventure & elite splendor."
The author expresses that "the combination of simultaneous rainforest and oceanic environment is breathtaking, like nothing you’ve ever seen before." With luxurious villas and spa treatments, close-to-nature living, and activities and amenities offered within the resort as well as the surrounding community of Santa Teresa and the Nicoya Peninsula, Florblanca provides the freedom to enjoy the resort and area as you wish.
The resort is nestled on the tip of the southern Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica and in addition to daily yoga, pilates, and on-site spa services, guests also love to explore horsebackriding, forest excursions, ziplining, and surfing at one of the world's greatest breaks - right outside your villa door. An interview with Florblanca General Manager Cody Dillon reveals that she came for the surfing and never looked back.