Hi! Wow! We just came back from a family trip of a lifetime to Lee’s over-the-top resorts in Costa Rica, and I am so excited to share some of the highlights with you in this blog. We were gone for a total of eight days and when I explain how much we packed in you will be amazed!
After landing in San Jose, the 12 of us piled into a Coaster Van and headed for the Starbucks Plantation, which was beautifully done and extremely educational. Both adults and kids enjoyed it. Then we drove to La Paz Waterfall and Peace Lodge Gardens, where we were in absolute awe of what Lee has created there.
Our suite had a humongous bathroom that was decorated to make you feel as if you were actually in the rain forest. There were lush plants everywhere, a hot tub created out of stones, and two showers. One of the showers was built like a waterfall and the water actually came cascading out of rocks over your head. I have never seen anything like it!
We had a view of Trout Lake and the natural pool with a hot tub. On our balcony, we basked in yet another hot tub. Later that evening, we relished in a decadent dinner in front of the fireplace in his main restaurant and then went on the nighttime frog tour!
The next day we went hiking on his paths through the rain forest taking lots of pictures from the lookout decks with the gorgeous waterfalls in the background. We had a fantastic lunch at The Trout Bar and then went through the animal sanctuary. Please enjoy the pictures!
Our next stop was The Springs. We checked into The Palacio, which is where the Bachelorettes stayed during the filming of The Bachelor. Chris and I had two full bathrooms in our exquisite room. The boys loved our private basketball court, pingpong table, and dart game. The girl’s favorite was the herb garden in our backyard. Chris and I benefited from relaxing in our luxurious hot tub and pool with the breathtaking view of the Arenal Volcano. At The Springs we went tubing, horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing, and bathing in the many mineral hot springs. One of my favorite parts of the trip was when we all applied mud from the area all over our bodies to experience the healing qualities. Every one of us felt the difference in our skin!
Our last stop was Lee’s future resort in Guanacaste. Since the resort is in preliminary stages of construction we stayed in another hotel and set out on an in-depth tour of his place in the morning. The cliffs and coves with the tranquil, crystal clear water were so inviting. We all went jet skiing and basked in the abundance of sunshine while sipping on delicious margaritas provided by Lee’s staff. Lee’s properties not only have 7-star facilities but 7- or 8-star service! We did head over to the Four Seasons for lunch. It will be so nice to have such a similar, upscale neighbor when The Point is built.
While in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, We also visited Diamante Eco Adventure Park, which offers zip lining, horseback riding, and an additional animal sanctuary, created by Lee. Lee rescues so many animals in Costa Rica. We learned so much, and we even spent time watching monkeys with their newborns on their backs and a mommy sloth who just had her one-day-old baby lying on her chest. What a phenomenal vacation!
Thank you to Lee for the trip of a lifetime and also creating incredible Sister Properties of Lago Mar.