The Ultimate Glamping Getaway In Maui

The Ultimate Glamping Getaway In Maui

Before we took off for Maui, we mentioned that we would be using the trip as an opportunity to finally give glamping a try. I’ve honestly never been a huge fan of traditional camping, but I love staying in unique, off-the-beaten track accommodation. If it’s surrounded by nature, than all the better. So we figured that glamping (glamorous camping) would be right up our alley. Luckily, we weren’t disappointed!     Glamping In Maui   For the first three nights of our stay in Maui, we chose to stay at the lovely Hawaiian Dream Temple, just outside of Upcountry, and nearby one of the coolest beach towns on the island: Paia.   The Hawaiian Dream Temple is a secluded, eco-friendly bamboo cottage, (designed in a similar fashion to a yurt.) Surrounded by lush jungle, the Dream Temple had everything we look for in accommodation: a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable living area, two serene bedrooms, numerous screen porches, a pool and a luxurious hot tub. We especially loved the open-air concept that allowed the fresh breeze to travel through the cottage, keeping us cool and relaxed.Additional amenities included a washer and dryer, wi-fi and outdoor grill.     What To Do   Besides relaxing in the Dream Temple or enjoying the hot tub, there’s plenty to see and discover in Upcountry, the region where the bamboo cottage is located. A few of our favorite activities include:   -Visiting Makawao     Makawao boasts a rich history of paniolos, or Hawaiian cowboys. In fact, the town even hosts an annual Makawao Rodeo as a testament to its traditional cattle-roping past. Today...
Where To Stay In Granada, Nicaragua: The Colonial Boutique Hotel Xalteva

Where To Stay In Granada, Nicaragua: The Colonial Boutique Hotel Xalteva

Granada, Nicaragua is such a charming colonial city that it only makes sense to stay in an equally quaint and romantic hotel. We ultimately chose the boutique colonial Hotel Xalteva, and we couldn’t have been more pleased with the experience.     If you’re looking for comfort, convenience, great service, and a boutique colonial hotel that cares about the local community, then you can’t go wrong with Hotel Xalteva. Read on for our full property review:   The Property   One of the highlights of any visit to Granada is the gorgeous Spanish colonial architecture that dots the city. Of course, what better way to enjoy the classic adobe buildings than by sleeping in one yourself! Hotel Xalteva is a boutique colonial style hotel featuring modern, fully-equipped condo-style units—a combination that is not easy to come by!     The gorgeous one and two-bedroom suites come complete with a comfortable sitting area, a well-equipped kitchen and spacious bedroom(s). The exquisite furniture and decor is all handmade from local artists. Our kitchen had every appliance and gadget we could have desired, though with all the fabulous restaurants in Granada, we found we didn’t take full advantage of it. There’s also all the extras like hot water, air conditioning and super fast wi-fi—three things you don’t always find in Central America.     The rooms on the second floor come complete with a private balcony looking out to the pool, while the rooms on the first floor have a private fountain and seated area in the back. Easily the first thing you’ll notice when entering Hotel Xalteva is the lovely pool...
A Different Kind of Airport Hotel – Hotel La Rosa de America

A Different Kind of Airport Hotel – Hotel La Rosa de America

If you haven’t caught on by now, I’ll tell you again: we love Costa Rica. From the pristine coastline to the lush cloud forests, nature is what Costa Rica does best. So when we needed to pick a hotel close to the airport that had a true Costa Rican feel, Hotel La Rosa de America seemed like the perfect fit.     We’ve been through San Jose a few times now, and we knew we wanted a peaceful alternative to the busy, noisy hotels in the city. From the moment we stepped on the property of Hotel La Rosa de America, we felt relaxed and at home. Located just 15 minutes away from the San Jose International Airport, the airport hotel was the perfect place to kick off our shoes and rejuvenate after a long day of flying. The first thing that caught our eye was the well-groomed and lush greenery that covers the property. The owner admits to having a bit of a green thumb and even finds himself working in the garden from time to time. We were so inspired by the surroundings we ended up having a little yoga session on the lawn!     Not only are the details of the landscape exquisitely done, but the gorgeous artwork inside the rooms is equally tasteful. Better yet, each painting was crafted by talented local artists in the area!     The rooms at Hotel La Rosa de America are newly remodeled and all include air conditioning, hot water and even a tub on request! Rooms range from singles to quad, so if you’re a solo traveler or a...
What It’s Like To Sleep In The World’s First Treehouse Community | Finca Bellevista

What It’s Like To Sleep In The World’s First Treehouse Community | Finca Bellevista

  Ever wondered what it’s like to spend the night in a stunning treehouse community in one of the most remote regions of Costa Rica? Then read on—you’re going to love this account from our first (of what would become many) visits to Finca Bellavista!   Finca Bellavista: A Spectacular Treehouse Community in Costa Rica   The plan began with Kim, a fellow yoga teacher training participant. She was traveling around Costa Rica with her fiancé, a journey that naturally had to include a pit stop at Blue Osa (the place we had just spent such a transformational month of our lives). As we were catching up over a few glasses of wine, we began talking about her plans to hop across the Gulf and visit Finca Bellavista, the world’s first planned, modern, sustainable treehouse community—which just so happened to be founded by Erica, another one of our yoga teacher training buddies. Our excitement over a potential Friendsgiving mounted. I wasted no time in sending Erica an email in the hopes that Finca Bellavista could set out a couple of extra plates for Thanksgiving Dinner. A few messages later and we were ready to go, along with our two favorite fellow Blue Osa volunteers. Thanksgiving with friends in a Costa Rican treehouse it was!     The Journey To Finca Bellavista   Two days later we rented a car and piled in for our mini-adventure a mere two hours away. As we rolled down the windows, played our favorite tunes and cruised past stunning ocean views, it was easy to cultivate an overwhelming sense of gratitude for our many blessings...
Gardenia Boshor Boutique Guest House – Intimate Accommodation in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Gardenia Boshor Boutique Guest House – Intimate Accommodation in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

There’s no doubt about it: Iguazu Falls is one of the biggest tourist attractions in all of South America. As such, there are throngs of hotels and sweeping resorts to choose from all around the city of Foz do Iguacu. But we weren’t really interested in a cookie-cutter hotel purely catering to busloads of travelers. Rather, to accompany the one-of-a-kind experience of visiting Iguazu Falls, we wanted a one-of-a-kind accommodation experience, too. And that’s exactly what we found at Gardenia Boshor Boutique Hotel.     Gardenia Boshor Boutique Guest House is an enchanting bed and breakfast located in a residential neighborhood just a few minutes walk from the city center (and the buses that head to Iguazu Falls). To put it simply, the house is absolutely gorgeous. Immediately upon our arrival, we felt transported back to an era of Portuguese colonialism, both due to the extreme spaciousness of the house and grounds, but also due to the traditionally elegant decor. Massive windows, vaulted ceilings and large open patios were just a few of our favorite details, while the chandelier couldn’t be missed.     Our room was on the second floor following a grand spiral staircase. Everything about the bedroom oozed charm, from the cozy bed and blankets to the hardwood floors to the personal patio entrance. Additionally, each room at Gardenia Boshor Boutique Hotel comes equipped with a mini-bar, WiFi, cable TV, room service, and the most incredible black-out curtains we’ve ever experienced. We didn’t have a private bathroom, but we didn’t see anyone else using the shared bathroom, either. Hugely spacious (like everything else at the B&B), the bathroom...
Gran Odara Hotel Review | 5-Star Luxury in Cuiaba, Brazil

Gran Odara Hotel Review | 5-Star Luxury in Cuiaba, Brazil

We had spent the last week in the wilderness. I mean like the Amazon and the Pantanal kind of wilderness. While these places can’t be beat when it comes to adventure, there were also bugs the size of our fist, frogs in the shower, and unpredictable power outages. And as fun as that was, by the end of the week we were ready for a bit of a splurge. We also needed a place to sit down and get back to work. When we found out that the Gran Odara Hotel was the first 5-star hotel in the business hub of Cuiaba, we knew we had found the perfect match.     The Gran Odara Hotel is a comfortable, luxurious 5-star hotel in the busy city of Cuiaba. After a long and bumpy ride down the Transpantaneira (more details coming Monday!) we were relieved when the bellmen practically ran over to take our bags, ensuring we didn’t use any more energy than needed to hold ourselves upright. This was something we greatly appreciated, and we noticed from the moment we walked in that every one of the staff was well trained and very attentive to every guest’s needs.     Next it was off to our room. Our superior room was spacious with all the bells and whistles. The room comes complete with a work desk, stocked mini-fridge, extra dining room table with 2 chairs, 32 inch TV and a divine bed. We spent the majority of our time at the work desk and dining table as these made for the perfect work spaces for us to catch up...