Pura Vida! Two weeks ago, Gregory and I had the opportunity to spend four days in Costa Rica with El Mangroove located off the Gulf of Papagayo, El Mangrove is a sustainable boutique resort that melds Costa Rica’s natural beauty through wood and water elements, bamboo and stone into every aspect of its architecture. .
Upon arrival, we were greeted with a fresh tropical cocktail and given a tour of the property. The resort sits perfectly poised on 17 lush acres, and garners 500 feet of beachfront on cocoa sands that meet a jade green colored bay. Upon entering my room I could hear the monkeys in the trees and the tranquil sounds of nature. I was literally in bliss especially when I saw a plate of fresh fruit on my nightstand.
On the first day we were taken boating where we were given a tour of the white sand beaches to snorkeling and jumping into the warm Costa Rican waters. I found myself in awe at the greenery that absorbed the island.
Throughout the trip we were taken on many activities that include zip-lining through the rain forest, hiking to the active volcano, and massages in their private spa . I have to say another favorite memory is all the eating we endured (surprise, surprise.) Chef Sebastián La Rocca, culinary director of the resort’s Makoko Restaurant took care of us the entire time and I have to say I’m missing him already cause every dish was amazing and delicately prepared.
I have to say coming home has been tough after being spoiled at El Mangroove but I know I’ll definitely be back as its the perfect getaway when you need some tranquility and grounding to nature. Goodbye for now Costa Rica.