Posts tagged ‘Costa Rica’

Costa Rica coffee farmers welcome George Clooney

Psst, wanna see a George Clooney movie that’s not in theaters and probably never will be? It’s a short documentary about a surprise trip he made to Costa Rica last year in support of sustainable, fair trade coffee production.

In fact, that’s the main reason I’m a Clooney fan. Sure, he’s handsome, but I like his politics. He’s an activist who uses his pretty face to make a difference. This website, of course, simply borrows his name because it’s a perfect play on the George Washington Slept Here theme. So while other sites are offering half-baked stories about his holiday trip to Cabo with galpal Stacy Keibler, we’re showing a movie of his time in Costa Rica doing what he does best: changing the world.

On this quick trip, he toured coffee plantations with Ecolaboration, a group working to insure fair prices for local coffee farmers.

Click here to see the movie.

While in Costa Rica, Clooney also did a little R and R at Asclepios Wellness and Healing Retreat.

Asclepios, if you’re not up on your Greek gods, was considered the god of medicine. Unlike the 12 gods of Olympus, Asclepios earned his deity the hard way. He practiced medicine on the Thessalian plains and was so good at it, he was given the god nod. In fact, the reason the snake is the symbol of medicine is because Asclepios turned himself into one when he was summoned by the Romans during a devastating plague.

But enough Greek history. The spa just outside of San Jose near the Poas Volcano is named for this deity because it’s a place of healing. The owner, a lawyer turned naturopath, opened this amazing refuge of healing after studying energy medicine and other healing modalities. It was her way of using her unique set of skills and knowledge to do what Clooney likes to do: improve quality of life.

Asclepio is small (only 12 rooms, each unique and gorgeously decorated), but it has a fitness center, a yoga and meditation pavilion, a Turkish bath, a tempered ionized pool and a team of bright, energetic holistic practitioners. And the best part? There’s little to do but rest and relax. The staff, of course, can set up all the typical Costa Rican activities–ziplining, volcano viewing, jungle tours—but why leave paradise.

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The Bachelor goes to Costa Rica’s Springs Resort and Spa.

Next Monday’s episode (2/7/11) of “The Bachelor” is guaranteed to set off some seismic eruptions. Not because Brad Womack is planning a repeat performance of his 2007 refusal to marry either of the final two contestants, but because the episode is shot in entirety in Costa Rica at the base of one of the world’s ten most active volcanoes.

Although Volcan Arenal hasn’t seriously erupted since 1968 when it buried three small villages and killed 87 people, it still rumbles every day with showy smoke, ash columns and glowing orange lava. Every room and suite at the five-star Springs Resort and Spa where Womack and the six remaining beauties were filmed in October 2010 has stunning, floor to ceiling views of the volcano’s nightly fireworks show.

Nestled on 165 acres of its own rainforest reserve, Springs Resort and Spa was a match made in heaven for the popular reality show. With 18 natural hot springs, spectacular mountaintop views and lushly-landscaped grounds, the resort is a regular Cupid at inspiring romance. No wonder it won TripAdvisor 2011 Traveler’s Choice Award as best spa resort in Central or South America.

The spectacular La Fortuna region, where the resort is located, draws tens of thousands of tourists each year who come to not only gawk at the volcano’s nightly light spectacle, but to swim and fish in Costa Rica’s largest fresh water lake and to soak in the region’s many heavenly hot springs.

Womack and his dates were no exception as they rappelled down waterfalls, explored caves and ziplined through the jungle compliments of Pure Trek Costa Rica, an outdoor expedition company that has also been known to arrange horseback riding, kayaking, fishing, bird watching and other romantic adventures.

Springs Resort and Spa, in conjunction with Costa Rica’s Ministry of Environment and Energy, operates a wildlife rescue preserve with 25 jungle cats and monkeys. It also has a magnificent 14,000 square foot spa, four restaurants and five bars.

For more about this romantic getaway, click here.