By Cacinda Maloney
It looked black and cloudy, then the torrents of rain began. It caused my stomach to lift up and then down real fast as the tiny plane jarred my aching body. Peering through the tiny window,
I had great hopes for a tropical vacation, but it had not started off too well. Arriving at 5:45 am, I had hours to wait at the airport and then the plane was delayed and we didn’t even take off until after 2:30 pm.
When arriving by tiny prop plane, you never know quite what to expect, but this?! A rain storm and suddenly I am right in the middle of it. Losing altitude, we dropped again and then got pelted with rain that was coming in sideways. I couldn’t wait for this part to be over and never expected this. At least the pilot had his hula girl, who comforted me!
The cloud and rain finally cleared and we came in for a landing on a tiny airstrip near Puerto Jimenez and imagine my surprise as it was right beside the local cemetery.
Not sure if it was a good sign or not, but for me, I have always enjoyed cemeteries, so I took it as a good sign and got out to photograph it as soon as I could.
Puerto Jimenez is on the Osa Peninsula and Blue Osa, the place I was going to stay, was on the bay side of the ocean. Pick up was prompt and very informative as they pointed out things in the town and along the way until we pulled up to the giant gate that would be my home for the week. Soon, I was escorted down a vine-covered path to the entry way of bungalow #10.
It was perfect, and blue! I had been thinking of the color of blue all week and now here it was. I know normal people don’t think about colors, but I do. All these shades of the color of blue jumping around in my head must mean something. I was destined to get the ‘blue room’, as when I took this picture, with no filter, just my iphone, it had a sheen of blue all over it.
My roommate would not arrive until the next day, so I had the suite to myself for a night! Now close your eyes and imagine. Blue ocean. Lush rainforest. Pure, unadulterated bliss!
You think I am on vacation, but Blue Osa is a place of work, a place to contemplate your life, to make changes about how you see the world; and a place for daily yoga. Oh, and it is not the Four Seasons, but it is beautiful. There is little to no electricity, and so things run off of a generator. No bottles of water here, no blow dryers and curlers for your hair, things run in a whole different way. It is a place to literally unplug, as there is no Internet in your room (and of course, no television or phone). And there is an insect net above your head. I slept soundly inside of every night, almost like my very own little tent!
Blue Osa is not luxury, but when I say it isn’t luxury, really it is. It is luxury in a whole different way than the way you think about it. You have the luxury of sitting, of thinking, of reflecting. When in life do you take the time to do that? Many times, only when it is too late.
You have the luxury of a chef, who cooks farm-to-table meals for you that taste fabulous and are displayed perfectly on large banana leaves.
You have the luxury of silence in the mornings, where even if you see someone, you don’t have to feel obligated to speak to them! (I love this!) (You don’t have to be nice, as you are waking into your day!)
You have the luxury of spa services that are available to you for everything from massages, to wraps, to Reike to facials. You have the luxury of a cool lap pool.
You have the luxury of daily yoga. Of sitting still with yourself and looking over the gorgeous second-story bungalow yoga studio that faces the ocean. To contemplate and process what is going on in your life.
You have the luxury to take daily excursions doing anything from hikes, to rappelling waterfalls to chocolate tours to releasing turtles into the ocean. There is even a chance to ride horses on the beach, take a dip in the pool, rest in the hammock in your room or on the grounds.
You have the luxury to meet others like you, to mingle at lunch and dinner, to meet like-minded individuals who are here to rebuild their soul as well.
As I usually write about ‘value luxury’ properties, this time the value and the luxury are of a whole different kind: a value to my soul.
I can say, that I valued this trip more than most. I needed the luxury of time off, time to not be so concerned about how I look (because the jungle doesn’t much care) and focus more on processing my latest round of life experience that have been difficult.
Disclosure: Thanks Blue Osa, as they organized a wonderful #presstripblueosa week for social media influencers, fashion bloggers and travel writers and bloggers.