Close Your Eyes and Imagine Stunning Blue Costa Rica

By Cacinda Maloney

San Jose, Costa Rica

Look at that sky, San Jose, Costa Rica

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,

Skies of Costa Rica

Skies of Costa Rica

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.

Nature Air Costa Rica

Nature Air Costa Rica

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!

Nature Air, Costa Rica

Nature Air, Costa Rica

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 cemetery, Costa Rica

Puerto Jimenez cemetery, Costa Rica

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.

 

Blue Osa, Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

Blue Osa, Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

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.

Blue Osa, Costa Rica

Blue Osa, Costa Rica

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 isIt 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.

Blue Osa, Costa Rica Farm to Table Food

Blue Osa, Costa Rica Farm to Table Food

Blue Osa, Costa Rica

Salad, Blue Osa, Costa Rica

Blue Osa, Costa Rica

Owner Aaron at Blue Osa, Costa Rica

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.

Blue Osa, Costa Rica

Blue Osa, Costa Rica

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.

Blue Osa Yoga, Puerto Jimenz, Costa Rica

Blue Osa Yoga, Puerto Jimenz, Costa Rica

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.

Waterfall near Blue Osa, Costa Rica

Waterfall near Blue Osa, Costa Rica

Costa Rican Beach

Costa Rican Beach

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.

Blue Osa Yoga Selfie, Puerto Jimenz, Costa Rica

Blue Osa Yoga Selfie, Puerto Jimenz, Costa Rica

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.

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18 Comments

  1. Jazza - NOMADasaurus September 5, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Wow, Blue Osa sounds like a paradise! You have some beautiful photos as well!

    That prop plane sounds like an adventure. We took something similar to Big Corn Island in Nicaragua. Alarms started going off, the pilots started flicking switches until it stopped. They looked at each other, shrugged and started laughing. At that point we did our seatbelts up tighter.

    • Cacinda Maloney September 5, 2014 at 9:29 am

      Yeah, you are right, I figure they are not exactly sure what to do in an emergency! And now that you mention it, I am pretty sure an alarm went off as well! Oh, the adventures we take to travel. Sometimes getting there IS the adventure!

  2. Lisa Goodmurphy September 5, 2014 at 9:42 am

    My teenager went to Costa Rica on a volunteer trip in March and had a stressful flight in a storm as well! Blue Osa sounds like the perfect spot to de-stress from too much of modern life. I love the blue photo of your room – the colours are magnificent!!

    • Cacinda Maloney September 5, 2014 at 10:51 am

      It is definitely a place to unwind and relax! And I just got lucky on that blue photo! I love it too!

  3. Karen Dawkins September 5, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Ohhhhh, quiet escape in tropical luxury. The food sounds amazing…. as does the peaceful tranquility.

  4. noel September 5, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Wow, what an amazing place for yoga and well being, loved the resort – even the food looks very healthy!

  5. Tamara Gruber September 5, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I’ve only been to Costa Rica once but since it was in February and at home everything was brown or covered in snow, I was mesmerized by the contrast of the deep blue sky against the vibrant green of the palms. I hope to go back and explore more someday.

    • Cacinda Maloney September 5, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      Yes, when I was there it was green, green, green with shades of blue!

  6. Elena September 5, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    I am not even sure where to start. The covered walkway…the blue of your room…the food…and the yoga… so many moments for wellness!

  7. Jessica @ Independent Travel Cats September 6, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Looks like a fabulous trip. I love blue and those stuffed tomatoes look delicious:)

  8. Heidi Wagoner September 6, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Oh how I love Costa Rica. This place looks absolutely amazing. I could just envision spending time there relaxing with adventure close by. Thanks for this and the lovely inspirational photos.

  9. Jen September 9, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Looks amazing. Your photos are great! I can’t wait until we get to this part of the world! The food looks so good (always a plus for me) Can’t wait to see more

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