Modes of Travel | December19th, 2018

Kinkara

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Santa Elena, San Jose, Costa Rica

www.kinkara.com

Kinkara, The new path is an ancient one.

Dawn comes gently to Kinkara, the Talamanca hills beneath Mount Chirripo sheltering the rising sun as soft blankets of clouds rise and drift away. Costa Rica’s natural beauty is slowly revealed as the sun crests, brightening the verdant greens of tree covered hills, the valley of San Ignacio and the grassy farmland of the Kinkara plateau. The tented destination retreat of Kinkara awakens with a peaceful meditative salutation to the sun. Yoga mats unroll in the circular pavilion, the central heart of the mandala designed gardens. The unifying spirit of harmony and tranquility infuses the clear, crisp air; harmony with nature and humanity. Each breath inspires gratitude and mindfulness; the transformative spell of Kinkara has worked its magic.

Arriving on the flight from San Jose, the first impression from the air is a plateau surrounded by rain forested hills and mountains, with a sea of green grass forming the landing strip. An intriguing circle of sparkling white tents bordering a pattern of garden plots forming a mandala design comes into view, its center anchored by a stunning wood structure. Upon landing, we are welcomed into the second heart of Kinkara,the modern glassed in vision of reception- community gathering-kitchen-dining-lobby, with a terrace open to stunning views encompassing the city of San Isidro in the valley below.

An expansive communal table beside the open kitchen welcomes shared dining and previews the all-inclusive Kinkara experience. Here health and wellness weave a path of awakening to connections,to self, others, ideas, creativity and challenges. Highlighting a conscious connection with nature through rejuvenating experiences, and with the land through an alignment with eco-responsible organic farming, Kinkara promises nourishment for mind, body, and soul, the freedom of inspiration transforming the spirit with renewed potentials and possibilities.

Innovation in fresh combinations produced in the Kinkara kitchens from their gardens, fields, orchards, and local markets,make every meal a cache of new and delightful taste sensations from beginning to end. The wonders of authenticity in preparation begin with daily harvests determining the menu, a blend of international cuisines revisioned by Chef Quintal and team, delivered course by course from field to fork. Accommodations are made for allergies or special diets. Fresh juices and creative smoothies join an array of teas, coffees, cocktails and local wines, plus house brewed Kombucha available throughout the day. Kinkara is a family, and the warm, friendly service invite a sense of belonging.

The glam camping experience of Kinkara provides a natural sanctuary for groups seeking customized holistic experiences with opportunities for growth and self discovery.  Yoga and wellness retreats, workshops for artists,writers, aspiring chefs and natural gardeners, family gatherings, corporate and entrepreneurial retreats, will find Kinkara offers personalized planning and passionate providers ensuring a quality productive getaway tailored to meet any group’s needs. Kinkara’s natural setting presents opportunities for hiking to spectacular waterfalls, swimming in the cascading pools, mountain biking,horseback riding, and excursions to Pacific surf beaches. Cultural presentations connect with the people and history of this region through music and dance.

The glam luxe tents by Lotus-Belle, revisioned as ‘inter dimensional capsules’, are the picture of serenity and simplicity,furnished with beds, night table, garment hanging rack and suitcase stand beautifully crafted by local artisans. Sleep is divine cocooned in the luscious organic linens in the sumptuous comfort of the Kinkara bed. The sisal woven rug warms the floor and the igloo style entrance protects from the occasional rains that sustain the gardens. It is easy to stay connected with WiFi and each guest is provided with a portable USB charger for each device. Amenities include reading lights, plush robes, and deluxe warm blankets. The modern designed bathroom, vanities, and showers are stunning and amenities are top of the line with plush towels and toiletries.

Kinkara embraces its unique home in Costa Rica between Atlantic and Pacific coasts with respect for protecting the amazing bio-diversity, and inclusiveness in sharing its vision with the neighboring native villages, whose knowledge of the land and sustainability are priceless contributions. From inspiring sunrise to spectacular sunsets, the unique aura and experience of a memorable stay at Kinkara will inspire, replenish and recalibrate your energy and vision for a path to wellness and future life adventures. 

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