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Costa Rica-Luxury Adventure Travel

Costa Rica is  one of the destinations in the Top 12 list of Abercrombie & Kent.  The company offers several types of luxury-mixed-with-adventure trips.  Your desires may be kayaking Cano Palma, ziplining through the rainforest canopy or getting immersed in culture in the village of Tortuguero.  They offer customizable itinerarys that include naturalist guides and luxurious accommodations.

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Hotel Arenal Nayara and Volcano

But if you are looking for something to invest in or a piece of the tropics to call your own, my friend from High School, Gretchen Gutshall Anderson, and her husband, Robert have conceptualized and teamed up with internationally recognized leaders in Resort, Luxury and Lifestyle Design, whose collective philosophy is to provide sustainable, memorable experiences through recreation, education and the exploration of of the synergy of the authentic elements of community development and support, cultural integrity, Adventure Lifestyle and Immersion Wellness.  Here are two examples.

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La Serena Resort and Spa is nestled within the coastal hills and pastoral lands of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.  The development site for La Serena is a 600 acre working cattle ranch and  is the largest, privately owned property within walking distance of the National Park.  Its pristine, white sand beaches, are only five blocks from the new Marina Pez Vela, the “largest Five Star Marina in Central America,” (first 100 slips to be delivered in June).

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The Ranch is located on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica;  it borders the quaint coastal town of Quepos, and is five minutes from the Manuel Antonio National Park and Wildlife Preserve. Driving time from San Jose, along the best highway in the country, is approximately 2.0 hours, or it is an 18 minute flight from the airport in Alajuela. Manuel Antonio is widely recognized as the premiere tourist destination in all of Costa Rica not only because of the park and wildlife preserve,  but also for  its unparalleled natural beauty and international ambiance– a paradise where the jungle literally cascades down the hillside to the white sands of the Pacific Ocean.

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Development Team
• Dr. Robert M. Anderson:  Owner / Developer

EDSA:  Land Planning / Landscape Architecture

EDSA on the team for the land Planning and Landscape Architecture has an elaborate portfolio, including a project at the Four Seasons Terr Blanche in France. This development includes two 18-hole Dave Thomas signature golf courses, a clubhouse, a 5-star hotel with over 100 suites, and 16 single-family lots. EDSA provided the master planning, detail design, and on-site observation services for all the resort areas.

WATG:  Hotel Conceptual Architecture / Hillside Villa Architecture

 

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Atlantis, Paradise Island-WATG Project Example

Arthur Hills / Steve Forrest and Associates:  Golf Course Architecture- See the ISSUU they have published that shows more elaborate visual conception here.

Facio Abogados:  Legal Counsel• Urbanizadora La Laguna:  Project management, permitting, engineering services (civil, geotechnical, hydrological)

Eco y Eco:  Environmental Consultant

For more information about this project and inquiries on the investment opportunity please contact us so that we may conect you with Robert and Gretchen/ Owner/ developer

 

 

ASID-Sustainable Design Summit-Tropical Hawaii

If you need a really good and positive excuse to get some sun and feel warm breezes, sign up for the ASID: Sustainable Design Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii.  The Summit is 3 days, March 11-13, 2011, BUT- you could always tell the spouse and kids it’s all week long.  I would never…but if I did

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Here’s where I would be ..poolside at the famous Halekalani Pool, made up of a million glass tiles. Conveniently, this is where the Summit is held.

 

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I would log a few hours here staring off the balcony of the Halekalani onto beachgoers and surfers below.  Looking at Diamond Head in the near distance,  I would plan to take a hike there.   I would take advantage of the hotel’s surfboard rentals and lessons or go for a sunset Outrigger Canoe ride.

I wouldn’t miss trying out the upscale Morimoto Waikiki restaurant recently opened by Iron Chef winner, Masaharu Morimoto. He buys fresh fish from local farmers and infuses his recipes with hints of India, France, Italy and Southeast Asia.  Sounds so interesting, my mouth is watering.

Maybe I would book a Dolphin Quest at the Kahala Hotel, or even get a little more adventurous and swim with the wild dolphins in the warm blue seas off Oahu. Check this dreamy adventure out here.

After this blissful week of education mixed with swimming with dolphins and sitting poolside at a luxury hotel, learning to surf, dining on sushi prepared by celebrity chefs and getting massages, I would hop on a plane feeling refreshed.  I would be ready to meet my family with open arms and tell them  about all I learned all week long at the Sustainability Design Summit and maybe even drum up a bit of pity for the days I had to spend inside listening to all the educational seminars while in such a beautiful and tropical location. Poor me.  And… “I can’t believe I forgot to bring my camera..

Walk Elusive Jaguars in the Bolivian Jungle

Volunteering to walk a jaguar through the jungle will be going on your to-do  list. Yes, it looks a bit dangerous, but no more so than driving the 405 through Los Angeles, in my opinion.  The Ambue Ari reserve, located on a remote stretch of road in Bolivia draws an international mix of Americans, Europeans, Israelis and Australians.  The adventurous travelers volunteer as caregivers and companions for some of the most exotic and savage beasts on Earth.  Those who dare to can hold, pat and play with the wild animals they are caring for.globallygorgeous,wow boyz,maienza wilson globally gorgeous,ambue Ari,animal sanctuary,volunteer,eco adventures eco resorts,eco travel,eco tourism,bolivia

Ambue Ari is run by the Bolivian animal-rescue organization called Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY).  CIWY rescues wild animals like monkeys, birds, pumas, and jaguars from Bolivia’s black market; the animals might come from abusive situations or from well-intentioned people who simply can’t care for them. One of CIWY’s goals is to rehabilitate the animals and, when possible, to release some of them within the park. They promote a practice called “direct contact.” For six to ten hours a day volunteers work directly with the animals.
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It’s not your average roadside petting zoo!  Volunteers here work hard in tough, isolated jungle conditions with no luxuries. There is no electricity, telephone or even medical facilities. But adventurers are drawn to the price — $10 a day for room and board — and there are no training requirements.
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Many animals at Ambue Ari were orphaned, abandoned or seized as illegal pets. These can’t  be returned to the wild, so they live in cages. But the idea behind Ambue Ari is to give them as much freedom as humanly possible. The big cats like Rupi get taken on walks four or five hours a day.

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The organization is supported by Jane Goodall.  Internationally renowned for her dedication and approach to improving the environment, she also has the unique ability to motivate and encourage others who in turn inspire her. In 2006 she chose Juan Carlos Antezana, founder and president of Comunidad Inti Wara Yassias, as  one of her heroes.

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Photo credit: ABC News/Matt Hosford.

Jaguarupi, or “Rupi”, (meaning Little Jaguar) is one of five jaguars on the reserve and,  ironically, the largest,  weighing in at nearly  300 pounds.  Rupi gets daily walks in the jungle wearing a collar attached to a rope with three volunteers in tow.  Read ABC news anchor,   Jeffery Kofman’s, exciting firsthand story of walking with this cat here.

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Photo Credit: peta-sucks.com

The organization operates  five reserves with 2,000 animals, including a few dozen big cats, tropical birds and more than 1,000 monkeys.  Juan Carlos says they operate on  an annual budget of $1 million. That is a staggering amount in Bolivia, the poorest country in South America, where most people live on just a few dollars a day.

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This beer-drinking monkey provided the in-house entertainment at a local bar and was rescued by a group of kids and set free. Drunk, disoriented, and dying for a stiff drink, the monkey  stumbled back to civilization.  It had had  no other home, but is now safe and  living on the reserve.

The 5 Mile Wave Ride Amidst the Alaskan Wilderness

Imagine catching a wave at breakfast and riding it all the way until  lunch time.  A group of stand-up paddlers did just that when they rode a wave for nearly 5 miles surrounded by the pristine Alaskan wilderness.  This was made possible by a phenomenon called a tidal bore which causes the leading edge of an oncoming tide to push against an opposing current or the direction of the river, thus actually creating a tidal wave.
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The magical event played out on the Turnagain Arm in the Cook Inlet near Girdwood, Alaska.
Scott Dickerson, of SurfAlaska captured the image and shot video (both shown in this post) from a motorized paraglider and referred to this as “bore fever”. Continue Reading…

Sustainable, Modern and Space-Saving Furniture

The guest house of our project on Hill Rd in Montecito has been the jobsite  headquarters during the process of building and we realize what a nice space this could be  for an office, even though  we originally intended for it to be a guest house. So…we came upon this great resource by Resource in New York that makes amazingly beautiful and extremely functional and modern solutions for exactly what we need.
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The Penelope is one of the more basic queen bed systems.  The line of Murphy beds and wall systems come in a wide array of fabrics choices and sofa styles as well as cabinet finishes from lacquer in white to pink to blue to true dark oak and white oak melamine.
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Another design is the Swing. The Swing consists of a Queen bed with shelving and a 9 foot sofa with adjustable chaise.
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There is additional storage under the sofa seat. Without removing any objects from the shelf, a simple pull on the built-in handle lowers the bed to the sleeping position and the shelf becomes the foot of the bed.
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The Atoll 202 Space Saving System consists of a queen-sized wall bed attached to 28 inches of shelving with a sofa and an 8-foot chaise on the front. It’s also available with a 6-foot chaise (Atoll 150).
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Additional storage under the sofa seat and the chaise tips up to create space on both sides of the bed. And, again, without disturbing  objects on the shelf, a simple pull on the built-in handle lowers the bed to the sleeping position and the shelf becomes the foot of the bed.
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See how easy and efficient this is!

They have a great line of office furniture too.  One of my favorites in this line is the Bird Collection by Luca Scacchetti.
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The Collection includes a series of executive desks, conference tables and cabinets inspired by long-beaked birds such as the Stork or Heron. The desks and tables’ cylindrical legs covered in saddle leather fan out at the bottom, reminiscent of these tall winged waders.
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They also have a great cabinet line  structured around complex shapes alternating between wood, leather and metal and are imported From Italy.
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Exterior  and Interior lighting by a variety of designers is also in the line.
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The Dress line includes floor lamps, table lamps and pendants that consists of a satin ribbon which  envelopes a black metal frame–available in white, red, black.
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The Gluc is unique, also designed by Arturo Álvarez, and comes with choices of ceiling light, table lamp or sconce with light color glass shade with stainless steel base.
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The Planum also designed by Arturo Álvarez has a silicone shade in white, black, orange or blue and can be mounted on the ceiling or the wall for an illuminated functional look of art.
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Wall look
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They also have a handmade line of rugs that are custom made using virtually no machinery.  They can be designed  from a pattern provided by the customer. The wool pile and cotton warp and weft are eco friendly, sustainable and renewable. Wool is sourced from sheep that graze freely on a 100% natural diet, and is biodegradable and reusable and meets the requirements set by the LEED building rating system.

Modern and Unique Holiday Decorating

Modern Holiday Decor

The time for Holiday decorating has come and so I thought I would share some inspirations for a more modern style of decorating in case you have grown as  tired of the traditional as I have. Here are some unique ideas from “House and Home” and “Living Etc.”  that I found inspiring.
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