Our Costa Rica Travel Blogs

Over the years the Original Travel team has been to Costa Rica multiple times. We pride ourselves on our unparalleled knowledge of the destinations we send our clients, so take a look at what our very own Original Travellers have to say about Costa Rica in our travel blogs:

Delightful Dunks

You know you're officially on holiday when you dive head first (or climb gracefully, or bomb, you get the picture) in to the cool, refreshing water of the hotel's swimming pool. And we're not talking about any old 25m situation, we're talking infinity pools with beautiful views, romantic private plunge pools and child-friendly pools to keep the little monsters busy for hours. So without further ado, here are seven of our favourite hotel swimming pools around the world...

The Best Honeymoon Destinations in Central America

Your honeymoon is arguably the most important holiday you'll ever take… no pressure, then. Well that's where we come in, as your travel guardian angels it's our mission to make sure you have the most superlative-ridden honeymoon of all time. And the first step to such honeymoon heaven is choosing the right destination. Enter, stage left, the ancient ruins, vibrant colours, buzzing cities, beautiful beaches and fabulous food (and pretty much anything else you could every wish for on your honeymoon) of Central America. And here's a few of our favourite countries for a Central American honeymoon...

Happy Chinese New Year!

Clever, lively, flexible - no, we're not trying to simply flatter you into booking a holiday (do let us know if that would work, though), these are in fact three central traits attributed to those born in the Chinese calendar's Year of the Monkey. Ironic really, given the cerebral association, that there's so much confusion over the various suborders of primate (ape, monkey and prosimian, so Wikipedia tells us). Anyway, the advent of Chinese New Year brings not only a good excuse for a party but also another Year of the Monkey, which got us thinking about the best places on the planet to spot these cheeky beasties. And here's a few of our favourites…

Seven of the Best: Boutique Boltholes

What do the words 'boutique hotel' mean to you? Perhaps it's the independently owned and run element? Few rooms, bespoke interiors, secluded locations, impeccable and personal service? - They're all on the list. And it has to be said that the place you rest your head at night is a hugely significant part of your holiday, whether it's a tented camp in the middle of the desert or a secret hideaway in the heart of a city. While the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of a place are the stuff that treasured memories are made of, the hotel could, and should, take your holiday to the next level. So here they are, seven of our favourite boutique boltholes in the world…

Our Top 10 Hotels for a Luxury Safari Holiday

Anyone with an interest in wildlife, habitats and adventure will have a safari on their bucket list. Whether you're in search of the big five in Africa, evoking memories of the jungle book in India or seeking exotic wildlife in Latin America, we know the very best luxury hotels, camps and lodges to stay in. Here are our top 10 hotels for a safari holiday:

The Best Family Holidays

From adventurous safaris and relaxing in the sun to fun in the snow and exciting city breaks, here are, in our opinion, the best family holidays.

The Happiest Place in the World

Why does Denmark always top the 'happiest place in the world surveys'? A combination of cycling and summerhouses? The fame thrust upon them by Hamlet? My favourite answer is that they generally have very low expectations in life, so they're rarely disappointed. Regardless, there has been an 'upward trend' of happiness across the globe (well, at least in the 52 countries they researched) since 1981 according to the World Values Survey organisation. They attribute this burst of happiness to economic development, democratisation, and increasing social tolerance - but is this really a true measure of happiness?

Best Holidays for Teenagers

Our resident family expert Lydia Gard returns, this time recommending her best holidays for teenagers.... I recently spent a few days in a villa with a friend and her gorgeous teenagers. The boy, 14, goofed around with the toddlers all day long, and held his own with the adults during the dinnertime banter. The girl, 16, was a silent hormone casserole wearing an iTouch. Leave me with a toddler and I can entertain them effortlessly. Leave me with a teenager and it turns out I revert.

Where To Go On Holiday To Escape Those Monday Blues

Today - the 23rd of January - is officially the most depressing day of the year, known colloquially as 'Blue Monday'. It's not surprising, considering that naked Christmas trees line our streets, we haven't been paid since the Christmas splurge and we're all on a diet. The solution? An exclusive escape, of course!

80 Senses: #12 - Costa Rica Wildlife

Meet nature's best alarm clock... Being woken up at sunrise might not sound like an ideal holiday scenario, but for some reason it feels right in Costa Rica. This charming Central American country sells itself as one big wildlife sanctuary, and visitors often find themselves abiding by more natural sleep patterns, waking at dawn and tucked up in bed not long after sunset. The reason they are up with the birds? Well, it sometimes sounds as if every feathered thing (and animal inhabitant besides) in this most eco-diverse country is hiding under your bed and that - on cue - they kick off.

Thank you so so much for all your help with our holiday; I cannot recommend all your efforts highly enough. Everything went so smoothly.

Fiona & James

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