Wish We Were Here: Florblanca
A romantic Costa Rican retreat tops our travel wish list
Whether you're part of a couple or traveling with a friend, the hardest part of planning a trip has to be agreeing on a location. He's into activities, you want relaxation; you're looking for stylish interiors, she wants a day at the beach. What if we told you we found a place that satisfies everyone's demands—and you could win an indulgent four-night stay there? (Look out for more to come on that front in the next couple of weeks.) Enter Florblanca, a luxury five-star resort on Costa Rica's untouched Nicoya peninsula. From the world-class surf break on the resort's coast to the bamboo-clad spa, the interiors are just as arresting as the rainforest-fringed scenery that surrounds the property.
Here, 11 villas artfully blend sleek design (four-poster beds, bentwood furnishings) and a laid-back tropical vibe. Local touches such as organic fabrics and native hardwood flooring mingle with more rustic elements, including gauzy hammocks for two. Like the living rooms, open-air bathrooms take relaxation to another level, with minimalist hand-carved stone soaking tubs, oversized rain showers, and foliage at every turn.
Asian architecture is the inspiration for an on-site spa pavilion complete with shoji screens, a yoga studio, and a maze of Zen-like ponds and gardens. In the alfresco hook-to-table restaurant, Nectar, which overlooks the resort's lagoon-like swimming pool, stone floors and wood beams convey a stylish indoor-outdoor feel that's entirely in keeping with the surroundings. So this is what native Costa Ricans mean by pura vida. Count us in.