Costa Rica: Pura Vida at Latitude 10

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You smell that? I do, and it’s called life. I live for every moment of it due to the fact that my consciousness represents an insatiable desire for escape from the telematics of today’s busy world. Smart phones, WiFi, iPads, gaming, music devices and more have captured more of our time and is keeping most of us from instilling daily thought with visions of freedom, succulent aromas and unique animal life.

My four-day escape to Costa Rica began as an 8-year anniversary celebration for my wife and I. And though the romantic time together was purposeful and endearing, we found ourselves engaged more in the sustainability, conservation and green living characteristics of the country, which became our transcendent and newfound mission. Landing in San José, Costa Rica, the plan was to stay on the Pacific side of the country to enjoy the serene beaches and then finish off in the countryside. This is where we discovered Latitude 10 Exclusive Beach Resort.

Entering the resort’s tall wooden gates, we were greeted by splendor beyond imagination. Rick and Bob, the two owners of Latitude 10, aspired to build a secret hideaway in a sustainable habitat without cutting down any trees or creating any imperfections upon the landscape. Consequently, a canopy hovers over the property. Cobblestone paths intersect through the micro rain forest that connects each of the five private Casitas and the main clubhouse. The luxury tree house resting between your very own private beach and the garden is an enchanting setting for anyone searching for peace and clarity in their lives. Keep in mind that the beach is rocky and not suitable for swimming.

Fit for Pharaohs and Queens, the all-natural almond wood structure is reminiscent of Japanese temples, with movable walls and doors that expand for Zen types to become one with nature. The Queen bed is covered by a canopy, and offers a powerful view of the trees and plants circumventing the room. The resort houses no more than 15 guests at a time, and is completely available for occupation by an extended family.

Latitude 10 was gracious enough to settle us in one of the two master suites, which housed a bathroom that was entrancing in its own right. Showers allow gazing at the open skies, while geckos camouflage themselves in the trees that surround the shower, and colorful hermit crabs play hide and seek. I couldn’t think of a more peaceful manner to begin the morning or to end the evening. Sunrise in particular is meditational. It begins with a wake-up call at 5am from the howler monkeys. Then comes a deep spiritual awakening from the sea which is only footsteps away from the villa. After pondering the day ahead, you slowly crawl from the canopy to open the soft shades hanging on the glassless windows one by one to let in fresh air and light from the recently risen sun. Either a jog on the beach or yoga and a massage at Meridian, Latitude 10’s open-air wellness studio is available to energize one’s mind, body and spirit.

Aesthetically, the bungalow was carved with curiosity in mind, featuring local artworks and handcrafts. In place of rugs were bamboo mats, and wire hangers were substituted by sculptured wood. A hammock and reclining lounge chairs garnish a full wrap-around terrace. Rounding out the decor are two relaxation couches on both ends of the room, a dinner table with four chairs, two ceiling fans perched from the high ceilings and lanterns in place of lights. This helps to preserve energy and peace of mind, since Costa Rican electricity is generated by its waters. Modern civilization was left behind, as there are no phones, TV or AC in the room. Internet can be accessed in the clubhouse, but we only used it to check on the kids back home.

The Clubhouse is where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served and embraces you aquatically with its quaint, chemical-free infinity pool. While sunbathing, strange insects, exotic birds and iguanas keep you company. Our breakfast (complimentary to all guests) of choice was fruit, granola, whole-wheat toast and a medley of tomatoes, avocado, brown rice and beans.

Each day mirrored the next. We relaxed and read books, ate well, exercised our bodies and fully appreciated the land that has been in existence for many years. Planning is already underway for anniversary number 9 in Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. For more information visit www.latitude10resort.com.

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Kimatni Rawlins is the founder of Automotive Rhythms Communications, LLC (AR), a multi-national lifestyle firm that blends evaluations of the latest cars, trucks, SUVs, and bikes around music, fashion, travel and technology. Consisting of Internet, print, radio, network TV, online video and event properties, AR is a multi-media and marketing gateway for receiving real time data and information on new rides, car shows, vehicle technology, green energy projects, customization, motorsports, celebrity profiles and auto lifestyle experiences. www.automotiverhythms.com  @ARtvKimatni