DESTINATION: COSTA RICA
The Destination: GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA
Guanacaste is a majestic province in Costa Rica, full of lush jungle, mountains and even volcanoes. It is a perfect spot for people looking to get close to nature and to enjoy thrilling outdoor activities. It is home to breathtaking national parks, hot springs, and sandy beaches. The country’s unofficial motto is ‘pura vida‘, or ‘pure life’, something ingrained and reflected in the culture of Costa Rica and the Ticos, as the locals are known. The people in Guanacaste are very warm, friendly and welcoming, and the lifestyle is very laid-back. The atmosphere here makes it ideal for an unforgettable getaway. Come find your own “pura vida”, and experience a destination you will hold in your heart for a long, long time.
“WHY COSTA RICA?”
Adventure! Whatever your pleasure or level of adventure, you can find it here. Soar through the tree canopy on a zip-line, or shoot down a 1,300-foot water slide. Explore the jungle on horseback or a tractor carriage, or unwind in a natural spa as you savor a volcanic mud treatment.
Tourism, Culture and Hospitality - Costa Rica is ranked as one of the most visited international destinations and a main sources of income is tourism. Costa Rica is a democratic and peaceful country and it has not had an army since the year 1949! It has used the savings from defense spending to improve the lives of the people and their ecological mission. It ranked first in Latin America and 12th in world in happiness, according to the 2017 World Happiness Index. The Happy Planet Index ranked it No. 1 in the world. It only takes one visit to see why!
Ecology - Although Costa Rica covers only 0.03% of the surface of the earth, Costa Rica has over 5% of the world's bio diversity. What will you find in Costa Rica?
1,000 species of butterflies
1,200 varieties of orchids
850 species of birds
380 species of amphibians and reptiles
1,600 species of fresh and salt water fish
208 species of mammals
9,000 species of plants
Cloud forests, Rain Forests, Mangrove wetlands, mountains, swamps and 6 active volcanoes!
The Hotel: JW MARRIOTT GUANACASTE
It's easy to discover the essence of Costa Rica at the JW Marriott Guanacaste. The JW Marriott Guanacaste is surrounded by the splendors of Costa Rican rich biodiversity. This resort and spa sits oceanfront and is the only international branded resort and spa close to Tamarindo town. Next to the hotel you will find an equestrian center, tennis courts, and an 18-hole golf course with a coastal layout. Off-site activities such as surfing lessons, zip lining, horseback riding, white water rafting, kayaking, bird and monkey watching and ATV tours can be arranged on site. Enjoy surf beaches with excellent year-round waves and warm water, visit turtle nesting sanctuaries or observe a great variety of wildlife. The resort has 7,000 Sq. Ft. of meeting space and more than 23,000 Sq. Ft of outdoor space that can be used for events, this without considering Mansita Beach, one of their most requested venues for hosting theme dinners. The hotel features the largest infinity pool in Central America, outdoor Jacuzzis, a fully equipped fitness center, biking and jogging trails and a Kids Club with professional care. Relax in the world class spa, ranked one of the top five spas in Latin America by Spa Magazine. Within the resort guests will find an array of gastronomic options such as Azul Grill our beach front restaurant, Tamarine our Asian fusion cuisine restaurant, Sabanero is a genuine Guanacastecan Steakhouse or Mansita Restaurant. Insider’s Tip: Take in Guanacaste´s spectacular sunset while enjoying a handcrafted cocktail either at Nau Sushi Lounge or right in front of the beach at Aperitivo Lounge.
All guestrooms have balconies either with garden, pool or ocean view. In-room amenities include LCD TVs, soundproof windows, alarm clock with mobile docking station, streaming speed Internet, total blackout curtains, plush pillow-top mattresses, 300 thread count Egyptian cotton linen sheets, rich woods, and marble bathtubs.
Certification of Sustainable Tourism – 2016 & 2017 include biological, infrastructure, service, sustainability and socio economic. 4 leafs certificate.
Blue flag program certification for Mansita Beach – 2016 & 2017
Top 15 Hotels & Resorts by Conde Nast Reader’s Choice award 2015
Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2015 and 2016
World Travel award for best Resorts in Mexico & Central America – 2016
5 Stars award by the Costa Rica Tourism board as the best hotel and resort in Guanacaste - 2015
Leading Spa and Leading Hotels Suite by the World Travel award - 2015
Make them say “wow!” - incredible activities
Canopy Tours - Zip lining is a huge activity in Costa Rica - Some of them involve crossing over river gorges, making it necessary to climb a mountain to continue your journey. Whatever level of difficulty you choose, and there are plenty of options, one thing is for sure: You will find yourself immersed in adventurous wonder!
Diving - Another activity that has something for everyone, regardless of experience. With so many species of marine life, Costa Rica is very often ranked in the top 10 among the world’s best places to dive.
Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs - Take a boat ride across the largest lake in the country to observe the imposing Arenal Volcano, then walk through the rain forest and explore the canopy on hanging bridges. Wind it down with a relaxing dip in a hot spring and top off your day with a gourmet dinner and one last scenic view of the volcano.
Rincon! - Surround yourself with lush Costa Rican forest and discover landscapes shaped by an active volcano with a tour of Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Take in stunning views of the volcano that bears this park’s name, and witness bubbling mud pits and volcanic fumaroles. Also visit a stunning waterfall and be on the lookout for the colorful fauna that inhabits this paradise during your adventure.
Golf - While most come to Costa Rica for the natural wonders and beautiful beaches, the destination has quickly become a hot spot for golfers as well. Courses from famous architects like Robert Trent Jones, Tom Fazio and Mike Young offer memorable golf experiences and nearby Four Seasons Resort offers a spectacular, mountain-climbing golfing adventure on pristine grounds.
SAMPLE ITINERARY (5 DAYS, 4 NIGHTS)
ESTIMATED PROGRAM BUDGET
(4) nights deluxe accommodations, inclusive of all taxes and fees.
(5) nights upgraded accommodations for top performers, VIPs and Executive Team, inclusive of all taxes and fees.
FOOD + BEVERAGE/EVENTS
(4) Breakfasts at Leisure
Welcome Reception + Dinner
Final Night Awards Reception + Dinner
Allowance for Audio Visual and Decor/Entertainment enhancements during event functions
AIR + GROUND TRANSPORTATION
Round-Trip Coach Airfare from home cities
Round-Trip Airport Transportation to and from resort
Round-Trip activity transfers
$300 per person budget allowance for sponsored activities during the program
Budget Allowance for site inspection expenses
GIFTS + AMENITIES
$150 allowance per couple for pre-trip teaser gift
$350 Per Person budget allowance for onsite gifts and amenities
$150 allowance per winner for sales award gift
Full-Service Meeting Management
Customized Event Mobile App
Customized Program Website + Attendee Registration
Program documentation, including welcome packets, name badges, signage and pre-trip materials
All on-site staff expenses including air travel, salary, meals and travel expenses