Saturday, 7 May 2011

The PuraVidaEcolodge Blog goes live!

Please bear with us as all the old posts seem to be a little muddled up as we transferred them from the OLD blog...By all means use the 'Archive' to read 'Old news'!

In the meantime, enjoy our list of partners, suppliers and sites that we really like at PuraVidaEcolodge...Their links are just to the side.

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The PuraVidaEcolodge website update - 7th May 2011

After many inquiries, the PuraVidaEcolodge website has been updated with a whole load of new inspirations and design ideas for our Phase 1 of development, still scheduled for this coming November.

The anteproyecto & conceptualization are already in progress and we hope to be scheduling some 'design reunions' with our ever so talented Costa Rican team of designers, architects and engineers this coming June.

Keep checking back to the website for more updates...!

PuraVidaEcolodge - A Retreat - A Lifestyle - An Experience

The Happiest People

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF Courtesy of The New York Times

Hmmm. You think it’s a coincidence? Costa Rica is one of the very few countries to have abolished its army, and it’s also arguably the happiest nation on earth.

There are several ways of measuring happiness in countries, all inexact, but this pearl of Central America does stunningly well by whatever system is used. For example, the World Database of Happiness, compiled by a Dutch sociologist on the basis of answers to surveys by Gallup and others, lists Costa Rica in the top spot out of 148 nations.

That’s because Costa Ricans, asked to rate their own happiness on a 10-point scale, average 8.5. Denmark is next at 8.3, the United States ranks 20th at 7.4 and Togo and Tanzania bring up the caboose at 2.6.

$500M Resort Marina Planned - November 14, 2005

By Jennie Bell, Southeastern Correspondent | Reprinted from the Commercial Property News 

Florida Development Team Plans $500M Resort Marina in Costa Rica. At the request of the government of Costa Rica, Miami-born developers Jim Lynskey and Harvey Sasso are embarking on a $500 million resort marina project in the country's southeastern village of Golfito. Lynskey is partnering with Sasso's company, marina specialists Coastal Systems.

The first phase of the development will include an authentic village community with retail and residential components, designed to blend with the surrounding Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve. It will include a total of 22,000 square feet of retail space, with seven boutique shops, two restaurants, a casino, a grocery, health club and yacht club.

The residential component will initially comprise 51 luxury condominiums with prices ranging from $300,000 to $800,000. Those units are already 75 percent sold, primarily to U.S. buyers, noted Phil Perko, president of Digital Capital International Sales Group, the marketing agent for the properties.

The second phase, however, will feature million-dollar town homes and private residences. "We knew that we could sell this first space just with our contacts in the fishing industry," Perko said. "But for the higher-end residences in Phase II, we know we'll have to go to the international market to sell those."

As for the marina, Bahia Escondida will receive two new, custom-built covered piers, for a total of 216 marina slips ranging from 55 to 150 feet and priced between $180,000 and $600,000. In addition, Lynskey and Sasso have also received concession rights at Golfito's existing freight pier.  That pier, originally used by the Chiquita Banana company, can house the new 400-foot, luxury mega-yachts. "There is a strong demand for marina slips because of the influx of boaters from South Florida and California," Perko said. Many are fishermen eager to explore the area, he added, but owners of the oversize yachts, who are limited for locations, are also showing interest.

Chiquita Banana built the Golfito port town in 1920's but subsequently abandoned it 60 years later, Perko observed. And although the Costa Rica government later tried to establish the town as a duty-free trade zone, its remote location and natural barriers of rain forest and water have left it largely undeveloped in the past few years.

Bahia Escondida will break ground in January 2006, with the completion of the marina set for the end of 2006. The village should be completed by fourth quarter 2007.