Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica (PRWEB) August 15, 2013
One of the oldest and most respected travel agencies in the world, Perfect Honeymoons & Holidays Travel, has announced its list of the world's most romantic destinations and Costa Rica has climbed to the number three position, just behind Hawaii and Italy.
Destination weddings are exploding in popularity and Costa Rica has become one of the leading eco-friendly locations for these happy events. The fashionable wedding website TheKnot.com in 2012 selected Costa Rica as a top wedding destination in Latin America. They indicated that one of every four destination weddings in Latin America take place in Costa Rica.
CNN Money suggests that, "These days, most honeymooners want to do more than just bask on a beach somewhere - they're after a truly unique experience."
Jim Damalas, CEO of Greentique Hotels, has been in the business of providing exceptional Costa Rica experiences for the past 20 years, including Costa Rica weddings and honeymoons. "Costa Rica has long held the allure of a very romantic destination, but that allure has now been enhanced but probably not for all the reasons you are thinking,” said Jim.
Brides.com Editor-in-Chief Theresa DiMasi shared this observation "…eco-tourism is becoming more and more popular [to honeymooners]."
"People are becoming more focused on traveling well and traveling right, and the concept of sustainable hospitality meets those expectations,” adds Damalas. “Seventy percent of our clients indicate that among the reasons they choose to stay with us is because of our green certification, in addition to other activities they see on our website that conveys our commitment to the environment and sustainable hospitality."
"The most recent statistics from government tourism sources, report that almost 11% of travelers who come to Costa Rica are looking for romance, want to spend their honeymoon here or come for a green wedding. This means that the number of people choosing Costa Rica for these reasons has more than doubled in the last 6 years," stated the Greentique hotelier.
To address the increasing desire on the part of honeymooners, Si Como No Resort, Spa & Wildlife Refuge, another nature-based preserve owned and operated by Greentique Hotels, has set up two honeymoon packages — The Chill Out Honeymoon and Ultimate Adventure Honeymoon. These customized packages not only take advantage of Si Como No's lush, tropical Mid-Pacific location, but also include other hotels in the Greentique group, offering visitors access to the spectacular flora and fauna adjacent to both the Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and the Aguila de Osa Inn.
A trip to Costa Rica is an extraordinary foray into a world filled with tropical birds, flowers, pristine waterfalls, magnificent beaches, and lots of fresh air. The stress free zone of Costa Rica offers those who take advantage of it the opportunity to recharge their batteries and enjoy life in a truly magnificent jungle paradise. According to Jim, “We like to say that the magic of nature and the good nature of Costa Ricans make all the difference.” Mr. Damalas went on to add.
For those who want to enjoy a romantic get-away, an eco-friendly honeymoon or a green wedding, Costa Rica should be a primary consideration when choosing such a destination.
For those looking to decrease their own impact on the environment, decreasing your carbon footprint can start as soon as you step on the plane. When comparing flying time for the top three romantic destinations, these are the numbers. Flying from the Midwestern US to Hawaii is an 8½-hour trip. Flying to Italy is a 10 hour and 45 minute trip. Flying to Costa Rica takes only 4 ½ hours.
If you want to do an eco-friendly carbon footprint calculation, coming to Costa Rica will save nearly 47% of jet fuel versus Hawaii, and around 57% less fuel if you flew to Italy.
A green wedding choice not only offers couples who decided on Costa Rica as their wedding destination, a wonderful tropical paradise to experience this all important occasion, but one hotel group seems to have it all covered. The Greentique Hotels brand of sustainable hospitality has the reputation to go out of their way to deliver a memorable tropical wedding while also helping to conserve the very nature their clients came to celebrate their commitment together. Who could pass up on such a fabulous combination?
About Greentique Hotels
Established in March 2004, Greentique Hotels would soon become one of the major players on the global sustainability movement. Winner of countless international and national awards & recognitions, Greentique Hotels believes in sustainable "green" travel.
For more on Greentique, visit their website at http://www.greentiquehotels.com.
Currently there are three GTQH members in Costa Rica and they are: