Saved the proverbial best for last with this set of sunset moments from my #hostedstay at @fscostarica on @peninsulapapagayo. The first two images are from a special expedition to one of the @fourseasons villas that you can rent when you’re a guest. It was not rented for that particular evening and because it’s at the very end of the peninsula, the stay affords you both a view of sunrise and sunset each day. I had SO much fun photographing this house. You might remember that in Stories I showed the standalone tub that you can soak in while you watch sunset. It’s archived in my profile if you want to still see it! The sweetest FS employee, Errol, took me up to the villa and I really enjoyed talking with him about the differences between Costa Rica and the USA, before we eventually enjoyed the view in contemplative, grateful silence. Don’t worry though if you can’t rent it, there are two beaches on the resort that serve almost the same purpose with one giving guests a sunrise view and the other, sunset. The timelapse video that comes next when you Swipe Left was created on my @apple iPhone at the sunset beach and the rest of these images were taken with my #sonya7rii with @vanguardworld VEO tripod. When you visit, make sure you walk along the beach allllllll the way to the right. Because of the curve of the peninsula, sunset will last the longest for you when you do that and you’ll also find these gorgeous reflections in the pools of water that collect in the rocky area of the shoreline there. It’s worth the extra time to walk back when you’re done! Though really, you can’t go wrong anywhere on this property. It recently re-opened after an extensive renovation and though I didn’t see it before to compare, I know what’s there now has made it one of my favorite #fourseasonsresort properties. 🌴🌅 #fspuravida#fscostarica#sunsetsforbreakfast#sunsethunters#shotoniphonex#vanguardworld
Can’t stop won’t stop raving about the this balcony on my suite at @fscostarica from my #hostedstay this week! 😝 This airy space is screened in, so you can sit with all the benefit of being outside, enjoying a gorgeous view but with no worry of pesky monkeys or mosquitoes or anything uninvited coming in. Though who am I kidding, a visiting monkey would have been adorable - for a minute! 🐒 And I think I loved this particular space as much as I did because it also reminded me of the Vermont house that I grew up in. It was not on the water but in the middle of a large tract of land where we’d sit and watch lighting storms from the comfort of an enormous screened-in porch. For me it just reinforced that theme @fourseasons has, of wanting you to feel like you’re coming home when you visit. I rave about them not because they’re paying me to, because they’re not though they did host me, but because they’re genuinely a brand I love even more with each of their properties I am able to visit. Now about that gorgeous view though, I’m sorry I’m not showing you that and you have to look at me instead. Because it’s currently dry season on @peninsulapapagayo in Costa Rica, the tree that’s in front of this room actually looks dead in photos. Not just dormant. In person it’s so different and afforded such a wonderfully clear view of the hummingbird that visited the first morning. But in photos it just wasn’t the same. Thank goodness for all the palm trees on the property that never lose their green fronds. The rest of the resort still looks like a veritable garden of Eden, so swipe left to see what I mean 😊🌴🌸 #fscostarica#fspuravida#fourseasonsresort#costarica#peninsulapapagayo#deltamedallionlife
Just a simple moment, listening to the waves and enjoying the warm breezes, on one of the two beaches at @fscostarica during my #hostedstay this week. I was always on the beach early to shoot product for clients, so as not to disturb guests of the resort later on when the chairs started filling up. And yet it was amazing to me that no matter how early I had my toes in the sand, there were always a few people who had already staked their claim on beds or beach chairs. I mean why not?! That’s what you go on an actual vacation for, yes? I know I would!! And while I tend to travel for cultural reasons more than relaxation, I can’t deny that being such a huge fan of @fourseasons going back to the earliest days of my career as a travel photographer, their resorts are the first place I think of for relaxation. What about you, could you enjoy a day here just relaxin, maxin and maybe drinking one of those cocktails with edible flowers that I talked about in my last post? 😝 #fscostarica#fspuravida#peninsulapapagayo#beachlifeforme#deltamedallionlife#shotoniphonex
How was your Valentine’s Day? ❤️ I’ve often heard it said that food is love and if that’s true then the staff at @fscostarica love their guests very much!! During my #hostedstay, I found that the zeal & passion that goes into food prep, service and delivery is off the charts. From Roberto, who went out of his way to spend time showing me how the 6 bartenders on staff make the CR6 cocktail with dry ice, to @kirsten.cowles who had dinner with me to the bewildered staff who worried over me at breakfast each morning wanting to make sure my Huevos Racheros were perfect (which they always were!!!!) - there was never a doubt in my mind that food was just a physical manifestation of love. It proved you don’t have to be in a relationship just to feel loved. But we all know that already, right? 😉 I’m grateful for what’s often called a ‘Hallmark Holiday’ in the USA because it’s the day I met @dante.vincent 5 years ago. Yet I do think Valentine’s Day places an overemphasis on love only in the terms of romance. Like @theblondeabroad said in her latest post, if you can’t love yourself first or you can’t find love outside being part of a couple, then.... • #fscostarica#fspuravida#whatsforbreakfast#foodtravel#foodieforlife#sonya7rii#fourseasons#fsfoodie#peninsulapapagayo
Good morning again from my #hostedstay at @fscostarica on #peninsulapapagayo! 🌴 One of the things that I’ve always loved about @fourseasons is the intimacy and feeling of comfort I find at each location I visit, no matter the physical size of the resort or how many rooms there are. I was talking last night with @kirsten.cowles and she said it’s because they want you to feel like you are being welcomed home when you check in. It’s so fitting in a country like Costa Rica where people are so genuinely friendly and warm that the country itself feels like it’s welcoming you home when you visit. Though this property has two beaches, three pools and well over 100 rooms - the same feeling I’ve come to expect is present here just as I hoped it would be. The overall design has so many spots like this that you can make your own for however long you’re here. Whether you’re a “wake up early and claim your beach chair before breakfast kind of person” or whether you’re a “claim it whenever” kind of person. This photo is of the aptly nicknamed “quiet pool” and it’s my place in case you’re wondering 😉 Now after I finish breakfast I think I’m going to see about going on one of the hikes Kirsten was mentioning last night....more on that, and the rest of the things I’m discovering on Stories of course. #fscostarica#fspuravida#fourseasons#costaricapuravida
What a Monday! Good morning from my #hostedstay @fscostarica on #peninsulapapagayo where I woke up to the sounds of the ocean and nearly cried from happiness. The cold at home in NYC was really getting to me more than I even knew. So rather than hurry to breakfast this morning, I decided to slow down and stay awhile. I used my in-room coffee maker and slipped into my @ethicalsilkco robe — that I carry with me whenever I travel so I have something from home — and I sat on my balcony to just soak in the warm breezes and listen to the waves. And in “you can’t make this up even if you try” news, a little hummingbird came to visit the tree right in front of my room and stayed almost the whole time I savored that cup of coffee!! 😳 😃 I think I am already in love with #fscostarica#fspuravida 😍 #costarica#morningslikethese • Oh and my #theethicalsilkcompany robe was a gift from the brand whom I love because of how they ethically source their silk and then donate 10% of profits to charity. Plus it’s sooo soft and cozy!
Be fearless in the pursuit on what sets your soul on fire! .... Sunset a few minutes ago on my little island getaway ☺️ on @cockatooisland where I am staying tonight! Beautiful island in Sydney 💕 ... . . . . . @harbourtrust @visitnsw @sydney @destinationnsw @australia #hostedstay#staycation#sydneyweekends
Beautiful Bangtao Beach on the Andaman Sea in Phuket, Thailand right now at the @xanabeachclub at @angsanalagunaphuket ... its hard to imagine how a place so serene and beautiful was devastated by a tsunami in 2004 caused by the earthquake in the Indian Ocean where waves rose to 10 metres high right here. Speaking to locals the ocean disappeared for moments before big waves rose to building heights and they started to see ocean life surface. Apparently the water receded down to the ocean floor and then rose again in such magnitude. Nowadays there are warnings with adequate notice of tsunamis and tsunami evacuation procedures at the resort if that rare occurrence was to even happen again. If you are sitting on the beach and the ocean disappears, the local tells me make a run for it, inland and somewhere high up. That was a once off rare occurrence and it's good to know there is adequate warning to prepare before something like that hits again. Plenty of ocean water today so nothing to worry about. Time to sleep and dream on the beach 😎⛱ #privatebeach
Today's brunch in Thailand from the Market Place buffet at @angsanalagunaphuket ... I choose things that I don't eat often or don't ordinarily eat for breakfast back at home. So massaman beef curry and rice, congee (boiled rice porridge) with fried bread & preserved egg, fruits of rambutan, guava, roseapple (it tastes like a nashi pear but it's red). Blessed to have all this food on the table 🙏😋🇹🇭
The fruits of Thailand on my balcony at @angsanalagunaphuket ... the lovely staff gave me a delicious exotic fruit platter of all the fruits in season in Thailand. On the plate is rambutan which I can't remember the last time I had in Australia. It has a nice white firm flesh inside and very sweet. The skin is rubbery and you just cut the top off and peel it off easily. Longan, is spherical and has a translucent flesh and large black seed. Very sweet and is translated in Chinese to dragon eye because longan looks like a dragon's eye. Mangos here are very juicy sweet and although the seeds are large, they are flat and cardboard thin and not round like the varieties in Australia when in season. Dragon fruit with white seated flesh is very sweet and seen in every dining venue here. Fruits I see the most are pineapples, mangoes, coconuts, dragon fruit, watermelon, rambutans and papaya.