Being outdoors and close to nature is how we want to travel now. It’s a universal yearning made more urgent by the pandemic. And this re-imagined idea of luxury finds its perfect expression at a resort that has been conceived to allow nature to take centre stage. There were no distractions, no chlorinated swimming pools, no concrete or plastic, no motorised watercraft, no bar music and no wasteful menus offering endless choices, just a selection of dishes of the day headlining raw or fire-cooked food.
There was always a cool box for my veranda where I could while away the hours watching crested iguana doing press-ups in the sun. Below, the pristine beach beckoned like a blank canvas onto which a story was waiting to be painted. It could have been anything from the lumbering visitation of an Olive Ridley turtle at daybreak, leaving snail trails as it laid its eggs in the dune, to an osprey snatching a tuna from the waves. The possibilities were endless. This was Costa Rica in microcosm, a place unlike any other, where the vivid unforgettable biodiversity of the country played out.
Booking information: Rates from £680 per night; kasiiya.com. Or for more information, visit Cazenove+Loyd at cazloyd.com