Kasiiya Papagayo is a luxury tented camp on Costa Rica‘s Guanacaste Pacific coastline. Five individual suites perch in the treetops, raised on timber platforms they are immersed in the jungle. There are spectacular views of pristine tropical forest and the ocean beyond.
Designed by world-renowned architects using only natural materials, sustainability is very much a priority at Kasiiya Papagayo. Each suite sits discreetly within the wild landscape, accessible only by a private pathway winding through the trees. The property is powered entirely by solar energy, with impact on the property’s surroundings at a minimum – even the on-site vehicles are electric.
Hidden in the wilderness, each tented suite is built from a timber structure. Overlooking three wild deserted beaches each room opens out onto the jungle canopy. Spacious en-suite bedrooms are styled with light wooden beams and canvas, fitted with bespoke furniture, king-sized beds, white luxury linens, A/C, and decorated with natural earth tones.
Rise to the sounds of waves lapping at the shore, birdsong and monkeys calling from the trees. Start the day in the company of snoozing sloths and Scarlet Macaws, with fresh fruits, organic eggs and local coffee to start the day off.
Days are spent strolling white powdery beaches, paddle-boarding, kayaking, tree-climbing, hiking through the forest or slack-line fishing. Kasiiya is a springboard for exploring the Pacific Ocean on catamarans, reaching secluded snorkelling & diving spots, and discovering the rich marine life of the Guanacaste coast.
Expert coach, Bruno Giustozzi, teaches the Movement practice, an exercise rooted in Capoeira, yoga, gymnastics and dance. Bruno shows guests how to explore and learn from the jungle as well as how to better understand the movements of the body and slow down. Yoga is inspired by nature and each practice takes place on a deck with ocean views.
A spa villa is tucked away in the forest, offering rejuvenating treatments such as body scrubs and massages, using exclusively natural indigenous herbs to improve energy flow.
A spacious deck high on the banks of the peninsula, raised above the forest canopy and kitted out with sun loungers and lanterns, is the perfect place to watch spectacular Pacific sunsets and socialise with other guests. Dining areas are lit by candles in the evenings and are open-sided so that guests can enjoy the gentle sea breeze. Delicious cuisine is prepared by Chef Sebastian Guevara, who incorporates fresh ingredients into each dish to showcase the flavours of Costa Rica – expect lots of fresh salads and seasonal vegetables.
The creation of Kasiiya was fuelled by an ambition to conserve the tropical forest and positively impact the retreat’s surrounding environment. The camp is also a jumping-off point for our Travel with Purpose programmes, involving whale, dolphin and sea turtle tracking on snorkelling and diving trips.