The view as you arrive at Kinkára
“This must be what a billionaire survivalist bunker looks like these days,” I think to myself as our Cessna turboprop touches down in Kinkára, a stunning self-sustained 800-acre property in the mountains of Costa Rica. Forget a concrete room filled with cots and canned goods—this is where I want to hunker down when things get hairy. And I haven’t even tasted the food yet.
Handpicked produce from the organic Mandala garden provides exquisite farm-to-table cuisine.
Located about 90 miles south of San Jose near the base of Mount Chirripó (Costa Rica’s tallest peak), Kinkára is part of the award-winning Cayuga Collection of sustainable resorts. You could think of it as a glamping getaway, a place to align with nature while perfecting your kapotasana. But Kinkára is so much more. Technically speaking, it is phase one of a bigger endeavor known as RISE Costa Rica (phases two and three include a hotel, private residences and a school). It’s a place where you would be A-OK if that Cessna never returned to pick you up.
The spa-inspired bath house
The food you consume at Kinkára—prepared by ayurveda specialist and award-winning chef Kuntal Kumar—all comes from the resort’s sprawling Mandala herb garden, 10,000-tree “food forest,” tilapia ponds and free-range chickens. The kombucha you drink at Kinkára is site-brewed; the juices are fresh-pressed. Even the hardwood floors you stand and the beds you sleep on are crafted at its own wood shop using sustainable timber from the land. Speaking of sleep, the Lotus Belle tents are both cozy and spacious.
The interior of the Lotus Belle tents
Between sustenance and slumber, Kinkára keeps you busy with unique experiences. There are hikes and rides through hills and creeks; yoga, meditation and sound healing ceremonies; even a temazcal-inspired sweat lodge. The options are varied and many. And if you manage to get bored, the Wi-Fi signal is strong.
Sunset from the dining terrace
“We wanted to create an environment and experience that energizes the spirit, one that weaves exquisite cuisine around euphoric adventures and mindful relaxation to delight the senses,” says David Comfort, co-founder of Kinkára and RISE Costa Rica. He’s succeeded—and then some. @kinkaracr
Photography by: Courtesy of Kinkára