The hotel company has partnered with The Islita Developments to operate ENVI The Islita, a unique ecotourism project in Punta Islita, a secluded ocean cove destination on Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula.
With Costa Rica aiming to become the first carbon neural country in the world, the destination is aligned with ENVI's commitment to responsible tourism in the places where it operates its eco lodges.
In November, the Costa Rican Tourism Board became a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, which sets global sustainable standards and helps destinations adopt sustainable practices in tourism. About half a million species live in Costa Rica, which is equivalent to about 5% of the total number of species on the planet. This relatively high percentage is a testament to the remarkable biodiversity of such a small country.
“We couldn't have asked for a better location to plant ENVI's first flag outside of our home region. We are very excited to create unique travel experiences in this paradisiacal setting while adhering to our high sustainability standards that are perfectly in tune with Costa Rica's revolutionary ambitions for responsible tourism,” says ENVI co-founder Noelle Homsy.
"We would like to thank The Islita Developments for entrusting us with their world-class project, giving ENVI Lodges the opportunity to showcase their unique model of sustainable lodging in one of the most inspiring ecolodge destinations globally."
ENVI The Islita will comprise 31 canvas and wood guest units as well as 26 low-impact villas that will be sold to individual owners and relocated to a rental pool to be managed by ENVI Lodges as part of the ecolodge inventory.
Facilities will include jungle lounges immersed in nature where guests will gather to relax, connect and enjoy the pool and a communal dining experience. Local chefs, farmers and makers will connect with guests and celebrate the food, culture and natural environment of the peninsula.
The focal point of the project will be a centrally located community center, an education, training and business incubator designed to empower small businesses, create jobs for artisans and promote cultural exchange through local collaborations. An affiliated foundation supporting the local school and community will be the pathway for The Islita residents and guests to meaningfully engage with the local community through cultural, arts, environmental and educational programs.
ENVI The Islita will also feature a holistic wellness center conceptualized by Meraki Wellness Consultants, bringing together a collective of experts specializing in alternative therapies, meditative practices, and regenerative health. Other facilities will include mountain bike trails, natural springs, ropes courses, a surf and pickle ball skate park, which will appeal to guests of all ages.
With a beautiful climate and warm temperatures year-round, Punta Islita is a jewel within a jewel. A gateway to authentic Costa Rican culture, rich in natural heritage and protected ecosystems. The architecture of the project, created by APD Arquitectos, pays special attention to the minimum impact on the environment, using well-selected raw materials that are integrated into the natural environment. This philosophy is also reflected in the Wabi Sabi-inspired interiors designed by The Islita's design and development team.
"We are honored to establish this partnership with ENVI Lodges as the operator of The Islita," says Anatoly Mezhov, Managing Director of The Islita. “Alignment in spirit and vision for sustainable tourism, shaping the future of travel, preserving our natural resources, regional economic development, and fostering multicultural community connections, made this partnership with ENVI Lodges a no-brainer for us. ”.
“We are extremely grateful for the adoption of The Islita vision by the local community and our partners, investors and collaborators, who are respected and established in their respective fields of architecture, engineering, elite sports, performance, design, well-being, sustainability and entrepreneurship.”