14 Agents Participate in exclusive Costa Rica FAM Trip
Our Spring 2018 hotel sponsored FAM took place from May 4 to 10, with the participation of 14 luxury travel agents: 2 from Canada and 12 from 8 different US States, representing three travel consortia. The 6-night / 7-day trip visited San Jose, the Arenal Volcano Region and Manuel Antonio.
The trip started with two nights in San Jose staying at the Hotel Presidente. A fantastic welcome dinner at the renowned Restaurant Silvestre in the Amon neighborhood welcomed agents, and was followed by a full day tour in Rainforest Adventures with zip lines, aerial tram and hikes. The second day ended with dinner at the hotel and a bar hopping activity in the trendy Escalante suburb of San Jose.
The next day the group moved to to the Arenal Volcano Region. En route, they visited newly opened Chayote Lodge in Naranjo, continuing to the Arenal Region where they stayed two nights in Tabacon. The FAM enjoyed the Sky Adventures experience, which included the Sky Tram, Sky Trek (extreme zip lines) and the choice of Sky Walk (hike in rainforest and hanging bridges) or Drift (tubing). Upon returning the hotel, everyone had plenty of time to visit enjoy the spa treatments and hot springs. Gala farewell dinner closed the groups’ stay in Costa Rica’s top hot springs resort.
A private two-plane 40 minute flight from Arenal to Quepos opened the trips fifth day. The FAM ended in Manuel Antonio, with a memorable stay in the luxury suites at Los Altos Resort with a choice of tours between catamaran sailing, mangrove kayaking or horseback riding to the waterfalls. During our nature hike in the hotel’s trails and private reserve, the group experienced the rich wildlife in the Los Altos property. Sightings included three species of monkeys, two types of sloths, toucans and coatis. Many chose to extend their stay and visit other regions of Costa Rica.
Comments and raving feedback were received following the trip. A Virtuoso Agent from Bee Kalt Travel in Detroit, MI wrote: “Thank you so much for hosting me on your fam this month. I had a great time traveling with you and the ladies. I learned a lot and it was great to see all of the properties and experience the activities. The zip-lining was fantastic and I’m glad I got to try it in 2 different places. My back is finally recovering = . You did a wonderful job with the planning and the trip was very organized. The Tabacon Resort and hot springs was definitely a highlight for me – such a beautiful place. I look forward to working with you soon!”
A Signature Agent from Travel 100 Group in Chicago commented: “ It seems like a dream I was just surrounded by beautiful people very knowledgeable in our industry, experiencing great new properties, enjoying wonderful food, and being so adventurous. Costa Rica is so wonderful and it has so much to offer, I will always keep you in mind, specially your great properties, El Presidente and Tabacon Springs, a sanctuary of relaxation, and I been telling all my coworkers, the best swim up bar ever, fresh fruit drinks, so refreshing. Thank you so much for having me on this wonderful Pura Vida experience”
Another Virtuoso Agent from Altair Travel in St. Louis, MO sent great feedback: “What a FABULOUS week we had in Costa Rica!! You really outdid yourself!! Loved everything about the trip and destination!!... All in all, I LOVED Costa Rica and will definitely recommend it to my clients! Thank you again for the opportunity to “meet” this fabulous destination!! “
“Thanks for a fabulous fam trip – I have so many wonderful memories from Costa Rica! Can’t wait to go back. Thank you for your outstanding hospitality and hard work putting the trip together! I am so grateful for the amazing experience and the new friends” were the comments from a Virtuoso Agent from Stellar Travel in Bellevue, WA.
We run two annual escorted FAM Trips. Our next event is October 27 – November 1, 2018. For more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.