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LETTER FROM COSTA RICA
The Mediterranean as it Once Was
Historic old towns, seaside fortresses, coastal meadows, rugged
mountains, rushing rivers and picturesque landscapes make Croatia
a premier destination
By Richard Kern
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few months ago Great Hotels of the World released its Top 10 “emerging meeting and incentive destinations
for 2011 and beyond.” Fully half of the locales on the list border the Mediterranean, and none of them are
places you might expect – no French Riviera, no Amalf Coast, no Monaco, no Barcelona. Instead, we fnd
names like Montenegro, Sardinia, Turkey and, in second place, Croatia.
With its beautiful Mediterranean coastline, preserved old towns with stone houses and narrow streets,
coastal meadows, rugged mountains, rushing rivers and picturesque landscapes, Croatia has become a premier
destination – not only for tourists, but for meeting and event planners as well. For a country that bills itself as “The
Mediterranean as it Once Was,” Croatia’s more than 6,000 km/4,000 miles of coastline (including over 1,200
islands), cliffs, reefs, clear waters and seemingly endless secluded beaches make a strong argument for such a claim.
Since the dissolution of Yugoslavia and Croatia’s independence in 1991, the country has emerged as a
prosperous modern European country with multi-million-dollar public investments in tourism and meeting & convention
The Power of ‘Pura Vida’
EUROPE | MIDDLE EAST | AFRICA | ASIA-PACIFIC
CARIBBEAN | MEXICO | LATIN AMERICA
NOV/DEC 2011
T
he view from the infnity pool at the Parador Resort & Spa
is a strip of green. Then blue. Then white. A rocky outcrop
a few thousand meters out in the Pacifc provides the only
visual anchor, lending some perspective to the vast expanse of
rainforest canopy that runs like a tufted teal carpet to the edge
of the deep azure water. Off in the distance, a few towering
clouds loom. Drifting lazily, foating at the edge of the world.
Back in your top-foor suite, a sudden storm blows in
just as darkness falls, and the monsoon-like rain pelting the
vaulted wooden roof turns the room into a cozy refuge.
Raindrops the size of measured shots beat down in a sonorous
roar, drowning out the world outside and washing away the
accumulated weeks of tension, travel fatigue and techno-
babble. This, you think to yourself, sinking back into the couch,
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4 NEWSWIRE
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MEXICO CITY
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