Kinkára: Sophisticated Design-Forward Camping in Costa Rica

06.19.19 | By
Kinkára: Sophisticated Design-Forward Camping in Costa Rica

Kinkára, a luxury camping retreat in Costa Rica previously reserved for private groups, opens to travelers this summer.

The eco-luxe lodging spreads across 800 acres of the foothills of the Talamanca mountain range near Mount Chirripó, Costa Rica’s tallest peak. Part of the award-winning Cayuga Collection resorts chain, the secluded resort was specifically designed to create an atmosphere of mindfulness and relaxation in the middle of nature.

31 Lotus Belle tents, placed around the garden and along the river bank, are outfitted with furnishings by local artisans, organic cotton linens, screened windows and doors. Although nature takes priority here, the resort has made this a choice rather than a regulation: the spaces still have solar-powered reading lights, USB charging pods, and high-speed wi-fi.

There’s no compromising on food, though, and award-winning chef Kuntal Kumar handpicks his produce from the Mandala herb garden and a 10,000 tree “food forest.” Guests are welcome to participate and pick their own ingredients for dinner in the garden as well.

Other activities include meditation and yoga sessions, river hikes, mountain biking, and ancient cacao ceremonies.

In the mornings and evenings, the property is bathed in a warm, romantic light. Whatever state of mind you might be in, whether you’re just starting your day or winding down, it’s easy to feel wholly at ease here.

What: Kinkára
Where: 50m Norte La Pulperia Valencia, Santa Elena 11902, San Isidro de El General, Costa Rica
How much? Room prices start at USD $190
Design draw: Simple, pared-down luxuries such as locally-crafted wood furnishings and natural fiber jute carpets feel right in place by Costa Rica’s tallest peak.
Book it: Visit Kinkára

Keshia grew up in Singapore and moved to the U.S. to attend Dartmouth College. When she was living abroad after graduation, a chance enrollment at the Architectural Association Visiting School led to her becoming enamored with door schedules and architectural écriture. She's particularly interested in design for aging, rural architecture, and Asian design heritage.