Percolating on the Papagayo Peninsula

By Rona Berg / September 24, 2013


Costa Ricans love their coffee, and with good reason: The brew is delicious and the aroma is absolutely intoxicating. Dark roast is the most popular, enjoyed as a hot drink and also in smoothies, mixed with cocoa and as a body scrub. The skin-smoothing tradition is on the spa menu at the Four Seasons Costa Rica, on the Papagayo Peninsula—paradise!—where the Organic Coffee Body Scrub features a full-body dry brushing, an exfoliation with organic Costa Rican coffee scrub (hand-mixed at the resort, from local grounds and soybean oil), followed by a shower and application of delicious vanilla bean lotion. For a detoxifying add-on, the Green Coffee Detoxifying Wrap, made from 98 percent green coffee powder from Pevonia, is divinely relaxing. “The scrub is a great nonabrasive skin polisher, which gives a nice finish to the skin,” says Spa Director Livvia Reddington. “The caffeine absorbs into your system, acts as a diuretic and detoxes the system.” Especially enjoyable when followed with a nice cup of joe on the beach.

—Rona Berg

Rona Berg

Rona Berg

Editor-In-Chief at Organic Spa Magazine
Editor-in-chief of Organic Spa Media, longtime journalist and best-selling author of Beauty: The New Basics and Fast Beauty: 1000 Quick Fixes (Workman Publishing), Rona Berg is the former Editorial Director of ELLE and Deputy Style Editor for the New York Times Magazine. She has been cited as an industry expert by Huffington Post, Fox News and New York Magazine and contributed to and been quoted in dozens of publications. Berg co-chairs the Personal Care Committee of the non-profit Green Spa Network, is a Charter Advisory Board Member of the Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance, and is a frequent speaker at conferences around the globe.
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