Archive for February, 2014

La Pura Vida- The pure life

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 | Category: Property, Travel
Maternal for monkeys!

Maternal for monkeys!

Costa Rica what a beautiful country. We recently filmed there for A Place in the Sun – Winter Sun for C4 so do keep your eye out for the show! It’s such a magical country and some fabulous rainforest properties made of bamboo and teak await your viewing eyes. It will be broadcast a part of  the second series of Winter Sun 2014.

I fell in love with the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. namely Puerto Viejo. Rainforests border rugged beaches and coconut sellers line the roads along with sloths and monkeys swinging from the telephone wires. It’s full of an amalgamation of culture; The Ticos, Caribbeans, Italians and Chinese  have all left their mark on this place resulting in a vibrant warm and accepting ambiance for all who visit.

It’s a rare commodity to see a place undeveloped enough to preserve it’s natural beauty yet still cater for the fun seeking bohemians and surfers that flock to her shores and  it’s just the right distance from the airport to discourage mass tourism. Which I think is a good thing…I always will remember returning to a beach retreat in Goa which the previous year was undeveloped, rustic and beautiful to see roast dinners and bingo on the beach. Which made me very sad!  Having said that it is one of the most eco conscious countries I have ever been to and I can’t see that happening there anytime soon.

In Costa Rica when you say goodbye you Say ‘Pura Vida’ which is literally translated as ‘The Good/Pure life’ but locals say it’s more than that and described it to me as; ‘a pure spiritual fullness that results from living in paradise’

And it does really feel like a little piece of paradise there.

So for now Pura Vida! X

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Archive for February, 2014

‘I have often wondered what it is an old building can do to you when you happen to know a little about things that went on long ago in that building’- Carl Sandburg

Monday, February 10th, 2014 | Category: Property


So here is a little snapshot video of the site! It’s really coming on.

I’m hoping to get out to Beirut again in the next few weeks to join the Damergi clan in celebrating the next stage! The most painstaking part of the process is almost over and from then on we will see the project rapidly changing and taking form.

So why the quote about old buildings as the title?

Well many years ago my great great grandfather who was a successful merchant owned a building on the very land we are building on now. The knock on effect of War and unlucky circumstances caused the property to fall into disrepair and there were even squatters in there at one stage. My dads dream was to one day rebuild what the family lost and provide future financial security for us children and to teach us development on a bigger scale so we could also look to replicate the business on our own when my dad decides to retire.

So when I refer to it as a family project it really encompasses all generations; past, present and of course future.

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