2018 Burn Boot Camp's Fire Club Recap
Beginning with the scenic 60-minute drive from the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport to the Westin Playa Conchal, our time in Costa Rica was nothing short of spectacular. After receiving a much-welcomed cold towel and bottle of water prior to taking our transfer to the resort, our guides, Odir and Andres, gave us a detailed overview of the Central American country and taught us a little bit about local culture and slang.
For example, Ticos, as Costa Ricans refer to themselves (Tico for males, Tica for females, or Ticos for the general population) is not a sarcastic, racial, or negative term, but is embraced and seen as endearing. It is often added to the end of words to denote something as being “little” or “small” – chiquito refers to a small child, for example.
Another common phrase we learned is pura vida – literally translated to “pure life.” However, it is more than just a saying – it’s a way of life. Ticos use this phrase to say hello, goodbye, and generally convey an optimistic attitude. Costa Rica is known to be one of the happiest countries in the world, mostly since the locals don’t stress the way most everyone else does. Their way of life is simple and relaxed – it’s pura vida!
Upon arrival at the hotel, guests were greeted with the Westin’s signature sensory welcome cocktail and checked in with the front desk. They then proceeded to the designated Xplor, Inc. hospitality desk to receive a welcome packet with all the information they would need to know while on site. Guests then had the afternoon to relax and explore the resort before attending a casual meet and greet at the Imperial Bar.
The cocktail hour gave all Fire Club guests an opportunity to meet each other and receive their welcome gifts – a custom Fire Club tote bag filled with goodies like custom beach towels and water bottles. Also included were some of Burn Boot Camp’s custom products by Shaklee, such as sunscreen, protein bars, and supplements. After enjoying light bites and drinks, the rest of the evening was free time to either continue the party or take a break for dinner.
Today guests had the full day on their own to relax and enjoy the resort, however the group took an impromptu catamaran sail for the day! They were able to bask in the perfect 80-degree weather and admire the beauty of the coastline from sea all while getting to know their Fire Club family better. Many said that this was the highlight of their trip!
On this evening, the entire group met for dinner at Faisanela – an exclusive Italian Restaurant that is reserved during the day for those in the Royal Club Service. Their dinner started with a few delicious (and healthy!) shared appetizers, followed by their choosing of anything else from the menu for their main course.
Before dinner was presented, Devan Kline, CEO of Burn Boot Camp, gave an inspiring speech with a champagne toast to the guests congratulating them on their success and thanking them for their hard work and dedication.
One of the additional inclusions that Burn awarded all main attendees was a zip-line adventure through the Costa Rican jungle. While some guests preferred to stay at the resort and relax, most of the group were harnessed in and soared down 11 different lines ranging from 100 feet to nearly half a mile long! During their tour they spotted tons of wildlife, including the infamous howling monkeys, and learned about some of the local ecology. This was definitely an adrenaline rush that guests were raving about on their return to the resort and an experience they will never forget!
After an exciting and relaxing three days at the Westin Playa Conchal, it was time for guests to return home. Everyone left feeling refreshed, invigorated, and eager to earn a spot in next year’s Fire Club.