The brilliant interpretation of the “Baroque Nomade Ensemble” resounded through the air of the Cristal Ballena Hotel and was rewarded with copious applause by the audience. Doña Herta and Don Waldemar, owners of the hotel, are art lovers, especially of music. For many years they have hosted concerts in the hotel's elegant facilities. Last August “Le Baroque Nomade” from Paris, sponsored by BAC San José Bank, visited as part of their Costa Rica tour. Through their music they recreated the atmosphere of Old Spain and the New Worlds.
For some two hundred years, Spain was one of the greatest powers in the world, enriched by gold and merchandise of its conquests, reigned in the Netherlands, parts of Italy and France and overseas colonies. Those were the times of absolutism; kings and the church, eager for culture to create palaces and temples, were patrons of art and musicians. At this time, palaces like Versailles were built, Rembrandt created his paintings, Cervantes wrote his timeless books, and Bach and Mendelson composed their masterpieces. Traveling musicians such as Fernández and Miguel Mateo de Dallo de Lana took 17th century music to the New World where the Renaissance currents mixed with Baroque elements.
In recent years, the Cristal Ballena hotel was awarded the title of one of the best hotels in Costa Rica. Studiosus Reisen, a German Travel Study Agency, even rated it as one of the 10 best hotels in the world. Condé Nast Traveler, a luxury travel and lifestyle magazine, invited Cristal Ballena to be present in its prestigious publication for the first time in 2017 and has continued to do so during this current year.
Thanks to the dedication and hard work of the hotel team, it was awarded with 5 leaves through the Certification for Tourism Sustainability. More news, Dona Herta had a Temple for Yoga and Meditation built. Look up on the way to the reception, and you will see its blue dome at the highest point of the property.
By Dagmar Reinhard
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