San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Manuel Antonio/Quepos Tidings

Longtime resident Evelina Bolognini is living her dream of having an all-inclusive spa, the Holis Wellness Center, with the philosophy of giving attention and bringing awareness to the whole being. The center has many professional practitioners and offers massages, facials, holistic therapy, five-element acupuncture, spa treatments, hand and foot treatments, Pilates and yoga, including yoga for children. Evelina is a gifted healer and has a great team working with her. For information, call 2777-0939, e-mail or visit

Marina Pez Vela held its first annual Christmas party last month for staff, boaters and friends. A good time was had by all. Many thanks to the marina operations staff for all their efforts; to Jeff Wells and his team from Jefe’s Restaurante y Cantina at Hotel Plinio for catering the event with their exciting new menu items; to Discomóvil Fiesta Latina for providing the music; and to the vessel Guayacán, owned by Iguana Tours, for helping set up the bar.

Liquid Disco Lounge will present Costa Rica’s first “Queer as Folk” party Jan. 29. The sound of the most popular gay TV show ever is coming to Manuel Antonio as part of a Latin American tour with DJ Peter Presta, producer of “Proud,” the show’s theme song, which has been chosen as the song for the 2012 Olympics in London. Peter has collaborated with or remixed well-known artists such as Masters At Work, Danny Tenaglia, Moby, Joey Beltran and Robbie Rivera, to name just a few. For information, see

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