Santaurio: paradise found …

~Santaurio~, April 2014~Santaurio~, April 2014 (click for full size)

I’m a fan of Jac Mornington’s work; that should be clear from my coverage of places like Yuki no Yume, Sol Existence, Black Basalt Beach and Baja Norte (which I understand is now under new management, but set to continue “as-is”). So when Ziki poked me about a new region Jac and Romy Rosea had opened, I put the landmark carefully to one side until life give me enough time to go and enjoy.

~Santaurio~, April 2014 ~Santaurio~, April 2014 (click for full size)

~Santaurio~ is subtitled “The Lost Island”, and the landing point appears to take its inspiration from a certain television series by JJ Abrams which featured an aeroplane crash and an island … However, while this tropical isle has mysteries to find and enjoy – ruins, spiritual hideaways and more – it is far from sinister. Indeed, Jac welcomes people to the region with a warm greeting in his profile:

Paradise can take the form of anything
It can be a flower or it can be a word or it can just be a sincere smile

We welcome you to Santaurio <3
Jac & Romy

~Santaurio~, April 2014 ~Santaurio~, April 2014 (click for full size)

Once ashore from the arrival point, there is much to discover. Beaches run around the island, allowing you to explore the coastline with ease – but do try not to upset the nesting turtles! There a small beach club to be had, and further around the island, sheltered spots for couples to enjoy – do be aware that animations-wise, some of these have a slightly adult slant to them!

Move inland, and there’s more to discover, starting with the ancient Mayan-like stone ruins visible from the beach. The land between these and the beach club is cut by a fast-flowing river which leads the intrepid explorer inland, through the tropical jungle, up cascading rapids and to a rocky pool fed by a waterfall lying beneath what appears to be a natural rock arch.

~Santaurio~, April 2014“Rescue…?” ~Santaurio~, April 2014

Make your way up under the arch, wading through the water, and the truth is revealed: the arch is a part of the wall of an ancient volcano, now long extinct, the crater flooded to form another pool of water, this alive with the vibrant colour of lotus and lilies, humming birds flitting from flower to flower. In the midst of this sits a small stone Buddha, awaiting travellers seeking peace, candles and joss sticks on the rock before him, while water tumbles down from fissures in the rock behind him, constantly replenishing the pool.

For those who love Jac’s work and who haven’t seen ~Santaurio~, I cannot recommend it enough. If you’ve not seen Jac’s work previously, then ~Santaurio~ is an excellent place to start. Access at the moment is free. However, if you’d like to rez props for photography, etc., you’ll need to join the ~Santaurio~ group. It costs L$300, but joining it also helps cover the region’s tier, so if you decide to be a regular visitor, why not join? And for those who are viewing one of Jac’s superb builds for the first time, don’t forget the links to the others at the top of this article! All are very much worth a visit – or six!

~Santaurio~, April 2014“Rescue…?” ~Santaurio~, April 2014

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