Place is simply outstanding. Me and my girlfriend stayed here five amazing days at this resort 5/15-5/20. We stayed in the Cafe suite and enjoyed all the amenities that retreat has to offer. This is not your typical resort that focuses on only booze and tasteless food... The place focuses on healthy organic foods and peacefulness. The staff is very attentive and pleasant. Make sure you spend some time in the spa. The massage therapists are the best. Enrique the manager is a great guy and makes you feel like we’ve been friends for years. This place is five star all the way! Thank you Enrique and your staff for making our vacation so amazing!
Tommy & Maddie
My husband and I recently stayed here for 5 nights. It was a splurge for us, but definitely worth it! It was a slice of heaven and met/exceeded all my expectations (which are always very high)!
We planned to stay at the resort the whole time and not leave - just some R&R, tranquility and delicious, healthy food. Some people could be bored (if you like a lot of activity and exploring), but it is what we signed up for and the time actually went quickly. I did yoga twice a day and my husband did the morning hike each day. We relaxed by the pool, enjoyed the spa facilities and went to the open air dining room for 3 meals. It all flowed well and we were very relaxed, yet the time went by fast.
My husband went to appease me but he ended up very fulfilled with the trip and enjoyed every aspect. He is a meat eater and not very "health conscious" the way I am with food and he absolutely loved everything and was very impressed (and we never went hungry). And they do offer animal protein with dinner, if interested (I had fish). They even had an IPA beer which is is favorite type (though they ran out on his last day because they have limited supplies until the distributor comes back; but that's OK because there were other options). They have wine and cocktails as well, if interested.
The grounds were very beautiful and zen. It was obvious that a lot of thought went into the design. The staff were very friendly and helpful; communication via email or phone in advance of our trip was professional and efficient which was refreshing compared to some other int'I destinations I have had challenges with in the past.
Another benefit that appealed to us is that it is within a 1-hour drive from SJO airport so it was convenient to get to (they offer transport) yet it felt very far away once we were there.
Just a tip about the rooms, I think some have AC (wall units) and others don't. If that is important to you, you can inquire and I'm sure they will tell you. We changed rooms once we arrived because they were at a low capacity and could accommodate. The room we ended up with was Maca and we really liked it because there was a couch/ sitting area and space to move around and put our stuff - and a nice private balcony. There was no AC which we were concerned about because my husband runs hot, but it ended up being OK with just the ceiling fan and cool air from outside (windows open). We were fine.
Bath products and hand soap were very nice - very light lavender scent - no artificial fragrance added which is a big deal for me because I am allergic and usually cannot use hotel or public soaps at all (I bring my own sanitizer/soap). It was so nice to be able to use all their amenities!
I could go on and on about it. I highly recommend it and am spreading the word. We miss it already and hope to come back soon!
I recently stayed for 8 nights at the Retreat and had an amazing time. My intention was to get away from daily distractions for a 7 day online meditation retreat and a reset. After extensive research, I chose The Retreat because it is boutique and the setting looked perfect. Costa Rica is also allowing US visitors as of November. When I arrived, my jaw dropped. My room was gorgeous and I had a view that was even better than the photos. Some of the highlights included:
- Yoga. The yoga teachers at The Retreat are some of the best I’ve encountered. The Retreat believes in hiring local and they have two phenomenal local yoga teachers, Wendy and Rebecca. They have both studied extensively with teachers around the world, including in Mysore, and returned home to teach. I learned an incredible amount from the two of them and restarted a dormant Ashtanga practice under their tutelage. By the end of our 8 days together, I started crying because my body felt stronger and I saw so much improvement over our week together. I leave with a heart full of gratitude in meeting such amazing and inspirational Costa Rican female yoga teachers. They also incorporated indigenous and local practices to the restorative yoga classes in the afternoons which I appreciated.
- Nature. Each morning, I woke up to hummingbirds outside my window, and several other jungle birds. On my walk to yoga and breakfast each morning, toucans greeted me on the meditation deck and I saw several other animals unique to the cloud forest environment. Being surrounded by such a beautiful environment felt healing and rejuvenating to the soul.
- Food. Each meal looked and tasted like a work of art. The chefs make everything from scratch and most of the ingredients are from the farm on-site. They take seriously the farm to table concept and each dish is a recipe created by Diane Stobo and the chefs. I took a cooking class with the head chef, Sergio, and was blown away by how healthy the dishes are. I thought our evening soups were full of coconut milk because they were so creamy but I found out they are not. Their amazing turn-down cookies have just 6 ingredients as well. Their techniques for making dishes healthy and delicious wowed me. Sergio said guests can request what they would like to learn in the cooking classes (within reason :))
- Spa. They recently finished the construction of a gorgeous new spa building this year. I used the hot and cold plunge pools daily, as well as the sauna. The massages by Katia were outstanding. Her deep tissue was one of the best massages I’ve had. She has a mind, body, breath connection that is one of a master masseuse. Her breath is synchronized with each massage stroke and what was even rarer was that I could actually feel her intention of love and service through the massage. Afterwards, I told Katia she should be a teacher. She is a master in her craft.
- Staff. The staff are wonderful at The Retreat. They seem to genuinely enjoy working with one another and it shows through the general vibe. Diane has assembled a stellar team including Sergio, the head chef, whom she scooped up from the Four Seasons, and Christopher, one of the waiters, who was recently the sommelier at one of the best hotels in San Jose. These are just a few backgrounds I was able to glean from dinner conversations. I can’t imagine the experience of the rest of the staff. I told Sergio that I’ll be first in line to buy any cookbook he publishes with Diane. I also had a few recommendations for management and they were incredibly gracious and open. The operations manager, Sheryz, even created a special ceremony for me on my last day which blew me away.
Thank you so much to everyone at The Retreat. My 8 days was transformative in body, mind and spirit. I return to the US much healthier, with a renewed Ashtanga yoga practice, and many amazing memories (and pictures) of the beauty and love that surround your special place.
wonderful staff and thoughtful accommodations (all in your room: sound machine, light dimmers, evening health snack, essential oils, etc). take full advantage of the food and beverage menu and spa services! some services that I've never seen offered elsewhere in latin america. Meghan was the residential yoga instructor and was wonderful.
if any cons to share, this isn't an ideal place for solo travelers as someone with solo experience signing up for yoga retreats. but i'm sure it all depends on the guest composition at the time. and, it's a secluded location quite a distance from a main road or public transportation option so go prepared to stay on property versus exploring the surrounding area. the resort offers local transportation and excursions, but at steep prices.
I spent a peaceful four nights at The Retreat at the end of a tour of Costa Rica. I was welcomed and made to feel at home immediately. My room was perfect - simple, luxurious design with views I could have gazed at twenty four hours a day. Design throughout is so well thought out for health and relaxation, with the incredible view across the countryside to the gulf ever present.... the sunsets ! I wish I had been able to stay longer to benefit from more treatments from the excellent spa team. Morning and evening yoga sessions and the personal attention I was given were great. The real highlight for me was the entire staff team who were utterly delightful and generous, including letting me chat in the kitchen, interrupting their preparation of delicious meals. I just hope The Retreat does not change with its growing popularity and I wish them all the very best.