Costa Rica may be best renowned as a dreamy playground for adrenaline junkies, but the truth is, it is also home to some of the most amazing health and yoga retreats in Central America. Their only aim? To stretch, tone, relax and revitalize every single inch of your body. So whether you need a de-stressing break from the chaos of everyday life, or simply wish to unwind after an adventurous jaunt through this incredible country, you’re bound to find a rejuvenating retreat that will tickle all your senses.
Want to completely revolutionize your lifestyle? Yes!? You’ll find the perfect place for that too.
Here’s our pick of the very best!
Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort: for that ultimate indulgence
Imagine…after a challenging day of adventures, you soak your tired muscles in a mineral infused hot spring, surrounded by luscious tropical forests and with the breathtaking view of Arenal Volcano right in front of you. Sound good? Wait till you try the volcanic mud wrap!
Tabacón is an amazing resort set in spectacular grounds near La Fortuna and rated as one of the world’s Leading Hotels and Spas. Set on the foothills of the Arenal Volcano National Park, in one of the most mineral-rich areas of Costa Rica, it focuses on offering treatments based on the most therapeutic elements of the nature which surrounds it. Traditional and conventional treatments are offered either as a package including accommodation or as a pay-as-you-go option.
Accommodation-only prices range from USD$260 to USD$525. You can add USD$25 for a fantastic buffet breakfast, and the resort can organize a sublime, romantic dinner for two, with your own private chef, for USD320 per couple. Yep. This can certainly be considered a splurge, yet from where we’re soaking, we’d say it’s a simply once-in-a-lifetime splurge.
Pura Vida Wellness Retreat & Spa: best value for money
If you want the luxury of an intensive yoga & beauty treatment retreat, but want to get more bliss for your buck, then Pura Vida’s the place for you. Singles, couples and families flock to this exceptionally beautiful resort, set in the tropical Central Valley of Costa Rica. This is an all-body, all-soul retreat which focuses on rebalancing your energy, by offering an intense programme of yoga and pilates classes, massages, Ayurveda treatments, invigorating hikes and forest walks; all complemented by organic and delectable, locally-sourced meals. Offering much more of a community feel, Pura Vida is ideal for those who want to reconnect with nature and dedicate some serious time on R&R. Of course, you are free to pack in as much or as little as you like into your days here.
Make no mistake, Pura Vida is pure luxury, yet the option of glamping (sleeping in a beautifully decorated tent) can halve the price on accommodation. Packages start from USD680, which include 3 nights in a tent, 8 meals, 4 yoga classes and USD$200 in therapeutic treatments. Overall, this is an incredible deal.
Asclepios Wellness & Healing Retreat: for a complete & life-changing cleanse
Alajuela is also where you’ll find this astonishing wellness retreat, whose only aim is to completely disconnect you from the modern world. The internet connection is minimal while the chances for mild and intensive physical exercise aplenty. Plus, Asclepios is nestled so deep into the Costa Rican wilderness; it will feel as if you’ve just landed on another planet.
Asceplios is revered for its healing treatments, which include a personalized food menu, made to order, dependent on your blood type. Spend you mornings perfecting Tibetan stretching exercises or yoga moves, afternoons with a professional acupuncturist or reiki masseuse and pop into the Arabic hammam just before you retreat to your sublime bedroom for a restful night’s sleep. The resort’s credo encourages you to reset your circadian rhythm to rise and rest with the sun, so Asclepios is best suited to those who really need to switch off completely from the chaos of everyday life. There are no late nights (nor caffeine) here. You may need to give up your espresso and Twitter for a few days, but what you’ll gain will be infinitely more rewarding.
The detox cleansing programs at Asclepios run on week-long rotations, starting every Monday. They include three organic meals a day and all the therapeutic activities on their schedule, including yoga and pilates. You’ll also get a cooking class, one acupuncture session, a massage and various other treats. You are also free to use the Water Therapy and Fitness Centre at will.
A one-week stay here costs USD$2075 for double-occupancy, at low season. To make the most of this program, especially if you wish to make major changes to your lifestyle, Asclepios recommend a 3-week stay at their beautiful retreat.