Costa Rica

Costa Rica offers adventure in many forms, but I experienced the best in wellness at two special properties there:  HACIENDA ALTAGRACIA , an Auberge resort located in the Talamanca Mountain range and San Isidro Valley in the Southern Zone, and The RETREAT , nestled in a rainforest and crystalized mountain 45 minutes west of San Jose. 

Hacienda Altagracia is set on 180 acres of untamed rainforest filled with tropical birds, a coffee farm, horse stables, and an organic chef’s garden for a refreshing new approach to well-being. It has 50 hacienda-style casitas, many with wonderful outdoor porches and swing beds. The resort is all-inclusive with the rate covering meals and nonalcoholic beverages, daily activities, and ground transfers. The onsite wellness center, THE WELL, utilizes holistic practices to restore and rejuvenate by incorporating native ingredients and therapies that integrate Eastern and Western methodologies for effective and innovative rituals. Please note, it is not easily accessible by road (five- hour drive), so best to take a small private charter from the San Jose airport, landing on property in a short 40- minute flight. 

The Retreat is a small, boutique hotel with a variety of accommodations. The most sought after are the new luxury lofts that are built on the south-facing mountainside with views looking down on the Pacific Ocean and bathtubs meant for a sunset soak. Celebrity chef, best-selling author, and health and wellness life-coach Diana Stobo created The Retreat with the goal making a transformational wellness center. It’s since become “a distinctively Costa Rican experience of ‘Heaven on Earth’ — a resort and spa where guests experience a harmony of nature, nutrition, and wellness nestled among the lush vegetation of the rainforest.”  

With an all-inclusive plan and some of the best spa therapists and treatments I’ve ever experienced, the Retreat lives up to its hype.  There’s a resident yoga instructor on site with a new one rotating in every 5 weeks… or, you can bring your favorite yoga teacher from home with a small group to indulge in this beautiful setting, healthy experience, and plant based diet.  As the brochure says, “The Retreat Costa Rica is mindfully designed to strengthen, nourish, and renew you — carrying you from wherever you are – to wherever you wish to be!”  That sounds good to me!

Call me for more details on these two great wellness resorts to better yourself… and easy to get to! 

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