The best wellness retreats in Costa Rica

The best wellness retreats in Costa Rica

Casey Siemasko

We’ve all been there before: After an amazing holiday filled with fine-dining, cocktails and extensive lounging on the beach, you return home to find your trousers seem just a bit more snug than they did before you left. But who said holidays had to leave you feeling sluggish and out of shape?

If you’re looking to get a bit more out of your vacation, then look no further than Costa Rica. This verdant country known for its pura vida lifestyle is the ideal destination to rejuvenate and recharge. Escape the daily grind, reconnect with nature, and get your heart rate pumping all at the same time.

These six wellness retreats in Costa Rica are guaranteed to nourish your mind, body and soul—while still promising the vacation of a lifetime.

Blue Osa Yoga Retreat And Spa

Blue Osa Yoga Retreat + Spa is tucked away in one of the most pristine places in all of Costa Rica: the Osa Peninsula. One of the least developed regions in all of Costa Rica, here travellers can expect near-daily encounters with toucans, scarlet macaws, monkeys and more. In the midst of this dramatic natural beauty and ample wildlife, Blue Osa Yoga Retreat + Spa provides an idyllic place to unplug and refresh.

While not luxury in the typical sense (don’t expect air conditioning), travellers to one of the most eco-conscious wellness retreats in Costa Rica will be rewarded with the most stunning ocean-view yoga pavilion we’ve ever experienced. Breathe in the jungle air while you meditate or indulge in ocean views from your Downward Dog under the care of a private yoga instructor. Exquisitely designed bungalows, a chlorine-free lap pool, farm-to-table cuisine, and holistic spa top off the Blue Osa experience.

Bosque del Cabo

Travel even deeper into the Osa Peninsula and you’ll stumble upon Bosque del Cabo. This rainforest getaway is not only romantic, but is also overflowing with opportunities to get your heart rate pumping. Hike along well-marked trails that lead to deserted beaches on both the Golfo Dulce and the Pacific Ocean. For an adventure you’ll truly remember, try rappelling down cascading waterfalls or soaring through the jungle canopy. Surfing, horseback riding, tree climbing and snorkelling are just a few of the additional wellness activities offered in the area, making this one of the best wellness retreats in Costa Rica for active gentlemen.

Bosque del Cabo offers a variety of accommodation options; we recommend the private bungalows perched high up on the cliffs, offering unparalleled ocean views and refreshing rainforest breezes.

Manuel Antonio National Park | Photo: Dan Moore

Manuel Antonio National Park | Photo: Dan Moore

Parador Resort and Spa

Manuel Antonio National Park is regularly touted as one of the most beautiful places in the world, with miles of secluded beaches, monkey-laden jungle, and easy hiking trails. Manuel Antonio is also undeniably touristy, but luckily hidden gems remain within and around the park. One such gem is Parador Resort and Spa.

This property is just a stone’s throw away from the park, which means you don’t have to leave the hotel grounds to spot monkeys, sloths and tropical birds. But what truly sets Parador Resort and Spa apart is the extensive spa and fitness facilities available. You’ll have no trouble sticking to your wellness retreat with the resort’s new state-of-the-art gym. As you jog on the treadmill, you can gaze out the floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to the lush jungle beyond. Prefer to take your fitness regimen outdoors? The hotel’s Monkey Trail is another top spot to walk or jog.

Complete your wellness regimen at Parador’s luxurious spa, complete with an herbal steam room, yoga space, plunge pool, and exquisite massage therapists. The Naturally Him spa package includes such luscious specialities as a cappuccino scrub, a volcanic mud wrap, a gentleman’s facial, and a hot stone massage. You’re bound to go home looking and feeling your best after this!

Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat

If you only have a few days for your stay at one of the luxury wellness retreats in Costa Rica, then you’ll want to cut down on travel time by staying closer to the international airport. But don’t worry—that doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck at a generic airport hotel. Pura Vida Spa and Yoga Retreat is just a 20-minute shuttle ride from the airport, yet remains as luxurious and secluded as you could possibly imagine.

Choose from a wide range of private suites, all of which include scrumptious meals at the on-site restaurant. Yoga spaces offer full-length mirrors and balconies, along with outstanding views of the valley below. Additionally, Pura Vida boasts a prime location nearby some of the country’s best coffee plantations. Learn about the bean-to-cup process while taking a tour of the fascinating coffee making process.

Photo: Dan Moore

Photo: Dan Moore

Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat

If you’re headed to Costa Rica for world-class surfing, then look no further than Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat. This eco-friendly, oceanfront hotel is located on Playa Santa Teresa, a bohemian surf-and-yoga beach, making this one of the hippest wellness retreats in Costa Rica.

When you’re not hitting the waves, take part in one of Pranamar’s signature yoga classes or retreats. Classes are available for all levels and experiences. The hotel’s nearby white-sand beaches and lush rainforest promise plenty of places to continue your meditation off your mat and into the natural beauty that surrounds you.

Samasati Retreat and Rainforest Sanctuary

Finally, no list of top wellness retreats in Costa Rica would be complete without taking you to the country’s Caribbean coastline. White sand beaches, crystal-clear water, and a distinctive afro-Caribbean flair are just a few of the reasons to make the trek to this less-touristy side of Costa Rica.

Samasati Retreat and Rainforest Sanctuary is set within one of Costa Rica’s last Primary Biological Reserves, and is known for its expansive views of the Caribbean Sea. We recommend indulging in the hotel’s signature Samasati Package, which includes yoga, fitness classes, massages and gourmet cuisine. Just be sure to leave some time to sway in your hammock after the gentle yoga classes for total mind-body-soul wellness.

Next time you’re planning a holiday, skip the open-bar, all-inclusive resort and instead treat yourself to a wellness retreat that could change your life. These six retreats in Costa Rica are the perfect places to get started.

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