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Great way to reconnect and reset in the beauty of Costa Rican nature

Be and let be! Allow your mind and body to absorb the peace and beauty of the tropical rainforest while relaxing to the sounds of nature. Get off the beaten path and immerse yourself in an authentic and raw Costa Rican experience. Practice yoga in an enchanted Costa Rican location. Just you and the breathtaking nature around you!

The natural beauty of Essence Arenal, provides you with the space to journey inward, renew, and refresh your body, mind, and spirit. Grounding at the organic permaculture farm, pool, and nourish your body with the functional organic smoothies or gourmet vegetarian farm to table cuisine. With the guidance of a certified naturopath and yoga instructors, you will have a transformational stay!

Meet the instructors

Nico & Michelle
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Highlights

  • • Private room with private bathroom
  • • Healthy Cuisine (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner) with coffee, tea or natural juice of the day
  • • Daily 75 minutes yoga classes all mornings from 7 to 8:15 am
  • • Regenerative afternoon yoga classes on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 3 to 4 pm
  • • Spa Circuit access per one hour a day (Jacuzzi, Steam Room, Sauna)
  • • Daily access to permaculture farm, trails, pool and facilities
  • • 60 minutes Swedish massage
  • • Cacao workshop & permaculture farm tour
  • • WiFi
  • • Parking lot

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Airport transfer available:
Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (US$ 160 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Juan Santamaría International Airport (US$ 150 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Hot spring
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Temazcal
  • Café
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

During this retreat you will be staying in a private room with private bathroom in Essence Arenal.

All beds have orthopedic mattresses and anti-allergic pillows. The eco-hotel has majestic views of the Arenal Volcano, the Arenal Lake, and the El Castillo Valley.

All rooms have free Wi-Fi, hot water in the shower, a small desk, and a safe. They also provide free parking and a laundry service (at additional cost).

During your stay, you have unlimited access to the organic farm, swimming pool, rainforest trails, volleyball court, and yoga / exercise deck. The on-site restaurant is open daily to serve healthy, organic vegetarian / vegan meals from locally sourced produce from their farm. Enjoy a range of treatments and therapies in their jungle spa with Temazcal sweat lodge, or consultation with their on-site naturopathic doctor.

Program

Are you ready to enhance your yoga practice, transform your eating habits, and change your perspective on life?

Health, mental, physical, yoga, weight loss, and NLP retreats are offered all year round. Imagine practicing yoga in an enchanted Costa Rican jungle, enjoying the present moment while feeling relaxed and less distracted. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage or an organic mud detox in their jungle spa after a magical hike or spend time meditating, swimming, or exploring the area.

The itinerary will be independently developed according to your specific needs. To give you the time and space to heal and connect with the beautiful surroundings, deepen your yoga practice, transform your eating habits and perception of life. To be more mindful, relaxed, and live in the present moment.

Example itinerary

  • 07:00 - 08:15 Morning yoga practice
  • 08:15 Forest walk
  • 08:30 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 12:00 Activities or free time
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Spa circuit with Finnish sauna, jacuzzi, and Turkish bath will be open for you every day. You will be able to enjoy this lovely and healing place with a beautiful view and aromatherapy during one complementary hour
  • 15:00 Free time: connect with nature, explore their permaculture farm, hike in the rainforest, or book a treatment in their jungle spa
  • 15:00 - 16:00 On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays they have sunset yoga
  • 18:30 - 20:30 Dinner
  • 21:00 Early to bed (recommended)

Included excursions

  • Permaculture farm tour
  • Cacao farm tour and chocolate making workshop

Instructors

Nico Botefur

Michelle Cordero

Location

This retreat will be taking place in El Castillo, close to the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal area, Costa Rica.

El Castillo is a small neighboring village to La Fortuna, directly on Lake Arenal atop the hills overlooking Arenal volcano. With 22 hectares of prime hilltop forested pristine land and breathtaking views, the hotel takes pride in giving their guests an experience of a lifetime.

From forest trails down to a majestic waterfall hidden in the rainforest, enjoying mystical free hot springs, horseback riding, hanging bridges and canopy tours, there is a rich amount of nature activities to experience around Essence Arenal.

Features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Temazcal
  • Zip lining

General

  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Lake
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga deck

Services

  • Tour assistance

Food

During this retreat, you will be served with three daily vegetarian or vegan meals on the on-site restaurant, with natural drinks.

At Essence, they take pride in their farm-to-table kitchen. They encourage thoughtful, healthy meals that come from the earth. Essence Arenal Wellness Center features an organic, vegetarian, and vegan kitchen from conscious, locally sourced food that supports dedication to the planet and your bodies.

The chef prepares fantastic meals that are absolutely delicious, nutritious, and balanced. They work with a deep enthusiasm for preparing foods farm-to-table, finding creative ways to create using all the tropical delights that are available in Costa Rica from local farmers, and from their farm. They cater for a range of different dietary requirements and detox needs.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Lactose Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

There are a wide variety of activities and tours available in the area:

  • Canopy
  • Rafting
  • Canyoneering
  • Kayak and boating on Lake Arenal
  • ATV tour
  • Hanging bridges
  • Waterfall hike
  • Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Horseback riding
  • Butterfly observatory
  • Thermal hot springs

Spa treatments

A 60 minutes Swedish massage is included in the price.

Pamper yourself in the jungle spa, located in the middle of a permaculture farm with a unique view of the volcano and lake. Enjoy a range of treatments and therapies in the spa including:

  • Reflexology
  • Swedish massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Meditation sessions
  • Ionic foot detox
  • Temazcal sweat lodge and mud detox
  • Timeline therapy
  • Naturopathy
  • Nutritional consultation
  • NLP session
  • Thai massage
  • Reiki
  • Sound healing

The treatments mentioned above have an additional cost.

Spa circuit

Essence Arenal Wellness is humbled to announce the opening of their negative carbon footprint, Hydro Therapy Spa Circuit consisting of the following:

  • Turkish steam bath: An aromatherapy experience with herbs from their organic permaculture farm
  • Finnish sauna: A treatment where you will be surrounded by fragrant natural Laurel wood known for its antiviral properties and naturally fragranced water
  • 36 jet jacuzzi: Delivers massages to different regions of the body
  • General benefits of the spa circuit:
  • Stronger immune system
  • Better sleep
  • Glowing skin
  • Reduction of cellulite
  • Flushing out of toxins
  • Relief from arthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, and Fybromyalgia
  • Quicker recovery from muscle injury, back pain
  • Decrease in anxiety and stress
  • You will have a complementary hour every day to access to this healing place with beautiful views and aromatherapy.

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation in a private room with bathroom
  • Healthy cuisine (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with coffee, tea or natural juice of the day
  • Daily 75 minutes yoga classes all mornings from 7 to 8:15 am
  • Regenerative afternoon yoga classes on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 3 to 4 pm
  • Spa Circuit access per one hour a day (Jacuzzi, Steam Room, Sauna)
  • Daily access to permaculture farm, trails, pool and facilities
  • 60 minutes Swedish massage
  • Cacao workshop and permaculture farm tour
  • WiFi
  • Parking lot

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Other excursions / activities
  • Other spa treatments
  • 13% goverment taxes

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by bus

Take a taxi to the terminal bus station 7-10. There is a direct bus to La Fortuna once a day, but if you can't take this bus, you have to take one to San Carlos (Ciudad Quesada). Buses depart approximately every 2 hours. Get off at the bus terminal in Ciudad Quesada and take another bus to La Fortuna. From La Fortuna, you can take a taxi or an uber to Essence Arenal, or there is another public bus at 5:15 pm that comes to El Castillo. From the place where the bus drops you off, you have to walk 600 meters to their place.

Arrival by private transfer

By Private transfer: the costs from the SJO Airport are 150 USD per way, and 160 USD from and to Liberia airport, the payment is directly to the driver- in cash. As is a private transport can be anytime. The trip takes approximately 3 hours. Between 7:00 pm and 4:00 am it has an additional cost of 20 USD. Additional pax cost is 10.

  • By shuttle transportation: the cost per way per person is 66.67 USD but they have specific schedules.
  • From Liberia to Essence are at 9:00am or at 15:15.
  • From SJO Airport to Essence only at 8:15 am. The payment is in advanced through a link that the company send.

On the departure day from Essence to the Airports options are:

  • The same option than the arriving day (private transfer)
  • Shuttle transfer cost per person is 66.67 USD and the payment is in advanced through a link that the company send.
  • To SJO Airport the pick-up time in Essence is only at 12:10 pm.
  • To Liberia Airport the pick-up time in Essence is at 7:00 am.

They just need to know which option works for you and your flight information to proceed with arrange your transportation.

Airport: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport Airport transfer available: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (US$ 160 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport Airport transfer available: Juan Santamaría International Airport (US$ 150 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 18% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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