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Emily Colangelo

from Canada, April 2022

"Booked 12 hours before leaving for CR based on reviews"

Catalina is an incredible host. Makes you feel like one of the family. The Accommodations are so beautiful. You can tell they are thoughtful about so much, Including accommodating my back injury and making sure I'm doing the right things. The food is incredible - SO fresh. Your body will notice a high difference. The training sessions are fantastic and tailored to your goals. Yoga in the evenings is just beautiful. I came to this retreat last minute...never been to CR and felt like a shell of myself. I left feeling like ME again. Beyond grateful to have found this retreat by chance - I have so much gratitude for Catalina. She truly is a one of a kind beautiful soul. The intangibles you get being around her and at this retreat is something I can't type in a review. Truly special. Catalina is the light. She truly is <3

Carol Kooyman

from Curaçao, April 2022

"Finding myself again"

I loved the fact that it is very small and personalized. I felt at home and all the staff became my family for the week. I got great advice from the coach and she gave me the push i needed to get back on track.

Eliska Novakova

from Czechia, February 2022

"Highly recommended ! "

I took a surf and joga retreat. I can highly recommend it! I loved everything from the food to the instructors approach . Thank you for the opportunity :)

Sarah Wilburn

from United States, January 2022

"Surf and yoga"

I had a wonderful experience at this retreat! Both Catalina and JC were very welcoming and friendly and their guidance in surfing and yoga instruction were excellent. The accommodations were clean and lovely and the food was amazing!

Jen Mcgahan

from United States, January 2022

"Came home feeling like the best version of me!"

My friend booked our retreat; I agreed to accompany her without even knowing what I was getting into. I only knew that I could use some life-affirming experience to finish out 2021. Little did I know that I would return feeling like a million! I loved the yoga (as expected), and the surfing experience was one of the biggest surprises -- both challenging and fun! Playa Marbella is a beautiful beach with a unique personality. We learned to read waves and make friends with the ocean, so that even though I only stood up on the board for a second or two, I discovered the unique experience of catching and riding a wave. Our instructor, JC, was patient and ever-enthusiastic about our progress.

Another treasured aspect was the extraordinary food! Catalina and Donia Jesse are wizards in the kitchen. Each guest was presented with a plate of beautiful entrees, truly made from the heart, that matched our health and happiness requirements for the week. Each dining experience was a gastronomical treat! The two other guests, along with my friend and I, would gather at the main table for meals; but we also retreated to our own casitas occasionally to just chill and have meals on our own. The choice was always ours, given the day's activities and what we felt.

Our casita was delightful and private, overlooking the jungle where we saw birds and monkeys. Stocked with tea, fresh coconut water, snacks, and some lovely gifts upon arriving, we settled in easily.

Wishing I was there now...

Sandra Singh

from United States, December 2021

"Paradise Found: the Del Alma Wellness Retreat in Guanacaste,"

Nestled in a pristine tropical forest in the Guanacaste region, surrounded by abundant wildlife and relaxing (and priceless) peace & quiet we thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our stay at Del Alma. Our hosts Catalina and her husband JC are experts in their fields and went out of their way to ensure that our every need was anticipated and met. In the morning we took surf lessons with JC and our safety was his number one priority. He made sure we caught the perfect waves and we were able to get up on our boards and ride them by the second day, I highly recommend the surfing lessons. In the evenings we did yoga with Catalina and she tailored our practice to help us gain strength for our surf lessons.

Each meal was lovingly homemade from scratch by the amazing chef Dona Jessie. She prepared fresh caught fish, lobster, octopus and locally sourced vegetables with delectable sauces and sides and we happily devoured every bite. From breakfast to lunch than dinner it was all delicious and our special dietary needs were accommodated.

Our room was comfortable and stocked with lots of delicious treats like fresh fruit and we had a fantastic view of the forest from our private balcony.

We also enjoyed horseback riding up in the mountains, yoga and HITT classes on the gorgeous black sand beach Marabella and watching the Howler Monkeys while relaxing in the pool.

Laurence Bailey

from Costa Rica, September 2021

"Oasis in Paradise"

I came to the retreat for a detox and weight loss experience.

Fortunately for me I was only one there as it is rainy season, so i felt very honnored and lucky.

Catalina, was great and I felt that everything that happened was thought out carefully and genuinely for my needs. As an example I have very tight hip flexors , so sessions focused on this to great effect

The week was an amazing journey of self discovery, through great and healthy food, exercise, yoga, self reflection, swimming

it took a day or so to trust the process but very quickly i enjoyed all aspects and looked forward to each part


from United States, September 2021

"Delicious food and very professional "

The food is amazing, great internet, healthy exercise and peaceful yoga. This is a professionally run place with a deep care for my health.

Michael Weissbluth

from United States, February 2021

"Superb Yoga and Thai Massage w/ adaptable health program"

The cuisine and health program is customizable. pura vida is everywhere. The cuisine was adapted to my health considerations in a delicious and delightful way.

A. Nour

from Canada, December 2020

"Worth every penny!"

The hosts were more than incredible and very accommodating, they always made sure to go above and beyond to make sure i was having a great time and happy. The food, was Michelin star quality, every meal was amazing and always somehow literally better than meal before. The whole experience from location, yoga, surfing, food, hosts and just everything was terrifically perfect and a much needed get away for the body, mind and soul. Thanks alot for this amazing trip!

Angela Joerin

from United States, January 2020

"This retreat inspired lifestyle changes! "

This experience far exceeded our expectations! My partner and I traveled together to participate in this amazing retreat and were blown away. It was equally as relaxing and it was energizing and active. We feel a lot more confident in our surf skills with training from Trey and Indy and went from beginner to intermediate level in three days. We had so much fun and felt very comfortable and safe the entire time. They were so motivating and genuinely kind!

Catalina and JC are phenomenal chefs and hosts. They both radiate positivity! You just feel better being around them and it helps that they are so generous with their time and level of care put into each meal. The food was absolutely incredible. It was hard to believe that it was healthy at times because each dish was so well prepared! The best way for us to be sure that everything was truly organic was the way we felt: clean, light, energized, and level headed. Everyday we felt better and better, despite how hard we worked our bodies during the activities.

Cecilia is pure magic! Her energy is so connected to the earth and she has a beautiful way of spreading this to those around her that makes you feel centered. She tailored each yoga session carefully to accommodate all levels of those participating and ended each session with thought provoking messages during shavasana. We each had two Thai massage sessions with Ceci which were out of this world and left you feeling as if you were floating!