The Retreat


Overview

Costa Rica is calling those who are craving the healing power of nature, exotic wildlife, and seclusion. The Retreat is an adults-only (16 years +) wellness resort that imbues tranquility and harmony intimately perched on 50 acres overlooking the majestic Quartz Mountain with views of the Pacific Ocean above the seasonal clouds. Just a forty-minute drive from the San José International Airport, The Retreat is located just outside the charming town of Atenas in Alajuela, a central valley region considered to have “One of the best Climates in the World” by the National Geographic Society. This modern wellness sanctuary features 13 unique, elegant rooms, a world-class Healing Center and Spa, two farm-to-table restaurants, an organic coffee plantation, two saltwater pools, jungle and river paths and unstoppable view of the Gulf of Nicoya. This peaceful setting immerses you into Costa Rica's exotic rainforest where you can feel the refreshing mountain air and hear the soothing soundtrack of calls from unique birds such as the Golden-hooder Tanager, Great-tailed Grackle, Crested Guan, and Rufous-tailed Hummingbird to name a few. Their beautiful resident peacocks, Tarzana and Jane, await to greet guests.

The Retreat is the passion project of founder and owner Diana Stobo, who is an award-winning author, celebrity chef and heal and wellness life coach. Diana has helped thousands of people heal through her simple wellness principles. Their wellness program follows these principles and designed as an environment for healing offering an anti-inflammatory diet of delicious locally sourced gourmet food that is plant-based (while offering sustainably raised fish, fowl, beef, lamb), gentile movement with just enough challenge for most fitness levels, mental and emotional support, human connection, cultural involvement, education, empowerment in a fun and relaxing environment. For those who focusing on nutrition, meals are designed as Chef’s Choice based on seasonal fresh and sustainably sourced ingredients that are grain free and dairy free (with occasional goat yogurt and cheese) without the use of refined sweeteners. Vegan and vegetarian options are available. With its open kitchen concept, guests can see how their meals are prepared and offer cooking classes. In the evenings, enjoy the picturesque sunsets over Quartz Mountain at the Organic Tea and Wine Bar or sipping one of their refreshing signature cocktails at the Garden Cocktail Bar.

The Vida Mia Healing Center and Spa is the heart of this healing oasis. Designed to nourish and renew your mind, body and soul, this impressive 8,000 square foot world-class spa offers holistic healing practices and treatments and a high vibration crystal lobby. Adjacent to the main house of the retreat, the spa is offers seven treatment rooms with its own unique view of Quartz Mountain. The spa is helmed by Dr. Vinod Balakrishnan, an Ayurvedic doctor and holistic healer formerly with Taj Hotels. Dr. Balakrishnan spent years living in the high Himalayas, where he studied yoga and spiritual sciences. Now, he brings his integrative medicine concept, rooted in Ayurvedic science, yoga, naturopathy, and conventional medicine, to craft custom wellness programs that detox, destress, and rejuvenate. Each spacious treatment room is designed to connect you to nature with vast views all around. Find serenity in the Yoga and Meditation Temple, Ayurvedic treatments, and Outdoor Forest Bathing, and Reflexology to name a few. For couples, the treatment room boasts serene views from the private lounge and Balneotherapy Tub. There is a fitness center and recreational activities for those looking to maintain their fitness routine. Holistic medical consultation is available for those who are seeking a tailored approach.

Connecting to the culture and adventurous spirit of Costa Rica, guests can venture off property for hiking to jungle and river paths, river swings, guided wildlife tours plus visits to their permaculture garden and organic coffee farm. The Retreat provides an intimate and safe haven to find moments of serenity and reconnection at a time when we are in need of healing and rejuvenation.

Accommodations

The Deluxe (7) and Premium (6) rooms are simply and elegantly designed to calm the mind and relax the senses. Each unique room is named for the plants and superfoods grown on the property. There are no phones or televisions in the room so as not to disturb the peaceful natural surroundings and sounds of the birds. Rooms offer an outdoor patio and deck, lush bedding and organic amenities.

Cozy and comfortable, the Guanabana and Guapinol deluxe rooms feel like home. These rooms are private set back against the lush mountain and feature private patios to put your feet up and relax. The Guanabanna room features a Queen bed while the Guapinol room features a King bed.

Open and airy, the Cacao, Chan, Curcuma, Maracuya and Cas deluxe rooms are located in the garden areas and offer views of the mountain landscape, the valley and Pacific Ocean. Each room features a King bed plus Hollywood twins.

The Casitas encompass three spacious premium rooms, Maca, Mucuna and Moringa, and have a fresh ocean breeze flowing through. Take in the expansive views of the valley to the Pacific Ocean while swinging in your hanging chair on your private balcony. These rooms feature two Queen beds and a Luxury Twin bed.

Café and Mandarina are the newest premium rooms and a part of the Spa Collection. For those looking to immerse in nature’s beauty, enjoy the view from your luxurious king bed or unwind on your spacious balcony and sitting area adorned with hanging chairs. These rooms feature a large bathtub for those who love their soaking time.

Coco is the King Suite situated near the yoga studio with a large covered balcony and offers panoramic vast views of the mountains, valley and the Pacific Ocean.

Amenities

• 13 Simple and Elegant Guest Rooms
• Vida Mia Healing Center and 8,000 square foot Spa
• The Spa includes: Ayurveda treatment room, Holistic Medical Consultation Office, Balneotherapy Tub and Outdoor Shower, Clay Bath, Outdoor Jacuzzi, Outdoor Forest Bathing, Vichy Room, Cold Plunge Cascade, Co-ed Steam Room, Quiet Room, Outdoor Resting Den. Crystal Boutique. Reflexology Pathway, Yoga and Meditation Temple, Fitness Studio
• Two Organic Restaurants
• Organic Tea and Wine Bar
• Garden Cocktail Bar
• Organic Vegetable and Herbs Garden
• Community Reading Room
• Outdoor Covered Pavilion
• Curated Boutique
• Open Kitchen
• Meeting Room
• Organic Coffee Plantation
• Permaculture Garden and features
• Two Saltwater Pools
• Hanging Pool Swings
• Jungle and river paths
• High Vibration Crystal Lobby
• Organic Vegetable and Herbs Garden
• River Swings
• Complimentary WiFi

Activities

• Cooking Classes
• Guided Nature Tours
• Hiking
• Meditation
• Spa
• Swimming
• Visits to the Coffee Plantation
• Yoga

Location

NEAREST AIRPORT:
Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)

Just a forty-minute drive from the San Jose International Airport in Costa Rica, The Retreat is located right outside the town of Atenas, Alajuela. Costa Rica has two seasons: green and dry. The Retreat is situated in a very unique micro-climate with mild weather conditions. December through May is very warm, sunny with kaleidoscope sunsets. February can bring breezes from the ocean. For those who love hiking, March boasts dryer landscapes. May through August have gorgeous summer sunny mornings with afternoon showers. September through November are green and lush with beautiful sunny mornings.

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