MAL PAIS Jungle Lodge


The eco-friendly jungle lodge has five guest rooms with private bathrooms, keeping it intimate, quiet and low-impact. It has a wonderful swimming pool, yoga shala immersed in a jungle setting and a lounge-dining area and terraces which are ideal for relaxing and practicing yoga and meditation. There are hammocks to relax in and free wi-fi all around the property.

Guest rooms are arrayed on a hillside and are fronted by a sitting porch which looks out into the beautiful flower garden where butterflies and hummingbirds fly endlessly. There are four twin rooms which are spacious, simple and warmly decorated, featuring private bathrooms with a hot shower, mini-fridge, room safes and ceiling fans.

The lodge Star Mountain is an intimate and peaceful jungle lodge set in flowering gardens within a 90-hectare private reserve next to Cabo Blanco National Park. With its rich diversity of plants, trees and wildlife, the extensive property forms a continuous stretch of forest which is Costa Rica's longest established nature reserve.

Here you will find a mosaic of jungle, rolling hills, mountains and creeks, with some lookout points from where you can enjoy panoramic views to the Pacific ocean and beaches of Mal Pais and discover the fascinating jungle wildlife and nature within the resort's private mile-and-a-half long jungle trail; on foot or on horseback.

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Both our CR retreats are located in the same area, however how to get there is very different.

The location is also very convenient for the village and scenic beaches of Mal Pais, just a mile away downhill, while buzzing Santa Teresa, with some of Costa Rica's most coveted surf points, restaurants and shops is a fifteen minute drive from the lodge.

Our location is also close to the fishing village of Cabuya and Montezuma where you can swim and bathe in the beautiful ocean and enjoy wonderful beaches.

You can read more about Mal Pais and Costa Rica on the Rough Guides site and the Cabo Blanca nature reserve, which is connected to the lodge, on

We have a travel information page to help you get from San Jose to our lodge.


A delicious breakfast of local fruit (papaya, mangos, pineapples), fresh yogurt, cereal, coffee or tea, eggs, toast with jam and honey is served after yoga practice each day and on the morning of departure day.

Delicious dinners of healthy blue zone cuisine are included in the price five times within a six night stay and two times within a four night stay.

The food served is mainly vegetarian and vegan but includes some local fresh fish dishes. The food is locally-sourced.

The lodge also has a maid service which you can book at breakfast-time for when you want a snack or drink during the day, or if you decide not to join the visit to a local restaurant.

We'll also organise trips to experience delicious cuisine in authentic local restaurant in the seaside towns of Mal Pais or Santa Teresa on the evening when there is no dinner served A small fee, per person, is charged for transport to-and-from the town for this service



Both of our retreat locations in Casperia Italy and in Costa Rica are within the famous Blue Zones where people live longer than the average.

There are five places listed in the World where people live longer and healthier lives, Costa Rica with its 'Pura Vida' (pure life) philosophy is one such heavenly place 

The secret seems as simple as - connection with community and family, purpose, a positive outlook ( often supported by belief in God) locomotion as in gentle regular movement like gardening, dancing, walking and of course a natural local diet.


Each morning before breakfast (except on arrival and departure days) we will practice yoga and meditation usually from 07.45 to 09.15 and some afternoons, on a 64-square metre teak platform with the sounds of birds and monkeys as a symphonic background.

The lodge is a truly spiritual haven and the location is a serene and secluded environment in which to relax and renew, in an extraordinary slice of the lush Costa Rican dry tropical rain forest. Your time here will rejuvenate you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Here you can experience a healthy and fulfilling connection with nature. The jungle has a healing and centering energy force which affords practitioners an unforgettable, deep level of communion with mother nature while they practice yoga each day.
— — Liz, 2015
Lucy led us in traditional yoga postures and flows, on the covered jungle shala platform, with the birdsong and howler monkeys talking to each other and hummingbirds flitting about.
— — Laura, 2017


Holistic treatments are a major feature of Sunflower Retreats' path to wellness and complement the yoga we practice. We have a wide range of treatments, as in a spa, but we differ in that we use only natural, organic products and take a holistic approach in our sessions.

A week of one-on-one yoga and fabulous luxurious treatments in the jungle was just what I needed.
— — Liz, London

A brochure describing these relaxing, healing and rejuvenating therapies will be given to you when you arrive and you can book them with our own qualified practitioner each day at breakfast-time, when they are available to discuss each treatment and help you to choose the perfect one for your own requirements.

Our range of holistic therapies includes:

Treatments are conducted in a warm, safe, healing environment in a purpose built treatment shala on the resort surrounded by the sounds and beauty of nature.

Prices range from $30 to $100 per session, depending on your choice of treatment and duration. They are available every day except the arrival and departure day.

  • Holistic and Ayurvedic Massages 

  • Sunflower Retreats' Ultimate Healing Treatment

  • Bamboo massage

  • Reflexology

  • Aromatherapy using pure essential oils

  • Chakra balancing

  • Reiki and Smudging sessions 

  • Sunflower's original freshly picked organic Aloe Vera skin facials

  • The Bars



Nearby San Teresa is a popular beach location and the area has some of the best surfing beaches in Costa Rica and inside the Cabo Blanco nature reserve in Mal Pais there is a wonderful beach ideal for swimming and snorkling.

Surf and paddle board rentals can be arranged at breakfast each morning. Surfing and Paddle boarding lessons for beginners cost from $50 for a 2-hours.

Try the stand up paddle-board lessons in Mal Pais with Andy.
— — Laura, 2017


Included in your yoga holiday is a free guided walk on Sunday, after morning yoga and breakfast. The walk is led by a guide and is led through the private 225-acre reserve which has abundant water sources and medicinal plants. The evergreen trees attract many animals. 


Our property is adjacent to Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, but has significantly less foot traffic. The jungle lodge's 225-acre private reserve affords an opportunity to learn about the jungle's medicinal plants and exotic animals and is a wonderful launching point for bird tours. We also arrange visits to The Montezuma Waterfalls located in a tropical rainforest, guided tours can be booked each day at breakfast-time. We know you'll love a visit to the Butterfly Farm too.


The Jungle Lodge has its own stables so horse riding can be booked at anytime. Let the horses to be your gentle guides through mountains, jungle and beaches for a sunset ride. Depending on the rider's level, various tours are offered.
Riding can be booked at daily at breakfast-time and costs from $40 for a 2-hour ride.


Enjoy a wonderful boat tour with Zuma Tours on the Pacific coast where you can snorkel and scout for turtles, dolphins, manta rays, whales, and a variety seabirds. You can also hire kayaks and explore for yourself.


Fish for tuna, snapper, mahi-mahi and many other species, near Cabo Blanco island, with one of the local fishermen.

Shopping and Dining

Nearby San Teresa is a great place to shop with a range of boutiques and restaurants serving a range of Costa-Rican and international cuisine from local dishes to sushi.