SUNFLOWER RETREATS' YOGA HOLIDAYS ON THE PACIFIC COAST OF COSTA RICA


We've greatly expanded our programme of fabulous yoga retreats in Costa Rica this year: We now have fourteen weeks - each of them a once-in-a-lifetime holiday - which give you the chance to practice yoga in a tropical paradise and to experience the rich culture and diverse wildlife of this amazing country.

As well as the opportunity to practise yoga with an experienced teacher and enjoy Ayurvedic and holistic therapies, there's a fantastic programme of optional activities to help you experience the best of Costa Rica and build great bonds with other yoginis and fellow international travellers. 

There are many discount flights to Costa Rica via Europe and the United States and travel from the UK is even easier (and cheaper) now that British Airways have direct flights from London Gatwick to Costa Rica .

You can find out about best time to holiday in Costa Rica by reading about it's weather on;  http://nicoyapeninsula.com/weather.php

Dates this year:
April 26th - 2nd May
Jun 21st - 27th
July 5th - 11th
July 12th - 18th
August 2nd- 8th
November 15th - 21st
November 22nd - 28th
December 6th - 12th

Holiday Prices

In US dollars, for twin or double en-suite rooms, excluding flights, transfers and offers

  Shared Single
4 nights$870 $1,200
6 nights $1,200 $1,600
13 nights $2,200 $3,000

The Location

Our base 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.

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 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 nicoyapeninsula.com.

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

The Jungle Lodge

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 eco-friendly lodge, used exclusively by Sunflower Retreats guests, has five guest rooms with private bathrooms, keeping it intimate, quiet and low-impact. It has a wonderful swimming pool, waterfall jacuzzi, yoga shala 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.

Meals

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.

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 buffet dinner. A small fee, per person, is charged for transport to-and-from the town for this service.

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

The food is mainly vegetarian 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.

Shopping & 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.

Yoga

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

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 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:

  • 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

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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.

A week of one-on-one yoga and fabulous luxurious treatments in the jungle was just what I needed.
— Liz, London
Try the stand up paddle-board lessons in Mal Pais with Andy.
— Laura, 2017

Beaches, Surfing, Paddle-boarding And Diving

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, the beaches of Montezuma and Cabuya are also beautiful beaches to visit with some of the best beaches Costa Rica has to offer.

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. Scuba diving is available too.morning. Surfing and Paddle boarding lessons for beginners cost from $50 for a 2-hours. Scuba diving is available too.

Horse Riding

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.

Boat Trips

Enjoy a wonderful boat tour 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.

Fishing

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

Walks And Treks

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. 

Nature Tours And Bird Watching

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.

 

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Booking and Travel Information

Prices

For twin or double en-suite rooms, excluding flights, transfers and offers

  Shared Single
4 nights$870 / £665 $1,200 / £915
6 nights $1,200 / £915 $1,600 / £1,220
13 nights $2,200 7 £1,675 $3,000 / £2,285

Prices for our retreat vacation are in US dollars and include:

  • Accommodation in an en-suite bedroom
  • Fresh linen and towels
  • Room clean every other day and change of towels
  • Five ninety-minute morning yoga classes (Friday through Tuesday) per six night holiday
  • Three afternoon yoga and meditation classes of one hour per six night holiday
  • Use of yoga mats
  • Breakfast each day
  • Five dinners, serving vegetarian cuisine and some local fish.
  • A guided Sunday walk
  • Unlimited use of the pool, Jacuzzi and Wi-Fi

What's not included:

  • Flights to Costa Rica
  • Transfers to and from the lodge in Mal Pais
  • Transport to local restaurants
  • Holistic treatments
  • Any extra optional activities and tours

Four night breaks, from Thursday through Monday, are available both week and differ from 6-night retreats, only in that there are three morning yoga classes (Friday through Sunday ), one afternoon yoga class, two dinners serving vegetarian cuisine and some local fish.
Guests can also book from 11th to 24th to make a 13-night holiday, at a saving over the price of two 6-night holidays.

September and October 2018
Although we have no yoga retreats in Costa Rica Rica scheduled, we can arrange a personalised programme of yoga classes, holistic treatments, guided walks, accommodation and meals. Just send us an email.


Thank you again for everything and for making my stay so fantastic. I really was made to feel very pampered and special and very well looked after.
— Liz, London

Our Booking Information page has details of how to book online or through our office and a summary of what's included in your holiday and what to bring. Please read our Terms & Conditions before you book.

You may wish to book your flights before you book your holiday.  Our Costa Rica Travel page has information on flights to Costa Rica and how to get from San Jose to our jungle lodge.

Prices are in US dollars, but UK clients can book and pay online in Sterling through our Payment Centre, once the office has made a reservation.

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