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

Our Costa Rica yoga retreats are a once-in-a-lifetime holiday which give you the chance to practice yoga while immersed in a tropical paradise and to experience the rich culture and diverse ecology of this fabulous 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 to Costa Rica from the UK is even easier (and cheaper) than last year now that British Airways have introduced direct flights from London Gatwick .

4 Nights - Shared $870 
4 Nights - Single $1400 
6 Nights - Sharing $1,200
6 Nights - Private $1,600 
13 Nights - Shared $2200 
13 Nights - Private $3000 
 

Our next Confirmed Retreat dates for Costa rica are - January 11-17 2018 & January 18-24  2018


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 wide 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 showers, mini-fridge, room safes and ceiling fans.

The eco-friendly lodge, used exclusively by Sunflower Retreats guests, will consist of five guest rooms with private bathrooms, keeping it intimate, quiet and low-impact. It has a wonderful swimming pool, waterfall jacuzzi, yoga shala and and lounge-dining area and terraces 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 restaurants in the seaside towns of Mal Pais or Santa Teresa on evenings where there is no buffet dinner. A small fee, per person, is charged for transport to-and-from the town.

A delicious and healthy buffet lunch and dinner is included in the price three times within the week. 

The food is mainly vegetarian but includes some local fresh fish dishes. The food is locally sourced, as much as possible.

The lodge also has a maid service for when you want a snack or drink, or if you decide not to join the visits to local restaurants.

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 from 7.45 to 9.00am & some afternoons on a 64-square metre teak platform with the sounds of birds and monkeys as a symphonic backdrop.

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 & Smudging sessions 

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

  • Hopi Ear Candles

  • 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. The lodge is just four miles from the famous Playa Carmen surfing beaches. Surf and paddle board rentals can be arranged at breakfast each morning. Surfing and Paddleboarding lessons for beginners cost from $50 for a 2-hours. Scuba diving is available too.morning. Surfing and Paddleboarding 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 local guide with a vast knowledge of the area 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. Local nature guides can be booked on an hourly basis each day at breakfast-time. We know you'll love a visit to the Butterfly Farm too.

Booking and Travel Information

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.

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.

The price of your retreat vacation are in US Dollars & includes:

  • Six nights 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)
  • Three afternoon yoga and meditation classes of one hour
  • Use of yoga mats
  • Breakfast each day
  • Three buffet lunches and three 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

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