A Costa Rica Wellness Vacation: Just What the Doctor Ordered
For many of us, long days at the office and stressful daily life can get in the way of a healthy lifestyle. As a result, we typically look to our vacations as an opportunity to hit the reset button. From a mountain retreat to a luxuriously rustic beach escape, these are the 9 best spots in Costa Rica for a health and wellness vacation.
Wellness in or near San Jose...
Grano De Oro
Start your wellness vacation the minute you land in San Jose by checking into the Hotel Grano de Oro, which boasts unsurpassed gastronomy, restful nights in elegantly furnished rooms and nearby access to La Sabana Park, where you can enjoy a game of basketball, a jog around the track, or a relaxing picnic near the lake. More of a city explorer? Put your walking shoes on; there is plenty to see and do near the hotel. Likewise, you can get a bit of culture-wellness in for your senses; take in a great play or performance at the Teatro Nacional (National Theater) or Malico Salizar Theater, or even a concert from the world-renowned Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra. Feel like staying in? Unwind completely with a relaxing massage from hotel partner Aromas Tropicales; just call the front desk and they’ll schedule your in-room treatment.
The magic of nature is sure to heal you body and soul at Peace Lodge. You can hike the waterfall trails, commune with humming birds, or just sit on your private terrace and soak in the gentle ambiance of this beautiful rainforest reserve. At the end of the day, relax in front your crackling fireplace as you enjoy a glass of wine, or enjoy a professional massage.
Just an hour from Juan Santamaria International Airport, this gorgeous hotel sits pretty from its perch high on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by jungle nature. If the views alone don’t have you completely relaxed, then you can choose from an array of pampering treatments offered by the Serenity Spa’s enticing menu. Long walks, beautifully appointed rooms enveloped in the soothing forest, delicious food and spa days… what more could you ask for on the perfect wellness vacation? Music? You may get lucky there too; Villa Caletas often hosts live jazz concerts and other musical performances in its own little outdoor amphitheater overlooking the ocean.
Rest and relaxation in the mountains...
Long, soul soothing hikes through the mystical cloud forest, private and group yoga classes that connect with nature, a famous Juice Bar and Tea Room…. The Belmar Hotel offers all that and more for the Costa Rica mountain wellness vacation of your dreams. With its magical cloud forest reserve, there is not better place to commune with nature and unwind than Monteverde.
Lake La Angostura graces the grounds of this beautiful hotel with its in-house spa, which offers world class treatments ranging from facials to wraps, scrubs and massages. Hiking, canoeing, river rafting and more; getting outdoors will really get your health flow moving in the right direction. Finally, enjoy the organic offerings the hotel restaurant has to share, with ingredients grown right in the hotel’s own gardens.
Ocean waves soothe the soul...
Yoga, Pilates, surfing, hiking… you’ll really get your energy flowing with the many outdoor activities offered at lovely Flor Blanca, located right on the beach in beautiful Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Daily classes, healthy gourmet cuisine, meditation, spa therapies and more; Flor Blanca is the perfect Costa Rica wellness escape.
Cuna Del Angel
Hotel Cuna del Angel’s ocean view restaurant boasts a gourmet menu that is 100% gluten free; prepared with organic ingredients, the food alone is reason enough to make your wellness vacation in beautiful Dominical, Costa Rica. But why not get a little pampering in too? Angels Care Center offers scrubs, massages, wraps, facials, and more.
Situated right on the beach, Hotel Capitan Suizo offers spa therapies, healthy light organic cuisine, sunsets, surf and the lush, tropical nature of Costa Rica. Aromas del Mar Spa, the hotel’s onsite treatment center, is an open air spa buffered by the sounds of crashing waves, and offers a variety of massage treatments, exfoliations, wraps and facials.
Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge
You’ll really take yourself off grid when you visit Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, only accessed by boat because its location is so remote. Daily, morning yoga classes, long hikes through the forest, canoeing, meditation, horseback riding and more… your days will be filled with healthy, restful indulgences, but just wait till you sit down to a meal. Nicuesa’s pride and joy is its restaurant, where delightful dishes are prepared daily with organic fruits, vegetables and herbs sourced right from the hotel’s own gardens.
If you're feeling worn out from the stresses of your daily routine and need an escape, then a wellness vacation to Costa Rica could be just what the doctor ordered.