Five Best Wellness Destinations in Costa Rica

When we talk about Costa Rica, we are talking about wellness in the holistic sense of the word, mind, body, and soul.   This little country nestled between the Americas offers the perfect setting for a unique vacation that ticks many boxes for an unforgettable getaway. With its beautiful natural scenes and landscapes as a backdrop, it also boasts some fantastic wellness destinations, spas, and signature, organic treatments, the perfect combination for an unforgettable wellness vacation. So which are the five best wellness destinations in Costa Rica? Let’s begin our journey in paradise to wellness!

With the focus on well-being in a natural setting, Costa Rica is where forest bathing and the blue mind unite. The meditative effects of immersing yourself in nature are good for us and our health and are called eco-therapy. Forest bathing is one way of doing this. National Geographic has put Costa Rica on the list of places to try forest bathing, thanks to its forest coverage and incredible biodiversity.

While Forest Bathing is where you take in the sights, sounds, aromas, and textures of the forest atmosphere, the blue mind is the meditative effects of the water.  Have you ever felt that while close to water (sea, lake, river, etc.), your mind and body begin to relax and feel at ease? That is Blue Mind in action. Water makes us happier, healthier, and more connected. Costa Rica is embraced by both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, and its mountain ranges are where numerous, pristine rivers are born and run through the abundant forests.  The Blue Mind Effect is everywhere in Costa Rica!

After a day of Forest Bathing and Blue Mind, the Distinctive Hotel Collection add further pampering and relaxing possibilities in the form of Spa’s with an array of specialized and signature treatments. So treat yourself to a wellness destination in the true and absolute sense of the word!

1.    Central Pacific Ocean Coastline

Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coastline is relatively small in size. Still, with a diversity of landscapes, forest settings, beautiful beaches, and a stunning coastline dotted with inlets, rocky headlands, mangrove forests, rivers, and estuaries. It is a lovely place to enjoy the wellness effects of forest bathing and blue mindfulness. It is meditational and calming while immersed in the beauty of nature and by the sea.

This rich coast is home to two of Costa Rica´s favorite national parks. Manuel Antonio National Park and Carrara National Park are bird and animal enthusiasts’ must-visit places with their rich biodiversity and easy accessibility. It is also where the famous beach town of Jaco Beach is located, which is vibrant and bustling and is a regular host of surf competitions.

Perched on a Central Pacific Coast headland immersed in rainforest and with uninterrupted views of the stunning ocean sits the stunning Villa Caletas Hotel. This spectacular boutique hotel is not only unique, but it also defines wellness. Step into the Serenity Spa to relax in the spirit of the Costa Rican rainforest. Connect with the body and mind.

2. Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, Guanacaste

Sitting on the slopes of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano in the Guanacaste Volcanic Mountain range, this best wellness destination is a mountain paradise.  Imagine the fresh highland air, exuberant forests providing an enduring habitat for an incredible range of endemic flora and fauna, medicinal thermal springs and mud baths gifted by the volcano, and the naturally relaxing ambiance and treatments at the Anahuac Spa.

This magical volcanic mountain is the perfect place to experience nature up close and with varying degrees of excitement, with an array of adventure activities to choose from. Borinquen Thermal Resort blends these adventures with its signature menu of rejuvenation treatments that combine aromatherapy and natural botanicals at its Spa.

Borinquen Thermal Resort is dedicated to inspiring “renewal and joy” through health, wellness, and relaxation, with skilled and professional staff helping to enhance this perfect environment to renew your mind, body, and soul.  Where better to achieve this than in the mountains surrounded by naturally beautiful spaces?

3.   Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna 

Voted as the adventure capital of the world for experiences by Trip Advisor, the Northern Lowlands of Costa Rica are most well-known for the presently “sleepy giant” called Arenal Volcano. It may well be the most iconic landmark of Costa Rica, and this region has lots to offer regarding wellness tourism too.  Complement the relaxing thermal springs that are the perfect end to a day of activities in nature.

These extensive lowlands extend from the far northern stretch of Costa Rica to the Caribbean Sea. For this reason, the warm, humid temperatures are why this region is bursting with rainforests and wetlands.  Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa is immersed in the rainforest not far from the base of the Arenal Volcano and boasts some of the best views of this beautiful natural monument.

Unwind at this mountain hideaway that exhales wellness in every possible way.  The Neidin Spa and its several spa treatments and services complement Arenal´s natural environment. This ensures a dreamy surrender to the rejuvenating and relaxing treatments. Select a therapy that resonates best with your mood!

4. Nosara, Nicoya Peninsula

Let’s set the scene for this laid-back little corner of the world.  Beautiful beaches, great waves, world-class eateries, endless summers, sunsets that take your breath away, fantastic yoga retreats, and boutique hotels like the Gilded Iguana keep Nosara on the world map year after year as a top destination.

Wellness is also about eating well, and Nosara takes dining to a new level. It has a wide variety of restaurants and cafes that cater to even the most serious foodies.   This melting pot of fresh, exotic flavors will make deciding where to go for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and after-dinner drinks difficult. But come prepared for some inspiring culinary experiences.

The Gilded Iguana Hotel is a wellness sanctuary that blends into the beauty of Nosara. Taking wellness to a new level, Gilded Iguana has a Surf Club and School, an Athletics Center with yoga classes, a restaurant inspired by healthy Mediterranean dishes and fresh seafood, and the Nosara Costa Rica Spa. So after a day on the board under the sun or exploring the mountains on a bike, unwind with an assortment of soothing treatments.

5.    Tamarindo, Guanacaste 

Guanacaste’s Gold Coast stretches along the Nicoya Peninsula coastline, including Tamarindo’s popular beach town.  Located by one of the world’s five Blue Zones, where healthy, balanced living has created a community of centurions, this region spells wellness.

The town’s vibrant center runs along the spectacular white sand beach and is as colorful and dynamic as its international residents and visitors.  Needless to say, bicycles and surfboards are the two primary forms of transport in this world-renowned surfer’s paradise for beginners and wave-riding professionals.

Tamarindo is home to Hotel Capitan Suizo, a beachfront boutique hotel that has integrated nature into every aspect of guests´ stay. Luxurious suites open out to organically maintained tropical gardens.  It is an oasis for birds and wildlife and to unwind after a day on the beach or exploring nature.

A relaxing massage is even better when you are beachside, which is the Aromas del Mar Spa experience.  The sound of the waves is the background to your spa therapy to unwind and take in the moment.  

Wellness destinations in Costa Rica are naturally beautiful. Whether a getaway is in the rainforest, on a volcano, or a tropical beach, wellness is everywhere. When your distinctive hotel offers premium services and memorable stays, they also provide exceptional Spa treatments and beauty services to complement your adventures in nature.  They are in the five best wellness destinations in Costa Rica for the ultimate vacation.