Relax, Rejuvenate & Restore: Luxury Wellness Sabbatical in Costa Rica
This month-long wellness sabbatical in Costa Rica, focusing on relaxation and rejuvenation, sees you stay near Arenal Volcano and on the beach in the Osa Peninsula. Experience the healing benefits of yoga and indulge in a range of relaxing treatments in a country where nature is truly celebrated.
Itinerary at a Glance:
- Relax with spa treatments in a secluded lodge near San Jose
- Restore balance with daily yoga and time at the spa in a lodge close to the Arenal Volcano
- Enjoy eco-activities in Arenal National Park
- Spend time on the beach in the Osa Peninsula, enjoying daily yoga lessons
- Rest and rejuvenate at a detox retreat
- Focus on personal restoration with a tailor-made programme at a Gulfo Dulce spa lodge
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Days 1-3: Spa Treatments in Tropical Terrain, close to San Jose
Your luxury wellness sabbatical in Costa Rica begins with a stay at a relaxing spa retreat. Your home for the next three nights is just north of the capital San Jose, and surrounded by tropical gardens.
Get into the swing of your sabbatical with a dip in the pool, snooze in the sun, enjoying the peace and quiet of the secluded gardens and going hiking along private trails past local waterfalls. Indulge in the resort's spa where there is a diverse range of treatments on offer, to ensure you begin your luxury wellness sabbatical in Costa Rica as you mean to go on: letting go of everyday stresses and relaxing in this tropical haven.
Days 4-10: Volcanic Yoga Flows and Eco-activities in Arenal
It's time to head north, to the Arenal Volcano region. Prepare to fully embrace the natural beauty and serenity of your next destination, a rejuvenating and secluded lodge tucked into the rainforest. The surrounding scenery is dramatic and rugged, dominated by the cone-shaped dormant volcano that dominates the verdant slopes around it.
Daily yoga practice and restorative spa treatments are the focus for the next week of your wellness sabbatical. Slow down with morning yoga classes, as you find your centre and control your breath, a vital skill for when you return to work at the end of your sabbatical.
Spend time pampering yourself in the spa and soothe your mind and muscles in the heat of the sauna and steam room. In between your spa treatments, which include signature options such as scrubs with volcanic mud and chocolate clay, you can indulge in eco-activities in Arenal National Park. Zip lining, canopy walks, float safaris and white water rafting in the shadow of the magnificent Arenal Volcano are all options - to balance out the zen of your spa days.
Days 11-18: Yoga in the Osa Peninsula
Next, you'll be travelling south to the beautiful Osa Peninsula to relax by the beach and continue with your yoga. One of Costa Rica's most amazing destinations, the wild Osa Peninsula juts out into the Pacific and is a haven for many of Costa Rica's most famous species, from jaguar to tapirs. This wild part of the world - widely considered one of the most biodiverse places on the planet - is the perfect place to completely get off the grid.
Your home for the next week is a chic boutique hotel, where yoga is central to the daily routine. You can enjoy daily classes in the open-sided yoga pavilion overlooking the ocean, and with classes suitable for every skill level you'll be able to experience a mixture of Ashtanga (a form of yoga that links movement with breathing) and Vinyasa (yoga that flows seamlessly from one movement to the next) for some relaxing beachside bliss.
After starting your day with balancing yoga classes, keep aspiring to new levels of relaxation at the retreat's spa, with tailor-made treatments to ensure you can return home after your wellness sabbatical in Costa Rica fully rejuvenated and restored.
Days 19-25: Detox near San Jose
You'll be travelling north, back towards San Jose, for your next destination. Hidden in the mountains, your next retreat is surrounded by jungle and with stunning views. For the next week you can enjoy a fully immersive detox programme at this jungle retreat to supercharge the restorative power of your wellness sabbatical in Costa Rica.
With a personalised approach towards health, wellness and nutrition, this week aims to lay the foundations for a better way of life, through improved day-to-day habits and routines. Focusing on specific goals centred around your individual physical, mental, emotional and spiritual requirements and renewal, you'll be able to work on creating a better life balance when you return to normality after your sabbatical. Surrounded by nature, you will slip into a new-found serenity as you take total charge of your wellbeing.
Days 26-32: Restore Balance at a Wellness Retreat on the Golfo Dulce
It's time to move on to the final week of your wellness sabbatical in Costa Rica. Travel south, back towards the Osa Peninsula and the wild beauty of the Gulfo Dulce.
On the serene shores of the Golfo Dulce, stay in a lodge offering the chance to focus on general wellbeing. During a carefully crafted week which follows a four-phase treatment programme, your days will be filled with a series of wellness treatments that are designed to maximise personal restoration.
During this week spend time connecting with yourself and your surroundings. Wander through the resort's tropical gardens, exploring the native flora and fauna, tuning into nature and, in turn, yourself. Dive into the warm ocean, snorkelling to explore life beneath the waves, or paddle boarding and kayaking to explore the shoreline.
Back on dry land, listen to the birds singing in the treetops, breathe in the fresh air and feel any last remaining stress melt away before you return home a new you.
George is our expert for this itinerary and, as a seasoned traveller, has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.