In today’s climate, stress haunts our everyday lives and can lead to many mental and physical drawbacks. Sometimes, a break is needed from the monotonous routine of everyday life to recharge and rejuvenate especially in a wondrous place like Costa Rica.
With its lush, verdant jungles, majestic waterfalls, and relaxing ambience, Costa Rica has become increasingly popular with wellness retreat fanatics. Costa Rica is the year-round perfect place to recharge and rejuvenate, thanks to its stunning natural scenery and friendly, welcoming people. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best wellness retreats in Costa Rica, as well as provide tips on how to prepare mentally and physically to get the most out of your rejuvenation retreat.
Located in Central America, Costa Rica is adorned by wondrous rainforests and stunning scenery. The name literally translates to “Rich Coast.” The country has been named by National Geographic as the happiest country in the world in 2017, and consistently ranks high on various happiness metrics. The people live by the “pura vida” (good life) lifestyle and are known for their wellness practices.
Costa Rica is chock-full of rejuvenation and wellness retreats- including yoga, mind and body, mental health, and much more. But before booking your retreat, it’s essential to know how to prepare for it, and exactly what benefits await you.
Rejuvenation and wellness retreats have been around for many years and only seem to grow in popularity. City life can become a hassling routine that only serves to increase stress and pressure. But immersing your mind and body in a retreat designed to relax you, open your eyes to new experiences, and improve your mental and physical wellbeing will surely be beneficial. Practitioners swear by rejuvenation and wellness retreats as a way to re-energize and become more connected with your higher self.
What are some benefits that await you? Here are just a few:
The main benefit of wellness retreats is reducing stress and pressure. With Costa Rica’s top-of-the-line rejuvenation retreats and studios, combined with its breathtaking backdrop, there’s nothing this place can’t heal!
The hustle and bustle of routine life can often make us forget important things- who we are, why we’re doing what we’re doing, and who we’re doing it for. It can become easy to get lost in a monotonous routine that does little to serve us. But with wellness retreats, you dive deeper into a part of yourself you thought you had forgotten. Many people swear by combining yoga and meditation during rejuvenation retreats for maximum benefits.
Jaw-dropping waterfalls, pristine beaches, and gorgeous hiking trails- Costa Rica’s got it all. Head northeast onto Sarapiqui, where you can visit the rainforest and enjoy natural sights and breathtaking wildlife. Visit the Braulio Carillo National Park where you can go rafting along the beautiful Pacuare river.
The people of Costa Rica live by the “Pura Vida” lifestyle, meaning the good life. At Zapotal, in what is known as the cloud rainforest, you can commune with the friendly locals who love to share their lifestyle with others, and immerse yourself in a new, welcoming, eye-opening community. Being supported by a community of similar interests will definitely make your retreat more enjoyable. You can make new friends and even keep in touch after your rejuvenation retreat is over.
Preparing isn’t just packing your essentials- it’s training your mind and body for an entirely new experience. It’s important to prepare mentally and physically for your retreat in advance for maximum benefits.
Are you looking for a short break, or a brand new lifestyle? Do you wish to pamper yourself with exotic sights, new food, welcoming people, or do you prefer to go solo? A step into a new life or a short recess to de-stress? Once you figure out what your reasons are, everything else will fall into place.
Many wellness retreats will offer healthy, organic food. You can forget about fast food and other harmful things during your wellness retreat- these things will only serve to slow you down and draw you back to your old lifestyle. Start by eating well, drinking more water, eliminating alcohol and caffeine, as well considering health supplements at least a week before your rejuvenation retreat to maximize the benefits of your trip.
You’ve heard plenty about the benefits of yoga and meditation. But perhaps due to a busy, work-focused lifestyle, you’ve never had the opportunity to try them. Now is the perfect time to be open to try new things. There are countless, scientifically proven benefits to both yoga and meditation. Prepare your mind for new things and indulge!
The busy city of San Jose is home to some of the country’s best museums, beautiful squares, and cultural attractions, but the real gems lie in the forests beyond the capital and the small towns and villages along the coast.
El Silencio, a luxurious hotel located in the cloud forest valleys of Bajos del Toro, is a haven for explorers and adventurers. Richly decorated accommodations have floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors, local woods and textiles, and private decks. The two-bedroom villas come with a pair of whirlpool hot tubs, while the suites include an outside jacuzzi. Yoga sessions are also available at the spa, along with beauty and massage services. The lodge is excellent for outdoor pursuits like hiking, birdwatching, horseback riding, zip-lining, and waterfall exploration.
At Peace Lodge, wellness comes in the form of getting back in touch with nature. It is located in La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a nature preserve and wildlife sanctuary well-known for its cascades and a wide range of rescued animals, including big cats. The 2 miles (3 km) of cloud and rainforest trails can be explored, and you can end the day with a massage in your villa in front of the fireplace.
The Retreat is tucked away on a hill in the center of a jungle, close to Barrio Jesus and the Pacific. The furniture is contemporary and comfortable, and the bedding is organic and hypoallergenic. The rooms are cool and serene. Two saltwater pools, meditation spaces, and a gym are available. Numerous massages, ayurveda, acupuncture, crystal healing, and detoxifying are among the available treatments. Grain-free, generally dairy-free, and offering vegetarian and vegan options, the terrace restaurant and café also serve organic biodynamic wines.
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A trip away from the diligent, working lifestyle you’ve become accustomed to will surely do you good. Costa Rica, full of many options and fantastic, unique sights, will cleanse your soul, refresh and rejuvenate you. You’ll come back from your trip a different person!
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