Santa Teresa Costa Rica Yoga Retreat.
Last time on the article Body and Mind in balance: Yoga! I had the chance to highlight the number of benefits yoga can bring to our lives and how wonderful is to combine it with a perfect vacation in a secluded paradise beach in Costa Rica as it is Santa Teresa.
Santa Teresa beach offers the perfect settings to practice this discipline; this might be the reason why many of the resorts and hotels are getting specialized in bringing options to this kind of guests.
Yoga retreats are usually thought on behalf of the purification, healing and relaxation of the people who get immersed into it. These retreats are based on different categories of yoga, creating objectives and planning steps to follow during the days of the retreat.
Let´s take as example the two latest additions of Hotel Tropico Latino, one of hotels offering yoga retreats in Santa Teresa beach. The first one was named Tantra Vinyasa Yoga & Adventure Retreat; basing it on two types of yoga, Tantra and Vinyasa.
Tantra Yoga is India's Secret Science that seeks for the connection between the 7 chackras (energy centers) and the 5 nature elements through its postures; helping the yogi to access the infinite universal energy, taking it to the core of its frustrations, fears and anxiety, allowing the person to control and direct the energy in the energetic body through the physical body. On the other hand, the Vinyasa Yoga practice is a profound breath to body linking mechanism that helps the yogi to trust its body, creating a closer connection and leaving a feeling of strength and control in the body.
The objective is to blend the elements of these yoga types to leave a renewed sense of deep self-knowing and newfound positive thoughts to improve the weaknesses of the yogi life. This first retreat combines intensive yoga practice, surf lessons, healthy diet, spa treatments, relaxation and fun at the beach surrounded by tropical lush gardens and wildlife.
The second example is the Restorative Vinyasa Yoga & Adventure Retreat. In this case, the combination comes with Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga, along with the Chakras. Restorative yoga can be described as a supported, conscious body/mind relaxation practice, offering benefits to both body and mind. Done in sequence, a restorative yoga practice will bring your body into a deeply relaxed state allowing your mind to become quiet and reflective.
The practice of Vinyasa yoga during the mornings and Restorative yoga in the evenings mixed with the focus of a new chakra every day, during both classes; can help the yogi to receive all the benefits from the three global concepts. The retreat combines the same activities than the first one, only changing the objectives and steps to approach the healing and relaxation the yogi is looking for.
Combining a group of elements in one place can make you live an unforgettable experience and this is exactly what a yoga retreat in Santa Teresa can give you. The practice of yoga, developing new skills on surfing, nature and wildlife surrounding you all the time, warm weather and one of the most privileged beach locations in the world, along with the feeling of positive healing energy and the once lost perfect balance of body, mind and soul. All these elements become the perfect blend for one memorable healing getaway.
By Maricel - Taken from Enchanting Costa Rica
How can we describe a honeymoon? There are some many words and ways to describe it, some people say is the most romantic experience of their lives, some others say is a holiday taken by the just married couples, the perfect chance to escape from everything and take a vacation. At the end of the day, it really does not matter how everyone describe it, the important part is that any couple would not want to miss this experience.
After all the planning and stress of having the perfect wedding day, comes the time to relax and pampered yourselves spending quality time together. Choosing the right destination is the key to truly enjoy this unforgettable experience.
One more time, Costa Rica comes to the table, as one of the world´s top honeymoon destinations, listed by Brides Magazine and the Signature Travel Network in 2011. The charm of the country is a perfect combination of elements matching every couple´s expectations.
Costa Rica offers from some of the most biodiverse rainforests to beautiful beaches with secluded, intimate and exotic places to enjoy the essence of this destination. Offering such a big and varied range of accommodations as well as activities, the honeymooners can have the chance to choose between little rustic cabins in the middle of the cloud forest to luxury five stars resorts in front of the Pacific beaches. As for activities go, the list is wide and almost endless; you can find from relaxing spa treatments to bungee jumping and rafting, all within a few hours drive.
The most important part of a honeymoon is finding the romantic and special place that make you feel out the rest of the world, just you and your partner, enjoying every moment and relaxing at maximum; and this is why Costa Rica is a perfect spot to enjoy this lifetime experience.
As I said before, destinations in Costa Rica are countless, one of them is Santa Teresa, this secluded, off the beaten path and romantic beach mixed all the ingredients to fulfill the most demanding expectations. Cataloged as one of the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world, you can get to enjoy amazing sunsets, relaxing spa treatments, fine dining options and beautiful accommodations.
You can either choose to book your activities, accommodations and transfer services separate or maybe find some good deals in honeymoon packages. Check out Tropico Latino, a beach front hotel located in Santa Teresa, offering honeymoon services and an excellent atmosphere for this special experience.
If you just start planning this memorable holiday vacation and you are trying to find options around, consider Costa Rica as your honeymoon destination, do I need to give you more reasons? Thanks for reading, see you next time!
By Maricel - Taken from Enchanting Costa Rica
Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years by many people around the world. Etymologically Yoga means union, trying to connect the absolute principle with the conscience.
Yoga is an empirical science that helps to purifies body and mind giving a number of benefits, providing a balance on the physical and mental conditions of people. This discipline has grown based on thousands of years of experiences from yogis within the history, having its own methods and practices.
The objective of yoga is helping people to stay healthy in all areas. In a yoga class you can find a number of exercises, with postures, breathing and meditation to enter in a relaxing state in both mind and body.
Yoga can help anyone, it doesn’t matter if is a kid or an older person, men or woman. During yoga you can stretch your body, rejuvenate your brain, reduce your stress, calm you down and consequently rest, also giving energy and vitality.
In order to practice yoga you need to find a place that gives you; in one hand the feeling of relaxation and on the other, the natural settings that will make you feel comfortable while you practice it. A beach destination is perfect to practice it, the warm weather, the sound of the waves and the breeze of the ocean make a perfect combination with this discipline.
During the last few years, it has become easier to find the perfect settings to practice yoga at beach destinations in Costa Rica, mixing it with a healthy diet plus some nice treatments at the spa, yoga retreats are a good way to find a different and relaxing vacation in the paradise beaches of this country. For example, Santa Teresa in the Nicoya Peninsula is a good location for these visitors, giving them a big range of options to choose from.
Some hotels in the area have been specializing in this kind of travelers, trying to fill their needs and go beyond expectations with the improvement of the services. Special packages, yoga retreats, spas and the charm of one of the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world, all combine with the great benefits of yoga. I don´t think there is much more to ask for!! Hotel Tropico Latino offers these services and specialized packages, having a beach front yoga deck, enjoying the amazing views of this beautiful beach.
If you like yoga and enjoy beautiful beaches, your next stop is Costa Rica!!
By Maricel - Taken from Enchanting Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a very popular touristic destination within the Americas and the world. During the past few years it has been gaining important spots in different markets, thanks to all the richness and beauty offered by the country.
This popularity has increased in specific markets, for example, the weddings and honeymoon tourism, which is focused mainly on beach destinations and complementary services for this type of visitors, even though, other kind of destinations such as mountains and volcanoes are also chosen to hold these ceremonies.
Weddings have been always a very important event, they are usually held in big salons with hundreds of guests and fancy clothes, with lots of decoration and many hours of planning. However, things have changed and the new trends have come with destination weddings, creating a complete different atmosphere from the traditional ceremonies.
This trend has become popular with the years and Costa Rica has been the choice for many of those couples that wanted to innovate and make their wedding day a unique and unforgettable experience.
The country brings natural beauty, with rainforests, volcanoes, waterfalls, stunning beaches and an endless number of attractions. It also offers a big range of options in accommodation and venue areas, where you can find almost anything, from rustic cozy cabins to luxury 5-stars resorts, to fit all preferences. All these reasons have helped visitors to plan intimate weddings in beautiful locations, starting to enjoy their honeymoon as soon as they land in the country.
Being an increasingly popular place for destination weddings, Costa Rica can definitely have a good option for anyone. The development of wedding market is making easier the planning of the events in the country. The number of resorts and hotels offering wedding services and packages is getting bigger every day, giving special attention to these customers and trying to exceed their expectations. On this same page, is important to highlight that most weddings take place in coasts, especially in Pacific Coast, thanks to the increasing of tourism activities and infrastructure.
The beautiful beaches in the Pacific give a good range of options to hold a dream wedding, for example, in Mal País/Santa Teresa area some hotels are already specializing in these services, giving an added value to the wedding, a secluded, tropical paradise off the beaten track. The beach in this area has been called one of the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world, and the big development of tourism has not yet come, so the privacy and charm of the tropical forest, the warm ocean breezes, crashing waves and the unique sunsets can be enjoy by couples and its friends, immersing everyone in an memorable experience.
Tropico Latino is a beach front resort located in this area, which features ¨All Inclusive Weddings¨, giving a unique essence with its lush tropical gardens, colorful butterflies, birds and monkeys. The hotel offers a complete and first class service, collaborating with the life time experience that every bride and groom is looking for.
Costa Rica is definitely a special place to have your wedding, and you will probably find the planning much less stressful than you might have expected. Enjoy, relax and explore what Costa Rica, gives you!!
By Maricel - Taken from Enchanting Costa Rica
On June, I took an amazing trip to Santa Teresa beach. It started on a Thursday morning. My coworker and I decided to use public transportation to the area, since we have an explorer spirit and want to experience the journey. Fortunately, it ended up being pretty good.
We took the first bus to Santa Teresa in ¨La Coca Cola¨ station located in San Jose, the bus was leaving at 6 am, and actually it did leave exactly at time. Our trip started taking the General Cañas highway, the one in direction to the International Airport in San Jose, which to clarify it is actually geographically located in the town of Alajuela.
The bus took this route since they are not yet allowed to transit on the Route 27, which is shorter and faster, it can take you to Puntarenas in 45 minutes to one hour without traffic. Anyway, our bus took the old way and head Puntarenas in two hours, which is a good time, so by 8:10 am we were at the ferry station; however the ferry to Paquera goes out every two hours, so the next was leaving at 9 am.
The bus company buys the ferry tickets for you; they include it in the total fare, so we just got out the bus, take our ticket and wait in the line for the ferry to start boarding the passengers. By the way, we gave our luggage to the bus driver in San Jose and they gave us a ticket to pick it up at the end of the trip, so you won´t have to be carrying anything other than your purse or small backpack.
The ferry left around 9:15 am, there was a bunch of people around, however plenty of room was available for us to sit and relax during the one hour trip to Paquera; the weather was nice, very sunny but a little hot, nothing extreme. During the ferry you will be able to buy some stuff like coffee, sodas or even beers and some snacks, in our case we decided to just relax and wait until our next stop, Paquera.
After an hour or so, we arrived in Paquera, we left the ferry and wait for our bus, which was also transferred in the ferry, the same applies for cars. We took our bus again and head to the next towns, around one hour and 30 more minutes were left at the time.
We first pass by Tambor, and the bus started to make stops, then we headed Cobano which is one of the main towns in the area, some people left there. Then the driver asked if someone was going to Montezuma, apparently no one was, so we went directly to Santa Teresa.
We had our reservation in Tropico Latino hotel, so we asked the driver to leave us there, picked up our luggage and entered the hotel which was just across the street.
From the moment we entered, we felt in a tropical paradise, a group of congos were in the middle of the top trees doing some curious noises, we went thru a nice trail decorated with small white rocks and surrounded by tropical gardens, the trail is around 100 meters long, we find the signs showing arrows to the restaurant, reception and pool. We headed the reception and were very well welcomed by the receptionist. Our room was not ready at the time but very kindly the manager invited us to have lunch, it was passed 12, we had our lunch in the beach front Mediterranean restaurant, and the first impression was really high, we both had the fish of the day Tilapia and it was delicious, I also enjoyed a fruit smoothie, it is important to highlight the food is very light and healthy.
After we settled in our garden view bungalow, which give credit to its name, since we were surrounding by the tropical gardens with the sounds of animals and a private porch to enjoy, relax and feel the sound of nature. The room was cozy and rustic, very comfortable, the bathroom was nicely decorated and it was big enough.
We took a bath and relax for a while, and then we stayed at our room navigating on the internet, there is Wifi connection in all rooms. By dinner we went again to the restaurant, this time the food was even more delicious, I enjoyed one more time a fruit smoothie, which was amazing and had chicken in curry sauce with ginger, no words to describe it, delicious, my friend had corvine and she really enjoyed it. By the time, we have planned to visit the town and look some places around, but we lost time talking and laughing, the restaurant is a good place to hang out, there were some other guests having some drinks and the waiters were very nice. We lost count of time and the rain arrived around 10 pm, so we have to run to our room, so we didn´t get wet. We were tired, so we went to sleep and enjoy the night.
Friday morning was a little cloudy, but we had a big day ahead of us, so we woke up, take the bath and went to have breakfast, one more time, delicious, as I said before the food is light and healthy, I had an omelet with toasts, the toasts were amazing, I totally love them!!!
After our delicious and light breakfast we went to our yoga class. The hotel has a deck in front of the beach, so you get to hear the sound of the waves and watch the beautiful beach. We relaxed and enjoyed every minute of our yoga class, the instructor was very professional and patient with us, since we were first timers. The class took around one hour and 20 minutes, and then we had booked some treatments at the spa.
We chilled out for a while in our room´s porch, and by 11 am, we went to the spa and the staff gave us a briefing about the services and their philosophy. They focus their work on keeping balance between mind and body, so they complement yoga, spa services and healthy food in one, to give their customers a real body-mind balance experience.
So after the whole explanation, we started the treatments with an exfoliation and then the wrap with tropical papaya, honey and carrot to revive your skin, they wrapped your whole body and then cover you up with some sheets and plastic, so you get warmed and the ingredients can work on your skin, the whole process could take around 50 minutes. While we were waiting for the wrap to finish, we also had a facial specially made for our skin type, it was very nice. After the wrap worked and our facial was done, we were sent to take a shower in the middle of the tropical forest to clean all the rests of the wrap. And last but not least, we had an amazing full body massage that took me to heaven; the massage was in both face and body.
After we finished our treatments at the spa, we felt in the air, then we had our light lunch again and were completely relax, it was an amazing combo to mix the yoga, spa and healthy food.
During our afternoon we relax at our room and the front porch and then took a tour with the manager thru the entire hotel, we get to know all the rooms’ types and the newly coming beach front suite. The hotel is getting bigger and improved, trying to maximize their resources and give better options for their customers.
We finally enjoy a beautiful sunset in Santa Teresa beach, the views are amazing and the sunset was just stunning. We spent some time there and truly enjoy this beach.
By dinner we went one more time to the Mediterranean restaurant and this time tried something new, I chose the tuna and my friend the chicken that I had last night. We tried one more time to get to the town but unfortunately it was raining again.
Next morning we went to have the amazing breakfast; I had the same and still love it. We chilled out at our porch and then went walking to the town of Santa Teresa and then go back to the hotel by the beach enjoying the views and the warm water, by this you get to see the surf vibe, very particular of the area.
After our short walk thru the beach, we need to get ready, since unfortunately we had to leave in the 2 pm bus back to San Jose. We spent some time in the room, took the bath and got all the stuff ready and we had our last lunch in the delicious restaurant, this time rice with chicken.
Hotel Tropico Latino was gorgeous, very tropical and relaxing, perfect for families, group of friends, and couples. The whole concept of the hotel gives you the sense of quietness and relaxation in the middle of one of the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world. Not much more to ask for, the perfect place, my weekend was amazing!!!
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