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What We Love

  • Hospitable and kind staff
  • Fresh, delicious and varied cuisine from a gourmet chef who has run her own French restaurants in San Francisco and Cartagena, Colombia
  • Isolated jungle beach just a two-minute walk from the rooms
  • Open-air, second-story yoga studio overlooking Golfo Dulce
  • Proximity to Corcovado National Park and incredible outdoor adventures

What To Know

  • The rooms are not air-conditioned, and hot water is not always available
  • Yoga and other activities cost extra. If you don’t have your own yoga mat, you can rent one for an extra charge
  • Meals are served buffet-style, and guests all sit together during mealtime
  • The beds have mosquito nets, and you can buy natural bug spray at the on-site store
  • Blue Osa operates on solar power, and hair dryers are not allowed
  • To maintain a relaxed and quiet environment, guests are discouraged from bringing children under 12 years old (there is no babysitting)
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Overview

The Review

Bumping over dirt and rocks surrounded by tropical forest and cow pasture with Golfo Dulce to the east, we marveled at how far we had come, both geographically and circumstantially, from Costa Rica’s bustling capital. Surely we must be lost, we decided; it was precisely then that the sign for Blue Osa Yoga Retreat and Spa materialized.

Amid twisting and wild jungle, and ensconced on its own secluded beach, Blue Osa is landscaped and designed with Asian-inspired detail. Buddhist statues, figurines and wall hangings abound, as do stone pathways shaded by arching vines and tropical foliage. It’s the kind of place where even the brashest and most hyperactive city dweller has the urge to meditate.{“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/2971/prop-62124-1340723450-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”Blue Osa’s manicured grounds are ideal for lounging, reading a book or meditating.”}

The rooms are unpretentious spaces, with sky-blue walls and simple furnishings. From the Penthouse Suite, which has a panoramic ocean view, to the shared quarters, the accommodations keep guests cool and bug-free with solar-powered fans and flowing white mosquito nets. Although Blue Osa can’t guarantee you a hot shower, the steamy Osa peninsula is an ideal place for a cold one. (The 70-foot, chlorine-free lap pool also comes in handy.)

Therapeutic massages and yoga sessions in the ocean-view studio are a must, and Blue Osa also happens to neighbor Costa Rica’s most sought-after nature destination: Corcovado National Park. The region is teeming with wildlife, and groundskeeper Fillo delights in pointing out scarlet macaws, sloths and unique tropical flora to guests.

In the kitchen gourmet chef Anne Marie Cantelaube serves up family-style specialties from her native France, using only the freshest and most flavorful local ingredients. Her soups and salads (which come with original, innovative dressings) are paragons of savory healthfulness, and her curry chicken — lovingly prepared with coconut milk, dry white wine, lemon zest and several secret ingredients — left our otherwise sociable table silent with gratitude.

How to Get There

Blue Osa Yoga Retreat and Spa
11 Km north on the road to Matapalo
Puerto Jimenez, 00000 Costa Rica

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 669 Reviews
A beautiful escape! Tranquil at best.
Reviewed 4 days ago

I'm still smiling from my retreat. We came with a larger group, however, the staff and property added to the magic of it all. I came into this not expecting a 4 Seasons as I truly wanted to immerse myself in nature and the comforts of mother Earth exactly as she is. I'm not much for camping, so Blue Osa was the perfect blend of my need to be raw in Nature yet have a comfortable and clean place to rest my head at night. Everyone that was part of Blue Osa was incredibly kind, always with a smile on their face. Even the people that led our excursions were wonderful. You could tell they loved their land and had so much passion and care for what they were showing us. The Osa peninsula is simply pure and gorgeous. I needed nothing more than an escape from the busy city life to spend some time in natures beauty.

If you are ready to be one with nature and get back to the simple wonders of what Earth is, I highly recommend a visit to Blue Osa.

Thank you to everyone at Blue Osa who made my trip wonderful! (including all the adorable animals)

28 Day 200 Hour YTT
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I attended the one month 200 hour YTT in October 2018. I had never been to Costa Rica and wasn't sure what to expect. Upon arriving at Blue Osa I was amazed by the beauty and remoteness of the Osa peninsula. As for Blue Osa, the buildings are incredible, the grounds are well kept, the phystlities are clean, and the beach is amazing. As for the YTT, our group was made up of 19 in total, and I happened to be the only guy. The teachers and training was professional and some of the best I had ever experienced. And I will be forever grateful for the friendships I made while at Blue Osa.
Over the entire month I only walked away with two complaints, the communication and the ants. First, about 10 days into the training it became very evident the yoga studio had a minor ant infestation. I know it is located in the jungle and bugs are to be expected, but there were hundreds of ants throughout the studio which after a few attempts to exterminate was never remedied. It did end up becoming a big distraction and pain during yoga practices and meditation.
My second complaint was the communication. A couple examples are that we were told the first day that we were going on a group excursion, we signed up for it, and the day of the excursion came and went with no explanation of why we didn't go. In fact we were never told why we never went, and will forever be left to guess. A second, more significant example is that Aaron left for a week and never told anyone and none of the other staff was sure when he would return. We were all very surprised and somewhat annoyed to be left in the dark about this. We were all there as students of his and felt as though his commitment to us was not of his highest priority.
Overall I am very grateful for the training I received, the experience I had of living on the Osa Peninsula, and the amazing friends I made. Thank you, Blue Osa.

28 Day - 200 HR YTT at Blue Osa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recently completed the 28 Day - 200 HR YTT at Blue Osa and I am very grateful for my experience. The training provided a refreshing perspective of yoga. For asana practice, they emphasized function over form - which sometimes gets lost in yoga classes that tend to favor the precise form of the pose. I really enjoyed that this training was not only focused on asana, as we also practiced meditation and pranayama every morning and learned a lot about yoga philosophy and history.

Blue Osa is a absolutely beautiful place to stay - in the jungle right on a secluded beach. Most days you can see some monkeys, scarlet macaws, toucans and many other jungle birds. The staff is incredibly helpful, the food is great and the grounds are absolutely beautiful. It’s a little slice of paradise and you have an incredible ocean/ garden view from the yoga studio.

I have nothing but great things to say about all of the staff at Blue Osa, which really improved our experience as a whole. I am also thankful for our YTT teachers (Aaron, Valentina, Amanda & Morgan) who who each provided their own expertise, which made for a well-rounded training.

YTT200 1 month immersion
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well, what can I say? I was blessed enough to call Blue Osa my home from October 20- November 17. When I say “home” I truely mean it. I could not have imagined a better oasis for me to complete my YTT200. The location, the people, the animals, the rainforest, the ocean, the food...

Alex and Amanda are wonderful. They made me feel so welcomed and loved. The kitchen staff and volunteers were absolutely amazing. And the food!!! Delicious!

The mornings are super special at blue Osa with Morning Silence until 8. It’s really nice to have that time to meditate, have quiet and stillness with out the distraction of electronics (the WiFi is turned off at this time).

I noticed that it was never completely quiet, but always very peaceful. The Osa symphony is in full effect 24/7. A beautiful compilation of Howler Monkeys, Macaws, Frogs, ocean waves and rain (it was rain season in the rainforest)

I had an amazing and life changing experience being surrounded by like minded yogis and teachers! ❤️

28 day Yoga Teacher Training @ Blue OSA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had the privilege of staying at Blue OSA for a 28 day, 200 hour yoga teacher training from October 20th through November 17th of 2018. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. The curriculum throughout the month was excellent and I learned so much. The instructors and assistants (Aaron, Valentina, Morgan, and Amanda) exceeded every expectation I could have had prior to arriving at Blue OSA. They were very educated, attentive, encouraging, helpful, and made the teacher training a ton of fun. The entire staff at Blue OSA (chefs, housekeeping, groundskeepers, instructors, management, YTT assistants, spa staff, etc) did an exceptional job at making sure all of the guests were as comforfortable as possible at all times. The rooms were very well maintained and well kept every day by the housekeeping staff. The entire BLUE OSA property was beautiful and extremely well-maintained. The meals created by the Blue OSA kitchen staff were delicious. I truly did not have one bad meal during my entire stay. Every meal was excellent. They were well-balance, nutritious, and delicious. The kitchen staff accommodated any request that I had during the duration of my stay there. The management at Blue OSA (Alex and Amanda) were also extremely helpful and kind when it came to any questions that I had during my stay.

I will definitely go back to Blue OSA at some point for a visit or more YTT and I would recommend it to anyone who is considering a vacation or Yoga Teacher Training. It’s a beautiful place all around!