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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 723 Reviews
14 day yoga training
Reviewed 2 days ago

I highly recommend the 14 day yoga training. Aaron is an excellent instructor and the staff is completely amazing. My room was very clean. Even though I am not a vegetarian, I was blown away by the food. The yoga training was the highlight of my experience. I learned so much about various yoga practices and about myself.

Magical Gewaway
Reviewed 6 days ago

I hosted a yoga retreat here for 20 people. The entire experience was just perfect. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The property itself is breathtaking. The rooms were clean and comfy. Be prepared to be in the jungle. It is a great place to detach and get off the grid, literally. It brings you back to the basics and nature. Everything is operated with solar panels. Simple living. The spa was amazing as well. Little pricey but worth it. THE FOOD IS AMAZING too!

Pura Vida Paradise
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited Blue Osa for my 200 hour YTT and the experience was more amazing than I ever expected. The grounds are immaculate and beautiful landscaped, with a gorgeous lap pool, amazing open air yoga studio, and one of the most stunning beaches I have ever seen. The staff is wonderful- they are incredibly friendly and go out of their way to learn your name and get to know you, and are sure to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The food is so good. I was uncertain how I would do with a vegan based menu for 2 weeks as I am not vegan- but all my concerns were put aside. The food was delicious, there was plenty of variety, and much of it comes from the farm next door. As for the Yoga Teacher Training program- I did a lot of research before attending, but was still slightly unsure of what to expect.... It exceeded my expectations by far. The 14 day immersion program can be strenuous, with long days filled with lots of information and physical activity- but it was presented in a way that made it easy for us to digest the new knowledge, and I left feeling more rested and rejuvenated than when I came, despite the long days. The healthy food, ocean air, caring community, and yoga lifestyle will give you a new refreshed outlook on life, whether you are there for a training, a retreat, or just a vacation. If you are daunted by the intensity of the 14 day immersion, I would definitely recommend doing the 28 day program, which allows for much more rest and relaxation to be incorporated. However for me personally, the 14 day was perfect, as it fit into my busy lifestyle. As I left Blue Osa, I felt energized, inspired, and full of all the tools and knowledge I needed to start teaching yoga. I can't wait until I can return to my home away from home- Blue Osa!

Beautifully Intense YTT
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I completed my 200 hour YTT at Blue Osa. It was a magical experience with incredible teachers. The location is perfect for this type of training - serene and full of natural wonders. So peaceful and full of love.

It is important to be prepared for an intense experience. There is so much to learn. Read all of the information provided by Blue Osa in advance of your trip. Mentally prepare for your journey because it will challenge you. You will sweat! It's a beautiful thing! You will eat amazing food! You will work!

You can become what you belive at Blue Osa. Enjoy your journey. Namaste.

Keeps Getting Better Each Time I Come Back!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been coming to Blue Osa since 2012 as a yoga retreat leader. We keep coming back because the grounds are paradise, the pool is so special, the staff is friendly and professional, the yoga room is epic, the spa treaments are so high quality, and the local excursions are the best on the Osa.

It's amazing to see how they keep up-leveling. It's so obvious how much they genuinely care about their guests and respond to the feedback they get. Here are some examples...

Once the owner asked me, "why don't people like our sheets, they are a really high thread count cotton?" I said, well cotton can get damp, so maybe that's it? I came back to find all new sheets and amazing new pillows too! Awesome.

The menu has always been delicious, but due to so many guests requesting gluten free and vegan meals, they have completely reworked the menu to be even more accommodating those with dietary restrictions. A few years back they started a farm across the street so much of what we eat is not straight farm to table. Awesome.

One of my favorite new additions is the fresh, raw juice and smoothie bar! (FYI: get the daily package it's a steal).

This place just keeps getting better!!!!