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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 747 Reviews
Glorious garden
InvisibleGarden

The grounds of Blue Osa are incredible, the garden and beach are lovely rain or shine and the staff is kind, helpful and friendly. There are lots of vegetarian offerings, the yoga studio is peaceful, and the sweet dogs are an added bonus.

Total R&R of the mind, body, and spirit
Angela K

I just left a week-long Yoga Retreat trip by myself and I loved it. With starting a new job next week, I quickly booked a last-minute trip to Costa Rica to relax and mostly unplug--with yoga for the cherry on top! I booked Blue Osa because it was so highly rated on TripAdvisor and other yoga sites and wasn't disappointed. I LOVED every staff/volunteer person there. Everyone was sooo nice it was incredible. The resort is beautiful, tranquil and serene. I had the Namaste (2 bed) shared room and it was spacious. I was directly next to the pool/spa which was lovely. The shower was huge! They had a small toilet room that smells very natural (not the best) but I tried to make those stops very fast.

FOOD: The food was phenomenal. It was all farm to table, VERY fresh/organic, and it'll leave you feeling great especially with the yoga workouts. The diet was mostly vegetarian and vegan and I had chicken 1x, eggs for breakfast 2x, and I bought the unlimited cocktail package (b/c vacation). I loved the lunches and dinners but didn't really love the breakfasts--but that's ok. Dinner is very special as all guests and staff get together to have a group moment of gratitude before eating. It's like it's a big family dinner. One of the chefs worked in a Michelin restaurant and cooked for royalty! I didn't have any cocktails except the last night b/c I was given wine as an option (which I'm also cool with). Wine by the glass was about $9 so it worked out for me to have the pre-paid package.

I had "The Best Of Costa Rica Wellness Vacation Package" and the included spa treatment and excursions were awesome!!! I had Alma for my masseuse and she was phenomenal. Her massage was hands-down the best massage I've ever had in my life and I've had A LOT! She did an amazing combo of shiatsu, deep tissue, swedish, stretching massage from head to toe and face! I was expecting that I'd be joining a larger group of a few folks for the Yoga Retreat and we'd enjoy the week as a cohort. I was there by myself for 3 days which wasn't too bad since I got great 1:1 yoga classes with the instructor so huge plus! Other than the 1x a day yoga class, I had a lot of free time on my hands to walk the beach, read, write, pool-time, and getting to know the yoga training students. Later, another person joined me for the yoga retreat so that was fun. Together, we did the Matapolo 1/2 Day Hiking Tour (included in my Package) with our resort guide Fijo that included a swim at the foot of an awesome waterfall. We saw lots of critters, birds, animals! Highly recommend! Also, we did the Horseback Riding Tour which was AWESOME! My partner did the Waterfall Rappelling which looked amazing! I also HIGHLY recommend that too! If you can add on 2-3 extra days to your retreat I recommend going to see the Corcovado National Park. Look it up--it's amazing and I wish I had planned for it! I only needed an extra snack 2x my whole stay but I brought a few snack bars which were perfect till the next meal. They have bananas/apples available throughout the day.

TIPS:
First, I realized that I had booked during the October rainy season (rain was forecasted every day) but the rain was very intermittent and would mostly stop after a few quick minutes and would sometimes be so beautiful right after.

Second, this resort is very remote and is definitely an eco-lodge. This means a few things, the internet is controlled and is sometimes spotty but I assume you're not coming to surf on the web all day. I loved that they were eco-friendly! You have to take short showers and have to watch what you flush down the toilet (TP and other products in the garbage!). That was a bit gross but I can deal with it. Also, there's no AC and just a fan in your room. It's humid so sometimes it's pretty sticky and/or your sheets/clothes feel damp. At the end of my trip my bags were both moldy and my wet clothes that never really dried were def moldy smelling. That's the tropical weather for ya!

Third, bring water shoes or extra sneakers in case your shoes never dry! I had my excursions/hikes back to back and my sneakers never dried at all.

Fourth, bring bug spray and itchy cream!! *scratches mosquito bites* Also, do yourself a favor and get a massage(s) there and go on the excursions!!

Sixth, TALK to Blue Osa staff FIRST before you book your flights!!! Staff will book your flight from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez (via a small puddle jumper plane) and you want to coordinate with their flight schedule too!! I wish I knew this before but I was able to change my flight with United within the 24 hours of booking. WHEW!

Lastly, get to know everyone and relaxxxxxxxx and enjoy the beautiful country of Costa Rica. It's beautiful and I must return!

A Piece of Heaven
Maribel T

My daughter and I just returned from spending 5 days at the Blue Osa Yoga Retreat. What a fabulous, relaxing and energizing experience!! It far exceeded our expectations. Blue Osa staff were warm, generous and very responsive to making our stay enjoyable. Carlos, Henry, Alex were more than available to our many questions. Everything in Blue Osa was totally a sensory experience....from the nature environment, spa massages (with Alma and Sandro) and even the delicious meals! Kitchen staff Jorge, Eric and many others prepared not only nutritious meals but made them with love. Our Yoga teacher Isabel guided us with daily insightful and compassionate classes that lifted our soul. If you’re looking for a place that will nourish your mind, body and soul..Blue Osa Yoga Retreat is your only and best option. PURA VIDA❤️