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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 693 Reviews
I simply didn't want to come back to reality...
Reviewed 1 day ago

This is the second time I visited Blue Osa for a yoga retreat. I LOVE this place. Where else can you get up at 5am to the sound of monkeys and parrots chattering and take a long stroll on the beach watching the sun rise and NEVER SEE ANOTHER SOUL? Where can you return from the beach with Costa Rican Coffee prepared, beautiful fresh fruits cut up and served on the buffet bar? Where can you find serenity and peace and fresh air and sunshine to nurture your soul as well as the fresh food and friendly people who offer it to you? This is a loving environment that is so easy to melt into. I love Blue Osa.

200 hrs Yoga Teacher Training
Reviewed 5 days ago

I was at Blue Osa for a month-long 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training. The program and the teachers were amazing. It was great to be able to feel so close to nature and practice yoga at the same time! The staff were so helpful and had a big smile on every single day. And the food was always something to look forward to, so fresh, tasty, and nutritious at the same time. It was overall a great experience.

Great yoga retreat
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was at Blue Osa on an organized yoga retreat and the friendly and accommodating staff at the resort did everything they could to make our stay as wonderful as possible. The grounds are beautifully kept (without using noisy machinery), the food was delicious and beautifully prepared.
It was hot hot hot and very humid (in January) and it would have been nice to have the ceiling fan be on all night instead of just the 30 minute time that is the maximum time you can turn it on.

200hr Teaching Training
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I did the 28 day 200hr teaching training immersion program a couple months ago, and it was such an amazing experience! The rooms are cozy but beautifully decorated and the location is perfect. The beach was one of my favorite parts, and our breaks allowed for a daily swim if the weather cooperated. The food was incredible, and the kitchen staff was awesome about accommodating everyone's needs (and made hands down the best vegan pancakes I've ever tried). Other reviews have mentioned this, but it is absolutely accurate that Blue Osa is truly in the jungle. The howler monkeys become less terrifying once you realize what they are, and it was such a fun experience to be surrounded by nature in all her glory.

The immersion itself was an intense experience but so life changing for me. There's always more to learn but I really do feel prepared to teach. I can only imagine trying to do it all in two weeks, so if you like to take things a little slower I would definitely recommend the month long option. My fellow trainees were some of the best people I've met, and I'm so grateful for this place for bringing all of us together.

200h Yoga Teacher Training
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My time at Blue Osa was amazing. Everything was well organized and you did not have to worry about anything. The staff is really friendly and they took care of individual needs.
The content of the YYT was good structured and I feel like I am ready to teach yoga. Our teachers shared their big knowledge with us and everyone invited for a personal internal development. All in all I can recommend Blue Osa if you want do a your certification to teach yoga.