My one week stay at Nicuesa was unbelievable..it was so many things..relaxing, challenging, peaceful, invigorating, inspiring, therapeutic, soul strengthening, magical. The boat ride in was like something out of a book. On the boat ride in, you'd never even know there was anything there. The native tropical flowers & greenery were awe inspiring as soon as you set foot out of the boat & it continues throughout the property. The trails through jungle just behind the lodge offered the opportunity to take an easy stroll, a night walk, or a brave vigorous hike (which was an intense, steep trail/stair climbing hike..awesome!!) Despite the jungle critters, the animals & birds around the lodge were absolutely breathtaking..hummingbirds galore, tucans, white faced monkeys, howler monkeys..and soo many other types of birds & wildlife I'd never seen before..but I never felt threatened by any of them, even the howler monkeys at 5 am!! (who sound like gorillas but could care less about humans). I primarily went for a quiet secluded getaway to do some soul searching & as much yoga as I could fit in. My teacher Analu was amazing. She was so sweet & often found myself in 1:1 sessions with her as there weren't many people there who faithfully went every class like I did. Analu was an inspiration to me I so many ways, whether it was to check out an amazing book or try a new form of yoga, she was someone I will never forget. The yoga platform is inches from the water & the trees & extended roof shelter you from any rain storm that happens to blow through. Hammocks galore..not only in the main lodge but by the yoga platform, and the hammock swing chair in my cabin was a perfect spot for relaxing & taking in the sights & sounds of the beautiful jungle or the waves from the beach just steps away!! Housekeeping was so attentive, thorough & pleasant. The Manager, Joe, was so helpful and always around to ask questions or to help set up any guided or self driven activity I wanted to do. Veronica, the Sustainability guide, was very informative and knowledgable about the lodge, the surrounding environment and how to not only preserve it but be part of the sustainability process while not only staying at the lodge, but also how to use the strategies in my everyday life back home (i.e. now i don't dry my clothes with my dryer but I hang them in my homemade drying rack area to use the suns energy & save on electricity!) The bartender, Mello, was more than accommodating, as I often found myself stopping into the bar to try another refreshing concoction on my way back to my cabin, or a night cap to end another perfect day in paradise, he always greeted me by name with a smile & served some of the tastiest drinks I've ever had! The kitchen & waitstaff were very friendly and always there to provide yet another amazing healthy meal, to clear my plate, ask if I wanted seconds or if I was ready for dessert. Breakfast & lunch are available during 2 hour windows to give you the freedom to sleep in or to participate in whatever activities you choose without missing a meal. The family style dinner was a nice compliment to the other meals as we all sat together to take in the laughter & smiles as we all shared our stories or pictures from the day. I met some amazing people from all over the world, some of which I'll never forget. I'll never be the same since visiting Nicuesa. It's amazing how content & at peace everyone seemed to feel there, the magic you feel there is like nothing I've ever experienced & I cant wait to go back!!!