Anamaya is such a beautiful place from the stunning details of the linens, lighting and furniture to the engaging wildlife and nature! I loved this resort for so many reasons but to sum it up, it felt like I was visiting family in their gorgeous private home. The food was so delicious that it was hard to believe it could be healthy and organic. I did the yoga and meditation retreat, which did not disappoint. The yoga teacher Stella was really fantastic she was incredibly insightful and seemed to be a mind reader of some sort. I felt as if the yoga classes were geared toward me but perhaps everyone felt that way. I was also surprised that Stella could actually be both a great Yoga teacher and a masseuse! I enjoyed her massage so much that I had two of them in a week. The only thing was a little confused about was that there was no meditation or mention of it during my stay even though it was supposed to be part of the package. If you’re going for the meditation specifically then perhaps you should inquire about it first. All in all I was so happy and fulfilled that I never even asked about it. Every last detail of this establishment was otherwise well planned and the photos will never do it justice. The surrounding area of the resot is teaming with adventure, wildlife and beauty so during my 5 day stay I had many wild experiences.
I held a nine month old baby monkey for an hour at Rainsong Wildlife Rescue, I had a pet grasshopper (I named him Fred) in my room that let me hold him, I spotted several types of lizards, butterflies & spiders; I watched the monkey’s play in the trees, passed humpback whales (mother and baby) on the way to Tortuga Island where we also snorkeled. While at the beach on Tortuga Island I had a wild boar (pig), approach me and then roll over on her belly for a rub! She was so friendly that she literally came over and rested her snout on my feet! In addition there were lots of vultures and beautiful birds hanging around on this island. I highly recommend this excursion which was with Zuma Tours, they were great! Lunch was served on glassware! It was tasty too. The ride back on the boat is very wet and choppy so you should bring hooded sweatshirt or rain gear. I also did a bit of hiking while there since I love to hike and this place is not for the amateur hiker! Everything is strenuous and thrilling at the same time. Even a drive in the car is an adventure in Costa Rica, speaking of which let me advise you on this matter since I learned the hard way. If you are planning to rent a 4X4 and drive from San Jose to Anamaya then take my advice….. make sure that you program the GPS properly. I rented a 4X4 for a week from Toyota Rent a Car (they were terrible) and since there are no actual addresses in Costa Rica I had to choose a point of interest on the system. Anamaya was not listed as Hotel on the map so I selected a near by hotel and then set the trip. I should have programmed the GPS to take me to the Ferry and then from the Ferry to the hotel because the GPS did not recognize the ferry as an option and route that was provided was all the way around the water! It was 7 hours of driving through major pot hole ridden gravel roads, steep inclines and pitch blackness. Many of the roads were flooded due to the major rain storm I was traveling in so at times I had to pass through deep bodies of water and go over bridges that seemed to be hanging on by a tread…. it was scary to say the least. On the return I was better prepared and took the ferry which was really easy in comparison. Most of the drive is paved road and it was easy enough find my way around. In spite of my traumatic experience on the way there – the drive was beautiful and scenic so I would recommend doing it via the Ferry route!