I spent a week at Blue Osa in early January. I'd originally signed up assuming I'd do a spa package, but Aaron let me know that there'd be a yoga retreat going on and put me in touch with the organizer (the amazing Juan Gamboa, who very easily persuaded me to join, despite my not being a yoga practitioner). Juan brought a great group of New Yorkers and the yoga experience was terrific.
But even without that program, Blue Osa is an amazing place to spend time. It's truly special - upon arrival, we were introduced not just to the office staff but also to the kitchen staff, volunteers, gardeners, etc. It's a big family, and I felt like a truly welcome guest among them. They even let me bake challah per Jewish tradition for Friday evening - and the kitchen staff couldn't have been more gracious and helpful. We hugged and kissed literally everyone goodbye - and how often does that happen? Aaron and Adam know how to create a warm, family-like environment - introducing dinner each night with remarks about their contributions to the local school and other projects going on. Then the kitchen staff describe each dish. It's a beautiful nightly ritual.
And did I mention the food? Delicious, healthy and a nice alternative to the lovely-yet-monotonous Gallo Pinto (rice and beans, a daily breakfast staple). Some of the food was truly exceptional, the rest was very good. Yummy smoothies as well.
The treatments were terrific as well. Both Marcela and Laura were phenomenal. Very caring and warm as well as great at what they do.
Michael and Jorge, the front office/guest liaisons, were wonderful as well. So friendly and helpful and gracious.
The only thing I wish Blue Osa had is a stable beach (it all but disappears when the tide is high) with lounge chairs and umbrellas. Truthfully it wouldn't really fit the "feel" of the place, which is very down to earth, but I would have loved to be able to relax for hours in comfort on the beach (which is otherwise stark and beautiful and nearly empty - great for contemplative walks/runs).
In short, GO! Thank you to everyone for a wonderful week. Wonderful memories to keep me warm and sunny. xoxoxox
P.S. Although I went with a friend I'm marking this review as solo, as I think anyone on their own (which I often am) should feel comfortable there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa our mission is simple: To provide you with an unforgettable experience –– nourishing body, mind and spirit.Let your focal point be the ocean. Imagine a cool ocean breeze across your face. Our yoga deck was designed to facilitate an immersive yoga experience: farm-to-table meals, first-class pampering, and beautiful eco-friendly accommodations. Our secluded beachfront property is located on Costa Rica’s biologically diverse Osa Peninsula. Here you will find coconut trees, colorful wildlife and crashing waves –– all guaranteed to provide a tranquil setting for letting go and living the pure life. Whether you’re looking for a tropical paradise to relax & renew, to delve deeper into your yoga practice, OR an exotic locale to embark on Travel-Channel-worthy adventures, we’ve got you covered. We offer tailor-made experiences for individuals, groups and retreat leaders. Our packages include yoga, eco-spa therapies and various nearby tropical adventures. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Blue Osa Hotel Puerto Jimenez
- Blue Osa Yoga Retreat And Spa Costa Rica/Puerto Jimenez