My experience at Manu will be highly memorable, from the location (a breezy jungle-top spot overlooking the rushing waves of the Pacific.. privacy.. friendly and attentive caretakers nearby) to the grounds and house.
The patio is perfect for sunbathing, with a fresh, cool infinity pool surrounded by the exotic flora and fauna of this region. I enjoyed the frogs, birds, lizards, and occasional visits from domesticated dogs and a kitten who live in the area. The trees and flowers are aromatic and a sight for sore eyes..
The house is lovely and accomodating. I liked the open-air feel, and the kitchen was great for making breakfast and storing groceries. We used the grill in the tiki hut a couple of times, and also ate at a couple of the restaurants on the beach, which was never a let-down.
Grace arranged for a horseback riding tour of the Nauyaca waterfalls and her son gave us surfing lessons! The people in town are very friendly. I loved the feeling of remoteness. It does take a bit of a bumpy drive up a rocky dirt road to get there (took dramamine regularly for my carsickness!), but its worth being in such a location.
To truly get away from a Western way of life, to get closer to nature, and to get closer with your friends or loved one, this is a perfect place to stay. After telling stories about my trip, anyone who is already planning to go to Costa Rica is interested in the contact info
for this place. And rightly so!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Manu Yoga Retreats and Spa in Dominical Costa Rica caters to individuals who value an authentic encounter with nature. Hidden among 30 acres of lush tropical rain forest, four luxury vacation villas are situated on a small mountain ridge with expansive Pacific Ocean views stretching from Manuel Antonio Park in the north to the southern tip of the Osa Peninsula. Each rental villa comes with a private pool, fully equipped kitchen, organic linens, ocean views, tropical breezes, and the rainforest at your doorstep. The villas can be fully staffed for an indulgent vacation, honeymoon or retreat. We can tailor the experience for groups and yoga retreats of up to 14 persons as well as the discriminating individual. Among the many available options are soothing spa services, extreme athletic adventures, and customized cuisines for the educated palate. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Manu Retreats Costa Rica/Dominical