It's over a month since I left and the feeling of calm and relaxation are still with me. Montezuma is amazing; from the paradise-like beach and forests, to the wonderful people, the amazing local produce and the surprising variety of restaurants and bars. And the Escuela is a perfect place to enjoy it all from. I stayed two weeks and took Yoga and Spanish both weeks. The schedule was well organised to allow the surfers to follow the tides, keep yoga later in the evening when it was (a little!) cooler, and Spanish and Poi fit around them. All my teachers, Andrea, Wendy, Silvia and Dagmar were all truly inspirational and fun to work with. Jeremy and the other hotel staff were very accomodating, they did everything they could to ensure the best visit for each guest. If you end up unhappy with anything about the place or your scehdule, don't live with it and then have a moan on trip advisor afterwards; speak to them and they will do whatever they can to improve things. The place is kept very clean and changes of towels and sheets were regular which is a bonus given I was there at the end fo the dry season when water was short.
The only negative comment I would have at all is about the kitchen facilities/eating arrangments. Montezuma is sadly not very cheap to eat out in, especially if you are traveling on US Dollars/ British Pountds and expecting your money in Costa Rica to go a lot further. In some of the restaurants I found I was paying the same equivalent in dollars as London prices! So the alternative is to cater for yourself in the Hotel, which is rather under equipped. There is plenty of crockery, fry pans and cups, but unfortunately while I was there two of the four cooking rings were not working, and for the number of people there in my first week, four hobs wouldn't have been enough in the first place. It made it very tricky to cook, and since the fridge was running badly (they got it fixed after we complained) a lot of people had food that went off overnight due to the extreme temperatures. They could also do with a few more saucepans and a lot more bowls. Is a small thing but when most people want to cereal or fruit for breakfast it's suprisingly important thing to only have three bowls.
However, this is really the only comment, and if you are happy to think carefully about what you're making to eat, or have the money to eat out, it's no big deal. Overall the place was comfortable and welcoming, the team inspiring and the classes incredible. I would go back any day and hope that one day I actually can!!
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