I visited Blue Spirit in February for a week-long Bellydance workshop with Rachel Brice. My boyfriend came along to enjoy the stay and didn't take classes. It was his first time out of the U.S. and my first time in Costa Rica. We were ecstatic the whole trip - it was just like a dream!
Our arrival at the airport was a little bit confusing, as there is a massive crowd of shuttle and cab drivers with signs as you exit the terminal. We had to ask someone where the Blue Spirit driver was and he pointed us in the right direction. We did end up waiting about an hour before the shuttle left due to a delayed flight that some other Blue Spirit guests were on, but that was obviously not anyone's fault!
The property is gorgeous, located on a hill overlooking the ocean. Our classes were all held in the top floor studio which overlooks the coast and is full of great natural light. It did get pretty warm in there, even with the air conditioning on, but they provided clean towels for us every day so that was a plus! They had a good sound system in the room which we appreciated.
We stayed in a Hermitage Twin room which is in the main building but does not have A/C. We were perfectly fine with the ceiling fan and there were 2 big shutters and screen doors to the balcony that we could open and still keep the screen closed. The room was just the right size (We weren't in it too much). It was funny that the shower had no door or curtain - if sharing with a roommate and not a significant other that could be uncomfortable.
The only complaint we had about the room was that we were on the side of the building where the howler monkeys often were and they started up at 3am all but one morning. Bring earplugs!
The food was fantastic - all vegetarian with a fish option for about 3 of the meals throughout the week. Breakfast was always yogurt & fruit with some other dishes like eggs, beans, potatoes, etc. Lunch and Dinner always had a fantastic salad bar with the main dish options that included tons of fresh veggies and grains. They had homemade salad dressings that were different every meal and SO good! And we discovered that they had "lizano sauce" which we put on a lot of our food. They had fresh juices to drink but they are all unsweetened so be aware of that! Nothing like the sugary drinks we get in the U.S.
My boyfriend took a surfing lesson and did the zip line tour, both of which he really enjoyed. He walked to the nearby town (about 45 minutes along the beach) and rented a surfboard later in the week for the morning to practice for $5! We both did the horseback ride which was very enjoyable but ended up being almost 3 hours long and we were very sore afterwards!
One more thing you should know - you will be climbing a lot of stairs and going up and down many hills so be prepared! It was great exercise (and being from Colorado the low-altitude definitely helped) but our knees were a bit sore.
The saltwater pool was gorgeous, the perfect temperature, and a great place to relax! The coconut drinks from the cafe were delicious - for $3 you get to drink the milk straight out of the fruit! The beach is basically empty of people and you get a very private feel. The water temperature was fantastic. They do warn you of sting rays that like the calm water so you have to shuffle your feet when walking in the ocean to stir up dirt and scare them away.
We were so sad to leave and hope to DEFINITELY return! It was an amazing adventure, so relaxing, and an overall outstanding experience!
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