Amatierra Retreat and Wellness Center

Amatierra Retreat and Wellness Center

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A 10 room Eco Mountain Retreat Center 50 minutes from the San Jose Airport who specializes in healthy foods, Yoga Retreats, meditation, and many other wellness services.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Yoga classes
Restaurant
Hiking
Horseback riding
Airport transportation
Internet
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Fitness classes
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Board games / puzzles
Spa
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Concierge
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
Laundry service
Room features
Air purifier
Housekeeping
Seating area
Telephone
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
Bath / shower
Room types
Mountain view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mountain View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

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San Pablo De Turrubares, San Pablo 11601 Costa Rica
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Bolderado wrote a review Sep 2022
Sandy, Utah25 contributions4 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The owners, Jill and Bob, have created a very special place in a beautiful rainforest not far from San Jose, Costa Rica. We chose it for the tail end of our trip to Costa Rica. A place to balance and renew prior to heading home to the US. Jill s an herbalist and a yoga master. Bob s a caring person who had an amazing career promoting music, predominantly jazz. His music sets the mood in the common areas overlooking the jungle. And he has incredible stories to tell, if you are in the mood to listen.

We had such an amazing time at our AmaTierra celebrating my birthday - from the amazing organic farm to table meals, the Yoga classes, our Full Moon Meditation, Nature Walks, Massages & Facials to just chilling by the pool reading & relaxing. This place has such healing energy-We are came home healthier & definitely more balanced.

We are already thinking about when we might return! 😀❤️

#Amatierra #HealingInNature
#Yoga #MeditationPractice #FarmToTable #MagicalEnergy #HealingJourney #CelebratingLife #CelebratingLove #PuraVidaLifeStyle
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Joanna S wrote a review Jan 2020
7 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I agree that this is the best vacation we’ve ever taken! The purpose of our trip was for him to decompress after a dual military/law enforcement retirement and for us to have our first relaxing vacation without our kids. It was everything I thought it would be and more! The energy and ambience, as well as the owners and other staff, really opened the path to healing, recovery, and peace. The food was the best I’d ever had! Every meal left me just thinking, “Wow, that was amazing!” Starting every day with yoga and evening with restorative yoga or meditation was key to the spiritual experience. Heather was our yoga instructor, and she was a real blessing to have around and get to know. I couldn’t imagine anyone better! It was an important trip for us, so we booked a service or excursion for every day. We each did the full herbal/nutrition session with Jill. I knew it would be a valuable investment in the rest of our lives, and it is! I am using the herbs she recommended and staying away from the foods I am supposed to avoid, and my health is moving in the right direction! I learned things that I would have never otherwise learned. The gemstone biomat was nice for me. I took a nap! We each booked two massages with Viviana, and she was amazing! My husband talked nonstop about how good they were. I had pretty intense lower back pain when I went and haven’t experienced any since. We also both got the body scrub, mine with the chocolate facial and his with the neck and back massage - heavenly! I did an energy session with Tanya, and my husband did one with Jill. Both were very intense, spiritual, life-changing experiences. I think often of what I learned and how I can apply that knowledge to my everyday life. We did the included excursion to the national park and the beach. We saw toucans, macaws, and capuchins in the jungle. It was a really nice trip. The beach gives you a chance to do some shopping and swimming. We did the equine therapy excursion/session with Mark and Marsha also. If you’re not familiar with equine therapy, or you are, if you’re a horse person, or you’re not, it doesn’t matter. Do it! We were familiar with equine therapy, but this experience was a lot different. We each had connections with certain horses that were honestly so beautiful that it brought me tears of joy! The direct messages that the horses gave us as well as the messages we gleaned in hindsight will never be forgotten. They really touched our souls. We also did the trip to the local waterfall on our last day. It was a Tuesday, and we were the only ones there (with our guide). It’s almost impossible to find a spot like that that’s not crawling with tourists. It was beautiful and perfectly refreshing. The water was crystal clear, and I climbed through the waterfall to jump off the ledge with a rope into the pool. It was the perfect end to our trip. As you can see, I can’t say enough good things about AmaTierra! Every aspect of it exceeded our expectations. Jill and Bob have made the perfect retreat that leaves you not only relaxed, but in better lasting health - physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental. Perfection.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from amatierra-retreat, Owner at Amatierra Retreat and Wellness Center
Responded Jan 29, 2020
Thanks so much for your kind words and glad we are able to meet your expectations and beyond. We so enjoyed meeting both of you and sharing stories about our lives and intertwining with others during your stay. wishing you booth a very happy and Healthy New Year and hope to see you again one day in the not to distant future. Hugs to you both from all of us at Amatierra
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Mary F wrote a review Mar 2020
Walnut, California18 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent 8 nights at Ama Tierra and the experience was delightful on many levels. The setting is beautiful and each day all of our meals were served on the outdoor patio with a view of the distant mountains. Food was exceptional and as our group had a combination of “dietary restrictions “ the Kitchen staff were outstanding in their ability to meet all of our needs. Food was fresh and prepared with love.

Rooms are comfortable and quiet 🤫, simple in keeping with the retreat setting.

Pool delicious after a warm day

Yoga studio was very special, outdoor styling with no walls, surrounded by beauty and peaceful views

We loved the massages, nutritionists, and all of the healing skills the staff have to share with guests.

Our experience was deeply nourishing and we hope one day to return, Ama Tierra is a very “special place of love & beauty”. Mary & Andy.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from amatierra, Owner at Amatierra Retreat and Wellness Center
Responded Mar 19, 2020
Thank You so much for all of your kind words as you both are very special people and really enjoyed meeting you both. You have so much kindness in your hearts and make such a great couple. The world is very lucky to have both of you and we do hope to see you again at Amatierra. Be well and the best from all of us here at the retreat center in Costa Rica
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Isabel S wrote a review Mar 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The atmosphere at Ama Tierra is very special. I particularly enjoyed the open space living and dining area, overlooking the jungle, with sounds of birds, cicadas or Jazz music playing in the background. The food was delicious, the massage and other healing therapies excellent, and the yoga instruction varied and adapted to each participant. The staff was very polite and pleasing. I particularly appreciated the owner’s kindness and dedication in finding the appropriate treatment for my health issues and those of others. The last evening, Jill played the piano and we stood around her singing. It was truly an enchanting evening. I know I will come back.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from amatierra-retreat, Owner at Amatierra Retreat and Wellness Center
Responded Mar 8, 2020
We all so enjoyed your visit and glad you felt the same way. It's very important when we lead a detox that we are well informed regarding our gust needs and that questioner you filled out and sent back to your leader is very important so we customize your detox to suit your needs. We hope to see you back at Amatierra or maybe we can visit you in Europe sometime in our travels and see what an interesting life you lead and share some of your lifestyle. Thanks for choosing Amatierra
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sgl wrote a review Mar 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I've just returned from my second stay at Amatierra. My first time there was in 2007 when Amatierra was not yet a Yoga retreat. All the things I enjoyed back then are still there: the beautiful and small place where everyone knows everyone, where one can feel at ease and understood, accepted and totally cared for.
The owners are so loving and friendly that even before your stay you already feel like looking forward to meeting friends and family.
The delicious food and possibility to do Yoga or even sing and dance together if you like made my stay one to remember. Many thanks to Bob and Jill, all the staff and the amazing guests!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Anne D wrote a review Jan 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My second visit to Ama Tierra, even better. Great location, relaxing, with many options for side trips. Outdoor yoga/meditation studio, food grown on premises, very affordable, Jill and Bob go above and beyond every time.
Back in a few months
Anne
USA
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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janetheh wrote a review Mar 2023
Corner Brook, Canada7 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
AmaTierra is a magical place! The hospitality of Jill, Bob, ViVi and all the staff was beyond amazing. They did everything to make our retreat an incredible experience for everyone starting with seamless airport pickups, accommodating food restrictions, arranging wonderful tours and guides, entertaining guests with music and singing and Jill’s special full moon ceremony. The food prepared by chef Jake was absolutely fantastic! The beds were comfortable and the rooms were clean. Yoga and meditation in the open air shala were mystical experiences … the breeze, the birds, the softness of the mountain air were so lovely. I am so happy I chose AmaTierra to host my yoga retreat. The sweet casitas are located on a hillside, so keep this in mind if you have mobility challenges and request a room higher up on the hill.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Bob Ruttenberg, Owner at Amatierra Retreat and Wellness Center
Responded Mar 20, 2023
We so enjoyed your group of guests you brought to Amatierra and the positive energy they all brought here. I know that you really wanted to bring your group during March of 2020 but Covid prevented that, and so glad you were able to adjust your dates to come this month. Hope we can see you again in the future and so appreciate your groups generosity towards our staff Thanks again and stay Healthy in the cold in the northern part of Canada
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Becca A wrote a review Mar 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Bob and Jill have created something truly magical and transformative at Amatierra. I went there on a yoga retreat with a group of 22 people from my yoga studio. Amatierra made it a worry-free travel experience, showed off the beauty of Costa Rica, and offered incredible services and excursions to make this a truly incredible experience.

Worries like trustworthy transportation and “what are we gonna eat” were not a problem for us. Amatierra organized transportation to and from the airport, loaded/ unloaded/ carried our luggage into and out of our rooms, and they accommodated our gazillion different eating restrictions. The chef, Jake, made delicious, fresh, organic meals for us with multiple options for vegans, vegetarians, gluten and/or dairy free people, and anything else we asked for!

Costa Rica’s lush and magical rainforest/jungle terrain are truly felt here. So you should expect humidity and bugs but if you can allow yourself to surrender to the vibrant life of this country, you will leave with a profound energy shift. I have been to Costa Rica before and stayed in all types of hotel rooms and most of them were filled with jungle bugs. I was prepared to be one with the bugs again but the Amatierra rooms were surprisingly bug free…not totally devoid of bugs but significantly less than anywhere else I’ve stayed. Also, no AC needed thanks to cool jungle nights and rainforest sounds that were spectacular.

Additional services I took advantage of included the best deep tissue massage of my life with Bibiana and an in-depth nutritionist/herbalist consult with Jill! Jill concocted my own unique blend of herbs to take home with me based on my body’s specific needs and I’m already feeling the benefits! We booked excursions thru Amatierra (nature walk, Jaco beach day, zip lining and a visit to the Verde Malakita waterfall) and they organized transportation for these as well.

Jill and Bob shared their talents with us and joined us for meals to offer music, help us book stuff and cure any ailments. Their oasis is a must see experience!!

Lastly, a previous review that mentions how long the drive was to get to Amatierra. I’d counter that with a couple perspectives: (1) I was grateful to be able to travel deeper into the jungle. The best parts of Costa Rica are far from the airport. (2) because we had such a large group, our bus couldn’t handle the shorter terrain route to Amatierra so we had to go around a longer and windier way. The same review mentions lack of coffee before 7:30: We took advantage of the in room coffee maker on days where we woke up earlier than the staff. They even gave us our own creamer to keep in the room for such occasions.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Luci W wrote a review Aug 2021
11 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
In every direction of this property I felt like I was receiving healing and encouragement to surrender into deeper relaxation. The lush green jungle literally reaches out with loving energy that feels like it's rejuvenating me just by walking among it. The air is so fresh! The yoga shala is like a portal of healing. There's this skylight at the top and it amplifies everything happening within, and not to mention the energies from the jungle and ancestors are palpable in this spot! The views from the shala and from the dining area are breathtaking, once again asking me to relax deeper. Bob and Jill, met us with just exceeding generosity at every turn. It's like they were practically reading our minds when we were needing a hot tea, a snack, an interesting conversation. Jill's knowledge of Chinese medicine exudes off of her - I felt like there was nothing she didn't know. And the food!!! The land provides much of the deliciousness you will eat there. They grow many types of fruits and vegetables and herbs right on the property. This level of freshness and nutrition is beyond description, and every meal is an experience of art and delights all the senses. And wow, the feeeeeeeling of the place. It's not everywhere you go where suddenly you find yourself in an impromptu piano concert with deep discussions happening easily among strangers. Just WOW. Go there and experience a great reset. Melt into your healing and delight!!!
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Room Tip: From what I could tell all the rooms were similar, how far into the jungle do you want to be -...
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Response from Bob Ruttenberg, Owner at Amatierra Retreat and Wellness Center
Responded Sep 16, 2021
Thanks Luci and Sam as you both are incredibly talented and positive people and your words regarding your stay here made us both feel very special and your music will be with us for a very long time . I have always said and always will"No Music No life". Best to you both in your musical endeavors as your blend as 1 unit is very rare. So glad you came to Amatierra.
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lesliembau092 wrote a review Aug 2021
9 contributions2 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I was lucky to have found and chosen this incredible stay at AmaTierra. I couldn't have asked for anything more. I needed a reset physically and mentally and decided to go for the Detox retreat. I will say this was the easiest and most enjoyable detox because of the environment, the wonderful staff, and the delicious food.

Everyone at this resort is so friendly and attentive. I felt so welcome and at home. The food was SO GOOD! I bought their cookbook because it was so good. I slept like a baby in my room. So peaceful and comfortable. I loved my whole experience here and I want to come back at least every other year because it was so amazing.

I can't wait to come back! I highly recommend AmaTierra if you are looking for a cleansing, healing, and relaxing experience that is so necessary for all of us.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Room Tip: I stayed in the Cielo room and it was amazing!
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Chinita L asked a question Apr 2022
5 contributions7 helpful votes
Is there air conditioning in rooms?
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No.
AmaTierra H asked a question Jul 2017
Heredia, Costa Rica9 contributions2 helpful votes
how to write a review? where to find the link to do so?
Answer from Edgardo Sánchez
Heredia, Costa Rica16 contributions7 helpful votes
I just cliked on "Write a review" on your profile.
Jeanette O wrote a tip Apr 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Depending on the time of year traveled, the wind can be very strong even at night, so a pair of ear plugs to sleep with is a good idea! "
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Eleanor M wrote a tip Mar 2024
3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"My friend coordinated a yoga girls retreat at Amatierra. I thought the trip was well worth the value and quite the adventure."
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MartinaWaynesboro_TN wrote a tip Sep 2023
Santiago de Puriscal, Costa Rica13 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book early and be prepared to have an experience like no other."
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Amy M wrote a tip Mar 2023
Roseville, California1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"There are steps down to the cottages, and it can be a hike back up if you are at the bottom!"
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stenfam wrote a tip Mar 2023
The Woodlands, Texas41 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you have mobility issues request a room near the pool area. The casitas are nestled in the hillside and there are stairs/steep walkways"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Amatierra Retreat and Wellness Center
What are some of the property amenities at Amatierra Retreat and Wellness Center?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a spa.
Which room amenities are available at Amatierra Retreat and Wellness Center?
Top room amenities include a refrigerator, a view of the mountains, and a pool view.
What food & drink options are available at Amatierra Retreat and Wellness Center?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Amatierra Retreat and Wellness Center?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Amatierra Retreat and Wellness Center?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sol Terrace: Nature´s Gastronomy, Jalapeños, and Antojao -Grill.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Amatierra Retreat and Wellness Center?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, fitness classes, and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Amatierra Retreat and Wellness Center have airport transportation?
Yes, Amatierra Retreat and Wellness Center offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Amatierra Retreat and Wellness Center?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Amatierra Retreat and Wellness Center have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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