Our daughter gave us a 4 nights stay at Asclepios for our 35th wedding anniversary.
We got there at about 4:00 Pm on June 19, 2012
We were driven there by a local friend who had a hard time to find the place. The resort has a security guard at the entrance gate and the entire property is surrounded with a tall (about 10 feet high) barbed wire fenced that reminded me of a high security prison.
We were warmly greeted at the reception desk with a glass of a refreshing fruity shake. We were then guided to our room (wen chin). It is on the first floor, it has a large sliding glass door with a nice view to the forest, but with no tv, radio, clock or wi-fi connection. Everything was fine and dandy until about 5:00 pm., that is when we noticed ants and other bugs ON THE BED. We called the front desk and they came to inspect. They tried to calm us down by telling us that the bugs were harmless. We expressed our concern about so many bugs on the bed, and that we were worry about an ant or any other bug crawling into an ear. Things got worse when we saw what appears to be a flying roach. I told them that there was no way we could sleep in that room. At that time I pulled my phone and started taking videos of the bed and all the bugs that were crawling and flying all over the room. They asked us to see a different room. After inspecting it, we found there were a lot less bugs and we settled for that room for the night. We're given a complimentary tea to help us calm down and relax. We then went to the tv/computer area in order to use the Internet there, but at about 9:30 Pm they started to turn off all the lights at the property because they close at 9:30 pm. They told me that a lady would remain all night at the property.
We walked in the dark to our room only with the lights from our phones.
There were bugs flying around in the room, but thanks God, none on the bed.
When we were ready to go to sleep, Another surprise. The ceiling fan light did not turn off. When we tried to turned it off, it started to flash like a disco ball. The only way to turned it off was by turning off the fan. Can you imagined it, a room in Costa Rica with closed doors and no AC or a fan? My biggest surprised was when I called the reception extension 0 and no one answered. That is when I realized that we were the only guests at the resort, And that there was no a single soul besides us there. A lot of things goes thru your head, like what would happen in case of a medical emergency. In order to sleep, We placed our pillows on top of our heads.
The next morning, we spoke to the manager, Braulio, whom apologized and stated that he will switch us, free of charge to the best room they had, and he gave us free hour on The jacuzzi. Nothing big considering what we went thru on our anniversary night.
The breakfast is a plate of fruits and a fruit shake see picture http://i1258.photobucket.com/albums/ii527/Selectivehomes/Costa%20Rica/d782279f.jpg
Lunch and dinner was not included in our package, but and i found them To be priced high and the portions are small, for example a small piece of salmon with a small baked potato sliced in half and a single lettuce. $17.00 us. See picture
after such a bad experience,we called our friend to get us out of there. We ended up staying at her home and had a wonderful time.
The costa rican c people are very friendly and the country is beautiful. We went to the Poas and Arenal volcanoes, the thermal waters of Baldi the hanging bridge, tha waterfalls of and others.
Asclepios was not for us.
Is it for you?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Asclepios (honoring the Greek God of Health) is located in Alajuela, Costa Rica and offers its guests 12 rooms which evoke the most important medical traditions of the world, together with a regulated ionized swimming pool, amphitheatre, fitness center, exercise pavilion, sauna, hammam, nature paths, 6 treatment lodges, a relaxation room and a Conference room.We are located on the edge of a tropical forest with views of the surrounding sugar cane and coffee plantations, mountains and volcanoes.We work with a team of selected holistic practitioners and highly skilled spa therapists. We have put together a great understanding and passion for physical, emotional and spiritual health resulting in great wellbeing.Asclepios also seeks to educate in environmental appreciation and conservation. It is built in siding and brick, two sustainable materials. We use thermal solar collectors and take advantage of natural ventilation and natural lighting. Wild life has been preserved and our primary and secondary forests have been untouched. Our quest is to restore the person’s whole being to its natural state of balance, by correcting such diverse factors as improper diet, sedentary lifestyle, lack of a correct oxygenation, negative thought patterns and their emotional impact, and the lack of rest or restorative sleep, among others.We do this by five Special Wellness Programs that include Detoxification and Revitalization Programs, Stress and Weight Management and the Spa Experience Program.A la carte: Naturopathy, Meditation, Pranayamas, Acupuntura, Floral Therapy, Vichy and Scottish Showers; Kneipp, Shiatsu, Shirodhara, Yoga, Reiki, Tai chi…And, as health also includes your palate: bioenergetic gastronomy, where you can rediscover the original flavors of vegetables, fruits and fish. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Asclepios Wellness & Healing Retreat Hotel Alajuela
- Asclepios Wellness And Healing Retreat
- Asclepios Wellness & Healing Retreat Costa Rica/Alajuela