First of all, I would like to say I had a great time. It's a beautiful resort and because of it's size, location, and friendly demeanor of the staff it's almost impossible not to. I relied heavily on the resort's website and the tripadvisor reviews. I was really looking to enhance my yoga practice as it was a reteat, not worry about meals as it was all inclusive, and rely on the staff for the exursions. Unfortunately, even though I had a great time, those parts didn't live up to the expectations I feel the resort set and some of the reviews I read.
The resort organized a shuttle to pick guests up from the airport if they desired. I received a confirmation e-mail from them. When I arrived, I did not see the person who was picking us up. After I called them, they informed me I was not on the list the list. Fortunately or unfortunately though, they discovered that the shuttle driver they arranged didn't pick up anyone due to a scheduling error-- kind of a big deal in a foreign country and you only have so much time to get to the ferry. Luckily I found the other guests and we made it but it was not a pleasant expereience and we also had to fork up some money on the spot anf later have the hotel reimburse us.
Secondly, when I oringally signed up, I asked for the Yoga/Surf retreat. I was told it wasn't available the week I was there-- so fine, I sign up for the regular yoga package. Only to discover upon my arrival, my roommate was somehow able to sign up, a little diappointing.
With the meals, the portions are small, if you're a heavier eater or a man (stereotype I know), you're kind of stuck. You will likely need to get something in town at some point. The cook also didn't show up for a meal or two. There's nothing to drink besides water and coffee. Sometimes there was cream for the coffee sometimes there wasn't. If you want something to eat between meals-- nothing. Some meals they didn't get the counts for the guests right and people had to share. Nothing huge, nothing major but again not really what you're thinking about with "all inclusive" for meals.
The Yoga was okay but when I am going on a yoga retreat, I expect for there to be more than one class a day and for it to be a little challenging for the on and off yogi but it was kind of basic. Luckily, there was another instructor interviewing so we got a few extra classes in but if she didn't show up....
Lastly were included excursions. Most of them are things you just do on your own and hope you get it right. There was a waterfall hike but no guide, just a hand written map and we were told to go. The trip into town is just the resort calling a taxi for you. Also, I tried to arrange a surfing class, which was supposed to be taught by one of the cooks, only to have him to never show up and no follow up from the hotel.
I'm having a hard time writing the negatives because almost everyone was super nice at the hotel and I did have a good time. However, I think the expectations were not clearly set and it should be managed a little bit better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Anamaya is a luxury boutique hotel and yoga retreat center in the beautiful beach town of Montezuma, Costa Rica. We have the best view of any hotel in the area, and are right next door to famous Montezuma Falls, which is a 5 minute walk from our property. The hotel is decorated in a very artistic, Bohemian, yet luxurious style that creates a very exotic feel. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Anamaya Resort & Retreat Hotel Montezuma
- Anamaya Resort And Retreat Center