Like the previous poster said, it's all about expectations. Blue Osa was not what we expected, though for some people, it may be just right. But you definitely need to know a few things if you're going to book at this place, to avoid being surprised like we were.
This is not really a resort in the traditional sense. It's more like staying at a camp with outdoor cabins. The website photos might look like the rooms feel cool, but there is no air conditioning. So be prepared to feel sticky and hot from the humidity. It's no biggie, if you know that in advance, of course. But we did not. We adapted ok to that. The thing that really did surprise us, however, is that the rooms are not sealed. That means bugs fly in to your room unimpeded from outside and you must sleep with mosquito netting overhead, unless you don't mind being that up close and personal with the wildlife. And even with mosquito netting, the bugs would still crawl in on your pillow and say 'hi' sometimes in the middle of the night. And although I didn't mind a small reptilian creature saying 'hi' to me from the bathroom mirror in the morning, it just reminded me that it wouldn't be so hard for snakes to get in, either. Costa Rica is well known for all kinds of snakes. So, for me, it was not a comfy feeling knowing we were literally that exposed. I want to go out to see the wildlife. Not have it come find me in the room when I'm sleeping.
The biggest thing that bothered me is there is no real privacy and the doors are screen open-view so anyone walking by can see you sleeping in your bed, if they happen to walk by. That is the case even if you draw all the blinds. Also, since you can hear everyone around you walk by or talk, this is NOT the place for you if you are wanting privacy.
Be aware that the showers do not work reliably. Some people had no hot water, while others like us have to constantly adjust the water between scalding hot and cold. I understand eco-consciousness, but something about this felt unreasonable to me, in terms of what all the guests had to put up with. We had to literally be on our toes every moment of your shower, to avoid being scalded. Or, just take cold showers every day. That's no fun, after coming in from a day in the rain forest, tired and sweaty.
Also, be aware that not all the tours advertised on the Blue Osa website are actually available. For example, even though the site (still) says you can go sunset kayaking to see dolphins, that tour is not available. If there's a tour you want, your best bet is to confirm it is actually available before you book. Another icky surprise was that do actually do any tours that are promoted on the website, you will have to also pay a "shuttle transport fee " which can range from $20 - $50 per person per activity. This isn't indicated anywhere on the website. To me, it felt like an unreasonable amount, given most transports were less than 10 miles in actual distance. I would have been ok with a nominal fee, but so much every day?? So it's another expense that adds up quickly for a couple, if you want to do activities when you are there. Plan on this, or it will be a budget issue.
Finally, it surprised us that even though the website says "Blue Osa Yoga Retreat and Spa" all over it, yoga is not actually available, unless you ask for it. And if you do, it costs extra. We assumed yoga was part of the "Yoga and Spa" experience of Blue Osa Yoga and Spa, and I still think that is a reasonable assumption. We thought there would be lots of yoga going on every day, all day, and that is one reason why we chose Blue Osa. As newbies, we wanted to learn yoga and thought, "What better place to learn than at a yoga place on the beach in Costa Rica?". But that was not the case. The entire week we were there, there was only 1 yoga class offered, and you had to pay extra for it. When asked why this was, we were told apparently we were staying at a non-yoga non-retreat time of year. But then why is the site still billed as a yoga place? Just call it Blue Osa. It's like a store saying they have groceries, but when you get there, there is no food unless you ask for it, because it is not the grocery season.
There are several positive things worth mentioning. The view of the beach really is spectacular. Even when it rained, which was daily, it was so tranquil and juicy in the sounds of it all. Blue Osa is in a beautiful part of the peninsula. Nothing beats looking up from a canopy to see a scarlett mackaw looking down at you! And the food is absolutely FABULOUS!! The chef is splendid. We really enjoyed the cuisine. Healthy, and very tasty. That was probably the best part of what Blue Osa did, and I congratulate them for it. The kitchen staff were very nice folks. The guests that were there were all wonderful people, and it is a fabulous way to get to know some folks in a way you might not on a traditional resort. Blue Osa kitchen staff was very nice in helping people mingle and rotate dining with different folks every night, and that was really great. The beach is really wonderful. Hard to put into words how beautiful it is, how nice it is to be right on the beach. It felt so wonderfully private. And I did appreciate the eco-consciousness of everything.
Great place if you're in the right frame of mind for it. Blue Osa is a beautiful place to hang out for the day and relax, I just happen think there are other places just as beautiful but more comfortable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa our mission is simple: To provide you with an unforgettable experience –– nourishing body, mind and spirit.Let your focal point be the ocean. Imagine a cool ocean breeze across your face. Our yoga deck was designed to facilitate an immersive yoga experience: farm-to-table meals, first-class pampering, and beautiful eco-friendly accommodations. Our secluded beachfront property is located on Costa Rica’s biologically diverse Osa Peninsula. Here you will find coconut trees, colorful wildlife and crashing waves –– all guaranteed to provide a tranquil setting for letting go and living the pure life. Whether you’re looking for a tropical paradise to relax & renew, to delve deeper into your yoga practice, OR an exotic locale to embark on Travel-Channel-worthy adventures, we’ve got you covered. We offer tailor-made experiences for individuals, groups and retreat leaders. Our packages include yoga, eco-spa therapies and various nearby tropical adventures. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Osa Hotel Puerto Jimenez
- Blue Osa Yoga Retreat And Spa Costa Rica/Puerto Jimenez