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Amatierra Retreat and Wellness Center
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in San Pablo
Certificate of Excellence
vancouver
1 review
“Amazing!”
Reviewed January 19, 2010

Ama tierra Resort Costa Rica January 2010

My first trip to Costa Rica couldn’t have been any more wonderful than it was. I traveled to Costa Rica for the purposes of attending a spiritual retreat – a cellular activation and shift to mark and celebrate the beginning of what promises to be the most amazing year of my life to date, 2010.
The event was organized and planned out for myself and 11 other excited and committed attendees for the week immediately after Christmas.
We were graciously welcomed at Ama Tierra Wellness Resort located in San Pablo De Turrubares Costa Rica.
Our hosts Bob and Jill welcomed each and everyone of us with open arms and hospitality that would make anyone feel as though you’d been a part of their family for most of your life.
The wellness resort is a sanctuary of quiet, beauty, love, and kindness. In Costa Rica their highly regarded and often spoken mantra is pura Vida meaning pure life. Ama Tierra’s Resort Manager Kenny exemplifies the pure essence of the spirit and meaning of those well wishes.
The resort lies nestled upon the mountain side overlooking the beautiful valley of lush green landscape and on the high peaks you can enjoy the view of the ocean from a far. A particular treat if you venture up the hill to view the sunset which occurred for us starting at around 5:15 nightly.
The resort boasts the finest of foods prepared daily with the loving hands of the dedicated staff for which the planning of each guests dietary requirements is closely cared for by Jill. One of the talents that struck me the most was Bob’s innate skillful and truly earnest interest in the art of conversation. He can engage anyone in conversation in the most respectful and curious of ways. His manner and his interest in talking with each and every quest throughout their stay comes from a genuine place of interest in both who the guest is individually; however additionally from ensuring the guest is going to be able to have the most unique experience during their stay not only at the resort but also in Costa Rica in general.
He loves the country so much and it’s truly his wish for each and every visitor to have the experience of a lifetime and equally fall in love with its beauty and its splendor.
The yoga studio, healing center and massage areas are beyond magnificence. The teak hardwood floors defy description in terms of the craftsman ship and attention to detail that went into completing truly a work of art. Overlooking the valley and reaching out to the mountains and sky at the same time high above the tree’s the tranquility of the space and healing means by which Jill provides her yoga instruction amongst other highly skilled talents puts your heart in a place of oneness with all that is, that truly takes us out of our daily stresses and reconnects us to Mother Earth.
My stay in Costa Rica at Ama Tierra was beyond description in terms of the joy and satisfaction it brought to me in terms of a quiet sanctuary and retreat away from home.
Anyone considering visiting the country of Pure Life has to absolutely include in their travel itinerary a visit to AmaTierra wellness resort. The rooms are quaint, tranquil, quiet and provide all the amenities you could possibly need. For nature lovers the variety of plants, vegetation, landscape, and beauty will astound you. Options for enjoying the outdoors include the outdoor pool, generous views from the balcony on which you have the luxury of enjoying the daily planned meals. Music plays quietly from the lounge area and there is also a piano on hand and if you’re fortunate enough you’ll be entertained by Jill’s joyful voice as she accompanies any of her talented quests that know how to strike the keys.
For those concerned about being out of sync with the outside or cyber space world there is computer access with wifi access available at certain times of day. The amenities are provided, however, it serves as a gentle reminder the resort is designed with your wellness in mind. Spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally. So in honor of yourself and with respect for the mandate of Ama Tierra and the other guests seeking seclusion it’s requested that the hours of the wifi access be maintained to help maintain the experience for both yourself and the other fortunate quests of this truly beautiful resort.
If you’re looking for an experience of truly harmonious, stress free, regeneration of spirit, mind and body where you’ll be treated with love and kindness then AmaTierra is definitely the place for you to go.

Nancy Battye
Vancouver Canada
Jan 2010

Stayed January 2010, traveled on business
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Toronto
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Reviewed January 16, 2010

I landed at Amatierra having waited too long to take a vacation. I stayed two weeks and returned home rested and invigorated. My casita was clean, comfortable and spacious. Meals were delicious - abundant fresh exotic fruits, a variety of greens and herbs and local to Thai to Morrocan influenced dinners. Clean, mountain water. As a solo traveller, I felt safe and cared for with adventure at every turn - volcanoes, zip lines, nature hikes, horseback riding to a swimming hole replete with tarzan swing, the beach, the rodeo and merengue in San Pablo. Daily yoga in the outdoor studio was paradise - green parrots and toucans abound. All this in the warm company of Jill and Bob, the Amatierra staff and drivers. A relaxing and eclectic vacation.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled solo
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HMB
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Reviewed January 11, 2010

If you want to see an authentic part of Costa Rica and enjoy the natural sounds of the jungle, and have a healthy whole body experience, consider a stay at Amatierra. Safe, relaxing and boasting an open air yoga studio with a stunning view over a lush green forested valley, a traveler can unwind and let the sounds of the forest wash over him/her. Brilliant bird watching can be had from the comfortable veranda or from anywhere on the grounds. The food was outstanding: Nearly vegetarian, but always fresh, innovative, with fresh organic local ingredients and occasional fish and chicken expertly prepared. You can choose a travel package, or arrive like we did unplanned and find a new adventure every day. We enjoyed the coffee plantation, Montezumo, horseback riding in wild green country, ziplining in Turi Bari park and hidden waterfall hikes.
Tips: Remember to tip people in this side of the country. Tips are apparently discouraged in the larger cities but folks can use and appreciate the $$ here.
Even though it is cooler in the mountains, bring your natural bug stuff. There are things that nip other than mosquitoes.
Learn some spanish and don't be afraid to use it. Bring a phrase book. There are lots of folks on this side who don't speak much English but they are appreciative of your attempts.
The food and water are safe, we had NO tummy trouble in this part of the country.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
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Philadelphia
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Reviewed January 6, 2010

Ama Tierra is an oasis of joy and peace away from life's overwhelm. Outstanding staff, service, caring, meals, and view are the norm here.
Bob and Jill are beautiful people who have created this experiential place -- not 'just' a hotel, but a place to stay and experience peace and joy.
Thank you!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled on business
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Toronto
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Reviewed January 5, 2010

Costa Rica is truly the land of OZ. A place where 5 % of the world's bio-diversity is found. Ama tierra was the vessel which housed our group for one week. The staff and owners were exceptionally kind and helpful. The food was tasty and healthy, the rooms pleasant, and the mountain setting was magical. If you are looking for a five star hotel with all the amenities of such, don't go there. But if you are looking for a transformational place to explore Costa Rica, this is the place to stay.

  • Stayed December 2009
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Reviewed January 4, 2010

If you wanted to make relaxation a place then Ama Tierra is that place. The food is not only tasty but healthy as well. The staff is friendly and the service is stellar. After a few short hours you will truly feel at home. This is an excellent place to get away from the stresses of life and become one with all that is around you. If you are looking to stay fit there are daily yoga classes with breath taking views. Wonderful and truly enjoyable expierence

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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new york
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Reviewed December 19, 2009

Amatierra is a place that everyone should go to and experience at least once in their lifetime. The place is situated in the Costa Rican Mountainside about 1 hr from the main airport.

From the moment you get to their facilities you feel as if you are somewhere pristine and surreal. The owners and staff are very accomodating and try to make the trip as enjoyable and amazing as it can possibly be.

As stated before you are in the mountains at a high elevation. The views and scenery are unlike anything you will ever get to see elsewhere.

If you are in tune or want to be in tune with mother nature this is the place for you.

Coming out of an experience like the one we had you will be a totally renewed person.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
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Property: Amatierra Retreat and Wellness Center
Address: San Pablo De Turrubares, San Pablo 40901, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Pablo
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in San Pablo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Amatierra Retreat and Wellness Center 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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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. ... more   less 
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