Location : Montezuma, Costa Rica
Rates : $ 127 and above
Accommodation : Rooms/cabinas
Amenities : Beach, complimentary breakfast, free internet, free parking, kitchenette, restaurant, suits, swimming pool, shuttle bus service, wheelchair access.
Located on a cliff edge, overlooking the turquoise pacific ocean, Anamaya is a boutique hotel. ‘Anamaya’ is derived from a Sanskrit word which means ‘ good health’. The retreat epitomizes this virtue in true sense. It is an apt Eco-friendly hideout for health enthusiasts and yoga vacationers, the experience of which is given in the form of organic meals, yoga practice, spa and nature walks. In combination with yoga retreat and spa facilities, the retreat organizes special events to enhance the Costa Rican experience of guests like fire dancing and circus entertainment. Guests can choose from rooms to private cabinas. The accommodation for guests is designed tastefully keeping intact the natural environment. It also has an infinity pool overlooking the blue pacific ocean which adds to the beauty of this place.
A stay at this retreat allows tourists to get an experience of one of the earth’s blue zone areas- Nicoya Peninsula. The concept of earth’s blue zone is illustrated in Dan Buettner’s book, ” The Blue Zones : Lessons for living longer from people who lived in the longest”. According to this book, Nicoya Peninsula is among the five zones on earth where people have longest and healthiest lives.
Day at Anamaya starts with a sessions of yoga under certified yoga masters. Organic meals are provided three times a day. They have an option for raw, vegetarian, fresh fish and chicken. The restaurant is opened for public guests only for dinner. It also hosts cooking classes occasionally. Vegetarian dishes are prepared separately from chicken or fish dishes to respect vegetarian guests. The restaurant also takes care of special requests for alterations in the menu of their guests. They are free to include their favorite healthy recipe in the restaurant’s food guide.
Anamaya Resort also offers Yoga Teachers Training/ Certification courses for those who want to become a certified yoga guru. The course comprises of 200 hours of yoga practice, healthy diet, nature excursions and classwork. Students who opt for these courses are accommodated in shared rooms and are supplied with all the course materials. Organic meals are provided thrice daily. The retreat also holds beginner and intermediate classes. You can get a discount of $ 200 if you accompany a friend or acquaintance in the retreat for Yoga Teacher training sessions.
Apart from spa and yoga, one can look forward to the following activities in Anamaya Resort:
- Horse-back riding tours
- Remote waterfall hike
- Canopy tour
- Tortuga Island Tour
- Playa Hermosa Beach Excursion
You can contact the hotel through mail or telephone for availability and reservations.
Website : Anamaya Resort, Yoga, and Surf Camp
Email : EnjoyLife@AnamayaResort.com
USA Toll Free: 1-866-412-5350
USA phone: 415-704-5024
Costa Rica : (+506) 2642-1289
Anamaya on the Web:
Environmentally Friendly Hotels – Listing with Anamaya’s 5-star eco lodge certification by this website
Ecotourism.org – Anamaya is a member of TIES, The International Ecotourism Society
Forbes.com – Top 6 yoga hotels worldwide as shown by Forbes
Yogafinder.com – Yoga and yoga retreats website with international listings of all centers, schools, etc
Huffington Post – Top Yoga Resorts – Anamaya was shown at #1 in this list of top yoga resorts worldwide
Green Hotels News – Anamaya in the news – opening a new permaculture center
Travel Zoo – Travel Zoo Anamaya recommendation