Lucho is a very experienced surf instructor. He is very patient and knows how to evoke confidence as well as dispel any anxiety or fears from their guests so that all will look at waves as something that's fun instead of terrifying.
from United States, November 2018
"See your Pinterest board come to life"
So I work a lot. Like, way too much. If I take time off of work, I am totally going to pay for it when I return in backlogged e mails and whatever. So when I go away, it needs to count. My experience at Believe blew my mind! The villa looked like something off of my Pinterest boards, for real. The staff made me feel completely at home by being available 24/7 and patiently answering any and all silly questions I had. Other areas of Costa Rica are more touristy but Santa Teresa still feels untouched. This was the ideal vacation to relax and recharge. Yoga classes were held twice a day. I do yoga often back home but still learned so much from the wonderful instructors. Surf lessons could be scheduled as you liked. Jhon was my teacher and as someone who isn’t a great surfer, if was nice that he was so easy going and made the lessons fun. The ocean is less than a 2min walk from your room. Make sure to go for sunset. I traveled solo but was able to connect and disconnect from other people as much as I wanted. I would strongly recommend booking with this group.
from United States, November 2018
Very laid back and felt like home. No one pushed us, just let us know when things were happening and kept us aware of any scheduling changes. Instructors were accommodating and supportive.
from France, August 2018
"Pura vida!!! "
I felt at home as soon as I arrived. Uki and Lucio were so welcoming !! They were available during my entire stay, with good advices and checking eveything was ok. I stayed at Ohana and loved the place, quiet, in a perfect location, close to all restaurants and bars.
I ended up not being able to fit in all the yoga classes though as I fell in love with surfing so much!!
Santa Teresa is such a special place!! It’s calling me again already.. Pura Vida!
from United States, July 2018
"A little slice of heaven"
Santa Teresa is a beautiful area for beginner surf! The roads aren’t paved so everyone is forced to slow down, which Instantly became our pace of the trip 😊The Believe staff is gorgeous, super knowledgeable, accommodating, patient, helpful and supportive through our whole stay. Accommodations were comfortable, peaceful, very nice, clean, amongst beautiful surroundings, a gorgeous pool and full kitchen for our breakfasts. Surf instructors were friendly, patient and supportive. Yoga facility was nice and open-air with decent instructors and yoga styles to offer.
from United States, June 2018
"Great team, wonderful vacation! "
The surf instructor, John, was the best I've ever had, the Believe team helped us with multiple travel snafus, made sure everything was smooth and easy for us. Uki is such a gem!
from Canada, June 2018
"Best trip ever"
Really enjoyed my stay. Uky was really helpful with everything. The activities were amazing. Couldn’t ask for more! :)
from United States, August 2018
Franca was very responsive from the time I made the reservation. She ensured I was set with my travel and transportation plans then linked me up with Uky, my host. Uky greeted me upon arrival, helped me get situated then let me do my own thing. Uky was very attentive and went above my expectations. I was lodged at Funky Monkey with other solo travelers who quickly became friends. The staff at Funky Monkey were very helpful and friendly. Food there is really good!! Accommodations are very comfortable. Uky checked in with me every day and was quick to respond to my requests for transportation, extra surf lessons, and changes to my schedule.
Everything about this trip was amazing.
from United States, July 2018
"3/5 Overall, good experience."
The food was amazing. Our surf instructor, Esteban, was knowledgeable and an overall great teacher. I felt incredibly safe with him in the water, especially with the changing weather and tides this time of year. Would have liked a more in depth yoga experience and better accommodations. However, most of the staff were pretty accommodating.
from United States, May 2018
I was a bit nervous because it was my first solo trip and first experience in a hostel. It was actually a well organized trip and the staff were communicative from the beginning to end. Upon arrival, I was given a map of the town and suggestions of things I can do-- bonfires, tidepools, waterfalls etc. Renting a quad was fun! There were times where I had the yoga studio and pool to myself which was nice for at times I wanted to be alone. I attended a Vinyasa and Surfit Class which was really fun. The surf instructor John was really entertaining and made the class enjoyable. Super chill guy!
from Canada, May 2018
"A must see location and experience!!!"
The Believe team genuinely cares and goes above and beyond to make sure the guests are taken care of and know what is happening in the town around them.
Over all I couldn't have asked for a better!
from Canada, April 2018
"Amazing time in Costa Rica!!!"
I really enjoyed my stay at Funky Monkey. The place was beautiful and had everything I needed to make my stay perfect. Compared to the other lodges, I honestly think that it was the best. The staff was very friendly. The food served at the restaurant was also tasty. The yoga studio was beautiful, right in the middle of the jungle, where we could hear the waves. I could also hear the waves from my bungalow, which was so relaxing. The location of the lodge was perfect. I injured myself during my stay and the staff did everything they could to help me, which was very nice of them. I definitely recommend Funky Monkey and I would come back here anytime. I am already nostalgic!
from United States, April 2018
"Believe surf/yoga retreat"
Responsive and helpful hosts who care about your experience. Activities are fun and the people you meet are awesome. I liked how freestyle the experience was.
from Canada, February 2018
"For the open minded and adventurous soul"
The food was delicious. The assortment of breakfast dishes at the Funky Monkey Lodge, the smoothies a few doors down, and all the restaurants that I visited had amazing food. A variety of fresh veg/non-veg, gluten-free, and vegan options.
The activities were so much fun. Renting the ATV's and driving to Montezuma waterfalls was one of the highlights. The food trucks on the beach followed by entertainment and a walk along the beach at night were memorable. The beach was beautiful and it was very close to the Funky Monkey lodge, There was a nice pool at the hotel if I wanted.
The yoga was so perfect and there were so many classes to choose from. The restorative classes were the best and Kiki was a great instructor!
Meeting all the people that worked at Believe, as well as all the other people traveling.
I was lucky to have a private room with a hammock and a mini fridge. It was wonderful.
Believe planned my transportation from San Jose to Santa Teresa and everything was on time. That helped take off so much stress....thank you!
The people at Believe are very professional. If any issues arise, they do their best to attend to it as soon as possible and fix it.
from Sweden, February 2018
"4 nights, 3 yoga och 2 surf lessons"
We had a great time! John was a great intructor and Uki helped us with were to eat and where and how to go! Uki helped us whit all our questions 💛.
from United States, January 2018
"Go to this retreat! You will not regret it!!!"
Amazing and fresh food, great yoga, awesome surf instructors and classes, beautiful weather, positive and kind staff and visitors from all over the world, and ideal location to the beach.
from United States, November 2017
"Fun but not without hiccups "
The food was delicious and the town is really great. Outdoor bathrooms at the funky monkey are awesome and Uki is an amazing host. The yoga classes were all very different and wonderful in their own way!
Olivia Craven Carden
from United Kingdom, April 2017
"Fun & relaxing"
I loved that Believe organised everything & were always there to help me with my questions! The surf & yoga was great, the accommodation was lovely & the area is stunning.
from United States, March 2018
"Hier muss man hin! "
Uky ist immer verfügbar und kümmert sich super um die Believe Gäste. Ist alles sehr familiär.
Selbst für das etwas ältere Kaliber (35+) ist es nicht zu spät anzufangen. Ich hab mich hier als 40+ gut aufgehoben gefühlt
Das Funky Monkey ist ein schöner Ort der Begegnunung und sehr familiär. Die yogaplattform ist toll, der Pool ist cool, schöne Live Musik an mehreren Abenden der Woche, tolles Frühstück, sehr nette Familie. Absolutes Highlight ist der regelmässig einfliegende ‘Haus’ Papagai Silvio, der auf Italienisch/ spanisch in 2 Tonlagen wie ein Rohrspatz flucht.
Jenni North Carolina
BookYoga Retreats website
Martin and Lucho were very responsive during my trip and always made sure that I was looked after. The Surf instructor Priscilla was excellent. There are a variety of yoga classes available to take. The sunset at the beach is amazing.
From beginning to end the whole experience was stress-free. Martin and Lucho have a great thing going there. The accommodation was adorable, clean and modern. There was also a kitchen which was great for if you didn't want to venture out for food. The atmosphere is relaxing and rejuvenating. A 5 min walk to the beach and 15min walk into town although there were some great restaurants just a few min walk away.
The surfing was awesome! The guys were professional, patient and fun. I felt super safe during the whole experience. Santa Teresa was gorgeous! I hope to get back again soon :)
WOW! Martin and Lucho are a dream team and the whole experience from the initial contact to the last day blew me away. Martin was extremely responsive and made sure our stay and surf camp were carefully organized and Lucho was the perfect host and instructor.
We stayed at Lucho's/Alesandra's Ohana villas and felt like we were immediately part of the family. The villas are quiet and beautiful and one day we sat and watched a family of howler monkeys swinging in the trees. Alessandra has a beautiful candle/sculpture shop right at the property and we left having bought some gorgeous souvenirs to take home.
Lucho and Alessandra always checked in to make sure we had what we needed and made recommendations to amazing restaurants and activities in the area.
We will be back for sure!