El Sabanero Eco Lodge offers yoga teacher training and yoga retreats in their lodge at Costa Rica.

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Vanessa D'souza

from Canada, April 2019

The food at the resort was amazing! Everyday the menu changed and the food was delicious. I assumed that I would have been alone or lonely on my trip but I connected with the group instantly and made life long connections. I brought a book with me but didnt read a single page. The yoga and meditation practices were great always different and challenging and restorative at the same time.

Diana Bartell

from United States, April 2019

The location, warmth of the staff and the excellent yoga instructors made this mother daughter experience exceptional! We never wanted to miss Hectors class in the morning and Heather’s in the evening. And Fernando our driver took excellent care of us on our all day excursion. We met so many wonderful people... would definitely return!!! Loved every minute of Costa Rica, the people, the town and beach and of course El -Sabanero!!!

Crisanne Schworn

from United States, April 2019

"Such an amazing experience!"

The yoga teachers are incredible, I learned so much for deepening my own practice. Carrie, Sevene, Hector and Vivi were the teachers I had, every class was different and so enjoyable! The food was so delicious and fresh, Donald and Hazel do a great job of changing the menu every lunch and dinner and accommodating to dietary needs. Breakfast of fresh fruits, Costa Rican coffee, eggs and rice and beans was always a great way to start the day. The location is beautiful with a long trail you can walk on, lots of monkey families, the rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable and the communal space is so open and inviting. The masseuse is such a lovely human, best massage I’ve ever gotten, very well rounded and so relaxing. You can choose to go to the beach and town/excursions or stay at the lodge, the beach is perfect and the town is great for shopping and hanging out. I feel rejuvenated and loved. So grateful!

Caitlyn Valentino

from United States, April 2019

"Amazing week at El Sabanero "

This is really a magical place. The yoga classes were amazing, the food was delicious, and I met incredible people at the retreat. I felt revitalized after my stay here.

France Lavin

from United States, April 2019

"I woud recommend this retreat; I would rate it a 9 out of 10"

The property is beautiful, it is really well appointed with comfy Adirondack chair, hammocks and lounge chairs. The yoga and meditation instructors are absolutely priceless. They clearly have years of experience and are open and loving to all. My husband and I both learned so much during our retreat and look forward to returning sometime.

Also, the food is incredibly delicious! Fresh and tasty.

Elvira Kalmar

from Hungary, March 2019

"Practice for everyone!"

I really liked that all the yoga instructors were very prepared and very experienced - you could see how they walked into the space or were already sitting there upon our arrival, felt the group's energy level as well as level of practice and offered a practice that was suitable for all of us: many times offering the same asana in different versions of difficulty at the same time. This type of flexibility was especially important, as the group members changed all the time- this retreat is not working with a fix group, but you can join in for 3 days, 6 days, or as many days as you like. We have spent 10 days at El Sabanero and practiced twice a day, and my practice as a result has definitely arrived to a new level of consciousness and ability.

Joanne Dubil

from United States, March 2019

"Relaxing with Yoga"

My week at El-Sabanero was an excellent experience. The yoga classes were led by instructors who were friendly, caring, and very approachable. Having a yoga session at 7 a.m. while looking out at the mountains, and an evening session at dusk could not have been better timing to detox body and mind. The students brought much diversity to the class, from young professionals to married couples to single women; varying ages that mixed wonderfully well. Meals, shared at a communal table, only confirmed how well all ages mixed. I especially liked the cozy cabins which one could share with a roommate or be by oneself. Nothing like swinging on a hammock watching the stars on your front porch. The resort is situated on a hill, and the view from the infinity pool is breath-taking. Our genial host, Kurt, was always available to answer questions and to drive early morning groups to the beach town. I highly recommend El-Sabanero for the great yoga sessions, for its friendly instructors, staff, and guests, all of whom mingled most congenially.


from United States, March 2019

"Loved the rhythm of el-sabanero eco lodge"

The yoga was great - tougher classes in the morning with Hector were challenging but fun. More restorative classes in the evening were a perfect end to the day. The yoga classes in the open air were beautiful.

The food was a real highlight - Donald was an inspired chef and the food was delicious and interesting at every meal. He cooked a lot of vegan dishes which were perfect for several of the yogis.

The family style eating fostered a really strong sense of community and strong bonds were developed quickly;

Curt was an attentive and gracious host - and the shuttling back and forth to the beach was great.

Angela Eaton

from United States, March 2019

Yoga with Hector was great

Tiffany Lang

from United States, March 2019

"Amazing Experience in This Magical Place"

Well it's been said many times in many other reviews but the food here is spectacular. Every meal seems better than the last and you just keep wondering how Donald can continue being so masterful at his art of cooking. My favorite yoga classes were with Hector and Sabine, in their own ways they transform your way of approaching yoga. Thanks to their teachings I enjoy the moments throughout my practice rather than just considering it another thing to accomplish in the day, for that I will be forever grateful to them both. The property is beautiful, the pool is a wonderful place to hang out and relax and the open air yoga studio is a wonderful experience. The transfers to and from the airport were really a wonderful perk to staying here and the all day adventure tour (ziplining, horseback riding, river tubing and mud baths) are a must for people of adventurous spirit. The cabins are somewhat rustic but give you all the creature comforts you could need. Mealtimes became one if my favorite things not only for the as previously mentioned amazing food, but because each night you meet new people. Since this retreat allows visitors to come and go as they please without putting a rigorous set date and time to arrive and leave, it is a constant revolving door of newcomers. It may be somewhat awkward the first few meals being the newbie of the group, but just give it a few days and you will be the one with all the knowledge. Truly a remarkable experience, one I won't soon forget.

Katy Morris

from United Kingdom, February 2019

"El Sabenero takes great care of you!"

I enjoyed the delicious meals, the pool and the yoga studio are beautiful! And Kurt is a great host, really has everyone best interest and is always making sure everyone has what they need to enjoy their stay!

Abbey Eckelmann

from United States, February 2019

"The perfect Mother-Daughter get away"

Everyone was delightful! I loved the communal atmosphere. We made so many friends, had a devoted trio of yoga teachers. There was always something to learn and they challenged you every day to be your best. The food was ***** amazing; vegetarian, made fresh every meal, locally sourced and healthy. The pace of the entire visit was exactly what we needed! Our new friends are from Canada (east & west), Alaska, France, Austria, California, Las Vegas, Massachusetts and Brooklyn!

Monkeys in the trees, roosters, donkeys, dogs & a peaceful cat (Peaches).

Excursions are available, if you choose, and they are active and interesting and fun! We immediately felt at home and “in the zone”. Beautiful beaches are a short ride away and the supply the transportation.

We highly recommend. Namaste 🧘‍♀️

Kristin Kreiner

from United States, February 2019

"A magical soul oasis "

From the moment I got to El Sabanero, I felt welcomed and completely at peace. It’s a beautiful environment, with a sense of family built into the layout. I was greeted right away by one of the yoga instructors, Sebine, with a warm hug. She showed me to my cabin and gave me an overview of the layout of how the days work. The cabin was adorable; very homey and comfortable. I loved how the natural light and breezes flowed so freely.

The yoga classes were very different from what I’m used to doing (hot power yoga) and I really appreciated the focus on meditation and unity in breath. These classes were the first time in my life I was ever able to truly get outside of my head. The community meals, which were fresh and delicious, allowed for deep connection with beautiful people from all over. By the way, I’m not vegetarian, but the quality of the food made me consider being one! Fresh coconut water was such a treat. I also received a heart healing session from Ruben, under the stars. It was an awakening experience that I did not expect at all. It was really nice to be able to book excursions through the resort as well. I would recommend this resort to anyone; and I will absolutely be back. El Sabenaro helped create truly special and memorable first trip to Costa Rica.


from Canada, February 2019

Staff very welcoming and helpful. Laid back schedule.


from United States, February 2019

"Extended my stay !"

This experience was so great I needed to extend my stay by two days which I’ve never done before on holiday. The lodge is beautiful with an amazing pool and view from the yoga shala. The food is wonderful. All the people were lovely.

Allison Taylor

from United States, February 2019

"Perfect week - just what I needed!"

The food was delicious, there’s a great community of people who work there and go there, and it was easy living. I would recommend it to anyone wanting a relaxing getaway!


from United States, February 2019

"Great experience! Exceeded my expectations. "

The lodge itself and accommodations were excellent. Great food. Great yoga instructors. All staff was responsive and helpful.

Ginny Mclean

from Canada, January 2019


The people were amazing. I felt so at home and so comfortable. The food was awesome. Pool is incredible. Love Tamarindo too!

Toni Congleton

from United States, January 2019

"Didn’t want to leave"

This was my first yoga retreat. There was very little that could have been done to make this any more perfect. Our yoga instructors: Hector in the morning, Bettina in the afternoon were The Best at making your sessions as easy or difficult as you wanted with guidence for correcting your pose. Donald, the chef and his wife, were magicians in the kitchen with vegetarian food. We had fish a couple nights, but I did not miss meat! The area is so serene, our day trips spectacular. I made friends that i will keep in touch with forever!

Kelly Straka

from United States, January 2019

"A-maz-ingggggg! Could not asked for a better experience "

Where do I begin? My mom and I decided on this as a relaxing, peaceful getaway and it was just that! From the moment we booked it at the last minute to our arrival the staff treated us like family. They are SO nice, so welcoming, and have the cutest resort. It’s set back about 15 minutes or so from Tamarindo beach but I actually preferred this over the busy beach town. The pool and dining are are picturesque, the food is absolutely incredible, and the hammocks everywhere are the perfect place to relax. Kurt, the owner, is one of the sweetest most chill guys. He is very hands on and so accommodating, you can tell his whole staff really like him and they take pride in their work. I’m not a huge yogi but this was the perfect blend. I didn’t do it every day but it’s great for all levels. Definitely fly into Liberia as our ride from San Jose was 4 hours. I highly recommend the day of adventure which was a great value and we got to see other areas. Overall we LOVED this place and met amazing people we will definitely stay in touch with.

Michele Breslin

from United States, January 2019

"Will return!"

The owner, Kurt, and the entire staff (with a special shout out to Donald, the amazing chef and Hector, the incredible yoga teacher) have created an environment that is unique in its warmth and desire to ensure that all guests have an experience that goes beyond what one expects. I felt like I was part of a family and enjoyed every aspect of the retreat. Kurt even had a mosquito net installed in my cabin after I mentioned how that would be a great addition to the room. The yoga was physical and spiritual and the guest teachers were also amazing. Thank you for the wonderful conversations and for an experience that exceeded all expectations. Truly a magical place and I will return!

Erin Zukiwski

from United States, January 2019

"Fantastic getaway experience!"

From the moment we arrived, my partner and I felt welcomed by Kurt who offered us big hugs, showed us to our habitacion and advised that yoga was in 30 mins. We met incredible like minded people and immediately felt at home. The resort was beautiful and peaceful, hammocks to relax in everywhere including the front porch of our room. The schedule of meals/yoga/excursion options offered us a perfect routine that did not feel rushed, and allowed lots of relaxation time. We took advantage of many of the excursions arranged by Kurt including a fantastic morning horseback riding at Black Stallion Hills, a full day adventure trip to Volcan Rio Vieja, and a catamaran sunset cruise. Donald and Hazel created wonderful, filling vegetarian dishes everyday for lunch and dinner, Yami and Gisele made traditional breakfasts of Gallo Pinto and local eggs and incredible fresh fruit that I'm missing now that I'm home! They also cleaned the rooms daily while we were out in the afternoons. All of the yoga instructors were friendly, encouraging, supportive and able to cater to all levels of yoga. Plus the YogaShala was beautifully made with lots of space and fresh air (only 1 wall!), with a gorgeous view of the valley. There was also a shop down the hill (3 min walk) if you wanted to purchase beer or wine to have with/after dinner.

I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a getaway to a relaxing, yoga paradise. In fact, I hope to return again myself!

Magda Reyes

from United States, December 2018

"Amazing experience overall"

Amazing experience. Came here on my first ever solo trip and yoga retreat. Met incredible like minded people. Had plenty time to rest and relax and also great adventure choices to the different beaches and Volcan Rio Vieja. Kurt the owner of hotel is super personable. He made us all feel like his children at home. Donald the cook, is out of this world. All dishes were exquisite and unique. All of the yoga instructors were great and also incredible. Hector does the morning yoga and the silent walk. He was amazing, his restorative yoga session was an intense experience. Ray and Caitlyn, also super cool and upbeat. Loved the chakra alignments at the end. Vanessa is a sweetheart. Great at yoga too! Overall a 10 stars for this place. What a paradise!


from United States, December 2018

The yoga instructors especially Hector are excellent. The food by Donald is outstanding, so original and fresh and healthy. Everyone is friendly and arrangements are made as needed to take you to the beach or on trips.

Eleanor Kasper

from United States, November 2018


My mom and I went for a mother/daughter retreat and had the BEST time. El Sabanero is a hidden gym! We had read mixed reviews about the accommodations but our bungalow was clean and even had a little kitchenette. Each bungalow has a hammock on the front porch to relax in the evening. The food was the best I have had on ANY vacation and the yoga was incredible as well. We absolutely want to go back!

Corey Oshea

from United States, October 2018

"Highly reccomended!"

Everyone was wonderful! The food was absolutely delicious! The owners and teachers were very helpful and welcoming. Beautiful location, I cant wait to go back :)

Maureen King

from United States, October 2018

"Best Trip Yet "

Amazing experience!! The El Sabanero is beautiful filled with beautiful souls - Sabina, Michelle, Hector and Donald. So great! You know you can stay at a Marriott or some other hotel but you'll never get the full experience of meeting and connecting with great people in a beautiful environment. Enjoyed the yoga classes, massage from Anna and zip lining. The food was fabulous!!! The weather was great! This is the way to travel.

Pinal Patel

from Canada, September 2018

"Amazing Experience "

Wow! Where do I begin? My experience at El Sabanero was one of the best trips I have ever had. The lodge is located in an area surrounded by beautiful nature. The people working there are amazing. Everyone from Sabina, Michelle, Hector and Don were just fantastic. I enjoyed all the yoga sessions and the instructors had such a wonderful presence about them. And the food! OMG I would go back just for Don's food. Still dreaming about the homemade bread for dinner....

Also if you have a chance get a massage from Anna.

I would highly recommend this place and I plan on returning one day.

Evelyne Choucri

from Canada, September 2018

Everything, the food, the resort, the owner and hist staff all very welcoming. Such a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation!

Denisha Hudson

from United States, August 2018

"The best trip everrrrr"

I loved the cozy atmosphere and the friendly demeanor of the staff. They went above and beyond to make the guests feel comfortable and at home. They were very approachable

Sam Altman

from United States, August 2018

"Absolutely recommend, Amazing Place"

Everything was amazing. The Resort its self was in nature and had a magnificent view of the mountains. The facilities were well kept and perfect for what we were looking for. My girl friend and I did yoga in the evenings which was extremely relaxing while watching the sunset. The people there were even better. Kurt the owner was extremely accommodating and took us to the beach and picked us up which was a quick ten minute ride. It was also a pleasure speaking with Kurt and getting to know him. The chef, Donald was probably one of the best chefs that i have ever come across. His food was creative and yet tasted amazing. He really has a true talent for cooking. The bungalows/cabins were very cozy and we slept great. I have to say it was one of our best vacations and definitely recommend.

Angela Khurdajian

from United States, August 2018

"A True Spiritual Paradise"

Kurt and his entire team were fantastic from start to finish. Not only were they warm and welcoming, but made my friend and I feel like we were staying with family. The location is unbelievable— nestled in the middle of the rain forest with all kinds of magical wild life right outside of your window. Donald, the chef, is incredible. His cuisine well exceeded my expectations to the point we didn’t want to eat out anywhere else. You will not regret staying at El Sabanero. I can’t recommend it enough.

Terra Ewing

from United States, August 2018

"Relax and Restore"

Resort was serene and have wonderful, wonderful food. Down to the ground keepers everyone was amazingly nice on property.

Kasey Kellem

from United States, July 2018


It was very personalized as they met our needs on the mat and in the kitchen. All employees were very friendly and accommodating! It is such a peaceful environment allowing you to get out of the experience whatever you need!

Christian Kuster

from Curaçao, June 2018

"Relaxing & life changing experience "

The price for all you get. The Yoga instructors where very friendly, inspiring and helpful. Enough variation of food and tasted amazing. If you are not a vegetarian you definitely will not miss meat. The view at El Sabanero was also very nice.

Jana Neumann

from Mexico, June 2018

"Awesome yoga retreat! "

A very cute little djungle place not far from Tamarindo! The Bungalows are so cozy and the pool and accommodation is just great. We were surrounded by wild animals and a lot of positive vibes. Yoga was twice a day in a beautiful open yoga shala. Food was healthy and great (thanks Donald!) Yana, Sabine and Hector are very talented yoga teachers and have all different styles of teaching - so the classes were super intersing and inspiring!

I met a lot of great souls and hope to come back one day!

Highly recommend this retreat!

Phillip Wenturine

from United States, June 2018

"Life Changing"

The yoga instructors were so knowledgable and very hands on; I had some of my best yoga classes of my life here! On top of that, the lodge was gorgeous, the food simply decadent, and the atmosphere calming and serene. It was one of the best trips of my life, by far. Sabine, Yana, and Hector are some of the kindest people I no doubt will ever meet, and they made the retreat magnificent. I owe them so much gratitude for my time there. Anyone who passes up this yoga retreat is making a mistake, as it is by far the best in Costa Rica.

Jeanne Levelle

from United States, June 2018

"Fanastic place for a yoga retreat!"

Hector, Sabina, and Yana were all excellent instructors and the yoga very personalized! I had an injury and they did an excellent job of adapting to meet my need. Donald the cook is incredible! The view, pool, cabanas and gardens are very beautiful and serene. Everyone was kind and helpful! Exceeded my expectations in every way!!!

Mary Collins

from United States, June 2018

"Great Value"

yoga instruction was excellent, great location and gorgeous views, common areas were lovely, camaraderie with participants, food were all excellent. very good value!

Rachael Wellington

from United Kingdom, May 2018

All staff and management were very welcoming and as I’m pretty new to yoga all instructors went beyond their way to help me position my moves

Lauren Speakman

from Canada, May 2018

"An amazing experience! "

El Sabenero is truly a home away from home. The food is delicious and the yoga is amazing! Kurt and everyone else truly makes you feel like a member of their family and will go out of their way to make sure you’re comfortable. I wish I could go back once a month!!

Lucille Beaulieu

from Canada, May 2018

"AWESOME experience"

From the first day onward, all was very well organized - hats off to Harold for this! Shuttles to and from the airport or other places were always on time and Fernando, our driver for longer excursions, was super friendly, and excellent driver. The lunches and dinners were always so delicious and offered a great variety; Donald and his lady cook friend (sorry never got her name) did not cease to amaze with their dishes! Rooms were cleaned every day. Yoga twice a day with Hector was amazing, and loved the way he incorporated partner yoga in the first 2 classes.

Kate Barnham

from United Kingdom, April 2018

"Life changing"

Everyone at El Sabanero was so welcoming. I was nervous about travelling on my own for the first time but I needn't have been; almost all of the guests had arrived on their own and we formed a tight group almost immediately. Perhaps I was lucky, I was there at the same time as an awesome group of women. But I think El Sabanero attracts a certain type, independent like minded travellers who are at a certain point in their life and looking for something through yoga. The location is beautiful, the yoga is challenging enough, the food is delicious and the owners are supportive and friendly; if there is something you want to do they'll help you organise doing it but there's no pressure to do anything other than yoga and relax by the pool if that's what you want. Hector and Yana are both great yoga teachers, and Donald is a fantastic chef. I will hopefully have the chance to return and would highly recommend the retreat to anyone

Chelsi Rodrigues

from Canada, April 2018

"Best travel experience of my life!"

For solo travelers this is amazing. Many like minded individuals making your daily adventures that much more exciting! Everything beat my expectations!

Helen Stewart

from United Kingdom, April 2018

Ashley Carter

from United States, April 2018

"Incredible experience, food, and most of all people!!"

My time at El Sabanero was absolutely wonderful! The accommodations were comfortable and clean. The food was absolutely incredible - I am not vegetarian but every meal was more delicious than the last! Most of all the people were what made my experience so memorable. Hector and Yana were wonderful instructors - they were very encouraging and helpful to ensure you were properly doing the poses without hurting yourself. Kurt and Harold were great hosts - we laughed and joked the entire time. I cannot wait to come back again - I truly felt at home!

Adele Metrakos

from United States, April 2018

"Wonderful experience"

The people at El Sabanero were the best thing about this retreat. Everyone was so friendly - the guests and staff. It is just small enough that you can make friends, but if that’s not your thing, you can also go off on your own.

The food was amazing. I looked forward to every meal, especially the homemade bread. Don’t expect to lose any weight on this retreat :)

But again, it was the people that really made my time there worth it. I was traveling alone, but after the first day, I wasn’t.

Ailis Clyne

from United States, April 2018

"Wonderful stay at El Sabanero"

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at El Sabanero. Owners Kurt and Harold are friendly and very helpful. The surroundings were peaceful and offered the option for quiet relaxation and reflection or mingling with other guests. The cabin was spacious with a beautiful view of the area farms and mountains. The mini fridge was appreciated for cold drinks in the dry hot weather. There was plenty of shade and the pool and grounds are beautiful. It was so cool to walk through the adjoining forest and see the howler monkeys playing in the trees! I enjoyed the variety of the yoga classes offered ranging from restorative to vinyasa flow to an interesting partner yoga class. Teachers were respectful and knowledgeable and classes were appropriate for all levels. While I am not a vegetarian, the vegetarian menu offered a nice variety and the food was absolutely delicious. It was easy to meet other like-minded travelers and arrange for day trips into the rainforest for hiking, ziplines, river tubing, horseback riding, hot springs-so much fun! It is a short and free shuttle ride into Tamarindo daily if you want to explore the lively beach and restaurants in the fun little town. I felt very safe traveling as a woman alone in Costa Rica and very much appreciated the transportation to and from the airport. I highly recommend El Sabanero yoga retreat.

Jennifer Partika

from United States, April 2018

"Not as advertised"

The vegetarian dinners we delicious.

Margaret Feldhuhn

from United States, April 2018


This place is amazing ! It's SO beautiful and the yoga classes are amazing (i've been practicing for ten years and I can be picky about teachers and styles and all the teachers were incredible). The food was unreal and the owners are so cool. They personally drove us to and from the beach and helped us pick the best excursions.

David Torres

from United States, April 2018

"Yoga in Costa Rica"

The staff was very accommodating and helpful. The room was cleaned every day and the vegan food was excellent. Many thanks to Donald, the chef, for being so thoughtful and preparing so delicious meals. The yoga instructors (Yana and Hector) were great especially Hector who gave yoga sessions in the morning and not listed here. His knowledge and wisdom was refreshing. We enjoyed the partner sessions and the morning nature walk during our last morning there.

Patricia Amundin

from United States, March 2018


The family feel, the beautiful place, the wonderful food, committed instuctors.

Clare Rundall

from United States, March 2018

"Good times"

Friendly people and lovely food

Anny Chih

from Canada, March 2018

"Great Experience"

The food was AMAZING (Donald works magic in the kitchen!) and the experience overall was wonderful - lovely people, friendly staff, Harold was very accommodating, and I went away feeling much better than I did when I arrived. Donald even arranged a visit for me to milk a cow (something I've always wanted to do) at the farm across the street! I had such a great time! <3

Colleen Jasinski

from United States, February 2018

"Simply amazing"

Everything about El-Sabanero was perfect. From Harold and Kurt - the consummate hosts - to the beautiful yoga instructors - Yana and Hector - to the amazing food by Chef Donald. It was a perfect week and I was sad to leave.

Lesley Eybers

from United States, January 2018

loved the education and conversations about yoga and life


from Canada, January 2018

"Relaxing & Peaceful"

Very quiet and peaceful, beautiful surroundings. I loved the relaxed atmosphere. The hammock on my porch was a nice added touch.

Everyone was friendly and welcoming. I think it's awesome that the owners arrange airport transfers as well as transportation to the beaches and to town.

I loved practicing yoga outdoors.

The food was AMAZING, very fresh and tasty!


from United States, January 2018

"Wonderful time but some things to note before booking!"

This was my first yoga retreat so I wasn't sure what to expect. I had a wonderful time on the retreat - the people were incredible, the food is amazing (very fresh and home cooked), there were plenty of excursions to go on, it was both a great combination of relaxation and adventure.

Cristina Alos

from United States, December 2017

"Yoga paradise"

Yoga classes we're exceptional. Hospitality was great!

Katie Stout

from United Kingdom, December 2017

"Yoga retreat - eco lodge - fantastic! "

Kurt and Harold

Yoga was amazing - we loved Hector’s morning session.

The food was AMAZING!!!

Heather Frogner

from United States, December 2017


This was the best trip of my life! People were amazing, food was so good, weather was amazing and I learned a ton about yoga!

Rikki Marcone

from Canada, November 2017

"Will definitely be back!"

The staff, the food, the environment, the happiness and zen I felt all week.

Jenna Sorgente

from Canada, November 2017

"Amazing experience"

I had such an amazing time at El Sabanero. So perfect that I changed my flight so I could stay 2 extra days. It was the perfect place to get centred with quiet and relaxation. The staff (friends) were incredible. Super accommodating and friendly. Harold would drive us where we wanted to go and if not him, they had a driver Fernando who was also great! The location is great because its 15mins from Tamarindo. The food was AMAZING - all vegetarian which was a nice touch and different everyday/every meal, the soups were so good! My private chalet had a breathtaking view and hammock.

The best part of course was the yoga, the morning instructor - Hector was awesome, everyday the yoga was different. I came back home more knowledgeable to lead my own practice when I can't go to a class. All the afternoon classes were also different and i feel stronger than i was when i went there.

Sabine was awesome! She is the hostess/yoga teacher. She had such a good vibe and energy, warm, and welcoming. Couldn't have asked for a better person to be on this experience around. I have come home a changed person.

I would recommend the all day excursion where you go ziplining, tubing, and visit the hot springs - couldn't ask for a more full experience. It was a super fun day. Also we went to Avellanas beach club for the day, i would recommend doing this.

Melissa Franklin

from Canada, November 2017

"Beautiful retreat"

The food was absolutely amazing, Donald cooked up such great vegan food and as a meat eater back at home, I didn't miss it one bit. The yoga teachers Sabine and Hector taught were great and had different teaching styles that balanced each other well. Loved having my own cabin. The overall experience was beautiful and I left feeling rejuvenated and inspired.

Christina Karabatsos

from United States, September 2017

"Lovely people and setting"

The owners, management and employees were really very welcoming and flexible. The whole atmosphere is peaceful and the property is beautifully constructed. The yoga instructors, especially Hector, were very good. The food was delicious- local dishes, mostly vegetarian.

Shea Larin

from Canada, August 2017

I had an amazing, adventurous, and life changing experience at El Sabanero. I was warmly welcomed by owners Harold and Kurt from the moment I arrived. Hazel and Donald made the most delicious meals everyday and went out of their way to ensure all guests were well taken care of. They even accommodated me being a vegan. So very appreciated! Sabine and Hector were two of the most caring authentic yoga teachers I have ever met. Both such beautiful souls. I truly enjoyed their classes and talks. The most memorable experience for me was being surrounded by like-minded people in a supportive, relaxed, and loving environment. I didn't want to leave! I left with an open heart and new friends for life:)

Jenae Lindsey

from United States, August 2017

"Everything I could have hoped for and more "

The people. The food. The excursions! The yoga shanty looks out over a farm/jungle and the classes are held morning and night. Watching the sunset from the shanty and the field light up with fireflies after the sun goes down was like nothing I've ever experienced. The teachers taught more than yoga. They truly are healers. I would recommend booking as many excursions as possible. I especially enjoyed the Rincon tour (tubing, zip lining, a little climbing and rappelling, horseback riding and a mud bath at the hot springs after). It was the adventure of a lifetime. The Catamaran was also great. Riding a sailboat and snorkeling/kayaking/paddle boarding. The waterfall excursion included in the package is beautiful. There are two different waterfalls and the lunch on the excursion is SO good.

The SURFING! If I could go back and just surf the whole time I would. The waves in tamarindo are small enough for beginner surfers and boards can be rented at some places for $10 a day.

I felt at home at the Sabanero. We were immediately welcomed and taken care of. The property is even better than the pictures. The people are amazing, and it's an opportunity to have an adventure of a lifetime.

Also, the food. I'm convinced Donald is a magician.

Elizabeth Murphy

from United States, August 2017

"Caring, kind, gentle yogis"

The compassion and empathy


from United States, August 2017

"Check this place out!!!"

Yoga and optional excursions offered were just what my mom and I were looking for!

Hilary Nelson

from United States, August 2017

"Go. Here. Now. "

Aside from the gorgeous scenery, friendly iguanas, amazingly comfortable accommodations and food to dream about, the people were what made this retreat truly special. I made friends for life; connections and bonds that will forever stay with me.

All of the instructors exceeded my expectations and made sure to listen to how we were feeling and designed classes around our needs.

Erik Johnson

from United States, August 2017

"Perfect stay at El Sabanero "

Great people and teachers! El sabanero is truly a paradise for those looking to grow, learn, and chill

Mike Young

from United States, August 2017

"Yoga, jungle waterfalls and beach."

The ecolodge is inviting, intimate, supportive and comfortable.

Noor Zehra

from United States, August 2017


The entire staff, and facility at El Sabanero was amazing. We were a small group of girls from all over the US and loved our stay there. Harold was so kind to pick us up from the airport. Donald and Hazel have the MOST AMAZING cooking skills ever. I enjoyed and looked forward to every single meal. Sabine and Hector are both skilled, and amazing in their yoga teachings.. they ask you to challenge yourself and push yourself beyond your comfort zone. Coyo kept us all safe at night!! The entire place was a tropical getaway that was very much needed - from the amazing staff, to the monkeys howling through your yoga practices :) an amazing overall. THANK YOU!!!


from United States, July 2017

The food and the people were outstanding

Suellen Gordon

from United States, July 2017

"Awesome experience! "

Greeted with a smile from the start! Harold was so accommodating and made us feel so welcomed! This was a trip with my daughter for her graduation and it couldn't have been a better idea and experience. The yoga classes with both Sabina and Hector were awesome. Both were very knowledgeable in their practice and made us eager each time to attend! We bonded with the other people quickly and found that the overall vibe and sentiment from the El Sabenero staff encouraged this by providing three delicious cooked meals made from all fresh food items. The fruit and juices were great! It even encouraged my very picky daughter to try some different foods that she found she liked! Kudos to everyone! We will definitely be planning another trip back and hope our friends we met will come back too!

Kathryn Freund

from United States, July 2017

"A perfect getaway retreat"

El Sabanero was the perfect Costa Rican getaway! The staff & guests could not be nicer and more of a welcoming community. The food is delicious, the yoga classes are a perfect variety with excellent teachers, and the whole team is extremely accommodating. Whether you want to hang at the hotel or explore elsewhere, they'll make your experience truly great and you'll feel at home right away.


from United States, July 2017

"Lovely experience "

The food and yoga classes. Harold the owner was very helpful. And Sabine and Hector were amazing yoga instructors. Donald the chef was awesome with his vegetarian freshly made dishes and phenomenal bread!

Daisy Potter

from United Kingdom, July 2017


I loved it all! Everything about El-Sabanero Eco Lodge is amazing! The accommodation is fantastic, it is set in beautiful surroundings with great facilities and an high standard of cleanliness. I learnt many different types of yoga with lots of lovely teachers all teaching to a very high standard. I had my first meditation experience and it was incredible. The staff were all so friendly and welcoming making this experience very special. The food was delicious, all freshly prepared and very healthy. I experienced a wonderful variety of activities that the staff at El-Sabanero Eco Lodge organised, ranging from waterfall visits, beach trips, hot volcanic springs, zip lining, mud baths and river tubing! The activities were planned in between yoga lessons. For me this was an experience of a life time and I will always remember the lovely friendly staff that I met there.


from United States, June 2017

Everyone is so genuine and friendly that one immediately feels like they belong and are part of the group. The food, as others have commented, was phenomenal. It was a treat getting to know different yoga instructors and experience their style. I have to say that above all I was extremely impressed with Hector Moreno. While guiding several people of very different levels, he was able to take each individual and challenge them to dig just that bit deeper, but that was appropriate to where they were in their practice. In-between morning and evening yoga, you can make this vacation anything you want: Adventurous (with a knowledgeable tour guide that helps you get to know Costa Rica better)? check. Lazying about by the pool? check. Reading? check. Heading down to the beach? check. All of the above in one week? check.

Daniel Engel

from Brazil, June 2017

"Nice, but yet not as quiet as expected."

The owners, the food, the pool and the local instructors (Amid and Hector).

Danielle Klaver

from Canada, May 2017

"Yoga in the Costa Rica Jungle"

I loved the sense of community with everyone that worked at the Eco lodge.

Danielle Lee

from United States, May 2017

"Relaxing Retreat"

I had a great trip and experience here. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, it was a family style dynamic. Amazing food, a beautiful and rustic lodge with a stunning yoga deck, lovely pool and grounds.

Danielle Klaver

from Canada, April 2017

"Yoga in Costa Rica"

I enjoyed the sense of community at this lodge. The chalet for yoga was amazing too. Who wouldn't like to do yoga while watching the sun set and while hearing the monkeys and birds cheer all around.

Deva Sangeet

from Costa Rica, April 2019

"I liked it and plan to come again"

The people where nice , i felt included and welcome. The Yoga ... the Place grew on me after i saw it as a Yoga Western stile Village - you know like a Wild West town at Disney land ... A lot of wood .. homey. Free shuttle to the beach ... Of course the Food. Donald’s amazing and Harald helped me with Transport. I was sad leaving .. next time i will stay longer . Loved my yoga teachers wich are not listed here ...

Sandrine Verduci

from France, February 2019

"Just Paradise"

Si le Paradis avait un nom, alors il s’appelerait Sabanero. Mon séjour était magique du début à la fin, une expérience humaine et spirituelle incroyable, tant grâce à l’accueil et la bienveillance du personnel et des professeurs que de celle du groupe de participants. Les lieux sont magnifiques avec une vue incroyable sur les montagnes depuis la chambre ou la piscine. L’opportunité d’assister au lever du soleil depuis le hamac dans le patio de la chambre, avec le chant des oiseaux en fond, celle de découvrir la pratique du yoga et de la méditation. La nourriture était excellente, une découverte gustative à chaque repas. Je n’oublierai jamais ce voyage et suis très reconnaissante à chacun des membres de l’equipe de nous permettre de vivre cette expérience unique. Un grand merci tout particulier à Harvy qui a rendu ce voyage inoubliable, ainsi qu’à Anna et Sabine pour leur bienveillance :)

Pavlina Ruzickova

from Canada, January 2019

"Restoring in a spiritual paradise"

I spent one week between Christmas and New Year at El Sabanero. Met wonderful people, all the stuff was super friendly. Yoga classes we’re variable and teachers adapted them according the energetic of the group at the particular days. The entire resort is well designed with places you can socialize but you can find a quit spot to nap in a hamac and meditate. Kurt and Harold are very friendly ready to go out of their ways to accommodate you. The food is just amazing and soo heathy. Rooms are simple but clean with plenty of hot water and A/C and the pool area is offering breath taking view just offering itself to take perfect yoga poses pictures. I will definitely go back.

Emilie Perrin

from United States, January 2019

"Pura Vida"

Time goes slow and you just have to relax and appreciate every second.

Yoga was great with 3 different teachers to vary.

Food very good also.

Nice cabin even though you have to wait a little for hot water ^^

Costa Rica is a great destination and El Sabanero is a wonderful place to go to enjoy it.

Natalia Andrea Acevedo Alvear

from Chile, December 2018


Fue una experiencia espectacular. Kurt, Hector, Ray y Vanessa son un excelente equipo. La comida de Donald es deliciosa, todos los días nos sorprendió. Además, un masaje con Ana es un must en la estadía. Disfrutamos muchísimo! Gracias por todo.

Camille Bodnar

from Canada, November 2018

"Good yoga, good food, good people!"

The yoga classes were very good and diverse, the teachers were great and very friendly. The food was very good too! And if you want to get a massage, Ana is amazing!

Isabelle Desilets Lamothe

from United States, May 2018

"The teacher was awesome, intuitive, respectful!"

I enjoyed every single thing! The food is just so excellent, the vibe was good. The yoga teacher was amazing. Harold (the manager) dors everything to help you. He is always available and respectful. Everybody’s work make this place amazing!

Émilie Thériault

from Canada, March 2018

Tout superbe endroit... Facilité pour les déplacements.... Nourriture exquise 😊

Alexandre Gauthier

from Canada, January 2018


Tout était parfait.

Gerard Haverkate

from Netherlands, December 2017

"Heerlijk verblijf goed voor lichaam en geest"

Prachtige plek opgebouwd uit organische materialen. Gemoedelijke sfeer, internationaal, veel Amerikanen, Canadezen, leuke ontmoetingen met mensen, gezond en lekker eten, heerlijk luieren onder de palmbomen bij het zwembad, veel verschillende y ogastijlen gegeven door zeer bekwame docenten

Bettina Grondin

from Canada, November 2017

"Wonderful week at the lodge"

We enjoyed so much the yoga classes and teachers. And the food and the cook were amazing!!!

Anne-sophie Sheridan Paré

from Canada, September 2017

"Superbe accueil"

Le personnel était accueillant, toujours désireux de nous aider pour nos déplacements (transport gratuit pour la plage, les agences touristiques, les commerces) et nos questions pour les activités touristiques du pays. Les cours étaient variés, les professeurs attentionnés et respectueux, et le tout adapté à tous les niveaux. Donald et les autres cuisiniers étaient ouverts aux demandes spéciales et très sympathiques. Leurs plats étaient goûteux, variés, santé et abondants. Le site était enchanteur avec la végétation, les papillons, les oiseaux, et les petits chalets privés.

Lisa Courtin

from Mexico, August 2017

"The ideal retreat, as in a family"

Amazing teachers in a great place (I had never done yoga in font of the sunset in the jungle), good food (thanks to the amazing cook and his wife), you can go to the swimming pool or the beach when you want... you can even see monkeys and iguanas near you sometimes.

Silke Reinhardt

from Costa Rica, July 2017

"Yoga im Grünen mit familiärer Atmosphäre "

Die Yogalehrer waren sehr engagiert, die Hotelleitung war extrem freundlich und fuhr die ganze Gruppe immer für umsonst und zu allen gewünschten Zeiten an den Strand, nach Tamarindo, zum Flughafen etc. Es wurden viele zusätzlichen Aktivitäten angeboten und alles war sehr flexibel.

Michaela Zacharova

from United Arab Emirates, July 2017

Everything. The place was breathtaking. Green, open, fresh. I felt so welcomed by everyone and met amazing people. Daily yoga classes were perfect, Sabine and Hector are wonderful teachers. Harold, the manager, helped me with everything. He knows how to make his guests most welcomed and happy.


from Germany, June 2017

"Badly organised Retreat"

The two owners were really nice and drove us to the beach for free whenever it was possible