If you're looking for a peaceful yoga retreat, El Sabanero will not disappoint. The lodge is a mix of beauty and rustic but still includes everything you need. The yoga classes are incredible! I was hoping to go deeper in my practice and was not disappointed. I really enjoyed the thorough instruction. Imagine waking up to practice yoga in a wooden outdoor yoga studio, you're feeling the warm air, listening to the wind in the trees, holding a pose and looking out over the beautiful landscape. I've never experienced a yoga experience like my classes at El Sabanero.
Aside from yoga, the lodge offers beautiful and peaceful common areas to relax. The exotic town of Tamarindo is only a 20 minute ride and the staff is very accommodating in arranging transportation. They also offer excursions. If you have the chance I highly recommend the ziplining, horseback, tubing, mud bath/hot springs tour, which offers all these experiences and lunch for a measly $135!
The best part of El Sabanero is by far the staff. Harold, the manager is kind, helpful and accommodating. You'll eat dinner with the owners who are so unassuming and kind you'll forget they own the place! The chefs (an adorable couple who met at the lodge) will also do everything to make sure you enjoy every meal. And you will! Don't be worried if you aren't vegetarian. The cooking is so good and fresh, you will not miss meat.
While you're there be sure to book a massage with Ana, I promise you won't regret it. Don't miss the chance to take a class with Hector, especially if you like a challenge and maybe skip one evening session to watch the sunset.
Michael's All Love workshop is the most powerful and moving meditation I have ever experienced. His guided exercises allowed me to connect to myself in a way I didn't think was possible. Those same meditation exercises have turned into tools that I carry into my daily routine now allowing me to be more accepting, loving, less stressed, and overall more aware and grounded. Michael is a strong and compassionate leader who created a space for his participants to feel like they could genuinely open up and let go at a pace that worked for them. I look forward to staying connected with Michael and joining him on another workshop in the future.
My recent experience at the 'All Love' workshop in Costa Rica was one I will never forget. Michael and Carolina, created such a warm, safe & comfortable space. This environment allowed me to meditate unlike I have ever before. I was able to truly connect to to myself, my spirit and a higher energy. Each day of the workshop brought personal clarity for & a revived energy. I feel very lucky to have had this incredible experience, to connect with myself & others and to have this gift I now carry with me into my daily life. Much love & gratitude for this 'All Love' experience
El Sabanero Eco Lodge was extraordinary! The Lodge is beautiful and the staff is amazing! I felt very welcome and at home. The rooms were spacious, well kept and nicely done. The food was very creative and super fresh. Every meal was a total experience that I truly enjoyed. The yoga classes were fantastic and challenging which I loved because it pushed me to improve my practice.
Came here with a Yoga group in March 2014, 2015 & 2016! The first thing you notice is the sparkling pool overlooking the mountains. The bright blue turquoise water literally pops against the backdrop of the surrounding hills.To say the staff goes above and beyond is a cliche. They are extremely attentive in a natural, authentic way. You can tell they truly enjoy making their guests happy. The food is delicious & fresh prepared by a professional gourmet chef. They take special requests and made unique dishes based on our vegetarian and sometimes vegan dietary needs. The rooms are clean & comfortable wooden cabins (with AC and en-suite bathrooms) surrounded by tropical plants and flowers. You can birdwatch from the comfort of your pool lounger! I must have seen a different bird species every day as well as monkeys swinging in the trees. They have 2 Yoga shalas complete with custom locally made wooden blocks as well as comfy bolsters. One of the shalas is indoor with windows overlooking a pool, the other is a covered open aired shala so you can enjoy views of the hills and trees while you practice with fresh flowing breezes. It's like a mountain/jungle/yoga oasis all wrapped into one destination!
WOW. Just WOW. Considering that A. this was my first yoga retreat and B. this was my first time traveling with Trip Tribe, I am entirely blown away and slightly addicted! I traveled with my boyfriend, who is NOT a yogi (bu really enjoyed the trip!!). We loved meeting new people and exploring with such a fun group of singles, friends, other couples and fellow travelers:
First of all, the coordination of flights and transportation was perfect. Everything went smoothly. Trip Tribe communicated everything we needed to know well ahead of our departure and Amy, the trip ambassador, supplemented with additional information as needed.
Once we arrived at our destination, I was pleased to see that our accommodations at El Sabanero were humble, yet comfortable and adequate (think: clean but simple), and that there were common comforts like hot water (with some patience), safes and wifi (slowish wifi). They even provided a few shampoos, bars of soap and beach towels, which was unexpected. The natural surroundings of El Sabanero were beautiful and it was such a treat to stay in such a lovely natural environment.
The general atmosphere at El Sabanero was amazing. The pool was lovely to swim in after our sweaty yoga sessions. The large meeting/eating space was tranquil and lovely. And the yoga spaces where we practiced were calm and peaceful. And the staff from all different parts of our trip -- from Harold to Hazel to Ana to Fernando to Donald, etc. -- were amazing, kind and welcoming. They made it really feel like home!
The food at El Sabanero was AMAZING. A-MA-ZING. The kitchen staff really knows what they are doing and totally spoiled us with fresh bread, homemade gourmet meals and amazing dishes all week long. Even some of the packed lunches (for when we weren't there during lunch) were good! A HUGE thumbs up and major reason why you should stay at El Sabanero! Also, it doesn't hurt that beer/wine/cocktails are crazy affordable and also delicious!
As for the yoga, Amy did her usual amazing thing. I've taken several classes of hers in DC, so I wasn't surprised to find that she taught similar wonderful classes in Costa Rica. Newbie or advanced, this girl's classes are a MUST-do! I particularly loved her Fusion Flow Yoga class (think martial arts meets HIIT meets yoga) and the nightly Nidra/Restorative classes. Major thumbs up for the quality of the classes, variety of classes and expertise of our instructor and trip ambassador!
Additionally, I went to several beach visits during my trip with the group, and loved them both! I event tried my hand at surfing which was a total blast. I would also recommend getting a massage from Ana, going on the adventure tour and heading on the Catamaran Sunset sail (erm, skip that if you are seasick!).
All in all, this was an amazing trip. Kudos!
A traveler Los Angeles CA
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I just spent a week at El Sabanero – great yoga, great food, great hospitality. It reminded me of a B&B since the innkeeper and staff treat you like family – perhaps, better. Very welcoming and caring. The grounds are spacious - along with an inviting infinity swimming pool. Air-conditioned cabins, well-designed yoga shala and comfortable lobby/dining area with Adirondack chairs and hammocks – great for reading/relaxing. The beaches and downtown Tamarindo are a few minutes away by car. What’s not to like? Also, highly recommend getting a massage by Anna.
The Eco lodge was recommended by my sister when she and her husband enjoyed a visit there. She introduced me to Kurt one of the owners. Kurt then shared an upcoming Sekhem All Love retreat that was open for reservations. After signing up, Kurt was always kind and courteous in answering my many questions. This was my first time to Costa Rica and traveling single was well worth it as the property is safe and family oriented. The guests come for many reasons, some for yoga, some for the beach, some for the incredible location and friendly atmosphere.
My casita, a little cabin was comfortable, had a view to linger over and a hammock that called my name. The only noise is the hum from the animals and birds.
Early morning swims became a habit, then delicious food prepared by hard working locals who deserved a huge tip and I was more than happy to give it as these are people who encourage the loving family inclusion rather than exclusion.
Now that part that changed my life, the all love spiritual healing workshop gave me the connection to source directly, thru some clearing out of unnecessary baggage. And moving from the thinking rational mind into the heart. Many thanks to Michael A Heemskerk and Carolina for creating a space to learn, grow, and understand the life changing processes to freedom and love.
Go for a yoga retreat, go to get away from stress, go for surfing, but just go! Get a taste of the good life with people who will take amazing care of you.
Crystal Stephenson Toronto Canada
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I have never traveled solo nor had I ever visited Costa Rica.
I booked a Yoga Retreat with the lodge and had the most amazing trip
I felt safe and well taken care of with Harold and Amit!
As the lodge is about a 10 min drive from the beach areas and the downtown Tamarindo …they always offered to give me a ride rather than paying for transport.
I know it was a little easier as it was low season and not as busy but that is service and helped me to feel safe!
The pool and view are beautiful and my Cabin was spacious. My cabin was cleaned every day and AC, Ceiling Fan and fridge in my room worked great!
Donald and Hazel in the kitchen prepared the most amazing healthy meals! It got better and better each day I was there.
The yoga instructors were all different and helped me to gain different perspectives in my practice and it never got boring!
This place treats you like family and I will definitely be back at some point.
Aymeric Trouville sur mer
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Very nice place .... only dinner are served ... but good food ! Delicious breakfast ! The owner Kurt and his brother Harold are very nice people, and know a lot of things about the area around ... German, Spanish ( of course ), English spoken ...
Simon F Ontario, Canada
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El Sabanero. Not just an ole Eco Lodge. Now re-shaping itself as a major Yoga training and certification destination just outside of Tamarindo and Playa Allvenas. It's my 4th year coming here....and for good reason. It now feels like home....but with a much better view and climate. The owner Kurt Reichenbacher has cultivated an easy going, relaxed, yet effieciently run mini paradise. Comfortable, cozy cabinas, a wonderful infinity pool with a stunning valley view, outstanding food. With the addition of Amit and Tasha as the head Yoga facilitators, El Sabanero is expanding and very quickly becoming a must be at destination when visiting the area. I look forward to coming back....perhaps sooner, rather than later, hanging out with Kurt, expanding my personal Yoga experiences, and thoroughly enjoying the massive mental, spiritual and emotional de-compression this place has to offer.
A traveler Canada
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I stayed at El Sabanero for a week in March while offering a yoga retreat.
I'm going back in May offering a long weekend yoga retreat from the 25th to the 29th.
I loved the place, the food, the people.....The whole package.
The cabins were perfect, rustic and sweet with air conditioning and a hot water shower, great wifi connection and amazing breezes.
The grounds are manicured with beautiful tropical blooms and the pool is awesome.
The whole vibe at El Sabanero is warm and tranquil. Amit, Tasha, Harold, Kurt, Donald and Hazel, you all really make people feel at home. It's amazing! Can't wait to see you all again soon. Visit El Sabanero if you're interested in holding or attending future retreats....they're great hosts!!!
Carol S. New York
Just came back from a wonderful yoga retreat. Amit and Tasha, were friendly & welcoming with there 2 children. The grounds are beautiful and cabins are cozy, the air conditioner worked well. The views from the balcony were serene. They were very accommodating helping us with excursions & transportation. Donald and Hazel the chefs, made us wonderful fresh meals. Just loved the homemade bread & ginger/tumeric tea!
a traveler Massachusetts
I am so thankful and grateful to have had the pleasure of staying at El Sabarnero last week for a yoga and meditation retreat. I was able to focus on my mind, body and soul. The sounds of nature complimented the peacefulness of the property and the chalets. The food was absolutely delicious and you could feel the love that Donald and Hazel put into all of the preparation. The staff were helpful, kind and happy. I truly fell in love with Costa Rica and am blessed to have experienced it all while staying at this wonderful resort. Pura Vida!
a traveler North Carolina
This lodge is remarkable! I lived at El Sabanero Eco Lodge for a month while taking a Yoga Teacher Training. The rooms were comfortable and very clean. The rest of the property is amazing as well. They have two open spaces for yoga, both were wonderful. They have two pools, both were incredible. We ate three meals a day at El Sabanero, and each meal was such a highlight. The variety of food was amazing. The care and creativity they put into their meals was super impressive. I'm a runner, and there were plenty of dirt roads and sidewalks for morning runs. The lodge is also conveniently close to Tamarindo and Playa Avellanas. There were friendly cats, iguanas and dogs to keep you company. The property is well thought out, and I just can't recommend it enough! You will love it!
Billy Sev. Ohio
My wife (49) and I (50) stayed here for 6 days at the beginning of February 2016. We had an excellent time, and would stay there again in a heartbeat. Great place with great staff!! Looking forward to our next visit already!Resort: Grounds are clean, nice and rustic, with plenty of foliage. Walkways to the huts are well-lit and charming. Views are very nice.Pool: Clean, infinity-style with mini-spa pool as well. One downside is that there were a lot of bees at one end, but hopefully they killed that nest by now. Deck needs a little work.Rooms: Cozy & private with fridge and A/C (works well). Bed was comfortable enough, but pillows could use an upgrade. The shower takes a while to warm up, but sufficient. Shutters could use some screens to prevent a few bugs from sneaking in.Food: Donald (and Hazel) can make a 5-star course out of any ingredients. We had tuna, chicken, spinach soup, chocolate cake. I was not expecting so delicious food for Costa Rica. Breakfast is also delicious, plentiful and free. We had eggs, bacon, fruit, toast, coffee, smoothies and gallo pinto just about every morning.Booze: Beer and wine were reasonable and cold. Bring your own liquor.Staff: Kurt (owner) was knowledgeable, courteous and helpful. I could say the same for Donald and Hazel and the rest of the crew.Location: 15-20 minutes from beaches and grocery story.Activities: Yoga (mats available) instruction, Massage ($40/hr & Great!), other activities upon request. Wi-Fi: Resort wide and free. A few hiccups because of a new router installation, but otherwise, fine! There were 2 Mbps on average in the pool area.
Emma United Kingdom
I brought a group of 20 or so people to El Sabanero Eco Lodge in November/December of 2015 for a yoga teacher training program. We were all absolutely delighted with the venue, it is stunningly beautiful with lovely chalets, a beautiful pool, a choice of yoga shalas, gorgeous views, great chefs and staff and is run by the very lovely Harold & Kurt who could not do enough for us. We were so well looked after and had such a fantastic time here I have rebooked for 3 more trainings. Highly recommended.
Natalie United States
I had a fantastic time staying at El Sabanero Eco Lodge. I did a yoga teacher training with about 20 people, and I stayed for one month. You can also stay here without a group, and enjoy the luxurious facilities, explore the beautiful area, and get to know the lovely staff on your own. The owners are so sweet and accommodating. One of them, Harold even drove me to the doctor and pharmacy one day. So kind! The chef's, Donald and Hazel put so much love and care into the food they made for us every day and night. They were so sweet and made such an effort to be friendly, accommodating to our needs, personal, and warm. The food they make is incredibly delicious, fresh, AND healthy! Such a treat to eat such tasty-healthy food by such kind and warm people for an entire month. I felt so nourished. The facilities are fantastically well-kept by 2 wonderful women who also made us breakfast every morning of fresh local fruit, eggs, rice and beans and delicious coffee. There is a gorgeous infinity pool overlooking a stunning view, which you can swim in or lounge around all day long in that magnificent sun. El Sabanero is a quick bus ride or car ride away from Tamarindo, where there is plenty of restaurants, shopping, and surfing, which I totally recommend! Our group took a surfing lesson and it was a blast! I would absolutely recommend El Sabanero Eco Lodge to anyone who is traveling to this area. It is a beautiful, hidden gem, and it feels great to support such a wonderful community of people who work there.
My wife and I went there in order to go to the beach! The food is awesome, the room was really nice. The location is great, near of the best beaches of Guanacaste and really quiet. The staff is really nice and very helpful.
a traveler Canada
We were booked into lodge 8 and it was perfect for our family of four, as we had requested extra beds for our kids, aged 12 and 17. The setting is very chill and relaxed, which was what we were looking for. Since both my wife and I travel the world as part of our business, usually staying at top end properties, when it came to this vacation we were looking for quality without fuss, and a true Costa Rican experience. El Sabanero delivered exactly that for us. A real highlight of our stay was having Chef Donaldo and his partner Hazel taking care of our meals. We ate most of our dinners there and all of the meals were excellent and thoughtfully prepared and using local quality products. Each day they discussed what we wanted to eat for dinner and then went out and sourced the product and created memorable meals both for my wife and me and for our kids. We experienced a great range of foods and they were all great. It was like having your own personal chefs. These two are wonderful people and became friends during our stay. I highly recommend staying at El Sabanero if you are looking for a personal experience, a relaxing experience, a non-fussy experience and a true Costa Rican experience. They are super central and good roads. Beaches are all within 20-30 minutes. Congratulations to the owners and to Donaldo and Hazel. We will be back!
Ashton S. California
I had such a great time at the El Sabanero Eco Lodge. All of the staff was great, the location was amazing, and the food was to die for!! We came for a 200 hour yoga teacher training, and it was an absolute perfect spot for it. My family was able to join me the last two weeks, and my wife and four year old daughter also had an amazing time! It's close enough to towns like Tamarindo, but far enough away that you don't get any of the chaos of town.
Marie G. United States
El Sabanero is surrounded by nature. Harold is fantastic and very accommodating and the staffs too. The place is so peaceful and relaxing. I would recommend 100% to stay on this place. There are no enough words can describe El Sabanero and Harold. We will definitely be back.
a traveler United States
This is a beautiful property with great views of iconic Guanacaste landscape. The cabins are comfortable and charming. We enjoyed the breakfasts very much and the one dinner we had there was also good. The pool area is great for relaxing and the atmosphere is tranquil and private. Harold is very helpful and communicative. This included numerous e mails both before and after our stay.
Johanny Costa Rica
The most important thing of this hotel is the warmth of its people, Kurt and Harold are very good hosts. I spent there two days in March last year with my girlfriend. A couple of month ago since we were heading to Tamarindo we decided to pass by just to say hi to the guys (Kurt and Harold), some other friends were traveling with us and as soon as they got to the swimming pool area they fell in love with El Sabanero and not just for that but the awesome view of pastures and mountains in front of the pool. Even though we were not guests that day, they treated us in a terrific way. El Sabanero is located at a strategic point in the middle of everywhere. You can go to any beach you want, all of them at less than 20 minutes driving. A place where you can rest and relax, highly recommend it.
a traveler United States
The eco lodge is located inland about 12 miles from the main Tamarindo Beach on the side of a hill, which is mostly still vegetated. You hear and may get to see howler monkeys. Each cabin is simple but has air conditioning and warm showers. The main area of the lodge is open to the elements, but high enough to capture a breeze. Breakfast is simple but satisfying, and they will ask you in the morning if you want to eat at the hotel as the owner will need to go to Tamarindo to purchase the food. Local ladies act as cooks and cleaners. In the summer, it is very quiet at the hotel - you will maybe see a handful of other people at breakfast or dinner. The infinity pool is lovely, especially in the evening and dark. You may have to rescue a frog or two from it before you swim in it though. We didn't have a car (I left my driver's license behind) but took a couple of tours whereby we were picked up from the hotel and took taxis into Tamarindo and back again. We met a nice young man who was prepared to drive us as soon as we called his cell phone, including a 4 am departure from the hotel to the airport. The owner was very helpful in arranging things for us including picking us up from Liberia airport at short notice when we arrived. I would definitely stay there again, in fact, we can't wait.
Iliana C. United States
I stayed in El Sabanero back in July, and a review is well over due. For starters, Harold was very patient and extremely helpful on the actual way to Guanacaste. We decided not to get a GPS (big mistake) but he gave us instructions as best as he could to get us to the lodge - as Costa Rica has not taken up the practice of naming their streets. We arrived until a bit after 11 pm, and Harold and his employee were both very friendly and very welcoming. Even at night time, this lodge took my breath away! It was tropical, peaceful, and very nice. We met Kurt the next morning, and he was another sweetheart! We spent 5 nights there, and all I can say is that you will not be disappointed! The only thing I did sort of miss was the TV but other than that, this place is perfection. If you truly want to disconnect from it all this is the place. Harold, Kurt, Nacho the Squirrel and the entire staff will make you feel welcomed! Sorry it took me long to give you guys the review you well deserve! Thanks for everything!
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