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

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Hector Moreno

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from United States, September 2021

"Amazing vacation!"

I went there for my first yoga retreat and had no idea what to expect. I met some amazing people, including the owners who were so kind and generous. They even went out of their way when a lady who was staying there wasn’t doing too well and couldn’t leave her room. They brought her all her meals to her room and even went to the store to get her things. These are things that you wouldn’t see anywhere else. This is a vacation I will never forget. It felt totally felt as though I was part of a family. The place is so beautiful and peaceful. Paradisiac. I would recommend this place to anyone who wants to visit Costa Rica.

Sheila Cadigan

from United States, September 2021

"Injured my leg and they waited on me hand and foot"

Rooms are luxurious with hammocks and chairs. Amazing pool open 24 hours

Kavya Pochiraju

from United States, September 2021

"One of the best experiences of my life"

I have travelled all over the world and done a couple yoga retreats in places like Australia and Fiji. Nothing beats the energy and the people of El Sabanero. All the staff radiates kindness and we created a family from the guests who were visiting. Highly recommend for any young (or old!) solo traveling yogis that want a transformative experience!

Sheila Blachman

from United States, August 2021

"El Sabanero did not disappoint!"

El Sabanero yoga retreat was an amazing combination of outstanding yoga, over-the-top Costa Rican adventures, delicious vegetarian food, and perfect relaxation! My friends and I enjoyed meeting new like-minded friends, practicing yoga twice daily, and relaxing in the infinity pool overlooking the jungle. We spent time in the beach town of Tamarindo and on the gorgeous volcanic beach, where local merchants spread their wares on your beach chairs for personalized shopping! We went zip lining over the jungle, tubing down the rapids, and horseback riding at a working farm. It was an authentic, incredible experience that I highly recommend!

Gaby Lueck

from United States, July 2021

"Amazing first solo trip! "

Traveling to El Sabanero was my first experience traveling alone. I was both nervous and excited. Upon arrival to the lodge, my nerves were immediately put aside. The staff at El Sabanero is absolutely incredible. Everyone I met was so welcome and loving. The yoga and meditation was something I looked forward to everyday and it exceeded my expectations. The accommodations were perfect: clean, private and relaxing. Although I am not vegetarian, the food was absolutely delicious and I was never left hungry. The pool area and views of the mountains were stunning. There are many different excursions to book as well. Surfing at Playa Tamarindo was my favorite. I highly recommend El Sabanero to anyone who is looking for a relaxing, rejuvenating and fun adventure! Thank you to Harold, Kurt, the wonderful staff, and my new friends for an unforgettable experience. I will be back!


from United States, July 2021

"Amazing experience! Such a beautiful retreat"

Breathtaking reviews, accommodating staff, tons of excursions to choose from. Met so many amazing people here and thoroughly enjoyed my experience. The lodging was very comfortable and the food they served was so delicious! Highly recommend coming here.

Faith Gray

from United States, June 2021

Kurt is an amazing human and incredibly accommodating! The whole staff was present, kind, and helpful.


from United States, June 2021

"Magical Week"

The yoga instructors, amazing lunch and dinner and the owners, Harold and Kurt were very kind.

Heidi M Schwartz

from United States, June 2021

"Charming and full of heart! And the FOOD OMG!"

You will fall in love with this rustic, gorgeous place. The people care and are full of heart. The lodging is simple & back to nature (love the hammocks everywhere). The yoga is LOVELY. And the FOOD IS OFF THE CHARTS! Donald is an incredible chef that creates colorful, heathy TASTY food. Maybe some of the best consecutive meals of my life!!!

And the charming brothers that own the place. Just love them.

Ack…it’s hard to think I left…


from United States, June 2021

"So healing!"

Everything! The food, the shala, the people, the pool, the cabana hammocks, the wildlife.

David Pritchard

from United States, June 2021

"Amazing little getaway"

Wonderful yoga instruction in a beautiful location, the yoga shala was light and breezy in a perfect setting with jungle and mountains in the backdrop. Kurt and Harold were super friendly and helpful in ensuring we had the best stay, maximizing our time to fit in surfing, beach trips, and excursions between yoga sessions. It was action packed and yet so relaxing at the same time!!

The yoga instructors were amazing, each brought a different and unique style to our practice which was much appreciated - we learned a lot from each session.

It was also wonderful to meet and share the whole experience with the other guests at the lodge during communal meals and yoga practice.

Danielly Moya

from United States, June 2021

"A Perfect Way to Recharge and Reset"

This was my first experience travelling solo and I couldn't had picked a better place. Everything was wonderful!! The people, the food (Thanks Don for all the amazing meals). All yoga classes were fantastic and each one was unique. The accommodations are rustic making you feel connect with nature.

Thank you Kurt and Harold for the amazing hospitality. I will definitely be back.


Shree Ranebenur

from United States, May 2021

"Amazing stay at El Sabanero Eco Lodge"

Everything was perfect! This place is paradise! From the beautiful scenery of palm trees to the infinity pool to the yoga and delicious food. Everything was spectacular! I will say my favorite part was being in a nonjudgmental and noncompetitive space. It made it so freeing and easy to connect with the other yogis and create amazing heart-centered connections.

The program is very solid with two yoga classes in the AM and PM; all meals included plus the beach shuttle. This is seriously a dream trip that you won't regret. I am already excited to go back.

The staff is so kind and helpful. Kurt, Harold and Fernando really go above and beyond to make your stay as perfect as possible. And it's very easy to do with the set up they have. 5 stars!


from United States, May 2021

"Pura Vida - excellent escape"

I loved everything about this retreat! From the easy communication with Harold who picked me up at the airport, the awesome singing cook Donald, the friendly owner Kurt, to the three yoga instructors, the beautiful and relaxing property and the way all guests fit as a family. Also this retreat was extremely affordable

Patrice Landrum

from United States, May 2021

"Beyond expectations"

The property was amazing with porch hammocks and the food was exquisite!! Can't say enough about the chef!! Yoga instructors were seasoned and offered different styles which I prefer. Most importantly I felt at home as soon as I arrived. The stress fell to the side and I'm so glad this is the retreat I chose. I will be back!!


from United States, April 2021

Pretty much everything was perfect.

Aubrey Hooley

from United States, April 2021

"Sweet Respite"

Lovely place with great owners, Costa Rican beauty, a-mazing food!, and great yoga instruction. There was a real sense that the staff and owners were fully invested in our experience and there to help us find and connect to wonderful outings, eat healthy and soak in the sun and self soothing, and have wonderful yoga classes. No sense of commercialism but purity in a wonderful experience. I would go back. :)

Meg Rinckel

from United States, March 2021

"Perfect relaxing retreat!"

The location was stunning and accommodations were perfect!!! I loved getting to meet and chat with the owners, yoga instructors and other travelers. This was my first time out of the country by myself and I felt extremely safe the entire time. The food was very fresh and tasty, I looked forward to every meal. It was so fun to explore the close by town and beach in Tamarindo and Kurt was very helpful in setting me up on another excursion to the rainforest for a day. The yoga was also amazing. I felt extremely rejuvenated after my trip. I highly recommend El Sabanero Eco Lodge and hope to be back soon !!!

Kathryn Bruner

from United States, January 2021

"Just what I needed!"

From start to finish the entire experience was exactly what I was hoping for! The resort is beautiful. The food was phenomenal! I am a very picky eater and was very hesitant about the Vegan menu, but I ate seconds on every meal. My diet plan on this vacation did not work out because Don is an incredibly talented Chef. Hector was the morning yoga instructor, he was great. Very flexible to everyone's needs, and just created a great experience all around. Sabine taught the evening classes, she was amazing. Honestly so intuitive to her students and just an incredible person to meet all around. The taxi from the airport was nice, plus daily rides available to the beach. Plus the views from the resort were breath taking. Honestly worth ever penny! Ohh and private cute room with my own porch and hammock with a view. So perfect!


from United States, January 2021

"Enjoyed my time there! "

Food cooked by Donald, Sabine & Hector are good yoga instructors. These 3 people are highlights of this trip. Thank you!

Derek Taylor

from Canada, March 2020

"Positive experience - would recommend & return"

Good positive energy

Natural look/feel of premises

Quality of Adventure Tour Excursion

Met some great guests visiting from other countries.

Quality yoga practice itinerary

Nancy Boudreau

from Canada, March 2020

"Peaceful yet so much fun!"

Meeting staff and making friends. The yoga instructors and classes were all adapted to my level and each instructor was gracious in changing things to accommodate my "beginner" traits. El-Sabanero is one of a kind. Food excellent, cleanliness of our cabins was done daily. I travelled alone to this yoga retreat, yet never felt alone. Always meeting new people, coming and going. Such a welcoming environment filled with people with kindness. I would recommend El-Sabanero to anyone at all. Hope to go back!!!! Miss all of you! Nancy Boudreau - Toronto, Ontario CANADA

Catherine Herman

from United States, March 2020

"Peaceful place "

I am a single woman traveling on my own. I picked El Sabanro because they pick you up from the airport and take you back .

I loved the natural beauty of everything. I haven’t connected this close with so many great people since I was a young teenager . The yoga and meditation was magical. Ana is a wonderful masseuse . The beaches are beautiful. I will definitely return !!!!

Allison Keeney

from United States, March 2020

"Overall a good experience, but improvements could be made "

I liked the low key, flexible flow of each day. Yoga in the morning followed by doing whatever you wanted during the day. Excursions were fun (pretty spendy). Loved getting massages by Ana. The little town was walkable and had a handful of restaurants and bars that play live music almost every night. Close to the beach—this is only if you’re staying at the Hotel Isolina location. Harold was accommodating and transported us to Tamarindo since we didn’t have the daily shuttle option like the lodge. Overall my experience was good.

Wanda Wheeler

from Canada, March 2020

"I found the whole experience very beautiful, yoga meditatio,"

I found the whole day very beautiful, start your day with yoga, the beach, end your day with yoga. The food was great.


from Canada, February 2020

"Good food, good practice and good friends"

I like the food. It was healthy, fresh and delicious every single meal. Breakfast was the same everyday so by the 6/7 th morning, it was less interesting however it had nutritious and healthy choices. I liked the room itself. Functional , clean and rustic. I liked the intimacy of buildings and each had its own balcony and hammock! The pace of the day was not overwhelming and we had great shuttle service all week. Pick up Times were respected most of the time but the Thursday night market was extra travel service and not communicated to us ... I liked that donald, the cook, actually sang in the kitchen when he cooked , it was great to see such a free spirited preparing out food. I liked his food choices as well, every day was a surprise! I liked the choices of outings we were given to choose from. I felt they were a little expensive but really really fun. I felt this place was very very friendly! I would come back!

Ginger Pike

from United States, February 2020

Booked this retreat for myself for my 50th bday. Went with a great friend and we had a fantastic time. Everyone we met were so nice and helpful. The food was delicious - never went hungry. The shuttle to town was convenient and the excursions we went on were lots of fun. We loved our little bungalow - it was clean and we had all the necessities. We met such nice people, we had a lot of fun and would definitely return. Pura Vida!!!

Joanne Baumbarger

from United States, February 2020


The experience was everything and more than I could’ve ask for. I would highly recommend El Sabenaro.


from Canada, February 2020

"Not as good as expected"

The food was good (but not vegetarian), the pool was great, the volunteers (Louise and Ashton) were outstanding. The massage therapist Ana was wonderful and the overall atmosphere was cheerful.

Kurt Jansen

from Canada, February 2020

"Great facilities, food, and people. "

The facilities and sense of community were fantastic. The main cook, Donald, is partially responsible for my 5 pound weight gain this week in spite of hours of exercise every day. Rides to the beach and activities were easily arranged and usually free. The pool is beautiful and there was usually an iguana or two hanging out on the edge.

Sharyn Ross

from United States, January 2020

"Not what I expected"

Cabin was adequate, the setting was beautiful , the lodge was very nice but rundown and in need of attention and repair. The kitchen staff and native workers on the premises were honest and hard working. The yogi volunteers were young, enthusiastic and kind.

Margarita Zaretskaya

from United States, January 2020

"Excellent vacation "

El Sabanero is not a Resort. It’s an eco lodge and accommodation here is basic. It didn’t bother me at all. My vacation here was just excellent! Great yoga instructors: Hector is very professional and creative. Ashton is very intuitive and attentive to people’s needs. She made everybody’s stay very comfortable and worry free. Donald is excellent cook!

The lodge is comfortable and tranquil. Trips to local beaches are offered daily. There are also various excursions. I’d really recommend the Adventure tour.

Overall my vacation here was just excellent and I hope to return pretty soon.

Jodi Brown

from United States, January 2020

I loved my own little casita; very clean and cozy. The yoga instruction was amazing ! Hector was very intuitive; he kept the sessions challenging yet comfortable. Donald “Jack Sparrow” was an amazing cook. The family-style eating brought everyone together. Ashton made everything so welcoming and made everything run so smoothly. She also did fantastic evening yoga. There were daily excursions to Tamarindo beach which was only a 20 drive . I would also highly recommend the adventure day to cañon de la vieja !!!. The whole experience was very refreshing and a great renewal of peace and tranquility.

Danielle Johnson

from United States, January 2020


The food was always excellent. Donald prepares the food with so much love. The location is beautiful and very peaceful. The daily excursions to the beach shuttled by Ashton and Louise were greatly appreciated. I am grateful for all the beautiful people I connected with at Sabanero.


from Canada, January 2020

"What a great start to this new year!"

Super safe environnement to relax and enjoy!

Food is amazing: Don is an excellent chef.

Everyone is positive and ready to help.

Loved the yoga and meditation classes.

Even tried a massage with Anna and was amazing -

Would recommend to any body.

Beaches are nice and staff can bring you there if you want. Pool is relaxing. And the room are simple and super clean!

I would return anytime. Very very positive experience.

Alexis Roberts-kamin

from United States, January 2020

"Lovely place, wonderful people, highly recommend! "

This is the first time I have done a yoga retreat and the bar has been set high for any subsequent yoga retreats I will attend.

The lodge and accommodations are clean, charming and full of character. I loved seeing iguanas and monkeys right outside of my door. There are also nice views from the pool and the shala which made the evening sunset yoga classes extra special.

The food was delicious. Instructors were outstanding and friendly. They often attended outings with us and joined us at the beach. There was a very welcoming community vibe to our group. The local beach is vibrant with lots of cafes, bars and shops. There are also a number of day trips to participate in nearby, all of which were very fun!

El Sabanero is a very special place, I will recommend it to anyone looking to do a yoga retreat and I hope to be back for another visit!


from Germany, December 2019

"very basic accommodation, great atmosphere"

Beautiful garden and pool area; owners very fair!!! Excellent staff (Yoga trainer Louise and Ashton), superb food by Donald, AMAZING experience and atmosphere due to guests and staff, i.e. the people. Plenty of time for relaxation and beach, 2 clases of good Yoga, everyone extremely friendly and helpful. Daily shuttle to the beach by the Yoga instructors in Hippie old VW Bus. Cute private cottages with hammock on the porch and beautiful view.

Mary Carbaugh

from United States, December 2019

"A home away from home"

Such a wonderful and relaxing vacation. Very warm and welcoming. The food is excellent and the yoga classes were always just right and in tune with what the group needed each day. Also really enjoyed the excursions and meeting fellow yogis from around the world. I would stay again. One of the best vacations I've had.

Elizabeth Leonard

from Australia, December 2019

"Fantastic week in paradise with great people"

The yoga was a great mix of styles and pace based on how the people attending were feeling . Hector and Anushka really mixed it up for us!

The food was amazing Donald is such great chef . Beautiful ,mainly, vegetarian dishes with loads of variation.

The location and resort facilities were just as expected . The lodge is 15 mins from Tamarindo beach by shuttle. You can also arrange go to “Haralds Beach” which is much quieter and has the lovely Lolas restaurant if you feel like a lunch out.

Our room was clean and comfortable , we had access to wifi in both the common area and our room .

The housekeeping staff visited daily and made the room up.

The pool was clean and refreshing after a day at the beach or before afternoon yoga .

Harald and the team were really responsive to any questions or issues we had .

You could choose to just chill and do yoga or do as many extra activities as you liked , which the staff could help you organise.

We had a lovely week focussed mainly on yoga and the beach and meeting some really lovely people from all over the world.

Would definitely recommend!

Chiara Polverini

from Germany, December 2019

"Couldn’t have asked for anything better"

I had been travelling trough Guatemala & Costa Rica for 3 weeks and I had booked this stay as a reward for a pretty tough year. Well, the week here (I extended my stay) exceeded my expectations: the owners are incredible and they make you feel at home from the very first moment, the food is amazing and I was lucky enough to meet the most amazing people there (mostly solo travellers). We had time to relax, to practice, to have fun time at the beach - all in all: the perfect week!!

Hugo Bonilla

from Great Britain, December 2019

The staff were loving and helpful


from United States, December 2019

"Magical place"

Had an amazing time here - love Kurt and the instructors. Food was amazing and I felt so cared for.

Leah Murphy

from Canada, November 2019

"A great escape "

This was a wonderful place to get away and unwind. The three meals a day are freshly made and always delicious. I love the breakfast spread after morning yoga and the coffee is amazing! You could only do the twice a day yoga and relax by the pool if that suits you. Or, if you feel like adventure there is always travellers arriving that are willing to do tours. I highly recommend the all day adventure tour! Great value for the $$. Getting transportation to town for a beach day or shopping is easy.

I met really wonderful people on this trip. I traveled alone and never felt alone. The staff are friendly and helpful.

I highly recommend this place.

I❤️ Costa Rica

Nicole Berle

from United States, November 2019

"So relaxing "

The accommodation, food, yoga. Everything was perfect! So relaxing! And the staff are so unbelievably friendly and helpful.

Evelyn Hemingway

from United States, November 2019

"You can have it all: Relaxation and Fun!"

The Owner Kurt was charming, kind and funny. He went out of his way to ensure we were having a great time, from providing ride to all the places we wanted to go, to personally checking with all guests if there was anything that we needed or wanted, he would said Yes with a smile! The Yoga Instructors: Hector, Vivi and Agni were amazing! They each incorporated different styles of yoga, and individual attention to different levels as well as health conditions. The Meals were varied and deliciously prepared by Chef Donald! The place is cozy and provide plenty of choices for activities and/or relaxation. The view from the cabin was breathtaking! overlooking the mountains, the trees, and listening to the animals sounds to sleep and awake. The entire staff: Kurt, Fernando (The driver), the yoga instructors, the cleaning and cooking crew provided excellent service and made the guests feel at home! This was without a doubt the best vacation ever! I would recommend it and definitely go back in the near future!

Jackie James

from United States, October 2019

"Amazing experience and best yoga retreat in Costa Rica! "

From the moment I walked through the doors of El Sabanero I was treated with love and kindness. The hosts- Kurt & Harold treat you like family and have everything set up for you, daily healthy meals, adventures and the best view ever! I never imagined I would have such a spiritual awakening in beautiful Costa Rica but I did and it was all because I picked the best place for my 50th bday to rejuvenate, experience and live in moment. I would recommend El Sabanero over and over! I know found my yearly retreat and second home. :-)

Lateefah St Clair

from United States, October 2019

"Happy Birthday to Me"

I had an amazing 6 days at El Sabanero. I came to the resort with my cup being half empty and when I left my cup was overflowing. Everyone was very welcoming and accommodating. I haven’t done yoga in a few years and all of the teachers were very helpful and patient.

Aylin Aslan

from Switzerland, October 2019

"A wonderful stay for body and soul"

I liked the family feel of the whole place, from the managers who did their utmost best to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable to the yoga teachers that were considering each participant's individual needs and experience. I also liked that the guests were predominantly solo travellers. There was a schedule with things to do every day (including yoga twice a day), of course all optional, yet there was enough time to chill and find some alone time either by the pool or on the beach (free shuttles provided). One day we even did yoga at the beach, which was good fun. The lodge also offers tours to explore the area with an experienced and safe driver. As a 30 year old female I never felt unsafe travelling alone.

Deb Cusack

from United States, October 2019

"Perfect relaxation vacation"

I was traveling on my own so was looking for a relaxed and welcoming setting. I enjoyed the people I met there the most. The pace at El Sabanero was perfect. The schedule was pretty much the same every day with lots of extra options for those looking for more adventures. I was in the mood for yoga, beach, pool and rest so didn't partake in other activities but did enjoy a couple of massages from Anna, right on the premises. The food was healthy, very fresh and tasty. The yoga was excellent - I am a certified instructor and thoroughly enjoyed the variety offered by Hector, Vivi and Sonia. Kurt even encouraged me to teach a Zumba class to the other guests! The infinity pool was relaxing and the grounds are lovely. Peaches the cat is very sweet too. I totally plan to come back next September/October.

Kazuko Kato

from United States, September 2019

"Yogis... don't miss out! "

The atmosphere at El Sabanero is unique! It feels like home, safe and welcoming. Beautiful facilities for practicing yoga, self-care, and to get some distance. The activities are optional and you will have the option of taking it really easy or spend the day at the beach relaxing while drinking some coconut water. it really is up to you! Definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a self-lead yoga retreat The teacher are fantastic, quickly figuring out how to make each class accessible/challenging for each student no matter your level. I had the opportunity to move through smart progressions with their guidance to reach new deepness.

Kurt and Harold are wonderful hosts, they will take care of you and by the time you leave, it will feel like you have a home in Costa Rica that is there waiting for you to come back. There is a cute kitty named Pichi, and she is the friendliest cat, she will join you on the hammock and you will have no choice but to put her while she purrs away.

The food was very good! Breakfast is the same every day but lunch and dinner are always different, its home made food that will make you feel nourished.

If you are going to El Sabanero, you want to fly yo Liberia (not San Juan) for a transfer that takes about one hour from the airport to the location. If you make the mistake of traveling to San Juan, you're trip to El Sabenero will be about 5 hours by car.

Israel. Izzy Elnekave

from United States, September 2019

"people work hard to accomodate you & your needs."

Liked every thing & I love every one.

Augusta Clarke

from Costa Rica, August 2019

"Relaxing yoga retreat"

Wonderful place, Kurt was very welcoming and it was so rejuvenating! Delicious food as well, thank you so much.

Kim Helmer

from United States, August 2019

"Simply amazing! "

So much better than I could have imagined!

Wendy Iszler

from United States, August 2019


The food was amazing! Hector and Barbara are the best yoga instructors we have ever had the pleasure of practicing with..

Money well spent!

Maria Elena Sobrino

from United States, August 2019

"Amazing Experience"

Just spent a week at El Sabanero. The food was incredible (and I am very picky), the staff warm and accommodating, the view was breathtaking and I met some wonderful people. Hope to come back soon Kurt. Thank you for the yoga, the laughs and much more.

Jennifer Langford

from United States, August 2019

The whole experience was amazing. The accommodations, location, the staff, the yoga, and the food...all exceptional. We will be back.

Kim Martin

from United States, August 2019

"Peaceful and restorative "

Loved how well I was taken care of, they go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. The yoga teachers were excellent and I took both the AM and PM classes often. The food Donald prepared was incredible and I was excited for it every day. Rooms are very clean and the location is lovely.


from United States, July 2019

"Tranquility in paradise"

The retreat is very well done. The brothers Harold and Kurt who run the place are so friendly and kind, and the entire staff is fantastic. The food is plentiful and satisfying. Yoga offered twice daily at ideal times. Shuttles to and from town/beach. Pool is lovely. Views are unparalleled and the ambiance is magical. The cabins are quaint and homey. The other guests are engaging and welcoming. Massages available are fantastic (Ana provides a wonderful full body massage and Vivi provides an amazing Thai massage). The whole place feels extremely comfortable.

Tisha Difelice

from United States, June 2019

"Heaven Awakening!"

I felt like Family the moment I arrived. Family meals together. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. Food was fantastic and the yoga classes were all great. Each one very different which made me want to do them all! I am a beginner and they were patient and helped with the positions.

Dana Sosa

from United States, June 2019

"Grateful for El-Sananero"

The perfect place to get away from the busy-ness of life and reset physically, mentally and emotionally. Daily yoga classes at 7am and 5pm in a free standing, open air yoga Shala. Meditations and a silent morning walk available (with Howler monkeys in the canopy!) Incredible meals prepared fresh, on-site to be shared at table with all the guests in the main lodge 3 times a day (alcohol not served/but also not missed!) Private, rustic (air conditioned) cabins with a hammock for relaxing. Daily transport from lodge to Tamarindo beach (20 min away) for half/full day available after breakfast. Home in time for pm yoga and dinner :) Some of my favorite moments were in the shuttle btwn lodge and beach getting to know our hosts and other guests along the way.

I visited as a solo 40-something female and felt completely safe/accepted at all times. Like-minded people, of all ages, arrived/departed daily, hailing from around the world and every one of them became a fast friend over 3 shared meals a day. Proprietors (Kurt, his partner Karen and brother Harold) and the other guests formed a new little family each day. It was an amazing experience coming together like that.

Sara Hasani

from Great Britain, May 2019

"Good experience, not very clean rooms "

The retreat, the friendliness, the good , the activities

Ayda Aslan

from Canada, May 2019

"I’d definitely recommend it"

Food, service, location, yoga and meditation classes, beach trips, people etc amazing overall!

Ashton Hethcote

from United States, May 2019

"The best time at El Sabanero"

So it made me select random instructors that weren’t actually there but Kurt the owner was SO hospitable. The food was amazing. Hector and Tiana the teachers made sure each class was different and both mentally and physically challenging. I will go back 100%

Amanda Singer

from United States, May 2019

"The perfect retreat"

I am not sure what there is to not like. I loved the yoga classes, the food, the people, the ambiance, the hammock on the balcony, the meditation classes, the owner Kurt, the shuttle to town everyday to go to the beach or shop. It was my first yoga retreat and definitely will not be my last time visiting El Sabenero. Kurt really takes care of the guests at the lodge to make it the best experience for everyone. The food was amazing!! I am very happy with my stay, I left feeling relaxed, recentered, and rejuvenated which was my purpose in the retreat.


from United States, May 2019

"Brooke :-)"

I loved everything about this retreat! It was perfect. I felt welcomed and loved. Had the opportunity to go out and do activities if I wanted or stay back at El Sabanero and relax and revitalize (though they offer plenty of activities there, from meditation to two classes a day to silent walks...). I met incredible people--the group who was there at the same time I was connected in a very special way and we had an absolutely terrific time together. We hung out but also recognized that people needed time alone as well. Costa Rica is a precious place--the sounds, smells, sights, people, community, language, food, culture! This was my first time to the beautiful country and I will be back sin duda!

Casey Macauley

from United States, May 2019

"Casey m "

Carrie Sabina and hector great teachers and don was an outstanding chef

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 Great Britain, 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!


from Panama, December 2021

"Guter Entspannungsurlaub"

Das Camp ist ca 15km von Tamarindo entfernt. Sehr gut zum Entspannen und nichts tun

Essen war sehr lecker, meist vegetarisch.

Gute Stimmung, nette und bemühte Leute, es wird einem immer geholfen.

Shuttles an den Beach jeden Tag.

Pool sehr erfrischend und gepflegt.

Judith Bittner

from Germany, September 2021

"Absolute Empfehlung "

Alles perfekt. So herzliche und fürsorgliche Menschen die einem den Aufenthalt so angenehm wie möglich machen wollen. Es wird sich um alles gekümmert und das Essen ist der Wahnsinn. Der perfekt Ort um aus dem Alltag zu fliehen, die Kultur in Costa Rica kennenzulernen und sich zu Erden.

Jackie Harbour

from Canada, January 2021

"Excellent yoga,"

J'ai gagné de l'expérience dans tous les cours de yoga, les professeurs nous accomodent dans nos activités et changent l'horaire si nécessaire. Ils veulent que les cours soient adaptés à chacun. Un merci particulier à Sabine qui nous a fait découvrir de nouveaux endroits au Costa Rica et qui a fait des activités avec nous !


from Dominican Republic, March 2020

"Insgesamt eine absolut tolle Zeit an einem wunderbaren Ort"

Das Yoga Retreat hat meine Erwartungen mehr als erfüllt. Der Besitzer Kurt tut wirklich alles dafür, dass seine Gäste zufrieden sind. Ich habe die erste Nacht nicht gut auf meiner Matratze geschlafen und er hat sich sofort darum gekümmert, dass ich eine neue bekommen habe. Die Yogastunden waren sehr schön und abwechslungsreich, die Lage ist schön abgelegen, sodass man zur Ruhe kommt. Es gibt aber täglich einen Fahrservice nach Tamarindo zum Strand. Die Anage ist sehr schön und liebevoll gestaltet. El Sabanero Lodge ist ein magischer Ort, der tolle Leute anzieht und zu dem ich gerne wiederkommen werde. Ich kann es sehr empfehlen!

Pascale Savoie Brideau

from Canada, February 2020

"Meilleure expérience à vie "

L'ambiance, les gens, l'énergie, les cours de yoga, la piscine, la proximité de la plage, mon habitation, LA NOURITURE

Nancy Aramburu

from Uruguay, January 2020

"Excelente "

Clases de yoga y el estilo de vacacionar

Emilie Bloyet

from France, January 2020

"Une pépite !!!"

Ce séjour a été en tout point magnifique !

Logde à taille humaine, avec des bungalows propres, fonctionnels, et chacun son hamac privé sur sa terrasse. Le chef cuisinier a su à chaque repas (midi et soir) nous ravir de ses innovations culinaires, des saveurs et une variété au RDV. Les professeurs de Yoga (Hector, Vivi, Louise et Ashton) proposent tous un style de yoga différent et bienveillant, prenant en compte notre état, nos envies et ce qui a été fait dans les cours précédents. Chaque cours était une découverte !

Mais le plus incroyable a El Sabanero, est l'accueil chaleureux et l'esprit de communauté qui s'installe entre tout le monde. Des gens arrivent et partent tous les jours et dès les premiers instants, on est intégré au groupe, aux activités et excursions (si on le souhaite). Zéro obligation, que du partage et du positif !!

Un clin d'oeil spécial à Ana, qui propose de super massages relaxants, hyper abordables !

Oui le lieu est assez isolé, mais on peut profiter tous les jours du shuttle du logde pour aller/revenir à la plage ou en excursion.

Un séjour que je recommande les yeux fermés !!

Marie-luce Leclerc

from Canada, April 2019

"J’y retourne !"

La bouffe et l’accueil, la qualité des profs de yoga .

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.