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7 Days Detox Holiday in Arenal , Costa Rica

Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel, 1 km al sur de El Castillo, junto a la Granja de Mariposas, El Castillo, 1230, La Fortuna, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Wellness Detox Retreat Costa Rica

Get off the beaten path and immerse yourself in an authentic and raw Costa Rican experience and get a taste of everything in the magical three-day experience with Essence Arenal. Give yourself a treat and join now!

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Nico & viva
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  • Yoga classes daily
  • Healing surrounding
  • Temazcal / sweat lodge
  • Full-body mud wrap session
  • 6 functional detox smoothies a day
  • Cacao tour and workshop
  • 7 nights accommodation

Yoga styles

6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Spanish, English
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During this retreat, you will stay at Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel that is located in El Castillo, a small neighboring village to La Fortuna, directly on Lake Arenal atop the hills overlooking Arenal volcano with 22 hectares of prime hilltop forested pristine land. With breathtaking views, the hostel takes pride in giving their guests an experience of a lifetime. From forest trails down to a majestic waterfall hidden in the rainforest, enjoying mystical free hot springs, horseback riding, and canopy tours, there is a rich amount of nature activities to experience at Essence Arenal.


The itinerary will be independently developed according to the specific needs.

Included excursions

You will have a guided hike and harvest in the permaculture farm. a chocolate making workshop, and a transfer to the natural hot river springs .


Nico Botefur

viva lancsweert

Retreat location

This retreat will take place in the Republic of Costa Rica, a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the east and south, the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, and the Caribbean Sea to the east. Its name translates literally as ‘rich coast’, was the first country in the world to constitutionally abolish its army in 1948.

Among Latin American countries, Costa Rica ranks fourth in terms of the 2007 Human Development Index. The country is ranked fifth in the world, and first among the Americas, in terms of the 2008 Environmental Performance Index. In 2007, the government stated that they want the country to be the first country to become carbon neutral by 2021.

Costa Rica is home to a rich variety of plants and animals. While the country has only about 0.1 percent of the world’s landmass, it contains five percent of the world’s biodiversity. Around 25 percent of the country’s land area is in protected national parks and protected areas, the largest percentage of protected areas in the world.

Unique features


  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking
  • Reiki
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Temazcal


  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga deck


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet


Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel's on-site restaurant is always there to satisfy your hunger for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant is open every day at 7 a.m. for a delicious breakfast, coffee or tea, fruit plate, and a plate of the day our farm to table restaurant offers gourmet and organic food and natural health smoothies

The following meals are included:

  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Detox juices

Things to do (optional)

Demo Cuisine

Essence Demo Cuisine is a vegetarian restaurant with a basic central idea of cooking with love. All vegetarian food, international cuisine, and each night is a different thematic. Come to dinner and enjoy participation with the chef and other guests as he/she demonstrates one portion of the meal right before you.

This concept is only found in the heart of El Castillo, La Fortuna, Costa Rica, where it is possible to enjoy, cook, and eat a three-course meal with spectacular views all under the roof of Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel.


This canopy tour gives a stellar view of Lake Arenal, the volcano, and lush rainforest. A silent gondola (the sky tram), slowly conveys visitors up above the canopy, and at the top, you can either tram it back down or fly down the zip lines.

Canopy Los Cañones

This canopy is based at the Hotel Los Lagos. It is one of the best values in the area with 12 zip lines, hot springs, crocodile pits, butterfly, frog exhibition areas, and hiking trails.

Canoa Aventura

Canoa Aventura specializes in canoes and river float trips lead by bilingual naturalist guides. Most tours are geared towards wildlife and bird watching throughout the northern Costa Rican area.

Arenal Eco Zoo

The Eco Zoo offers guided tour and hands-on reptile and amphibian demonstrations. The objective of these shows is to educate and to increase knowledge and awareness of these animals, their positive roles in nature, and the need to preserve them.

Jeep Boat

Jeep boat is one of the primary forms of transportation from Essence Arenal to Monteverde or Santa Elen, as it is incredibly scenic, reasonably priced, and saves you half day of travel.

Wave Expeditions

These expeditions offer fun and professional whitewater rafting and kayaking on Rio Toro, Rio Sarapiqui, Rio Peñas Blancas, and Rio Balsa, rapid ranging from class I to class IV suited for all skill levels.

Desafio, Lost Canyon Adventure Canyoneering

A guide will take you on a hike to an isolated area of the rainforest where you will rappel down to four waterfalls, the highest one is 70 meters tall.

Horse Back Riding

Lilander Horse Tour is one of the best rides in the area. A guide will pick you up at Essence Arenal and take you up to the primary forest, and you will be able to bathe in a hidden waterfall and witness a spectacular view of Lake Arenal, volcano, and lush rainforest.

Spa treatments

The price includes every day yoga, 3 enemas, one full-body mud wrap, a 60-minute massage, one temazcal (indigenous sweat lodge) experience. The spa is located in a privileged zone of the jungle with a unique view to the Arenal volcano and lake, in the middle of a permaculture farm, where you will find edible plants like cacao, coffee, sugar cane, corn, many vegetables, and a unique selection of medicinal herbs among others. The harvest is featured in the restaurant on-site with daily creative selections. Essence Arenal Wellness Center is committed to health and natural alternatives and fully respectful of the environment. Enjoy the jungle spa service, where guests will tour personalized and professional services such as lymphatic drainage.

What's included

  • 6 days 60-minute yoga class
  • 3 Enemas
  • 1 60-minute massage
  • 1 full-body mud wrap and temazcal (indigenous sweat lodge) experience
  • 1 cacao tour and workshop
  • 6 nights private accommodation
  • 2 ionic foot detox
  • all meals or functional smoothies

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Other excursions / activities
  • Other spa treatments

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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