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4 Day Rainforest Yoga Holiday in Lake Arenal, Alajuela

Essence Arenal Hotel, 1 km al sur de El Castillo, junto a la Granja de Mariposas, El Castillo 1230, Costa Rica

Naturopathic Getaway Yoga Holiday in Costa Rica

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Costa Rica.

The tranquility and natural beauty of Essence Arenal provides you with the space to journey inward, renew, and refresh your body, mind, and spirit. Grounding at our organic permaculture farm, pool, and jacuzzi, nourish your body with our functional organic smoothies or gourmet vegetarian farm to table cuisine. With the guidance of a certified naturopath and yoga instructors, you will have a transformational stay!

Please noted this is not a group retreat.

Meet the instructors

Nico & Alejandro
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  • Daily 60-minute yoga class
  • Daily personal hydrotherapy
  • Naturopathic teas depending on your detox needs
  • Transport to and from the local hot thermal / spring river
  • 3 daily deliciously healthy vegetarian meals
  • 3 nights accommodation

Yoga styles

4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
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  • Hot spring
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Temazcal
  • Café
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

During this retreat, you will be staying in a private room in Essence Arenal Hotel. The eco-hotel has majestic views of the Arenal Volcano, the Arenal Lake, and the El Castillo Valley, which you can see from the hammocks spotted around the farm. There is a yoga deck, jacuzzi, vegetarian restaurant, organic permaculture farm, and swimming pool. All beds have orthopedic mattresses and anti-allergic pillows.


Are you ready to deepen your yoga practice, transform your eating habits, and perception of life?

Join Essence Arenal retreats become more mindful, relaxed, and enjoying every second of your life.

In this holiday, you will have yoga sessions outdoors, with breathing techniques and guided meditation.

There are hiking trails on this 22-hectare property farm and rain forest. You can sign up for a relaxing massage in the Spa after a magical hike. You will also have time for meditation, swimming, or anything you wish doing, such as volleyball, horse riding, kayaking, volcano crater climbing, cycling, rafting or zip-lining.


Nico Botefur

Alejandro Camacho

Retreat location

This retreat will be taking place in El Castillo, close to the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal area, Costa Rica. Costa Rica is 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. Costa Rica is home to a rich variety of plants and animals.

El Castillo is 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 hotel 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.

Unique features


  • Hiking
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Temazcal
  • Zip lining


  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Lake
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga deck


  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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During this retreat, you will be served with three daily vegetarian meals with natural drinks and naturopathic teas depending on your detox needs. Essence Arenal Hotel restaurant opens every day at 7 a.m. for a delicious breakfast, coffee or tea, fruit plate and plate of the day.

In this retreat, you will even have the chance to widen your culinary repertoire by trying delicious and healthy organic vegetarian and vegan dishes at this fairy-tale like organic farm. The on-site restaurant will satisfy your hunger for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)


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


Based nearby La Fortuna it is one of the best values in the area with 12 zip lines, hot springs, crocodile pits, butterfly, and frog exhibition areas and hiking trails.

Canoa Tour:

Specialize in canoes and river floats trips lead by bilingual naturalist guides. Most tours are geared towards wildlife and bird watching, throughout the northern Costa Rican area.

Eco Zoo

The Eco Zoo offers guide tours and hands-on reptile and amphibian demonstrations. The object 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.

Transportation to Monteverde

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

Rafting Tour

  • It offers fun, professional white water rafting and kayaking Rio Sarapiqui and Rio Balsa, rapids ranging from class I to class IV, for all skill levels.


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

Horseback riding

Horseback riding Tour is one of the best rides in the area. They 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, the volcano and lush rainforest.


  • Enjoy the nearby waterfall walk by yourself and enjoy the landscape.

Spa treatments

  • 60 minutes Bamboo massage - 48 USD
  • 30 minutes Volcanic mud wrap - 25 USD
  • Yoga - 10 USD (60 minutes)
  • Reiki - 43 USD (60 minutes)
  • NLP Coaching - 280 USD (5 hour packages)
  • Timeline therapy - 48 USD (1 session)
  • Acupuncture - 48 USD (1 hour session)
  • Lezaeta Hydrotherapy - 48 USD (1 hour session)
  • Lezaeta blood wash - 48 USD (1 hour session)
  • Temazcal (sweat lodge) - 100 USD (2 hours, maximum 6 people)
  • Ionic foot detox - 48 USD (60 minutes)

What's included

  • Daily 60-minute Vinyasa and Yin yoga class
  • Daily personal hydrotherapy (Lezaeta goush)
  • Paid transportation to the local hot thermal / spring river
  • 3 daily vegetarian or vegan meals with natural drink or 6 functional detox smoothies a day
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • unlimited access to pool, jacuzzi, permaculture farm and over 3 km trails
  • Tax and service charge

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Arenal Airport (FON). This airport is located 20 minutes from La Fortuna. You would first need to book a regional flight to reach this airport from the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). You can take Nature Air or some other smaller flights that offers regional flights several times a week.

Alternatively, from the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), you can take private transportation with the driver to reach the hostel directly. This service is usually provided in an air-conditioned minivan that can pick you up at the airport or in any location in Costa Rica. Prices can vary according to the location and time of year that you plan to travel. If you are traveling from the San Jose area, including San Jose International Airport, this service will cost 140 USD for private transportation.

Arrival by bus

  • The main buses leave from the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) bus station at 6:30 a.m. or 8:30 a.m. and arrive in La Fortuna.

Arrival by shuttle

The local El Castillo shuttles can take you from La Fortuna to the hotel. These shuttles leave from La Fortuna every day at 9:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. upon reservation, and costs 10 USD per person. The shuttle will be the cheapest option and will drop you off at the hotel.

Alternatively, you can also opt for shared shuttle transportation. The rates for this method of transportation range from 40 to 50 USD per person. These are one-way prices.

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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