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Join this wonderful yoga retreat in Costa Rica specially designed for you to immerse in the pure energy of nature by drawing in the blissful scent of the region’s native flowers as you connect to the rhythm of mystical waterfalls and the secret language of the birds and butterflies. Feel the connection of all the living things in zen unison with the people who enter this sacred land.
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Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel is one of the few places in Costa Rica where you can enjoy all the comforts of an upscale boutique hotel while experiencing one of the most unique and endangered types of tropical forests.
The hotel is a beautifully appointed 19th century re creation of a mountain village. Villa Blanca accommodations feature vaulted cane ceilings with fans, elegantly handcrafted furniture, and a variety of conveniences and amenities that include wood-burning fireplaces, private garden porches, and in-room whirlpool tubs in all the suites.
As a proud member of Greentique Hotels, Villa Blanca is not only committed to sustainable hospitality but they also recognize the value in saving money when traveling. Whether you are a business traveler, a family of four on vacation, or an eco-conscious traveler on a budget, Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel would like to offer you an exceptional Costa Rica experience.
Si Como No strikes the perfect balance of design and comfort, connecting you with the surrounding tropical forest of Manuel Antonio and the essence of the spirit of Costa Rica. Its 58 rooms are literally contoured into the jungle hillside across the property’s ten acres.
What immediately strikes you about the rooms is just how much you become a part of this exotic environment and how comfortable being this close to nature can be yet no television! Each spacious room has well-appointed bathrooms, fully stocked mini-bars, most with private balconies, direct dial telephones and energy efficient lights, and air conditioning. But what stands out the most is the hotel’s ability to immerse you in a Costa Rica experience born of the surrounding habitat.
You are in the jungle. You are completely comfortable. And you will remember your time here for the rest of your life.
On arrival day, you will be transferred during the afternoon to Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and nature reserve. At Villa Blanca, you will enjoy some comfort with the commitment of sustainable hospitality.
You will enjoy a morning yoga class and, after breakfast, you will take a relaxing walk into the clouds as you step into the heart of the cloud forest with your own nature interpreters who will unveil a secret world of rich tropical life along four different user-friendly trails. The trails were created by nature guides and designed to showcase a variety of tropical flora and fauna as it winds its way throughout this rare and incredibly diverse biosphere.
As a part of only 2.5% of the planet’s remaining cloud forests, this unique forest habitat continues to amaze all who enter this protected nature reserve of over 2,000 acres. You may relax and enjoy the magic of the cloud forest or you can enjoy a boxed lunch as you head off to Arenal Volcano for zip lining, hanging bridges, and to experience the relaxing hot springs. On the evening, you will gather with the group for a guided meditation before enjoying a dinner featuring locally grown products.
After the morning yoga class followed by a delicious breakfast, you will gather with the group to work on a community project at Musade, a local center which supports women’s empowerment. You will then enjoy lunch upon return and some free time to relax.
During the evening, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a cloud forest walk to know the region’s wildest nightlife. When the sun goes down, the cloud forest transforms like no other habitat in the world. During the night is when the cloud forest breathes by pumping out higher concentrations of oxygen along with layers of the sweet fragrances of nocturnal plants and flowers.
And then, something truly extraordinary happens, the forest is filled with the music of nature’s most spectacular symphony as the voices of millions of life forms fill the cool night air. You will see an important amount of nocturnal species representing the countless variety of insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals that comprise the amazing jungle.
After the morning yoga class, you will be able to enjoy the sauna and whirlpool. You will be then transferred to Quepos for a visit to the Manuel Antonio National Park. You will enjoy a whole food boxed lunch followed by some free time to relax by the pool or visit the stunning beaches and a delicious dinner at the hotel included.
After the morning yoga class, you will spend the rest of the day in Manuel Antonio National Park with a delicious beach picnic and a guided meditation on the beach. You will then have a delicious dinner back at the hotel.
Enjoy a last yoga class and after breakfast, you will depart for the mountain range of Fila Chonta to experience a unique piece of Costa Rican rural heritage and biodiversity during the Santa Juana rural mountain adventure.
This unique mountain adventure is a guided nature, conservation, and cultural expedition that takes you along the Talamanca mountain corridor to Santa Juana overlooking the panoramic coastline of Manuel Antonio National Park. You will visit the tiny farm village while enjoying an authentic farm-style lunch in a typical ranch co-hosted by members of the local community. The rest of the afternoon will be spend in the community project.
On you final day, you will be transferred to the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) to take your flight back home.
This retreat will be held in two locations in Costa Rica, San Ramon and Manuel Antonio. In San Ramon, you will stay at the Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel. Villa Blanca is located above San Ramon and amidst the awe-inspiring beauty of the Los Angeles Private Cloud Forest Reserve. Rolling green pastures lead you into the hotel and reserve revealing the layers of exotic trees dripping with life that border the property. Even a brief foray along the fringes of this rare and fragile tropical forest will stir the emotions.
Their profound respect for the natural surroundings and dedication to uncompromising standards of personal service makes a stay at Villa Blanca a truly exceptional Costa Rican experience. In January 2007, Villa Blanca received five "Green Leaves" by The Certification of Sustainable Tourism, Costa Rica’s highest award for sustainable practices and operations.
In Manuel Antonio, you will stay at Si Como No. Located along Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast, Si Como No is a uniquely special Manuel Antonio Resort Spa and Wildlife Refuge that sits atop one of the most idyllic hillsides in Manuel Antonio. The resort’s lush jungle terraces and brilliantly vivid gardens overlook the sparkling ocean just above world-renown Manuel Antonio National Park.
During this holiday, you will be served three daily delicious meals per day including a delicious beach picnic in Manuel Antonio National Park and water and snacks during transfers. You may also enjoy other meal services at El Sendero restaurant for an additional cost.
The cuisine is a fusion of traditional regional dishes and popular classics from across the country, enhanced by innovative sauces, spices, and combinations of fresh herbs and vegetables hand selected from the hotel’s gardens and greenhouses. The enticing meals are thoughtfully prepared with nutritional sensibility and organic ingredients that compliment their exquisite flavors. An extensive wine list and some of the most sumptuous deserts imaginable are yours to savor and enjoy.
During your free time, you may enjoy some relaxation at the hotels or explore all marvels that San Ramon and Manuel Antonio have to offer.
During your free time, you can enjoy various wellness treatments available at additional costs.
Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Perillo's Learning Journeys will pick you up from the airport.
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