Funky Monkey Lodge

Funky Monkey Lodge is located in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica with rustic bungalows and luxury apartments. They offer and create the perfect yoga retreats, surf, or aerial silk holiday for any group.

Yoga Retreats (4)

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Instructors (4)

Gabriela Seidlova

Rachel Holmes

Rachel is our sweet and experienced yoga teacher as well as SUP yoga instructor, originally from Virginia, US. She found here love and home in Santa Teresa and decided to share here experience with others. Known for her hands on assists and calming presence, Rachel has been sharing yoga since becoming certified in 2012. Her alignment-based hatha blend classes are comfortably accessible to all levels and help balance both the body and the mind.

Nacho Gomez

Nacho, originally from Patagonia, Argentina, came to Costa Rica and fell in love with the beach, nature and life style. He has been surfing and snowboarding since he was a kid. His passion for surf made him to decide to stay in Santa Teresa and form a surf school. Several years ago, he completed a lifeguard rescue course and also obtained surf instructor ISA certification. Apart of surfing he also likes SUP and offers great lessons. He is fun and patient. You will definitively get a green wave during your lesson!

Aleja Muñoz

A Central American mix between El Salvador and Costa Rica .. both paradises of amazing waves! Aleja has always had an addiction to the sea . She became a surf instructor first and obtained her ISA level 1 and beach lifeguard. She continued studying sports and become a certified fitness trainer, a Crossfit level 1 and a yoga instructor. Now Aleja made a mix of all her passions and experience to create popular SURFIT Training. She is also our surf instructor and power yoga teacher at our lodge.

Reviews (42)

Rebekka Dagestad

from Norway, September 2018

Great place. Right by the beach with a nice swimming pool, amazing yoga and aerial silk studio. Really nice and helpfull staff. Great surf and yoga instructors. I loved my stay at Funky Monkey. Wish I could have stayed longer!

Madeline O'Neill

from United States, July 2018

"A Great Retreat!"

I enjoyed everything about this retreat - the yoga & surf instructors, the chefs and all the staff were really amazing. I was so sad to leave!

Cristina Longo

from United States, May 2018

"Amazing trip!!"

The food was amazing, the instructors wonderful, the location beautiful. We can't wait to go back!

Rachel Vaughn

from United States, May 2018

"A week in paradise "

I learned so much from my yoga teachers- Rachel and Lupe were both amazing and really helped me deepen my practice. The food, atmosphere and people who worked there were all wonderful. It was a chill, welcoming environment which was perfect for relaxing. They also worked with me to switch out surf lessons for SUP yoga which was the highlight of the trip for me!

Linda Robinson

from United States, April 2018

"A little oasis in Santa Theresa"

The vibe, the food, and the accommodations were awesome. It was perfect!

Cori Woolfe

from Canada, March 2018

"Paradise Found"

We had a fabulous week here! I stayed in Room 8 with my two adult daughters in March, which is high season. The room was new, clean and had air conditioning, which we tried not to use to acclimatize to the wonderful warm weather, but it was nice to have.

They had a live band a few nights at the restaurant and it was amazing! The noise was not loud or bothersome at all from our suite, and they quiet down at 10:30 anyway. It was wonderful.

The food was delicious and beautifully presented. We are vegetarian with food intolerances and they accomodated our dietary needs. It’s great that they also have meat options for meat eaters. There was always plenty of food if you needed to order more.

The surfing instructors were all really positive, knowledgeable and engaged. We had instruction from Nacho and Aliyah. We also took an extra lesson and wish we could have stayed two weeks at least.

We did two “surf fit” classes with Aliyah, Yoga with Rachel and Christoph. Each instructor was unique and knowledgeable.

We also did the sunset Stand up paddle and yoga with Racheal and Nacho and would definitely recommend it.

This establishment only accepts cash but there are two banks in town. Budget extra for additional activities and professional photos by Racheal. You will be glad you did.

Anonymous

from United States, January 2018

"Funky little gem! "

I loved the vibe of the hotel. Very casual. The yoga studio was beautiful and there were a variety of classes and times. The instructors were top notch as well. I especially enjoyed our surf instructors Nacho and Victor. The food was also amazing!

John Ryan

from United States, December 2017

Surfing lessons were great

Anonymous

from United States, December 2017

"Awesome jungle surf yoga trip!"

The food was amazingly amazingly amazing!!!! Better than most restaurants

Lilly Ditzler

from Costa Rica, November 2017

"Funky Stay"

The staff was really friendly and the food they prepared was delicious!

Nacho was a great surfteacher :) and the fresh fruit after the lesson awesome! Shakycat was so adorable :)

Chelsea Cox

from United States, July 2017

"Funky Monkey Lodge was perfect ? "

I loved the laid back feeling at Funky Monkey. The yoga studio is in the jungle and I was delighted to see 20 howler monkeys swinging from tree to tree. The food was delicious and the bungalow was very comfy. The grounds are absalutely beautiful! This was the perfect invironment for relaxing. Nacho was the surf instructor and provided feedback every time I caught a wave which helped me improve a ton. Thank you Nacho! I also went paddle boarding and had so much fun trying to do yoga on the boards!

Naaisha Haneef

from Brazil, July 2017

It's in a perfect location in the middle of the jungle and also closer to the beach, and accessible to restaurants and cafe's. The only thing I enjoyed during my stay is the surf lessons. "Pura vida Surfers" Did a really good job. So kudos to that. The other great thing was meeting a lot of lovely guests from the United States. I had a great time with them.

Jonathan Feldman

from United States, June 2017

"Great trip!!"

Amazing food, nice friendly staff.

Anonymous

from Canada, June 2017

"Good Value"

Close to the beach, surf lessons were great, food was adequate for a vegetarian, location is great, a lot of shops near by.

Victoria Goncharenko

from Canada, May 2017

Very friendly, social atmosphere, lovely and caring staff, cleanliness of the room and amenities, closeness to a breathtaking beach, being away from the main town road, healthy food choices

Kelsey Cunniff

from United States, May 2017

"Great time, but read into details"

The food was amazing and the surf and yoga instructors were top notch. I had a great experience, but definitely highlighted the issues I had below.

Elizabeth Sagarin

from United States, April 2017

The people and the experiences and the views were priceless. Absolute paradise. I can't wait to go back.

Anke Hoffmann

from Germany, July 2017

"Surfen und Yoga in Santa Teresa "

Da ich in der Nebensaison in Santa Teresa war, war's noch nicht so überlaufen. Ich hatte einen super netten sehr geduldigen Surf Lehrer ganz für mich alleine. Die Anweisungen waren sehr hilfreich und es hat total Spaß gemacht. Das Essen war vorzüglich! Und es gab viel leckeres Obst der Saison. Die Lage des Hostel ist fast mitten im Dschungel und man kann Affen in den Bäumen beobachten. Die Zimmer sind sauber und haben Charakter! Die Yoga Stunden sind auch fantastisch. Meist war ich hier mit der Lehrerin auch alleine. Die Stunden können für totale Anfänger allerdings sehr herausfordernd sein. Das Yoga Studio ist offen und von Dschungel umringt. In der Ferne hört man das Meer. Ich bin total zufrieden!

Jenny Lehmann

from Canada, November 2018

"Amazing jungle retreat!"

The food was by far the best part- amazing! Loved everything about it, including the aerial silk and hatha yoga. Dorms were clean and comfortable. Post surf coconut water was a highlight!

Close proximity to everything.

Anni Kamikawa

from United States, November 2018

"Hidden Gem"

I had a wonderful experience at the Funkey Monkey Lodge! I liked that the property was off the main road and hidden up in the lush green trees. The lodge had a home feel to it. The property was clean and well kept. There were other activities available such as a pool table, ping pong, lounging area with guitars and a wonderful swimming pool. Gabi the owner was very helpful before and during our stay.

We did a yoga/surf package which also included breakfast and dinner. We had a fantastic yoga teacher (Rachel) she offered hatha/blend which left us completely relaxed after each class. Next we had 2 surf lessons with a instructor named Victor. Victor was hilarious and was very detailed with instruction on how to surf! Great experience.

Last but not least... THE FOOD! This was my favourite part about staying here! As I mentioned we had breakfast and dinner included and it did not disappoint! Gustavo and Joaquin were amazing! Cooking up some off the best food I’ve had in Costa Rica. Every morning you had 4 different choices for breakfast which always came with a fresh fruit salad. I tried all 4 options on my stay and all were fantastic. For dinner you had a choice between 3 different options. Every night they did something different. They were also very accommodating if you had dietary needs or You needed something it was no problem.

Not to mention they do sushi night on Wed&Sat nights and it’s AMAZING! And I’m half Japanese so I’m quite picky....

Yi Lin

from United States, September 2018

"Amazing experience!"

Loved my stay at the Funky Monkey Lodge! Staff went above and beyond to accommodate my needs. Like everyone mentioned, the food was fantastic! I would definitely recommend this lodge to anyone looking to visit Santa Teresa!

Tanya Schumacher

from United States, August 2018

"Perfect escape"

I loved this place! It was just perfect for a week away. Everyone was so kind and friendly. I loved the food, too. The yoga and surf instructors were so skilled! I felt liked I really lucked out! Great place, super safe and chill for a solo traveler.

Bayla Clement

from United States, August 2018

"Yoga surf getaway "

I enjoyed the yoga classes. Food at the lodge was very good. Facility was clean. People were warm.

Jordin Patten

from United States, June 2018

Everything was great. Everyone at the resort went above and beyond to make my stay a good experience.

Chelsey Laterra

from United States, April 2018

"Great feel of the place, very welcoming and relaxing."

The food! It was amazing! The yoga teacher Racheal and lupa were awesome and very knowledgeable and comfortable with us.

Paddle boarding was awesome out on the ocean we had coconut water for us and pineapple so delicious:)

The surf lessons nacho made it super easy to understand the mechanics of getting up on the board.

Shima Soltani

from Canada, April 2018

Everything was awesome. From the beginning I arrived staff was very helpful. They were always there for me, planned anything I required for the day (taxi, shuttle, ATV..etc.) They never forgot about anything I asked for. Surf lesson were great, I had lots of fun and I learned lots. Yoga was alright, I guess we all have different ideas and lessons at home. The food was 5* I highly recommend to purchase a package with breakfast and dinner. Every night dinner was something different. I would definitely go back there. Thank you funky monkey and all staff members for a unforgettable trip. Shima :)

Farrah Jafari

from United States, February 2018

"Amazing and wonderful "

The lodging, beds, food, bathrooms, people, location

Maria Antonsen

from Denmark, January 2018

"Great vacation"

The food was excellent - the best octopus I've ever had. The staff was all really sweet and friendly and very helpful when my flight was cancelled and the driver didn't show up and I was feeling sick. The yoga classes with Kiki and Rachel were great, and the surfing lessons with Nacho so much fun! The location is very good, shops and beach in walking distance. It is a great place for a solo traveller to meet other people.

Irina Silveira

from Brazil, January 2018

"Surf and Yoga!! "

The yoga classes and surf lessons were amazing! Rachel and Kiki are calm and sweet and they’ll help everyone make theire best in yoga.

Nacho was attentive and a great surf instructor! By the end of my stay I actually could surf on my own!

The food at Funky Monkey is Just perfect! From breakfast to dinner.

Everyone in the hotel is so nice!

Great experience!

Christine Gora

from Switzerland, January 2018

Lovely location away from the beach and noise. Amazingly friendly staff who were super helpful anytime I had a question or request. The yoga instructors were some of the best I’ve had, and I enjoyed learning how to surf with Nacho and his crew.

Gabriela Montoya

from Colombia, November 2017

"Awesome!"

I stayed in a suite and it was perfect! Everything was super cleaned and the view was beautiful! The Staff was amazing, always there willing to help and since it was low season I got really spoiled with their service. The food was delicious. The surfing lessons were perfect, I loved the different yoga classes and the location is also very good, just a short walk down the hill to the center.

Anonymous

from Nicaragua, October 2017

"Cute jungle lodge with great food and surf and yoga classes"

The place is really chilled and the yoga deck on the hill is amazing. Both surf and yoga classes are excellent and all staff are really chilled and friendly. The food is fantastic; fresh, tasty and wholesome.

Nicole Kapasakis

from United States, June 2017

"Beautiful place & people, great waves, very chill ambiance"

The location, the people, the food, really the entire package was awesome

Jens Burchard

from Germany, August 2018

Super Essen, entspannte Ambiente, tolle Atmosphäre und freundliches Personal

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