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Surfing is a connection to another world: the sand at your feet, salt water in your hair and skin soothed by the sea. You begin to watch and read the currents and waves with awareness. Creating an intuitive bond with this world of water. The feeling of excitement enters your core as you approach the waves, crashing sounds as the water forms and disappears in front of you. Timing the movement of the wave. Once you are standing, riding, and flowing with the wave, the feeling of ecstasy rushes through your veins, you smile like never before. Surf is one of the strongest bonds you will ever find in your life, a feeling of passion, love, and freedom.
Airport transfer available:
Juan Santamaria International Airport (US$150 per person)
Villas Nicolas is a refreshingly unique boutique hotel with only 12 villas, offering a distinct personality with tasteful furnishings, spacious open-plan architecture, modern amenities, and tropical surroundings.
All of their rooms are equipped with air conditioners as well as ceiling fans for those who prefer to take advantage of the ocean breezes that our mountainside location affords. WIFI is available throughout the property. Each villa borders a lush tropical garden and the swimming pool, providing a tranquil, relaxing experience. For those seeking a taste of the local activity, popular restaurants, cafes, galleries, and our Holis Center within a 5 minute walk.
Villas Nicolas is not a resort. It is a small privately owned condominium hotel designed for the more independent traveler who prefers “small & unique”. It caters to those looking for a special little gem that offers great value at an affordable price.
Retreat accommodation is based on a single occupancy Type 1 room at Villas Nicolas. There are also other lodging options for more people or with ocean view.
Come and join us in an unforgettable experience on the beautiful shores of the Pacific Ocean while practicing daily yoga and surf. With this retreat you can expect not only to improve your surf level and yoga practice, but you will be immersed in the "Pura Vida" culture, meeting new friends, surrounded by lush nature, in a beach town with an array of adventure sports, restaurants, monkeys, and beautiful people!
In the midst of a tropical paradise, imagine the perfect waves, and yourself practicing different styles of yoga daily, enjoying amazing food, experimenting fellowship with the flora and fauna, standing on your surf board everyday. An experience that will make you feel in a constant state of bliss! Holis Spa and Wellness Center offers a wide range of classes including Aerial yoga, Power flow yoga, Restorative yoga, Hatha yoga, Structural Balance, Pilates flow, meditation and more!
Surf trip to Dominicalito beach and waterfall
Manuel Antonio is nestled along the central pacific coastline of Costa Rica and is flourishing with luxurious flora, is a town rich with local culture and abundant with wildlife. The joy of living is evident in every local and every visitor to this beautiful area of Costa Rica. Famous for Manuel Antonio National Park, home to a thriving biological oasis and one of Costa Ricas most popular destinations, the area is also well known for its amazing combination of rainforest, beautiful beaches, great hiking trails and diverse wildlife. According to Forbes magazine, Manuel Antonio is among the worlds 12 most beautiful national parks.
Emilio’s Café is a healthy and delicious restaurant and italian wood oven pizzeria, located immediately to the left of Holis Wellness Center with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.
They have a great menu, with many different healthy options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, from a real New York rib eye steak, to the most fresh fish, to delicious wood oven pizza to vegetarian salads!
If you have any special food requirements feel free to let us know! We can accommodate special food request.
Come and experience the invigorating feeling of the centers unique body treatments with delicious ingredients selected from the bounty of the Costa Rican rainforest, delivering natural, effective and noticeable results. Included in every treatment is a selected facial mask and relaxing scalp massage.
Aloe Mint Smoothie: Quench dry skin with our hydrating sun repair wrap. Freshly harvested aloe, cucumber, chamomile, and mint are combined with the healing properties of seaweed followed by an application of aloe mint serum.
Chocomokacoco: This delicious fragrant body wrap will firm and tone your skin with the slimming properties of caffeine. Sooth your body and senses in chocolate mocha heaven and organic honey facial mask.
Muddy Buddy: Remineralize, cleanse and tone with the indigenous thermal mud sourced from the base of Costa Ricas Arenal volcano. This wrap offers you the synergistic effect of thermal mud infused with eucalyptus to draw out toxins, enhance immunity, and gives your spirit a boost.
Slimming Kelp Cocoon: The slimming kelp seaweed wrap combined with grapefruit and lemon provides restoring qualities, visibly reduces puffiness, slims and tones the skin, and increases metabolism.
Spicy Ginger Rub: This detoxifying wrap uses the natural anti-inflammatory properties of fresh ginger root with soothing organic raw honey to stimulate your immune system, ease tension in sore muscles, and nourish dry skin.
Tropical Enzyme Polish: Fresh, delicate and very effective, this body wrap gently polishes using tropical fruit enzymes infused with vitamin C to reveal healthier looking skin.
Facial is more than just simple skin care routine. After evaluating the needs of your skin, a unique holistic treatment is created for you from custom blended active, raw and fresh botanicals. This relaxing experience uses specific massage techniques on the face and neck to improve the condition of your skin. To enhance your experience hand foot and scalp massages are included with each session.
Essenthya Deluxe: A customized blend of organic, nourishing products will balance, heal and beautify your skin using a synergistic 6 steps treatment. Included is the signature neck and face massage that will increase blood flow and oxygen while enhancing active ingredient absorption.
Essenthya Hydration: Rehydrate your skin with vital nutrients, reducing damage from sunburn, windburn, and other free radicals. This treatment is very effective in reducing redness, hydrating, and balancing your skin while cleansing your pores of sunscreen residue. Included is a cooling peppermint foot massage.
Essenthya Mini: Refresh and invigorate your skin after a day of activity in the tropics with the mini version of the spas signature facial.
At the center, they know how exposed your hands and feet are to the elements, especially here in the tropics. This is why they pay special attention to these delicate parts with their specialized soothing and relaxing treatments. They provide the highest hygienic and professional standards combined with high quality products such as OPI and Sally Jansen Nail Polish. They are committed to delivering the best results in pampering you!
Holis Spa manicure: Your basic manicure combined with a heavenly hand treatment which includes exfoliation and massage. Your hands will never be softer or smoother.
Holis Spa manicure & pedicure
Holis Spa pedicure: Your basic pedicure with an aromatic sea salt foot soak, exfoliation of feet and lower legs, and a deeply relaxing massage with cooling peppermint gel.
Mens manicure: Your hands will look good and feel better. It includes cleansing, shaping, cuticle work, nail buffing, and a delicious hand massage.
Mens pedicure: Enjoy the Holis Spa pedicure designed for men with an extra-long foot massage to unwind and relax.
Mint Blast Legs and Feet: After an invigorating massage with the cooling essence of peppermint gel and a gentle dry brush, your legs and feet will be wrapped with the exclusive aloe cooling mousse. Its perfect after a day of activities in this tropical paradise. Also included is an ultra-relaxing scalp massage.
Receiving a massage is luxurious and relaxing, however the benefits extend beyond the surface. Bodywork strengthens the immune system, calms the nervous system, flushes toxins from the muscles reducing pain and tension, and improves the range of motion in the joints. It also oxygenates tissues and internal organs, produces a toning effect on your skin, and releases natural endorphins from your brain that increases joy, peace and relaxation.
Holisynergie: The highly trained therapists at this center create a specialized session to meet your individual needs. They combine techniques including Swedish massage, deep tissue, reflexology, and more. Holisynergie is an unforgettable experience for your whole being.
Pure Bliss: This incredibly relaxing Swedish massage uses light to medium pressure incorporating long, soothing and fluid strokes to stimulate blood flow, oxygenation, and circulation to the tissues.
Reflexology: The healing art of reflexology is a highly effective method used to restore and maintain natural equilibrium in the body. It can be used to alleviate many conditions including back pain, migraine, sleep disorder, hormone imbalance, sport injury, and more. Working primarily with the pressure points on the feet, hands, and ears, this treatment has a powerful detoxifying effect. It also encourages the chi (life energy) to flow, promoting overall health and healing. An amazing grounding experience for travelers.
Total Body Awareness: This is an advanced form of massage therapy that combines deep tissue massage, craniosacral therapy, reflexology, Thai massage, and acupressure.
Traditional Thai - Asokananda tradition: This ancient massage practice from Thailand uses acupressure points and passive stretching to give your body profound relaxation, increased flexibility, and energy. Please wear comfortable clothing.
Unplugged: The ultimate anti-stress therapy. Two therapists will work in unison to stimulate and reset the nervous system to harmonize the rhythm of your body allowing a deeper state of relaxation.
These powerful combinations of treatments are designed to enhance and complement each other, restoring you into a refreshed sense of being.
Detox System: A very effective way to detoxify while improving your body functions, decompressing, and improving the skin texture. Enjoy the blend of Holisynergie massage, Muddy Buddy body treatment, and Essenthya Deluxe facial.
Head to Toe Bliss: Pure decadence. Two therapists will pamper you with a delightful combination of Chocomokacoco body treatment, Unplugged massage, Essenthya facial, and Holis Spa pedicure.
Lets Party: Share an unforgettable experience with friends and family in the privacy and comfort of your own space. Indulge in Essenthya Hidratation facial, Holisynergie massage, your choice of body treatment, and Holis Spa manicure and pedicure.
Pura Vida: Warm breeze, lush surroundings, and a great spa treatment. That is pure pampering Costa Rica style! Enjoy a combination of Essenthya Mini facial, Pure Bliss massage, and the choice between Holis Spa manicure and pedicure.
Refresh: Sun exposure and outdoor activity can drain your body of minerals and energy. The center has created a specific combination of therapies aimed to restore and refresh your body and skin, while relaxing you with Aloe Mint Smoothie body treatment, Essenthya Hydration facial, Holis Spa manicure, and Holis Spa pedicure.
Share the Magic: This duo package caters to the couple seeking quality time together in an intimate setting. Get the pleasure of Pure Bliss couple massage, Chocomokacoco body treatment, and Holis Spa pedicure.
Thai Heaven: Thai massage encompasses our whole being by working on our muscles, skeleton, and the internal energy within our body. This exotic package is the total workout and reconnection that our body, mind, and soul are so often seeking. It consists of Essenthya Mini facial, Thai massage, and Holis Spa pedicure.
The shuttle takes 4 hours from San Jose to Manuel Antonio. You can take it at several hotels in San Jose or at the airport. The cost is $50 per person. You have to buy the ticket online with either Interbus or Grayline.
Shuttle Departure from SJO to Manuel Antonio at 8:20am, 8:45am, 3pm, 3:55pm.
Shuttle Departs from Manuel Antonio to SJO at 7am, 8:30am, 1pm, 1:30pm.
The private taxi takes 3 hours to get here and it cost $150 from 1-5 people. They will be waiting for you at the airport or they can pick you up at any location in San Jose. We arrange this service for you.
You can take a local flight from the same airport you land and be here in 35min. To check on air fares and schedule, go to Nature Air or Sansa. The prices start in around $55 for one way ticket and can vary a lot depending on the season. Choose Quepos or Manuel Antonio airport, is the same airport.
The public bus leaves from the Tracopa Bus Station in SJ downtown and only cost $10 per ride, the direct busses take 3.5 hours to get here and there’s 5 direct busses daily. You can check the schedule here! This bus stop is not near the airport, you will need to get a taxi from the airport to the bus stop for around $35. But to return from Manuel Antonio from the airport the bus can drop you off at the airport so this is a way great and cheap way to go back to San Jose.