During all sessions we will pinpoint the source of different issues and find effective ways to deal with it. This information will empower you with the knowledge necessary to understand how your body and mind function, allowing you to better understand your life experiences, health issues as a whole, and offer a way in which to move forward in an integral way.
Refreshingly unique, each of the 12 villas (available in combinations of one or two bedroom suites) offers a distinct personality with tasteful furnishings, spacious open-plan architecture, modern amenities, large balconies, and ocean-view hammocks to sit back and drink in the tropical surroundings.
All the rooms are equipped with air conditioners as well as ceiling fans for those who prefer to take advantage of the ocean breezes that this mountainside location affords. Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. The type 3 and 4 suites feature living and dining rooms as well as fully-equipped kitchens for those looking to experiment with the fresh local produce.
Each villa borders the lush tropical garden and the swimming pool, providing a tranquil, relaxing experience. For those seeking a taste of the local activity, popular restaurants, cafes, and galleries are 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 and unique to larger more formula type vacation properties. 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.
With your initial consultation, your overall health will be assessed to choose together the most suitable course of action to address any issues or limitation you perceive in your life - from emotional distress to more physical or structural issues. In your first holistic therapy session, a muscle testing technique will be used, where you will receive information on what is going on in your body, what your body is manifesting with those symptoms, what is the cause of those limitations / issues in your life, and most of all, what type of therapeutic approach is most suitable. During all sessions, the source of different issues will be pinpointed and you will find effective ways to deal with it. This information will empower you with the knowledge necessary to understand how your body and mind function, allowing you to better understand your life experiences, health issues as a whole, and offer a way in which to move forward in an integral way. There are a wide range of disciplines offered, including Aerial yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Yoga Barre, Pilates, meditation, and more.
There will be a Day Tour to Nauyaca Waterfalls, from extreme adventure to natural treasures.
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.
Hotel Villas Nicolas is located in Manuel Antonio on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. It is about 5 miles from the Quepos airstrip. Quepos is a short 20-minute flight from Costa Ricas capital San Jose. International flights land at Juan Santa Maria International Airport in San Jose. Driving from San Jose takes about 3 hours. The villas are very conveniently located on the main road of Manuel Antonio overlooking the Pacific Ocean within walking distance from banks, restaurants, grocery stores and bars. A downhill 15-minute walk takes you to the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park and beaches.
The ATV tour is an unforgettable half-day excursion. It combines the thrill of 4-wheeling while allowing you to get in touch with the regions natural beauty. You will start your adventure in Quepos along dirt roads through palm oil plantations and typical Costa Rican farming towns, while along the way discovering waterfalls and natural springs.
Charter your own outboard to explore the coastline of Costa Rica. Captain your own fishing, whaling, and dolphin watching adventure. Choose a 2-hour, half-day, or full-day tour to cruise the Pacific Ocean in your choice of 25-foot or 27-foot Dusky center-console boats.
Gliding from platform to platform, secured by your harness, enjoy flying through the local jungle canopies. In the Manuel Antonio area, there are five very different zip line tours to choose from.
Your choice of two dolphin and sunset cat cruises. It starts at the Quepos marina, only 10 minutes from Costa Verde.
The local mangrove swamp is a great place to see white-faced monkeys, silky anteaters, and huge crocodiles. Visit this unique ecosystem in the comfort of a shaded boat and an entertaining guide.
Enjoy the coastline tour on a large shaded boat. Fun for every age. Snorkel in Biesanz Bay and ride the banana boat. Check out the wonders of the ocean like sea turtles, bobbies, and frigates as well as dolphins. Morning or sunset tours are available.
Explore isolated jungles, river, and waterfalls by horseback on full-day or half-day tours of the nearby mountains. The tour includes experienced guide, breakfast and typical lunch, transportation, and healthy strong horses.
This is an action-packed wave runner jet ski adventure with coastline tour and / or estuary tour.
Explore Manuel Antonio National Park with an experienced guide in search of sloths, monkeys, and exotic birds. The guide will explain the history of the park and its flora and fauna.
An unbelievably unique and memorable experience, which includes safety equipment, bilingual instruction, and it is approximately 15 minutes in the air, nearly 600 feet above the Pacific Ocean. Take off from the beach and land in the water. No experience necessary.
Kayak the protected mangrove waterways of the Isla Damas Estuary with a guide to show you all the wildlife, or challenge yourself to a more rugged workout on the coastline between Quepos and Manuel Antonio, with some waves and surf.
Quepos is world famous for off-shore bill fishing with many record of sail fish, marlin, snapper, and tuna caught in local waters. Enjoy a full-day or half-day fishing on-shore or off-shore. There are many different sized sport fishing boats: from 26 foot outboards to 45 foot twin diesels.
Your adventure aboard this comfortable, single hull yacht begins as you sail along the scenic coast past the beautiful beaches and islands of Manuel Antonio National Park. As the boat glides quietly along you may see dolphins, which frequently swim in the boat's wake, and even the occasional whale or giant sea turtle.
Try some surf or boogie board lessons at Manuel Antonio beach, a short walk from Costa Verde.
One fall is 150 feet and another is 175 feet high. Enjoy a typical Costa Rican lunch overlooking the swinging bridge and canyon waterfall. The canyon tour is for anyone in moderate physical condition. Kid friendly, no experience necessary. Guides are safety conscience and professionally trained to help curb your fears.
A full day of fun, great scenery, and birding. Challenge nearby, pristine Savegre River with a experienced rafting company. The half-day tour is on the Naranjo River, through adjacent ranches and palm oil plantation.
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 the 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 six 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 and 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.
Juan Santamaria International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$150 per person
The airport you will fly into is San Jose International Airport (SJO). From San Jose you can get a short 25 minute internal flight to Quepos (XQP). It is then only a 15 minute taxi ride to your hotel.
A one way ticket can range from $25 to $100 depending on the season. You can reserve your flight online. Make sure to leave enough time between flights for baggage claim, customs and immigration.
Here are the companies that flight into Quepos airport.
Direct public buses run 6 times a day from San Jose city to Manuel Antonio, and the fare is only $10! Please check their schedule here http://www.autotransportesdm.com/
Direct buses take 3 hours to get from San Jose to Manuel Antonio, the regular ones take 4 hours.
The bus terminal is called Tracopa, you will need to take a taxi from the airport to the bus station. There are many bus stations in San Jose so be sure to inform the taxi driver that you want to go to TRANSPORTES TRACOPA near Plaza Viquez.
We can arrange a private car (1-4 passengers), to pick you up from the SJO Airport or San Jose city and drive you directly to your hotel in Manuel Antonio. This will take approximately 3 hours at a cost of $150 in cash to the driver.
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