8 Days Transformational Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

  • Nautilus Boutique Hotel, Puntarenas, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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  • 7 days with instruction
  • This retreat is hosted in a beautiful award winning retreat center with delicious pure and organic vegetarian delicacies. Surround yourself with the gorgeous backdrop of the Costa Rican tropical beaches and scenery. Immerse yourself in surf, sun, and fun Pura Vida style!


    • Daily yoga classes
    • Insightful master workshops
    • Transfer from and to Tambor Airport (TMU)
    • Free time for recreational activities
    • 7 nights accommodation
    • Daily vegetarian meals


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    The accommodation options are on private and double room basis. At Nautilus Boutique Hotel, guests can enjoy all the benefits of a world class hotel with the comforts of a small luxury villa. Designed to inspire serenity, the zen like atmosphere of each accommodation blends seamlessly with the lush nature and quiet beauty of the grounds.

    Indigenous wood and stone crafts come together with beautiful local art work, simple clean lines, fine linens, and state of the art kitchen and bathroom appliances to create an atmosphere that is sophisticated and sublime. Secluded, quiet, and rich with wild tropical beauty.

    Each villa boasts a private terrace for your enjoyment and wireless Internet, nearby laundry facilities, a fully equipped kitchen, and organic bath products are just a few of the little extras the discerning traveler will be delighted to find. Perfect for couples, small families, and groups, Nautilus Boutique Hotel delivers so much more than a five-star hotel and all for about the same rate.

    One-bedroom villa

    These villas include a separate bedroom with a king size bed and a living area with a sofa bed, as well as a fully equipped kitchen, private terrace, and luxury bathroom featuring marble counter tops and rain showers. The villa is about 700 square feet and can accommodate up to three people.

    Two-bedroom villa

    The two-bedroom villas feature large living areas, luxury bathrooms, dining areas, and fully equipped kitchens along with large terraces that face the garden. The villa is about 1200 square feet and can accommodate up to five people.

    With master Power Vinyasa classes, inversion and arm balancing workshops, group games, and plenty of free time for tropical activities such as surfing, exploring, and relaxing, connect to your greatest source of power, freedom, and joy…you! Unravel, unwind, let go, and play! Prepare yourself for a splendid and remarkable journey! Yoga classes will be held daily as well as master workshops with Jill and some other guest teachers.

    • Jill Abraham

      (Life Coach)

      Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Kripalu Yoga)

      Jill Abraham created and leads the 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher training at Power Yoga of Cape Cod. In addition to teaching yoga, she is a certified health and life coach through Institute of Integrative Nutrition, a certified Ayurvedic practitioner through The Ayurveda Academy in Seattle, and a graduate of The Natural Gourmet Cookery School (founded by Annemarie Colbin in NYC). She has been leading health and nutrition workshops since 2005.

    This retreat will be held in Nautilus Boutique Hotel, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Santa Teresa has the distinct flavor of an ultra hip, cosmopolitan destination, yet paradoxically boasts pristine, untouched beaches and jungle, while the dirt road that runs through the area leaves no doubt that travelers are indeed in the wild untamed west.

    Nearby places

    • Tambor - 40 minutes
    • Cycling
    • Diving
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Horse riding / rental
    • Kayaking
    • Massage
    • Scuba diving
    • Shopping
    • Snorkeling
    • Stand up paddle boarding
    • Surfing
    • Swimming
    • Swimming pool
    • Zip lining
    • Air-conditioned rooms
    • Beach
    • Dining area
    • Hammock
    • In-room safe
    • Kitchen
    • Restaurant
    • River nearby
    • Terrace
    • Yoga studio
    • Bicycle rental
    • Free parking
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Toiletries

    Three organic and vegetarian meals will be served to you thrice daily. Nautilus Boutique Hotel's restaurant, Olam, sources the freshest organic ingredients, some of which come from the many fruit trees that grow on the property. Under the guide of Adi Mayer, the inventive chefs create culinary delights.

    Nautilus Boutique Hotel is proud to offer a large variety of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and raw cuisine. Their super food smoothies are blended to help balance, nourish, and restore the body. Whether the desire is to cleanse, invigorate, muscle up, fill up or veg-up, they can blend it up with love.

    Nautilus Boutique Hotel can accommodate virtually any dietary restrictions. They can also help you design a meal program to bring you into optimum health during your stay. They offer detox retreats, nutritional guidance, juicing, meal planning, and raw food cleanses.

    ATV tours

    Go on an adventure! Get off road on a quad or motorcycle for and ride up or down the coast or through the jungle. Cabuya and Montezuma are great places to explore. Discover secluded, beautiful beaches north of Playa Hermosa and Manzanillo where you can stop for a picnic lunch, a swim, and a nap under a tree.

    Bicycle trips

    Exotic bicycle trips on your own or with a guide for basic and advanced physical conditions.

    Canopy zip line

    Fly through the rainforest canopy! Rich with wildlife, this is an exhilarating way to experience the diversity of the Costa Rica jungle. With over a kilometer of zip line cable and nine platforms, this fast flying experience is a thrill to remember. Rest assured the tours adhere to the strictest safety measures. Guests can relax and enjoy exciting views of the Pacific Ocean and the jungle from a whole new perspective up in the trees. After the canopy tour, you are welcome to hike the grounds and discover the many wonders of this landscape up close.


    A unique sport fishing experience awaits you in Mal Pais, where your fishing guides are all local fishermen who have grown up in the area, fishing the waters for years. Offshore, close to shore or surf fishing are all offered. Should you decide to charter a boat it will be a 24 or 28-foot panga. No fancy machines or fishing finders are needed. These local guides know the waters so well. Your experience will be an authentic, organic one that you will never forget. At the end of the day, your guide will clean the fish and your catch of marlin, sailfish, rooster fish, yellow finned tuna, red snapper or… (who knows with such abundance?) will make for a terrific dinner that evening back at the hotel.

    Not into cooking? No problem. Many restaurants in the area will do it up for you or you can ask the concierge to help you hire a chef to come to your place and prepare the evening’s meal.


    Hike in Curú Wildlife Refuge or Cabo Blanco National Park and experience wildlife on your own or with a guide.

    Horseback riding

    Explore the jungle and enjoy the sunset while galloping or riding on the beach.

    Kayak tour

    Paddle out into calm bays with your own kayak and explore the lush pacific coast line. Try spicing it up a bit with kayak surfing in the crashing waves on any of the awesome surf spots nearby. Beautiful reefs with abundant marine life and deep, verdant mangroves add to the never ending wonders that you’ll discover while on your kayak adventure.

    River in Cobano

    Relax and swim at the fresh sweet water river of Cobano. This is recommended for picnics.

    Scuba diving

    Underwater adventure for beginners and advanced divers.


    View the beautiful underwater wildlife in Mal País, Montezuma, and Tortuga Island.

    Stand-up paddle

    Start off in the river to get comfortable on the boards. Once you feel ready, take it to the ocean.


    Surfers worldwide make their way to Costa Rica year after year for the tremendous selection of perfect breaks for every level of experience. With hundreds of kilometers of coast line and thousands of beaches, Costa Rica has become a surf enthusiast’s dream. During recent years, this area has become home to several International surf contests including the ISP Billabong Surf Games.

    Mal Pais, Playa Carmen, and Santa Teresa boast a wide variety of unique surf breaks including sandy beach breaks and point breaks that make it the perfect location for surfers at any level. Just two minutes walking distance from Nautilus Hotel is one of the best surf spots in town. Bring your own board, rent one or Nautilus Hotel can help arrange lessons for you. Surf’s up in Santa Teresa!

    Lessons are 55 USD per person. THE PRICE includes a two and a half hour lesson and surfboard rental for 24 hours.


    Jump and swim in the wild waterfalls of Montezuma and Cobano.

    Massage treatments can be booked at Nautilus Boutique Hotel at additional costs. At Hotel Nautilus, Costa Rica, they want to insure that you can fully unwind and relax during your stay in Santa Teresa. Their experienced and professional massage therapists can offer you the best possible treatments to suit your needs and mood. Whether you want to relax, restore, rejuvenate, or heal they can provide just the right treatment. Indulge your senses and pamper your body. They offer a wide array of massage services including Swedish, Thai, deep tissue massage, chocolate body scrub, myofacial release, and couple's massage.

    • 3 freshly prepared organic vegetarian meals per day
    • 7 nights accommodation
    • Daily yoga classes and master workshops
    • Transfer from and to Tambor Airport (TMU)
    • Airfare
    • Extracurricular activities
    • Spa services

    Driving directions from Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR)

    • Go south driving to Nicoya.
    • Once there, follow the road to Carmona, Lepanto, Jicaral, Naranjo, Paquera, Cobano, and finally to Santa Teresa.

    Driving directions from San Jose

    • Take the Panamerican Highway or the new Caldera Highway to Puntarenas then the ferry from Puntarenas to Paquera.
    • Follow the road from Paquera through Tambor, Cobano to Malpais or Santa Teresa.

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book your flight to arrive at Tambor Airport (TMU). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Nautilus Boutique Hotel will pick you up from the airport.

    Arrival by bus

    From the Coca Cola bus station in San Jose, there is a direct bus to Mal Pais and Santa Teresa each day. Buses usually leave at 06:00 and 14:00 daily, but call to check on departure times as they change frequently.

    • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
    • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.


    • Review by a traveler from San Salvador, El Salvador

      "The apartments are really nice, they are one bedroom apartments with a full kitchen/living room. The kitchen has a large fridge, coffee maker, mini oven, toaster etc. utensils are provided. The name of the hotel and the rooms is slightly misleading. Its not really a boutique hotel nor are the rooms villas. They are more liked serviced apartments. You get a key to your room and one for the front door of the hotel, there is a daily cleaning services and that's about it do not expect any more services, any pampering or amenities really (not even free water anywhere). That being said, I would still definitely recommend this hotel. The hotel is in a great location, the rooms are very nice, spacious and comfortable. There are great yoga classes given twice a day for 12 USD per class. There is also a restaurant that has very delicious and healthy food. There is easy access to Santa Teresa beach just walk down a road for a couple hundred meters."

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    • Review by a traveler from Seattle, Washington, US

      "Nautilus Boutique Hotel is a gem in the jungle. It's only a few steps from the beach and also located in the middle of the colorful vegetation and wildlife. Each room is a private suite which has a plenty of space to stay. The staff will set you up for whatever activities you like, with the best Santa Teresa has to offer. If you have any inclination, take a surf lesson from Amit at Surf del Soul. The food is all fresh, organic and absolutely delicious. I usually try to get out and enjoy as much of the local flavors as possible, but I found myself eating at Olam a lot. It was just too good to be missed!"

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    • Review by Catherine G. from Malibu

      "I have now stayed twice at the Nautilus, once in the green season and once in the high season. I love this place. The ambiance is special, peaceful, and zen. The management is friendly, very approachable and helpful. The rooms are large, well appointed and comfy. They are like apartments with kitchens and living rooms. Everything's is spotlessly clean. The restaurant is beyond compare. I saw that they were written up in the New York Times food section! Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Everything is organic, healthy vegan/vegetarian fare and you can tell it was made with love! We did yoga twice a day most days and the classes were great. The yoga studio is above the restaurant with a wonderful ocean breeze to cool you off. We also had massages up there and that was a great experience! Just a quick walk to beach for surfing, swimming and to watch the sunset. A dip in the pool after dinner and the day is complete. The reception and the managers gave us lots of ideas for fun things to do,in the area and arranged everything for us. I can't think of anything I would change."

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    • Review by Scott L.

      "My family and I stayed at Nautilus Boutique Hotel for about two weeks. Rima and Pete are wonderful managers of the hotel. Olam Restaurant is an amazing vegetarian or vegan and restaurant. I'm not vegetarian but I absolutely loved their food. Beautiful hotel and just a short 100 meters of walk to some of the greatest sea!"

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    • Review by a traveler from San Jose, Costa Rica

      "The staff is very kind and easy to talk to. The yoga theme is perfect to relax. The public services are nearby and you can get directions very easily. I have already recommended Nautilus Boutique Hotel to my family and friends."

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    • Review by Victor from San Jose, Costa Rica

      "The staff is very kind and easy to talk to. The yoga theme is perfect to relax. Services are near by and you can get directions very easy, I have already started recommending Nautilus to my family and friends."

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    • Review by a traveler from Somerville, Massachusetts

      "My wife and I enjoyed our stay at the Nautilus in January 2015. The food and service in their in-house restaurant were excellent. We especially appreciated the many vegetarian options. The hotel has a cozy feel with lots of plants and neatly clustered single story small buildings for rooms. Our room was spacious with a large bed, kitchenette, and large bath. We booked a duo massage which was completed on their yoga deck (above the restaurant) overlooking the ocean. We didn't drop into the daily yoga class but that is available. The hotel is well-located in Santa Teresa being just a short downhill walk to the beach and to the south the bakery (definitely worth a visit) and other restaurants in the more commercial section of the beach road. Overall Santa Teresa has a charming small surf town vibe and not over developed. If you are pressed for time in Costa Rica, taking a domestic flight into Tambor and short shuttle to the hotel is worth it. There is also a great sushi restaurant a short cab ride away north of hotel on beach road. Hotel also felt secure as there was a steel gate which was closed in the evenings."

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    • Review by a traveler from Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica

      "This is my new spot without question. The vibe and styling of Nautilus is impeccable. The restaurant is beyond amazing- and totally healthy. The yoga studio and pool are epic! Secure and off the main road. Rima, the manager and her husband and such good wholesome people. Stay here for sure. Pura vida."

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    • Review by Jenna D.

      "I highly recommend the Nautilus! Villas were nice, spacious, and clean. The food at Olam was delicious and healthy. Yoga in the jungle was amazing. The staff was very friendly and incredibly helpful throughout my stay. I had a number of flight issues traveling to Costa Rica (cancellations, delays, etc.) and Rima and the rest of the staff were there helping me along the way to figure out how to modify my travels accordingly once in Costa Rica. I also got something stuck in my foot running on the beach and they took me to the doctor to get it taken out. They were beyond wonderful! I cannot wait to come back!"

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    • Review by a traveler from Zurich, Switzerland

      "The place is everything you want on your surf holiday in Costa Rica: clean, nice architecture, yoga, organic food and smoothies, amazing staff, etc. etc. If I had to pick on downside that would be the lack of a sea view. But that does not matter so much as you are at the beach in two minutes."

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