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7 Days Holiday Season Recharge Yoga Retreat in Panama

  • Sansara Resort, Calle A Principal, Cambutal, Los Santos 00001, Panama

Overview

Holiday Season Recharge Panama Yoga Retreat

Escape the cold and chaotic December rush, and invest in this weeklong yoga retreat to refresh and recharge your spirit. End your year with the strength and calm of a Sansara Signature Yoga Retreat with Clarissa Thompson. A memorable week filled with fun, laughter, and bliss you will not want to miss out on! Get ready to disconnect and reconnect to yourself.

Highlights

  • Twice daily yoga classes
  • Movie night and beach bonfire
  • Complimentary cooking classes
  • Complimentary intro into surf lesson
  • Complimentary use of SUP boards, kayaks, and bikes
  • 3 daily healthy and balanced meals
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Sansara welcome gift

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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- Pure Luxury

Enjoy pure luxury in one of Sansara’s eleven private, oceanfront cabanas. Designed to inspire serenity, the zen-like atmosphere of Sansara blends seamlessly with the lush nature and quiet beauty of the property’s grounds. The stunning fusion of traditional design with a tropical twist promises you an experience that is both intimate and inspiring.

Within each cabana, you will find vibrant warm colors and incredible tropical hardwood details, furniture, and art which have all been sourced and made locally. Featuring stunning views, of the Pacific Ocean, and tropical gardens that surround you. Each cabana is just steps away from the warm water of the ocean.

Each room is designed differently with a selection of king, queen, and twin bed options. The cabana’s occupancy is for one to four adults, perfect for solo travelers, couples, friends, or families. Choose from the beautiful pool-front cabanas or unique second story rooftop suite.

All rooms at Sansara have been outfitted with luxurious bath products to soften your skin, high quality linens, air-conditioning, mini-fridge to keep your refreshments cold, and safety deposit box to stow your valuable away. Make your stay as relaxed and comfortable as possible at Sansara.

Anahata cabana

Anahata is a Sanskrit word meaning “heart-lotus”, the perfect name for this beachfront cabana, as it is the core of our spirit, nestled in the heart of Sansara.

This tranquil master bedroom suite is located on the ground floor, and steps away from sinking your toes into the warm black sand. Inside this beautiful cabana includes one king bed, and a handcrafted twin bed for an optional third guest.

Luxurious textures and delicate color palettes create a warm and welcoming stay. This cabana is equipped with a tastefully designed open concept bathroom, private patio, and outdoor shower to rinse the salt-water away. Anahata is outfitted with luxurious bath products to soften your skin, high quality linens, air-conditioning, mini fridge to keep your refreshments cold, and safety deposit box to stow your valuables away.

Casa Antigua cabana

Warmth and character surround this beachfront cabana. Located directly across from Sansara's yoga studio, this room was designed to inspire serenity. The zen-like atmosphere of this cabana blends seamlessly with the lush nature and quiet beauty of the properties grounds.

Inside you will find a beautifully featured wall with 100-year-old reclaimed interlocking antique wood that has been artistically placed, accompanied with hand crafted drift wood furniture, luxurious textures and a delicate color palette.

This room is sure to create a warm and inviting feeling during your stay here at Sansara. This private cabana is equipped with one king sized bed, or an optional two twin configuration, private patio, outfitted with luxurious bath products to soften your skin, high quality linens, air-conditioning, mini-fridge to keep your refreshments cold, and safety deposit box to stow your valuables away.

Cedro Espina cabana

Cedro Espina is the Spanish name for Spiny Cedar and the perfect name for this tree house inspired second storey cabana. Located oceanfront and amongst the treetops, you can enjoy the views from your private balcony; the perfect place to re-establish your connection with nature and watch the sunset paint the sky in a bright array of colors.

Inside your private room, you will find indigenous wood ceilings, beautifully laid slate tiles, all which join together as pieces of art. This room is outfitted with two queen canopy beds, fine linens, organic bath products, air-conditioning, mini-fridge to keep your refreshments cold, and safety deposit box to stow your valuables away.

Ganesha cabana

The most private and luxurious suite, the Ganesha cabana is truly a magical room to lodge in with your significant other. Located directly in front of the Pacific ocean and right next to the pool, this romantic cabana allows you to wake up to the view of the most magnificent surf break and outer reefs directly in front of Sansara.

There's no better way to start your day then to sip a cup of coffee underneath your private terrace, or end your adventurous day with Ganesha's large stone and subway tiled shower, equipped with all organic hand made soaps to soften your skin, or cuddling in the plush king-sized bed with fine linens and five star pillows.

Inside this private cabana receives sunlight from all directions, beautifully handcrafted tropical wood ceilings, and handcrafted drift wood furniture to place your belongings. They honeymoon suite will leave you wanting to move in forever. This cabana is equipped with fine linens, organic bath products, air-conditioning, mini-fridge to keep your refreshments cold, and a safety deposit box to stow your valuables away.

Hanuman cabana

Built with love by the local artisans from Cambutal, the Hanuman suite is elegant and comfortable, including two handcrafted king sized beds, a large stone and subway tile shower with double sinks, and a huge covered outdoor patio which is right next to the pool and steps away from the Pacific Ocean.

This cabana is a perfect getaway suite for the family or friends of four, as the two king sized beds can be converted into four twin sized beds. You will find inside this beautiful room the handcrafted tropical wood ceilings, handmade drift wood door separating the washroom and suite, and handcrafted drift wood furniture to place your belongings. Peaceful, relaxing, and luxury are the perfect words to describe what you can expect when lodging in the Hanuman suite.

This private cabana is equipped with handmade organic bath products to soften your skin, high quality linens, air-conditioning, mini-fridge to keep your refreshments cold, and safety deposit box to stow your valuables away.

La Marea cabana

Boasting with such beautiful and dramatic tidal changes in Cambutal, this was the perfect name for one of Sansara's oceanfront, luxurious cabanas. This private cabana is accessed by a hand-laid stone pathway that meanders through the leafy vegetation. This ground floor cabana comes equipped with custom pieces designed by the owners and hand crafted by local artisans from the countryside.

La Marea comes with a very large private terrace with a nice view of the surrounding trees along with the sounds and view of the ocean's tide. Outfitted with one king bed, luxurious bath products to soften your skin, high quality linens, air-conditioning, mini fridge to keep your refreshments cold, and safety deposit box to stow your valuables away.

Ranchito cabana

Bringing the relaxing and revitalizing atmosphere of the beach to this artfully designed loft cabana, Ranchito is the perfect getaway room for friends or family. The local artisans of Cambutal have incorporated the traditional techniques of using renewable materials such as clay tiles, local woods, and palm leaves to create this special cabana. This spacious room offers the best atmosphere to kick back and relax.

The Ranchito cabana is equipped with two king sized beds, which can be converted into four twin sized beds, a private terrace facing the luscious tropical vegetation and exotic plants, fine linens, organic bath products, air-conditioning, mini-fridge to keep your refreshments cold, and a safety deposit box to stow your valuables away.

Rio Chico cabana

Imagine yourself in a space that embodies elegance, sophistication, style, comfort, and culture all at once. Rio Chica Cabana is a ground level cabana at Sansara Surf and Yoga Resort that encompasses all this and more.Designed and decorated to reflect a tropical atmosphere and Cambutal's beachy vibes, this room provides a peaceful getaway.

This room incorporates the traditional techniques using renewable materials such as antique wood furnishings and beautifully crafted stoned showers to wash the salt away. Large glass doors that open to your private terrace, to maximize flow and allow one to connect to vibrant outdoors and the comfort of your room.

Rio Grande cabana

Each cabana at Sansara offers personal touches for a stay that defies the ordinary. However you are coming all the way to Cambutal, so why not go big with the Rio Grande cabana. This vibrant and playful second storey cabana is both warm and welcoming. The plush-king bedded cabana provides the perfect respite for a day out in the surf, ocean or on the yoga mat. With a private roof-top terrace, this space allows you to keep tabs on the local surf breaks, and watch the sunset and sunrise.

Inside this private cabana receives vibrant sunlight throughout the day, providing a natural glow. This private room is equipped with stone showers, and surf inspired furnishings along with fine linens, organic bath products, air-conditioning, mini-fridge to keep your refreshments cold, and safety deposit box to stow your valuables away.

  • Amara dePaul

    Amara’s yoga journey started in 2008, and after experiencing the powerful practice of Baptiste yoga in 2012 and its ability to transform, she knew she wanted to share that with others. In June 2014, Amara completed her 200-hour RYT certification at BIG, and another 200 hr through Baptiste Yoga. Additionally, Amara has been pursuing certification as a leadership and goal coach through igolu with Susanne Conrad in Santa Monica, Ca. For Amara, yoga gives access to leaving behind her comfort zone, finding new areas for growth, and getting out of her head and living her life to the fullest!

  • Katie Highsmith

    Katie went to her first yoga class in 2012 and immediately fell in love with the practice and the power it had to completely transform every day. The physical, mental, and emotional benefits of her yoga practice have left Katie with a deeper appreciation of and increased passion for the life she is creating. She completed her 200-hour RYT certification in June 2015 at BIG Power Yoga in Houston and can't wait for the next opportunity to expand her knowledge, love, and growth in her practice. Since then, Katie has also attended Baptiste Art of Assisting and has been involved in her TT studio!

Located at the southernmost point of Panama in the Azuero Peninsula, Cambutal is a small village in the province of Los Santos, and is approximately five hours away from the country’s capital; Panama City. Where the mountains meet the sea, this quiet and nearly untouched area of Panama provides the perfect backdrop for a relaxing vacation experience.

Experience luxury, relaxation, and wellness on this Sansara vacation. Enjoy Sansara’s inviting beach and pool front restaurant offering nutritious meals and snacks throughout your stay. Cool off in the stunning salt-water pool overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean and relax on Sansara’s tranquil open-air beachfront yoga studio faces the Pacific Ocean.

A day can easily become filled exploring the miles of picture-perfect Pacific coastline, surfing the warm waters, or lounging in a hammock under the trees. The beautiful community of Cambutal awaits you; and you are invited to come flow at Sansara.

Sansare Resort is located in the beach community of Cambutal. There are minimal shops on the beach, which is part of the appeal. However there are some local corner stores, a coffee shop, and few great restaurants nearby. The closest neighboring town (20 minute drive) is Tonosi. There you can find bank services (ATM), bigger grocery stores, and a few clothing store options.

Sansara is situated beachfront with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean at your doorstep. Enjoy the ease of walking down into the black sand beach. You are steps away from finding yourself sitting under the sun, playing on the beach , enjoying endless miles of beach combing, snorkeling in the area, kayaking, stand-up-paddling, and surfing all right outside the doorstep of your beachfront cabana!

Nearby places

  • Panama City - 5 hours
  • Tonosi - 20-minute drive
Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Fishing nearby
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding/rental
  • Kayak
  • Massage
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Stargazing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • Kitchen
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry and ironing
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance

You will be served three healthy and balanced meals each day, which are included in the price. Sansara Resort Restaurant offers mouth watering, wholesome food seven days a week that feature local ocean-wise fish, farm-raised poultry, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. They serve only fresh, in season, and local (from farms in the area) that will leave you feeling perfectly pampered and undeniably full.

Sample menu

Breakfast

  • Seasonal wilted green on herbed polenta with poached eggs (fried garlic,balsamic reductions, and basil oil)
  • Smoked paprika Spanish tortilla (Rosemary, rye toast, and fresh fruit)
  • Roasted vegetable omelette (Rye toast and fresh fruit)
  • Sweet potato hash (poached eggs, fine herbs, and fresh fruit)
  • Herbed chickpea toast with poached egg (fresh greens, roasted vegetables, and fresh fruit)
  • Gluten free banana bread french toast (coconut caramel and coconut cream)
  • Gluten free waffle (seasonal fruit compote, local honey and fresh fruit)

Lunch

  • Thai peanut salad bowl (chilled rice noodles and tossed peanuts)
  • Sweet potato falafel wrap (creamy cilantro sauce)
  • Garam masala grilled vegetable flat bread (tomato jam)
  • Black bean burger and charred pineapple salsa
  • Charred fish tacos with grilled corn salsa (pickled red onions and fresh cilantro)

All lunches are served with your choice of soup or salad.

Appetizers

  • Tossed green salad (Taramind vinaigrette and seasonal vegetables)
  • Lemongrass caesar (vegan cashew dressing and gluten free croutons)
  • Cauliflower meatballs (oven-roasted tomato sauce and cilantro salad)
  • Quinoa arancini (pesto marinera and rosemary caramelized onions)

Entrées

  • Fermented black bean quinoa cakes (wilted seasonal greens and charred vegetables)
  • Roasted tomato and mushroom pastry (balsamic reduction and tossed green salad
  • Curried prawn pasta (zucchini noodles and cilantro cream)
  • Grilled Thai sea bass (glass noodle sauté and coconut cream)
  • Roasted chicken ramen (poached egg, nori and pickle ginger salad)

Desserts

  • Cinnamon flan (orange caramel)
  • Flourless chocolate torte (orange anglaze)
  • Trio of seasonal sorbets and ice creams (olive oil short bread)

Bicycles

Complimentary with your stay, is the use of bicycles. So hop on and tour the area with the wind in your hair.

Fishing

Cruise the Panamanian pacific coastline (tuna coast) and witness the amazing views, and abundance of natural wildlife. For those wishing to fish, you can look forward to catching tuna and Mahi Mahi.

Hikes

Enjoy guided or unguided nature hikes through Panama’s pristine nature reserves. The nearby Cerro Hoya National Park is just one of the beautiful hiking options where you may see monkeys, macaws, coatis, iguanas, gigantic rainforest trees, and stunning orchids.

Kayaking

Enjoy a refreshing paddle on the Pacific Ocean. Sansara Resort is located in a protected bay that is perfect for any beginners. They have kayaks available onsite for your use.

Onsite pool

Cool off in the stunning open air salt water pool overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

Photography

Your vacation is a perfect time to update those family photos and capture the beauty of your experience. Resort owner and professional photographer, Michael Phillips, is onsite to do just that. If you are taking part in a retreat, a photo package is included with your retreat, but for those just taking in the resort, you may wish to consider a personalized photo shoot.

Snorkelling

At Sansara, you can experience the area’s best snorkeling as they are situated in a beautiful protected bay. They have all the equipment onsite, ready for you to explore the reefs right outside of your cabana.

Stand up paddling

Glide on water and experience Panama’s stunning coastline while enjoying breathtaking views and exotic sea life from your paddle board. Sansara Resort offers additional packages for SUP instruction for those that want to learn to SUP or improve their skills during their stay.

Surfing

At Sansara, you have a quick and easy access to beach breaks, point breaks, and reef break surf options. Whatever you’re looking for, they got it. With the warm, inviting water surrounding Sansara, there is no need for a wetsuit. Cambutal is home to some of the best waves on the pacific coast, crashing along beaches that are clean and blissfully empty.

The area boasts a perfect blend of geography and wind, creating prime conditions to satisfy every surfer. No matter what you’re looking for, Sansara Resort has the ideal location for the most fun in the waves for all levels of surfers.

Waterfalls

Travel through the forest, rivers, and mountains to the most amazing waterfall and cliff jumping, coupled with stunning views of the jungle.

Sansara Resort offers a diverse range of massage therapies to accommodate to your needs and ensure that you leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Reserve a time at reception with their highly trained and experience therapist. Please note that massage and spa offerings and prices may vary seasonally.

Lomi lomi

Traditional Hawaiian massage renown for its soothing, flowing, and relaxing dance-like deep strokes. Using palms and forearms to knead soft tissues with oil while incorporating passive stretching techniques to loosen muscles and joints through mobilization. A relaxing and therapeutic variation for deep massage with no pain. This massage costs 75 USD for 60 minutes and 105 USD for 90 minutes.

Ancient Greek massage

Traditional Grecian massage with principles traced back to Egyptian medicine and further formulated by Hippocrates’ teachings. An unique therapeutic massage using dry brushing with powder to stimulate the nervous system, full body oil massage, foot reflexology, and cupping along the meridian energy lines and specific muscle groups. A restorative massage that releases tight and tense muscles. This massage costs 75 USD for 60 minutes and 105 USD for 90 minutes.

Deep tissue massage

Sports massage which targets specific muscle groups to warm and soften tissue, help heal scar tissue and flush toxins. This deep massage relieves muscle pain and speeds recovery from muscular exertion. Using strong and intense direct pressure, rubbing, kneading, vibration, tapping and myofascial techniques help to release patterns of tension and restore suppleness. This massage costs 85 USD for 60 minutes and 115 USD for 90 minutes.

Sansara special

Combination of relaxation and deep therapeutic techniques to address problem areas and reestablish balance. Including practices drawn from Classical Western, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Tui Na, Acupressure, Hawaiian,Thai, Egyptian, and Taoist massage. This massage costs 85 USD for 60 minutes and 115 USD for 90 minutes.

  • 1 complimentary cooking class
  • 1 complimentary group surf lesson
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 3 healthy meals daily
  • 6 nights luxury accommodation
  • Cinema under the stars and beach bonfire
  • Complimentary Sansara welcome gift
  • Complimentary use of SUP boards, kayaks, and bikes
  • Organic bathroom products, high quality linens, and beach towels
  • Photo package
  • Van transportation to and from Panama City to Sansara, Cambutal
  • Additional excursions
  • Airfare to Panama City
  • Alcohol
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature or souvenirs
  • Travel insurance

Driving directions from Panama City

  • Exit Panama City via the Bridge of Americas - Puente de las Amricas. Please be aware of the speed limits, you may encounter police cars with radar along the highway roads.
  • The highway is called Pan-American Highway. Continue on this highway for approximately three hours towards Divisa town.
  • Prior to arriving to Divisa, you will see billboards advertising the town of Pedasi. This is the direction you want to head, and this is also where you turn off from the Pan-American Highway.
  • The turnoff is on the right, leading you to a small overpass above the highway, and you are now on route to Chitre and then to Las Tablas.
  • Upon entering Las Tablas, you will continue straight down the main road, until you hit a two-way stop.
  • The towns square will be on your right, and a lime green building called Electronic Caf will be in front of you.
  • You will continue straight, with a slight veer to the left, until you approach a fork in the road.
  • There will be a Clinica Dental in front of you, and a small blue sign on your left, with an arrow directing you to turn left to Tonosi. Take this left.
  • You will then take your first right - a big yellow / red / black SUR sign will be in front or above of you.
  • You are now on the road to Valle Rico. This beautifully paved mountain road is approximately a one to one and a half hour drive, and as you descend the mountain to the valley bottom, you will approach a fork in the road. Turn left.
  • Continue straight for another four minutes, and you will hit a dead end. Turn right.
  • Five minutes later, you will arrive to Tonosi.
  • Entering Tonosi, there is a gas station to your right; this is the last stop to refuel before Cambutal.
  • Straight ahead from the gas station and on your left, there is an ATM located at The Banco Nacional, this is the last place to get cash.
  • With the Banco Nacional on your left, and the towns square on your right, you will turn right and continue on that road. It will veer slightly to the left and you will continue that way.
  • You will see a big blue sign on your left with a few beach towns listed. Cambutal is on that sign.
  • It is a 20-minute drive from Tonosi to Cambutal. You will pass signs for Bucaro and Guanico as you drive.
  • Entering Cambutal, you will drive through the quiet community, and continue towards the beach access road, driving along the coast where you will soon approach *Sansara Surf and Yoga Resort; the friendly team will be eagerly anticipating your arrival.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY). Note that the airport is about a 30-minute ride from Panama city itself, and transportation from the airport to Panama City is not included.

Sansara Resort recommends everyone fly into Panama City (PTY) one day prior to the retreat start date, as the complimentary shuttle takes place the morning of the retreat start date Sunday, December 11, 2016 at approximately 9 a.m. This shuttle departs only from a list of recommended hotels that are located in Casco Viejo (Old City). Please note this is also your return drop off location.

The complimentary shuttle will be leaving Sansara the morning of Saturday, December 17, 2016 arriving into Panama City at approximately 2 to 3 p.m. Shuttle drop off and pick up locations are below:

  • American Trade Hotel
  • Casa Antigua
  • Magnolia Inn
  • Las Clementinas
  • Tantalo

Private charters can be arranged from Panama City into Tonosi. The flight time is approximately 40 minutes. Flights to Chitre Airport (CTD), which is located two hours away from Sansara, are also available.

Arrival by bus

Go to the Albrook Bus terminal, which is on the west side of Panama City near the canal, near the smaller airport where you catch regional flights, and it is right next to the huge Albrook shopping mall. This is a very large and active bus terminal. Buses to everywhere go from this terminal. You will want to buy a ticket to Las Tablas. Once arriving in Las Tablas, you will have to change buses, grabbing a bus to Tonosi bus. From there you can take a taxi to Cambutal.

Arrival by taxi

Maxi Taxi Panama offers car service to Cambutal. Lumo Luxury in Motion also offers car service to Cambutal.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Sansara Resort an inquiry.
  • Review by Jamie E
    10 out of 10

    "I started writing my TripAdvisor review (in my mind, anyway) for the week I spent at Sansara with my girlfriend on my last night in Cambutal, as we hung out with the lovely and helpful Rebecca, who works at Sansara, and a local surfer/philosopher, Ivan, one of a few international ex-pats who had found this little gem in Panama before we had and, like others upon finding it, never left. As we listened to the waves crashing and laughed and reflected on the days that we had just spent, it was tempting to follow their lead…"

    "Sansara was everything that the TripAdvisor reviews had promised, and then some. If you’re reading this, you pry already know that it’s not the easiest place to get to; we flew to Panama City and rented a car for the 6 hour drive to Cambutal, the start of which wasn’t particularly relaxing or pretty, but which gradually gives way to a pretty scenic drive through mountains and forests and jungles and then you arrive at this oasis, this gorgeous “resort” (I use the term loosely) and you know pretty fast that the trek was worth it. The accommodations, the property, and the staff immediately make you feel like you’ve stepped into just what you needed - a vacation, a little serene piece of paradise. The beach is pristine, the water is warm, it’s UBER chill, it’s stunning. The food was great, the owners are hands on and will help with advice, if you want it, or leave you alone to chill. This is not where you come to “party” - it’s where you come to go a little “off grid”, to relax and marvel at the scenery and enjoy the luxury and seclusion and the surfing (Kenny was a great surf teacher/bartender/jokester, and added to our overall sense of fun and security). Bottom line - we loved it, and are still dreaming of it. Highly recommended."

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  • Review by Melissa from Atlantic Beach, Florida
    10 out of 10

    "Fabulous place to unwind. Fantastic service and food. Loved it! If you need a break from TV, phones, internet (even though there was access, did not want it), Sansara is the place to go. The staff makes you feel like part of their family. They make it their top priority that you have an awesome stay!"

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  • Review by Knise Sooz
    10 out of 10

    "The week we spent at Sansara gave us exactly what was advertised. A place to press the reset button. The unique beauty of the beach; black sand, rimmed by lush jungle, makes every view unbeatable. I was particularly impressed with the care they have taken in keeping the natural beauty of this area intact. My mother is from Panama and I have family in the area so it was heartening to see that this space has been so carefully tended. The thoughtfulness followed right through to the staff who were all truly fantastic. Everyone we encountered was beyond kind and loving. The meals were fresh, healthy and freakin' delicious! A great bar to relax and unwind after the family style meals was a wonderful bonus, too. We really appreciated the use of the SUP boards, bicycles and kayaks and all the extras that were on hand to enjoy. Speaking as one of the instructors, I was grateful that all of the planning, prep and final summary of the week went smoothly. It was easy and clear the whole way through. We are so looking forward to returning. Thank you for a rejuvenating, life-affirming week!"

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  • Review by Mel H from New York City, New York
    10 out of 10

    "Work life gets intense. I realized a few weeks ago if I didn’t force myself to make a quick escape from the city now, it wouldn’t be possible for months. I arrived at Sansara solo with a backpack, in the midst of work weeks where I’d clocked 40 hours by Wednesday mornings. And even though my stay was lightning quick — only two nights — the amount of decompressing it afforded gave me the fuel I need to close out the year strong and smiling. The amount of love and attention to detail that has gone into this place is staggering. As you drive in it becomes immediately apparent that getting supplies in to Cambutal is incredibly difficult. But you arrive and notice little details like Aeropress coffee, Vitamix juices, tungsten light bulbs, immaculate surfboards bikes and yoga equipment, vaporizers pumping out eucalyptus oil, and genuinely kind, happy staff — and realize this is a truly extraordinary place that is worth every penny, and then some."

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    "Highly recommended. "

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    "+ The team running Sansara is the warmest, sweetest group I’ve encountered in my travels. Any quick observation will hint that the possibility of a place like this existing must take a mind-blowing amount of work. They make it look and feel effortless"

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    "+ The food is insane. So delicious, healthy, with lots of fresh produce and locally caught seafood. Coffee, juice, cocktails, and beers are perfect. The pineapple might be the best I've had anywhere in the world. I'm still daydreaming about the sea bass"

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    "+ Comms. My emails all received responses within a day and all my questions regarding transit were answered in perfect detail"

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    "+ Wifi. As with anything else, it’s tough and expensive to secure in Cambutal — but Sansara provides it! Connectivity is best in the early morning and late in the evening, and I was able to quickly log on to my laptop before sunrise each morning and knock out a little work. The relative disconnectedness was actually needed and refreshing"

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    "+ Details. The rooms, landscaping, down to the towels, sheets (SO soft!!!) and even the fixtures & toilet paper were top notch. Great AC in the rooms. Every room window faces water. Immaculately clean. The yoga shala is staggeringly beautiful. Hammocks and lots of peaceful common areas to read, rest, or chat. Fresh fruit and ice water accompanies every drive out to the surf spots. Great music. There are even accessibility ramps installed all over the property for those with mobility issues. In sum, you can tell that a lot of thought and love went into every last detail here, and while it is definitely a higher end boutique setting, at no point did a sense of pretentiousness or inaccessibility come into play"

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    "+ Surf instruction. Though I’ve been at it for a bit, I’m still a novice and had a lot of bad habits that needed repair. This was the most attentive, effective, insightful and caring instruction I’ve received anywhere in the world and my comfort level improved exponentially in just two days. If only I could have stayed longer! "

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    "+ Due to time constraints I was unable to partake in Sansara’s other offerings, such as yoga and massage — but heard nothing but glowing feedback from others"

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    "Do take into consideration that it’s not quick to get to. Flights and drivers are available, but on the pricey side. I opted for buses and taxis which altogether cost less than $40 one way, but it did take most of a day to get there. The effort is 100% rewarded and as such is scarcely a con, but be prepared to carve out several hours coming from Panama City. Renting a car is a good consideration; just bear in mind that as you approach Cambutal there’s no cell reception."

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    "While I do tend to enjoy to varying degrees any place I visit, it’s rare for me to walk away promising that I will return when there are so many other places to explore. When I departed however — I vowed to each person that I will be back. Where I am concerned…that speaks strongly to how much I’ve fallen in love with this place. Nothing but great energy and good stoke. :)"

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    "Go! And plan in advance — during high season it books up for months at a time."

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  • Review by Chis G from Tampa
    10 out of 10

    "I cannot say enough good things about this place and our experience! So, for the TripAdvisor folks looking to make a decision I will quickly list the facts. Then, I will list a few of the narrative things that make Sansara quite special."

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    "Surfing: Real surfers will NOT be disappointed--AND--beginning surfers will NOT be disappointed. I was hesitant this would be a yogi place that had a few banged up surfboards and a "bro" surf instructor passing through town on a gap year. Absolutely not the case. Sansara has one of the best quivers of boards I've ever seen in Central America and the surf staff to support it. I've been surfing [not-so-well] for eight years. I learned things from Nick in a two-day lesson that changed my results in days. His connection of surfing to flow, movement, and yoga is something I've never seen before. Kenny is also fantastic. Both instructors tell you what you are doing well and professionally correct what you must/should do better. If you are already a pro they will take you to pro places and get in the water with you. "

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    "Yoga: So, if the surfing is great the yoga must suffer? NOPE! Janel is a top-notch yoga instructor and matches my favorite instructors here at home. Her story of how she found her practice and how it brought her to Cambutal adds to her credibility and likability. I like simple flow classes. If you are a hard-core yogi and not coming to Sansara on a retreat make sure to tell Janel your preferences before you arrive--my guess is you will be accommodated."

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    "Communication: Speaking of "before you arrive." Any question I had was answered via Email within 24 hours. I wanted driving directions in an Email. Done. I had an indecisive group in committing on the trip, Janel was ready with rooms for 2 people up to 6 and was able to communicate that to me. "

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    "Food: The food is excellent. The specials are excellent. The creations are excellent. Everything is fresh and tasty. I can be a simple eater and some days I just wanted eggs--and that's what they made me. "

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    "The Property: I know there are swanky Latin American places out there--for sure. Yet, there's something about this place that isn't ostentatious or over the top. Yet, it's elegant and welcoming at the same time. The grounds are beautifully maintained. The rooms are spotless. The staff are polite. The design of the property is thoughtful and enjoyable. The pool is simple and inviting...on and on. "

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    "So, those are the facts I would want as a TripAdvisor researcher. Here are the things that make Sansara special."

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    "The Music: I am an absolutely musicphile. I love music. Mike and Janel installed premium speakers around the living spaces (restaurant, bar, pool, family room) that exalt awesome music during some awesome moments. Morning coffee--chill coffee house beats. Evening dinner, some low key jazz. After dinner, some lounge house from around the world. For me, this music painted the audio backdrop for the visual backdrop that lay before me--one of twinkling Edison lights and crashing sea waves. "

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    "The People: Mike and Janel, the owners, are amazing. Friendly, warm, and hardworking. They would chat you up while serving, sit with you for a moment--then run food for the cook in the kitchen. Impressive and awesome. Learning their story over the week was inspiring. The local folks that worked at the place were equally as enjoyable and helpful. If my beer was ever empty it was immediately full. Additionally, the guests you meet from other places are fun with which to share stories and travel experiences."

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    "The Place: We went this past week during the rainy season. After surf sessions I would read my book, laze in the game/family area, watch the rain pour down, listen to some chill tunes, and later in the afternoon start drinking a few Balboas. Some may find this boring...I will never forget it. "

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    "A few things to consider: Cambutal is a healthy 6 hour drive from Panama City. I try to be a careful driver especially in Central America--so that put us at 6-6:30 hours driving with rain etc. Know this going in. I would suggest spending the first night or more in the city and then coming down to the property. Next, I would rent a car. Some folks don't, but I loved being able to drive myself to and from the surf break and not having to wait on anyone else. That's a personal preference. Additionally, in the rainy season even driving to get food at other places is better than getting stuck in the rain while walking. Next, they have satellite wifi. You can check Email, Facebook, and Instagram--but if you are an executive planning to do work while on vacation--this probably isn't your spot. Next, if you get antsy or are bringing a family, make sure to communicate with Janel and staff so they can arrange excursions for you. I had no desire to go anywhere but pool side/family room side with my book. However, we met a few folks who asked us "what else is there to do?" They eventually figured it out. "

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    "In sum, I cannot say enough good things about Sansara. When we were leaving I wanted to go back and now that I'm home I want to go back. Everyone was finishing breakfast the morning we paid our bill and said goodbye. Every single person in the restaurant hugged us goodbye...Nick, Mike, Janel...it was the most warm farewell from a client/service perspective I think I've ever gotten. I seriously want to go back and tend bar for them when I'm not teaching. Good people running a good place. I was happy to be there and proud of them for opening the spot."

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  • Review by Ceapanama from Panama
    10 out of 10

    "Outstanding location, awesome service, world class. Owner, guest, collaborators, everybody moved at the same beat, courteous and helpful. Thus hotel is nestled into one of Panama´s undiscovered spots. Surely hope it stays that way. Yoga lessons and settings are excelente."

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  • Review by a traveler from North Carolina, USA
    10 out of 10

    "A beautiful beach destination and lovely resort! I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and would recommend Sansara to anyone who is looking to getaway from it all and revel in some yoga and / or surf! The instructors were incredible, and the food was amazing!"

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  • Review by Tangerine C.

    "From the moment we were picked up in Panama City I knew that this was going to be a great experience. When we arrived at Sansara, we were greeted by all the staff with refreshing cool towels and a lovely watermelon juice. Refreshing and delicious! From that moment on, the staff was nothing but friendly and accommodating. There is a lot of love and a feeling of community at Sansara. The grounds are immaculately kept and the rooms all look bran new and VERY clean. I must say, sleeping in the bed was like sleeping in a cloud. Very comfortable. From the surf lessons, riding bikes, hiking, yoga, horseback riding on the beach, beach combing, and the spa, it has everything you need on an escape from reality. It was exactly what I needed. The owners Mike and Janel have really created something so magical. Oh Yeah, the food was amazing as well. Everything was so fresh and tasty. I would like to go back at least once a year. Amazing place."

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  • Review by a travler from Saskatoon, Canada

    "For someone that gets one "real" holiday a year I have chosen to return to Sansara again this coming April for a second visit. It is a breathtaking location, warm and welcoming staff, beautiful rooms- beds and bedding are so pristine! You can keep busy all day with the activities available to you at the resort- take a bike adventure, grab a SUP board, and of course surfing. They provide great adventures for all levels of surfing. You can also find peace and tranquility with their daily yoga classes, read a book in the many knooks found around the resort. Looking forward to my next visit!"

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  • Review by a travler from New Jersey, USA

    "If you are looking for rejuvenation or a guided space for exploration Sansara touches both dynamics. We practiced yoga all week and in balance learned how to play in the ocean with a surf class and some SUP boards. Sophie the chef whipped up the cleanest, most delicious meals throughout our stay. The rooms provide the perfect amount of space to chill with the sound of the ocean waves breaking at the shore.. You will sleep like a happy baby :)"

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  • Review by Jeremy from New Orleans, Louisiana
    10 out of 10

    "I travel internationally about 5-6 times a year, our stay at Sansara was the best trip I have taken in a long time! cant wait to go back! rooms were extremely nice, staff were first rate and knew all of our names after the first day! If you are looking for a relaxing getaway in the most perfect environment Sansara is exactly what you are looking for! go there!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Cambridge, UK
    10 out of 10

    "We have just arrived home after a week long surf and yoga retreat at Sansara .... and haven't stopped talking and smiling about what an amazing and very special time we had there!"

    "The grand finale to an extended trip , our week at Sansara turned out to be the best .We were amazed by the beauty of the place , which hits you as soon as you walk through the wooden gates . I loathe to call it a resort as it is so much more than that, more like the most luxurious private friends estate . Mike and Janel ... the perfect hosts , and the staff were all incredible. It was like a wonderful house party with great friends ."

    "Too many highlights: Nic, Kenny, Gonzalo and Graham the best surf team ever, also the best instruction / life lessons we have ever had, the early morning sunrise surf trips. Coming back to fabulous breakfasts talking about the latest wave / wipeout , and having a laugh in the surf truck. Fantastic yoga with Jaxx in the beautiful yoga shala. Stunning food, passion fruit cocktails, watching the sunset on the beach around the gorgeous pool. A very special place with very special people."

    "Can't wait to come back!"

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  • Review by Allison from Mississauga, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Somewhere between Heaven and Earth lies a magical place known as Sansara Surf & Yoga Retreat ... if you are searching for an unforgettable experience, it starts here! "

    "Regardless of whether you are a seasoned surfer or dedicated yoga fanatic, Sansara has everything you need (and more) to deliver a rejuvenating and memorable experience! "

    "The atmosphere in infused with radiant energy, the accommodations are five-star and best defined as effortless luxury, the food is incredibly nourishing, prepared to perfection and tailored to suit any palette & preference. The juice and smoothie line-up is out of this world and will have you addicted faster than you can say juice cleanse .... I highly recommend making the trip solely for the freshly squeezed liquids alone!"

    "The staff are experts in their field and you will receive the utmost in service whether you are looking for a guided yoga practice, an unparalleled surf lesson, a personal spa experience or an informative conversation about local Panama geography or culture."

    "Mike, Janel and the entire Dream Team have created a true home away from home experience, where comfort and serenity are elevated to the next level and where the meaning of 'tropical getaway' is truly redefined."

    "Incredible value, but beware ... travelling to Sansara may result in you eliminating all other vacation destinations on your travel list as you'll want to visit Cambutal over and over and over again!"

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  • Review by Ashley from Vancouver, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I'm a bit behind on my reviews (sorry Mike and Janel!), but I was lucky enough to attend a week-long retreat at Sansara back in October, and can't stop thinking about what a genuine experience it was."

    "From the moment we set foot in Sanasara, it was obvious that Mike, Janel and all of their wonderful staff were completely committed to their guests and lifestyle that Cambutal provides - the resort to them isn't just a place or a job - it's a dream. "

    "Walking around, it's clear that a lot of attention and care have been put into the design, build and upkeep of the resort. The rooms, which are all different, are luxuriously appointed and that the local environment was taken into consideration when it was put together. It's spotlessly clean and no detail has gone unnoticed. The yoga shala is incredible - an open-air, thatched roof hut with beautiful floors and a view of the black sand beach and the ocean. I don't think I ever again practice somewhere so lovely. "

    "Ultimately tho, as I hinted earlier, it's the people that make this place special. All of our interactions were fantastic. An extra special thank you goes out to Janel who went completely out of her way to help me find a secure phone connection to call home, the insurance and credit card companies, when I learned my house in Canada had been broken into. I can't tell you how much I appreciated the support. "

    "There are very few places that leave me with the desire to return, but this is one place I hope I can go back to."

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  • Review by Karan from New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Cant say enough good things about Sansara. The service is terrific and warm - Mike and Janel create a wonderful vibe but the rest of the staff only add to this. The food is fantastic, if you want a lot of meat not for you, but if you want healthy food with really tasty fresh fish its as good as it gets. The rooms look like the pictures and were very modern (totally above my expectations). The yoga will depend on what instructor is there when you're going but the yoga room is really unique and perfect to practice in."

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  • Review by Terri from Denver
    10 out of 10

    "This is truly one of the most special and extraordinary places I have ever visited. The setting is tranquil while also being incredibly luxurious. We even coined a new term - Luxury Zen! The owners and staff are so welcoming and familiar, I never once felt like a guest. It felt like staying with friends or family, friends or family that own a really nice place! Every single detail of this resort has been thought out, from the decor of the yoga shala, to the light fixtures in the dining area, to the openness and comfort of the lounge, it is obvious that Mike and Janel went to great lengths to create an ideal space. The food is delicious, thoughtfully prepared and healthy, and they seem to be very willing to work with food allergies and preferences, even though I didn't personally request them."

    "From the moment you step in, you can tell that you are in a place unlike any other you've ever experienced. You won't want to leave, but you will take part of Sansara with you!"

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  • Review by a traveler from The Hague, The Netherlands
    10 out of 10

    "I don't know where to begin. First of all i think the reviews of other guests are true. The day i arrived i was so overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of this resort (and my room la marea) that it actually left me a bit unsettled. It just was so much more than i expected. Staff and other guests were all kind and welcoming so as a solo traveller i felt at home very quickly."

    "The highlight of the week for me were the surf- or as another guest stated "life" lessons with Nic, Kenny, Gonzalo and Leah."

    "Thanks to them i have progressed a lot and enjoy surfing much more now. They are really fun people to be with and spent a lot of time observing and coaching me (and the others) in the water, giving detailed feedback after every wave i caught (or failed to catch..). Additionally Nic did a video analysis (and great photo package) which was valuable as it helped me to reflect and create awareness. "

    "I really recommend the 5 day surf package to all people, you'll be surfing with top surf coaches that can-when you are open to it- help you work on your skills and give you the tools to carry on learning and enjoy surfing when you are back home again. "

    "I am back to work now three weeks, back to daily stress, hassle, traffic jams and so on, but still feel relaxed, which is exceptional as I normally can't keep that relaxed "holiday" feeling for more than two days..thanks guys! and hopefully see you again some time."

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  • Review by a traveler from Toronto, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Sansara is unlike anything I have experienced. Panama offers a lot of beautiful surroundings and amazing activities but there is nothing like the journey that Sansara offers. From the smallest details fo the furnishings and facilities to the genuine kindness of the staff, amazing amenities and spectacular activities, Sansara completely satisfies every last vacation desire!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Palm Springs, California
    10 out of 10

    "We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves over Christmas at Sansara. It was absolutely beautiful, the food was fabulous. It was healthy, delicious and varied. We chose not to leave the resort property for our entire stay and enjoyed early morning sunrises, smoothies, laying by the pool,fantastic lunches and dinners great yoga and playing in the ocean. We wanted a relaxing vacation and we got exactly that. I highly recommend Sansara and would return frequently if I could!"

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  • Review by a traveler from California, US
    10 out of 10

    "Sansara is a slice of paradise. For one, the grounds are laid out exquisitely; every turn leads to beauty. The architecture blends with the natural environment; there are many plants, and wonderful viewpoints to the sea. Our room was very clean and well-aircondiditoned, with a stone bathroom that made me feel like a queen every time I took a shower. Yoga is offered in the mornings, and perhaps later in the day. We opted for the learn-to-surf package, which involved a few hours of teaching and then personal practice. My partner and I learned to surf here, and by the time we left after three days, we were catching the wave. We were stoked! Sansara really cares about service; they offer help and care every step of the way. Everyone there seemed genuinely nice. They cater to your serenity. Plus, the food is healthy and delicious. If you are considering coming here, do not hesitate. You will love it."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "After the LONG drive to get here from Panama City, I was worried it this place would be a bunch of shacks. Luckily it is anything but. Sansara is a collection of beautiful buildings that have been put together in a very tasteful and luxurious way. The beds are very comfortable, the rooms have AC, the amenities are fantastic and the food is very good. The ocean right out front is a black sand beach and easy to swim in, no rocks or reef. Coming out here to disconnect was the best possible way to start 2016. On an added note, although it didn't bother me or my group, the wifi is minimal and not worthy of anything more than email."

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  • Review by a traveler from San Diego, California, USA

    "We were staying at a hotel down the beach and walked in to see Sansara. We were lucky that someone had cancelled and we were able to stay our last two nights at the resort. The resort is adult only which is great ! You can relax by the pool without hearing screams of children "mommy watch me" Mommy look at me" ! I love kids, but when It is time for relaxing vacation I need peace. This resort provides peace, tranquility and relaxation in the most beautiful setting right on the beach. The yoga studio is beautiful and the restaurant food is top quality seafood and the chef does an amazing job creating healthy delicious dishes. Janelle and Mike's passion for this property is seen in every detail of the design. They have trained their staff impeccably ! They pay attention to detail and make you feel so at home. The rooms are beautiful and the beds and pillows are so comfortable !"

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  • Review by Dana W from Chicago, Illinois, USA

    "Mike and Janel have created the perfect haven of hospitality, tranquility, and adventure. Despite its remote location, Sansara boasts luxurious accommodations, a sophisticated, varied menu with many healthy and delicious options, a team of professional staff devoted to the happiness and comfort of every guest, and an array of activities to meet every traveler's desire. What's so surprising about finding all of this in one place is that they've only been open for one year!! They have managed to surpass resorts that have taken decades to cultivate a retreat destination that offers both relaxation and exhilaration. They themselves are delightful interesting hard-working people and their commitment and enthusiasm is reflected in all of the details - from the music in the restaurant (seemingly infinite playlists to set the perfect mood, whether it be meditative, rocking, or groovy) to the light fixtures in the yoga shala (beautiful beaded and mosaic hanging lights) to the wood work in all of the unique guest rooms. I am a frequent traveler and cannot say enough good things about Sansara - I'm so pleased to have had an opportunity to spend time there and can't wait to go back!"

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  • Review by Dave D from Norfolk, Virginia, USA

    "Actually this is Visit #3. My wife and I have been traveling to Cambutal for years. We first saw Sansara when it was just a tiny seed in paradise as Mike and Janell started building their dream. When Sansara opened a year ago, we were one of the first guests, and it was amazing. We returned this year with a warm embrace from Mike and Janell, like family. This time we enjoyed cooling off in the beautiful new pool, poolside drinks served with a smile and good conversation, and the new Ganesha suite. I want to live at the Ganesha suite forever! The meals were simply outstanding with lots of vegetarian and vegan options. Rumor has it that the surf instructor, Nick, climbed a very tall palm tree to get get fresh coconuts for the desert! Also new -- massages in the Yoga Shala! We had perfect 90 minute massages in the this beautiful space with the sounds of the ocean and gentle music. It just doesn't get any better than this.Congratulations to Mike and Janell for nurturing that tiny seed from a few years ago and growing something that can't be described in words. I can only describe Sansara with a peaceful smile. "

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  • Review by Jennifer from Saskatchewan, Canada

    "We were at Sansara for a surf and yoga retreat and stayed an extra 4 nights afterwards. From start to finish our time there exceeded expectations, but what made it truly memorable was the staff (you are all fabulous :)) and the people we met who were also guests. Many new friendships were made!Sansara is an absolute paradise in the middle of nowhere and exactly what I was looking for in months of searching. An intimate resort, right on the beach, beginner surfing and a place I could truly relax.We stayed in the Rio Grande and the Ganesha. Rio Grande is great if you want privacy, but it's the furthest room from everything (which isn't far when you only have 9 cabanas!). I loved the convenience of the Ganesha, which was right off the pool and steps from the restaurant. It also had an incredible view to wake up to. All the rooms we saw were beautiful with most of the accents hand-crafted with local wood."

    " We stayed for both a surf and yoga retreat week and general stay nights. I would highly recommend a retreat week as everything is included and it's amazing the friendships you make when you have a group of approximately 20 together for a full week."

    " Take surf lessons with Nic!!! I can't say enough great things about the way Nic teaches surfing and it was easily the highlight of my trip. Even if you are experienced, I'm sure you can learn from him. Leah and Gonzalo, who are part of the surf instructor team, are also amazing (and incredible surfers to watch!)."

    " In recent years I've had many food allergies and traveling was incredibly stressful for me. You will not have troubles eating here and the food was incredible (even for my husband who likes his grease and was worried about the "3 healthy meals a day"). Many gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan options. Everything is locally sourced and tasty. I especially loved the smoothies, gluten free waffle, pineapple pulled pork sandwich, chicken ramen, caesar salad and flourless chocolate torte."

    " If you are not part of a retreat, be prepared to source out your own meals on occasion as the kitchen isn't always open. There are lots of great local options (although the language barrier can be an issue with a few), and the staff at Sansara can point you to the ones to try (we really liked the waffle place and the fish place!). The complimentary bikes were handy to go out for food."

    " If you aren't part of a retreat, travel to and from the resort can be a bit more challenging (and even with transportation provided, the trip isn't ideal at 5.5 hours). If you need to arrange transportation, staff at Sansara can help you out with the options available. If you are prone to motion sickness, take an anti-nausea medication for the last 1.5-2 hours of the trip before you get to the resort and you are going up and down hills on a windy road. The upside is that you are literally at the end of the road in a very secluded and small community."

    " I have never felt safer in my entire life--and being a Canadian girl from the prairies, it doesn't take much to make me uneasy."

    " There is a surcharge for paying with credit card or PayPal when checking out. I think it was 3%."

    " There is wifi, but the connection isn't great. It's a great excuse to unplug :)"

    " Splurge for a massage. There isn't a more beautiful location and Melissa was incredible.We stayed in the Rio Grande and the Ganesha. Rio Grande is great if you want privacy, but it's the furthest room from everything (which isn't far when you only have 9 cabanas!). I loved the convenience of the Ganesha, which was right off the pool and steps from the restaurant. It also had an incredible view to wake up to. All the rooms we saw were beautiful with most of the accents hand-crafted with local wood.We stayed for both a surf and yoga retreat week and general stay nights. I would highly recommend a retreat week as everything is included and it's amazing the friendships you make when you have a group of approximately 20 together for a full week.Take surf lessons with Nic!!! I can't say enough great things about the way Nic teaches surfing and it was easily the highlight of my trip. Even if you are experienced, I'm sure you can learn from him. Leah and Gonzalo, who are part of the surf instructor team, are also amazing (and incredible surfers to watch!).In recent years I've had many food allergies and traveling was incredibly stressful for me. You will not have troubles eating here and the food was incredible (even for my husband who likes his grease and was worried about the "3 healthy meals a day"). Many gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan options. Everything is locally sourced and tasty. I especially loved the smoothies, gluten free waffle, pineapple pulled pork sandwich, chicken ramen, caesar salad and flourless chocolate torte.If you are not part of a retreat, be prepared to source out your own meals on occasion as the kitchen isn't always open. There are lots of great local options (although the language barrier can be an issue with a few), and the staff at Sansara can point you to the ones to try (we really liked the waffle place and the fish place!). The complimentary bikes were handy to go out for food.If you aren't part of a retreat, travel to and from the resort can be a bit more challenging (and even with transportation provided, the trip isn't ideal at 5.5 hours). If you need to arrange transportation, staff at Sansara can help you out with the options available. If you are prone to motion sickness, take an anti-nausea medication for the last 1.5-2 hours of the trip before you get to the resort and you are going up and down hills on a windy road. The upside is that you are literally at the end of the road in a very secluded and small community.I have never felt safer in my entire life--and being a Canadian girl from the prairies, it doesn't take much to make me uneasy.There is a surcharge for paying with credit card or PayPal when checking out. I think it was 3%.There is wifi, but the connection isn't great. It's a great excuse to unplug :)Splurge for a massage. There isn't a more beautiful location and Melissa was incredible.If you want to learn to surf (or improve your surfing) with a team of amazing instructors, practice yoga in the most beautiful shala while watching the ocean, and/or relax never more than a few steps from the ocean--this is the place to be. Mike, Janel, Nic and the entire Sansara team will ensure your stay is a memorable one. Hope to be back again soon!"

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  • Review by Kristina

    "We can't say enough good things about Sansara - idyllic spot, great atmosphere and lovely people. We stayed in La Marea and it was a perfect spot with a nice view of the water and close to the beach and yoga. The food was also great - very vegan/gluten free friendly which felt like a healthy change to everything else we'd been eating on the rest of our trip! I also loved the yoga - and am a total yoga novice, but Janel was a great teacher who made sure it wasn't intimidating. Whether you are doing yoga, surfing, riding bikes to town or just relaxing by the pool or at the beach it's an idyllic spot. Janel and Mike are lovely people who have put together a great team who are friendly, welcoming and make you feel right at home. We hope to be back soon!"

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  • Review by Adam from Edmonton, Canada

    "I have traveled to over 50 countries and this is my first review as it may very well be the best place Ive ever been. Owners Mike and Janel have built a little piece of paradise in an idyllic setting. It was clearly a labor of love for them as there was no detail overlooked. Rooms are unique, clean and well appointed with beautifully crafted wood furniture. The hotel grounds and pool area are spectacular and just steps away from miles of a beautiful, deserted beach backed by tropical mountains. The restaurant serves fresh, locally inspired meals and snacks (Its not always open for every meal but there a number of other options around the hotel as well). Although the resort itself is a perfect getaway place, the staff really made the 6 days truly memorable. Everyone is incredibly friendly and eager to help in any way. The surfing instructor, Nick, is the epitome of positivity and made the 3 days of surf lessons not only essential in learning the fundamentals, but also an absolute blast. Mike and Janel are warm, inviting people who truly care about each guest and go out of their way to create a unique experience for everyone (and Janels yoga class is perfect for those at any level). Its hard to imagine better hosts for a week in the tropics. Will be back next year for sure!"

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  • Review by Carolyn from New York, USA

    "I was so very fortunate to spend the week of Thanksgiving in this hidden paradise. I have extensive travel experience and I can say that this was one of the most spectacular trips in my lifetime. My room was luxurious yet with a wonderful rustic feel. The property was BEAUTIFUL and so well groomed. The staff were beyond delightful I wanted to share the wonderful energy each of them had. The owners were so wonderful and left us wanting for nothing. Every inch of this phenomenal property had personality. The yoga studio was so tranquil over looking the beach and all of the props were so well taken care of. I even did the surf school and I think I may have a new addiction. Nic who led the program showed us step by step and when we got into the waves with boards we had techniques and felt super safe. We were able to get up and actually surf. I am not sure I have had as much fun since I was a kid. Lastly, and usually most importantly the food was so delicious. It was fresh and so fulfilling. I came home from this trip feeling and looking better than when I left and that is what vacation should be all about. If you have a chance to come to this resort, don't think twice it is an ABSOLUTE Yes. I can't wait to go back!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you again Sansara....I will see you soon !"

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  • Review by a traveler from New York, USA

    "Sansara is both unique and amazing. The kindness of the staff and beauty of the surroundings brought us joy from the second we arrived to the second we left. It was the perfect journey in every way. Thank you Janel, Mike and team! We're so grateful to you all!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Thunder Bay, Canada

    "I was fortunate to spend a week at Sansara for an incredible yoga retreat and I loved every minute of it! The resort and property is beautiful designed and maintained. You can see that much care and thought was put into creating a space that would appeal to everyone, I love all of the special local touches they added in every room and building. We stayed in Casa Antigua which is one of the smaller cabanas but there was more than ample space for the two of us. We loved the comfy beds, the stone shower, the driftwood wall and the essential oils that were diffused daily. The location is perfectly nestled within the jungle on a beautiful black sand beach that stretches on for miles. Practicing in the yoga shala is something I'll never forget, every morning hearing the ocean sounds and every evening hearing the rain fall or the night sounds made my practice here so special. The resort offers guided adventures in the area including, surfing, stand up paddle boarding tours, hiking and turtle watching, as well guests are able to us the resort bikes, stand up paddle boards and boogie boards so you always have something to do. If relaxing is more your style, grab a lounge chair by the pool or on the beach and just bliss out all day in the sun. The Sansara tribe is so wonderful, such genuinely caring staff who worked hard every day to ensure we were all satisfied and all of our dietary needs/restrictions were met. They felt like good friends by the end of the week and knew each one of us by name. The food was high quality, fresh and delicious, you will definitely become smoothie obsessed! Our retreat was in November, the end of rainy season and it was humid so the rain was often a blessing. Definitely one of the most beautiful seasons to visit with the jungle so lush and green and a perfect mix of sun and short refreshing rainfall. I'm very much looking forward to my next visit and would highly recommend this awesome place!!"

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  • Review by Robin Joyce from Kamloops, Canada

    "Fantastic five star experience - one week of being pampered on every level. Can't say enough wonderful things about this beautiful resort and the incredible team working there. Every detail is carefully attended to. Surroundings, cuisine, yoga, surfing, tours, massage. The vibe is relaxed and rejuvenating."

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  • Review by a traveler from Panama City, Panama

    "Was pleasantly surprised to find such a nice place in a remote area of the Azuero Peninsula. The facilities are outstanding!! Modern, comfortable rooms with luxurious bedding and amenities. Healthy and delicious food, friendly and helpful staff, relaxing massages, daily yoga classes, all of these set among beautiful gardens in front of a magnificent beach. Even the sunsets were outstanding! We enjoyed it so much we stayed an extra day and can't wait to return."

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  • Review by a traveler from Calgary, Canada

    "My husband and I absolutely loved our 10-day stay at Sansara Surf & Yoga Resort. The owners were so welcoming, the staff were personable, helpful, and knowledgeable and kind, the rooms were luxurious, the food was delicious and the beach front setting was stunning. My husband surfed with Nick and Graham each day and their approach to teaching was unique and successful. They were so patient with him."

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  • Review by a traveler from Portland, USA

    "Wow! How to describe complete bliss? Wonderful staff every last person! Wonderfully appointed room, wonderful cloud-like bed, wonderful resort amenities, wonderfully delicious food, wonderful spa treatments, wonderful awareness of sustainable practices, wonderful integration with the local people, wonderful yoga classes, snorkeling, bikes to use, paddle boards, knowledge of unique local haunts... the list goes on and on. All in a peaceful Eden-like environment. Can't wait to return!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Panama

    "Was pleasantly surprised to find such a nice place in a remote area of the Azuero Peninsula. The facilities are outstanding!! Modern, comfortable rooms with luxurious bedding and amenities. Healthy and delicious food, friendly and helpful staff, relaxing massages, daily yoga classes--all of these set among beautiful gardens in front of a magnificent beach. Even the sunsets were outstanding! We enjoyed it so much we stayed an extra day and can't wait to return."

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  • Review by a traveler from California, USA

    "I had a wonderful time at Sansara Surf and Yoga Resort. The owners are wonderful, so kind, helpful, and gracious. The staff was amazing as well. Everyone was genuinely interested in making sure you were comfortable, well fed, and having a great time. The cook was a genius, the surf instructor thorough, and Lexi and Grant were attentive to the guests. The twice daily yoga classes led by April Taylor were fantastic. The morning classes were strenuous and energizing. The afternoon classes were very chill. If you get a chance to go to Sansara with friends or family GO, you will love it. The property and beach is beautiful!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Nevada, USA

    "Absolutely gorgeous resort, it's a bit of a drive from Panama City, however so worth it! Staff knew us by name immediately, making you feel right at home. They really treat you like royalty. Delicious breakfast, smoothies, fabulous daily yoga, paddle boarding, bike rides.And nightly 3 course meals (an extra & 20-25 USD) was New York city quality with California health flair. We felt like we had a personal chef as she adjusted the meal for us (Vegetarians). We really looked forward to every meal. I can't say enough about this place. You can tell the owners built this place out of love, it seeps through in the details."

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  • Review by a traveler from Ottawa, Canada

    "As I counted down the days to my trip to Sansara Surf and Yoga Resort in Cambutal Panama I started to get this special feeling. The feeling of travel. The feeling of gaining life experiences and connections through exploring the globe. I have felt this feeling numerous times before in my travels but this time it felt extra special. I recall telling my girlfriend more than once that this trip was going to be epic. This trip was going to be one of the best of our lifetime.I can truly say that our experience at Sansara Resort lived up to this expectation. The resort location is beyond unique and relaxing. It's design and layout connects you to nature by intertwining both a beach and jungle feel. There are endless opportunities for activities and adventures including a waterfall trek into the jungle, surfing waves of all of levels, practicing yoga, paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, cruising on resort bikes, and more.To start was the yoga. It was my first time practicing yoga and I can't imagine a better place or teacher to learn from. Next, Sansara Resort gave me the opportunity to head out into the Pacific on a local boat to look for ocean wildlife, within 20 minutes of being in the water we had come across a pod of spotted dolphins. I am a huge animal lover and have always dreamed of the experience and opportunity to interact and observe these amazing creatures in their wild ocean environment, so into the water I jumped.My two girlfriends and I planned this trip to Sansara as our 40th birthday celebration. When we booked back in October 2014, before Sansara had officially opened, we had no idea what to expect. Sansara surpassed all our expectations in every way. The property is absolutely breathtaking and set in gorgeous surroundings. You can literally see all the love and passion that was put into building this incredible resort by the owners, Janel and Mike. Words cannot express how amazing the yoga shala is and what an incredible experience it is practice yoga every day in such a serene and beautiful space. Mike and Janel are the kindest people and make you feel so welcome, as do their wonderful staff, Graham, Lexi, Nic and Sophie. The food that Chef Sophie cooks is absolutely delicious (and healthy to boot!). We did surf lessons with Nic who could not be more knowledgeable and passionate about the sport and the ocean. We did a stand up paddle board estuary tour with Graham who is also so knowledgeable about the ocean, as well as the local wildlife. Lexi is always seems to be around and answering to all your needs! Even if yoga, surfing or SUP is not your thing, you will love it at Sansara. The beach is beautiful and you can walk for miles. The pool is lovely and you could spend hours just lounging by it. If you have a chance to go to Sansara, do it. You will not regret it. As we found, it will be a trip of a lifetime. I only hope that I can get back there one day!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Canada

    "As I counted down the days to my trip to Sansara Surf and Yoga Resort in Cambutal Panama I started to get this special feeling. The feeling of travel. The feeling of gaining life experiences and connections through exploring the globe. I have felt this feeling numerous times before in my travels but this time it felt extra special. I recall telling my girlfriend more than once that this trip was going to be epic. This trip was going to be one of the best of our lifetime.I can truly say that our experience at Sansara Resort lived up to this expectation. The resort location is beyond unique and relaxing. It's design and layout connects you to nature by intertwining both a beach and jungle feel. There are endless opportunities for activities and adventures including a waterfall trek into the jungle, surfing waves of all of levels, practicing yoga, paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, cruising on resort bikes, and more.To start was the yoga. It was my first time practicing yoga and I can't imagine a better place or teacher to learn from. Next, Sansara Resort gave me the opportunity to head out into the Pacific on a local boat to look for ocean wildlife, within 20 minutes of being in the water we had come across a pod of spotted dolphins. I am a huge animal lover and have always dreamed of the experience and opportunity to interact and observe these amazing creatures in their wild ocean environment, so into the water I jumped.There are no words to describe the next ten minutes of my life as these majestic animals swam around me leaping out of the ocean with curiosity and enjoyment. Literally my dream come true. An indescribable experience throughout these unreal days was the surfing; there is no better feeling than waking up and grabbing a surfboard from the huge selection of boards at Sansara and running down to the beach where the waves are in your backyard. The surf breaks around Sanasra are numerous and never ending.From beach breaks to reef breaks the surfing at Sansara Resort is exceptional for all levels of surfers. After a day full of surfing and adventure the food and beers at Sansara finished off our days perfectly. Superb chef creating delicious fresh local cuisine. In between our amazing meals and activities of the day came those moments to just chill around the pool or relax, and lay out on the pristine beach at the resort. Sansara Resort will forever be a top experience on my well travelled resume. A must visit resort. Epic experience."

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  • Review by Joseph

    "We were in Panama for our honeymoon and I wished we stayed the entire time with at Sansara. The place was absolutely Gorgeous; the pool and the beach view were stunning and the room was immaculate. But what made the trip for us was Mike and Janel (not to mention the amazing staff). I have never had a better experience anywhere and I live and work in the Caribbean and am in the hospitality industry.The included breakfast was excellent and the three course dinner (not included) was the best food we had in Panama. Cambutal is a beautiful little corner of the world and if you make it down there, I can't recommend Sansara enough. If I could give it six stars, I certainly would."

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  • Review by a traveler from Panama

    "We were planning a trip outside of the country, but instead, we decided to stay and travel somewhere we had not been to. It was very difficult to convince my husband because they did not have a pool or a restaurant yet, but it was so worth it! Cambutal is a five hours drive from Panama City on the Pacific side. I cannot talk enough about the flora and fauna of the area, Sansara is located right before Cerro Hoya, which is a national park.The rooms are extremely comfortable, the linen was well chosen, the bathroom is a spa experience in itself, very well done. The yoga classes are probably the best I have taken in my life, Janele is simply an amazing soul and her husband Mike as well. They made sure we were okay at all times. Coffee and an energizing breakfast was included. I could write for hours many good things about Sansara, don't doubt it, just go. you won't regret it."

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  • Review by Laura from Ontario, Canada

    "I went to Sansara looking to relax in the sun, but never expected to find such pristine ocean fronts. The area is very low key and everyone is super friendly. The food options are incredible, as well, with fresh catch of the day everywhere. The Sansara staff takes amazing care of you and the resort grounds are truly spectacular. I snuck a tour of each room and can't believe how much effort has gone into the details. The owners Mike and Janel went above and beyond and I will most certainly be back to check out the restaurant and pool that have opened since I was there. I honestly feel like I uncovered a secret paradise."

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  • Review by Erica from California, USA

    "Such a great experience staying here! They have first class accommodations in an idyllic location. The owners and staff are very welcoming. They were wrapping up their construction when we visited in April so we didn't get to try the restaurant but the happy hour was awesome. This would be a very romantic getaway or a great place to relax and get your stretch on."

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  • Review by Peter from Panama City, Panama

    "Gorgeous location with excellent attention to detail. Genuine hospitality in a friendly and unpretentious environment. Idyllic beach setting is an elixir for the soul. Disconnect to reconnect. Highly recommended."

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  • Review by a traveler from Toronto, Canada

    "From the moment you step on the property, you are transported to an exclusive oasis. Owners Mike and Janel and the entire Sansara staff were such great hosts. I was fortunate enough to lead their first yoga retreat and the whole experience exceeded my expectations. I followed along for months their construction phases on social media and was amazed at how fast the place transformed.The attention to detail is impeccable. Mike and Janel poured their hearts and soul into this resort and you can see how passionate they are - I miss you both already! The grounds are lovely, the yoga shala is out of this world and the food was top notch. I am so grateful to everyone that I have met and look forward to coming back again soon!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Playa Coronado, Panama

    "I'm glad I didn't overlook Sansara Resort because of the yoga and surf retreats they run because this place is paradise. Remote beaches, friendly staff, great good, and more. I really enjoyed taking a beach cruiser bike to the local Italian resturant and the waterfall adventure. I've been back once since and I'm planning to visit again next month, as it's such a great place to unwind and regain focus."

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  • Review by Anton

    "Great place to relax. Hopefully will soon have a swimming pool as well. Far away from crowded and loud Panama city. Very friendly staff, clean rooms. There is a good Italian food just a three minute drive from there."

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  • Review by Victor

    "Sansara is a place that offers tranquility, peace, and much relaxation. It was a long journey and when we got there Lex received us at the reception, a well attentive girl who offered us a glass of water and a good cold towel to cool us down the long trip we had. Lexi took us to our room (Casa Antigua) and upon entering the room my partner all she could say is a big "Wow". I stood with my mouth open, finding all the details was amazing. Lexi showed us the room and politely she told us that if we want anything else, just let her know.It was worth the long trip and the only thing we did is to leave our stuff and walk around to see the facilities of this beautiful and perfect place. Also a very important detail that I found it was my favorite beers as a welcome amenity from Mike and Janel, what a great detail! We hit the pool and I loved it. It was all really relaxing; the patio, the restaurant, and also the nice afternoon on the hammock we spent.Personally, this place will be unforgettable for me and for sure I will return to this paradise. We rode bikes and went around Cambutal enjoying the beautiful afternoon after the long journey. When we returned to our room the only thing that we did was to enjoy the bed and shower; the room decor was great, the floor, the windows, the view. The room smells good, air conditioning was great, bath amenities, etc. Everything was perfect. Later we went to the pool and spent almost an hour swimming and enjoying the pool with my beer.We ate at the restaurant and we both loved the food and the waitress who served us our food was very attentive even the chef. They are doing a great job and I'm sure Sansara Surf and Yoga Resort is the place where you will enjoy your holiday with friends or family. In the morning we enjoyed our breakfast, we could not enjoy yoga classes, but for sure we will on our next visit. Sansara is a very special place for me, I wish the best for the staff and for Mike and Janel. We had a wonderful weekend!"

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  • Review by Kristen from Squamish, Canada

    "Still day dreaming about that wonderful week at Sansara Resort. The yoga classes were the best I have ever attended, no exaggeration. There is not one class that did not make me feel more inspired, more strong and more grateful. Our group was combined with different experienced surfers and Sansara helped everyone have a positive experience and catch that first wave or improve their skills.The beach and point breaks were crowd-less which was such a bonus! Food = 15/10! Many thanks to the staff at Sansara. The resort far exceeded my expectations, we have already booked next year and cannot wait!"

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  • Review by Jane from Shaunavon, Canada

    "Sansara is a place that calls me to return. A beautiful place to relax and let go. Mike and Janel's vision when they build Sansara could not be more perfect. Exquisitely decorated cabanas, beautiful gardens, and the perfect location by the ocean. Restaurant was not open when we were there but looked like it was going to be a great addition. Local restaurants were very good.This resort is very remote but that is what we loved about it. The directions from Panama City were spot on and if you follow them you will have no problems locating this gem of a resort. Everyone working at Sansara was kind and more than helpful to make our stay memorable. My husband and I enjoyed the yoga and surf lessons.We will definitely be returning as we did not get enough of Sansara!"

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  • Review by Melissa from Saskatoon, Canada

    "Typically when my spouse and I vacation we end up coming home exhausted and tired. However, for the first time in six years and many trips later this is the first trip that we have come home from where we feel, fitter, so well rested, and healthier than when we arrived. The staff are exceptional in every manner and the food is fresh, healthy, and so delicious. It was such a treat every time it was time to eat.The rooms are so beautiful and there is much attention paid to detail. The sheets and bedding are soft and comfortable, and plenty of blinds in each one of the suits to take an afternoon air conditioned nap. Just steps from the local beach break this was the ideal place for us to do our daily routine of yoga, surf then relax in the sun all afternoon then back for the late afternoon surf. We couldn't have been more pleased with every experience that we had here.Janel and Mike truly put all of their love into this oasis in paradise and it's going to be on our yearly trip schedule from here on out. Each and every one of the other guests we spoke to while we were there said just as we felt, that they wished they were staying longer than they had booked. We were there for seven nights and next time we will most definitely stay for two weeks.It's the perfect resort to unwind, unplug and disconnect. (Even though Wi-Fi is available!) We can't say enough to give Sansara our gratitudes other than its exactly what our souls needed, and we can barely wait to head back!"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I am so glad that I found this gem on the internet and read the glowing reviews and made the trek! Mike and Janel couldn't be more perfect generous hosts. The resort is truly paradise! It's not just the activities, yoga in a world class setting, surfing great waves, snorkeling, exploring caves and tidal pools.It's really the way you are treated as if you're the only guests on the premises. Five stars all the way! And the meals are incredible. Sophie the chef is truly in her element and her passion for cooking shows in the detail and the wonderful dining experiences we had. I just can't say enough about Sansara, but mostly I can't wait to return. See you guys soon!"

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Cambutal, Panama

Sansara Resort is an oceanfront boutique yoga and surf resort offering all-inclusive surf, yoga, and adventure retreats.

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