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Asclepios Wellness & Healing Retreat in El Cacao de Alajuela, Costa Rica

Imagine the lush rainforests of Costa Rica, birds singing, rivers rushing down mountains, and you will picture your fabulous days at Asclepios Wellness & Healing Retreat. This tranquil escape in El Cacao de Alajuela, just a short ride from the capital of San Jose, welcomes you to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, and heal yourself in the warmth of the tropics. Twelve rooms are open and airy, crafted from pure whites with a relaxed modern design. With the elegance of simplicity, each bright room is warmed by abundant natural light, with large glass doors leading out to private balconies. The open design allows the beauty of nature to flow through your room, while plush accommodations and fabulous marble bathrooms keep you in complete comfort. At Asclepios Wellness & Healing Retreat, modernity is in harmony with nature.

Stretch out by the swimming pool and soak in the sun, or head to the fitness facilities for a morning of yoga and meditation to center yourself. Pamper yourself at the spa, where multiple treatment methods are employed to heal your body. Enjoy organic meals, skin treatments, massages, hydrotherapy and even acupuncture during your stay. Highly skilled spa therapists and a team of select holistic practitioners from all over the world will take your mind and body an unforgettable journey to wellness. Head out into the rainforest to experience the beauty of Costa Rica with a horseback ride through lush mountain trails. Hike along the Poas Volcano, and visit the crater to see the sulfuric lake in the center. Visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens and delight in a ecological tour, walking along picturesque trails, enjoying animal exhibits, and stopping at five amazing waterfalls along the way. Take a canopy tour through the open jungle, and view the vibrant flora and fauna from high above on walkways and skyways. Enjoy a leisurely day of kayaking on Lake Arenal, or an exhilarating whitewater rafting trip down the Rio Toro. After a wonderful day exploring, return to the hotel for an amazing organic dinner, with mostly vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals crafted into an exciting modern menu. Drift off to sleep that night in the comforts of Asclepios Wellness & Healing Retreat, and embrace the healing properties of the resort and of the nature that surrounds you.

Location of Asclepios Wellness & Healing Retreat

Asclepios Wellness & Healing Retreat
El Cacao de Alajuela, Costa Rica

Nearest Airport: SJO

Amenities for Asclepios Wellness & Healing Retreat

  • General Information
  • 12 Guest Rooms
  • Ecologically Sustainable Practices
  • Only 14+ Years Permitted
  • Dining
  • Restaurant
  • Organic Cuisine
  • Vegetarian Cuisine
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Concierge
  • Spa on Property
  • Wellness Center
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Hamam
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Personal Trainers
  • Meditation Spaces
  • Outdoor Whirlpool
  • In-Room Spa Services
  • Outdoor Spa Treatments
  • Nutrition Programs
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Bathrobes
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Direct Dial Telephones
  • Marble Bathrooms
  • Luxury Linens
  • Luxury Bath Amenities
  • Individually Designed Rooms
  • Hammocks
  • Floor-to-Ceiling Windows
  • Activities
  • Hiking
  • Pilates
  • Nature Walks
  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga
  • Cultural Tours
  • Meditation
  • Wellness Programs
  • Horseback Riding
  • Nearby
  • Historic Sites
  • Parks
  • Nature Reserve
  • Interests
  • Spa & Wellness

Reviews for Asclepios Wellness & Healing Retreat

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 months ago

Lets start with the good: The hotel is in a nice secluded location, lots of green areas, nice views, very tranquil and quiet. Good place to relax, nicely decorated and friendly staff. The bad: its in the small details and the way they try to save costs: 1. no sings on the way, we made it thanks to waze, but we are locals... if you are a foreigner might be a bit difficult. 2. Rooms: very big and bright and nice, but courtains are see through so, if you are sensitive to brightness, you are awake at 5:30am as soon as the sun comes up. They should have black out! Also, there is a window that see to the corridor with just white cloth, so at night people walking by might be able to see you if the lights are on. We complaint so they bought us a wooden thing to cover it. good solution but not a practical one. 3. Bathrooms are big and bright, but our rain showe was not working, had to call on twi separate ocations for it to be repaired and it broke again. My guess is, if you use our room in the future (Psyche) it will still not work. We got the impression that spending on maintenance is not a priority. 3. Menu: too small if you plan a long visit. Its good food, must of it very tasty, but after out 3rd day we couldnt eat it anymore! 4. Restaurant: its cosy and small, but most of the tables are croocked and have to be fixed. The nicest table its broken, and not fixed, but they still sit people there... even though every guest later askes to change tables. Services is very good but very slow. It can take up to an hour to get you food served... and its only 20 chairs! Waiters are super friendly and nice, but not properly trained. With only 9 tables, they are not properly set, so, you might not have glasses in one, or napkins in a other. Only one waiter for the whole place. We were very disapointed by tue chef as she decided to have music while she cooked, so it competes with the ambient music we have a the restuarant. Several times we asked the waiter, José Pablo to ask her to put it down, and she did not respond. By the fifth time I had to get up and ask her and she answered thar If i didnt like it I should close the door... I got upset and had to use the "i am a guest" card and finally got her to do it. Very inconsiderate and disrispectful of her. Another hickup is the fact that kitchen closes at 8:30pm, so you are sitting there, eating and they do not inform you they are "closing", so at 8:45 you ask for dessert and its not possible anymore. My husband asked for tea at 8:50pm and they said it was not possible.... Hot tea!!!! 5. Spa: Hamman is off and they turn it on only when you book it, so... we lost 25mins of our time while it "warmed up", because they do not warm it up before.... Jacuzzy was cold. Couples massage is outside next to the pool so there is no privacy! I asked for watsu and they said it had to be ordered 3 days in advace as the water had to be heated... I said that because I am pregnant I would prefer water not so warm so maybe they could wave the "3 day rule", but was informed that the treatment is only done with hot water. Also asked about the treatment called floating... but that pool was in "maintenance". Overall, i would not come back nor recommend the visit, unless owner intervines and changes manager, properly trains staff and invest a little in maintenance.

adrialvarez - Costa Rica

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 months ago

I just stayed 9 days at the gorgeous wellness resort. The staff we wonderful, the food was great, the grounds are very asthetically pleasing, services, massages, etc were perfect. The only thing I found very odd was the lack of people there. I was the only person at the entire resort the whole time I was there! I don't understand the lack of customers. I hightly recommend this spa and think it's a great value for the cost. But staying there alone was a little weird at first. I finally decided to just embrace it, and by the last day when a few couples came for the day I found I didn't want to share my spa with them! haha. I hope they do a better job of marketing themselves in the future and if you go, I recommend going with a friend, a group, or a spouse. Very mysterious...

lkurtz1 - San Francisco, California

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 months ago

We've stayed here twice and had breakfasts and dinners many times in there restaurant. This is a lovely, secluded estate, but close in to La Garita, Alajuela and San Jose and its airport. The dinners are wonderful spa food, some of the best we've enjoyed in CR. The hilltop location is beautiful...a combination of CR, Tuscany and New England. It's very quiet there during the week, so don't be surprised if you think it all belongs to you!

David B - Palm Springs, California

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 months ago

First of all, I understand this is a wellness resort so everything is meant to be healthy and I get it. However, there are some things that most would appreciate if changes could be made. First, the food while healthy is not very tasty except for the breakfast which is only fruit and bread. Secondly, it gets daylight at 5:30am here and there is no sleeping past sunrise since the curtains are thin, white and have wholes cut out. Many of us are there to rest and relax and would love to at least have the option to block out the sun. The spa treatments are reasonable but ours were not the full 90 minutes we paid for. The best part was the location and peacefulness. It truly is a beautiful place. The staff were extremely nice and always went above and beyond to help you. Our driver Juan Carlos was a huge help and extremely nice and reliable. The coffee tour and the waterfall garden were a great break from the resort and worth seeing. All in all a good experience and worth doing but I think 2-3 nights max is enough. That being said we likely wouldn't go back.

CLC05 - Dallas, Texas

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 months ago

My wife and I stayed at Asclepios for four nights in February 2017. We lucked out with gorgeous, warm days and cool nights for the entire trip. Charmed by the area's natural beauty, and impressed by the amazing staff's efforts, we had a fantastic experience at this wonderful spa. After a short (10 min) drive from the airport, we had a smooth check in accompanied by fresh chilled juice. We were then escorted to our room. We quickly began drinking in the spender of the property, and it seems this process never really stops while you're at Asclepios. Situated amongst many hills covered with plantations and forested greenery, the retreat had a quiet, peaceful aura, punctuated by constant birdsong. The grounds were meticulously and frequently maintained by gardeners and it showed. With abundant flowers, fruit trees and vegetable gardens spread out around the estate, it was the perfect setting for epic sunsets, catching a glimpse of wild toucans, or just snoozing in the shade. All of the rooms looked out into the hills via private balcony or garden. Our room, though simple, was extremely comfortable and nicely furnished. Although it lacked an air conditioner, television, fridge, or wifi access, it made up for it with elegant architectural flourishes, great natural toiletries in the bathroom, and a soft, luxurious bed with plenty of extra pillows. Having zero electronic devices in our room helped illustrate that this was definitely a place to unplug, unwind and relax. Asclepios offered many short day trips and excursions within a few hours from the hotel, and it was just a short Uber drive to the town, but we spent most of our time lounging by the small lap pool, unwinding. Having heard that the food served at Asclepios was "health-conscious", we were skeptical about the menu. After our first bite of the fresh, locally sourced vegetables, however, we ate all our meals at the spa. We must have gone through every item on the very limited menu, and each dish was truly delicious. The Asclepios spa menu was expansive, particularly their multi-day programs that incorporated special diets, lifestyle counseling, and an assortment of treatments, including exotic options such as Watsu therapy and access to the exquisite on-site hammam (Moroccan steam room). All our therapists were well-trained practitioners and provided exceptional service in clean, comfortable treatment areas. The staff at the spa were the icing on the cake. Courteous, conscientious, and discreetly everywhere, it was so nice to be looked after by smiling, attentive hosts. Special shout-outs to Daniel for ensuring that we always had a fresh beverage when we needed one, Sonya for her massage therapy skills, Esther the Watsu practitioner, and the maids who kept our room spotless.

Adnan L - Brooklyn, New York

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