April 20, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.

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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

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 1 week 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 2 weeks 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 1 month 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

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

I decided that I wanted to go on a wellness retreat - something to feed and heal my mind and body. I started doing research on the world's best retreats and came across Asclepios. I ended up choosing it because of the range of treatments offered. I came here and did the one week Anti-Sress program and simply could not have had a better experience! Everything about the property is deigned around wellness - the relaxing grounds, the natural light, the extremely comfortable beds, the natural tea infusions and smoothies...even the organic wine. (I'm not a coffee drinker but, to make a note based on previous comments, they also serve coffee now.) All the decor is minimal (white and blue in Greek style) and everything is spotless. The most important thing for me for the retreat was the quality of the therapists. I can now say the therapists at Asclepios are outstanding! Every single therapist I had - from massage to reiki to watsu to shiatsu to reflexology - every person was extremely well trained in their field and had many years or decades of practice. My other treatments were fantastic as well - hammam spa, flotation, sauna, facial, body scrub. Plus the yoga and Aquafit/Pilates instructors were outstanding and the Scottish showers were great! The deep tissue massage and reiki were the highlights of the week for me. The staff are really amazing. My dedicated hosts, Pablo and Esteban, were absolutely wonderful and genuinely cared about my happiness. They would bring me things before I even realized I wanted them! Every person I interacted with at Asclepios was great - reception, management, cleaning crew, security guards. They have an excellent driver as well, Juan Carlos, who will do your transfers and take you on excursions. He is so nice and speaks perfect English (if you don't speak any Spanish). I went to La Paz waterfall gardens and it was a lovely afternoon out. They plan your time really well. The schedule is a great mix of activity and relaxation and there never too much time between activities. When you do have downtime, there's always lying by the pool, swimming, reading in the shade, napping, and whatever else you want to accomplish during your stay. The food was great - everything is fresh and much of it is grown on the property. They had the best salads I've ever tasted with mixed lettuces from their garden! In the morning you get a smoothie and in the afternoon, a tea. They even had the most delicious gluten-free bread for me, which I couldn't believe! Asclepios is not a hotel - it's a place to refuel your soul. That's what I did for one week and I did not want to leave! My body and mind have never felt better. I will definitely return and I recommend Asclepios to anyone who is serious about nourishing themselves with wellness. Muchas gracias Pablo, Esteba, Braulio, Juan Carlos, and everyone else at Asclepios for an amazing week. I will be back!

SavageTravels1001 - Toronto, Canada

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 months ago

From the reviews here, it's clear that visitors have had mixed experiences at Asclepios — for us, this was a perfect overnight escape. Asclepios was quiet and relaxing. As others have said: no alcohol, no smoking, ambient new-age music piped throughout the property, limited wifi, and very very quiet. We enjoyed the low-key and minimal staff; we did not find the place understaffed, instead we felt like we had a personal butler poolside, in the restaurant, etc. The gym was clean and had excellent-quality equipment. Dinner was the healthiest meal we had in 3+ weeks in Costa Rica. We were able to check in early and then hang poolside after checkout. Know what to expect and you will probably enjoy Asclepois as the peaceful retreat it is.

Amy D - Christchurch, New Zealand

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