Prices for spa treatments in Costa Rica are generally less expensive than those in the United States or Europe, although some of the fancier options, like the Four Seasons or Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort, rival the services, facilities, and prices found anywhere on the planet.
The Four Seasons Resort ★★★ on the Papagayo Peninsula has ample and luxurious facilities and treatment options, as well as classes in yoga, Pilates, and other disciplines.
Florblanca Resort ★★★ in Santa Teresa has some beautiful spa facilities, with two large treatment rooms over a flowing water feature.
In Montezuma on the Nicoya Peninsula, the clifftop Anamaya Resort ★ ((tel) 2642-1289; www.anamayaresort.com) offers weekly yoga retreats, as well as yoga teacher training. In Nosara, the hip The Harmony Hotel ★★ has an extensive wellness program that includes multiple daily yoga classes, meditation, and frequent workshops.
Luna Lodge ★ is a very remote lodge located on a hillside overlooking Playa Carate, on the border of Corcovado National Park. Individual rooms and tents offer views over the rainforests. Luna Lodge offers a fairly full schedule of dedicated yoga and wellness programs and has a good little spa. Nearby, Blue Osa ★ (www.blueosa.com) offers yoga teacher training.
Pranamar Villas & Yoga Retreat ★★★, Santa Teresa, is an upscale beachfront resort, with a large Balinese-inspired open air-yoga space and a restaurant focused on delicious spa cuisine. A range of daily classes are offered, and a steady stream of visiting teachers and groups use the spot for longer retreats and seminars.
Samasati ★, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, is an intimate yoga retreat set amid dense forest on a hillside overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Accommodations range from budget to rustically luxurious.
Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort ★★★, Tabacón, is a top-notch spa with spectacular hot springs, lush gardens, and a volcano view. A complete range of spa services and treatments is available at reasonable prices.
Xandari Resort & Spa ★★, Alajuela, is a luxury boutique hotel with distinctive contemporary architecture, abundant artworks, and its own little “spa village” that offers up top-notch treatments and services. This is a good choice if you’re looking for a day or two of pampering, or for day treatments while staying in San José.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.