It may have been fate that led celebrity chef, Diana Stobo, to choose this Costa Rican gem to build her dream of “heaven on earth,” a sanctuary from stress of everyday life. However, the Retreat Costa Rica gives new meaning to “you’ve got your head stuck in the clouds.” Nestled high atop a quartz mountain, literally in the clouds, rests a true place of peace, relaxation and wellness. Anticipation builds on the winding uphill journey. What lies ahead will not disappoint. The cobblestone path abruptly ends revealing stark white structures suspended on the side of a lush green mountain.
The views are not breath-taking, they are breath-inducing. Within the first few minutes, deep breathing is inevitable. On a clear day, one can enjoy miles of gorgeous mountain views with a distant peek at the Pacific Ocean. When the clouds roll in, revel in the unique experience of being blanketed in a mystical fog. Experience two worlds in one place.
The architecture is reminiscent of Frank Llyod Wright intertwined with modern Zen concepts. Each casita and suite is designed with relaxation and tranquillity in mind. White walls and ceilings are softened by the light-washed wood floors, the gentle breeze flowing through the open windows and the delicate pops of color. Fresh infused water sits beside your bed each day along with a Diana Stobo recipe card to try at home. Begin the day with a fresh pot of French-press coffee delivered to your room or taken in the peaceful nook of your choice. How you choose to fill your day is your choice. Relaxation, Rejuvination and Tranquility are at your doorstep.
With a celebrity chef as the master-mind behind this glorious retreat, it is no surprise the restaurant is a force of nature. Literally. Every dish is carefully constructed, with eighty percent of the ingredients grown in the gardens just outside. In fact, there is no menu. Each meal you enjoy is “chef’s choice” and mostly vegan, with an option for a protein in the evening for the meat-eaters. In fact, the kitchen is an open concept – welcoming guests to observe, ask questions, and even tour the gardens and participate in culinary classes with the chef.
The Retreat offers something for everyone. With detox cleanses, spa treatments – facials, massage and steam rooms, guided hikes to a local waterfall, sun-bathing by the pool, yoga classes and so much more … the perfect package exists for total body wellness.
The Retreat Costa Rica truly embodies its name, as it is an absolute departure from the grind of daily life.