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"Celebrity chef-owned Wellness Retreat and Spa, nestled atop the lush green quartz mountains of Costa Rica, overlooking the Pacific Ocean."

Need to know

    • 11 rooms total:  3 premium casitas (accommodates 5), 3 deluxe rooms (2 guests), 5 junior suites (2-3 guests)
    • Atenas, Alejuela, Costa Rica
    • Pure relaxation, detox spa, wellness retreat, celebrity chef restaurant (vegan-based with protein option at dinner), specialized packages for wellness, relaxation and detox
    • Check-in and check-out times are flexible but typically are 11am check-outs

We love

  • Breath-taking mountain views high up in the clouds.
  • The Feng Shui-focused design.
  • Wonderful French press coffee served at any time.
  • The lush gardens.  Knowing where the food comes from makes it all the more delicious and satisfying.
  • Relaxing Spa treatments and Tranquil pool environment

An extra little something

Book with us today and we'll give you:

A complementary yoga class


Top Secret

Open concept kitchen and access to the chef. 80% of food served is grown in the gardens.  Love a specific dish? Ask the chef and he just might give you the recipe or even teach you to make it!


Diana Stobo dreamed of merging all her passions and knowledge of health and wellness into one transformational experience. In 2014, through vision and drive, she began to cultivate the idea, and through a desire to provide “heaven on earth” to those who yearned for transformation, The Retreat was born.

The Review

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.


The Retreat Costa Rica

  • Address: Barrio Jesus de Atenas, Alajuela Province, Atenas
  • Travel info: Just a 30 to 45-minute drive from San Jose International Airport. Airport transfers available.

Key Features

  • Pool

  • Stunning Views

  • No Children

  • Yoga

  • Airport Shuttle

  • Car Parking

  • Fitness Center/Gym

  • Restaurant

  • Spa