Gay Yoga Holiday

Rate per Person / Double Occupancy
$2130 Taxes Included
Introduction
Itinerary
Hotels
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Introduction

Trip Style: Holistic & Nature Exploring
Operational Season: Year Round
Departures: Every Day

What to expect:

Relax and enjoy authentic Costa Rican spa treatments during a yoga holiday in Costa Rica. The first two nights you will stay in an exclusive hotel skirting the Poás Volcano, the Asclepios Wellness & Healing Retreat. Here you will unwind and de-stress with spa treatments from massages to body scrubs and enjoy a variety of group fitness and yoga classes.

This is the perfect exotic destination for an unforgettable yoga and beach holiday. Unwind on soft sands, practice daily yoga classes with views of the Golfo Dulce where you will learn to cultivate your breathing and movement while relishing being one with nature.

Highlights

  • Organic, healthy meals: Breakfast, dinner & lunch included
  • Discover one of the world’s most biologically intense places on earth.
  • First two days – complimentary use of the fitness center and Water Therapy Suites, which include ionized tempered natural pool, cold plunge, jacuzzi, and kneipp.
  • One Hammam session, body exfoliation, flotation therapy and one massage at Asclepios.
  • Unlimited self-guided tours on Lodge Preserve Trails at Nicuesa.
  • Unlimited Use of kayaks, snorkeling and fishing equipment.
  • Two daily Yoga classes (sunrise and sunset)

Brief Itinerary

During your Gay Yoga Holiday enjoy eight days relaxing and discovering authentic Costa Rican spa treatments and yoga sessions. Totally relax near the Poás Volcano,  where you’ll de-stress with spa treatments, massages, and body scrubs and participate in a selection of group fitness and yoga classes while enjoying primary and secondary untouched forests.

This is a spectacular exotic destination for an unforgettable yoga and beach holiday. Unwind on soft sands, practice daily yoga classes with views of the Golfo Dulce and fall asleep to the peaceful sounds of the rainforest of Costa Rica.

Itinerary

Day 1

Meet and greet at the international airport. Transfer to your Wellness Hotel in Costa Rica, the Asclepios Wellness & Healing Retreat, a first-class hotel honoring the Greek God of Health. This 12-room retreat offers its guests some of the most essential medical traditions of the world, along with an ionized swimming pool, amphitheatre, flotation camera, sauna, Hammam, Vichy and Scottish showers, four treatment lodges, a fitness center, a yoga and meditation pavilion, a leisure room and an organic Restaurant.

Included

  • Private transfer from the airport to the hotel
  • Lodging at Asclepios Wellness & Healing Retreat
  • One Hammam session
  • Dinner

Day 2

Hike to the Poas Volcano National Park

Today after breakfast you will visit the Poas Volcano, with one of the world’s largest geysers and an amazing crater over 1.5 km. wide! The volcano is active but absolutely safe for viewing. This tour begins with a tranquil drive through the lush coffee plantations and flower farms of the area.

The tour includes a hike through the adjacent forest, which is packed with typical plant life and exotic birds. The hike concludes at a peaceful, emerald green lagoon. Near the volcano’s active crater, you will find lakes of molten sulfur, thought to be the only of their kind in the world. Return to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing massage, a body exfoliation and flotation therapy at the First Class hotel****Asclepios Wellness & Healing Retreat, Double Room.

  • Breakfast
  • Tour to Poas Volcano National Park including entrance fee.
  • Lunch
  • One Body exfoliation
  • One Asclepios massage
  • One Flotation Therapy
  • Dinner

Day 3

San José – Playa Nicuesa – Golfo Dulce

After a delicious breakfast, your private transfer will take you back to the airport, where you will take a local flight to Golfito or Puerto Jimenez (depending on availability). After a 40-minute flight, the Nicuesa Staff will meet you at the airstrip to take you to this secluded and wonderful destination:  Playa Nicuesa. After your check in, you can explore the lodge’s nature trails, use the kayaks, have lunch or just relax at the beach. First Class Lodge****Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, One bedroom Cabin.

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Local flight to Golfito or Puerto Jimenez
  • Lodging at Playa Nicuesa

Day 4

Hike to the Waterfall

Take a two-hour hike (each way) that leads from the lodge to a beautiful waterfall where you can swim in a natural swimming hole tucked away in the jungle. This is a mostly flat trail that offers interesting and serious hiking but avoids steep elevation changes. Return to the lodge for lunch and enjoy a yoga class on the beautiful covered yoga deck by the beach. First Class Lodge****Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, One bedroom Cabin.

  • Three delicious meals per day; snacks and natural Juices.
  • Prepared fruit, carbonated and alcoholic drinks are available but not included.
  • Unlimited use of kayaks, snorkeling and fishing equipment.
  • One yoga class
  • Rainforest/Waterfall hikes in national park
  • Lodging at Playa Nicuesa

Day 5

Golfo Dulce Dolphin Tour & Coastal Adventure

Enjoy a fantastic tour of the Golfo Dulce, an impressive, protected gulf of the Pacific Ocean. You’ll have many chances to see at least one of the three types of dolphins (spinner, spotted and bottlenose) most familiar in the Golfo Dulce. With one of the Nicuesa’s guides and boat captains, you will spend hours touring the blue, green waters of the Gulf while looking for dolphins, sea turtles and marine fauna. You will also stop for a snorkel tour at one of the area’s reefs and/or an isolated beach to swim and have fresh coconut water and snacks. Guests will hear about the natural and cultural history of the gulf, one of the deepest in the world, and one of the few tropical fiords that exist. Finally, you will return to the lodge for leisure time and then enjoy your yoga class at sunset. First Class Lodge****Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, One bedroom Cabin.

  • Three delicious meals per day; snacks and natural Juices
  • Prepared fruit, carbonated and alcoholic drinks are available but not included.
  • Unlimited use of kayaks, snorkeling and fishing equipment.
  • One yoga class
  • Golfo Dulce dolphin tour and coastal adventure
  • Lodging at Playa Nicuesa

Day 6

Kayaking Rio Esquinas tour

Spend the morning exploring a pristine river. The guide will explain you about the interesting bird and marine life and vegetation of the Rio Esquinas, as you wind through the river that runs between the Golfo Dulce and inland jungle.  This is a secure paddling area that is perfect for beginners to spend a peaceful hour paddling, or for the experienced and audacious to spend a challenging day discovering the coastline and nearby mangroves. First Class Lodge****Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, One bedroom Cabin.

  • Three delicious meals per day; snacks and natural juices.
  • Unlimited use of kayaks, snorkeling and fishing equipment.
  • Two yoga classes
  • Kayak Rio Esquinas Tour
  • Lodging at Playa Nicuesa

Day 7

Golfo Dulce – Leisure Day 

Dont miss the chance of downtime: In between classes, meditation is encouraged both at the yoga platform as well as above from the tree-top sanctuary. A brief and engaging hike through one of our most exhilarating trails leads you to the ideal location to find your inner bliss. Be mindful, be quiet, reap the rewards of the potent rainforest energy as you travel while sheltered by the jungle around you. First Class Lodge****Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, One bedroom Cabin.

  • Three delicious meals per day; snacks and natural juices.
  • Unlimited use of kayaks, snorkeling and fishing equipment.
  • Two yoga classes
  • Lodging at Playa Nicuesa

Day 8

Golfo Dulce – San José

Morning at your leisure before you check out.  Take a boat ride to your arrival port where you’ll take a local flight back to San José or you’ll pick up your car rental and, if you like, continue your vacation in Costa Rica.

Recommended connections:

Golfito – Manuel Antonio – San josé

Puerto Jimenez – Dominical – Monteverde

Puerto Jimenez – San Gerardo de Dota – Puerto Viejo

  • Breakfast
  • Boat transfer to Golfito or Puerto Jimenez
  • Local flight to San José (If you continue your vacation with car rental, this service will be eliminated from the itinerary.)

Hotels

Asclepios Wellness & Healing Retreat

Asclepios Wellness & Healing Retreat, (honoring the Greek God of Health) has12 rooms which remind guests of the most significant medical traditions of the world. The resort has a regulated ionized swimming pool, amphitheatre, flotation fitness center, yoga and meditation pavilion, camera, sauna, Hammam, Vichy and Scottish showers, four treatment lodges, a relaxation room and an organic Restaurant.

Here you will find a team of highly skilled spa therapists as well as a team of carefully-chosen holistic practitioners from all over the world. You will experience “the complete package” with a deep understanding and passion for physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Terms & Conditions

A full refund, less a US $50.00 processing fee, will be given for cancellations made on or before the arrival, eight days before each short program (1-4 nights) No refunds for cancellations less than seven days before arrival.

A full refund, less US $100.00 processing fee, will be offered for cancellations made on or before the arrival, 22 days before each short program (5 or more nights) No refunds for cancellations less than 21 days before arrival or if you leave early.

Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge

One of the best lodges on the south Pacific coast of Costa Rica, itt offers friendly and professional service. Just outside the front door you will find a private beach, bay, and secret mangroves. For no extra charge, you can avail yourself of the kayaks, snorkeling and inshore fishing gear. Outside of the back door is a wooded mountain with hiking trails, a waterfall, and abundance of wildlife. Playa Nicuesa is a paradise for nature-lovers and adventure-sports devotees of all levels and is a romantic, secret gay destination.

Terms & conditions 

A full refund, less US $50.00 processing fee, will be offered for cancellations made on or 31 days before the arrival.

50% penalty of the total amount of reservation will be charged if cancellation is made 30 to 16 days before arrival and a 100% penalty for cancellations made from 15 to 0 days before arrival.

Boat Pick up & Drop off 

The transfer boat cannot pick up or drop off guests later than 3:00 pm during dry season (December through April) and 2:00 pm during the rainy season (due to the weather conditions in the afternoon).

Prices & Facts

Rates

High Season: 01/10/18 to 04/30/18

Green Season: 05/01/18 to 06/30/18

Mid Season: 07/01/18 to 08/31/18

Green Season: 09/01/18 to 12/15/18

Note:

Ask for rates at Peak Season (12/15/17 to 01/09/18) and (Easter). Single occupancy has an additional fee.

Starting/finish Points

The trip starts with your pick-up from the airport in San José on Day 1 and ends with your drop-off at Golfito’s or Puerto Jimenez’s  airstrip on Day 9. The adventure can be extended with car rental, private transportation or return to San José with a local flight. All of these options have an extra charge.

Best Seasons to book

Dry Season: From mid-December to end of April
Low Season (Rainy Season): From July to October, you can see the whales in Golfo Dulce, an extraordinary experience!

Included

– Private transfer to and from the airport in San José
– Two nights at Asclepios Wellness Retreat
– Five nights at Playa Nicuesa
– One local flight to Golfito or Puerto Jiménez
– Excursions and meals as described in this itinerary.

Not Included

– International flight tickets
– Soft drinks or snacks (except those served with meals)
– Insurances, optional tours, alternative transportation
– Tips (optional)

Itinerary Modifications

If it is not possible to operate one of the planned excursions due poor weather conditions, the tour will be replaced by another, similar excursion of the same value, or the money for that portion will be reimbursed.

Note: Playa Nicuesa Lodge closes from October to November 15th. A similar lodge will be provided if you travel during these months.

Cancellation Terms

After confirmed booking, in case of cancellation up to 45 days before departure, there will be a US$ 20 handling charge per order.

After that date, there will be charged following cancellation fees:

  • 44 – 30 days before arrival: 50% of the total amount
  • 29 -15 days before arrival: 75% of the total amount
  • 14 – 00 days before arrival: 90% of the total amount
  • On arrival or in case of no-show: 75% of the total amount
  • Some service providers apply stricter terms of cancellation.