A Costa Rica vacation for some isn’t always about extreme adventure or tours. Not everyone wants to swing from a vine through the jungle like Tarzan or hang upside down like Jane while soaring through the trees across a zipline. There are so many fun adventure and extreme tours to do while on your Costa Rica trip, especially in the Manuel Antonio area. However, that’s not what I’m really getting at. I want to talk about a different kind of Costa Rica vacation.
Wellness Retreats at the Discovery Beach House
What I wonder is; when was the last time you thought about taking a vacation to focus on your mind, body and soul? Many of our guests take a Costa Rica vacation at the Discovery Beach House to focus on themselves. I’m talking about a vacation that rejuvenates and lets you unwind from your hectic life.
Have you had thoughts about a making some healthy lifestyle changes? A much-needed massage, yoga, meditation, mind/body therapies, and exercise centered on improving your wellbeing are all available and more. By the end of your Wellness Retreat you’ll feel well balanced and appreciate your new lifestyle changes. You’ll return home with a glow and new found energy. You’ll continue to float on memories for months about the amazing time you had with us.
Running on Empty?
You work hard and your mind and body deserve some seriously selfish rest and relaxation. Constant bombardment of stress, overexposure to media, a hectic lifestyle, and bad eating habits can lead you to feel like you’re running on empty. To be honest, you sort of are. Even a small change in your habits while you enjoy your vacation at the Discovery Beach House can be easy and have a big impact on your life. You’ll go home feeling reenergized, refreshed and renewed.
Your Body — Blissful and Balanced
Imagine yourself on the beach enjoying a massage. There’s a light tropical breeze. The sound of soothing waves serenades you as you take a deep breath and smell the salty scent of the sea. You exhale and feel your stress melt away as your body releases tension and relaxes — finally. Massages are proven to help keep your body limber, relieve tension, and return your mind to a balanced state. Ahh, don’t you feel better? You don’t even have to leave the Discovery Beach House grounds if you don’t want to. Our Wellness Retreats include in-villa treatments by a masseuse, yoga classes, mind/body therapies, mani-pedies and much more.
Once you’re in this blissful balanced state, we can arrange to have a chef prepare healthy, mouthwatering meals with fresh local produce and fruits. If you prefer to be hands-on, interactive meals are an option as well. I’m sure you’ll learn a few new twists with familiar ingredients you might already have back home. Each dish will probably be new and refreshing to you.
For you DIY types, you’ll be in heaven when you cook in our fully stocked chef’s kitchen. Be sure and ask your concierge where to go to get the freshest seafood in town. What was swimming this morning could be on your dinner plate tonight. Here the fruit and produce can be so fresh that yesterday it was in the field and today it’s at your local market. When you go shopping back home, you won’t be so reluctant to try that weird looking fruit or vegetable. Armed with your new healthy recipes and culinary skills, you’ll be sure to amaze your friends at your next BBQ or dinner party.
Your Mind — Peaceful and Relaxed
A mind is a terrible thing to waste. We need to always work to keep our minds sharp and healthy. What you put into your body affects your focus. With this fast-paced world we live in, it’s nice to take a break and slow down. You can do something as simple as sit on the beach outside the Discovery Beach House and listen to the waves. It may seem like you’re doing nothing, but negative ions emitted from the surf promote increased alpha brain waves, which results in higher awareness and a calming effect on your mind. Why not take advantage of the moment and meditate? Simply sit quietly and breathe deeply. Do this in our beautiful gardens, covered patios, or by the pool. I always feel wonderful when I’m at the beach here. The energy of the ocean helps wash tension away.
Getting a little peace and relaxation seems to be harder to achieve these days. With social media pings, e-mail dings, and message ka-chings, smart phones have us at their beck and call. Even though we have good Wi-Fi at the villa, we encourage you to disconnect and turn off your cell phone whenever possible. When you disconnect from electronics, you’ll reconnect to nature that surrounds you, and to yourself. I’m not saying you need to go out and find a guru, but I am curious if you remember what we used to do when we didn’t have smart phones or all the information you desired right in the palm of your hand. One thing I love about Costa Ricans is their attitude. They love the simpler go-with-the-flow lifestyle with very little stress. I think it shows in their happiness and quality of life. We have so much to learn from them.
Your Soul — Nirvana and Pura Vida
When you allow nature in, you feel happy in your soul. It’s amazing. Buddhists have a word for it, Nirvana. Ticos (Costa Ricans) have two words, Pura Vida. Pure Life is the literal meaning of this saying. When your soul is happy your life falls into place, things don’t seem so stressful, and you have great energy. New opportunities line up literally out of the blue (and green), you feel wonderful, and healthy.
I’m talking about how you feel in your soul after a great vacation of self-care. You return home and feel like you’re on cloud nine. If you did a little yoga, meditated, walked more, and ate healthier on your Costa Rica trip, this can spill over into your daily routine if you let it. Why not go for it? Recall the sensations you felt walking on the beach or floating in the pool surrounded by the blues and greens of nature. Take a piece of Costa Rica with you and your soul will be happier. You deserve to feel great.
Remember as a kid when you learned something new like how to ride a bike or hit a baseball? It felt strange at first, but you practiced, got better and the next thing you knew, you couldn’t believe you ever lived without it. You’ll feel this way after your vacation with us at the Discovery Beach House. Our guests often share their excitement with us about the personal transformations they’ve experienced during their stay. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love hearing their stories.
By now you have to be excited to disconnect from the fast-paced hectic life and to reconnect with yourself. Change is good for the soul. Come and refresh your mind, body, and soul to feel your best. We’d love to have you here.
We look forward to your vacation with us. If you haven’t read my other articles, please check them out here. Please follow us on Instagram @discoverybeachouse. For more information or to check our availability, visit our website at Discovery Beach House. Watch our YouTube Channel for more information on Manuel Antonio, the best spot to vacation in Costa Rica.