It is really easy to relax in a place like Costa Rica. After all, what isn’t relaxing about being able to sit on the beach all day drinking one dollar beers? Even better than that is that the above mentioned activity is social acceptable, if not expected. But, if by some chance you get tired of soaking up the sun and booze, perhaps one of the amazing spas in Costa Rica will offer a nice change of pace. These spas are great at any point in your travel, but if you plan on doing any long hikes up to waterfalls or volcanoes, I suggest you schedule your spa day after the hikes. That way you can get the most bang for your buck!
Pura Vida Wellness Retreat and Spa
Voted favorite spa in Central America in 2005, Pura Vida is a complete resort spa catered to the entire family which includes accommodations, dining with an emphasis on vegetarianism, eco tours and a huge variety of massage and spa treatments available in their wellness center. The center includes a wide selection of treatments including therapeutic modalities, healthy aging seminars, meditation and workshops to traditional spa treatment and massage. For a limited time you can bring a group during green season, May – November in 2009 and 2010, and receive a complimentary massage and $250 in cash. Phone: 888-767-7375.
Martino Resort and Spa
Known for having the best climates in the world, the central Valley of Costa Rica is home to the Martino Resort and Spa, located just 10 miles from the San Jose Airport. Martino Resort offers a full service spa, entertainment and five star dining. One can take full adantage of the services Spa Cleopatra at Martino has to offer, including stone massages, deep massages and inspirational massages. One of the many spa packages Martino offers is called the Eve package which includes a Thai shower, steam room, salt glow exfoliation, herbal wrap, relaxation massage and a Costa Rican facial all for the price of $210 USD. Phone: 1-888-886-5042, outside the US call (506)2-433-8382.
Arenal Volcano Inn
Located in the valley of the Arenal volcano bordering to the Rio Burio in La Fortuna lies nestled the Arenal Volcano Inn. Along with dining, attractions and sightseeing comes the resort’s Garden Spa which offers a mix of strong and slow maneuver deep tissue massage, traditional massage and essential oil massaging. There mixture of massage and oils will take you to a place of sheer tranquility and total bliss. With very competitive rates all year long, there most affordable dates are during their green season, May 1st to May 31st and September 1st to November 30th . Telephone: 1-877-353-9703.
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Centrally located in the jungle of Manuel Antonio comes this extraordinary day spa, long considered the finest day spa in Costa Rica, Spa Uno. With it’s warm stone massages, deep tissue massages, fassages and traditional massages, everyone is sure to find something to soothe their mind, body and soul here. Spa Uno offers very competitive pricing for those looking for a simple day of relaxation. One of the most sought after packages here is the Canopy Deck Adventure. With a scene set on their treetop observation deck, one will receive an ultra hydrating full body massage, a chocolaty full body scrub and shea butter to cleanse, exfoliate and brighten your skin tone. Spa Uno also offers spa parties and spa vacation packages. Phone: 011-506 2777-2607.
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Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort
Tabacon is a five star resort spa nestled on the bottom of the Arenal Volcano in Northern Costa Rica. In 2007 Tabacon was awarded a membership to The Leading Hotels of the World. Geared more toward a couple’s retreat, it offers great Honeymoon getaways, International fine dining, and their award winning Grand Spa. One can indulge themselves in the Grand spa which offers hydrotherapy therapies, mud therapies and massage and skin-care regimens. The Grand Spa at Tabacon also offers yoga sessions and Temazcal, a steam bath that is intended as a physical and spiritual experience. From February 1st – December 19th, one can take advantage of their special, four nights for the price of three nights. Phone: 1-877-277-8291.
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AmaTierra Retreat and Wellness Center
Nestled in the central valley comes this warm and friendly retreat, AmaTierra, focusing on yoga and wellness services. AmaTierra offers the perfect atmosphere to escape from the everyday demands life offers and proide you with the rejuvenating energy that most people long for. Along with the wellness and spa services AmaTierra offers, there are a number of other things to enjoy such as shopping and guided tours to some of the best locations the area has to offer. The perfect place to focus on your inner being, this resort offers retreats directed at herbal medicine and holistic wellness. Currently there is an extended special 5 day package through December 25th, 2009 for $750 per person plus tax. Telephone: From the US call 866-659-3805.
Montana de Fuego Resort and Spa
One of the most beautiful areas in Costa Rica, La Fortuna, San Carlos lays claim to the Montana de Fuego Resort and Spa. Aside from the fabulous spa offered at this resort, one can take part in other activities such as tours, sightseeing and fine dining. There spa offers many treatments from traditional massages to manicures and pedicures. Currently they are having a green special, one can take an additional 10% off of room rates if they book with GoVisitCostaRica.com Telephone: 011 (506) 2 479-1220 .