Tropical Winter Wellness Retreat

San José, Arenal Volcano & Cahuita

January 12 – January 19, 2019

  • Days: 8 Days/ 7 Nights
  • Group Size: 8 – 12
  • Double Occupancy: $2,700
  • Single Occupancy: $3,200


The Tropical Winter Wellness Retreat℠ in Costa Rica takes you to paradise for 8 days and 7 nights. This retreat is your opportunity to see 3 distinct areas of Costa Rica. The capital city of San José and the Arenal Volcano are in the Central Valley and Cahuita on the Caribbean Coast. In each location, your activities will allow you to submerse yourself in the natural beauty of the country.

You will experience tours of waterfalls, national parks, hot springs, ancient volcanos, white sand beaches, lush rain forest and a plethora of wildlife.

Your relaxation and restoration will come just as naturally as the beauty around you. Whether you’re bathing in the hot springs, lounging on the beaches or reclining by the multiple pools, participating in the stretch/yoga sessions or indulging in spa treatments, your Tropical Wellness Retreat will be exactly what you desire and deserve.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore 7 waterfalls and beautiful gardens
  • Indulge in natural hot springs at your resort for 2 days
  • Stay at a Caribbean beach resort
  • Experience scenic tours of the Central Valley and Caribbean Coast


  • Tour La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • Walk through the Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Hike Cahuita National Park
  • Participate in Stretch/Yoga sessions throughout the retreat
  • Spa treatments available (not included in retreat package) *


Arrive at Costa Rica’s San José Airport (code: SJO) and take the provided shuttle to Hotel Presidente. Enjoy a complimentary refreshing drink upon arrival and get settled in. Your host Ewunike will welcome everyone during a meet & greet dinner. After dinner at a nearby restaurant, get your groove on with your first physical activity – Salsa lessons!

Off to La Paz Waterfall Gardens – When you think of Costa Rica, you probably imagine lush tropical rain forest, flowing white rivers, spectacular waterfalls, birds, butterflies, monkeys, sloths, snakes, frogs and jaguars. At La Paz Waterfall Gardens, you are guaranteed to see all that and mare. Your group will walk trails and enjoy 10 animal exhibits. Tour includes lunch.

You’ll be transported back to Hotel Presidente where you can enjoy an evening stretch/yoga session before dinner.

The evening is yours to rest or explore the last night in San José.

Private transfer from San José to Arenal. Sit back and enjoy the views of the lush flora and fauna as you leave Costa Rica’s San José behind. Your private transfer will take you to Arenal in approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes.

Arrive at Los Lagos Resort and Spa. A spectacular stay at this hot spring hotel which features large natural outdoor areas near the Arenal Volcano. Make your spa appointments, lounge by the pool, tour the gardens or dip in the hot springs. Whatever your do, get ready for some pampering and relaxation.

The Arenal Volcano National Park is one of the most visited parks in all of Central America. The trails in the park are generally flat and not very strenuous – perfect for the planned leisurely and informative hike with a bilingual nature guide. We will start the day with private transportation from the resort to the entrance of the park. The hike through the well-groomed, easy trails that skirt the base of the volcano. The hike provides perfect photo opportunities and magnificent views of the impressive Arenal Volcano, the pristine Lake Arenal and the extinct volcano Cerro Chato.

Private transfer back to Los Lagos where you’ll enjoy an evening stretch/yoga session and dinner.

Private transfer from Arenal to Cahuita on the Caribbean Coast. As you are leaving the breathtaking, lush Arenal area behind, sit back and enjoy the view of the diverse flora and fauna without a worry in mind. Your trip to Cahuita will take approximately 5 hours. Pura Vida.

Arrive at the Kenaki Lodge. This hotel offers you a unique retreat in the Caribbean. The lodge is built with tropical woods and has a Balinese style, you will be surrounded by nature during your stay. Only a short 100 meters from the beach, your resort provides has beautiful views and relaxing sounds of the waves.

After breakfast enjoy the day with any pre-scheduled activities to keep in mine. Explore the nearby town of Cahuita. Lounge on the beach. Ask your host to arrange a special spa treatment for you in your room. It’s YOUR day to do as you wish.

Group dinner of delicious Caribbean cuisine.

Our last full day in Costa Rica will include a tour and hike through the trails of Cahuita National Park. You will start by the White Beach Sector, hike up to Cahuita points, crossing through beautiful beaches and where you can relax and swim in the calm water of the Caribbean Sea for a while. You’ll be able to observe various types of animals in the park – sloths, birds, white faced and howler monkeys, armadillos, blue morpho butterflies and many different types of birds. You will enjoy lunch during the hike.

Transfer back to Kenaki Lodge for dinner and our last stretch/yoga session.

Private transfer from Cahuita to Limón Airport (early morning).

Flight from Limón Airport to San José International Airport.

International flight back to your US destination (afternoon)

Day 3-4 Arenal Volcano

Day 5-7


In San José, your first two nights will be at the Hotel Presidente. The hotel is a landmark in San Jose because of its central location and walking distance to many famous site like the National Theatre and many museums. Despite its location in the heart of downtown, you’ll sleep like a baby in the sound proof rooms!

In Arenal, your stay will be at the luxurious Los Lagos Spa & Resort. The hotel features a full-service spa, hot springs, and 11 outdoor swimming pools. The hotel offers a restaurant. Guests can unwind with a drink at one of the hotel’s bars, which include a poolside bar and a bar/lounge.

In Cahuita your stay will be at Kenaki Lodge, a unique place in the Caribbean. The lodge features Balinese style, cabins and lodge rooms are constructed in tropical woods for an authentic Caribbean flavor. Playa Grande beach is just 350 feet from the property, and guests can find a wide range of restaurants and bars within a 10-minute drive. Massages and tours can be provided.


Call +1 202 750-1167 to reserve this trip on the phone

Monday – Friday 9am – 7pm Eastern Time

Price Includes

  • Round-trip international airfare from Detroit (DTW) or Baltimore (BWI) to San José, Costa Rica (SJO)
  • 2 days/ 2 nights at Presidente Hotel in San José
  • 2 days/ 2 nights at Los Lagos Hot Springs Resort
  • 4 days/ 3 nights at Kenaki Lodge
  • All ground transportation
  • All activities on itinerary (tours, hikes and stretch/yoga sessions)
  • 3 healthy delicious meals each day customized to guest preferences
  • Accommodation are in a shared room with one other person. We also have a small number of private rooms. Please submit your request when registering
  • Flight from Limón (Caribbean Coast) to San José International Airport (SJO) for travel back to US destination

Baggage Allowance per Person

1 Piece with maximum weight of 40 lbs and up to 50 linear inches / 127 cm. (length + height + width).

You may bring 1 piece of carry-on luggage with a maximum weight of 10 lbs, 33 linear inches / 84 cm (length + height + width).

Any luggage exceeding weight allowance and/or size will be subject to space availability and charged according to the following excess luggage fees: 1-5 lbs = $7 / 6-15 lbs =$20 / 16-30 lbs = $40 / 31-60 lbs = $60

One-Time Full Payment

Booking Deadline: December 1, 2018

Double Occupancy: $2,700
Single Occupancy: $3,200

Installment Payment Options

Installment payments are allowed after the initial $350 deposit is made. Full payment for the Tropical Winter Wellness Retreat℠ is required by December 1, 2018.

  • Deposit Due: August 1, 2018
    • $350
  • 1st Installment Due: September 1, 2018
    • $587.50 (double occupancy)
    • $712.50 (single occupancy)
  • 2nd Installment Due: October 1, 2018
    • $587.50 (double occupancy)
    • $712.50 (single occupancy)
  • 3rd Installment Due: November 1, 2018
    • $587.50 (double occupancy)
    • $712.50 (single occupancy)
  • 4th Final Installment Due: December 1, 2018
    • $587.50 (double occupancy)
    • $712.50 (single occupancy)

Not Included

Spa treatments

Additional Information

Required retreat waiver
Please download and sign the below documents and send the signed documents to You will receive a confirmation email that your documents have been received.

Booking Terms and Conditions Download

Medical Waiver Download

Travel Insurance Advisory Waiver Download

Is this Retreat for You?

It could be if you like spending time outdoors in nature. This is an active trip packed with activities such as long walks, hiking up moderate inclines, using upper body strength for zip lining and fitness classes on the beach. To fully enjoy it, you’ll need to be in a good state of health and fitness. If these activities sound fun and exciting to you, you’ll love this experience.

"This was a great opportunity for me to create a new relationship with my daughter and enjoy the beautiful country of Costa Rica which I had heard so much about"

CJ & Mecca

"It was wonderful connecting with a group of people I did not know prior to the trip. The excursions, restaurants, and activities enabled seeing the real culture and life in Costa Rica. This trip was a memorable experience"


"I would recommend this retreat particularly because self care is more than spending money on cosmetic things to pamper yourself"


"My favorite activity was the zip lining. It was something I had never done before. I received tremendous support from the group and it was a bonding activity for us. We cheered each other on"


"This was a great opportunity for me to create a new relationship with my daughter and enjoy the beautiful country of Costa Rica which I had heard so much about"


"Prior to going on the retreat I had never acknowledged how fitness and spirituality can mesh to be a really import part of self care. My takeaway was that ultimately my goal is to have elements of both fitness and spirituality in my self care regiment regularly "


Meet Ewunike Your Guide & Fitness Coach

After participating in the 330 mile AIDS Bike Ride from Raleigh, NC to Washington, D.C. in 1999, Ewunike Akpan was hooked on helping people experience the benefits of exercise. To prepare for the ride, she trained for six months with a group and, along the way, learned the importance of proper muscular development and nutrition to help her successfully complete the three day event. She shared information with her fellow riders and started leading them in weight training sessions to strengthen their core and upper body muscles. The group gave Ewunike positive feedback about the effectiveness of the workouts she developed. This fueled her decision to study for and get certified as a professional personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

Ewunike’s 17-year journey as a trainer started as a way to help herself and others for one fitness event. Today, it is her passion and she is using it to help hundreds of clients experience the benefits of an active lifestyle. Ewunike and her business, LOTUS Fitness, have been featured in Essence, Heart & Soul, ACE Professionals Profile (online), ACE Advocacy (online) and on NBC4 News,Washington, D.C.

What to bring

Rubber soled shoes that can get wet (tevas, tennis or similar), swimsuit and shorts of a quick-drying material, t-shirt, sun screen, quick drying towel

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