Jungle-clad mountains frilled by pristine beaches, a surfer’s paradise and yogi’s nirvana—Costa Rica’s Peninsula Papagayo is the tropical retreat you always dream of from your office desk. But to help convince you to finally make that dream a reality, we’ve put together our favourite ways to find your own slice of inner peace in Costa Rica’s natural haven. With the country’s top eco-luxury outpost, the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo, as your base – you’ll be able to leave the daily grind well behind you.
Meditate on the beach
There’s a reason the sound of soft waves and swaying palm trees makes it onto all those meditation playlists—it has to be the most soothing sound combination on the planet. But imagine opening your eyes to breath-taking views of Culebra Bay, a postcard-perfect arc of dazzling white sand licked by the most turquoise of seas. You’ll be feeling Zen in no time.
Hit the spa
It’s not all health-crazed clean eating and getting up at the crack of dawn to catch the perfect wave—there are plenty of other ways to live Costa Rica’s ‘pura vida’ (pure life) on your own terms. Like enjoying a (well-deserved) pampering ritual or rejuvenating massage in the Andaz hotel’s hip Onda Spa. Top it off with a glass of fizz to complete your moment of ‘me time’.
Snorkel the seas
Another mesmerising and calming pastime that Costa Rica excels in is snorkelling. The waters that lap the sweep of sand along the Peninsula Papagayo are crystal-clear and favoured by an array of marine life that you can easily lose yourself in watching. Just drift along and let the technicolour display before your eyes dissolve your thoughts.
Connect with nature
By far the easiest way to unwind is to leave the modern world behind and let nature provide the scene and soundtrack. So strap up your hiking boots and head into one of Costa Rica’s biodiverse and wildlife-rich parks, where howler monkeys gambol and a myriad feathery residents from toucans to pelicans flit in the jungle canopy. The invitation to pause and marvel at nature’s untouched beauty lies behind every corner.
Escape to your own private sands
Getaways are all about breaking away from routine and (more importantly) away from everyone else. Luckily Costa Rica’s beach-strewn coast means it’s easy for you to find your very own slice of sand to chill on. Just grab a gourmet picnic from your hotel and beeline to one of the seclude coves for a romantic escape.