Rest easy. Here’s info about every facet of your retreat experience.
Local government doctors and a private physician are available in Nosara (approximately nine miles away).
Yes, you do need to be mobile, as we are not wheelchair accessible.
Because Hacienda Del Sol is not a medical facility and does not have medical staff, you must get clearance from your doctor to participate in our juice cleanse program.
Furthermore, for your own safety, due to the changes in gut absorption, you cannot participate in a liver flush if you are taking certain medications. For more information please before you complete your booking.
Hacienda Del Sol is located 14 Km up the coast from Nosara, on the Guanacaste Peninsula of Costa Rica. This area of Costa Rica is one of the last remaining areas that is only accessible via dirt roads which is one of the many things that makes it so charming. Being 14 km outside of the busy touristy area of Nosara makes our retreat center the most magical place to reset and rejuvenate. There are no temptations, no noise, and no crowds. While you are in our immersive jungle retreat you will only hear the sounds of the jungle, monkeys passing through, and crickets in the night.
If you do want to plan a day trip to experience the famous landmark of Nosara we are happy to arrange an excursion.
There are only two international airports in Costa Rica. San Jose which is a 6 hour drive to Hacienda Del Sol and Liberia which is a 2 hours drive to Hacienda Del Sol. If at all possible, book your flight into the Liberia airport.
We will book a taxi for you from the airport to get to us. Once you have booked your flight just send us your flight information and we will arrange your taxi. They will be waiting for you at Liberia airport upon your exit from the airport with a sign with your name on it.
We work with a local taxi company that we’ve worked with for years, and we have secured the best prices available in the area.
The cost of the taxi varies depending on the size of your group.
You are completely welcome to book your own transportation through another company but you will expect to pay upwards of $160/per person for solo rides and the prices go up from there.
Car rental is also an option.
Note: all prices above are in US dollars and are listed for one way trips from Liberia to Hacienda del Sol (2 hours drive).
At Hacienda Del Sol, and in the Guanacaste area in general, expect warm, lush, breezy days, with highs of 82 – 92 degrees and lows 75 – 85. Because of afternoon clouds, August through November are cooler months, with highs in the 70s. Temperatures during January through April are in the mid-80’s to low-90’s.
Although Costa Rica is considered to have a stable climate, it is important to note that different temperature and weather conditions may be experienced within the same day, or within short distances, due mostly to the rugged terrain of this mountainous country. There are two well defined seasons: the rainy/green season (invierno), and the dry/summer season (verano), with one main difference between them: rainfall averages. The dry season runs from December to April, and the green season from May to November. Rainfall averages for the country may reach the highest point during the months of September and October — approximately 25 inches per month.
We are a family run wellness resort that has been healing our guests for close to thirty years. Our heritage runs deep.
Originally constructed in 1995 as open-air bungalows, Hacienda del Sol began as a world-renowned massage school – founded by Menlha Bruneau – specializing in our signature massage technique.
In 2012, Menlha mindfully transitioned Hacienda del Sol to her daughter and son-in-law, Crystal and Ramiro Gallardo. Our accommodations have since undergone three lovely remodels, with the latest one being completed in 2022.
Devoted stewards of the land upon which Hacienda resides, Ramiro and Crystal renovated Hacienda Del Sol with thoughtful upgrades and brought in innovative new healing programs – yet have always kept and honored the intimate boutique feel of Hacienda and the original healing essence of what Menlha wanted to create. We are a nature-immersive resort that honors the land with ‘nothing extra’.
A true family business, Crystal and Ramiro are dedicated to cultivating and deepening the energy in Hacienda Del Sol that it’s always been known for: the welcoming feeling of coming home to your infinite light within.
We are a small resort with only 12 bunglows.
We have designed our resort so that you may create privacy and distance for yourself if that is your desire. If you prefer more privacy, you are always welcome to take your meals in your bungalow or away from the dining hall in any of our other covered lounge areas.
We do also find that for many of our guests, a highlight of their stay is connecting with other guests (as well as our welcoming and knowledgeable staff), though we cannot guarantee occupancy rates one way or the other.
We invite you to take our ‘‘ quiz. Alternatively, we recommend selecting the ‘‘ as your base option and then adding on any desired to create your custom stay. If you still aren’t sure, please with your intentions, preferences, and health goals, and we will be happy to offer you our recommendation.
Our minimum stay recommendation is 7-nights to receive benefit. All of our retreats may be extended for as long as you like, with the exception of our Juice Cleanse retreat, which has a max of 10 nights (though this, too, can be extended with the addition of any other retreats). Most people choose to stay for 3-weeks.
All of our retreats are ongoing and you are welcome to start and end any day of the week.
To preserve the value and integrity of our small and intimate resort, we rarely offer promotions or discounts. That said, in the rare occasion that we do, please note that any promotions or discounts offered are not combinable with any other offer.
If you would like to be added to our email list to be sure to stay abreast of any possible offers, please click the ‘chat with us’ menu option above and then click the ‘promotions’ radio button.
Hacienda Del Sol offers 3 different types of nutrient dense, and anti-inflammatory menus/meal plans (Vegetarian with Raw Vegan options – fresh juices included, Primal Ketogenic, and Juice Cleansing).
The Vegetarian and Primal Ketogenic options – which includes fresh fish and poultry – can be chosen onsite for any other retreat.
*For those already on keto diets: If you eat strictly off the Primal Keto Daily Specials menu, you would be eating less than 25 grams of net carbs per day.
Our kitchen is open from 7am to 7pm and you are welcome to order anything you want off of the menus and daily specials – plus juices, smoothies, coconut water, and snacks – at whatever time you like within that time-frame.
Yes, regular coffee is ready and available for you every morning.
We invite you to visit our Daily Schedule page to view our list of foundational classes.
For specific daily schedule enhancements, please visit the various retreat pages for their respective daily inclusions.
Regardless of the retreat program you choose, everyday will follow a cycle of:
In this way, we are consciously allowing the recalibration of your body’s natural biorhythms to optimize its inherent healing mechanisms. We invite you to visit Our Method page for more information on this intentional biorhythm approach.
Please note that our retreat schedule is designed for you to participate in as many or as few activities as you would like. Nothing is ‘required’.
We have intentionally built a lot of space in our schedule to allow for downtime, quiet, and integration, especially in the evenings.
During these times, we recommend you rest, make use of our hydrotherapy circuit, journal, lay in a hammock, or simply be with the best company in the world – yours.
Any of our group classes can be converted into a 60-minute private session for $120.
You may select from any of our available massages or treatments valued at $140 when you arrive onsite.
Please note that with our continued focus on wellness innovation, our service menu options are subject to changes and updates. These enhancements will always be aligned with our signature wellness methodology.
Please note all service menu prices exclude the required 13% Costa Rican IVA tax which will be applied at check-out.
All offerings are subject to availability at the time of booking and due to practitioner schedules, we cannot guarantee availability. If you would like to confirm spa service availability before booking, please indicate this in the notes of your reservations request.
Services cannot be canceled or rescheduled within 24 hours of the appointment. A credit card on file is required in advance of booking as a guarantee.
For general bookings: For security reasons we only accept PayPal and Credit Card via a secure link or over the phone. We do not accept direct deposits.
For group bookings: For group bookings we accept wire bank transfers.
Onsite for spa treatments and shop items: We accept cash, Visa, and MasterCard.
To promote the health and wellbeing of all our guests, we are an alcohol and drug-free retreat center.
All curated retreats are suggestions and can be personalized any way you wish.
Yes, the food and water at Hacienda Del Sol (and most spots in the area!) are completely safe.
Cold water is always available at the bar outside of the dining room and you may take the glasses to your room, and all of the water on our property – including in your bungalow – is filtered and safe to drink.
Feel free to bring your own bottle to refill with our pure water, or you are welcome to purchase one of our signature Hacienda bottles from our gift shop – subject to availability.
Please note that as an eco-friendly resort with a focus on sustainability, we intentionally do not offer bottled water.
Yes, we have Fiber Optics installed in all bungalows and most common areas, with speed and stability ideal for working remotely and long term stays.
Our check-out time is 11am. However, if your flight is later, you are welcome to stay longer at the resort to enjoy the amenities before you leave, and we will keep your luggage for you at the front desk.
The temperature of the plunge pool is set to 7 degrees celsius (keep in mind this may naturally vary a bit day-to-day based on the air temperature)
Our sauna is a traditional sauna. It heats the air around you to a degree that your body kickstarts its natural cooling process. This means bringing blood closer to the surface of the skin and opening the pores to release sweat for detox.
Yes, there are laptop-sized safes in each bungalow. While it’s very secure here, we still encourage you to use them, as Hacienda Del Sol is not responsible for missing valuables.
As we have seamlessly integrated ourselves into the natural surroundings and coexist with the local wildlife, it is essential to remember that we are merely guests in this lush jungle. While we cannot guarantee sightings of every creature that inhabits the area, you are sure to encounter fascinating species during your stay. Along with the delightful and ‘cute’ animals, insects of various sizes may also be present. It is important to exercise tolerance for this diverse animal population to fully appreciate this remarkable environment.
If you see an insect or small critter in your space, they are likely just passing through peacefully. However, if you come across anything you’re uncomfortable with, please advise our front desk staff and we will have our maintenance crew remove it for you.
The various beaches we take you to include San Juanillo Fisherman’s Beach, Marbella, Ostional, Venus Beach, and Pitahaya. The drive varies between 5 minutes and 20 minutes depending on the beach. The return shuttle after sunset is also included.
We encourage you to explore the beaches. Let nature in, and recalibrate and nourish your system. Swim in the ocean and completely clear out any energies stuck in your body. Being in the ocean is one of the most powerful ways to rejuvenate your whole nervous system.
Outside of the daily beach shuttle, you can walk to the closest beach in about 20 minutes, or we are happy to arrange a shuttle for you. It is $10 USD each way paid directly to the driver.
There are hiking trails accessible directly from the property. Aside from the scenic hike to the beach, the other is a more challenging hike up the mountain behind Hacienda Del Sol. The mountain hike goes on for hours and hours (you are able to turn around at any point you choose) and has many beautiful and expansive ocean and jungle views along the way.
USD is generally accepted almost everywhere in Costa Rica as long as the bills are:
You can also exchange your currency for Costa Rica colones in the airport, or withdraw colones from the ATM at the airport. Please note, we do NOT have ATMs onsite.
We invite you to check online for the latest exchange rates and to let your bank and/or credit card company know that you are traveling internationally prior to departing to prevent any unnecessary holds on your credit or debit cards.
The locals are appreciative of tips. In Costa Rica, it is customary to tip anywhere from 10% to 20% depending on what you feel called to give. Of course tips are never required.
If you wish to tip at the end of your stay, please bring smaller bills as our front desk does not carry change, and at this time – due to local tax regulations – we are unable to accept tips on credit cards.
If you would like to leave a tip for the kitchen staff, cleaning staff, or spa services, you are welcome to leave that in an envelope at the front desk at check-out with your name, and it will be distributed per your wishes.
Yes, in Costa Rica it is mandatory that all businesses apply a 13% VAT on all purchases. Please note that all pricing listed on our website is exclusive of this tax, which will be applied at checkout.
Dress is casual. Bring loose, light, and flowy clothing. The most important thing is to be relaxed and feel comfortable. Light yoga wear works best. It’s usually hot, but it’s always good to bring a layer or two. Add sunglasses, a sun hat, flip-flops or easy slip-on shoes, a bathing suit, and sunscreen and you are set! You may also want to pack a journal, mosquito repellant, hiking or running shoes, water bottle, and/or an extra pair of flip flops.
We provide biodegradable shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. We ask that you please use ours, or use yours only if it’s biodegradable. The water from the showers does help in watering our plants.
There are small markets in San Juanillo (a 5 minute cab ride away) with basic toiletries if you forget something essential like a toothbrush.
You don’t have to bring your own yoga mat. We provide you with mats, bolsters, and any other props needed for any of our classes.
We provide you with biodegradable shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and body wash. We actually prefer you use ours because it is gentle on the ecosystem of our environment (and really lovely to use!). If you do choose to bring your own toiletries, please make sure they are biodegradable.
We have a couple of hair dryers at the front desk for those who may need one, but guests often enjoy letting their hair enjoy the moisture benefits of air-drying in the jungle air.
We happily provide you with robes, shower towels, and beach towels in each bungalow.
You will be enjoying very clean food/juices during your stay with us. We recommend the following shifts to your diet and lifestyle upon booking your retreat.
In order to ease your body’s transition into receiving this deep level of nutrition, we recommend that you begin to incorporate vegetables and fruits in your diet (consider fruit as your treats and veggies with every meal and to replace your other snacks), while upping your water intake to 2 liters per day. It’s nice to add a little salt for electrolyte balance.
Also, it’s good to have at least one large green salad a day before your main lunch or dinner meal (for dressing we recommend olive oil and lemon), and have fruit 20 minutes before protein in the morning.
We also recommend reducing your intake of coffee and alcohol. For example, limiting your coffee intake to one cup in the morning. Also lower your consumption of processed food and grains.
If you eat eggs, we do recommend eating the yolks with the whites! As well as cooking with coconut oil, over olive oil.
It can also be helpful to begin limiting your exposure to things that trigger you and start to practice more mindfulness. This will allow you to ‘drop in’ to the tranquility easily when you arrive.
Our outlets and voltage are the same as the US (not Europe). So if you are coming from the US you do not need a converter.
Once you have booked with us, you will be invited to join our online Retreat Welcome Runway.
This specially-curated ‘guests-only’ space contains everything you need to be fully prepared for your stay with us and will allow you to land softly and smoothly once you arrive.
While your retreat is all-inclusive, we suggest that guests bring along a minimum of US$500 in cash in small, newer bills. US Dollars are accepted everywhere. The taxi from the airport is a third party company and you will need to pay cash directly to the driver both ways ($135 USD per shuttle). Also if you wish to book excursions beyond what is included in your retreat the local tour companies only accept cash.
If you wish to tip at the completion of your stay, you’ll want to bring extra cash for that. Again, we recommend smaller bills, as our front desk does not carry change. Please note that at this time – due to local tax regulations – we are unable to accept any tips on credit cards.
Note: The $500 minimum is just a recommendation – please feel free to bring more cash so you don’t feel constrained in your travels, keeping in mind that due to our remote location there are no ATMs. The closest ATMs are in Nosara, which is a $50 taxi ride away (and, yes, the taxi is also cash only :). While we can’t accept credit card for tips, you may of course use a credit card for any purchases at our resort, such as for additional spa treatments or at the gift shop.
If you have advised us of your itinerary arriving at Liberia airport (LIR), your driver will be ready and waiting for you just outside the Liberia airport exit, holding a sign with your name on it.
If you have advised us you are staying the night at a hotel in Liberia, your driver will come pick you up in the lobby.
The taxi ride is approximately 2-hours. Please see rates in ‘Location and Getting Here’ section above.
If you have advised us you are flying into Nosara (NOB) from San Jose (SJO), then your taxi driver will be waiting outside the landing strip. This taxi is US$50 paid directly to the driver in cash.
Please refer to this answer in the ‘General’ Section above.