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Così la proprietaria Diana Stobo annuncia The Retreat at Altos del Monte, nuovo wellness resort sulle montagne del Costa Rica

Così la proprietaria Diana Stobo annuncia The Retreat at Altos del Monte, nuovo wellness resort sulle montagne del Costa Rica

The Retreat at Altos del Monte, is located off the mountains of Atenas, at 20 minutes from the international airport of San Jose. (, a luxury 11-room boutique hotel, spa and yoga retreat is set to position Costa Rica yet again in a new segment and market on the globe. It is the newest health and wellness property owned by Diana Stobo, celebrity Superfood specialist and wellness coach. Located in Altos del Monte de Atenas, a town named the “One of the best climates in the world” by National Geographic Society.

The exclusive sanctuary can accommodate up to 26 guests in well-appointed rooms situated on a secluded 8-acre estate. The design of The Retreat reflects the natural elements of the lush, subtropical landscape with eco-friendly materials and nature throughout the property. Designed by Andrea Artinano Interiors of Costa Rica, the hotel features a mélange of relaxing colors hailing straight from nature. Soothing blue tones mirroring the cerulean waters of the Gulf of Nicoya combine with pure white to summon guests into a relaxing state. Organic driftwood native to Costa Rica, elegant white bamboo, vintage Turkish & Persian rugs that also bring back some of Diana’s own heritage as well as a variety of natural stones impart their delicate energies and textures throughout the hotel. The overall décor is a fusion of modern elegance and weathered nature, effectively bringing the outside-in and creating unity with the landscape.

“I have created ‘Heaven on Earth’ and I named it simply, THE RETREAT because we all have a different definition of “retreating” and we get to create our own experience everywhere we go. My mission is to provide everything you may need and want for the perfect wellness vacation.”

In true belief and delivery of the transformation of energy that the owner Diana Stobo embraces and proclaims as an essential part of The Retreat experience, she has also had the property professionally energized by celebrity Feng Shuei specialist, Marie Knoos.


There are 3 room-types spanning two buildings. All the rooms feature queen or king sized luxury pillow-top beds with mosquito-free mattresses and are dressed in eco-friendly Oekotech linens. All bath amenities and spa products are handcrafted by Raw Botanicals, a locally made organic and biodynamic skincare line. There are no phones or televisions in-room. Free wireless internet access is available to all guests throughout the property at all times.

The Cabinas: The largest of the accommodations, The Retreat Cabinas each feature a private terrace perched on the edge of the property overlooking the dramatic mountainside. Each of the three cabinas can sleep up to five guests with two queen size beds and a daybed.

The Yoga House Rooms: Above the Sanctuary Spa and part of the tranquil Yoga House, these elegant rooms can each sleep two or guests, offering either a queen and daybed or a king size bed. All rooms offer a patio with a view overlooking the beautiful hotel grounds and mountain landscape.


The Retreat at Altos del Monte features a large outdoor saline pool, complete with waterfall and centered by a fire-pit. Nearby the pool is a warming hot tub to enjoy after a day’s hike, a workout or in the evening under the stars. The pool area is equipped with plush sunbeds, umbrellas and complimentary towels.

The Yoga House Studio:

A 1500 square foot sun-lit room with bamboo flooring and tranquil colors, the Yoga House Studio can accommodate up to 25 yoga participants. It is also a perfect space for dance, conferences lecture/teaching, banquet/private dining or a cocktail reception.   The entire west wall of the Yoga House Studio features French doors that open up to an expansive terrace with unobstructed views of Costa Rica’s Coastal Mountain Range.

The Teaching Kitchen:

The Yoga House Studio also includes a fully equipped Teaching Kitchen. This in-house course is an integral part of the holistic program, imparting valuable wellness education that guests can take home and put to work in everyday life. Using locally sourced ingredients indigenous to Costa Rica, The Retreat guests can learn unique recipes incorporating whole and raw foods along with “Pura Vida” techniques.  Classes include superfood nutrition, fermenting foods, microbiome immune health, raw food recipes, and herbal medicines.

The Fitness Center:

The fitness center, located just below the Yoga House Studio provides full cardio equipment, free weights and Life Fitness machines. All registered guests can enjoy their preferred exercise routines in the idyllic, temperate climate. Personal trainers are available at an additional fee. Just outside the fitness center is a vine-covered pergola where guests can cool down with a beverage from the smoothie bar or sip flavor-infused spring water.

The Sanctuary Spa:

The Retreat Sanctuary Spa features a steam room, outdoor showers and three treatments rooms offering head-to-toe luxury body treatment packages, facials and mani-pedis. The Sanctuary Spa product line, Raw Botanicals, utilizes indigenous medicinal plants of Costa Rica, from organic and biodynamic sources.

The Restaurant:

The Retreat Costa Rica’s restaurant is the gathering place for guests to enjoy their meals every morning, afternoon and evening. Capable of seating 40 guests, the restaurant offers an unparalleled view of the attending mountains. The menu is designed to accommodate a variety of diets including vegan, vegetarian, high-protein and pesca-tarian meals. Wine, beer and cocktails are available.

The Den: The Den is a quiet and comfortable gathering spot for guests to enjoy television, complimentary wireless connection and phone calls. Surrounded by floor to ceiling windows showcasing the Costa Rican mountain landscape, its doors open to the hotel’s logo and icon, the Chaperna Tree.


The Retreat Costa Rica is a gated 8-acre mountainside resort which is privately-owned, operated and conceived by health and wellness expert Diana Stobo. Stobo is an internationally renowned health and wellness speaker, culinary artist, raw foods advocate and author of the award winning books Get Naked Fast! A Guide to Stripping Away Foods that Weigh You Down, and Naked Bliss: Naughty and Nutritious Dairy Free Milkshakes.

The Retreat Costa Rica is a boutique hotel that is specifically designed for individuals, couples and groups that are interested in a tangible “retreat” experience and want to learn about wellness through oneness in body and spirit.  The hotel offers specially designed classes in yoga, meditation, fitness, whole foods and raw cooking, as well as luxury spa treatments and excursions around the local area.