Pampering in Costa Rica’s mangroves
Bearth Spa is a tropical sanctuary located within the hip Costa Rican resort El Mangroove on stunning Papagayo Bay. The mind-body wellness retreat is set among a beachfront forest and deftly incorporates the natural surroundings into an eco-chic spa experience. Teak wood, bamboo, stone and water not only make up the luxury spa’s architectural design, but also play on the senses. The modern retreat’s highlights are its open-air massage bungalows built over protected mangroves, the serene outdoor relaxation area featuring a whirlpool and chaise lounges, and its long list of treatments and wellness activities.
Unhurried signature and regionally inspired treatments are done in tranquil suites using natural products. Massages, facials, plus body, hand and foot treatments makeup the bulk of the comprehensive spa menu. Most of the services aim to rebalance, heal and simply indulge the spa-goer in his or her individual needs.
Some of the more unique options are the Nourishing Indulgence treatment, which uses volcanic ash and clay to detox the body, and the Seaweed Wrap, which combines local marine algae, wasabi and citrus to form a an energizing, hydrating body mask. Indulgent add-ons include a rich hair treatment to condition tresses and stimulate the scalp, and a lip repair treatment to plump up and refine a dry pout. Couples can book the Rejuvenation For Two experience and hang out together in a private space with an outdoor soaking tub and shower after getting a treatment of their choice.
Just because the Costa Rica spa is an eco-focused retreat doesn’t mean its not loaded with luxurious amenities. Here, spa-goers can indulge in steam rooms, an outdoor relaxation area, an open-air Vichy shower, and an outdoor massage bungalow. Also on the premises? A beauty and nail salon, a waxing room and spa boutique. Check out the enchanting indoor/outdoor reception area when the sun starts to go down — it’s aglow in moody candlelight.
The resort’s Wyl Gym offers fitness activities that go beyond its wood and glass walls. Accessible 24 hours a day, the sleek facility features a fully equipped fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows with clear views of the mangroves. There’s also a multi-functional outdoor wood deck for yoga and stretching. Private personal training sessions are available, but you can also sign up for group classes like boot camp, yoga on the beach and stand-up paddleboard yoga.
Truly unique fitness experiences are a specialty here, and you can take part in the WildFit Circuit, an outdoor adventure type of challenge that includes climbing, jumping and crawling in the jungle, a forest-to-beach trail run, and Aerial Yoga, a workout that combines overall conditioning and yoga in a supportive silk hammock. On-site nutritionists can customize nutritional plans during your stay using ingredients you pick yourself from the organic chef’s garden. But there’s no pressure to jump into exercise here — a calming self-guided meditation session in one of the designated meditation zones within the resort will center and reshape you, too.