Unplug at this new luxury wellness resort – right in the middle of the Costa Rican rainforest

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Having trouble unplugging even on vacation? Define your out of office response and ignore all distractions in peace Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection, a sprawling retreat that opens this month in the foothills of Costa Rica’s Talamanca Mountains.

The backstory: Costa Rica is home to one of the five blue zones in the world – areas where people typically live for over 100 years – and this new resort has taken the theme of health to heart. Every element of your stay is designed with well-being in mind: the relaxing, rustic-chic aesthetic, on-site activities that connect with nature and the holistic spa managed in partnership with Well, best known for its Mecca. body-mind.

Space: On the 180-acre property, you’ll find 50 one- and two-bedroom casitas (starting at $ 1,307), ranging from 788 to 1,798 square feet. The bohemian, earthy spaces are outfitted with canopy beds (in some rooms), tactile burlap rugs, textured cushions, leather armchairs, and plants throughout. Each chalet comes with compaservice (a dedicated concierge who will customize itineraries), and some also feature vaulted ceilings, private pools, and stone terraces with outdoor dining areas.

The living room at the Casona con Piscina casita has an earthy, bohemian aesthetic.

The dining room : From five different restaurants, the iconic venue is Grano, where the Central American-influenced menu features modern dishes based on traditional fare, like roasted pumpkin with a spicy pineapple salsa made with seasonal ingredients from the organic garden of the complex. There’s also Cienfuegos, a Korean barbecue-inspired spot where you share family-style dishes cooked over a dried coconut fire while a rodeo-style horse show takes place. The property is home to a coffee farm, so stop at the Mercado to sample the beers, as well as pastries and snacks.

La Casona con Piscina casita, with a four-poster bed and vaulted ceiling.

Additional equipment: The spa is one of the main draws of the resort and you will find a wide range of services, movement classes and other programs. All treatments, which are inspired by ancient Talamancan traditions, begin at Casa de Agua with a purifying water experience, including an herbal exfoliation and a clay ritual. Sign up for a 90-minute riverside massage, consultation with a personal health coach or guided yoga and forest bath. Beyond the spa, there is a family pool and an adults-only pool, and stables offering horseback riding around the grounds.

All spa treatments begin with a cleaning at Casa de Agua.

Nearby curiosities: When you’re not relaxing at the spa or in your casita, venture into the forest to hike along the Calientillo River, bird watch, picnic by a waterfall, and even climb trees. Off-site explorations can also be arranged: the hotel will coordinate homemade lunches at nearby farms, trips to Chirripó National Park (including Costa Rica’s highest point, Mount Chirripó), as well as snorkeling. and diving in the Pacific Ocean.

The resort offers private riding lessons on the grounds.

Book your stay.

Travelers are reminded to check for public health restrictions that may affect their plans.

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