Just spent a quick 5 days at Finca de Vida and it was exactly the restorative reboot I’d hoped for. It’s a beautiful property and, thanks to the hosts Jody and Brian, I immediately felt at home—even though I was a first time (and solo) visitor. The cabin was lovely –especially the hammock on the back porch and the bathroom (toilet system was equivalent to US).
I arrived knowing next to nothing about raw food diets and juicing, but the other friendly guests, who were doing different options including 80/10/10, raw food detox, and a raw/cooked food hybrid, shared their knowledge and I dived in. I got completely spoiled –picking my own lunch and dinner salads in their large greenhouse (learning about a whole range of veggies) and fruits off the tree and from their kitchen counter. After I returned home, I actually initially forgot that you can’t just put any beautiful leaf you see on a NYC tree/bush in your salads.
A few tips (in addition to the ones on their website):
1. They have a great chef who prepared delicious raw food dinners and desserts. Treat yourself!
2. I was initially concerned about visiting during rainy season and didn’t see many reviews about what it would be like. It rained a little on most days I was there (one afternoon was nonstop rain) but I found the rain to be a refreshing break to the heat. On a related note, they have good wi-fi so bring your iPad/tablet.
3. Yoga classes in the morning were great. (I’m a devoted yogi)
4. Based on my net research, I had assumed that the guests would skew older (50+ years old) which was fine, but when I was there, they had a mix of all ages (24+ y.o.) which was a pleasant surprise, especially since everyone socialized with other (while also valuing each other’s needs for reflection and private time)
5. Weight loss—I lost 4 lbs over those 5 days, which is all I had wanted/needed to lose. Upon returning home, I bought a juicer and now have green juices most mornings. (easier to do in the summer; we’ll see how I adapt in the winter!) Can't believe I changed my way of eating after such a short time there but it's giving me lots of energy.
6. When I go back, I will bring nuts to help transition from my normal pescatarian diet. I'll also buy/bring Vibrams for hiking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Costa Rica Vacation for the Healthy Lifestyle. Thrive on delicious raw food, vegan and vegetarian food. Prepare your meals in our beautiful communal kitchen, using fresh, organic food and the harvest from our organic farm. Or, opt for Chef-prepared meals. Revive your body and spirit with detox, health coaching, yoga, spa services and eco-tours. Enjoy waterfalls, wildlife, beaches, jungle & mountain hikes. Affordable accommodations with modern amenities. A serene setting atop a lush green valley with spectacular views, pleasant temperatures and stunning Pacific sunsets. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Farm Of Life (Finca De Vida) Hotel Dominical
- Farm Of Life (Finca De Vida) Costa Rica/Dominical