This is our 5th time back to Shaka Beach Retreat and every time we've visited we have had a truly amazing and unforgettable experience. This go around it was just me and my husband but we have also had fun bringing our friends and family with us. I would also note that this is perfect resort for solo travelers - we have met many during our stays.
The location - I love that it is nestled in the small beach community of Playa Hermosa 10min drive away from the hustle and bustle of Santa Teresa/Mal Pais. The community is quaint, quiet and very family oriented family oriented. Playa Hermosa its truly one of the most breathtaking and memorizing beaches I have ever seen - as someone who grew up in Hawaii I feel as though my beach extremely are very high. Each time we have visited we have rented a car either in San Jose or Liberia and drove to the resort but you could very easily get by without renting one - taking a quick cab into town for lunch or dinner or renting a quad for a few days to explore would suffice. There is also a store within walking distant which is really convenient.
The Resort - love the community meals together. We've had the pleasure of meeting some of the most wonderful friends from all over the world through our visits to Shaka. The rooms are perfect for sleeping as most of the time there is spent surfing, hanging out on the beach, or in the hammocks. Great for unplugging and relaxing. The monkeys also come right through the resort on a daily basis which is really neat. Each time we've visited the food has been great though this last time there was a new chef who definitely kicked up the culinary experience a notch (Thanks Josue). Light breakfast before surfing (coffee, fruit, cereal) followed by an amazing brunch before yoga every morning (more fruit with yogurt or oatmeal and an egg dish with potatoes or toast -YUM). Dinners were also great - lots of fresh caught fish with veggies and on Friday nights the owners make homemade pizza for everyone - heaven for sure! The owners and the resort staff are also really nice and go above and beyond to tend to any need we've ever had (Thanks Chris, Krista, Maria and Carlos!).
Surf and Yoga - the surf instruction is world class - this go around we had surf lessons with Chris (one of the owners) and all I can say is that he is an awesome instructor. Not only does he have decades of experience but he is also very patient and gives lot of instruction and tips - every time we've visited our surfing has greatly improved and Playa Hermosa is the perfect place for beginners to learn. The yoga was also great - love the new private yoga shala that is now on site (Thanks Megan and Kristen). It literally feels like you are doing yoga in the jungle.
We are already planning our next trip back! Love this place!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just 5 minutes North of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa, is the highly desirable neighbourhood of "Playa Hermosa." Shaka Beach Retreat is a jungle haven offering private villas nestled amongst the tropical surroundings. A short walk leads to one of the most beautiful quiet beaches in the heart of Hermosa's "Surf Zone". Perfect for swimming, relaxing on the sand, and surfing of all levels. Join us for our popular Surf and Yoga packages to experience a true piece of paradise! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Shaka Beach Retreat Hotel Santa Teresa
- Shaka Surf Camp Hotel
- Shaka Surf Camp Santa Teresa
- Shaka Beach Retreat Costa Rica/Santa Teresa