Ahki Retreat

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Designed specifically for group work, Ahkí Retreat is an intimate, yet spacious facility nestled in over five mountain acres, located near the Pacific coast, in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica.

Testimonials 10

  • a traveler Illinois

    TripAdvisor website

    I have been to this wonder haven three years in a row. Every year has continued to exceed my expectations from the lovely meals to the retreat space itself. Every detail has been thoughtfully and carefully crafted. The owner and her staff are ever so friendly, doing anything to contribute to the healing quality of the experience. Although, excursions are offered, there is no need to ever leave. Everything you could want or need is here. Deepest thanks to Karen and her team for creating this retreat experience!

  • a traveler Wisconsin

    TripAdvisor website

    I was here for a yoga retreat. What an amazing place - the food, the arrangements, the location, truly magical. The only thing I would warn on is that if you get car sick, take a dramamine before the drive, it is unpaved. Room tip: this is a wellness retreat center, wifi in the rooms would make no sense.

  • a traveler London

    TripAdvisor website

    Ahki is not your run of the mill bed and breakfast, but a beautiful architecturally designed and landscaped property up in the hills behind Garza Beach, an easy 15-minute drive to Guiones Beach. All buildings on the property showcase a sophisticated comfort room and Asian flair; and the rooms are stylish, spacious, and comfortable. Fantastic breakfasts and dinners are available as an extra, if you do not fancy the drive into town. It would be very easy to not leave the property and give into rest and relaxation. That said, there are many beautiful attractions near at hand. The pool area is spectacular and there is a beautiful yoga space. No Wi-Fi in the rooms, but available at the poolside.

    Wonderful tree specimens and landscaping abound; and yes, nature as well, that means the sound and occasionally sight of monkeys, hummingbirds, frogs, and various critters who we share this space (the jungle) with. I appreciate the ethics of Ahki in not laying poisons out to eradicate these harmless indigenous locals and accordingly, it's possible that you may see a few critters around the property, but nothing of concern.

    The only caution is for those with mobility issues. The rooms are a few minutes walk down stairs and terraces from the main house and this may not suit elderly or mobility impaired persons. You should also be prepared for a steep gravel driveway; but this is not uncommon in Costa Rica. I would strongly recommend a car for independence but it's not absolutely necessary. There were, during my stay, a range of couples coming through the property and a few single people as well. Everyone had space for privacy and the shared breakfast spaces allowed for gentle interactions.

    Finally, no review of Ahki could be complete without recognizing the great efforts and energy of the owner, Karen, who is a wonderful person and has a wonderful personality - ever present, always interested in the well-being and enjoyment of guests. This is very much Karen's home and a testament to her taste and interest in the environment and sustainability. Room tip: all the rooms look great, those upstairs with the balconies might just have the edge.

  • Wendy Kopald Chicago

    Ahki Retreat website

    This place is really perfect. There is nothing that it lacks, no detail not thoughtfully planned. The grounds are breathtaking, the mountain views are stunning, the pool area is restful and beautiful, and the monkeys kept us entertained. Greg and Karen are warm, gracious hosts, with huge open hearts and so attentive to any of our needs, which by the way were few because we were so well taken care of. The chef is a food artist. Anna makes exquisite food that tastes amazing and looks beautiful. She combines so many flavors and colors and textures, each meal was like eating at a five-star spa, extremely healthy but in a way that even those that don't usually eat mostly vegetarian foods were more than satisfied.

  • Jessica Daniels New York

    Ahki Retreat website

    The energy that encompasses Ahkí embraces oneself from all angles and really gives you the opportunity to relax and breathe in the beauty of nature that surrounds you.

  • Donna T. Mass

    Ahki Retreat website

    Ahkí is built to be in harmony with the incredible natural beauty that surrounds it. Karen and Greg have created a place that is, indeed, a sanctuary for the soul. Every detail of this stunning retreat enhances your experience.

  • Alli James Colombia

    Ahki Retreat website

    Just returned from an amazing week at Ahkí. What a beautiful place. The attention to detail and the convergence with nature are inspired. I was there for a week-long retreat and it's an incredible place for such an experience.

  • Robin Rice Moldova

    Ahki Retreat website

    This is a fantastic place, stayed ten days and it was high class all the way. Beautiful views, lovely breezes, amazing pool, and Karen and Greg (who own and personally run it), are fantastic. We held a retreat here and it had the most amazing food - truly a delicious and healthy treat to eat here every single day. The view from our open air meeting space was perfect to be in Pura Vida! Bravo!

  • Kathleen Steinmuller

    Ahki Retreat website

    Ahkí, the sweet spot of the universe! Thank you!

  • Caroline Owen Houde United States

    Ahki Retreat website

    Karen and Greg, thank you so much for being such gracious hosts! Ahkí is so beautiful! Yoga in the treetop, open air studio is beyond compare. Loved the views and the breeze. It will be so missed! Ana and kitchen staff, gracias for all the nutritious, delicious meals made with care and love! Pedro was the sweetest, most accommodating driver! Muchas gracias for cheauffering us! We had a blast zip-lining, surfing, shopping, enjoying the beaches, sunsets, stars, moons, sunrises, and monkeys! Relaxing by the pool, dancing to oldies, the warm weather, and mostly the women I met were all highlights, too! Thanks, also, to Natalie and the rest of the Ahkí staff as well as to my memorable massage by Tammy! Wonderful memories in a magical setting! Blessings and wish you much success! With gratitude.

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