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El-Sabanero Eco Lodge

El Sabanero Eco Lodge offers yoga teacher training and yoga retreats in their lodge at Costa Rica.

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Reviews 52

Colleen Jasinski

from United States, February 2018

"Simply amazing"

Everything about El-Sabanero was perfect. From Harold and Kurt - the consummate hosts - to the beautiful yoga instructors - Yana and Hector - to the amazing food by Chef Donald. It was a perfect week and I was sad to leave.

Lesley Eybers

from United States, January 2018

loved the education and conversations about yoga and life


from Canada, January 2018

"Relaxing & Peaceful"

Very quiet and peaceful, beautiful surroundings. I loved the relaxed atmosphere. The hammock on my porch was a nice added touch.

Everyone was friendly and welcoming. I think it's awesome that the owners arrange airport transfers as well as transportation to the beaches and to town.

I loved practicing yoga outdoors.

The food was AMAZING, very fresh and tasty!


from United States, January 2018

"Wonderful time but some things to note before booking!"

This was my first yoga retreat so I wasn't sure what to expect. I had a wonderful time on the retreat - the people were incredible, the food is amazing (very fresh and home cooked), there were plenty of excursions to go on, it was both a great combination of relaxation and adventure.

Cristina Alos

from United States, December 2017

"Yoga paradise"

Yoga classes we're exceptional. Hospitality was great!

Katie Stout

from Great Britain, December 2017

"Yoga retreat - eco lodge - fantastic! "

Kurt and Harold

Yoga was amazing - we loved Hector’s morning session.

The food was AMAZING!!!

Heather Frogner

from United States, December 2017


This was the best trip of my life! People were amazing, food was so good, weather was amazing and I learned a ton about yoga!

Rikki Marcone

from Canada, November 2017

"Will definitely be back!"

The staff, the food, the environment, the happiness and zen I felt all week.

Jenna Sorgente

from Canada, November 2017

"Amazing experience"

I had such an amazing time at El Sabanero. So perfect that I changed my flight so I could stay 2 extra days. It was the perfect place to get centred with quiet and relaxation. The staff (friends) were incredible. Super accommodating and friendly. Harold would drive us where we wanted to go and if not him, they had a driver Fernando who was also great! The location is great because its 15mins from Tamarindo. The food was AMAZING - all vegetarian which was a nice touch and different everyday/every meal, the soups were so good! My private chalet had a breathtaking view and hammock.

The best part of course was the yoga, the morning instructor - Hector was awesome, everyday the yoga was different. I came back home more knowledgeable to lead my own practice when I can't go to a class. All the afternoon classes were also different and i feel stronger than i was when i went there.

Sabine was awesome! She is the hostess/yoga teacher. She had such a good vibe and energy, warm, and welcoming. Couldn't have asked for a better person to be on this experience around. I have come home a changed person.

I would recommend the all day excursion where you go ziplining, tubing, and visit the hot springs - couldn't ask for a more full experience. It was a super fun day. Also we went to Avellanas beach club for the day, i would recommend doing this.

Melissa Franklin

from Canada, November 2017

"Beautiful retreat"

The food was absolutely amazing, Donald cooked up such great vegan food and as a meat eater back at home, I didn't miss it one bit. The yoga teachers Sabine and Hector taught were great and had different teaching styles that balanced each other well. Loved having my own cabin. The overall experience was beautiful and I left feeling rejuvenated and inspired.

Christina Karabatsos

from United States, September 2017

"Lovely people and setting"

The owners, management and employees were really very welcoming and flexible. The whole atmosphere is peaceful and the property is beautifully constructed. The yoga instructors, especially Hector, were very good. The food was delicious- local dishes, mostly vegetarian.

Shea Larin

from Canada, August 2017

I had an amazing, adventurous, and life changing experience at El Sabanero. I was warmly welcomed by owners Harold and Kurt from the moment I arrived. Hazel and Donald made the most delicious meals everyday and went out of their way to ensure all guests were well taken care of. They even accommodated me being a vegan. So very appreciated! Sabine and Hector were two of the most caring authentic yoga teachers I have ever met. Both such beautiful souls. I truly enjoyed their classes and talks. The most memorable experience for me was being surrounded by like-minded people in a supportive, relaxed, and loving environment. I didn't want to leave! I left with an open heart and new friends for life:)

Jenae Lindsey

from United States, August 2017

"Everything I could have hoped for and more "

The people. The food. The excursions! The yoga shanty looks out over a farm/jungle and the classes are held morning and night. Watching the sunset from the shanty and the field light up with fireflies after the sun goes down was like nothing I've ever experienced. The teachers taught more than yoga. They truly are healers. I would recommend booking as many excursions as possible. I especially enjoyed the Rincon tour (tubing, zip lining, a little climbing and rappelling, horseback riding and a mud bath at the hot springs after). It was the adventure of a lifetime. The Catamaran was also great. Riding a sailboat and snorkeling/kayaking/paddle boarding. The waterfall excursion included in the package is beautiful. There are two different waterfalls and the lunch on the excursion is SO good.

The SURFING! If I could go back and just surf the whole time I would. The waves in tamarindo are small enough for beginner surfers and boards can be rented at some places for $10 a day.

I felt at home at the Sabanero. We were immediately welcomed and taken care of. The property is even better than the pictures. The people are amazing, and it's an opportunity to have an adventure of a lifetime.

Also, the food. I'm convinced Donald is a magician.

Elizabeth Murphy

from United States, August 2017

"Caring, kind, gentle yogis"

The compassion and empathy


from United States, August 2017

"Check this place out!!!"

Yoga and optional excursions offered were just what my mom and I were looking for!

Hilary Nelson

from United States, August 2017

"Go. Here. Now. "

Aside from the gorgeous scenery, friendly iguanas, amazingly comfortable accommodations and food to dream about, the people were what made this retreat truly special. I made friends for life; connections and bonds that will forever stay with me.

All of the instructors exceeded my expectations and made sure to listen to how we were feeling and designed classes around our needs.

Erik Johnson

from United States, August 2017

"Perfect stay at El Sabanero "

Great people and teachers! El sabanero is truly a paradise for those looking to grow, learn, and chill

Harry Young

from United States, August 2017

"Yoga, jungle waterfalls and beach."

The ecolodge is inviting, intimate, supportive and comfortable.

Noor Zehra

from United States, August 2017


The entire staff, and facility at El Sabanero was amazing. We were a small group of girls from all over the US and loved our stay there. Harold was so kind to pick us up from the airport. Donald and Hazel have the MOST AMAZING cooking skills ever. I enjoyed and looked forward to every single meal. Sabine and Hector are both skilled, and amazing in their yoga teachings.. they ask you to challenge yourself and push yourself beyond your comfort zone. Coyo kept us all safe at night!! The entire place was a tropical getaway that was very much needed - from the amazing staff, to the monkeys howling through your yoga practices :) an amazing overall. THANK YOU!!!


from United States, July 2017

The food and the people were outstanding

Suellen Gordon

from United States, July 2017

"Awesome experience! "

Greeted with a smile from the start! Harold was so accommodating and made us feel so welcomed! This was a trip with my daughter for her graduation and it couldn't have been a better idea and experience. The yoga classes with both Sabina and Hector were awesome. Both were very knowledgeable in their practice and made us eager each time to attend! We bonded with the other people quickly and found that the overall vibe and sentiment from the El Sabenero staff encouraged this by providing three delicious cooked meals made from all fresh food items. The fruit and juices were great! It even encouraged my very picky daughter to try some different foods that she found she liked! Kudos to everyone! We will definitely be planning another trip back and hope our friends we met will come back too!

Kathryn Freund

from United States, July 2017

"A perfect getaway retreat"

El Sabanero was the perfect Costa Rican getaway! The staff & guests could not be nicer and more of a welcoming community. The food is delicious, the yoga classes are a perfect variety with excellent teachers, and the whole team is extremely accommodating. Whether you want to hang at the hotel or explore elsewhere, they'll make your experience truly great and you'll feel at home right away.


from United States, July 2017

"Lovely experience "

The food and yoga classes. Harold the owner was very helpful. And Sabine and Hector were amazing yoga instructors. Donald the chef was awesome with his vegetarian freshly made dishes and phenomenal bread!

Daisy Potter

from Great Britain, July 2017


I loved it all! Everything about El-Sabanero Eco Lodge is amazing! The accommodation is fantastic, it is set in beautiful surroundings with great facilities and an high standard of cleanliness. I learnt many different types of yoga with lots of lovely teachers all teaching to a very high standard. I had my first meditation experience and it was incredible. The staff were all so friendly and welcoming making this experience very special. The food was delicious, all freshly prepared and very healthy. I experienced a wonderful variety of activities that the staff at El-Sabanero Eco Lodge organised, ranging from waterfall visits, beach trips, hot volcanic springs, zip lining, mud baths and river tubing! The activities were planned in between yoga lessons. For me this was an experience of a life time and I will always remember the lovely friendly staff that I met there.


from United States, June 2017

Everyone is so genuine and friendly that one immediately feels like they belong and are part of the group. The food, as others have commented, was phenomenal. It was a treat getting to know different yoga instructors and experience their style. I have to say that above all I was extremely impressed with Hector Moreno. While guiding several people of very different levels, he was able to take each individual and challenge them to dig just that bit deeper, but that was appropriate to where they were in their practice. In-between morning and evening yoga, you can make this vacation anything you want: Adventurous (with a knowledgeable tour guide that helps you get to know Costa Rica better)? check. Lazying about by the pool? check. Reading? check. Heading down to the beach? check. All of the above in one week? check.

Daniel Engel

from Brazil, June 2017

"Nice, but yet not as quiet as expected."

The owners, the food, the pool and the local instructors (Amid and Hector).

Danielle Klaver

from Canada, May 2017

"Yoga in the Costa Rica Jungle"

I loved the sense of community with everyone that worked at the Eco lodge.

Danielle Lee

from United States, May 2017

"Relaxing Retreat"

I had a great trip and experience here. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, it was a family style dynamic. Amazing food, a beautiful and rustic lodge with a stunning yoga deck, lovely pool and grounds.

Danielle Klaver

from Canada, April 2017

"Yoga in Costa Rica"

I enjoyed the sense of community at this lodge. The chalet for yoga was amazing too. Who wouldn't like to do yoga while watching the sun set and while hearing the monkeys and birds cheer all around.

Vivian Karr

from United States, April 2017

"Yoga, Rest, and Total Relaxation"

Food and friendliness are unparalleled. Served buffet style, the food is both healthy and delicious.

Jenni Arcieri

from United States, April 2017

"Amazing people, one of a kind experience!"

The people you'll find at El Sabanero Eco-Lodge are one of a kind. They represent the magic people often associate with Costa Rica, and it's infectious! Every single person I encountered is generous and down-to-earth, from the owners to the cooks to the other guests. I was treated like family from the moment I stepped on the grounds, and this especially made a difference to me as a solo traveler. People would often check in with me to make sure I was comfortable, fed and happy.

There is a lovely variety of yoga classes held morning and evening. I experienced flow classes, kundalini, restorative, and the individual styles of 4 instructors. They are professional, friendly, spiritual and encouraging to all levels. Some even had recommendations for places to practice back in New York! The yoga shala overlooks beautiful mountains and you can practice with the sounds of howler monkeys in the background!

Elena Tsinadze

from United States, March 2017

"Magical place "

Amazing people , we were treated like a family, awesome yoga teachers , great food .

Alexandre Gauthier

from Canada, January 2018


Tout était parfait.

Gerard Haverkate

from Netherlands, December 2017

"Heerlijk verblijf goed voor lichaam en geest"

Prachtige plek opgebouwd uit organische materialen. Gemoedelijke sfeer, internationaal, veel Amerikanen, Canadezen, leuke ontmoetingen met mensen, gezond en lekker eten, heerlijk luieren onder de palmbomen bij het zwembad, veel verschillende y ogastijlen gegeven door zeer bekwame docenten

Grondin Bettina

from Canada, November 2017

"Wonderful week at the lodge"

We enjoyed so much the yoga classes and teachers. And the food and the cook were amazing!!!

Anne-sophie Sheridan Paré

from Canada, September 2017

"Superbe accueil"

Le personnel était accueillant, toujours désireux de nous aider pour nos déplacements (transport gratuit pour la plage, les agences touristiques, les commerces) et nos questions pour les activités touristiques du pays. Les cours étaient variés, les professeurs attentionnés et respectueux, et le tout adapté à tous les niveaux. Donald et les autres cuisiniers étaient ouverts aux demandes spéciales et très sympathiques. Leurs plats étaient goûteux, variés, santé et abondants. Le site était enchanteur avec la végétation, les papillons, les oiseaux, et les petits chalets privés.

Lisa Courtin

from United Mexican States, August 2017

"The ideal retreat, as in a family"

Amazing teachers in a great place (I had never done yoga in font of the sunset in the jungle), good food (thanks to the amazing cook and his wife), you can go to the swimming pool or the beach when you want... you can even see monkeys and iguanas near you sometimes.

Silke Reinhardt

from Costa Rica, July 2017

"Yoga im Grünen mit familiärer Atmosphäre "

Die Yogalehrer waren sehr engagiert, die Hotelleitung war extrem freundlich und fuhr die ganze Gruppe immer für umsonst und zu allen gewünschten Zeiten an den Strand, nach Tamarindo, zum Flughafen etc. Es wurden viele zusätzlichen Aktivitäten angeboten und alles war sehr flexibel.

Michaela Zacharová

from United Arab Emirates, July 2017

Everything. The place was breathtaking. Green, open, fresh. I felt so welcomed by everyone and met amazing people. Daily yoga classes were perfect, Sabine and Hector are wonderful teachers. Harold, the manager, helped me with everything. He knows how to make his guests most welcomed and happy.


from Germany, June 2017

"Badly organised Retreat"

The two owners were really nice and drove us to the beach for free whenever it was possible

Testimonials 5

Sandi Moynihan

Facebook Page

WOW. Just WOW. Considering that A. this was my first yoga retreat and B. this was my first time traveling with Trip Tribe, I am entirely blown away and slightly addicted! I traveled with my boyfriend, who is NOT a yogi (bu really enjoyed the trip!!). We loved meeting new people and exploring with such a fun group of singles, friends, other couples and fellow travelers:


First of all, the coordination of flights and transportation was perfect. Everything went smoothly. Trip Tribe communicated everything we needed to know well ahead of our departure and Amy, the trip ambassador, supplemented with additional information as needed.

Once we arrived at our destination, I was pleased to see that our accommodations at El Sabanero were humble, yet comfortable and adequate (think: clean but simple), and that there were common comforts like hot water (with some patience), safes and wifi (slowish wifi). They even provided a few shampoos, bars of soap and beach towels, which was unexpected. The natural surroundings of El Sabanero were beautiful and it was such a treat to stay in such a lovely natural environment.

The general atmosphere at El Sabanero was amazing. The pool was lovely to swim in after our sweaty yoga sessions. The large meeting/eating space was tranquil and lovely. And the yoga spaces where we practiced were calm and peaceful. And the staff from all different parts of our trip -- from Harold to Hazel to Ana to Fernando to Donald, etc. -- were amazing, kind and welcoming. They made it really feel like home!

The food at El Sabanero was AMAZING. A-MA-ZING. The kitchen staff really knows what they are doing and totally spoiled us with fresh bread, homemade gourmet meals and amazing dishes all week long. Even some of the packed lunches (for when we weren't there during lunch) were good! A HUGE thumbs up and major reason why you should stay at El Sabanero! Also, it doesn't hurt that beer/wine/cocktails are crazy affordable and also delicious!

As for the yoga, Amy did her usual amazing thing. I've taken several classes of hers in DC, so I wasn't surprised to find that she taught similar wonderful classes in Costa Rica. Newbie or advanced, this girl's classes are a MUST-do! I particularly loved her Fusion Flow Yoga class (think martial arts meets HIIT meets yoga) and the nightly Nidra/Restorative classes. Major thumbs up for the quality of the classes, variety of classes and expertise of our instructor and trip ambassador!

Additionally, I went to several beach visits during my trip with the group, and loved them both! I event tried my hand at surfing which was a total blast. I would also recommend getting a massage from Ana, going on the adventure tour and heading on the Catamaran Sunset sail (erm, skip that if you are seasick!).

All in all, this was an amazing trip. Kudos!

A traveler Los Angeles CA

BookYoga Retreats website

I just spent a week at El Sabanero – great yoga, great food, great hospitality. It reminded me of a B&B since the innkeeper and staff treat you like family – perhaps, better. Very welcoming and caring. The grounds are spacious - along with an inviting infinity swimming pool. Air-conditioned cabins, well-designed yoga shala and comfortable lobby/dining area with Adirondack chairs and hammocks – great for reading/relaxing. The beaches and downtown Tamarindo are a few minutes away by car. What’s not to like? Also, highly recommend getting a massage by Anna.

a traveler

TripAdvisor website

The Eco lodge was recommended by my sister when she and her husband enjoyed a visit there. She introduced me to Kurt one of the owners. Kurt then shared an upcoming Sekhem All Love retreat that was open for reservations. After signing up, Kurt was always kind and courteous in answering my many questions. This was my first time to Costa Rica and traveling single was well worth it as the property is safe and family oriented. The guests come for many reasons, some for yoga, some for the beach, some for the incredible location and friendly atmosphere.

My casita, a little cabin was comfortable, had a view to linger over and a hammock that called my name. The only noise is the hum from the animals and birds.

Early morning swims became a habit, then delicious food prepared by hard working locals who deserved a huge tip and I was more than happy to give it as these are people who encourage the loving family inclusion rather than exclusion.

Now that part that changed my life, the all love spiritual healing workshop gave me the connection to source directly, thru some clearing out of unnecessary baggage. And moving from the thinking rational mind into the heart. Many thanks to Michael A Heemskerk and Carolina for creating a space to learn, grow, and understand the life changing processes to freedom and love.

Go for a yoga retreat, go to get away from stress, go for surfing, but just go! Get a taste of the good life with people who will take amazing care of you.

Crystal Stephenson Toronto Canada

BookYoga Retreats website

I have never traveled solo nor had I ever visited Costa Rica.

I booked a Yoga Retreat with the lodge and had the most amazing trip

I felt safe and well taken care of with Harold and Amit!

As the lodge is about a 10 min drive from the beach areas and the downtown Tamarindo …they always offered to give me a ride rather than paying for transport.

I know it was a little easier as it was low season and not as busy but that is service and helped me to feel safe!

The pool and view are beautiful and my Cabin was spacious. My cabin was cleaned every day and AC, Ceiling Fan and fridge in my room worked great!

Donald and Hazel in the kitchen prepared the most amazing healthy meals! It got better and better each day I was there.

The yoga instructors were all different and helped me to gain different perspectives in my practice and it never got boring!

This place treats you like family and I will definitely be back at some point.

Aymeric Trouville sur mer

TripAdvisor Website, edited

Very nice place .... only dinner are served ... but good food ! Delicious breakfast ! The owner Kurt and his brother Harold are very nice people, and know a lot of things about the area around ... German, Spanish ( of course ), English spoken ...