Read Testimonials from those who have stayed at Alya Retreat Center
We loved staying at Shlomo's casita! It is so clean, bright, and airy. There are screens on the windows to keep out the mosquitos, and it is very private. He is a great host who built 3 casitas and a large open-air house & yoga studio on his land. The property is fantastic with tons of fruit trees and I'd love to return for a yoga retreat. He was very kind and shared breakfast with us - he is a great cook and makes a mean hummus. Thanks Shlomo! Pura Vida!
Jessica, Monterey, California
Shlomo was extremely welcoming and helpful. We ended up coming in late and were lost on the dirt roads at night on the way into San Juanillo (I recommend messaging Shlomo for directions rather than trying to use GPS), and he rode out to find us so we could follow him back to the house. In the morning, he greeted us smiling and provided maps and suggestions about the surrounding area. The space itself is AMAZING! It is isolated from the rest of the roads and towns and you fall asleep listening to the sounds of the jungle. You can access various beaches and explore the tourist activities in San Juanillo, Nosara and Playa Ostional. I would recommend staying with Shlomo, and I hope to return sometime
Bohzie, Lake Tahoe, California
Shlomo was a wonderful host. His sweet little homes, built with the materials from the jungle were nothing but beautiful. My boyfriend and I had stayed there for two nights. If you're looking for tranquility, this is the place to be- immersed in jungle noises, with all the sweet little fire flies and howler monkeys. It was clean, the bed was comfortable and the air was fresh as can be. Although a bit of a drive from the beach, local shops and places to eat, it was very worth it. I certainly recommend a stay here to slow down and really enjoy your vacation. Thank you for sharing a part of your dream with us, Shlomo!
Paula, Toronto, Canada
Shlomo is a wonderful host. We came here to disconnect with our daily hectic life and found a place removed from anything we experienced before. Not too far from beautiful and quiet beaches we were able to visit this beautiful region of Costa Rica. A car is a MUST. GPS also :) Thanks again Shlomo for opening our eyes to the basics of life: Nature, self introspection and appreciation of silence
Julian, New York, New York
We had a wonderful stay on Shlomo's property. Nestled into the jungle, his compound truly immerses you in the beauty of Costa Rica. You can see and feel the time, effort, and love that Shlomo has put into the casitas and land. Equipped with the essentials, the casita is simple and comfortable, but the real amenity is Shlomo himself. He makes himself fully available to you and has great recommendations at the ready. He made us feel safe and comfortable. And the casita was a lovely place to come back to after Ryan proposed to me during our stay! Recommendation: The property is a 2km dirt road drive from the coastal road so an SUV is definitely recommended. But that applies to all locations in the area. The roads are rough!i.
Jen & Ryan, Boulder, Colorado
We loved our stay in Shlomo's cabin! The house and the location are beautiful, San Juanillo beach is way better than Nosara. Most of all Shlomo was the perfect host - from home made hummus to early morning yoga classes, everything was taken care of. Thanks again Shlomo, and maybe until next time in CR or NY?