Last weekend I went to Los Altos de Eros for a spa day. The first thing I appreciated…Tico Time does not exist at this Inn. Their driver promptly arrived at my house at 9:00 a.m. The Inn is located about 30 minutes outside of Tamarindo, on top of a mountain. The drive was just the start of the experience…as you turn onto the road that takes you up the mountain, you’re instantly greeted by the serenity of the jungle, with elegant teak trees lining the road. You can’t help but feel more relaxed as you continue to drive up to the Inn. A sense of tranquility really.
The first thing I noticed at the Inn was the open kitchen with two women preparing breakfast for their guests. Immediately, I felt at home. Then I saw the pool with a view that extended out over the green jungle, taking in all of its different layers of green, and eventually my eyes followed the treeline down to the blue Pacific.
Walking down a few stairs, I was taken to the Spa de Eros, “Somewhere Between Heaven and Earth in Costa Rica”. I was asked to choose from three of their eight spa treatments. I chose a massage, a honey, oatmeal and milk scrub and volcanic mud mask. The girl checking me in then asked, “Would you like something to drink? Water, Iced Tea, white wine?”. I smiled and said water would be good. Wine would be nice but I hadn’t slept much the night before and I didn’t want to pass out during the treatments!
She told me to take a seat on one of the lounge chairs and to enjoy the jacuzzi while they prepared my treatment room. I didn’t bring my swimsuit but just sitting on the lounge chair, looking out at the majestic view, I could feel my body begin to relax.
My therapist then brought me into an open-air treatment room made from teak and bamboo. The view is something I’m still thinking about today. And while they did have soft music playing in the background, what I liked the most were the natural sounds – the frogs, birds, monkeys and soft breeze rustling the leaves of the trees just a few feet away.
The massage, scrub and mask treatments took about 3 hours and after, I took a shower, slipped on a robe and went back to the lounge chairs to enjoy a delicious, freshly prepared lunch. And yes, I did indulge in a glass of wine at that point. I spent another hour there, acknowledging how at peace my body, mind and spirit felt. There really are no words that can properly express the treatment experience, you just have to go and try it for yourself!
This was definitely a day I could easily repeat. Returning down the mountain and to reality, I smiled. I thought about the two guests I met during lunch who were returning to reality the next day – going home to Norway. I’m sure Norway is nice but reality for me means a few minutes walk to a tropical beach…I am one lucky girl.
To learn more about Los Altos de Eros, its spa and 5 room Inn with a 3-1 staff-guest ratio, please click here.
Note: While I am now paid and/or receive comped services at many of the places I visit, I will always offer my unbiased opinion to you, my readers. Fortunately, I almost always have experiences that exceed my expectations.