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Reviewed July 4, 2012

My wife and I recently did a Sauna at Manu. What a unique experience. At first I thought why would you do a sauna in the tropics? Then we got to the well manicured grounds a Manu. It was a tropical miniature village. We loved it, and it was very relaxing. We thought it was great!!!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Seeralon
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Reviewed June 26, 2012

We would have rent a jeep because climbing the hill was such a bad experience. The road was very muddy and slippery, I broke my shoes and scratched my knees. It was a long walk.The yoga platform was very nice but the atmosphere was bad. We didn't come back.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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3  Thank Josh34
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Management response:Responded July 3, 2012

Hi there,
is Marco writing, one of the owners of Manu` Yoga Village.
First of all thanks for your visit, we are grateful to all visitors even when things don't go like we wish.
I'm sorry about your shoes and knee accident, it must have been frustrating, I understand.
The exact measurement of the walk you are describing is 400 mt. on a flat area from the beach to our entrance, plus 90 mt. up hill from our entrance to the panoramic platform (thank you for defining it "very nice"). Is a 10 to 15 minutes walk at the most. Road is 5 mt. wide and graveled all the way, usually not muddy at all, your visit must have been right after some specially heavy rain.
Ironically enough your comment just bumped on the desk of some of the most walk-friendly owners: we often encourage our guest to explore the coast and suggest them a number of beautiful hikes to waterfalls, hidden beaches or to the indigenous territories. Most of our guests really love to walk, even after the short walk from the beach to Manu' Yoga many end up asking about the trees they saw on the sides of the road, so unique, tall and beautiful, or about some animals... they all look very happy.
How can I relate to your feelings about walking? To craving a jeep for a 90 mt. ride up hill? Is kind of challenging.
Only last year I did the Costa Rica "coast to coast" hike.
Ever heard of it?
Is a seven days walk from the Pacific to the Atlantic across the "cordillera de Talamanca". You walk from the pacific side, sea level, up on mountains and valleys to over 2000 mt altitude and down again through the jungle, opening your path with a machete, camping at night by a river, passing through the indigenous territories till the other coast, the Atlantic.
Is amazing, really beautiful. I'm so grateful I had the opportunity to do it.
... but then again, it could happen to me as well, on a easy 90 mt. walk up hill, to take a wrong step or something, break a shoe and scratch my knees.
What can I say?
I just hope if that happens I'll be able to laugh about it and won't let it spoil my day.
Also I hope you'll be back sometimes, I'll have one of our masseuses give you a free knee massage, hopefully that will make us even...

Good luck with your journey,
Marco Orlandelli

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Reviewed June 6, 2012

I had such an amazing experience at Manu Yoga. It is so close off the main road from Puerto Viejo and it's amazing how much wildlife you see on the 10 minute walk to the studio! So many pretty butterfies and colorful frogs! The owners are absolutely lovely. I took a class from a guest teacher named Alison. She was AMAZING. After the class we participated in a sauna, which was one of the highlights of my trips to Costa Rica. The owners built the structure, and it's gorgeous. They provided beet and ginger juice after the sauna which was integral to the cleansing process of the evening, and it was delicious!
If you are a yoga teacher and are considering renting a space for teacher training, think about here... I highly recommend Manu Yoga.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled solo
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Thank andigandrea
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Reviewed June 1, 2012

Manu Yoga Village is located off of the main road, about a 10 minute hike thru a jungle path. It is very quiet, except for the sounds of the jungle and ocean waves. There are 4 or 5 cabins on the property, they are small & basic, but very clean & comfortable. They have full/queen size beds with mosquito netting. The bathrooms are shared and are a short walk from the cabins. There is also a natural sauna on the property, which is very nice. There is a community kitchen, for vegetarian meals, a nice perk since eating out can get expensive. It can be dark at night, so I would reccommend bringing a small flashlish or headlamp.
The yoga platform is made of recycled wood from a manu tree that fell down naturally on the property. It has a view of the jungle and amazing energy. They offer classes, but you can also use if to practice on your own.
The owners are an italian couple, who speak english and have lived in the area for many years. They could not be nicer or more helpful.
Overall, I would recommend Manu Yoga if you are looking for quiet, clean accommodations.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank 420,420
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Reviewed May 15, 2012

We arrived there by biking, as it is a very hard walk up the hill, but there was nobody to welcome us. It was getting dark and we found the place frightening because it was so isolated. We found the bungalow, but it was too basic even for us, and we are accustomed to simple accommodations while backpacking. We then realized there was no bathroom in the house. I would never go out into the jungle at night to find an outhouse. So, we just ran away.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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8  Thank Austin A
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Marco O, Owner at Manu Yoga Village, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2012

Hello Mr Austin,
is Marco writing, one of the owners of Manu' Yoga Village.
First I would like to thank you for your visit (even if it was an unfortunate one), and also for your posting as it gives me the opportunity to explain what our place is really about.
We are not your regular hotel with a receptionist and stuff, we are a family run business that gives hospitality to yoga people on a beautiful natural environment. We also organize health and well-being related activities. Frequent guests of our center are toucans, sloths, monkeys, wattusas, squirrels, rabbits, parrots, oropendulas...
All our guests, including humans, are allowed to pick and eat fruits from the trees in our garden... courtesy, of course, of mother nature (mangos, bananas, pawpaws, akis, cashews, mamones, caimitos, mameys, pipas etc.)
People staying with us like to keep a little distance from noises (cars, bars, loud speakers or partying crowd). 500 mt. from the beach and "everything" (only the last 100 of which being uphill) is really the minimum. It is also the minimum to start getting a little jungle feel. If you chronometer, it is only a 15 minutes walk (4 minutes if you have a car) to get from our place to the beach and bars and stuff.
You are right pointing at the fact that in some occasions no humans are around, only nature and God. That's because sometimes we are in town taking care of family staff or playing (we are musicians), our guests may be at the beach, and the place might be watched just by our universal guardians, energy beings that will keep it safe for us. Anyway, should someone show up when we are not around we have a cell number written on our sign, they just need to call us from the nearest phone and we'll arrange an easy check-in.
Our bungalows are simple, you are right again, but our guests get all they need in order to sleep comfortably, safe and clean, or, daytime, cozily hang out on their veranda. Plus we are adding artwork and accessories, rooms already look different then when you saw them last. Bathrooms and kitchen are shared, 30 mt away from the bungalows, and nice cement walkways lead you there (could you see them? They are behind the sauna). It is a little like staying in a camping, that's also why our prices are so low (even lower for volunteers who like to do some work).
And for those who need more privacy, architectural beauty and full comfort, we have a really refined and elegant suite at a little distance from the bungalows area. You would have liked it sir, sorry I had no opportunity to show it to you.
What else can I say?
I spent a decent part of my life traveling and I tried to learn as much as I could about hospitality. I'll keep learning, thanks to you as well.
About hotels though I do have my little tip to share with our travelers community, and being this my preference on accommodations it says a lot about my place as well. Out of all the hotels I visited in over 50 different countries around the world I find the very best one to be the "million stars hotel". Where is it? Well... it is just an expression... to see it you need to spend a night in the desert with the Bedouins. You'll have just a mat to lay on and a few covers on top, and there will be a huge sky full of stars as a roof, nothing else. It is kind of basic, I'll give you that, but you'll touch the universe with your fingers, the experience will stay with you for the rest of your life. It is by far the best hotel ever created on earth.
Our place is not as beautiful and pure as "the million stars hotel", we introduced a lot of man-made structures, but Costa Rican nature is among the sweetest in the world and we try to keep ourselves as close as possible to it's genuine feel.
peace,
Marco Orlandelli

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