In the Spotlight: Asclepios Wellness & Healing Retreat, Costa Rica

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The hotel’s small pool boasts sweeping views and a tranquil vibe.

The upper-middle-range Asclepios bills itself as a wellness center rather than a hotel, though it successfully incorporates elements of both. Located in the hills near the Central Valley town of Alajuela, it’s conveniently close to the airport but worlds away from the hustle and bustle of downtown San Jose. A full spa, fitness center, outdoor pool, and organic restaurant all lie on spacious grounds amidst a lush landscape. Every one of its 12 comfortable and stylish rooms has a different theme, and all overlook hillsides planted with coffee and sugarcane. There’s not much within easy reach of the hotel, but guests looking for a spa retreat on comfortable grounds will certainly find it at the beautiful — yet laid-back — Asclepios. See more incredible photos after the jump or read our full review now»

The hotel’s sexy hammam is a rare find in Costa Rica.

Rooms — like the Kaviraja pictured here — feature open, airy floorplans.

The treatment rooms also exude rustic charm with exposed brick walls and simple furnishings.

The bathroom in the Eros room features a deep soaking tub with gorgeous views of the lush grounds.

The hotel’s organic restaurant has a posh vibe, with pretty chandeliers and modern chairs.

One word, er, sound: Ahhhhhhhhhh.


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