Wake to the melody of exotic bird-song. Stroll onto the floating deck, hovering magically over the gardens. Sip fresh local coffee or juices while gazing across the Pacific. Then while away your days at El Alma Soul Retreat around the pool, on secluded beaches or with a round golf next door. Whether it’s a soul, yoga or tango retreat – or you come for the incredible setting alone – this hilltop hideaway is ideal for recharging batteries.

El alma is Spanish for ‘the soul’ – and this luxury villa is all about re-connecting with yours by de-connecting from the world. There is WiFi, but you won’t find a television. Instead, you’re invited to discover pura vida through massages, walks, or simply absorbing the tropical views. Inside this is a serene, designer escape. Expect open spaces, a soothing palette of neutral earth tones and bespoke artisan furniture such as Balinese wood screens.

El Alma puts you on a hillside on the Península Papagayo, arguably Costa Rica’s pride and joy. Most of it is untamed national parkland, bursting with wildlife. From the air, the contrast between emerald rainforest canopies and sapphire seas is a hint at the paradise beneath. Think picturesque bays, quiet beaches, manicured fairways and scuba diving with rays and turtles.

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Whether you book the entire villa or one of the three luxury rooms, you’ll feel at peace at El Alma. A blissful blend of beach house, tree house and art gallery, every furnishing and ornament has been chosen with care. Wood and stone breathe warmth and life, while open spaces and glass walls fill rooms with sunshine and Pacific breezes. Each bathroom offers spa-like relaxation and interiors. While private terraces connect you with nature. Try a yoga or meditation class and for the ultimate in relaxation, follow it up with an in room massage.

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