By Alison Fox
August 24, 2019
Courtesy of Kinkára

Sometimes you need to get away. And sometimes you need to really get away where you can unplug, refresh and cleanse your life.

Nestled in the foothills of the Talamanca mountain range in Costa Rica, you can glamp your way to detoxification, sweating out all of your toxins in a temazcal-inspired sweat ceremony and experiencing the benefits of pure cacao. The Kinkára resort originally opened last year for private groups, but now invites anyone looking for a restorative escape to visit with rates starting at $190 per night, according to the resort.

Courtesy of Kinkára
Courtesy of Kinkára

“We wanted to create an environment and experience that energizes the spirit. One that weaves exquisite cuisine around euphoric adventures and mindful relaxation to delight the senses, “ David Comfort, the co-founder of Kinkára, said in a statement. “To us, jubilation is the key to rejuvenation. We have seen that in our group guests and naturally wanted to extend it to as many travelers as possible.”

During the sweat ceremony, people stand shoulder-to-shoulder around hot volcanic rocks for “a curative ceremony of song and steam.” Guests can also participate in a cacao ceremony in the resort’s communal temple, slowly eating the cacao, meant to increase circulation and heart rate and increase serotonin.

Courtesy of Kinkára
Courtesy of Kinkára
Courtesy of Kinkára

There’s also yoga and meditation, waterfalls, and a river hike you can do. And the resort, set on 800 acres, offers the chance to get up close and personal with the food you eat on a permaculture tour of the property’s farms.

The resort uses its own herb garden and 10,000-tree “food forest” to prepare meals with a rotating menu, including featuring dishes that “pay homage to Mesoamerican cuisine” with ingredients like handmade dark chocolate, nut butters, and hand-ground flours.

At night, relax in your tent with its handcrafted wooden furniture and solar-powered reading lights, plush robes, and natural-fiber jute carpets. And if you’re not ready for a total digital detox (though we suggest at least trying) there’s high-speed Wi-Fi and USB charging pods.

Wake up refreshed while staring into the rainforest from the window of the rainfall showers, steps away from your tent, with organic cotton towels and soaps made with natural coconut oil.

And if you’re in the mood for a bit more adventure, you can book a day trip to go surfing (Costa Rica is known for its surfing, after all), about 30 miles away.

You’ll come back refreshed and invigorated and ready to book your next getaway — may we suggest one of the 50 best places to travel this year?

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