Experience the healing power of nature like never before! Our spacious hardwood rooms sleep 2 people and each has a private balcony looking out into the jungle – perfect for watching the howler monkeys, toucans, blue butterflies and hummingbirds!
Hidden Garden is a unique wellness center, located between the rainforest and the Caribbean beach town of Puerto Viejo de Limon, Costa Rica. Our lodging consists of four petal-shaped rooms surrounding a sun-filled atrium. The well-equipped kitchen, library, extra bathroom and yoga lounge below are available for guests to share.
Enjoy our variety of therapeutic services including massage, holistic counseling, dietary therapies and integrative tribal healing arts. Join one of our regular yoga practices, medicinal movement classes or educational workshops available from local and international teachers. The lush garden is home to more than 200 organic plants – guests are invited to stroll the grounds and sample our freshly-made herbal teas.
Nestled in the jungle, Hidden Garden offers the privacy of a secluded retreat while only a ten-minute walk to everything the town has to offer: Caribbean beaches, memorable nightlife and international cuisine reflecting the town's vivid culture. Easy day-trips can include a tour one of our nearby pristine protected areas, such as Cahuita National Park, a visit the Jaguar Rescue Center, a surfing lesson or renting a bicycle for your own coastal adventure.
Interaction with Guests
We are happy to help you coordinate your transportation, area activities and healing vacation packages. Please let us know if you would like an initial consultation before your visit, a customized cleanse, a private class or if you would like to request any all-natural meals. We provide individualized attention in a tranquil environment for you to make the most out of your transformational vacation.
Available Activities – Yoga Tours, Beach Picnics, Snorkeling & Scuba, Waterfalls, Horseback Riding, Hikes at National Parks, Indigenous Territories, Canopy, Fishing, Sea Turtle & Dolphin Watching, Rafting, Paddle boarding & Surfing
During morning yoga and meditation we ask all guests to maintain a low noise level, as well after 8 pm. We hope that guests will respect our rainforest surroundings and the ecological practices we use to minimize our impact. This includes recycling, composting, conserving water and electricity, as well as being friendly with any wildlife you may come across in the garden.
There's nothing like waking up to howler monkeys!
Though we did not take advantage of the therapeutic services, we still thoroughly enjoyed the unique and relaxing stay at the wellness center.
We easily walked to/from town and nearby beaches every day (make sure you have a flashlight at night though; bicycles and taxis also available).
Sharing a bathroom with the room next to us wasn't an issue.
Rachel is sweet and has a wonderful place (be sure to ask about the story of Casa Redonda) :)
Hidden Garden was a nice retreat off the beaten path. Rachel has built a unique, rustic home, perfect for nature-lovers. The property is a short walk, bike ride or drive to the main shops and cafe's of Puerto Viejo, and Manzanillo. The side streets are pretty dark at night in Puerto Viejo, so pack a flashlight for the walk home. Definitely check out the nearby Pure Jungle Spa for and exceptional open-air massage. We weren't able to participate in a yoga class while we visited, but the yoga deck looks great, and the yoga teacher, Molly, is delightful and welcoming.
This is a very relaxing place just in the middle of the exuberant tropical forest of the costa rican Caribbean. This rustic house has the necessary to stay few days in a "simple-hearted" way. The house is not as closer to the beach as you can wish, and you will probably prefer to have 4x4 vehicle to take to road to the cabin, but you will receive instead beautiful awakenings surrounded by monkeys and birds. Even when I didn't meet Rachel (she was not in CR), the communication via internet was very fluent, she was very kind and did all the possible for us to have some great vacations days.
This place was great and so serene! Puerto Viejo is an amazing place and I would recommend the town and this spot to everyone! If you're wanting a place a little off the beaten path instead of in the thick of town, this is the place. We didn't have a chance to take advantage of the yoga and massages :( but it was great being in the jungle. It was a little hard to find, thank goodness I had a phone number to call once we got to town! I would definitely recommend renting a bike during your stay and have a headlamp/flashlight on hand if you plan to stay out after dark. Check out Tasty Waves for their amazing fish tacos and Cocles beach :)
My visit to Hidden Garden was just what I needed and wanted. I loved the feel of coming to this ccol and magic house located in the middle of the jungle yet close to Purto Viejo. I felt at home from the moment I arrived being welcomed and introduced to Hidden Garden by Rachel.
Rachel is a fascinating and charismatic woman, so knowlegable and willing to share her vast experience and overall competence. I wished I had stayed longer and participated in many of Rachel's exciting offerings. I visited Hidden Garden during off season, the rainy season, so the activity level was low but Rachel willingly offered different options for me to participate in, from morning yoga, tai chi, massage and personal consultations. I also want to mention Rachel's intern, Lara, she was also great!
All in all, I had a great and rewarding time at Hidden Garden (I had some great personal insights by just being there). I loved my room, its sparse yet beautiful wooden styling ( I belive in less is more). Loved walking barefoot on the soft wooden floor or just hanging out in my hammock on my "own" balcony. It was so exciting hearing all the jungle sounds while lying in my comfortable bed. As you can tell, I give Hidden Garden and Rachel my very best recommendations. It was just the perfect place for me and my needs.
Words cannot express how much I appreciate this place. I was made to feel right at home, and honestly, I really never wanted to leave. I only had a week to travel Costa Rica, and had only planned on staying at the Hidden Garden Wellness Center for 2 nights. I ended up spending the entire week minus a couple days. Waking up every morning to the sound of the jungle and sipping coffee in a hammock will really start your day off right. I left a better person (with my feet kicking and dragging). You would be very wise to stay here. I miss it already.
The Hidden garden truly captures the charm of Puerto Viejo. Tucked away in luscious forest, it a treat to city dwellers. Imagine waking up to sip coffee/tea in a hammock watching the birds, butterflies and so many more beauties of nature.
The Garden is well sculpted and is informative: a hike around the property is an adventure by it self. The house is beautiful and has a majestic charm. Two story and full of amenities, its a lovely place for all. The back packers to luxury chasers will love this lovely setup.
Rachel is an excellent host, who is both thoughtful and respectful of the needs of her guest. I will stay at the Hidden Garden again when I go back to Puerto Viejo. Parking was simple and the beach is both walkable and playa manzanillo is excellent. Tons of stuff to do. Make sure to check Koki Beach and Lazy mons all walking distance.
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I am from the United States and have lived in Costa Rica for fifteen years. I love to work with medicine plants and be outdoors in the rainforest.