I came across Bikini Surf Women Retreat via many extra turns and loop ways and have to say, I am soooo glad I chose this place more out guts feeling and their key selling point free transfer from SJO or LIR airport. It was my first time in Costa Rica, and already during the transfer time from SJO my personal driver Monty 🙂 made me feel so welcomed and comfortable in that country. When finally arriving at Surf Bikini Property I was amazed by the layout, the style, the view and the accommodation and the also kind welcome of Adilia, the heart and soul of Casa Monty & Adilia. Both hosts were all the way extremely thought- and helpful, funny, great company and I enjoyed being around them every second.
The place is naturally built into the jungle environment (which causes visitors like banana demanding monkeys or tree climbing leguanas), provides a fantastic view into the valley and is therefore the best place to have a strong Costa Rican morning coffee which is always provided just upon waking up :p Besides that, the place is very clean, the food is fantastic, plenty but healthy – unless the flan and ice creams kick in…
And now, the actually reason why I came, learning how to surf. Both Monty and Adilia are passionate surfers and have worked out a super program to pass that passion onto their visitors. The selection of surf instructors is very good, the groups small and I highly appreciate Lauras and Adilias throughout patience, encouragement and advises in the first week, which made me feel more self secure on the board minute by minute. Also to mention Tina, which just rounded the surf lessons with her experiences in the second week. And yes, their aim to teach me that good,so I could go and rent a board on my own and try further was accomplished.
I stayed all together two weeks, and also if I cant mentioned all activities provided, I can assure, all services organized by Surf Bikini Retreat are fun (dancing), yummy (special dinners or restaurant visits) or at least of high quality (yoga/massages – as both can be painful or exhausting I exclude them from the “fun” section).
By the length of my review you hopefully get the feeling that I enjoyed my stay a lot and my overall feeling of my stay is: It was not a vacation in some kind of resort, no it was a home stay with friends with lots of activities and fun – I am very relaxed and want to come back as soon as possible.