Alinka Echeverria

Zunya

  • Where:
  • Why: Researching regenerative living systems
  • When:March, 2022
  • Who:Myself, surrounded by new and old friends.
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Zunya Me on my the casita porch, one of my favourite spaces at Zunya. Photo by Klaudia Liboska / Zero Studio

Me on my the casita porch, one of my favourite spaces at Zunya. Photo by Klaudia Liboska / Zero Studio

Zunya A typical casita room. Photo by Zero Studio

A typical casita room. Photo by Zero Studio

Zunya A safari tent room. Photo by Zero Studio

A safari tent room. Photo by Zero Studio

Zunya All safari tents come with a kitchenette including fridge and stove and a jungle or ocean facing terrace. Photo by Zero Studio

All safari tents come with a kitchenette including fridge and stove and a jungle or ocean facing terrace. Photo by Zero Studio

Zunya The organic vegetable garden produce is used at the onsite vegan restaurant Nula. Guests can volunteer in the garden if they wish

The organic vegetable garden produce is used at the onsite vegan restaurant Nula. Guests can volunteer in the garden if they wish

Zunya I had no idea I could rap with a Jamaican accent until musician in residence Mike Rauss took us out of our comfort zone in this extremely fun and inspiring beat boxing workshop

I had no idea I could rap with a Jamaican accent until musician in residence Mike Rauss took us out of our comfort zone in this extremely fun and inspiring beat boxing workshop

Zunya A truly international community dodge ball game

A truly international community dodge ball game

Zunya A bike excursion to Manzanillo beach. Little did I know that my pace-setters and now dear friends Santiago and Mario were professional athletes

A bike excursion to Manzanillo beach. Little did I know that my pace-setters and now dear friends Santiago and Mario were professional athletes

Zunya The closing meditation of a women's sexuality workshop. Photo by Klaudia Liboska / Zero Studio

The closing meditation of a women's sexuality workshop. Photo by Klaudia Liboska / Zero Studio

Zunya Me pretending to relax in the regenerative ice bath, thankfully my old friend Elina was there guiding me through it. Photo by Klaudia Liboska / Zero Studio

Me pretending to relax in the regenerative ice bath, thankfully my old friend Elina was there guiding me through it. Photo by Klaudia Liboska / Zero Studio

Zunya The lovely Victoria setting up space for her breath work journey under the sacred tree

The lovely Victoria setting up space for her breath work journey under the sacred tree

Zunya I spent hours monkey watching lying under the sacred tree

I spent hours monkey watching lying under the sacred tree

Zunya I found these beautiful rock formations on the bay the perfect place to meditate, contemplate and have alone time

I found these beautiful rock formations on the bay the perfect place to meditate, contemplate and have alone time

Zunya A magical sunset which seemed to envelop us in gold at Playa Hermosa. She truly lives up to her name.  (Note this beach is about 30 minutes from the Zunya Property but worth the drive or taxi ride)

A magical sunset which seemed to envelop us in gold at Playa Hermosa. She truly lives up to her name. (Note this beach is about 30 minutes from the Zunya Property but worth the drive or taxi ride)

Zunya Mike Rauss treating us to a brilliant concert under the sacred tree

Mike Rauss treating us to a brilliant concert under the sacred tree

Zunya Zunya's bay in twilight, giving way to the darkest sky (due to lack of buildings or public light around) and most amazing star scapes

Zunya's bay in twilight, giving way to the darkest sky (due to lack of buildings or public light around) and most amazing star scapes

Zunya Saying goodbye to my dear friend Diego

Saying goodbye to my dear friend Diego

Highs & Lows

  • The variety of classes from heart-centered communication to animal flow was incredible.

  • The community vibe makes you feel at home and ‘en familia’.

  • Regenerative practices. I was truly impressed with their integral, live-what-you-preach operations. The informative talks were educational and eye opening.

  • The sacred tree. It is the beating heart of this place, on quiet days you will see spider monkeys playing in it.

  • Musicians and artists-in-residence added a great creative edge to my stay.

  • Over the weekend there are not many activities.

  • After a few days, the restaurant menu felt repetitive.

  • If you love a hot shower after a surf or swim, sadly there is none. On the upside, you will get the benefits of cold water therapy.

The Barometer

  • Design
  • Location
  • Future Forward
  • Night's Sleep
  • Service
  • Amenities
  • Takeable Treats
  • Refer a Friend
  • Overall Value
  • Life Changing
Total: 47/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Lifestyle Hotel

  • Vibe

    Community immersed in nature

  • Location

    in a world of its own

  • Rooms

    7 Safari Tents, 5 Casita Rooms, 6 Glamping Tents and 4 Superior Tipi Tents and 2 Junior Tipi Tents. From September 2022, there will be two beach bungalows available.

  • Pre-Arrival Experience

    A very warm customer service. Upon arrival you are given a tropical mocktail and added to a community WhatsApp chat which includes everyone on the property at the time. This is used to share meals, experiences and make plans for excursions and volleyball games.

  • Future Forward

    This was the highlight for me. Zunya redefines this area and offers a regenerative living system that sets the example. The project is still in its infancy, but its daily operations are exemplary. It has a strict zero-plastic policy, and its circular economy plan uses the by-products of specific processes to fuel others, thereby lessening pollution. For example, all rooms have dry toilets. The waste from the dry toilets, mixed with sawdust from the wood workshop, is composted for eventual use in the outer gardens and forests. At the same time, all the restaurant and kitchen food waste is lasagna style composted with Californian earthworms and crushed garden waste such as coconut pits, branches, and fallen palms. The compost feeds the orchard, fruit trees, and communal gardens. Zunya also supports two local schools. It was lovely to see the hotel staff participate in the classes on their day off and spend their free time at the property.

  • Music

    With a constant flow of musicians-in-residence, the offer of live concerts is incredible. I was lucky enough to be there at the same time as Mike Rauss who was fantastic fun, both in his beatboxing workshops and in his multiple concerts.

  • Year Opened

    2021

  • Designed By

    The current buildings and landscaping was designed by the Zunya Team. New buildings and landscape will be designed by various Mexican architects Alberto Kalach, Tanat Studio, Macia Peredo Studio and Studio 11:11.

  • Health & Wellness

    Included in the room rate is access to many different types of yoga (During my stay there was pranayama, vinyasa, hatha, kundalini and a handstand workshop), martial arts and natural movement classes. For extra charge there are other activities available such as breathwork and bike excursions. A massage service is also available.

  • Food

    A delicious vegan breakfast is included for guests. For lunch and dinner the hotel’s restaurant ´Nula´ offers vegan cuisine and a well equipped communal kitchen is open to all guests.

  • Bar, Events & Nightlife

    Nula has a well stocked bar and delicious cocktails. There are concerts by the musicians in residence every week. In truth this is a haven away from the busy nightlife of Santa Teresa.

  • Minibar & Retail

    No minibar. The Luxury safari tents have a mini fridge. The Kimono robes are available to purchase.

  • Accessibility

    There are no steps, but the paths are made out of gravel and sand so may be difficult for wheelchair access.

  • Pet Friendly

    yes

  • Children

    Yes, it is a very family friendly environment

  • Price

    The room rates vary a lot to suit different budgets. The safari tents are expensive, but worth it. The other room categories are reasonably priced in the context of Costa Rica, the “Switzerland” of Central America, especially considering so many activities are included.

  • Tel.

    +525520695300

  • Website

    Visit website

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