Al Fresco Dining
Our menus are based on an anti-inflammatory diet and foods. We strive for 100% organic and fresh, with most of our produce grown on the property. We are plant-based, but also serve local, sustainably raised fish, fowl, beef and lamb. We are grain free, dairy free (occasional goat yogurt and cheese) use no refined sweeteners, and source locally and sustainably. We serve vegan and vegetarian options at any meal and offer an array of flavors and styles of cuisine, each menu is chefs choice based on what is fresh, inspiring, and thoughtful.
Our menus are based on an anti-inflammatory diet and foods. We strive for 100% organic and fresh, with most of our produce grown on the property.
We are plant-based, but also serve local, sustainably raised fish, fowl, beef and lamb. We are grain free, dairy free (occasional goat yogurt and cheese) use no refined sweeteners, and source locally and sustainably.
We try to customize each menu by our guests requests – so please let us know. Allergies or aversions are always asked upon reservation and noted in our guests individual charts.
We serve vegan and vegetarian options at any meal and offer an array of flavors and styles of cuisine.
Each menu is chef's choice based on what is fresh, inspiring, and thoughtful. We have an open kitchen policy, so our guests may see what they are eating, how it is prepared, and feel confident knowing that what they are eating is simple and good.
We believe in education, and therefore have many cooking classes weekly. We urge you to make yourself comfortable, get to know the people who are cooking your food, the love they put into it, and sharing the experience of preparing good meals.
Our farm was built on the south facing side of our crystal mountain. Just knowing the food is growing in the soil of crystal energy and being watered by our crystal infused spring water makes us all feel better about every bite we take. Of course, like all living things, it is a work in progress, and we have seasonal foods that we cultivate for our breakfasts, salad bars and evening meals.
You will also enjoy our fresh healing herbs in your drinking water and the frescos, elixirs and even our hand muddled cocktails. Ask to walk the garden with the chef, or just peruse solo and put your hands in the dirt to feel the energy and give a little bit of love to the plants. Healing energy is give and take.
The Retreat features two unique restaurants:
Boca Dulce our terrace restaurant, located above the expansive organic garden where 80% of the food is grown.
Gratitude Café is the a la carte lunch and appetizer bar at the spa lounge with a large selection of rare teas and organic biodynamic wines.
Victor Manuel Castaneda with extensive knowledge of Plant-based foods has worked with some top wellness hotels in Costa Rica, focusing on garden inspired dishes. You can taste ’delight’ in every bite that he prepares.
Sergio Lopez joined our team after 6 years at The Four Seasons in Guanacaste. He brought with him a desire to learn the magic of healthy cuisine. His professionalism and innovative approach to clean eating has brought his signature to every dish.
Alvaro Fabian Jimenez spent over 20 years in the US, working with international fare in 5 star restaurants. He has a distinct personal touch that is seen and tasted in each dish he prepares.
The Wine and Handcrafted Cocktail Bar
Our house Sommelier Christofer Chaves Arce brings a love and knowledge of wine along with the artistry of handcrafting garden fresh cocktails to our Boca Dulce Bar. The Retreat has the largest selection of Organic and Biodynamic wines in Costa Rica from all over the world.
Christofer works very closely with our chefs to pair each meal with the proper wine choices. His fine mixology skills are crafted with the fresh ingredients from our cliffside organic garden just steps away from the bar.
Tarzan and Jane, our inspired Gin and Tonic named after our mascot Peacocks on the property.
Education is a key to long lasting health!
Our wellness cooking classes are taught 3 times a week by our chefs and inspired by our owner and award winning celebrity Chef Diana Stobo, French trained, raw food expert and healing foods advocate. This activity gives us the opportunity to teach many aspects of organic lifestyles in an exquisite setting. Classes in raw food preparations, herbal medicine making, fermenting, and sprouting are a few offerings of the curriculum which can be customized to maximize your experience here.
From the farm to the table, the foods that we eat and prepare can easily be found in your backyard garden, local markets and exotic food stores. However, technique is key to delicious meals, desserts, appetizers and even cocktails. From choosing the proper foods, to artistic plating, The Retreat teaches all aspects of preparing amazing foods that make you feel good.