Holis Spa and Wellness Center

Manuel Antonio, Quepos, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Holis Spa and Wellness Center is a beautiful ocean view spa and yoga studio promoting wellness in Manuel Antonio’s community since 1993.

Surf Camps 1

Speaks English

from US$1,440

Good 5/10

Based on 4 reviews
from US$1,440
Price for:

5 days / 4 nights

Good 5/10

Based on 4 reviews

Reviews 4

  • Timothy Hefele United States

    April 2017, BookSurfCamps

    The personalized experience was a great representation of Costa Rican hospitality

    Would have preferred a more integrated experience where accommodations and yoga experience was more integrated . It was still an amazing and wonderful experience

  • Amy Fiske & Adrian Mewse

    BookYogaRetreats website

    Our expectations at Hollis spa and wellness center were well and truly met. They tailored everything to our needs. The staff were Warm and welcoming, there was a high standard of teaching in yoga classes and I had one of the best massage of my life. They organized everything; excellent accommodation at Villas Nicolas and fun activities such as stand up paddle board, ATV jungle tour and a unique waterfall trip. The food at Emilio's was fresh and delicious. The waiters spoke fantastic English and were very friendly. Overall, we would rate Holis 9 out of 10 and I would highly recommend it to anyone!

  • Monica Chaumont Canada

    BookYogaRetreats website

    I had a wonderful experience and very refreshing time when I participated in the Holis Spa yoga and surf retreat in Costa Rica the first week of August. I would definitely recommend it to anyone seeking new experiences and a restorative vacation. The yoga studio at Holis has great views of the Pacific, excellent instructors, and quite a variety of classes. I particularly enjoyed trying aerial yoga and yoga barre for the first time. I was really excited to learn to surf, as a beginner, and I was very pleased with that experience (minus the sunburn). The surf team was friendly and very helpful such that it was possible to learn quickly and to catch quite a few good waves. They also provided water and fresh fruit during much needed surf breaks. I ended up staying at Villas Nicolas, which is beautiful and has spacious rooms with big windows offering amazing views of the rainforest. Holis provided for some meals at a cafe close by which had beautiful ocean views and great food. I returned there a few times after the retreat as well. Booking the retreat was convenient and with quick and helpful responses.

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  • Zahra Canada


    My recent trip to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica was nothing short of an amazing experience. I booked a yoga and surf retreat package through BookYogaRetreats, with Holis Wellness Center and Spa. The staff at Holis offered first class concierge services for all my travel plans. Furthermore, they went above and beyond my expectations with offering recommendations, resources, and help throughout my stay. A special thanks to Tatiana and Evelina! The yoga was vast in variety and every instructor was superb. The views from the studio were heavenly. After four days of body healing yoga, and safe yet exhilarating surf instruction, I ended my visit with a 90 minutes "total body awareness" massage...just blissful! A totally rejuvenating and recharging trip. I highly recommend a visit with Holis.

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  • Matea

    TripAdvisor Website, edited

    Loved the yoga and aerial yoga! They have various events every day, and the view of the ocean from the yoga studio is beautiful. Spa is very serene with various treatments available.

  • A traveler Maryland

    TripAdvisor Website, edited

    Couples massage after a full day of traveling was just what we needed. We added aromatherapy and felt refreshed and rejuvenated. My therapist found knots I didn’t know I had! Discount given for cash payment was also appreciated.

  • Aurora

    TripAdvisor Website, edited

    The spa offered exceptional massage and facial services in a relaxing and beautiful atmosphere. The personal were very warm and professional.

  • Suzan D Washington

    TripAdvisor Website, edited

    Beautiful studio and such calm, helpful staff! I took the Aerial Yoga class. I have practiced yoga of various styles since the 1980's and so felt comfortable in a yoga studio. However, I think anyone would have felt comfortable there. The entrance to the studio is a bit hard to find (go around to the 'back" of the shopping center) but it is actually on the main road through Manuel Antonio, right across from Café Milagro.

    It was my first aerial class but our instructor seemed not only confident and well prepared but took time with everyone that needed help. Her instructions were really clear. The view of the ocean out the window was incredible.

    I practiced Bikram Yoga for a few years and the heat reminded me of that. I was really having heat issues and they were so helpful in helping me feel better! Thank goodness for the lemon water! The studio is upstairs and has wide open windows and was comfortable when not being active but for this northern gal, it was a bit hot. Of course, it was also the start of a stomach bug I managed to acquire during my trip so it is likely that had a lot to do with my discomfort.

    I am so glad I went and would definitely do it again!

  • Paula H Canada

    TripAdvisor Website, edited

    Very nice! I had the Detox package; loved the massage and facial, the wrap was a little funky only because I had never had anything like that before and was not certain what to expect. The only issue I had was the room separation panels. I shared a room with one of our other travelers and when it was time to shower and dress, I felt a little uncomfortable with that; it didn't ruin the time there just caught off guard a little. I thought the price was pretty reasonable for the amount of services I had.

  • Guinofear Massachusetts

    TripAdvisor Website, edited

    My partner's one requirement for our trip was a massage at some point and I'm so glad we picked Holis Spa for that. We signed up for a 90 minute couples massage because it saved us a little money and it was amazing. Both therapists were professional and recognized the areas with the most tension on our bodies. I'd had a knot in one shoulder for a month and my therapist managed to eliminate it within one session. We both had a bit of sunburn and the therapists managed not to hurt either of us, despite working in those areas. Absolutely recommend.

  • Harley Canada

    TripAdvisor website

    My wife has fibromyalgia with chronic neck and back issues. When she began to experience neck and back muscle pain while in Manuel Antonio, our concierge recommended Holis Spa. Julietta was the massage therapist. My wife has been treated by many massage therapists over the years. She raved about Julietta as the best she has ever experienced, with techniques no one else has ever used. She came out feeling much better, but required another treatment, with similar results, later during our stay. If you require massage therapy for neck and back issues while in Manuel Antonio, my wife highly recommends Julietta at Holis Spa.

  • Aaron Wyoming

    TripAdvisor website

    Generally when traveling I don't get the quality of massage I am used to back home. But I certainly received a top notch therapeutic massage at Holis. The prices were pretty much the same as I would have paid back in the States. But you get what you pay for.

  • Emilie United States

    TripAdvisor website

    First thing I search when I moved two months ago in MA a yoga place and grateful I found the SPAHOLIS they welcome me no nicely and give me local prices plus they have donation class for $4.00 what It's great for small budget or long traveller, yoga everyday from it because first the teachers are just amazing, I want to mention Carolina, Jowa, Adi and Luz, if you want progress or try new things it s the place to go.They have two locations: the studio with an incredible view on the see and MA park and the Deck who u do yoga outside with the most magic view u can have of all MA and with monkey perrots iguana. They have a lot of classes and everyday! Monday to Sunday and you can do Aerial yoga Hatha yoga,Vinasaya or meditation or much more!

    The best! Thank you

  • a traveler United States

    TripAdvisor website

    Holis Wellness Center was certainly one of my many highlights of my visit to the Manuel Antonio area. Don't remember the name of the young lady that gave me an awesome massage and pedicure, but she was great. All of the staff there were friendly and accommodating. I absolutely recommend it to be on any visitors "to do list" while visiting the Manuel Antonio area of Costa Rica.

  • a traveler

    TripAdvisor website

    I recently visited Holis for both yoga and a massage and loved both! Kerri is a great yoga instructor. She led a well-balanced Vinyasa flow class. It was both challenging and relaxing at the same time. She also dimmed the lights for savasana and came around with essential oils, which was a nice touch.Julieta was my massage therapist and she gave me one of the best massages in my life! She really listened and paid attention to the spots in my back that were tight and after the massage I felt like I had a brand new body! She was amazing. I also liked the background music and massage oil and essential oils she used. All of these details pulled together made it an amazing experience!

  • Latrice L. United States

    TripAdvisor website

    My boyfriend and I were staying across the street from the spa and decided to try it out on the last day of our vacation. We didn't schedule in advance but they found time to fit us in, which was great. The couples massage was extremely relaxing! The atmosphere was very calm even with the thunder and lightning outside. I wish I had a chance to try out one of yoga classes. Perhaps on our next vacation!

  • Pacific Y.

    TripAdvisor website

    Our group of five women on a yoga retreat each had massages at Holis Spa near the tail end of our very active week in Manuel Antonio. All agree that it was the perfect addition to our experience and it was absolutely the best massage and bodywork any of us had ever had.

  • Ellie G. United States

    TripAdvisor website

    We chose a couples massage for 90 minutes. It was relaxing, professional, and they met all of our needs. It was such a therapeutic and rejuvenating way to spend the afternoon.

  • Brantley C. United States

    TripAdvisor website

    My husband and I attended the Aerial yoga class. The yoga space is beautiful with a gorgeous view of the ocean and rainforest. The class was challenging but fun. Most of the students in our class spoke English so the instructor taught the class in English. The class was very fun and the instructor was very knowledgeable, encouraging, and led a great class. They had us all hanging upside down and doing flips despite our hesitations. I practice yoga at home but had never done Aerial yoga. It was awesome and I cannot wait to do it again. My husband who does not regularly practice enjoyed it so much he wants to go again here at home. The vibe is calming and the props and studio are clean. They have a nice selection of classes including Vinyasa. I would definitely attend more classes when I visit the area again.

  • Rob Canada

    TripAdvisor website

    I just returned from Holis and the deep tissue massage was excellent. I explained to them that I have a hip alignment issue that causes lower back pain. The massage was excellent and as thorough as I would have received at home. As a result I am all sorted out for my long flight home. Thank you and I hope to return one day.

  • Marla S.

    TripAdvisor website

    We took a class with Carolina from Holis on a terrace with a spectacular view at the Costa Verde Hotel, in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. We both practice yoga regularly so we came with high expectations. Carolina did not let us down. She was challenging and gave us the most bang for our buck. I can highly recommend it.

  • John

    TripAdvisor website

    My wife and I received an excellent couples massage during our recent vacation to Manuel Antonio. The therapists arrived on time at our rented villa and proceeded to set up their portable tables where instructed. The massages were well focused on the areas we noted on the intake forms and one of the therapists even alerted us when a capuchin monkey snuck into the villa and stole a mango! She was able to shut the doors and prevent any further theft of fruit. I regret only that I failed to record the names of the therapist because I would have liked to commend them by name for their quality and professional work.

  • Catherine United States

    Trip Advisor website

    My fiance and I spent two weeks on vacation in Manuel Antonio. Getting treatments at Holis Spa was a definite highlight of the trip. I highly, highly recommend the DEI kinesiology treatment offered by Evelina. I feel that it was equivalent to a year's worth of psychotherapy, seriously! Life transforming! I also received several massages and did a yoga class in the beautiful yoga studio, and they were very good. I wish I could have tried an aerial yoga class, next time!

  • Scott United States

    Trip Advisor website

    Spa Holis helped me on my journey through Costa Rica to get in touch with the spirit of Costa Rica and myself. I took two yoga classes, a massage, and a guided meditation class and all were wonderful. Especially Kiki, Monica was also great in the meditation class and she is doing great work for Seeds of Hope, a charity I'm glad that spa Holis supports.

  • Jodi United States

    Trip Advisor website

    Twice this summer I was in Costa Rica for a 3-week period and I looked forward to coming back to Holis. I took several classes Yoga, Barre, Pilates, and Aerial yoga. Kiki is an excellent instructor and her classes were both challenging and relaxing. The view is beautiful but be prepared to sweat. There are 3 great restaurants very close as well. Emilios has healthy, organic food and we often went strait there after class. Flafel is across the street with excellent greek food but not open for dinner, and Cafe Milagro is across the main street to the right. Bonus at Milagro is during the rainy non-tourist months of September to October their dinner menu is half price off. All are delicious!!

  • Kyle

    Trip Advisor webste

    My boyfriend and I dropped into Holis twice during our Costa Rican vacation, once for a couples massage and once for a yoga class. I was so incredibly impressed on both visits. Not only was the center relaxing, well designed, airy, and very therapeutic, but the services we received were some of the best I've ever had. A friendly staff, talented, and effective therapists and instructors and relatively inexpensive, a stop at Holis is a must if you're in Manuel Antonio.

  • Mary

    Trip Advisor website

    Holis Spa & Yoga Studio was an amazing part of our trip to Costa Rica. We attended several classes taught by Vanessa: Aerial yoga, yoga Barre, and were even invited to participate in one Acro-yoga class. We felt welcomed from the minute we walked in. We also attended pilates with Evelina. Every class was great. Many of those on our trip received massages and facials from the spa and all far exceeded our expectations. We loved you!

  • a traveler

    Trip Advisor website

    I have been taking yoga and pilates classes at Spa Holis since 2010. I love the new location, a beautiful space with an ocean view! Spa Holis has an amazing array of weekly classes and workshops. I have recently started taking aerial yoga.

    Evelina, the founder, is a wonderful person with great energy that even being near makes you feel better about yourself! She is amazingly intuitive, during pilates classes, she tailors exercises to improve your posture and work on injuries. She always has great suggestions and is never too busy to help. In fact, all the therapists and instructors are fantastic.

    The reason I am finally writing this review after going to Spa Holis weekly for 10 years is that I had a facial today, and it was amazing! All the products used are 100% organic and freshly prepared. There were 6 different stages, each including different natural ingredients. It really was the most amazing experience and totally exceeded any of my expectations

  • Matthew G United States

    Trip Advisor website

    I'm not generally the massage type. I threw out my back years ago as an electrical foreman and re-injured it carrying my bags up some stairs in an unfortunate incident that sidelined my surfing and horseback riding plans. When my back goes back to being bad it gets really bad, and I really needed help, so I called in the cavalry at Holis. Did it work? You bet it worked and all thanks to Jullieta.

    I entered the spa like a lost child. I'm not the type of guy to get massages, but I needed help desperately. I felt very comfortable thanks to everyone involved at Holis and Jullieta is more a magician than a masseuse. To top it off, they were nice enough to pick me up from my hotel at no charge. She did an absolutely amazing job and almost got me surf-ready for my next stop in Costa Rica. It was the most relaxing hour I've had in years.

    I was convinced that massage was the way to remedy the injury and tried a place in south Jaco after my experience at Holis, but learned quickly that it wasn't the massage, it was the masseuse. I can highly recommend this facility and Jullieta specifically to anyone looking for a relaxing massage or in need of a magician to heal their back.

    Thank you! I hope I never need back therapy again, but if I do, I hope it's at your facility. I'll definitely stop by and say hello on my next trip in July. You guys rock!

  • Deb L United States

    Trip Advisor website

    I visited the Holis Wellness Spa for Mother's Day for a facial and pedicure. They took me right in and started the facial which was amazing. It was so relaxing and felt so good. Relaxing music played in the background. They massaged the muscles in the back of my neck and my arms which made me completely relax.

    The pedicure was also very relaxing, they massaged my feet and the muscles in my legs. I felt completely relaxed and invigorated when my visit was complete. It was definitely worth the experience.

  • Betsy W United States

    Trip Advisor website

    My recent experience at Holis while on vacation in Costa Rica was wonderful! I am coming back from a serious injury and everyone seemed so receptive to my needs. I had the Muddy Buddy body treatment and the Essenthya facial. My therapist did an amazing job with both. You can tell how fresh and natural the products are. Everything is done with respect to the client, environment, and of course, the practice of massage and aesthetics. My face was still glowing 24 hours later!

    I also did a Restorative yoga class (my first yoga class in 2.5 months) with Amelia and it was truly restorative. Our concierge at Espadilla Ocean Club booked all the treatments for myself and my friend. Everything went very smoothly. Evelina had a great recommendation for a refreshing snack in-between yoga and treatments. You can make a full day out of everything that Holis has to offer. All in all, great people, great place, and great experience!

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