Read what our guests have to say….
“We recently spent a few days at ISTMO with our two sons, 18 and 20. Surprisingly, not only did we love it but they did too! ISTMO is absolutely gorgeous, hidden away jewel of a place, lovingly created by the owners, Sean and Ayesha. The stunning beach is a five minute walk away, and usually with no one else around! We took a wonderful Yoga class with Ayesha the first morning we were there. Then breakfast of fresh fruit, delicious oatmeal and eggs, cooked by New Orleans trained chef, Sean, before heading off to the beach. During our stay we also took a Stand Up Paddleboarding class with Sean at a stunning location – a lake in Lagunas – with a backdrop of volcanic mountains. Don’t miss it. On returning from there Ayesha had arranged appointments with a local masseuse who turned out to be fabulous. Hard to beat a day like that! But most of all, we enjoyed the warmth and hospitality of Sean, Ayesha and their two adorable kids, and equally adorable dogs! The only difficult part was saying goodbye!”
– Gurmeet Kanwal, USA.
“Awesome!!!! Cannot wait to return. Sean and Ayesha create an amazing “vibe” on the property. The facility is lovely and relaxed. The beach is a short walk (for the record, I had some worries about how I’d feel about having to “leave” the property to get to the beach — if you are worrying — you can stop and, just, go!! It is an easy, safe, short, stroll.) I am already missing the food (thank you Sean). The rooms are very comfortable (the bed is very comfortable).”
–Susan Kennedy, Canada
“I led a 6 day yoga retreat here, and it was perfect! The yoga studio is well out-fitted, the best I’ve encountered in Central America. The food is nourishing and delicious, and they accommodate to all diets and needs. Wonderfully, this can be done per person (so your whole group doesn’t have to be gluten free if just one person is, for example). The rooms are well-appointed, the bed and pillows are great quality, with everything you need in a spacious cabin, complete with a hammock. The bathrooms are all ensuite, and are themselves modern, clean and roomy. Each is equipped with a large supply of shampoo, conditioner and body wash, so save some room in your luggage and leave yours at home. The rooms have a small mini fridge that keeps your water cool. There is a safe in the room, but I felt no need to use mine. The best part is the warm, supportive, peaceful, fun, and welcoming spirit you receive from hosts, Sean and Ayesha. Their warm touch, inspired by their own connection to yoga practice, makes this a fantastic place to hold a retreat. I couldn’t recommend this place more highly.”
– Jennifer Whitney, Yoga and Meditation Teacher, USA.