I spent a few days last week at the Harmony Hotel in Playa Guiones, near Nosara. It’s one of my favorite places in all of Costa Rica. There’s just a certain vibe there that sometimes is lacking in other places. It is also the a place I know I can go and have an exceptional meal. No exaggeration, they prepare some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. And what’s even more cool? The head chef is a local girl who never attended a professional culinary program. I think it’s pretty awesome to be given the opportunity to lead a team, be supported and given the tools to succeed.
They also have a juice bar with great food as well and a Healing Centre that offers massage, yoga, pilates and other spa services.
Getting to Nosara from Tamarindo is a challenge but so worth it, once you arrive. I’d prefer to fly and only have about a 10 minute drive on a bumpy road from the airport to the hotel but being in Tamarindo, there are no direct flights. So it’s about a 2 1/2 hour drive, the last 45 minutes are on a bumpy, rocky dirt road. But like I said, it’s totally worth it.
The beach is one of the prettiest I’ve been to and offers great sunbathing, surfing and spectacular sunsets. The town is low key, a few restaurants and shops and really laidback people. If it wasn’t so expensive, this would have been my first choice of places to live.
For now, it’s a nice getaway to see friends, enjoy really healthy and good tasting meals and have a little downtime to relax and recharge.
Note: While I am now paid and/or receive comped services at many of the places I visit, I will always offer my unbiased opinion to you, my readers. Fortunately, I almost always have experiences that exceed my expectations.