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The Harmony Hotel
Ranked #5 of 22 Hotels in Nosara
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

The name speaks for itself. Your stay will be in... Yes, you guessed it, harmony. This place is an easy choice, near the best surfing beach, has the best spa, great pool, quality food, well trained, friendly staff. Enough said. I was lucky to stay in a casita with private outdoor area with shower. Classy place, not for all budgets. If you have a few bucks to spoil yourself then do it and then do it. ;)

Room Tip: Suggest the more private casitas or whatever they call them. Other rooms are mostly on courtyard.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Robert M
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

We do not surf, ATV, ride horses, but we love Nosara. It is just hard enough to get to to feel isolated. If you do not like crowds, all-inclusive hotels, hotels with 400 rooms, this is the place for you. Two minutes to the beach. Great food at the hotel, and plenty of restaurants you can walk to or a short drive. We walk the beach, watch the surfers, read and loaf. We have been three Januarys (?Januaries) in a row and are planning our next.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Michael K
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

I did not stay at this hotel but dream of it and hope to next time I'm in Nosara. We rented a vacation home and this is the only reason we did not stay here. We did visit often to shop in their tiny but meticulously curated gift shop. We also snuck into the pool one day (not allowed but we couldn't resist) and tried to make amends by ordering many drinks and some food.

The hotel has a beautiful and simple open air check in that opens up onto their small and happening bar. This is a nice place to have a cocktail when you want to get away from the beach or the slightly more rustic places that are common in the area. You can walk through the archway into the rounded pool with comfortable lounge chairs all around. We were there during and after Christmas so it was packed and hard to find a lounger.

The other little gem of this place is the gift shop which though tiny had beautiful Christmas gifts for everyone in the family. A few thoughtful children's books and toys filled stockings tastefully which is very hard to find in Guanacaste. The book selection was diverse and interesting for an avid reader and we found something for all our educated and well read friends and family. We came back here often to shop as we found the rest of the area more and more hopeless.

They also have a book exchange near by that we frequently found treasures in.

If the rooms are as tasteful as the rest of the hotel you won't go wrong. There is also an expensive hippy store hidden by the road at the entrance of the hotel that is worth a visit. Get a beach cover up, a long thin flowing dress or some jewelry here. I really loved the light floral perfume called "Nosara" a perfect keepsake from the area.

I just loved it all... dreamy

Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
2  Thank foodbliss
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

We have done several classes at the New Spa at the Harmony Hotel in the past two weeks. They have done a great job with the new pap alas (ranchos), the instructors are superb. The general ambience of the place and the class itself are my favorite place in Nosara/ Guiones Area.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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4  Thank Roberto K
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

If you are into typical upscale resorts, the Harmony is not for you.

The Harmony: A pristine beach with fun, consistent surf, warm water, healthy food (sorry, no red meat, pork or sodas), yoga, massage, outdoor enclosed showers, beautiful tropicals, an occasional monkey; what's there not to like? There are other dining options in the area; almost all including the Harmony are open air with the occasional dog or cat stopping by your table to chat. Also some good music nearby.

Room Tip: Fitness - surfing, swimming, yoga, walks, runs The smaller rooms have the enclosed outdoor showers.
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank George A
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

A beatifull hotel just in front of the beach with an amazing servise and a quality confort for you during all your stady there!..the rooms are just perfect for just spend a great vacations in the quiet along the beach, and if you like surfing too this the best place for both during the all year whit a really great waves for any kind of surfing level!! ..the food of hotel is fabulous and if you are a sushi lover this is also the best place to try even if you are vegeterian they have the best ones too, definitely you have to try it even if you are not vegetarian those are the best vegetarian rolls i ever tried!!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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2  Thank Kevin Q
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

This is the real deal, beach gem resort. Nestled far from the main airport (SJO), you need to make a concerted effort to get to Nosara. We drove nearly five hours from SJO by toll highway 27 (worth it for a smoother ride) and then by back roads...not worth it AT ALL if you are arriving at night like we were - if your flight gets in after 2:30pm I suggest you stay at a hotel in San Jose or at the ALoft hotel - Starwood Property- which is right near the Avis and National/Alamo rental car area (so you may secure your rental car which takes awhile and then get a good night's rest before making the drive).

Nosara turns out to be a huge ex-pat community. We had the pleasure of having a couple of conversations with Robin of "Robin's" which is a great local restaurant within walking distance which serves organic food offerings and homemade ice cream and sorbet (I enjoyed the "Coffee to Die For" ice cream and a veggie burger.) Robin is an American from Washington, D.C. who has lived in France, Russia, Botswana and Japan to name a few. We later saw her on the beach and she was so friendly and helpful with places to go and with helping us plan our journey on to Nicaragua.

Harmony's juice bar with organic espresso drinks is worth a visit. Lots of lush surroundings for a chill atmosphere make this a memorable place. The Harmony flow yoga class at 8:30am was nice but not as challenging/leveled as you might expect from a yoga class. Seek other yoga options at the Nosara Yoga Institute or the newer Yoga place just past Robin's.

Harmony's food is great. The complimentary breakfast offers plenty of options, and feels very civilized. I love that they call the traditional American egg dish the "Gringo" breakfast for the name alone prompted me to try something else! Before dinner we each had a speciality cocktail (I tried their ginger infused vodka which was very nice) while we played backgammon at the bar. For dinner we sampled from the sushi menu for our appetizers and then both tried some of the Tico specialities for our mains. We rounded out dinner by splitting their Flourless chocolate cake with Coffee ice cream (and coffee chips - just like chocolate chips only so much more delicious!) One of the best desserts I have ever had!

Ok - now to some realities about the rooms. Our room smelled musty - serious "camp cabin" smell. But I let it go because you have to realize it's relative to the location you are in. Also, be prepared that, with the lovely weather and near constant pleasant breeze, you will feel more like you are in a 4-star cabin than in a traditional hotel. We stayed in room 22 which is connected (shared wall) with room 23. Both are "bungalows" which is the 2nd tier price point. From what I saw, room 26 would be a much better option as it is a stand alone room. We shared a wall with a 20-something honeymooner couple and lived every moment of their non-stop mission to stay in their room as much as possible on their honeymoon. I wouldn't say that the walls are paper thin by any means, it's more that you have open windows with screens on them and you inevitably hear the noises you would so rather not hear. Another lack of privacy between rooms 22/23 is that your outdoor showers literally share the same wall, so if both rooms are showering at the same time you might as well have a conversation with one another you are so uncomfortably close.

Ok - let's round it back off with a positive. The location is safe - we arrived on a Saturday evening after the restaurant had closed and ended up walking across the street and we met another couple staying at Harmony and ended up walking together to the Nosara Beach hostel (bring a flashlight or headlamp to help you navigate the dirt roads on foot at night) for a really mellow outdoor party that culminated in fireworks! The vibe feels so chill and friendly here - still a true travel gem worth visiting.

The beach is just a 5 minute walk from the property. Easy. I wouldn't say the beach is as picturesque as ones you might find in the Caribbean, but it makes up for it in authenticity. Hanging out there at sunset you will find couples walking their dogs, families building a fire, and surfers riding their "dinner plate." It's the real deal.

Welcome to CR - big sky country. Well worth a visit.

Room Tip: Aim for room 26. Or one of the bungalows that is not attached to any other room.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Guiones Beach, Nosara 5233, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Nosara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Nosara
#2 Romantic Hotel in Nosara
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Nosara
#3 Green Hotel in Nosara
#4 Spa Hotel in Nosara
Price Range: $227 - $406 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Harmony Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Harmony Hotel is the perfect combination of low-key luxury, nature, wellness and sustainability. Situated on Guiones Beach in Nosara, Costa Rica, a spot well renowned for its beautiful surroundings and impressive surf, this is an excellent place to unwind, relax and get in tune with your natural rhythm. The Harmony Hotel is part of the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Lodges. ... more   less 
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