Very expensive, but quite possibly the best experience I've ever had at any hotel, anywhere.
Definitely the best hotel near the beach in Nosara. 2 min walk from the hotel to Playa Guiones through a jungle path.
On arrival we were welcomed with a glass of delicious freshly made lemongrass iced tea at reception, and checked in efficiently, and made to feel very welcome.
The service and staff are excellent - they are all genuinely warm, make an effort to remember your name, helpful with suggestions, arranging activities, looking after room keys if you're going to the beach, etc. We particularly enjoyed sitting at the bar chatting to Tony the bartender one night while he mixed up a couple of custom drinks for us. Denis who served us by the pool and in the restaurant on several occasions was also especially warm and friendly, and Esteban found a hat we left lying around lost and made an effort to bring it to our room for us. Although a special mention is deserved by all the staff at Harmony, as everyone was exceptional and made the stay special.
The sustainability ethos of Harmony is also genuinely inspiring and enhances your stay - from the delicious food, much of which is grown naturally on their own hydroponic farm on site, to use of all natural products - e.g. in the amazing smelling shower gel, shampoo, conditioner they provide, use of bamboo straws instead of plastic, etc.
And on the subject of food - all the food and drink is delicious, natural, and beautifully presented - we usually make more of an effort to explore and try a larger variety of local restaurants and have never eaten at our hotel so frequently, just because everything was so fresh and delicious! Although we do recommend you tear yourself away to try Taco Tuesdays at Harbour Reef a short walk up the road - lively atmosphere with a young crowd, and delicious tacos!
Due to the Jalousie windows (glass slats like venetian blinds) you can hear people outside the room quite clearly & it can at first feel not very private, although we got used to it quickly and Harmony don't attract an especially noisy clientele. You can always request a room a bit further away from the restaurant/pool area.
There are some reviews here from people whose expectations were of a glossy/polished 5 star resort, and while e.g. the bed was more comfortable and functional rather than luxurious, we felt the harmony feels less polished and more authentic in a good way.
The best thing about Harmony overall, is an intangible thing that's difficult to describe, but I guess it's all the little details that make it unique and different to even the best five star hotels I've stayed at elsewhere - they all add up to a unique and memorable experience.
I could go on to describe many more positive experiences at the harmony, from the free yoga lesson, the outdoor patio and shower to every room, the evening visit to our patio by a curious coatimundi, to the dawn chorus of howler monkeys, but it can all be summed up by simply saying we will definitely be back, and I can't imagine staying anywhere else in Nosara.
Thanks to all the staff at Harmony, from Sophie and Gurpreet!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Harmony Hotel Nosara