THE TOP 8 HOTELS IN NOSARA FOR 2019
Nosara is known for its stunning beaches completely surrounded by jungle, yet it has all the comforts you need for your perfect vacation. It attracts people from all ages and preferences from backpackers to retirees, families, surfers, yogis and nature lovers. We present you a selection of the finest hotels to stay at Nosara. All include wifi, a/c and concierge service.
1. The Harmony Hotel
The concept behind Harmony Hotel is to keep it natural. With palm leaf roofs and lush native plants everywhere, Harmony’s style is fresh and simple. If you’re looking for a total escape and relaxation this is your place, they even have a path through the jungle to get directly to the beach in 3 minutes. One of their most regarded features is their concern with sustainability, recognized with the Costa Rica’s prestigious Certificate for Sustainable Tourism (CST), and their support for local projects that promote the sustainable development of the community.
Harmony has their own restaurant, one of the best in town. There’s also a juice bar, spa, yoga studio with daily yoga lessons, pool, surfboards and bicycles for the guest and a small store. There’s 10 rooms around the pool, 13 bungalows, one suite and 2 villas. All rooms are spacious and have charming private patios with outdoor showers, hammocks and seating areas.
2. Gilded iguana surf hotel
Gilded Iguana has been a landmark of Nosara for more than 30 years, being the most popular social place when it opened in the 80’s. By that time, Nosara was a small community with almost no services. Recently it underwent a world-class renovation making it one of the best hotels in town for surfers and beach lovers. Close to the beach, it has a relaxed but luxurious vibe with even an organic bug repellent system that makes the hotel mosquito-free.
They have a restaurant and bar with ample space where every tuesday you can enjoy live music. In the center of the hotel there is a jacuzzi, a pool bar and a kid’s pool so everyone can relax a little. There are 28 rooms and a surfer’s suite, each with outdoor living space, indoor and outdoor showers and secure surfboard storage. The Gilded Iguana has a gift shop, a mountain biking program with quality bikes and instructors and a surf club right at the entrance of the beach with lots of surfboards and space to relax and have a drink.
3. Moana surf hotel
This beachfront surf resort was designed specially for your comfort, all you need to do is enjoy and relax. With a cozy and elegant style, every room makes you feel at home. Moana is surrounded by a lush garden with native plants and they have their own jungle path to the beach. They want to promote a balanced lifestyle by having environmentally-friendly practices and support local projects.
There’s an open shared lounge, an outdoor pool, a yoga deck where you can ask for private or group yoga lessons, massages and surf lessons are also available at the resort. You can choose from 6 different types of suites, some of them with an ocean view. Every room has a television, a kitchenette, and local organic toiletries formulated specially for Moana.
4. Olas verdes boutique hotel
Olas Verdes is one of the top boutique hotels in the area, with a unique laidback style with vibrant colors. Right next to the wildlife refuge, it has its own path to the beach to be there in a couple of minutes. According to them: “Nosara is not just a destination—it’s a mindset”. Nosara is known for the harmony between the people and their environment and in Olas Verdes, they take it seriously. For their highly sustainable practices they’ve been certified with Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a system that rates buildings on how lightly they tread on the earth. And they support the local economy as well, hiring only local staff, trained by them, and using only local resources from the chairs and bed linen to the food.
Inside Olas Verdes you’ll find El Manglar, one of the best restaurants in town, and Safari Surf, a popular surf school. There are poolside suites, luxury suites and 2 level beach apartments, an outdoor saltwater swimming pool, a garden and a yoga deck. Every guest gets refillable aluminium bottles, free bikes and complimentary laundry service.
If you want to make a contribution to the community look for their Pack for a purpose program, where you can donate and also their volunteer programs to support local nonprofits.
5. Bodhi tree yoga resort
Known for its focus on yoga and wellness, the Bodhi Tree has a spectacular design with a clear balinese inspiration and surrounded by gardens of local plants. The ideal place if you’re looking for comfort during your journey for healing and peace. This resort has recently expanded, adding a “village” next to the hotel where you can find even more services. They offer a service of free shuttles for guests to go to the beach and around town.
There’s many yoga decks, an on site surf-school, a saltwater swimming pool, a bar and restaurant, a juice bar with comfortable sofas, a gym, a pilates center, a spa and other wellness services like osteopathy and physiotherapy, and a gift shop. In the village next to the hotel, there are more rooms, another restaurant and yoga shalas. You can find different options for accommodations, from a villa, room, bungalow or even shared beds in rooms for 3.
6. Boutique hotel lagarta lodge
Lagarta Lodge has an exceptional location on the mountain hills but within a 5 minutes drive to the beach, with a stunning view of the mangroves and the River Nosara flowing into the ocean. And if that isn’t enough for you, they have their own Biological Reserve. This eco-lodge cares about sustainability and social responsibility and has been awarded with the prestigious Certificate for Sustainable Tourism (CST). The design looks for an organic fit into the surroundings with abstract and nature-inspired art and a color scheme in harmony with the natural environment.
Lagarta Lodge has a restaurant, a bar and a guest-exclusive lounge area. And to enjoy your vacation to the maximum, they have a terrace, two infinity pools, a jacuzzi, a spa, a wine cellar, a yoga studio, a gift shop, an art gallery and a tower mirador. There are 26 elegant and comfortable junior suites, each one with a veranda where you can enjoy the jungle and ocean view.
7. The nomadic hotel
Opened in 2016, this new hotel is the work of an adventurous couple that wanted to settle down after many travels. It can be described as minimalistic and luxurious, the stylish design of the hotel reflects in its details the inspiration they took from their travels around the world. Nomadic is surrounded by nature and just a 5 minutes walk from the beach and a 5 minute walk from the restaurants and shops.
There are 10 cozy and comfortable rooms, one fully equipped apartment and one dorm style room with shared bathroom. Some rooms have outdoor showers and some have a private courtyard. The communal space was thought to help people come together with a bar, a rooftop terrace, a pool, and a yoga terrace. There’s also a gift store, and surfboard storage. All guests have to be more than 12 years old.
As far as budget options, Selina Nosara certainly exceeds expectations. Selina’s concept comes from the new era of digital nomads, people looking for a place with a sense of community either for their new adventures or coworking spaces. All that, with a good wifi connection. Selina Nosara is beautifully designed, with wooden decks, palm roofs, hanging lights and surrounded by jungle. Perfect for surf or yoga lovers, backpackers and adventurers.
There are options for every budget: 12 and 8 bed dorms, standard, twin, triple and quadruple rooms, deluxe rooms and rock star rooms. Selina has a bar, swimming pool, restaurant, movie room, yoga deck, garden, shared kitchen and shared lounge, gift shop, surfboards and lessons.
Also there’s usually live music and activities like art or salsa classes.