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“Incredible staff and food sets this hotel above others”
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The Harmony Hotel
Ranked #5 of 22 Hotels in Nosara
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Reviewed 10 February 2014

Located in a pretty remote area of Nicoya on Playa Guilones, The Harmony Hotel is not the easiest property to get to, however the level of service, amenities and food make up for this.
This is a real "get away from it all" place, rooms do not have television and instead offer great comfort and relaxation. We had a bungalow with its own terrace and garden with outdoor shower. The toiletries are all organic and locally made and onsite is a cute book shop selling some very interesting things.
The pool was lovely (and with a young kid was where we spent most of our time) and the restaurant and juice bar served lovely food and cocktails. The hotel is a short walk to the beach, where the surfing is good but not great and also a short walk to 'town' where you can enjoy nice ice cream and do a bit of shopping.
For me the hotel staff really set this place apart, always smiling, happy to help and attentive. Probably not for everyone but this place is just perfect for those looking for something a little different.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 February 2014

The private bungalows are incredible. You have your own private garden with outdoor shower. The garden is beautiful, has a hammock and chairs as well. The rooms are nice, roomy and clean. The grounds are beautiful. The whole resort is very environmentally friendly. The yoga hut and juice bar are incredible. 4 yoga classes a day, which were awesome. Couples massage was very nice. Quick walk to the beach, towels are provided. No chairs or umbrellas. Beach is beautiful. Most impressive was the food. We ate a few meals in the hotel which were incredible. Than we tried other restaurants i the area, and none of them compared. The hotel restaurant is probably the most memorable hotel restaurant I've ever eaten at. The staff was phenomenal, so pleasant ad accommodating. Also the pool are was really nice.

Room Tip: Any of the bungalows
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Grod N
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Cayuga S, Manager at The Harmony Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2014

Dear GrodN,
greetings from the Harmony Hotel and the beaches of Nosara. Wow, what a great review. You said it all. We are sure that this review will be very helpful for other couples that are trying to make a decision on where to stay on their vacation in Costa Rica. Thanks for the very special comments on the food in the restaurant, our environmental efforts and the yoga classes at the Healing Center. We try to provide for a healthy and conscious lifestyle for our guests while at Harmony. We hope to have you back with us again real soon. All the best.

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Reviewed 28 January 2014

We spent six nights at Harmony in December. It was an amazing property, with wonderful, professional, friendly staff, a gorgeous pool to relax and read at book at, and a great location right off beach for easy access (and a security guard to watch your things while you are there). Harmony is one of those properties where they truly have thought of every little thing, from amazing, all-natural bath products and wonderful smoothies, to discreet housekeeping and gorgeous, lush grounds specifically designed to accommodate local wildlife like Howler Monkeys, Iguana, birds, and butterflies. We like to travel and I have worked in hospitality, and I have to say that Harmony was one of the few properties I have stayed at where I was hard-pressed to find a flaw. I was particularly impressed by the staff's ability to be casual and laid-back, yet still professional, and never intrusive (harder than it looks). I wish I could remember everyone's names, but off the top of my head, I would say a special thank you to Henry for arranging our accommodation, Darin (sp?) in the dining room for his warm service and attention, and Alina in the gift shop for her great book recommendations and conversation.

If I had to look for things that could be improved, I would say that when there were a lot of families around the pool, it could get a bit noisy (we don't have kids), but the majority of parents were respectful and kept the cannonballing to a minimum. But we knew this was a family-friendly hotel, so that was our choice, and I would still return because of all the other factors. But in an ideal world, a separate pool for kids and families would be great.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

We stayed for a weekend scape with my wife, the hotel is relaxing, lots of trees and plants gives us a nice sense of nature. The shampoos in the room are very good. Very convenient to visit Nosara, recently named one of the 10th best beaches in the world. The only comment is that when we arrived the hotel at 6:00 pm the room was not ready.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

We spent 6 nights at the Harmony Lodge right before the holidays last month. We truly enjoyed our time there from the moment we arrived and cannot wait to return. The grounds are well kept and covered in tropical vegetation. We loved that the entire property was outdoors and many times we woke up to the sound of howler monkeys right above in the trees. The beds were comfortable, and we enjoyed the back patio hammock for post-surf naps.

The beach was a short walk along a path (no hotels in Nosara can build right on the beach), and they have security to watch your stuff. We stayed in Nosara to learn how to surf and the hotel set us up with Del Mar Surf School- we were very pleased. Breakfasts were filling, and it was so hard to choose what to get with so many great choices. We loved the thoughtful service- small breakfast pastries and coffee were served in the restaurant starting at 5:30 for all the early morning people. We would have some and then go surf for a bit before eating breakfast and lounging by the pool.
We also ended up eating all of our dinners at Harmony Hotel because the food was that good- all organic fresh food at reasonable prices. You won't be disappointed with the cocktail list, all fresh juices and well measured cocktails. Even my meat- eating husband loved the vegetarian food at the juice bar that serves great salads, sandwiches, and smoothies. Great iced team and iced coffee! Some area restaurants we did try and liked included Robin's for organic ice cream and coffee, Taco Taco, and for sunset cocktails we went to Olga's on the Beach. Skip all the other local spots.


Things to keep in mind:
This isn't a place for children, as there isn't anything really for them to do on the property or in Nosara unless you're looking to surf.
Ask for a coco away from the restaurant area
We didn't like that it was extremely difficult to get an appointment for a massage

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 January 2014 via mobile

Hotel has jumped the shark New management cut back on staff Took 45 minutes to get breakfast dinner Packed with screaming children If you want peace and quiet go somewhere else expensive not worth it repeat Jumped the shark Expansion plans will further reduce the quality

Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
8  Thank 6Badmonkeys
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Cayuga S, Manager at The Harmony Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2014

Dear 6Badmonkeys,
thank you very much for taking the time to write a review about your stay. We are sorry that your experience during your recent stay with us did not meet your expectations. We sincerely apologize for the delays with your meal service and are sorry that your stay was negatively impacted by the presence of families with children in the restaurant. The last week of December and the first week of January were the busiest weeks that Nosara has ever seen and we were simply not prepared for so many guests. Please be assured that the management of Harmony is the same as for the past eight years and that we actually had hired 25% more staff for this year to meet the growing demand. But the rush during those two weeks was just too much. This is also a time of the year when a lot of families travel. As of now, the town is back to normal and we can provide the service that our guests are used to. We hope you give us another chance and let us prove to you that Harmony is at its best and suggest that next time you visit us not during school vacations. Thanks again for your honest feedback. It helps us prepare better for next year's holiday season. We hope to have you back soon.

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Reviewed 9 January 2014

The Harmony is a beautiful, elegant, sustainable hotel on the beach in the most beautiful coast of Costa Rica. The restaurant is amazing. The very best, juicy and unique experience is the Harmony Healing Center. You must experience the one of a kind. It is truly special, especially Monika Ramos, who has a lovely presence and warm heart.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are heavenly, but the cabins closer to the ocean offer a more private experience.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Address: Guiones Beach, Nosara 5233, Costa Rica
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Region: 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 Romantic Hotel in Nosara
#2 Family Hotel in Nosara
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Nosara
#3 Green Hotel in Nosara
#4 Spa Hotel in Nosara
Price Range: £173 - £316 (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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