Experience adventure, culture, sanctuary, and pura vida.
Olas Verdes, a Costa Rican boutique hotel in Playa Guiones, Nosara is thrilled to announce its opening as the world’s first LEED-certified surf hotel.
Nestled away from the coastline alongside a jungle forever preserved, Olas Verdes provides immediate access to serenity and adventure. Towering Guanacaste trees and native plants blend the amenities of Olas Verdes Hotel with the allure of the adjacent wildlife refuge.
Olas Verdes stays true to its Costa Rican roots and community with Nosara’s rustic vibes and unpaved roads, which take you back to basic living. This once clear-cut farming region has been restored with forest lands along the coastline and sur-rounding mountains. The serene beach town is a world-class surfing destination with Playa Guiones featuring four miles of beach break that catches any swell direction year-round.
The Costa Rican surf hotel offers 17 suites in five buildings, each representing a different region of Costa Rica with unique color palettes and authentic decor from local artisans. Accommodations include air-conditioned rooms, free Wi-Fi, standard bedding, and kitchen appliances with a living room, bedroom, and bathroom per suite. Additionally, Olas Verdes offers a specialized suite with a large patio overlooking the pool, restaurant/bar, beach trail and yoga deck. Appointing native Costa Rican staff from Nosara in all levels of management was an important factor to Olas Verdes’ founders.
Olas Verdes was born out of love for Costa Rica, its people and culture, as well as a passion for the local community of Nosara. Integrating the spirit and allure of the region into the design aesthetics and guest experience at Olas Verdes was essential for the team. “We set out to create Olas Verdes as a direct representation of the unique community and environment that we are so fortunate to be a part of,” explains Carl Kish, Project Manager of Olas Verdes, “Every facet of Olas Verdes exudes the culture of pura vida and we could not be more excited to share this beautiful paradise with our guests.”
Olas Verdes offers close access to Nosara’s wide range of activities to suit anyone’s preferred adventure from zip-lining through the jungle canopy for a bird’s eye view of the scenery and wildlife to yoga classes, waterfall tours, massage and holistic healing centers, wildlife tours, and much more. With Nosara’s first surf school in house, Safari Surf offers private or group surf lessons and eco-friendly Firewire surfboard rentals. Olas Verdes’ locally-owned restaurant and bar, El Manglar, serves authentic Costa Rican dishes with herbs and vegetables harvested from the onsite garden. Year-round local, seasonal, and organic produce, poultry, and sustainably harvested fish are sourced in Nosara.
Olas Verdes utilizes ultra low flow water fixtures in addition to rainwater harvesting; repurposing treated greywater for irrigating all of native vegetation; powering nearly 20 percent of the hotel’s annual energy demand with solar PV and solar hot water; and recycling all yard and kitchen waste, composted on site for the herb garden. The hotel grounds blend into the wildlife refuge with the use of 100 percent native vegetation, and suites that inspire visitors to explore indigenous cultures and the “pura vida” nation with decor from the five regions of Costa Rica.
– Text & images courtesy Azione PR