Heading for Harmony

During my internship with Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality I was lucky enough to work at The Harmony Hotel in Nosara. Located just a stone’s throw away from the beautiful Playa Guiones, Harmony was created back in 2004 by a couple who met whilst surfing there. Their dream was to create something unique where guests could surf one of the best breaks in Costa Rica, relax in low-key luxury and get away from it all.

After very little sleep the night before (my friends at Arenas del Mar had organised a great leaving barbeque for me) a long, sweaty bus journey from Manuel Antonio via San Jose, and a bumpy taxi ride down the unpaved road that leads to the hotel, I was looking forward to unwinding. From the moment I entered Harmony I felt my heart slow down and my body and mind slip into a state of pure relaxation. The vibe of the place is hard to describe – you have to be there to feel and experience it.

harmony restaurant at guiones nosara

After an amazing meal with the young manager Irene, I dropped off my bags in the staff quarters and then headed down to the legendary surfing beach to check it out for myself. I wasn’t disappointed:

Playa Guiones near Harmony Hotel Nosara

What seemed like minutes watching the waves roll in turned out to be nearly two hours. By the time I was ready to go back it was already dark. I had no torch but luckily there was a band playing at a local surf school. The glimmer of light and the sound of the drums and guitars guided me back to the dirt road that led to the hotel.

band_in_guiones

The next posts will give you a glimpse of my amazing experience at Harmony – the things I learnt, the people I met and the places I saw, all of which were truly inspiring.

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