The Gardens Hotel
This Swiss-Costa Rica owned small hotel is set in tropical gardens a short walk back from Playa Guiones beach, near Nosara. There are 10 rooms each with a private bathroom, fan, A/C (at additional cost), fridge, safe and coffee maker. Standard rooms have private patios, deluxe rooms have private balconies. No T.V's.
Facilities include a swimming pool, jacuzzi, thatched rancho area with easy seating, hammocks, honour fridge and coffee available all day. Adjacent to the hotel is 'Le Bistrot', a Swiss-French run Meditteranean-inspired restaurant with Nosara's only wood-fired pizza oven.
The hotel can help to arrange a variety of activities from hiking to horse-riding, turtle-nesting tours to fishing, yoga and massages. The on-site Playa Guiones Surf School offers private and shared surf lessons, as well as surfboard rental.
The hotel is certified by the CST scheme (Certification for Sustainable Tourism) e.g it uses solar heated water, recycles waste including grey water, provides organic shampoo and soap in each room, has a compost patch