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If you are looking for an extraordinary way to spend your holiday, then Pranamar Ocean Front Villas and Yoga Retreat knows the answer. Pranamar Ocean Front Villas is an intimate, consciously designed oceanfront hotel. This wonderful villa recently built on the spectacular beach of Playa Santa Teresa offers guests tropical beauty and nature in an exotic and friendly ambience. Along with world-class surfing and our top-quality yoga classes, numerous activities and adventures await you.
Near the tip of the Pacifics Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Teresa won Best Beach in Central America for 2012 and Top 10 in the World for 2011 in Trip Advisors Travelers Choice Awards, making it a tempting destination for surfers all over the world. In front of beach, practice Yoga could be one of most relaxing experiences in the life. Travel to Santa Teresa Beach, Costa Rica and Pranamar Villas will help you to forget all problems, preoccupations and obligations while giving you a perfect blend of surfing and yoga experience.
Immerse yourself in the beauty and ease into natures rhythm as Pranamars experienced and caring staff take care of all the details; making sure your vacation is perfect. Pranamars beautifully designed open-air restaurant and tea lounge specializes in healthy, delicious cuisine using organic fruits and vegetables, local fresh fish, seafood and organic meats. We invite you to step into the rhythm of nature and breath in the energy of the sea.
During the holidays, you will be accommodated in a luxurious pool side villa, making it a wonderful 5 nights stay at Pranamar Villas. The elegantly designed villas, built with Costa Rican hardwoods, bamboo and plenty of windows and doors, invite guests to enjoy nature and ocean views in an intimate setting.
Each two-story villa has two air-conditioned bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room and plenty of decks and terraces.
Luxurious granite stone tubs surrounded by tropical gardens give a unique, exotic touch to our open-air bathrooms. Decorated with imported, hand-crafted Indonesian furniture and floating around a free-form pool, the villas create a relaxed, romantic atmosphere complemented by their natural surroundings.
All four poolside Villas include: personal pool entrance, 2 air-conditioned bedrooms, fans, screens, small bar fridge, garden bathroom with granite stone tub, laptop-size security safes, Wi-Fi, and 2 king beds or 1 king and 2 twins (depending on your preference).
Pranamar's Yoga Studio is a spacious shala and open on three sides to allow in the sea breeze and ocean song. Built with beautiful teak floors, high bamboo ceilings and antique Javanese doors, this sacred space is unforgettable and fully equipped. Practice, breathe and sweat in one of Costa Ricas newest and most inspiring studios.
Including in the package is one yoga class daily per person. All classes are taught by our highly experienced Yoga director/teacher, Nancy Goodfellow, or her trained and approved instructors. Most of our classes are geared towards a mixed level making them accessible for beginners and intermediate practitioners. We also offer more advanced classes for those students with more experience and a steady, strong practice. We encourage those new to yoga to begin with a private yoga lesson which can be arranged at reception. Along with Yoga, Pranamar also offers Pilates Mat classes and Strength and Flexibility for Surfer's classes (group or private).
Along with yoga classes, during your stay you will have a chance to join 4 surf lessons per person. Costa Rica is a surfers paradise. Santa Teresa is a quiet and still-undisturbed beach retains its charm as a small fishing village and intimate collection of international boutique hotels and vacation homes. Set right on the water at Santa Teresa Beach, the gorgeous specialty hotel features surfing and yoga holidays and all-inclusive yoga vacations in a healthy, environmentally-friendly setting. At Santa Teresa, youll be star-struck by the beauty of nature and the jungle that hugs the coastline, pouring down from the mountains to light sand beaches and the clear aquamarine sea. Famous for year-round surf, its hallmarks are pristine beaches, both beach and point breaks, easy-to-ride waves in warm water, and picture-perfect sunsets. So, whether you are a beginner trying surfing for the first time or already have saltwater running through your veins, Pranamar Villas can set you up with the best beach and surfing holiday you can dream.
Pranamar Villas offers daily surf lessons for beginners, intermediate surfers, and even for families all together! Beginner and intermediate surf classes last 2 hours and focus on skills and then, surfing. Youre guaranteed a 2 to 1 student to instructor ratio. Youll start out with a stretching program on the beach to limber you up, and then be trained on basic surfing skills, safety tips, paddling techniques, standing up and riding a wave. With a ratio of one student per one instructor, you can guarantee that you will catch the ideal waves.
Surf instructors are from Take Off; owned and operated by locals and recognized by the Costa Rican Tourism Board. Instructors are certified in CPR, First Aid and Open Water Rescue, keeping you safe while you surf. Take Off exclusively handles Pranamar Villas surfing program.
Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Anusara Yoga, Tantra Yoga)
A yoga director and co-owner of Pranamar Villas in Costa Rica, Nancy Goodfellow began her yogic studies in the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition under the guidance of Dominic Corigliano, Tim Miller, and Pattabhi Jois. For two years, she practiced and studied daily with great discipline and devotion alongside her teachers and mentors. Nancy dedicated many years of study to the Anusara method with its amazing principles of alignment, Tantric philosophy, and Bhakti-filled practice. She completed over 500 hours of certified Anusara teachings and traditional non-dualistic Tantra studies.
We are located close to the southern-most tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, just minutes away from Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve. The Nicoya Peninsula is a peninsula on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It is divided into two provinces: Guanacaste Province in the north, and the Puntarenas Province in the south. It varies from 19 to 37 miles (60 km) wide and is approximately 75 miles (121 km) long, forming the largest peninsula in the country. It is known for its beaches and is a popular tourist destination.
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Daily a la carte breakfast included in the package will give you a wonderful start every morning of your stay in Pranamar Villas. A dining experience of unforgettable quality, Pranamar's restaurant will most likely linger in your mind long after your vacation ends. The restaurant, with spectacular views and an exotic, relaxed atmosphere, not only serves delicious food, but also is committed to creating dishes that nourish the body and enliven the senses.
Taste some of Costa Rica's local fruits and vegetables, explore creative vegetarian cooking or experience fish and seafood bought from local fishermen of the Peninsula. We offer something for every palate and are more than happy to accommodate special dietary needs or lifestyle choices.
Pranamars restaurant sources the freshest ingredients for our menu with a strong emphasis on using organic and locally produced products whenever possible. Our food is simple yet enticing. Our belief is that nature knows best. Our Costa Rican chef rejoices in using fruits and vegetables as natural as possible, trying to use the least amount of procedures as possible and taking advantage of their natural qualities.
The menu coincides with the North Pacific seasons of Costa Rica in order to maintain the highest standard of food and beverages quality throughout the year. Our style combines Pacific Rim cuisine with Asian and native influences. The casual yet refined dining experience derives from our passion for food, combined with high standards of quality and our friendly service.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served seven days a week and the restaurant is open to the public. Dinner reservations are recommended.
Playa Santa Teresa is a growing beach town that has recently been discovered as one of Costa Rica's most spectacular beach destinations. Famous for year-round surf and a friendly, chill vibe, this small village attracts visitors from all over the world who come to experience adventure and fun in a relaxed, tropical environment.
Along with the two most popular pastimes of surfing and Yoga, a myriad of other activities await you at Pranamar. Directly in front of the hotel you will find beautiful tide pools and snorkeling opportunities, while a short 2 minute walk to the north brings you to Playa Hermosa, an expansive, banana tree-lined beach great for swimming, surfing or jogging.
Easily accessible half-day adventures include: horseback riding, canopy zip lining, fishing, and hiking to nearby waterfalls or through the Cabo Blanco Absolute Reserve. Also nearby are boat tours to Tortuga Island for crystal clear snorkeling dives, sea kayaking to secret caves, deep sea fishing or a visit to Rainsong Animal Rescue Center.
Of course youll probably want to finish your day with an afternoon yoga or pilates session or a relaxing massage under the coconut palms. Either way your days can be as full and active or as tranquil as you wish.
Theres no denying the benefits of massage. No matter the words we use to describe it pampering, stress relief, therapeutic, rejuvenating massage therapy (also called bodywork) can without a doubt contribute to your overall health, peace of mind, and feeling young and full of vitality.
Health experts estimate that stress leads to ninety percent of disease and ageing effects. How easy it is to become overworked, tired, stressed and anxious, but how often do we make the time to counteract all of that with the healing benefits of massage.
At Pranamar Villas & Yoga Retreat, we offer an abundance of bodywork treatments to benefit your body, mind and spirit and keep you healthy. From 60 to 90 minute massages using various different techniques to more intense 90-minute focused treatments on a specific area, custom bodywork or special back to health packages of several treatments, well take complete care of you. Following our commitment to your health, all of our oils and lotions are 100% organic and made in Costa Rica.
The drive from San Jose will take from 4 to 5 hours.
You first must drive to Puntarenas, which is where you will have to take a ferry. That drive is about 1- 1.5 hours from San Jose. The best thing to do is to ask your car rental company for the best way to get to Puntarenas, depending on where you are located in San Jose.
Take the ferry that leaves from Puntarenas port to Paquera port. The ferry is called Ferry Tambor, but it does not go to Tambor; it is just called by that name because the ferry company is owned by a huge beach resort located in Tambor beach. The ferry crossing takes about 1 hour and is very scenic, plus a good opportunity to stretch and rest from the drive.
Once you get to Paquera all you have to do is follow the other cars, and follow the signs that say "Malpas" or "Santa Teresa".
The paved road will end in Cobano, and from there to us you will ride on a gravel road. A four wheel drive vehicle is strongly recommended. It is about a 1 hour and 20 minute drive.
You just drive in a straight line, dont turn anywhere.
Once you get to the famous Malpas and Santa Teresa crossroad (you will notice our only big shopping center that we have) you must take a right toward Santa Teresa and drive for about 5 km (your car will mark the distances in km).
Pranamar will be on the left hand side (ocean side of course). You will see our sign.
You will also know that you are getting close because after driving for about 4 km from the crossroad, you will see the ocean right next to you on the left side. There is only one stretch of about 400 meters in that road where you will literally be next to the waves.
The hotel is just 200 meters past that ocean side part of the road.
The easiest/fastest way to get here is by air. There are 2 companies in the country. Sansa Airlines flies from/to SJO international airport, and Nature Air flies from/to Pavas Airport, 20 minutes away from SJO Airport. You can check their schedules online to see if it fits your itinerary. Our staff can also book any flight for you if needed. If their schedule does not fit your itinerary, another very good option is to charter a plane, which becomes monetarily convenient also when it is 4+ people.
A private charter has more luggage allowance than the 30 pounds that are allowed per person by the local public airlines, plus we use Costa Rica's only U.S. FAA Part 129-approved airline. You have to fly into Tambor, and that flight takes only 25 minutes. From there, we will arrange a taxi for you, or you can have a car rental meet you and do the drive yourself. It is a 50 minute drive to Pranamar.
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