Industry News 11/12/2015

B$Z: Olas Verdes Opens World's First LEED Certified Boutique Surf Hotel in Costa Rica

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 seamlessly blend the amenities of Olas Verdes Hotel with the allure of the adjacent wildlife refuge.

The Costa Rican surf hotel offers 17 suites across 5 buildings, each representing a different region of Costa Rica featuring unique color palettes and authentic decor from local artisans in their respective province. 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. Additionally, 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 their love for Costa Rica, its people and culture, as well as their 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 Verces, “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 visitors close access to Nosara’s wide range of activities to suit anyone’s preferred adventure from ziplining through the jungle canopy for a bird’s eye view of breathtaking 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. Furthermore, Olas Verdes’ locally-owned restaurant and bar, El Manglar, serves authentic Costa Rican dishes with herbs and vegetables harvested from their onsite garden. Year round local, seasonal, and organic produce, poultry, and sustainably harvested Kish are sourced in Nosara supporting all various facets of the local economy.

A stay at Olas Verdes is a guarantee that your trip is contributing to community development programs and to the preservation of the local environment. Olas Verdes hosts local schools for educational seminars, coordinates voluntourism efforts with local nonprofits, and utilizes ultra low flow water fixtures in addition to rainwater harvesting; repurposing treated greywater for irrigating all of their native vegetation; powering nearly 20% of the hotel’s annual energy demand with solar PV and solar hot water; and recycling as all yard and kitchen waste is composted on site for their herb garden. The hotel grounds blend into the wildlife refuge with the use of 100% 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.

Olas Verdes had a soft opening on November 3rd followed by their Grand Opening to the public on December 5th. Olas Verdes and Safari Surf School will be hosting a concert and fundraiser for the community on November 28th with G Love and local artists as well.