A Farewell filled with GRATITUDE


My life has been absolutely INCREDIBLE!!  I discovered Costa Rica when i was a young mother with kids still at home.  I fell instantly in love with it and decided to leave the USA and my many years of being a dental hygienist and find a way to survive on the beach in Costa Rica!  I somehow built a small bed and breakfast on the beach before there were roads, phones, banks or grocery stores.  This wonderful place still rocks…its called SUENO DEL MAR and you might wish to check it out….

As Tamarindo grew to a real town and I outgrew it…. i found another new beach called Santa Teresa.  Again, nothing was there…and the road was impassable in the rainy season.  With a passion for creating, i built FLORBLANCA HOTEL. That was many years ago and it was a huge success!!

But Yoga became a very important part of my life when my daughter….NANCY GOODFELLOW….who bravely drove to Costa Rica in her old VW van (from California) came to visit and NEVER LEFT.  With her she brought some of the first classes of yoga offered in Costa Rica!  So…i decided to build a hotel that really would cater to yogis and outdoor types….and i built the largest and i think its fair to say, most beautiful yoga shala in the entire country.  Sitting on the beach with ocean views and amazing antique doors from Bali……. PRANAMAR VILLAS AND YOGA WAS BORN!

Now at age 73 i have turned the wand to a new generation of folks.  The hotel has been sold but the YOGA SHALA AND MY DAUGHTER NANCY CONTINUE TO RUN AND TEACH AND PROVIDE THE MOST INCREDIBLE YOGA CLASSES IN THE WORLD!  YES….IN THE WORLD!

So, with a heart full of gratitude (and some serious nostalgic grief) I must tell you that PRANAMAR VILLAS is no longer a hotel but rather it is available for long term rentals only.   The SHALA HOWEVER is still filled with the spirit and the talent and the creativity of my beautiful daughter NANCY GOODFELLOW….and her yoga classes and ecstatic dance and sound healing are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AS ALWAYS.

You can find the schedule on her Instagram account Wildheartyogini…. or just google her or check out Facebook postings.

The success of PRANAMAR was solely because i was blessed with the most incredible team of Costa Ricans.  Honestly, i can take so little credit.  If you were ever fortunate enough to have stayed at PRANAMAR……you know that the energy and good vibe was predominantly the PEOPLE.

OHHH COSTA RICA……. you have made my life filled with so much LOVE.

THANK YOU ALL FOR your endless energy and devotion.  You will always reside in my heart!

AND TO ALL YOU AMAZING GUESTS……thank you for trusting in me!



Susan Money

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The best Santa Teresa Costa Rica beachfront hotel & Yoga Retreat

Santa Teresa Beach is custom-built for fun. You have the perfect combination of relaxing beaches, exciting jungle, tropical rainforest and luxurious accommodations within nature. White sand beaches, lush vegetation and spectacular sunsets set an amazing stage for your best holiday.

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Dear Guest

We are taking all appropriate precautions across our locations, as advised by our local public health agencie (Ministerio de Salud). These measures include properly disinfecting our facilities and ensuring the preparation of our employees.

Additionally, the Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreats team has communicated with employees about illness prevention, including the local public health agency recommendations of everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, such as:

* Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
* Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
* Stay home when you are sick.
* Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
* Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

What are the signs and symptoms?
Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
* Fever
* Cough
* Shortness of breath

All Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreats employees have been instructed to contact their health care provider and supervisor if they develop any of these symptoms.

Best wishes,
Pranamar Villas

Really amazing beach restaurant

The beach here is fantastic. Quiet, great sand, shade and sun.
But the restaurant is out of this world. I could eat the beet salad (con Pollo of course) every day for the rest of my life and not get sick of it. They make excellent burgers. The casada was my wife’s favourite. The ceviche is fresh and tastes great. The Service is really good and very friendly. We can’t wait to go back next time we are in Santa Teresa.

– Drew P

Wake up your soul, senses, and sensations at Pranamar

There was nothing about this experience that I would have changed. The rooms were very comfortable, clean, and yet magically open to the environment. The sounds from the ocean comforted you to a blissful state everyday that kept you feeling more relaxed. The staff was always remembering your name and what you enjoyed. It might take a journey to get to the place, but once you are there you will enjoy the new person you will become. Yoga studio is amazing and perfect for this place. The ocean right in front is the best part…a sunset perfect every evening.

– Sanfrancisco047

Total heaven!!

Pranamar was just heaven. Beautiful rooms, peaceful and perfect beach, delicious fresh and healthy food, friendly staff, amazing yoga. Loved it. Fully recommend.
Just a couple of small things – quite pricey, which was fine, but then it felt a bit mean to charge extra small amounts for things that should maybe be included (eg. eating food at the beach restaurant rather that up at the restaurant cost extra). Also, restaurant / bar closed quite early. But overall I’m rave reviewing the place!
Thank you!

– AnnaCharlotte

Everything has been magical here AMAZING AS ALWAYS!

The ladies love it so much.
The food has been outstanding
The Pranamar family has been all smiles
Gregg has been happy with his new eyes
Nancy looks great and is teaching GREAT as always
Front desk is super helpful

Basically you have the BEST place possible for me to lead and guide retreats
I love you and I am sending you Pura Vida from Pranamar!!
Thanks for creating this spot



Pranamar Villas

A gorgeous & intimate boutique hotel

Right on the water with luxury two-story villas built around a free-form saltwater pool and tropical gardens, and elaborate beachfront villas. Picture Balinese architecture with bamboo, hardwoods, stone, water and plenty of windows and doors to let in fresh sea breezes.