10 Common Questions about Pranamar, Santa Teresa

As Costa Rica continues to receive more and more eager travelers, let’s answer 10 common questions about Pranamar, Santa Teresa to help you make your decision on where to stay while vacationing in Costa Rica.   Why not hear from those who have stayed previously at Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat to get the real answer to your doubts!

Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat is not only the best hotel in Santa Teresa, but it is also the best yoga retreat in Santa Teresa too! The best of both worlds for the lovers of white sandy beaches, lush vegetation, spectacular sunsets, daily yoga, and Balinese-inspired accommodations.   

1. Does it have a restaurant?

“My husband and I had an amazing diner at Pranamar restaurant. The fish was amazingly cooked, appetizers were very good. Service was amazing as well I highly recommend it. The opportunity to dine on the beach is incredible it’s a perfect spot for the sunset!”

Pranamar offers a fantastic restaurant on the property that offers a great variety of dishes to chose from.  With fresh seafood, tropical fruits, and vegetables, and the inspiration of the creative chefs and kitchen, dining will be a treat during your stay!

Pranamar is on Beautiful Beach!

2.What is the beach like?

The beach is lovely, but there is a big tide so in the morning the sea is far out, but it exposes all the pretty rock pools. The beach is very rustic and natural which is gorgeous so if you love a long beach walk this place is for you!

The beaches that makeup Santa Teresa are well and truly some of the most beautiful in Costa Rica!  A long stretch of white sand, surf and swimming waves, turquoise water, and even rock pools at the front of Pranamar Villas, the beach is front and center during your stay.  

The beach in front of Pranamar is called Playa Hermosa which translates to Beautiful Beach, so no doubts when it comes to this postcard-perfect tropical paradise.  And, let’s not forget the amazing sunsets too.

3.Is it close to Santa Teresa?

“It’s a short 15-minute ride down the road to Santa Teresa, another great food and beach destination.”

Pranamar is beyond the main strip of Santa Teresa but close enough to enjoy its benefits including restaurants, bars, and cafes so you get the best of the tranquility and the vibrancy of this fantastic destination that sits on the far corner of the Nicoya Peninsula.

You can also walk along the beach as they are all connected.  Get a morning jog or an afternoon stroll and walk into Santa Teresa. This would be the scenic route!

The Yoga Shala is open-air

4.Can I do yoga with the hygiene and safety protocols in place?

“We stayed near Pranamar for a month and loved the yoga offerings. Nancy is a fantastic teacher and plans a great class for all levels. The yoga area feels safe, and they are careful to keep you away from others in your pod. They check temps before class.”

Pranamar has implemented a series of safety and hygiene protocols throughout the resort and during yoga classes or retreats.  As the yoga Shala is open-air, fresh sea breezes move through the area all day and night and it is large enough to ensure physical distancing.

This means that your stay at Pranamar is safe, secluded, and with lots of ocean air!

5.Can I rent out the whole retreat for a special event or wedding?

“We booked the entire property for our wedding. Our guests filled all the villas for 3+ days and we held the ceremony and reception on the beach.

First of all, the property is magical. The setting is stunning, and the grounds are so lush. You’re instantly transported to the vacation of your dreams. To top it off, the staff was welcoming and delightful, the food was superb, and the massages are heavenly.

Most of our guests said it was the best trip they’ve ever had. I couldn’t agree more. The photos on their website do not do it justice!”

You certainly can rent out the whole of Pranamar just for yourselves and your social bubble to celebrate a milestone or just as a family vacation. 

If a wedding, reception, anniversary, or special celebration are the reasons, Pranamar will assist in making your time unforgettable.  Add in the amazing natural settings, the lush vegetation, the beautiful beach and yes, those citrus-orange sunsets, part of the decoration is already decided.

Poolside or at the Rock Pools, you decide!

6.How does Panamar work for solo travelers?

“As a solo traveller I felt very safe and not out of place as the place is big enough for you to mix into the background. Everyone there has a lovely welcoming energy!”

There is a real sense of community at Pranamar and Santa Teresa. It may be because there is a close-knit community of surfers and yogis that are so welcoming and eager for fellow enthusiasts to join the club.

Pranamar con coordinate with transfers from the Tambor Airport to the hotel and once, there, you will quickly fit into its vibe.  The same sense applies for yoga retreats too. Family, community.

7.What about the staff? Are they nice?

“The staff are what makes this place lovely. They remembered my name and normally knew what I wanted to eat and drink.”

We agree with our guests when it comes to the amazing Pranamar staff and crew. You will always be made to feel welcome and appreciated which is so important when you are traveling.  So, yes, they are much more than nice.  They are what sets Pranamar from the rest and what makes it the best hotel in Santa Teresa.

“The staff and hospitality at Pranamar in Santa Teresa were amazing!”

8.Is the yoga as good as they say?

“I am a yogi so loved Nancy’s classes. She is a thorough teacher. Very expressive, dynamic, and fun. Her style suits everyone and I enjoyed practise with her. I also had a class with Amelie which was equally good and a high standard of teaching.”

Yoga classes are every day at 10 am and the Yoga Shala is the centerpiece of Pranamar.  This will give you an idea of how important yoga is.  And to make things even better, Pranamar has two onsite yogis, Nancy Goodfellow and Amy Guthrie who have made Santa Teresa their home and they love yoga, the closeness to nature, and Pranamar.

Pranamar hosts a number of retreats that include yoga and many times, surf, SUP, and other Costa Rica adventure activities too.  There are also teacher training courses including one this September!

Spacious, airy rooms with beautiful decor

9.And the rooms?

“I was in Villa 5 which was huge, clean, and simply decorated but very comfortable and very chic. There was an outdoor bathroom with a stone tub which was a nice treat!

Our room was a spacious 2 bedrooms with an outdoor and indoor shower overlooking the pool — we were in heaven every day/night.”

Choose from 4 types of villas or bungalows including a whole house to stay in during your time in Pranamar. From the Oceanfront Villas with a kitchen and spacious terraces and decks, a Poolside Villa, each with its own private, outdoor shower, the ocean-facing Bungalows that guarantee sunset viewing, and Kula House.  This option is a spacious, 2-story house perfect for families, social bubbles, or groups of friends.

10.Is there good surfing nearby?

Santa Teresa and Playa Hermosa have some of the best swells offering perfect conditions for surfing. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned surfer, there is a hot spot for you. Pranamar con coordinate classes for you if you would prefer to brush up on your style so go for it!  No need to bring your wetsuit either as the water is always the perfect temperature.  Just lots of sunblock and enthusiasm.

Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat look forward to your visit! Come and see for yourself.  

Article by Georgia Atkin