“Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life.” — Art BlakeyJazz musician playing sax

Jazz does not belong to one race or culture, but is a gift that America has given the world.” — Ahmad Alaadeen

The gift of jazz can be admired weekly on the spectacular beach of Santa Teresa in Costa Rica at Pranamar Oceanfront Villas & Yoga Retreat.

The Buddha Eyes Restaurant at Pranamar Villas is presenting Jazz Nights every Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Local musicians David Walker, a saxophonist from California, and trumpet player Luciano from Argentina accompany the sounds of the waves with their own mix of jazz and pop music. Their repertoire ranges from original compositions to covers of jazz legends like Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock.

“Pranamar is a great space for a jazz listening evening,” commented Walker.

Budda Eyes Restaurant by the pool at PranamarPranamar’s open-air, thatched roof restaurant pavilion overlooks the meandering free-form swimming pool, styled after a Balinese river, with luxurious two-story bungalows at the water’s edge. At night, soft lighting, tropical vegetation and warm sea breezes create an elegant ambiance.

The weekly events are popular and reservations are recommended, noted Pranamar restaurant events manager, Diana Vitola. “It’s a nice treat to have music both for our guests on yoga retreats and local residents,” she said.

Jazz nights at PranamarWhile enjoying the live music, you can take advantage of happy hour two-for-one specials on Costa Rican beers (from 7-8 p.m.), or a cocktail or non-alcoholic smoothie from Pranamar’s extensive drinks menu. The menu varies for dinner every night at the Buddha Eyes Restaurant with rotating main dishes and appetizers. Mondays, for instance feature freshly-made sushi rolls. Pranamar chefs blend Pacific Rim and Asian cuisine with native Costa Rican fare and Italian touches.

Vitola said the Buddha Eyes Restaurant additionally is staging one or two events per month, such as Flamenco nights, live Latin percussion or acoustic guitar. The hotel even offers taxi service for guests to come from other points in Santa Teresa. “We’re very interested in having people come try our restaurant,” she said.

The next upcoming event will celebrate Costa Rica’s national holiday on April 11 of Juan Santamaria Day, for the national hero who helped conquer invading forces in 1856. The hotel will serve traditional Costa Rican dishes and have live typical music in the restaurant.

Pranamar Oceanfront Villas and Yoga Retreat also offers daily yoga classes, regular yoga retreats and yoga vacations in their magnificent beachfront yoga “shala.” See their weekly yoga class schedule on Facebook.

Article by Shannon Farley