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Here's an instance where our experience of a hotel actually exceeded expectations set by the heavily photoshopped images on its website. We recently spent a couple nights at the Harmony Hotel on Playa Guineas in Nosara Costa Rica, and in our humble opinion, the reality was actually better than the hype. Check out the above photo, with an insert from the Harmony website in the top left corner
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If you're like us, the holiday cocktails have been flowing since Halloween. Then there's the matter of all that overly-indulgent, incredibly rich winter food. We're still a few weeks away from Christmas but the Waikiki Edition is thinking New Year already. Specifically, what its guests will look like in bikinis come 2011. Gulp.
But wait--the hotel is here to help, not judge. Its first four-day Surf and Bikini Boot Camp starts on January 13. And with a renowned nutritionist (Corey Coopersmith) and two-time World Longboard Champion (Daize Shayne Goodwin) behind the itinerary, you know they mean business.
The fact that the hotel is in such a pretty part of the world--and is getting good reviews since opening in the fall--will hopefully help the medicine go down.
Nosara is located in Costa Rica’s North Pacific province of Guanacaste, about 160 miles west of San Jose, best reached via a short flight on Nature Air, followed by a short taxi ride. The village is a surfer’s paradise and The Harmony Hotel has one of the area’s best stretches of beach and surf breaks just outside its back door. Playa Guione’s is a near 4-mile swath of white sandy beach with year-round waves and long left and right beach breaks.
Since we hadn’t been on a surfboard in ages, we asked the staff where we should go for a refresher, since it seemed like surfing savviness was a job requisite at Harmony (as well as super buff arms, flat abs, and the boyish good looks of the Jonas Brothers). For surfboard rentals, we were directed to Nosara Surf Shop, a short walk from the hotel.
But for instruction, we were sent to innocent surf school. There, we were outfitted by Brit-owners, Ru Hill and his Kate Moss look-alike wife, Gem Yates. There are four levels of instructor status within the British Surfing Association (BSA), with only 20 Level 4 Surf Coach Award instructors in the world – Ru is one of them.
Though it had a “soft” (that is, an unannounced) opening on May 12, Zimzala Restaurant at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach is now open for business...and for press.
Part of the Joie de Vivre family of hotels that we seem to be writing about more and more these days, the Shorebreak is meant to be a surfer-chic haven of beachside relaxation in one of California’s premier surf destinations. Rooms have paintings of surfers, seascapes, and, of course, killer views of the beach and pier, not to mention a few surfboards lying around.
We've always recommended JDV Hotels when visiting the San Francisco-area but the options in the Southland were few. However, now Chip Conley and co. are readying a property in surferdom, Huntington Beach, called Shorebreak Hotel. (Secretly, we wish this was called Point Break Hotel and it was located in Malibu.)
The hotel won't be open until sometime this spring but here's what it will include:
Opening in Spring 2009, Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach, California – the original Surf City USA – is a showcase of modern hotel design at the cusp of lifestyle trends. Shorebreak Hotel draws its inspiration from Southern California’s cultivated yet laid-back surf culture, combining four-star touches with a penchant for fun.
Highlights include guestrooms with ocean views, exquisite furnishings, versatile event space, romantic fire pits and ready access to a variety of exciting recreational activities. Shorebreak’s Zimzala Restaurant and Bar will be a popular attraction for locals and visitors, offering rustic Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood, surf-inspired décor, and free-spirited good times.
We hope that Shorebreak includes a surfing concierge...named Johnny Utah. We can't find any rates just yet but JDV Hotels' rates are always rather reasonable. Keeping in mind, this will be a full-service, luxury hotel we say rooms will probably start around the $250 mark. For those of you who want a more pampered experience in the OC, don't forget JDV is coming to Laguna Beach.
Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.
In this episode, Hotel Maven NatalieWW dreams of hanging 10. Enjoy.
Here in our cubicles, we're definitely getting cabin fever. All I can dream of is One Perfect Wave... along with One Perfect Hotel to enjoy it at. After a gnarly day of dropping in and shredding, this Shea needs a posh place to lay her head.
OK, so I'm really not a surfer. But I'd pick up the sport if it meant I got to go to a place like this:
This new guest house offers new and elegant accommodations with killer mountain and ocean views. Spacious rooms, wide verandas and hillside breezes make Surf787 the perfect lodging destination.
New in 2007, Surf787 is a small, full-service eco-resort and surf camp nestled in the tropical hills of Rincon, Puerto Rico -- known as the surfing capital of the Caribbean. Surf787 lures with incredible surfing, amazing sunsets, gourmet meals, and charming accommodations. All vacations include yoga and Pilates classes plus a daily one-hour massage!
To celebrate their inaugural season, Surf 787 is offering promotional discounts on lodging and surf lessons. They also offer a kids surf summer camp, June through September.
A friend of HotelChatter took off for Chile late last week and is reporting quite a hotel find. Five hours south of Santiago, is a surfer's boutique resort called La Joya del Mar. There are only three villas at the resort, and on-site restaurant, and plenty of Chilean wine.
The owner, Dayna Del Duca, is also a surfer, so who knows, maybe a couple surf lessons can get thrown into the rack rate.
[Photo: chris be]
· Hotels in Chile [HotelChatter]
Staying in Sydney is not only about climbing the Harbour Bridge or ogling the Opera House. It's also about the beach. And the Manly Pacific Hotel right on the water has put together a clever deal to make sure you really experience what Sydney water has to offer.
By teaming up with the Manly Surf School, the Novotel-managed Manly Pacific can offer you the "Surf'n'Stay" package to see you hit the waves while you're in Sydney. Minus point: you have to get up early to get the best waves (with your qualified instructor--first timers welcome); plus point: you get both a pre-surf breakfast AND the full buffet breakfast after you've built up your appetite ridin' the waves. For AUD$315 (about $250) use of a wetsuit and surfboard are also included, and you can have a sea-view room to keep you motivated. Get surfin'!
· Manly Pacific Hotel reviews [TripAdvisor]