Olas Verdes Hotel is more than just a boutique hotel in Costa Rica. It goes beyond that, and we are immensely proud of it. We are committed to running a sustainable operation, and we understand our responsibility towards the community of Nosara and the fragile environment surrounding us.
Aside from providing a comfortable place to stay and taking great care of our guests, we help preserve our environment, promoting regenerative actions and sustainable development as tourism grows. We also share with our guests and visitors why conservation is essential to our way of life. It is an ongoing journey, where we learn and improve every day.
These are some of the actions we have taken:
Solar Energy: Our solar panels provide 100% of our daylight energy, and the hot water systems save over 10% of our annual energy demand. The architect of the Olas Verdes Hotel used passive solar design to minimize the hotel’s energy loads. Natural ventilation and shading keep guests cool while our efficient lighting and appliances keep them comfortable. About 96% of the electric energy produced by Costa Rica comes from renewable resources. We are proud to say our boutique hotel in Costa Rica uses nearly 100% clean energy.
Reduce, recycle, and reuse: Most of our recurring purchases do not require packaging or use refillable containers. The produce discarded by the kitchen is composted, and the food leftovers are sent to a local pig farm; recyclables are separated and collected by the Nosara Recycling Center. We use biodegradable detergents and cleaning products, while our biodegradable bathroom amenities are dispensed in refillable containers.
Economy: Olas Verdes Hotel employs only local residents, contracts local companies, and buys mostly locally, which positively impacts Nosara.
Water: Our 14,000 liters of rainwater storage holds water used by our laundry and toilets. Additionally, three wastewater system plants process the water used for irrigation. Our staff is committed to water conservation and has consistently achieved great results with less than half the water used by industry standards.
Culture: The suites at Olas Verdes are decorated with representative cultural items from five Costa Rica regions. Authentic decorations were purchased directly from the craftsmen/women in those regions. It is our way of sharing more of Costa Rica for those who can stay only in Nosara.
Environment conservation: Nosara has a rich biodiversity, but at the same time, it is very fragile. To help preserve the natural area and reduce our impact, we removed less than 10 trees building Olas Verdes around the existing trees, then planted additional 100 trees, some endangered, to help regenerate the micro-ecosystem. We also support the Costas Verdes BarriGuiones Reforestation Project.
Landscaping: Acting as an extension of the Ostional Wildlife National Refuge, we carefully selected and planted over 130 different native species of plants on Olas Verdes Hotel grounds. They need little or no water during the dry season, do not require toxic fertilizers or herbicides to survive and provide an exotic and clean atmosphere for humans. This once-empty lot now provides shelter and nutritious food for many birds, small mammals, insects, monkeys, and other animals.
Olas Verdes staff takes excellent care of the hotel grounds. We are aware of our responsibility and the importance of using natural and/or biodegradable products to minimize harm to the environment.
If visiting Nosara in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, we hope you stay with us to experience how responsible tourism can be achieved.