There is nothing like collecting memories. Here is a video with images of our two years of operation.
Now after two years in this amazing place called Samsara it’s time for some thoughts I want to share with you. The Summer is coming and the rain is receding. Day after day the sun is getting stronger but the vegetation in the south is always green. Samsara has been the perfect place for me to enjoy not only the relaxing life of being among nature, in the jungle and near the sea, but also the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. Learning from their experiences Ím glad to have made the decision to move over here.
Life is exactly what Samsara means, it is a constant movement forward within a cycle of highs and lows, but always looking ahead with a positive thinking. Interacting with our guests had given me the chance to understand that people are wired to follow a path imposed by artificial social constructs. Some guests come here expecting the amenities they are used to have in urban hotels or all inclusive chains. Some express their concerns about mosquitos and the ants and other insects. Some complaint about the noise of the nearby road or the humming of the air conditioning or the conversations they listen from the neighbor rooms. Slowly their souls get poisoned by the negative energy of looking only at the things they may not like but which aren’t truly important in a place like this,
To be honest, most people I have met here are on the positive side of the spectrum. They understand that Samsara is about being closer to nature and having the opportunity to move around the area visiting spectacular sites which are at the touch of your hand by being precisely just by the main road not having the stress to drive through dirty roads to reach them. They know that the room with a very comfortable bed, rustic design, but with the minimalistic amenities of a roof fan, air conditioning, cable tv and WiFi, is just the place to enjoy a short rest before going for the next adventure. But some on the other side aren’t really prepared for the type of experience the real Costa Rica is about. If you get here thinking of paved trails through the jungle, a beach with chairs and umbrellas and a drink in your hand, a room with a minibar and a swimming up bar in the pool, you are obviously coming to the wrong place.
Samsara is about experiencing the nature with a minimum level of comfort, no hair dryer in the bathroom, no room service 24/7, no coffeemaker in the room. On the other hand, you get a private but wild path through the jungle that takes you to one of the most astonishing beaches in the country, one of the few places where you can be alone by the jungle and the sea in a sandy beach without vendors or kiosks or any man made constructions. You can also relax in a secluded pool surrounded by the green vegetation and also taste some typical Cuban food in our Old Havana Restaurant.
And I can tell,you from my own experience, keeping a positive thought about the things around you, about the people you meet, about the culture you are visiting is the only way to really enjoy the chance you have of being in this amazing world. I do truly believe that karma is something that you build day after day in your life. By being positive and letting the good energy enter your mind, you will feel like you truly have a purpose being here in this planet. No matter where you are and what you do, whenever you start seeing only the dark things around you_ which obviously they are and have to be because otherwise, if everything would be of your pleasure, then life would be a really boring path to go through_ you stop looking at the bright pieces of joy that are just waiting for you and then you let the negativity involve your soul and poison your mind with a unreal,picture you created yourself for yourself.
My advice to my friends is this, look around you, find the beauty in the details, in nature or in a piece of art, enjoy having a good conversation and try to help any other creature around you, human or not, and then you will feel like the meaning of life is just precisely that, building up your karma, enriching your soul with these positive experiences and living every second to the fullest, because your trip can end suddenly at any moment and the only thing you will take with you to the other side are the memories and experiences you have made yourself enjoy while going through this cycle of life called Samsara.
The South of Costa Rica is the most beautiful part of this amazing country and Samsara in just here by the road with a jungle backyard and a path that takes you directly to the beach within the Marino Ballena National Park. The Samsara experience is unique in the sense of being close to many amenities with easy access by car and at the same time is a little resort by itself with a secluded pool in the forest and the famous Cuban restaurant La Vieja Habana on the site. This family hotel has a very distinctive architecture mixing with the jungle surrounding and different sort of wildlife from toucans to lizards and the whales are by the shore of the park during most of the rainy season from July to October. If you are coming to the South don’t miss us as your base for extraordinary adventures and explorations.
There is no more impressive experience in the ocean than a close up and personal encounter with these majestic creatures. They teach us about the great beauty we need to protect for our future generations.
Here just at our shores we offer our guests an amazing tour which takes you around fantastic coastal views of the Marino Ballena National Park and you will be able to see these beautiful specimens in their natural environment, the mother and the child swimming together playfully by the boat. You can’t miss this, you have to see it at least once in your life and there is no better place to see them than just here.
There are special places that make you feel alive. Walking through the path of the jungle along the river, crossing a hanging bridge and finding one of the most astonishing beaches of Costa Rica, following the trail made by the amazing leaf cutter ants, meeting a monkey, a toucan or a green iguana, listening to the whispers among the forests, surfing the tall waves of the ocean, enjoying exotic cocktails and delicious food at a restaurant embedded within the trees, all this and more you can find here at your very own Hotel Samsara.
Our little hotel is an adventure of itself. First because of the easy access from the main road you don’t need any special vehicle to get here and you are close to many attractions in the area. Secondly it has the famous Path of the Jungle which takes us along the river through a hanging bridge to the amazing and isolated Playa Colonia o Chaman within the Marino Ballena National Park. Third you get a secluded beautiful cristal clear pool within the jungle. And fourth we have a Cuban restaurant with gourmet dishes at an affordable price. Our rooms are equipped with Air Conditioning, roof fan, hot shower, cable TV and WiFi included in the room. At just 2 kms south of Uvita, the hotel is strategically located to use it as a base to visit Manuel Antonio, Nahuyaca, Corcovado, the Green Waterfall, etc.
Samsara is embracing this year Envision Festival. During those days the hotel becomes a host for Envision fans and guests who choose to stay with us. With direct access to the beach and located less than 3 kms from the Envision official site, we get involved in the ambience of art, music and feast that this worl famous gathering is about. Let’s the spirit of Envision be part of your Samsara, enjoy the freedom and beauty that nature gives us in this amazing piece of our planet called Costa Rica to enrich your soul and body.
Now you can taste real Cuban food in Uvita. The hotel has a restaurant on site called “La Vieja Habana”( The Old Havana). The restaurant serves breakfast and dinner between 7.00 am and 9am in the morning for breakfast and between 6pm and 8:30 pm in the evenings. Lunch can also be served by reservation only calling our phone number 2743-8081 or via WhatsApp at 8588-3205.
The food is real Cuban Cuisine, the famous Ropa Vieja (Old Clothing0 or Rabo Encendido (Ox Tail on Fire) are among the great variety of dishes you can try at our restaurant. We also offer drinks and beverage, like Mojito Samsara or Daiquiri. The ambience is rustic open to the hotel splendid gardens with Cuban and International background music.
Why not prepare for a Cuban culinary tour with a reservation for a special lunch with access to the hotel installations like the pool and the jungle path to the beach, a way to spend a great afternoon with friends and family at your Samsara. Please call.
Samsara is not just a little cozy hotel in the South Pacific region of Costa Rica, it is a magnificent blend of nature where the jungle and the ocean join forces together to create a unique experience. This aerial view of the property includes the main buildings where the rooms and the reception are located, the restaurant, the pool and the path through the jungle to the beach called Playa Colonia or Chaman. It gives you an idea of where the entire place which is surrounded by astonishing tropical forests with a private access to the ocean by the shores of the famous Marino Ballena Park. The distance between the hotel and the beach is barely 800 meters and the path within the forest goes along the little river crossing a hanging bridge and takes no more than a 10 minutes walk under the shady protection of the trees.
Samsara is being currently invaded by a band of white faced monkeys. They are all over the place, running through the railings and jumping on the electrical cables. At the end, this is their territory and we happen to be in the middle of it. Therefore we welcome them with an assortment of wild bananas that grow in our gardens even when our Chief Security Officer, our old lady Cosí, didn’t seem to be very happy about their visit.
Every morning I go for a walk through the jungle path and into the beach. Sometimes I take my dogs Cosí and Max with me and sometimes my wife Sibila goes with us too. The path is an amazing experience and it is different day by day because the jungle is alive and every time some new plant or some new creature can be spotted during the walk. It takes no more than 10 minutes to reach the beautiful beach, crossing a rustic hanging bridge over the little river that goes along the property and ending up on the sand, the ocean and the sky to watch the sunrise, the sun going up above the mountains and painting the whole beach with a surrealistic pattern of colors.
October is the month when the rainy season reaches its peak. It rains every single day and it rains a lot. People mostly despise the rain and associate it with wetness and cold. But the truth is that rain is as important as the sun for the life in our planet. Here in the tropics the rain is a refreshing force that makes the jungle feel even more alive. The plants reach their greenest colors and rain isn’t cold at all. A hike through the jungle under the rain to reach the beach at Samsara is an amazing spiritual experience. You feel the connection with life in the jungle in every pore of your naked skin. The forest smiles at you with the sound of the falling pouring rain and your body gets revitalized with this magical fluid from the sky. Just don’t be afraid of the rain, but embrace it as one if not the most important part of the cycle of life in our beloved home planet.