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“At the Gilded Iguana, Studio Saxe has designed a verdant complex that builds on nature – instead of building over it.”


The Gilded Iguana

Nosara isn’t your typical tourist town. The Costa Rican village on the banks of the Pacific Ocean is much better known as a hub of yoga and meditation – not to mention some of the world’s best surfing – than a raucous Spring Break destination. Reflecting the village’s bucolic character, Nosara’s Gilded Iguana Hotel is a retreat that reinforces a sense of tranquility, and a connection to nature, through its architecture, with the ethos best epitomized by the resort’s graceful yet striking new athletic centre.

For Costa Rica’s own Studio Saxe, the project offered an opportunity to refine a familiar aesthetic. As the designers of the Gilded Iguana’s guest rooms and communal spaces (completed in 2018), they saw the athletic centre as the next step in the resort’s evolution.


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