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Destination: Santa Teresa, Mal Pais

Roll up your yoga mat and go directly to Olam at Hotel Nautilus for your super food fix. The organic, gluten-free restaurant has just the healthy recipes to keep your beach body nourished during your Santa Teresa escapades.

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Smoothies are all the rage in town; and Olam's loading its 100 percent organic drinks with fresh local produce, hearty nuts, garden-grown herbs, protein powders, chia seeds, spirulina, goji berries and cacao.

So, load up on our favorite drinkable vitamins:

  • Magic C smoothie, $4, orange lemon, goji berries, honey, banana

  • Berries Heaven smoothie, $6, mixed berries, banana and cashews

  • Immune boost juice, $5, apple, beet, celery, carrot, ginger.

  • Organic mint and ginger lemonade, $3

Save space after your smoothie for a gluten-free savory pancake, $9, feta goat cheese, roasted bell peppers, red onion, served with a small organic lettuce salad, or serenity, $6, fresh bananas topped with oatmeal, cinnamon, coconut, served with a side of homemade sweet tahini sauce.

Come back after tanning on the beach for healthy and light sandwiches: Antipasti, $8, roasted veggies, feta, pesto, kalamata olives and tomatoes on whole wheat ciabatta, or Hot Mushrooms, $8, onion, parsley, garlic, goat cheese, fresh tomatoes, Dijon mustard in gluten-free yucca (also known as cassava or tapioca) flour wrap — both served with cabbage, cucumber and tomato side salad.

Meditate for a while and then go order a late afternoon snack: Mediterranean salad, $10, couscous, chopped parsley, mint, onion, tomatoes, creamy Labne cheese, or Shakshuka feast, $8, two sunny-side-up eggs in tomato and garlic sauce, served with tahini, freshly baked bread and a small side salad.

Make sure you ask for the daily baked treats; there may just be a chocolate muffin, slice of raw cake, or gluten-free peanut butter bite calling your name — and you wouldn't want to be so rude to ignore it.


Hand woven mandalas sway with the breeze under the shaded cafe-style restaurant, where you can sit at wooden tables on cushions. Olam's soundtrack's a unique mix of pop-song covers and the faint sound of yogis sending salutations to the universe upstairs on the Hotel Nautilus yoga deck.


All that mind-clearing yoga must be paying off; everyone smiles constantly and you can feel the positive energy right away when you show up.


Breakfast $5-$9; Lunch: $6-10; Smoothies/Juices: $3-$6


7 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Saturday

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