Set in 17 acres of colourful gardens and with 150 metres of prime beachfront, El Mangroove is a great place to sit back and let everyday cares and worries melt away. Set on the photogenic Gulf of Papagayo, this resort offers comfort, style and a range of facilities. You'll be able to try your hand at water-sports, enjoy beach picnics, sunbathe, take long walks in the gardens and explore the area by bike.
Suites are spacious with ample indoor and outdoor space, pleasantly secluded and cooled by air conditioning and ceiling fans. All have flat-screen TV, WiFi, iPad and iPod dock, hot drinks maker and minibar. Bathrooms feature dual rain showers, which are wonderfully refreshing. Some also have plunge pools and direct beach access.
The treetop spa offers an enticing menu of treatments which you can enjoy on the private massage deck, open to the sea breeze. Fitness enthusiasts will enjoy working out at the gym, with indoor and outdoor areas and a personal trainer available to supervise programmes.
There are two restaurants, one offering creative contemporary cuisine and the other specialising in fish and seafood. You can dine inside or al fresco by the pool or beach, as you prefer.
Open: El Mangroove is open all year.
Location: The hotel is on the Papagayo Peninsula on the north Pacific coast, in Guanacaste province. Liberia airport is a 20-minute drive away, and San Jose airport is about 4-hours drive from the hotel. The popular town of El Coco is 15-minutes away by car.
Rooms: There are 85 suites located throughout the grounds, in 5 categories: Nesto, Bark, Root, Canopy and El Mangle. All have air-conditioning and a ceiling fan, TV, phone, WiFi, iPad/iPhone dock, minibar, safe, hot drinks facilities, hair dryer, en-suite bathroom and indoor and outdoor space. All are light and airy. The top of the range El Mangle suite has a terrace, sun deck and plunge pool.
Activities: Water-based activities include paddle boarding, surfing and kayaking. The hotel has boats for trips along to the coast and to other beaches. On land you can explore by bike. Canopy tours, horse riding, river rafting, bird watching, hiking and golf can be arranged in the locality.
Facilities: There's a lovely swimming pool with a sunbathing area with cabanas where you can shelter from the sun and enjoy facilities such as TV, fridge for cool drinks and sofa. There is a lounge and a lobby with swing chairs. The hotel is set in 17 acres of grounds and occupies 150 metres of prime seafront. The Beach Spa is perched in the treetops with indoor and outdoor areas for massages and other spa treatments such as reflexology, facials and body wraps. There's a well-equipped gym where you can work out in private, with a trainer or as part of a class. There is a gift shop.
Dining: There are 2 restaurants. Makoko specialises in modern food and has a children's menu, and is the venue for the daily buffet breakfast. Matiss offers casual dining by the beach outdoors beneath a thatched roof and is open for lunch and dinner. Meals are eaten at individual tables at both locations. There are 2 bars, 1 attached to each restaurant.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Makoko offers a children's menu.
Health: Other than the province of Limon, Costa Rica has low to no risk of malaria.
Communications: There is WiFi internet access in guest rooms and public areas.
"Just my opinion! I loved the area, the dry forest and sea were super and both were full of weird and wonderful animals. The hotel was soul-less, the food was mediocre but far worse than that was the fact that animals were drowning in their ornamental ponds and when I pointed this out they told me they would implement my idea of a small plank of wood in one corner, so the creatures could crawl out. The very next day I found they preferred their solution of poisoning everything in each and every pool with bleach! I won't be going back here but the good points were the pool and bar staff, the super cabanas by the pool and the kayaks."