A hip, hot boutique hotel in Costa Rica
Located on Costa Rica’s prime Papagayo Bay on the country’s Pacific coast, El Mangroove is a hip boutique hotel situated on 17 acres of beachfront forest surrounded by preserved mangroves. Tucked in the province of Guanacaste — known for its pristine shoreline, beautiful mountain ranges, and stunning golden sunsets — the luxury resort’s vibe is private, serene and undeniably stylish. Guests, including families, couples and friends on holiday, are catered to here by an attentive staff while they relax by the pool, dine at one of two restaurants, unwind at the spa or get adventurous participating in Costa Rica’s many outdoor exploits.
This unique Central American boutique hotel blends modern design with its lush surroundings — it features 85 spacious suites boasting mangrove and ocean views from private oversized terraces with quirky suspended chairs. Simple luxury seems to be the goal in the décor, which includes contemporary bohemian furnishings and regional artwork in rooms and throughout the resort. Bathrooms are a real treat with airy walk-in showers and dual rain showerheads, but you may prefer bathing in the private outdoor shower instead. The separate living spaces make rooms comfortable, especially for those who like to lounge in privacy. For an extra treat, splurge on a suite with an indoor/outdoor living room complete with a hammock and plunge pool.
As a fully sustainable resort, El Mangroove follows a farm-to-table creed, featuring fresh, locally sourced foods and organic ingredients. The menus are sprinkled with regional dishes crafted from a fusion of traditional recipes and a modern, updated presentation. During the day, dine at Matiss, the hotel’s laid-back oceanfront beach eatery set on sand with an adjacent teak deck. It serves light fare, such as addictive fish tempura tacos dressed up with papaya relish, and a fruit-filled list of cocktails, smoothies and juices. At night, enjoy live music and a DJ at the open-air bar before heading to Makoko, the sexy indoor/outdoor restaurant serving contemporary dishes like confit duck ragout and hamachi curado.
This stylish resort’s focal point is the 130-foot long fresh-water, black-tiled pool that faces the beach and is flanked by private cabanas and lounge chairs. Decked out with sofas and flat-screen TVs, the cabanas offer private waiter service and mini massages. Hit the spa for an outdoor massage amid the mangroves, or sign up for yoga on the beach, snorkeling, or paddleboarding. Boxed meals can be prepared for a sunset cruise around the bay. The onsite boutique touts fashionable beachwear from local and international designers, but if you want true local flavor, take a shuttle ride to the nearby beach town El Coco.