In your room at El Mangroove, you may forget you’re in Costa Rica and feel like a Wall Street executive in a penthouse suite in Manhattan—except for the hammock in the living room. The king-size bed is plush, the TV is huge, the minibar is stocked, the furniture is modern, the art is chic, the Internet is high-speed, and everything is new. There’s even a walk-in closet, connecting to the shower. This luxury hotel has a 24-hour gym, a full service spa, an adventure center, a kids’ club, and a long, narrow pool perfect for swimming laps. Next to the pool are cabanas with comfy couches, TVs, and minibars, and just beyond is a serene beach with waves gentle enough for a toddler and a stunning view of the serene Papagayo Gulf. The 5-star resort, designed by the celebrated architect Ronald Zurcher, has been awarded “5 Leaves” in the Certification for Sustainable Tourism program. Matiss and Makoko restaurants, overseen by culinary director Sebastian La Rocca, who was once Jamie Oliver’s right-hand man, are outstanding. And if you’re in the mood for a midnight snack, indulge in the 24-hour room service.
Playa Hermosa› Hotel
Playa Panamá, Papagayo Gulf
Our Rating Neighborhood Around Town Phone 855/219-9371 from the U.S. and Canada, 2105-7575 in Costa Rica Prices Standard rooms $253–$286, master suites $307–$482, plus tax and $20 resort fee Units 85 suites Amenities Free valet parking, 2 restaurants; 2 bars; spa; gym; kids zone; tour operator; car rental; pool; free Wi-Fi Web site El Mangroove
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