There are a lot of fantastic places to stay in Costa Rica, but if you’re looking for something modern and stylish, you’ll be narrowing your options down to a very short list. The relatively new Mangroove Resort in the Guanacaste region up north defies the rustic jungle lodge look and is one of the most chic looking hotels in the country.
Just a short distance from the Liberia Airport, it offers a quick landing-to-pool transition that’s ideal for vacation-starved Americans trying to make the most of their too-short getaway. It’s possible to pick up your bags upon arrival and be enjoying a cool towel and welcome drink at Mangroove less than an hour later.
The 130-foot pool is the anchor of the property, extending down toward the beach and flanked by sculptures and lawn chairs. You can order food and drinks poolside or grab a table at the daytime restaurant.
The swanky El Mangroove Hotel rightfully takes pride in its two restaurants. The chef, an Argentinian native who worked at Jamie Oliver’s Michelin starred restaurant in London, whipped up a creative menu with fresh and light dishes. The kitchens aim to use only farm-to-table or ocean-to-table ingredients. This means seafood lovers will rejoice as they indulge in a variety of flavors and textures beyond typical Costa Rican at Matiss. The diced yellowfin tuna, octopus ceviche, and grilled prawn tacos are just a few of the mouthwatering dishes to feast on while looking out at the ocean.
There are several room styles to choose from among the 85 units here. Like the food, most rise well above the norm for Costa Rica. They start at a generous 485 square feet, with a hammock in the lounging area. Expect large TVs, wireless phones with video, Apple device docking stations, and rain showers. The top suite has it’s own pool and deck with multiple bedrooms.
The beach is black sand and not very large, but the waters are calm here, making it a good choice for kids and for people who want to kayak and paddleboard. Rentals of these items are not included, but Mangroove does offer complimentary bikes and a kids club.
The resort, part of the Autograph Collection, is built and operated in a sustainable way, earning the top “5 leaves” designation. It has plenty of strong competition in this Papagayo area, but it attracts younger urbanites looking for style and sophistication.
See our full review of this luxury Guanacaste boutique beach resort: El Mangroove.