El Mangroove, Marriott Autograph Collection, Resort & Spa
What We Love
- Modern, comfy units feature open-air living rooms with quirky local art and hammocks
- The culinary director of on-site Makoko restaurant is the former head chef at Barbecoa, Jamie Oliver’s Michelin-starred restaurant in London
- The outdoor center at the beach rents light-up paddleboards for sunset journeys
- The mixologist nails the cocktails; don’t miss the Porn Star, a bubbly passion fruit and vanilla vodka concoction
What To Know
- The property opened in February 2014
- December through April is dry season: brown landscape, no rain. May through November is green but can be wet
- Although the hotel is only 20 minutes from the Liberia airport, adventurous guests should rent cars
- Pulsating electro house music gives the place a South Beach vibe
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- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Perched beside a mangrove wetland on the chocolate sand shores of Playa Panama, El Mangroove is 17 acres of pure sexy (think in-room pleasure kits and free condoms). The whimsical resort features 85 sleek units, two mouthwatering restaurants, a spa, a gym and a long, cabana-flanked swimming pool, all dreamed up by It architect Ronald Zürcher. Aside from carnal pursuits, the focus is on food and drink. By day, the Matiss restaurant offers light and playful dishes in an oceanfront sandbox setting. By night, spectacular cocktails are stirred up in the pulsating, open-air lounge before some truly epic feasts. Try the Worcester glazed short rib with apple-jalapeño puree and rosemary breadcrumbs, but save room for the fierce chocolate cheesecake for dessert.
In the Area
Ensconced between the opulent Pagagayo Peninsula and the bustling Playa del Coco, Playa Panama offers a tranquil setting to swim, kayak, snorkel, paddleboard, bike, boat and hike. It’s also a great base to fly through trees and explore volcanoes. Golfers will be well served by the nearby Arnold Palmer signature golf course, and serious scuba divers shouldn’t miss a trip to the shark-friendly Bat Islands. For an urban adventure and hiking combo, try the Santa Rosa National Park & Liberia City Tour.
How to Get There
Stayed 1 night and then back for 2 nights. Beautiful property and great staff. First night had a room by the pool and loved it, 1 bedroom with seating area on loser floor. Big bathroom and shower. Had a Junior suite for the 2 nights, first room nicer. Pool area is nice other than not enough lounge chairs, many say reserved by cabanas and no one there. Loved they had suntan lotion stations by the pool.
Resturant breakfast buffet was amazing, but when we can back only had a menu. Being there are no other restaurants nearby, the dinner menu is nice, but small. Maybe more than one special o mix it up if you are there for more then a couple day.
Over all, would stay there again.
I think the biggest issue we had was transitioning here from nayara resort which was out of this world in every way. If we started at this hotel first we probably would have thought it was nice and fine, but coming from nayara the rooms felt small and cold. It definitely has an upscale Marriott feel with better design and the rooms are clean and feel newish but very small. The sitting room was great. Food was eh and expensive. The design of the property was trendy and cool, but not always practical (shower didn’t drain well because of design, sinks were annoying to brush teeth in, cool chairs were placed in weird places, etc). Pool was too hot and having kids around definitely changed the vibe. They charge for really lame cabana... why. Struggled with customer service a few times and the people were not as nice or accommodating as other places we stayed. Overall it is an ok place to stay because it’s clean and pretty and I’d recommend if you are on a budget, but there are definitely properties that have a more romantic and magical feeling in Costa Rica.
Our stay was 2 nights and we were there with a trip arranged by Adventures By Disney. The room was clean and well maintained. The hammock in the sitting room is more for a novelty than actually useful because it is not stable, is not properly hung, and is very uncomfortable....but it is a nice touch. A short walk will take you to the beach and the open-air restaurants were quite pleasant. The morning breakfast buffet had a very nice variety of selections and was nicely presented. The grounds were very nice for strolling, but the property is not within walking distance of anything else. The staff was very friendly and helpful.