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
What a vacation! We booked because the property looked so beautiful in photos (it is) ... but we'll go back because the service was bar-none. The staff were never pushy but helpful. Additionally, we enjoyed all meals, the beach, the pool, the spa and boat excursions (seeing no less than dolphins, whales, and monkeys!). No other hotel experience has compared.
This hotel is situated on a beautiful bay with black sand beaches. The rooms are gorgeous. The staff is wonderful. The food was excellent.
It’s one of those places where I’m hesitant to write a positive review because I want to keep it myself.
My wife and I would like to return as soon as possible.
We’d like to especially thank Kattia, Diego, Bernardo, Meyling, Javier and Fu Kwai.
My wife rated her massage as best ever. That’s a really big deal. Thank you Raquel and Jorleny. She selected Hot stone.
I only wish we could have stayed longer.
We stayed here for two nights and it was our second visit to this property. We like the fact that the hotel is a 10 minute drive from Liberia Airport and very quick and easy to access. Check in was a breeze and they even let us check in at 8 am as our flight arrived at that time. As we are platinum elite status we would have loved an upgrade but never received one as the hotel was quite full. The Pool is great and service is solid. We had no problems getting sun beds or space in the pool. Our only complaint is the Guacamole where they literally give you ten normal size chips and a scoop of guacamole for the bargain price of $12 US. The restaurant in the hotel is good and breakfasts were solid off the menu and from the buffet. There a lots of restaurants nearby too that you can drive too. We will be back for sure in the future.