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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- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- 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
We just returned from Costa Rica and Pura Vida!
The El Mangroove is a lovely property with an amazing location and a great view. The rooms are quite spacious especially with the adjoining indoor/outdoor area that melds the indoors with the outdoors without leaving your room!
The lobby was quite welcoming and immediately immersed us into the relaxing atmosphere of the resort. This feeling continued into the outdoor restaurant, beyond the pool, which seemed to seemlessly and naturally connect the resort with the bay and ocean beyond. The beach area was quite spacious with an ample seating area and naturally protected from the sun. The whole resort reflected the natural inspiration of the surroundings-Pura Vida!
The food at the restaurant was exremely good and the service from Edward our waiter was great. He recommended a drink which was the best we had in Costa Rica!
This is a lovely hotel. Beautiful pool, great for kids. Nice rooms. Very friendly staff.
But for the price...
One day the room was not cleaned until 4:00pm.
Front desk not helpful. Made a reservation for 4 people in a suite, they had 1 person in the room and wanted to charge more. Charge for airport shuttle changed 3 times. Said it would be $80 but if others were in the van it would be split. Then it was $60. Then it was $40 because I was splitting with 1 person. That is what they charged me. Turned out 5 others were in the van.
Stayed here recently for 4 nights at the end our trip .. I would say it’s ok, I would give it a 3.5 if possible. I see this hotel as a base not a destination .. if you are using this hotel as a base to tour around, the it’s good .. if it’s your destination and only place for a week or so and plan on staying onsite, not the best choice.
Quite small as we expected, pool was a non event and full of kids. Love the hotel design, rooms are quirky but fun .. stayed in a superior habitat and deluxe root room. Given we were on the first floor found the hotel was loud with people above in both rooms and I’m usually a easy sleeper.
Lots of howlers around, no problem finding monkeys.
Restaurants were good, pricey but good and enjoyed what we ordered. Thought breakfast buffet was good ... not sure the price as we got it included as titanium members. Service through out was very inconsistent .. slow, we got incorrect drinks numerous times but drank them based on how long they took.
We liked he beach, I know some people don’t but we did .. just watch out for sea urchins when swimming.
Overall ok, but our least favourite hotel on this trip and past trips. We wouldn’t return ourselves just based on so many other/better options around for us.
Checked in today after a 4 hr drive. All we wanted to do is sit by pool. The "cabana side" had 2 out of the 6 cabanas taken and at least 10 chairs outside the cabanas. All open but bc they belong to the cabanas we were told no. The other side is first come first serve with maybe 15 chairs total. Even though the cabanas had no one in them nor reserved, we were told no. The beach has no umbrellas at all and maybe 5 chairs under a tree. Its 96 degrees out. How can they not supply beach umbrellas?? So far, not impressed. If I knew this I never would of booked this place. Not to mention there is absolutely not ac in the bathroom and closet area and it feels like a sauna.
The El Mangrove is a beautiful property. Our favorite parts were the unique room, the beach had good sun and shade options, and the abundance of wildlife including monkeys outside our room, birds, iguanas and even a lemur.
The drawbacks for us was the relatively small pool and the fact that the property was overrun by kids. So it was tough to enjoy the pool or be truly relaxed while in the public areas. In addition, the food and bar options were limited.
The location was very convenient for an early flight out of Liberia airport. It was also close to some great restaurants and breweries in Liberia, Playa de Hermosa, and Playa de Coco. So if you stay here, we would recommend renting a car and exploring the area.