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What We Love

  • The whopping 23,000-square-foot infinity pool mere steps from the golden sand of Playa Mansita
  • On-site spa features an open-air, palapa-topped massage room and a Vichy shower
  • Spacious balconies offer breathtaking views of the ocean and tropical flora
  • Access to a top-notch golf course as well as a beach club at nearby Playa Avellanas
  • Shuttles to popular local beaches and other attractions run regularly
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What To Know

  • Located within Hacienda Pinilla, a residential beach and golf community
  • WiFi costs $14 extra per day
  • Costa Rica’s dry season lasts from December to April; during the rest of the year it can rain for several hours a day
  • The hotel is very family-friendly; there’s a playground, a clubhouse and a JW Adventure kids program that runs activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Golf Course
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

A plush colonial hotel on Costa Rica’s wild west coast complete with open-air plazas, oversize hammocks and plenty of old hacienda charm.

The Look

From the open-air plazas to the chunky stone walls to the red roof tiles, this resort on the edge of the 4,500-acre Hacienda Pinilla exudes the charm of an old hacienda by the sea. Designed by Costa Rica’s most famous architect, Ronald Zurcher, this 310-unit colonial compound was planned to preserve history and celebrate nature. Windswept palms dot the grounds, tropical dry forest surrounds the property, and the open-air design invites a refreshing ocean breeze.

Bed and Bath

The guestrooms measure 592 square feet, and all come with a view (ocean, garden or pool). Down comforters top the beds, marble glistens in the bathrooms, and 37-inch flat-screen TVs are mounted on the soothing, cream-colored walls. The sizable balconies are perfect for curling up with a good book or simply admiring the resort’s expansive back yard.

Beyond

The twisting system of oceanfront pools and bridges is among the best in the country, and the poolside Azul Grill serves incredible seafood — most notably the ceviche with lime, orange juice, coriander and onion presented in a coconut. Also recommended is the Asian fusion restaurant Tamarine, and the steakhouse, Sabanero, where a juicy tenderloin paired with a full-bodied red will have you ready to ride a horse across Pinilla, hooting like a Guanacaste cowboy.

How to Get There

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa
Playa Mansita, Hacienda Pinilla
Pinilla, undefined Costa Rica

Reviews

Excellent place!
799lilan

We’ve been there twice. Last time some days ago. Beside that the sand of the beach is not super nice, the hotel is really beautiful. Rooms are big, breakfast is superb and the service in general is beyond a top end hotel.
This resort is great to to with family!
Really child friendly.
We’ll be back again!

Our paradise
LLeonL

Some friends recommended this hotel, we loved everything, great hospitality, large room with many gadgets, very nice view, we loved the beach and its big waves, great comfort, high quality breakfast, several restaurants with superb Service and many choices, we loved our stay and if one day we have the chance to come back to Costa Rica we will stay here again

Beautiful property...all to ourselves
scottsteam

Kayaking....surf lessons, snorkeling....and about a half mile of beach all to ourselves. Crystal clear pool, not quite a swim up bar, but lots of service that'll get you whatever you need. Great Calimari, shrimp tacos, fresh fish and endless flavors of margaritas. Relaxing enough to safe our strength for the next day-trip into Tamarindo beach...Sushi, Shrimp Hole (restaurant), surf and sand...LOTS of international tourists havin fun and sun.