JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort and Spa
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.
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
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.
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
Excellent -> Staff + Room + Grounds, Very Very Good-> Pool + Restaurants, Fair -> Location (far from popular tourist sites), Poor -> Beach Riptide & Sand Quality + Resort Fee (have to pay $30 a day for things you have zero interest in doing no opt out)
What a wonderful resort. From the moment you enter, you feel very welcomed.
Check-in process was very simple and quick. I used 2 of my suite night awards, that were accepted. We were given an ocean-front suite on the 3rd floor with great views of the ocean and pool. Plus, as a Titanium member, we given two metal water bottles as a thank you gift. Lastly, we selected the breakfast as our welcome gift (best choice). As we made our way to the room, we were given a welcome drink in a coconut shell.
The room was amazing. It had a large sitting room, 1.5 baths, separate bedroom with a king bed, walk-in closet and a large balcony overlooking the ocean and a partial view of the pool. Both rooms were very spacious and had a traditional hacienda feel that made if feel very cozy. The sitting room very comfortable, with a large couch and two chairs. The king bed was comfortable and we woke up refreshed. The bathroom was unreal, there was a separate “shower” room. The room also featured, 2 TVs, ceiling fans, a fridge, safe and 4 complementary bottles of waters daily.
It was so peaceful just sitting on the balcony, reading a book, listening to the waves crash on the beach.
We were there during low season, so there was no problem getting a lounge chair around the pool. The lounge chairs were very comfortable as they are padded and each set of chairs has an umbrella for shade with direct access to the pool. There is pool service for drinks and snacks, along with two restaurants near the pool. The grounds are beautiful and well kept. We did not venture into the ocean as it’s very rocky with riptides.
Food was good. Breakfast was the best meal we had. The buffet was extensive with a waffle station, omelet station, fruit station along with traditional beads, pastries, bacon, sausage and local cheeses. There are several restaurants on property but are only opened on a rotational basis. The chimichurri steak and burger were good at Azul. But if you really want a burger, go to Nau Lounge for a better menu and more choices. You can also order off the room service menu in Nau.
The service was fantastic, everyone we interacted with were friendly, engaging and helpful.
While I was a bit disappointed to see resort fees in Costa Rica, it was inevitable. The resort fee was $30 a day which included several planned activities throughout the week. We participated in the morning nature walk and sunset drink on the beach with appetizer. They also offer cooking classes, Spanish language class, bonfire and marshmallow on the beach, along with others.
Overall our stay was awesome and would certainly return for some rest and relaxation. Pura Vida
It was our first time at jw marriott and did not disappoint, we had a wonderful time at this hotel . From our check in and out the staff were amazing with my whole family .
Best tour operator
I highly recommend to book Pininos adventures , this family business are reliable company , I found this company by other reviews at this hotel and we could book some excursions as Atv tour, Round trip transfer and white water rafting , carlos and his staff were amazing and friendly .
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