Alma Del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- Daily continental breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Private villas with terraces, gardens and some with plunge pools
- Open-air thatch-roofed restaurant using garden ingredients and a seaside spa with organic treatments
- Art is a big theme here: Rooms are filled with original paintings, mosaics and tapestries
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What To Know
- Villas have WiFi and TVs; cell phone service is spotty, but you're here to relax and take things down a notch
- There can be riptides on Playa Esterillos, but you can take a dip in the two back-to-back swimming pools or work on your tan at the beach
- Located halfway between Jaco Beach and Manuel Antonio National Park
- If you're renting a car, we recommend reserving one with a GPS
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Less than two hours from San Jose, Alma del Pacifico sits on four landscaped acres flanked by jungle and the Pacific Ocean. A top-to-toe revamp in 2011 added a slew of modern amenities, including TVs, WiFi and a beach bar, but the signature multicolored buildings, eclectic artwork, organic cuisine and blissfully chill vibe remain undisturbed.
Bed and Bath
The open-plan Garden Villas are a spacious 455 square feet, with large terraces, private walled gardens, arching wood plank ceilings, huge windows and sitting areas. Art is a big theme here, and each room is filled with original paintings, mosaics and tapestries; even indoor/outdoor bathrooms are done up with colorful mosaic tiles. Villas have King beds, though families or groups can request the handful of rooms with two Full beds, and all have built in daybeds for lounging away from the two pools or beach.
Open-air Mosaic Restaurant serves up a seafood-heavy menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with many dishes using ingredients grown in the hotel’s own organic gardens and orchard. Or go for lighter bites and cocktails at the Beach Bar — perfectly positioned to watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean. For activities away from the chocolate and gray sands of Playa Esterillos, book a treatment in the four-room spa, take a dip in the two back-to-back swimming pools or explore the acres of wildlife-filled rainforest that surrounds the resort.
In the Area
Manuel Antonio National Park is worth a visit, but you should also check out Carara National Park, about 15 miles north of Jacó. Dense and wet, the park is home to plenty of animals, including one of the largest populations of wild scarlet macaws in the region. Alternatively, Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls is a privately owned 50-acre botanical refuge with nearly 600-foot waterfalls (said to be the tallest in the country). For less active pursuits, head about 30 minutes up the coast to Jacó — a fun (if somewhat seedy) surfer town with a bevy of bars, clubs and discos to get your ears ringing again. For a memorable meal on the hillside of Manuel Antonio, check out El Avión, built inside an old airplane that was shot down by the Sandinista army in Nicaragua. Meals can be hit-or-miss, but the drinks are excellent.
How to Get There
we had a room with a pool, overlooking the beach. it doesn't get much better. about 20 minutes from jaco, so we were there almost every day. the people at alma were accommodating in every request we made. all in all, a great place.
Spent 4 nights here in November at the end of our tour round Costa Rica and loved every minute of it. We had a deluxe beachfront villa and we’re glad we’d invested in this as the plunge pool and view to and sound from the sea 100m away was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever stayed. The setting is so tranquil, plenty of resident animals pottering round the grounds, and miles of unspoilt beach in both directions. The restaurant is good quality and reasonably priced, and the staff were all very friendly. The room was nicely decorated with artwork and very comfortable. All in all a very satisfying and relaxing 4 days on the coast, well located for visiting anywhere within Puntarenas.
This hotel is wonderful and the restaurant serves delicious food. We had a beachfront room which was super spacious and clean. Each room was designed for comfort and privacy and they definitely succeeded with this. The grounds are extremely well kept and the staff are super friendly. There are two pools which were very relaxing with fountains and felt private from the rooms.
During certain months of the year (we were there in early November) you can see a stunning colorful sunset from your room or from the beach in front of the restaurant. It goes down during happy hour which is an added plus! The restaurant at Alma was nothing short of delicious! Every meal or app we had was delicious and the portions are large enough for two people to split. One night we were craving pizza, so I asked the front desk if there was a local pizza place which would deliver (we saw signs on the roads while going there of local places). She called them, but they did not have enough people working that night to deliver, so she said she asked one of the guys working in their restaurant to go out and pick up pizza for us. He even delivered it right to our room! This showed us their dedication to customer satisfaction.
We spent one day at the spa as well, which was heavenly! We enjoyed couples massages which were the best we've ever had! The therapists were not English speaking but they did a wonderful job finding problem areas and making you feel relaxed and comfortable. I would highly recommend! We also did the surfing lessons and horseback riding through the hotel. Both were great and the guides met you on the beach directly in front of the hotel which was very convenient. We had a car, but since we had been traveling around CR the week prior, we didn't feel the need to leave Alma at all. Other people staying there felt they wanted a car to visit surrounding attractions such as Manuel Antonio, or to get to/from the San Jose airport (it's about $150 per way with a private driver), so you would spend about the same getting a rental car for your stay.
Overall, I would highly recommend a stay at Alma. It was absolutely beautiful, had a very welcoming staff, and has a lot to do for all types of visitors.
This hotel is wonderful and the restaurant is magnificent. The rooms are spacious, clean and colourful. The indoor and outdoor shower set up is genius and it’s great having your own garden if you want to be away from people. The grounds are stunning and so well kept. The wildlife and flowers are incredible and the pools provide great respite from the heat. The beach front provides a great vista and striking sunset. (The surf isn’t always great-chunky and messy at times; better on the high tide but here are plenty of other spots nearby). The restaurant is clean and cool and the food is simply excellent. The staff throughout the hotel and spa are hospitable, friendly and welcoming. There is nothing less than 5 star about this hotel.
The hotel was beautiful bu thinkI said the beach was nice in August, but it was actually December. I couldnt find how to go back and change the review. Great beach, nice people, beautiful!! We’ll definitlg go again.