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
This rather idiosyncratic hotel worked perfectly for our last night in Costa Rica. The rooms are huge and extremely comfortable with lovely beach views. We loved the beach gardens, the fabulous warm sea and pools set in lovely gardens. Although quite expensive, the restaurant served very well prepared, fresh fish and side dishes.
We felt the hotel would be especially good for families.
Our stay at Alma del Pacifico was a fantastic getaway for our honeymoon. The hotel staff were friendly, helpful, professional, and fun! The restaurant was a convenient, delicious option, and we thoroughly enjoyed the unique beachfront suite. Would definitely return! Thank you!
My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The hotel is beautiful. The rooms are comfortable. The service was very good. The food excellent. The massage on the beach was relaxing. Conveniently located.
This property is a little off the beaten but well worth the trip. It is approximately 2 hour from SJO airport and the hotel can arrange transportation to /from airport (advised to do this you can rent a car once there). The villas are spacious and beautiful decorated as the entire property is with artwork from a variety of artists. The beaches are beautiful black sand and go on forever if you like to walk off the great meals served at their restaurant. The staff is professional and very helpful in any and all types of requests are addressed quickly. For those who own a Firestick device for the tv it is advised to bring since there are only a few stations broadcast in English. Cannot recommend this place enough
Alma del Pacifico was absolutely outstanding, from the unexpected "Welcome drink" to the beauty and serenity of the beach, to the wonderful hospitality and well-appointed room. We have no complaints and will definitely return one day!