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
I attended a wedding with my daughter and everything was amazing at the Alma. Our room on the Pacific and listening to the surf at night was so soothing, along with the beautiful landscaping, spacious rooms (so private), private pool, very nice spa and services and pools. The open air dining with ocean views and yummy food and nice drink menu added to the friendly staff and service. Breakfast was included and all our meals, including the wedding appetizers and meal was fantastic. The resort is private and quiet yet close to adventures such as white water rafting and Manuel Antonio Park. This was an awesome place for a smaller venue like Gabe & Nissa's wedding as it was just the wedding party at the resort which made it even more special!
Our group came to Costa Rica for a week in paradise for a wedding, and we’re compl blown away by the Alma Del Pacifico. The rooms are stunning, unique, and equipped with everything you’d need to stay a few days or a few months. You will fall in love with the artistry and bright colors of the resort. The landscaping is immaculate with an amazing crew of friendly groundskeepers. Many of the villas have their own plunge pools looking directly out to the ocean. The staff was just unbelievable in their attention to detail and clear pride in their work. Nothing here is “basic”. The breakfast is an amazing way to kickstart your day of adventures. We did surf lessons, horseback rides on the beach, boogie boarding, swimming and spa treatments steps from our room. Evelyn in reservations will be your “go-to” for everything, and her dazzling smile and kind demeanor will bring even more sunshine to your trip! The Alma is perfectly situated close to sights (Manuel Antonio, Jaco are just a quick drive) but is private and quiet so that you feel like you have landed on your own private island. If you are a “foodie”, the food here will not disappoint. All 32 people in our group had rave reviews about every meal we ate. Freddy and the staff were charming and impeccable with their service. For the wedding, they were dazzling with their details and perfect execution. Katherine made sure the flowers and tablescapes were breathtaking, and every brides dream come true. Fernando will honor your day with his touching officiating. I could go on and on, but you need to see this pristine slice of paradise for yourselves. You will fall in love as much as we did!
Gabe and Nissa Walker
My bff and I are total hotel snobs. We first stayed here in November 2015 and absolutely feel in LOVE with the hotel and the staff. Everything from the food to the drinks to the staff and the service is always perfect. So perfect that we declared this is the only place we could stay in Costa Rica, so when we decided to go back in May (2018)it was a no brainer as to where we would stay. Our second stay was just as amazing as the first. As we expected, everything was still above par. Upon check in we were greeted by the super friendly staff and delicious drinks. Check-in was super quick and easy. They even escort you to your room to make sure everything is perfect. Just as we did in 2015, we stayed in Beachfront villa which has an amazing view of the ocean which is literally only 100 yards away from the room. The room decor is very bright and vibrant and we loved waking up to the ocean due to the huge sliding glass windows in the rooms. We did a lot of activities but the room was cleaned every day. There was even a different animal made from towels and fresh flowers on the bed every day when we returned from our adventures. This is a boutique hotel with only 20 or so rooms so it is never crowded and makes the service so much more personable. All of the staff were amazing. Super friendly and did whatever they could to make our trip that much more enjoyable. They will even bring your cocktails out to beach where you can relax in one of the many hammocks. The food is also delicious! So much so that we only ate outside of the hotel once out of the 6 days we were there. We tried almost every item off the menu and were very happy with all of our choices - especially the margaritas especial! The property is very safe, well lit and simply gorgeous.I will not stay at another hotel in Costa Rica and highly recommend staying at Alma del Pacifico on your visit to Costa Rica. We are already planning our next trip back!
We first stayed here in November 2015 and the hotel was amazing, everything from the food to the staff and service. We loved it so much that this is the only hotel we wanted to stay at when we visited Costa Rica again in May 2018. As we expected, everything was still above par. Upon check in we were greeted with delicious, cold refreshing drinks which were much needed because of the sun and heat. Check-in was a breeze and afterwards we were shown to our villa. In 2015 we had the Deluxe Beachfront Villa and in 2018 we had the Beachfront villa. Both were amazing and we loved the vibrant colors, open shower concept, stained glass windows. This is a boutique hotel so is never overly crowded with a million people. This makes the service much better! You get to know the staff and vice versa. Everyone is so accommodating. The food is also delicious! I think between the two of us, we tried most of the menu and were very happy with all of our choices - including the margaritas and other drinks we ordered...which were a lot! Since the hotel practically has a private beach, you can always get a hammock and there is beach service as well. We did a lot of activities but the room was cleaned every day and each day, there was an animal made from a towel and fresh flowers around it on the bed. On our last night, we met one of the owners, Fernando and he was amazing as well and made our last night very fun and even included the staff. It felt like a close knit operation. I will not stay at another hotel in Costa Rica and highly recommend staying at Alma del Pacifico on your visit to Costa Rica. I'll be back for sure!
Each Villa is a separate building, no shared walls. Each has its own garden area I assume) for Total privacy for tanning.
Great twin AIR conditioning units.
Beach is like having tour own place on earth, nobody! One of my best finds by far! Booked one night, stayed 2. Great food. Superior staff.