The Preserve at Los Altos
What We Love
- Great for families and small groups; enormous suites have Pacific views and multiple balconies
- Infinity pool with shallow kids area and ocean panoramas
- 24-hour concierge and multilingual staff
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What To Know
- The property requests a photocopy of the passport of every guest (including children) staying at the hotel
- It's a steep hike down to the small, rocky beach
- Rates are quoted for two people, and there is a cost of $75 (plus 13 percent tax) to add guests to the Suites; see Details tab for more info
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Don’t let the modern buildings fool you into thinking you’re missing out on the quaint charm of a classic Costa Rican guesthouse. The Preserve at Los Altos Resort may look large, but it retains the low-key ambience that defines this part of the world. The location on a steep hillside off the main road means there’s nary another structure in sight, but this being Manuel Antonio, nature is never far away.
Bed and Bath
Each of the enormous units has floor-to-ceiling windows and multiple balconies with uninterrupted views of the ocean and the forest greens. The spacious units at Los Altos feature full kitchens and sprawling living rooms. The look is Balinese, which seems out of place at first, but the modern tropical art and posh furnishings blend well with the casual air of the main resort. The Penthouse Suites on the eighth floor are a whopping 4,200 square feet, and each has private elevator access, four bedrooms, three balconies and views toward the Pacific Ocean.
Though a private beach is the ultimate tropical accessory, the strip of sand just below Los Altos is often rocky and involves a steep hike down the cliffs from the propery. The good news is that with the resort’s enormous infinity pool overlooking the ocean, you will rarely feel the need to leave the pool. The resort’s open-air and tiled restaurant, Karolas, also has ocean and forest views, and its fresh Costa Rican menu is justifiably lauded, with an emphasis on fresh fish and local ingredients.
How to Get There
This hotel was such a lovely stay for my husband and I. Staff was very friendly, patient and accommodating. We were greeted w green smoothies by Cesar and Jonathan upon our arrival to the resort. Esau, Glenn, Aldo and chef Andre were incredible day in and out. The pool has a beautiful overlook - we even saw a sloth from the trees and a monkey made his way to the pool deck. The drinks are good (recommend the mojito!). Massage was nice! Although the restaurant was closed for renovations, the hotel made room service available at no extra cost for any inconvenience. We did a private dinner the first night in our ocean view room, which was quite spacious - The campus was very quiet and private with an elevator that opened directly to our room. It was a pleasure to run into staff members as they were all pleasant and very helpful. ¡Gracias, Los Altos!
Our family stayed for the weekend and we had a great experience. Accommodations are very comfortable, nature around is beautiful and all the staff is very kind. The room and all areas around are well maintained and clean. 100% recommended.
Los Altos is beautiful and has a wonderful staff. Everyone was very accommodating. The rooms are ginormous!! We were a group of three women and had more than enough room. The suites have two full baths and one half bath as well as a fully equipped kitchen. The dining and living area is spacious and a great place to congregate.
The complimentary breakfast buffet as plentiful. The pancake "artist" was a pleasant surprise!! The dinner menu is innovative and filled with lots of wonderful appetizers and entrees.
The hike to the private beach is well worth the trek. It's a fairly easy hike though there is one spot where you'll have to cross a narrow, shallow stream.
There are lots of shops and restaurants within walking distance if you want to get off property and explore.