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
We had a large family reunion here just last week, and did not want to leave at the end of our stay! We ended up getting two, three bedroom apartments on the same floor, and there was the perfect amount of space for four couples with five kids among them. The layout of the apartments was wonderful, allowing early risers or night owls some quiet space in the kitchen, living room and balcony area where they would not bother others.
The pool area is gorgeous, and the side wading pools are great for kids without annoying adults who are trying to swim or relax. The pool bar and grill have really fresh, delicious food. You will pay a premium price for drinks and food, but they are served poolside in paradise, so you are definitely getting what you pay for. Similarly the on-site restaurant, Karolas, had great offerings for every meal. The breakfast was off menu several mornings and then they switched to a large buffet for the last few days we were there. The kids adored the pancakes, which are made to order and featured cows, butterflies, birds and even a bat by special request. The chef actually looked up a video on how to make the bat when my daughter asked.
All of the staff at the hotel were accommodating, warm and very friendly. They learned our names, knew how we liked our coffee and beverages, and went out of their way to help with planning excursions and taxis, making restaurant recommendations, and fixing any problems that arose.
All in all, we had an amazing family trip that turned into a true vacation for the adults as well!
Huge, excellent apartments. Great pool, central to all the local eating places and sites. Would thoroughly recommend. Particular mention to Cesar, Fabio and the rest of the extremely helpful and courteous front desk team.
Charming apartments with sea view, the apartments are large, new and luxuriously decorated. The hotel has a beautiful pool, gym and games room and beach . The hotel staff is always nice and helpful in everything. Including an organization of attractions in the area. We enjoyed it very much. Will be happy to return.
We were welcomed with a refreshing drink and a cool cloth to freshen up upon arrival. Location was great, easy to get to a variety of tours and activities, wildlife was seen on site! Delicious breakfasts with fun pancakes! Service was excellent. I enjoyed a day at the spa and was totally pampered. Would recommend to family and friends!
Los Altos is an unbelievable resort. First And foremost the staff is exceptional. Incredibly attentive, very well versed in the local attractions, as well as everything the hotel has to offer. If you take the time to get to know them they'll make you feel like family.
The rooms themselves are absolutely beautiful. Very modern, and our suite had every convenience you could ask for. The view of the ocean and the trees was breathtaking.
Whether it's breakfast, dinner, or a quick bite out by the pool, the food on offer is divine.
The front desk even had someone go out and get me crutches after I very embarrassingly fell off a surf board.
I will never stay anywhere else in Manuel Antonio.
P.S. surfing incident not related to Los Altos Resort, outside purveyor.