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
- 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
Helpful and courteous staff can make all the difference between a nice holiday and a perfect one! We were a small group of three sisters celebrating a milestone birthday, so we booked the Explore & Relax Girls Getaway Package. From the concierge to the beach bartender we felt well looked after. The waiting staff at Karolas Restaurant were delightful and the gardener was thoughtful enough to point out to us a three-toed sloth high up in the trees. How exciting!
The views from the yoga platform and the road to the beach were breathtaking. Swimming in the ocean and relaxing poolside we’re daily programs. Our guide at Manuel Antonio Preserve was knowledgeable, courteous and very professional. The catamaran sunset tour was fun!
Would highly recommend.
My family of four visited for our spring break for six nights and absolutely loved los altos. The staff is super friendly and helpful. Fabio and Aldo were especially bright stars among many. The condos were very spacious, comfortable and impeccably clean with fabulous patios to enjoy the view.
The only thing we did not like about this property was the lunch we had poolside. The menu was limited and the food was not good. However every meal we had in the actual restaurant was very good especially the complementary breakfast where the chef will make pancakes in the shape of toucans and sloths.
We spent the day alternating between the gorgeous beach and the gorgeous pool! Be aware that you must take a quick shuttle down to the beach because the walk is extremely steep. This turned out to not be a problem for our family as the staff is very responsive when you ask for a shuttle.
Los Altos location is also great. We could easily walk to a supermarket and a variety of excellent restaurants.
Los Altos Resort is in the heart of Manuel Antonio—crown jewel of Costa Rica’s eco-tourism.Iconic birds and wildlife are found in abundance In Manuel Antonio including the Preserve at Los Altos. Los Altos provides world class accommodations, staff and service for its guests. We found the staff at Los Altos hotel, restaurant, pool, spa, and beach to be friendly, helpful and
Good location, not easy to find it. Very good breakfast and pool, also very good the service to the private beach.
Main problem form my point of view is that the view from the apartements in the lower floors is bad and all the main rooms have a bad view to a wall
You won’t be disappointed. Lots of amenities and luxurious condo. A private beach is available. Since it is a fairly long walk on a steep path, the resort provides transportation and they gave us towels to use for our fishing excursion. The resort is also close to many restaurants and the shopping district.