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
- READ MORE: Find your perfect Costa Rica vacation
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
We spent a week here and it was such a great decision. Huge rooms, amazing staff and VERY helpful front desk folks.
The staff was very friendly and went above and beyond. They recommended some really amazing tours and the service at the beach really made it amazing.
Gorgeous resort with very helpful staff. We booked the standard rainforest suite at a price comparable to most basic hotel rooms in the area and found ourselves with a 2500 sq ft 3 bedroom suite with a private elevator, giant master bath, full kitchen, and multiple large balconies, including one with a partial ocean view. A buffet breakfast is included each morning -- standard fare like rice & beans, fruit and cereal, along with an omelet bar, french toast and pancakes. There's a beautiful and large infinity pool overlooking the ocean, along with a couple hot tubs, and a poolside bar for drinks and food. There's a private beach on the property, about a 15 min walk from the hotel's main building or the staff will bring you back and forth in a shuttle upon request. (Hotels in Manuel Antonio generally aren't allowed to build on the beach itself for ecological reasons.) The beach is small and a bit rocky, especially at high tide, but beautiful and quiet. There's a shady elevated area with beach chairs and tables and an attendant is there to take food and drink orders and request return shuttles. We saw more wildlife on the resort's property than on several of our tours, including a whole bunch of monkeys who made themselves at home near the pool, along with sloths, tucans and iguanas. The on-site spa is fantastic and I had a better massage there than at many more expensive spas stateside. The hotel is in the middle of Manuel Antonio and about a block away from a bunch of additional restaurants, as well as a couple small supermarkets, an ATM and a pharmacy. Finally, and most importantly, the staff was fantastic throughout our visit. They booked a bunch of tours and dinner reservations for us, gave great recommendations, were super attentive at meals or when hanging out at the beach and pool, and were overall very friendly and helpful. Great stay!
Very disappointed in this hotel/condo- the pool is short walk from the hotel, but the beach is a long steep gravel path to nowhere. NO chairs, no attendants, no water or towels. Just a little rocky outcrop. This is NOT A BEACH RESORT. The beds are hard as a brick, the accent bedding is soiled. The front desk agent told us at checkin, that there was an hourly shuttle to beach and there was an attendant at the beach, neither which was true. The resort is tired and dated and no the elegant look as promised in pictures. The penthouse 2nd master has a side ocean view, but looks directly onto power lines and bright lights of commercial buildings. There were only 2 chairs, no loungers on front ocean view balcony. We asked for 2 more chairs and a table to eat from, but were provided with a coffee table. A request for a tea kettle was not able to be fulfilled. There is a games room with pool table, foosball, ping pong,but no board games. As I was looking for a comfortable, luxury BEACH resort, I am sorely disappointed. If I had not booked on Expedia and not able to receive a refund, I am angrily stuck as this overpriced sad condo.
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Last night I went with my Wife Fe to eat at Los Altos restaurant Karolas
Manuel Antonio Costa Rica .
I meet Glen and Darren very friendly gentleman.
They Show us to a table and told us about the specials of the day .And give us the menus .
I toke Glens advise on the food he recommended.
Wow was this so good the best I every had .
The cooks did a wonderful job on preparing my wife's and my wonderful dinner .
I will recommend everyone to try This Restaurant
We had a party of 8 and booked the four bedroom penthouse. The views are amazing, every room has a balcony. The elevators go straight into the living space. The staff is very friendly and accommodating.