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
- 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
Our Costa Rica trip started in La Fortuna at the Springs Resort....ABSOLUTE 5 STARS! Stayed for 4 nights and then we drove almost 6 hrs to Emanuel Antonio close to National Park. According to Los Altos website and pictures, it appeared to be on the same level as our experience at The Springs Resort. Boy were we wrong.
We had a wonderful stay at Los Altos. The room was beautiful, large and clean and the view was extraordinary and we had monkeys just outside our room a few mornings and frogs on the windows at night. The staff was friendly and helpful and even sent up a birthcake for my birthday without our having dropped any hints. Couple of hiccups with room service showing up before 4:00, but nothing problematic. Breakfast is included and it's fantastic. Beach attendant was wonderful and the secluded beach was really nice. We would definitely come back.
The staff is great. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. The breakfast is a must every morning. The chefs make amazing character pancakes. The pool didn’t look like much in photos, but it is actually pretty good size. The view is spectacular. The private beach is a bit far but they will drive you down if you ask. It even has a private mini bar setup each day. Make sure to take the time to hike the trails. You will see wildlife. In fact, we saw more wildlife at Los Altos than at Manuel Antonio National Park.
We could not say enough about our experience at Los Altos. The rooms and grounds were amazing, the staff was fantastic and the activities that the hotel set up for us were so much fun. We would have an adventure In the morning and meet the other families we met back at the pool for happy hour and sunset. Couldn’t be more perfect.
Excellent service, gluten free menu, excellent amenities. Private beach, excellent food, charismatic staff. Extremely clean, beautiful views and rooms. Can't say any good things to describe this hotel