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El Mangroove

Carillos, Papagayo Bay, Guanacaste, Costa Rica


  • Rooms : 19.5
  • Service : 18.5
  • Public Spaces : 19.5

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Gorgeous, eco-friendly resorts with breezily luxurious suites, high-end chefs, and furnishings built of native wood? Not hard to come by in Costa Rica. So if you’re opening one, you better have something special to set you apart from the pack. El Mangroove, the latest addition to Papagayo Bay’s beachfront, has a few specific selling points: it’s not just a resort, but a small resort with a stylish boutique hotel spin. It’s the closest property to any international airport in Costa Rica, meaning easy access in and out when you’re making a short escape to Central America. And the resort offers one of the longest (that’s longest, not largest — we’ll explain) swimming pools in the region.

As the name not so subtly implies, El Mangroove is set on a lush swath of coastal mangrove — 17 acres of it — and instead of embracing a generic all-white resort aesthetic, the designers went for a look that merges contemporary simplicity and bohemian chic (hence the ‘groove’). The scale is relatively intimate for a Costa Rican resort: there are only 85 suites and a 3:1 ratio of staff members to guests. Not that you’ll necessarily be needing three guys to help you do yoga on the beach at sunset, much less read in the hammock on your private terrace. But the absence of throngs by the poolside is notable.

El Mangroove features five categories of suites, all contained within three-story structures looking out over the mangrove and outfitted in natural wood and stone. Even the most basic of these, the Nesto suite, offers expansive indoor-outdoor space and appealing amenities from an outdoor shower to an iPad dock. The most lavish suite, the sprawling El Mangle, has its own plunge pool and direct access to the beach.

Two dining venues, the elegant and visually arresting Makoko and the more casual thatched-roof Matiss, take advantage of the region’s bounty: fresh seafood and tropical fruits figure heavily on both menus. Elsewhere on the property, there are custom-designed yoga decks, the lovely outdoor Bearth Spa, and a house DJ spinning records by the famously long swimming pool (over 130 feet, if you’re counting.) The poolside lounge space is a cool spot to order drinks and star-gaze after dark — there are private cabanas too, perfect for those who require an extra measure of exclusivity within this already luxe mini-resort.

How to get there:

El Mangroove is located 12 miles (about a 20-minute drive) from Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR). For further information or assistance with transportation, please email

This hotel includes the following special privileges for Plus Members only:
  • Complimentary upgrade upon hotel check-in, based upon availability
  • 20% discount on spa services during stay
  • Complimentary welcome cocktail per guest
  • 20% discount on water sports during stay
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  • El Mangroove
  • Carillos, Papagayo Bay
  • Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Hotel amenities and services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour room service
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Beauty salon
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Boardroom
  • Business center
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Garden
  • Golf nearby
  • Jacuzzi
  • Lounge
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • No pets allowed
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Shopping area nearby
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Steam rooms
  • Valet parking (charges apply)
  • Wake-up service
  • Yoga

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