Other reviews mention the isolated nature of this place. You are stuck out in nowhere. If you think you will take your rental car and explore, after you drive 30 minutes down a dusty, bumpy gravel road you will reconsider. No Marriott shuttle to anywhere is available. The website implies this is near Tamarindo village-this location is hardly on the same planet. They are trying to sell homes/timeshares here; you can save some pity for the suckers who fall for this.
The architecture is a cross between a hacienda and a fortress. Landscaping is adequate but suffers from the short time it has had to grow and the climate. A few rooms face the ocean, the rest face inward towards the pool. The reason is that the surrounding landscaping is mostly bleak.
The pool is extensive and is the resort focus. They prominently advertise the infinity pool but unless you are a 4-foot tall midget the effect is lost and it only covers a small side of a shallow pool. Only a few chairs and umbrellas are on the beach because very few sit out there, it is not pleasant.
The mostly Tico staff is well trained and most speak English more clearly than many Americans. They are very attentive.
Rooms, linens, toiletries are superb.
There is such a contrast between the room climate and outdoors that you can expect fogging on cameras, glasses, etc. when passing outside from the room.
Food is excellent, though mostly variations of North American menus with a little local input.
A fairly routine golf course is nearby.
In some ways this is a beautiful place however I cannot think of a single reason to come here.
1. If you want to visit Costa Rica, this is not it.
2. Advertising make a big deal out of the sunset, I guess if you have never seen one over the ocean it is beautiful, but not worth waiting all day with nothing to do except visit the spa. Sunset is the one time that the beach looks good.
3. The pool is large and has a bit of landscaping, but much better ones are widely available.
4. The food is good but can’t you find anywhere to eat without driving here?
5. It is oceanfront, but even the resort structure shows the beach is not attractive
6. You are close to exactly nothing.
7. The wireless internet is a rip-off at $15 plus tax- it costs them virtually nothing to provide –pure profit.
8. If you want a beautiful oceanfront resort, then go to San Diego, Florida, Hawaii, etc. and enjoy it and additionally something interesting nearby.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Live an authentic Costa Rican experience in a luxury hacienda style resort in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. This resort & spa sits oceanfront on a secluded stretch of coastline minutes from the Hacienda Pinilla Golf Course and Tamarindo village. The JW Marriott Guanacaste is surrounded by the splendors of Costa Rican rich biodiversity; with a choice of 5 beaches, adjacent to an equestrian center, tennis courts, and an 18-hole golf course with a coastal layout. Off-site activities like canopy tours, horseback riding, white water rafting, kayaking, and ATV tours can be arranged on site. You can also arrange tours to nearby locations such as Arenal Volcano, Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and National Park or Guachipelin thermal hot springs. Enjoy surf beaches with excellent year-round waves and warm water, visit turtle nesting beaches or observe a great variety of wildlife. The property features the largest infinity pool in Central America, outdoor hot tubs, a fully equipped fitness center, biking and jogging trails and a Kids Club with professional care. You can also relax in our spa, ranked one of the top five Spas in Latin America by Spa Magazine. This resort offers 5 restaurants and two bars. Among these options enjoy a romantic dinner right on the beach at Azul Grill our beach front restaurant or visit Tamarine where you can enjoy Asian fusion cuisine. Indulge yourself with a genuine Guanacastecan style meal at Sabanero Steakhouse or relax and admire a spectacular sunset at Nau Lounge and Bar, while you enjoy hand crafted cocktails and a variety of Sushi. All rooms have balconies with garden, pool or ocean views. In-room amenities include LCD TVs, sound proof windows, iPod docks and streaming speed Wi-Fi Internet access, blackout curtains, plush pillow-top mattresses and fine linens, rich woods, and marble bathtubs. The village of Tamarindo is just 5 miles away, where you will find restaurants, bars, and souvenirs in a "Pura Vida" laid back atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jw Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa Costa Rica Hotel Santa Cruz
- Jw Marriott Guanacaste Resort And Spa Costa Rica
- Jw Marriott Santa Cruz
- Marriott Santa Cruz
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