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Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   Playa Esterillos Este, Esterillos Este 10-6300, Costa Rica (Formerly Xandari by the Pacific)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 hotels in Esterillos Este
Stowe, Vermont
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“Perfect Beach Resort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

We stayed at Alma during the week in mid-April and had a great time. The long beach was practically deserted of people and at times we felt like we were staying at our own private beach house. The pools were clean and peaceful. The room was really nice with views of the ocean, and shower that looked out into a garden area. The restaurant was excellent and very reasonable - we ate all of our meals there and did not have a bad experience.

Do yourself a favor and stay here and not in busy Quepos...it is about a 45 minute drive to Manuel Antonio and other attractions. Do the attractions in the morning and then spend the afternoon in peace at the beach.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Hillsborough, California
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14 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

This was a very nice spot on the beach with very spacious home or condo like units. We traveled with an 8 and 11 year old and the unit was spacious, artistic, well designed and very relaxing. We also had a jacuzzi pool outside our large glass doors overlooking the ocean so this was very sweet. They also have a great spa and facility considering they only have a limited number of units and the overall facility is on the smaller side. Great wifi and computer and phone coverage so that is a big plus if you need that. There are swimming pools, hammocks and a very good restaurant also. We did find the restaurant to have a great menu and very nice but it could be a tad bit slow...maybe it was because we had small children we noticed the delay more. The was also one of the more expensive locations that we stayed but I guess you are paying more to have the smaller more exclusive atmosphere. The only other drawback was I found this as kind of an oasis in the middle of more run down homes and locations. I was surprised by some of the surrounding cities and how Manuel Antonio was more dense and not very luxury resort like. Alma del Pacifico was definitely the high end exception in this area. I would recommend but is expensive.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

From the moment we checked in to Alma del Pacifico, I was truly amazed by the beauty of the facility, the amazing landscape, the best level of service and now I can say I had the greatest time of my life. Our Vila was tremendous, tastefully decorated and right on the beach yet having seclusion that allowed the shower to remain open to the view of the lush landscape of our yard. The 2 pools look like something out of house and garden and the restaurant was open to the view of the ocean. The staff in the restaurant became like family and when it was time to bring out the birthday cake for my woman, they dressed me in a chefs hat, taught me to sing in Spanish. This is the ultimate beach vacation.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Heathfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

This is a beautifully designed and presented place in a super beachfront spot with lovely rooms decked out in stylish bold Costa Rican colours. There is interesting artwork everywhere. There are 2 very pleasant pools, a jacuzzi and a Spa. The hotel is right on the beach and there are plenty of sunloungers and hammocks. Staff are friendly if a little inexperienced. The food is good, especially Dinner, but we were a little disappointed that Breakfast is all a bit prepackaged - the yoghurt in little pots, jams and butter in individual cartons, not what you might expect from a hotel which is obviously keen to compete with the best. That said, it's a great spot for a couple of days of R&R before heading back home.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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BarryStrud, Owner at Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, April 5, 2013
Thanks for the kind words! Next time come and stay with us for the entire trip! Alma is one of the few actual "beachfront" hotels on the Central Pacific coast.. We recommend that you rent a car and then visiting the Manuel Antonio National park can be done on a day trip (about a 30 minute drive). We also have surfing, zip lines, horseback riding and a number of other activities within a 15 - 30 minute drive. With the new toll road between Esterillos Este the international airport in San Jose, more people are staying with us their last night and driving to the airport in the morning to catch an early afternoon flight.

Hope to see you again soon!
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Columbus, Ohio
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Wonderful place to stay, we've been here 3 times, and always love it. One of a kind design, by artist and architect.Bedrooms very comfortable, and bathrooms a delight. Grounds are beautiful, and if you get a room overlooking the beach, keep it, and watch the birds, sunsets and nature. Spa facilities available, though rather expensive, and the swimming pools are surrounded by lush vegetation. Scarlet Macaws stop by in the morning, and the bird life is fascinating to watch. Swimming in the ocean only at full tide. very good service by staff, though the food this time wasn't as good as last. We shall return.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

The Good:
What a great location right on a private -beautiful- beach! With our villa opening up on the beach, I have not yet experienced another place in CR where you could enjoy the beach so well. The place is also very well maintained and operated by friendly staff.

The Bad:
There could be a few more people in the staff - specifically to pro-actively reach out to guests at beach, bar and restaurant. A little more diversity in the included breakfast would be welcomed. I also doubt the seriousness of the "eco-efforts" when they abundantly water the grass of the premises...

The Bottom line:
We would go back, the time spent at the beach and pool was second to none.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Spent 4 nights at this property and was blown away. I was upgraded to an oceanfront villa that was spectacular. It's a quiet property with a near private beach. I'd walk in the morning and maybe see one or two other people. The food was quite good. Prior reviews speak of slow service. While I wouldn't call it speedy, I would say it was consistent with the pace of the resort - relaxed. Certainly nothing that caused my any angst or anything I'd complain about. The spa services were excellent -- Vladamir's massage was incredible as was the scrub and mud wrap I received from another spa tech. All in all, an incredibly relaxing, visually stunning resort. Can't wait to return!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Playa Esterillos Este, Esterillos Este 10-6300, Costa Rica (Formerly Xandari by the Pacific)
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Esterillos Este
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 5 hotels in Esterillos Este
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfectly situated on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast along Playa Esterillos Este, between Jaco Beach and Quepos, Alma del Pacifico is a luxury Costa Rica hotel featuring beachfront Caribbean hotel rooms and suites, a three-meal restaurant, full-service spa and a variety of exciting vacation activities. With distinct architecture and art, an extensive array of amenities and superb personal service, Alma del Pacifico Hotel is the premier luxury hotel in Costa Rica. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Xandari By The Pacific Hotel
Xandari By The Pacific Resort
Alma Del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa Costa Rica/Esterillos Este

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