I had been planning my first trip to Costa Rica for quite some time and I knew I wanted to visit Manuel Antonio, as well as Jaco. Alma del Pacifico is located in Esterillos, right in the middle of both popular towns, while still giving you a generous amount of privacy. I booked the romance package directly through their website, which in return gave us an awesome discount and some great perks.
When I arrived in San Jose, there was a private shuttle provided by the hotel waiting to take us to the hotel. The ride was a little over two hours and we were anxious to experience the hotel first hand. We were welcomed with some tasty drinks and a tour of the hotel by Ricky. We entered our deluxe villa and were in absolute awe. The photos really can't give the place justice. The unique architecture, colorful decor throughout the room, and sounds of the beach and nature really work together to provide a relaxing atmosphere.
The hotel itself is beautifully designed and full of life. You'll see plenty of little iguanas and geckos soaking up the sun and colorful birds chirping in the palm trees. A unique sight if all your used to is squirrels and pigeons like me. Besides these little critters hanging around, there was hardly anyone there (perhaps because it is the green season? ) We enjoyed the pool, jacuzzi, and long beach to ourselves, barely seeing anyone. You'll really feel as if you have the whole property to yourself.
Along with the shuttle transportation, our package included a couples massage at the hotels spa.The couples massage from Rebecca and her partner were heavenly. They were so heavenly that we had to book another one on the spot for our last day there. We later got some facials, pedicures, manicures, etc. All quite nice with their own little touches (hot towels, mini massages and srubs, and fresh juices in between.) Do not hesitate to pass through the spa while your there.
With the outstanding spa, villas and pools the hotel offers, they have quite an impressive restaurant along side with it. Our package also included a $125 credit towards their "Pavilion Restaurant." While we were in Esterillos, we didn't really step outside the hotel, so we ate at the restaurant A LOT. Freddy, Aaron, and Gian Carlos hospitality, was a true highlight. Their overall dedication to our requests and presence is what made us go back every single day, 3 times a day! Don't miss out on the amazing breakfast, dinner, and 5 star service they have to offer.
On our last afternoon there, we rode some horses (the last part of our package) on the beautiful beach with Macho! The sweet, older man introduced us to his three horses and made us feel really comfortable and relaxed. We went at our own pace with the horses, side by side, in what felt like a cheesy romantic movie. The horses were very calm throughout the ride, galloping a bit faster when we turned back towards the hotel. (haha)
With all the exploring we did in Manuel Antonio and Jaco, and relaxing inside the hotel, we didn't experience the beach until the very last morning. Now the waves aren't as calm as Playa Manuel Antonio, nor is the sand white like theirs, but the intimacy it offers is like no other. Left and right there was not a soul in sight. The sand felt like soft volcanic ash, and the tides came close to kiss your feet. If only we had discovered the beach earlier, would we have spent a lot more time there along side the little red crabs.
If I had to complain about anything throughout my time there, it would be that the light next to the jacuzzi didn't work the first night we were there. That would be it. Really I can't think of a single thing that disappointed me throughout my time there. This place is a true gem in the area and deserves every 5 star review they have. Costa Rica is such a beautiful country with a one of a kind people and nature, and Alma Del Pacifico unifies that with their amazing staff and property.
-Book a special through their website. You'll save a good amount of money as well experience some great offers.
-If you plan on visiting during the green season, wake up as early as you can. The mornings are sunny and hot while the afternoons are rainy and refreshing. This gives you a chance to soak up the sun early and relaxing during the afternoon.
- Be careful at the beach! The tides can get high and dangerous. Pull up a lawn chair and watch the little crabbies.
-The villa is full of life! That can be exciting or frighting depending on the person. We found some lady bugs, a beetle, and other little bugs throughout the room. The villa is surrounded by lots of green so if you're freaked out by little critters be on the look out! Don't be surprised if you find a little gecko watching you shower! (We did)
-Get a massage from Rebecca! Before I fly her out over to to the states! (Just kidding)
-Try the Alma Pancakes! and the ceviche! and a cocktail from Freddy!
Thanks for having us over Alma! We will be back soon!
- 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