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Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   Playa Esterillos Este | Near Manuel Antonio, Esterillos Este 10-6300, Costa Rica (Formerly Xandari by the Pacific)   |  
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Esterillos Este
Queens, New York
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Paradice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2009

This was my second trip to Xandari Pacific, again I loved everything this amazing hotel has to offer. I used the hotel package 3 days in the Central Valley and 4 days on the beach.
It was just as fantastic as my first trip in December 2007. We had a garden room, every detail of the room and surrounding area is perfect. We had all our meals at the hotel restaurant, the staff is amazing especially Freddy, the food was delicious.
We met interesting people for all over the world. Make sure you book a few spa treatments, the rooms are beautiful and the service is excellent.

We relaxed for four days, but if you want activiites they are endless, we decided to sit under the palm trees and watch the macaws returning home between 4-5PM. Their they were feasting on nuts not 30 feet from our lounge chairs, how wonderful is that....

I highly recommend both Xandari Hotels, especially if you want first class serivce.

I highly recommend the Xandari Pacific for all travelers.

  • Liked — The Zen feeling.
  • Disliked — Loved everything
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Manchester, England
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48 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2009

We stayed for 7 nights in January 2009 in a Garden Villa. We had a fantastic week and would highly recommend it.

The villa was very spacious and was set amongst beautiful gardens. The Garden Villas don't have an ocean view but there is so much space available on the beachfront of the hotel that it is of no consequence. Some days it felt like we were the only people on the beach - it may as well have been private. There are plenty of sun loungers and lots of space at both the beach and pool areas.

The restaurant serves great food and the staff were excellent - very friendly without over-doing it. We ate there most evenings. Prices are probably a little more than in nearby towns but the setting is fantastic and it's good quality.

They also bring cocktails direct to your sun lounger.

The hotel is in a quiet location, there isn't much within walking distance so either enjoy relaxing, rent a car, or you can take trips direct from the hotel but you'll pay a premium for the taxi fare.

The only small downside was the slightly surly reception staff.

Loved the geckos that hang out on the exterior hotel walls at night...and the scarlet macaws that occasionally fly overhead during the day.

  • Liked — Wonderful beach location
  • Disliked — Reception Staff
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Orlando, Florida
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54 hotel reviews
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89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2009

We visited Xandari – Pacific during Christmas 2008 for 4 nights. Because the hotel had full occupancy during our visit, we stayed at a Garden Villa for 3 nights and a Beachfront Prima Villa for 1 night. We enjoyed both accommodations very much – the Garden Villa has no ocean view but that was not an issue for us. The service at the hotel was exceptional. There were special touches for guests everywhere: a small gift for our 6 year old for Christmas, complementary fruit smoothies after spa treatments, complementary hors d'oeuvres before dinner every night. The food at the restaurant was excellent, except for the Christmas dinner buffet – during which the food choices were very limited. The staff at the restaurant was very friendly and engaging. My daughter enjoyed the nice pools and the beach immensely. The location of the hotel is halfway between Quepos and Jaco. You will need a car to move around or visit sites on your own; otherwise you will have to use hotel transportation or excursions. Since we had our own car, we found the location to be perfect for exploring the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. In all, this was a very nice hotel operating at a high level of service (unlike its sister property in Alajuela).

  • Liked — Large, comfortable rooms with a very nice shower
  • Disliked — Our Garden Villa was next to parking lot.
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ko Samui, Thailand
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137 reviews 137 reviews
37 hotel reviews
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115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2008

My wife & i spent a long weekend at Xandari & loved it. The food at breakfast, lunch & dinner is 1st class, the staff are so friendly & exceptionally well trained, the beach is desolate & romantic, great to run on in the morning. The rooms are huge & with superb beach views, i loved the bathrooms & the showers & best of all no, TV, no blackberry just quiet down time.

If you expect a noisy active resort, Xandari is not for you, if you love quiet,beauty,great service, comfort then i highly recommend Xandari.

You need a rental car, Jaco is not too far away & be careful on the drive over from San Jose the winding mountain road is a challenge especially in the rain.

  • Liked — Location, beach view,great service
  • Disliked — Pool is a little small
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Washington, DC
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2008

NO Curtains!!!!! If you want to sleep in, don't go here. Otherwise, it is a great place. I agree with all of the reviews except the one guy complaining about reservation hassles. It is very remote, so I recommend that you have a car if you want to do anything away from the hotel. Jaco is good for some quick souvenir shopping, and not much else. My wife and I walked 3+ miles north on the beach and stumbled upon the Low Tide Lounge. A cool place to hang out, have a couple of cerevezas, and watch the surfers in 4-6+ surf. All in all a great place, and it bumps up to 5 stars if they could just darken the rooms so you don't wake up at 5:30am.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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London, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2008

Simply the most romantic beach and hotel we've ever visited. Total relaxation at a beautiful pool, beach and hotel. Great staff. Come here to relax; not to be a loud American who wants to see monkies.

  • Liked — sophistication and amenities
  • Disliked — remote
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Lubbock, Texas
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130 reviews 130 reviews
44 hotel reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2008

It is difficult to express the many different feelings that this property exudes. That being said, I will try, perhaps by just saying "I want to go back to this country just to stay here".
Primo features of the property was the outstanding architecture, location, service, food, facilities.etc.
The beach was perfect providing me with the largest starfish I have ever discovered. The grounds were impecable filled with natural beauty and gardens.
The rooms were perfect in every detail proving every ammenity I needed including a wonderful aura of lighting, privacy and comfort. Several garden & seating areas were available inside your gated and secure villa.
The staff attended to every detail needed or requested and with a strong service orientation without being obtrusive.
The food was excellent and beautifully presented.
Services at the Spa were supurb experiencing the finest massage of my life presented by a knowledgeable and caring masseuse.
...and the list could go on and on....

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Playa Esterillos Este | Near Manuel Antonio, 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 Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 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*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfectly situated on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast along Playa Esterillos Este, between Jaco Beach and Manuel Antonio, 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. A great alternative for luxury travelers wanting to visit Manuel Antonio while being on the beach. ... 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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