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Reviewed December 29, 2012

I spent a week at Laguna Mar (first week of December 2012) and loved every minute of it. The hotel is nestled in a quiet neighborhood in the remote town of Javilla which is a beautiful, laidback, piece of paradise. We flew into Punta Islita airport via Nature Air from San Jose, CR. The airport is about a 30 minute drive from the hotel. The hotel owner, Drew, was kind enough to arange for transportation to the hotel but if you are going to rent a car, they can arrange to meet you at the airport. This is a very remote area but frankly, I found the signage easier to follow than the signage in N. Virgina:) The hotel has close access to some of the most beautiful virtually deserted beaches I have every seen. The hotel is a newly built, modern design - very comfortable rooms and a great pool to relax by when you aren't out and about exploring. I was originally planning to travel alone and was assured that it would be safe for a single women however I decided to invite three friends and it was a good choice as this is an experience to be shared with friends. It makes a great destination for a girls trip although I would have felt safe travelling alone in this area. The restaraunt is a real star (check out the reviews under Hotel Laguna Mar restaurant). The chef is very personable and chats with the patrons regarding different options to customize your meal. The food was so outstanding we considered it a foodie vacation and had difficultly transitioning back into our normal lives and living without Pablo's great cuisine. The hotel's owner is very attentive to the patrons and will make sure you are happy during your stay. Michael is also very attentive and will make sure you have what you need. I would advise you to rent an SUV as the roads are not paved and the location is remote so a vehicle will give you more choices for exploration. Playa San Miguel is only a 5 minute car ride. We walked there one day but it is not a stoll you'll want to take when the sun gets really hot because you will wilt before you make it back to the hotel. There are several other gorgeous beaches within an hours drive worth visiting - the first morning we were there I witnessed a sea turtle walk up the beach, dig a hole and lay her eggs! Increditble. Some of the tours we took include releasing rescued baby turtles that recently hatched onto the beach and watch them make their way into the ocean (via Turtle Trax), the mangrove tour with Freddie the boat guy, horseback riding in the mountains and watching the sunset, kayaking and snorkeling in Samara Beach. Angelica can assist in setting up the tours for you and suggesting others which can be done prior to your visit or on the fly during your visit. We also drove to the small town of Punta Islita which is about 45 minutes away - Stop by the non-profit art museum to view and purchase art made by some of the locals - it will make a great souviner to remind you of this wonderful part of the world. The town of Samara is also worth a trip. It is about a 90 minute drive. While there, check out Guptos restaurant. We spent 2 afternoons there lounging under the palm trees - this restaurant is situated on yet another gorgeous beach with calm waters. The restaurant has a private area to change in or out of your suit as well as wash off the sand. The food is also terrific and as you lounge in their chairs on the beach the staff (ask for Alan) will keep your glasses (and bellies) full. You can ride a horse on the beach - no need to schedule in advance- you'll see the guides on the beach ready to take you along. Samara also has shops and art worth checking out. I would schedule at least a day there to fit everthing in. On the way back to Javilla, stop at the public beach on the way out of town and pick up a fresh coconut w/straw and enjoy the coconut milk. By the time our week had ended, we felt rejuvinated and energized and we are working hard to hold onto all the great feelings and things we experienced in this tropical paradise. This is a great place for people who want to unplug, relax and breath. Hotel Laguna Mar made the perfect headquarters for the perfect vacation.

Room Tip: I had the room on the highest floor - it is large and has a private balcony. I loved waking up to the sounds of the birds and monkeys each morning after a restful sleep.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Lisa M
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Reviewed December 19, 2012 via mobile

Superior Luxury 7 Star Hotel With Genuine Above & Beyond Best Customer Service Care! Ian Schrager Tico Fusion Design Throughout, Quality Detailed Sophistication & Honored Tico Tradition.
Farm To Table James Beard Cuisine.

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Reviewed December 13, 2012

I happened upon Laguna Mar quite by accident late one night while traveling along the Pacific coast of Guanacaste in CR- This is a new hotel with a beautiful swimming pool, bar area, and dining room- The owner,
Mr. Andrew Callahan is very accommodating and takes all of the steps to make sure that your room is comfortable, the cuisine is to your liking and your drink glass is properly filled. There is a good mix of locals,hotel guests,and expats dropping in for food and drinks. My days were occupied around the pool, at the beach, and taking tours recommended by the hotel staff.
All in all a nice time and I would highly recommend this hotel to any traveler in this part of the country.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

We had the absolute best time at Laguna Mar! We stayed here while dropping off our daughter for a long term internship with Pertoma.org. She was accepted to be a research assistance for the group's sea turtle conservation project, and was kicking off on a 3 month stint. While at Laguna Mar, we experienced the most dedicated, and attentive staff! The hotel is BEAUTIFUL, super clean, super relaxing and the food is absolutely wonderful. The nights are casual, with locals and ex-Pats wondering by for food, drink, and good company. We were lucky to be there on a weekend night were there was music and dancing - so much fun! We felt like part of the wonderful local neighborhood, which is an experience you will not get at many places! Highly recommend this wonderful hotel - you will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Debbie F
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

I was introduced to this hotel because I live in the area working with a sea turtle project, so all of us in the project are quite familiar with the coast of Guanacaste in Costa Rica. We were so happy when we stumbled upon Hotel Laguna Mar. The food, staff, pool, atmosphere, hotel design, and location truly make this place a gem in the middle of paradise. We return there often to pass the day, swimming, eating, and sometimes staying the night. It's simply one of those places where you want to be.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Megan E
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