I recently stayed at La Mariposa for a week, and cannot say enough about this incredible resort. The views are absolutely breath taking and the hotel itself is beautiful! The service is out of this world, and the staff is extremely accommodating and professional. We stayed in a garden view room which was nice, however next time would pay the extra for an ocean view. This hotel is definitely known for that, so take advantage any minute you can to enjoy it! The complimentary breakfast is very impressive, it was a great way to start the day! While the hotel restaurant itself was a little pricey, having a cocktail at sunset on the deck is a must. Manuel Antonio itself is a great little spot surrounded by many local restaurants in walking distance from the hotel. (About 5 minutes away) They are all delicious and it is easy to find a fun atmosphere! The beach is a 10 minute ride on the bus from the hotel, which is convenient because it comes every couple of minutes. This beach is a local beach, offering lots of activities from parasailing to surfing. Renting an umbrella and chair is key if you plan on being there for the day! The Manuel Antonio Park is a must see, however traveling with a guide your first time through is probably best. We went twice, mostly for the wild life and private beaches in the park, and the second time we went without a tour and didn't see half the animals we did the first time. The private beaches are gorgeous, however you can only get to them if you pay the park fee. It is worth it though..breath taking views as well as monkeys roaming the beach! This trip is a perfect mix of relaxation and adventure if you're looking for it. Stevan at the front desk is very helpful and recommended many places to zipline..we were very pleased with the recommended company. We also horsebacked on the beach with Diego Solis (506) 8834-8687 at Rancho Savegre. His horses were all healthy, very fit and well behaved. This was a 2 hour trip through the jungle and ended with a gallop on the beach. it was AMAZING. You cannot go wrong with this hotel or this area. Months after returning from La Mariposa, I still share pictures and stories of this beautiful hotel and all that Costa Rica has to offer. Clearly, I highly recommend it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in one of the most magnificent settings in the world, Hotel La Mariposa stands majestically a top the highest point in Manuel Antonio and is best known for its award-winning 360 degree view overlooking the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and the Manuel Antonio National Park, in Costa Rica. Nature and luxury flawlessly combine with 63 well-appointed rooms in a Spanish-Mediterranean architectural design and tropical gardens with walkways and trails meticulously landscaped to reflect the natural beauty of Costa Rica's abundant plant and wildlife. Experience the stunning magic of the legendary Manuel Antonio sunsets while sipping a tropical cocktail at our "Sunset Bar and Lounge," while dining in our world-class international restaurant "Le Papillon" With over 38 years experience, our personalized service and unforgettable views have made La Mariposa a top choice for the most discriminating travellers, who relish both its intimacy and magnificence. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Mariposa Costa Rica
- La Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park