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Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Esterillos Este
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Reviewed May 6, 2008

A gem - perfect slice of paradise. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. The place is fairly new so everything is in top condition but the rooms are out of this world and kept immaculate. The view of the ocean is stunning. We had a ocean front villa with plenty of room for us and two children (5 and 3). The bathrooms were excellent (no bath but the children were old enough for the shower). There are two pools and one is for adults only (which is perfect as it means you don't worry about the children splashing too much at the other pool). There was a good children's menu though my children didn't seem to eat much on our trip. The included breakfasts were excellent and plentiful. Dinner was alright. I would say that the portions were too big and too rich and could have done with being smaller and simpler (food at Xandari Central Valley is far better)!

We stayed here before moving onto Xandari in the Central Valley. I preferred this place for its location, the peace and stunning surroundings. We did a couple of day trips including the dolphin adventure (tip - go in the mornings when the boats are much less crowded). The children loved it. We also went diving with Manuel Antonio Divers. IT was a huge palava finding babysitting and sorting the whole thing out, and the diving was pretty poor though what we saw in two short dives was incredible.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 28, 2008

My husband and I did the 2 resort Xandari package for our 5th anniversary celebration. Our villa was beautiful - with a panoramic view of the ocean. It had huge sliding glass doors that led out to a porch where we could sit and watch the waves roll in. The hotel was very secluded and peaceful, but not so far away that i couldn't walk 300m down the road to buy a toothbrush at a little local shop when i forgot mine. For excursions, we did the dolphin/catamaran cruise and manuel antonio nat'l park (pay extra for the private/guided tour - it's worth it-)all in the same day ( you save taxi fare this way). Ask for Fernan to be your taxi driver - he was amazing...stopping along the way to show us trees and palms and different things that 'Tico's" use for their livelihood. He even took us to his favorite 'soda' (road-side local restaurant) for lunch...it was the best food we had the entire trip! We also did the mangrove kayak tour at damas island. it's a great way to see lots of wildlife up close - the monkeys practically jumped in our kayaks! The hotel took care of everything - arranging our excursions/tours, scheduling Fernan the driver, and the great thing is that they could charge everything to your room, so you only had to pay once and didn't have to worry about local currency, etc. The restaurant at xandari pacific was lovely - we didn't have a bad meal there - in fact, it was so good we ate all 4 nights there. we had something different every night and it was all fantastic, especially the fresh seafood. It was very reasonably priced...for appetizers, 2 drinks, 2 entrees and dessert we usually spent around 40 -45USD$ including tip. Bring sunscreen and a good sense of adventure and you'll have a blast like we did!

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 17, 2008

My wife and my 2 -1/2 year old daughter spent 5 days here and we cannot stop thinking about our stay. The villas are over the top and the spa is brand new and we felt like we were in a private hotel. The beach is amazing and the staff was great. The hotel was half full so we had the beach, pool and restaurants practically to ourselves, not that if it was full it would have been crowded. They have thought of everything and the villas are stunning. We even found so children everyday for our daughter to play with either on the beach or at the hotel. If you compare the price to the carribean, its a steal.. for costa rica its a little pricey but worth it
Can't miss this one

Stayed: February 2008
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Reviewed February 14, 2008

My girlfriends and I spent our 50th birthday celebration at the Xandari in January. We had a wonderful experience, thanks to the excellent staff. I had pre-arranged to surprise my friends with cake and champagne, and Shannon knew me by name when we checked in. A delicious birthday cake and a wonderful bottle of bubbly arrived in short order. The rooms were spotless, the staff discreet, and the small private resort, although fully booked, seemed to be just for us. Melania (sp?) took care of our every need. The views out of the villas are gorgeouse, and they literally open onto a deserted beach. The beds seemed a little hard at first, but they must have been good, because 4 crotchety old women had no complaints. The only problem we had the whole trip was a malfunctioning air conditioner, and we reported it early one morning, and as we were leaving breakfast, we saw a crew bringing in a new unit. The resort is sort of out-of-the-way, but that is what we were looking for. I'm afraid this may change soon, as our guide was telling of big development plans for the area, what a shame. GO NOW, while you can get the full experience.

Stayed: January 2008
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Reviewed February 1, 2008

We celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary at Xandari by the Pacific and it was a Dream. From the time we arrived in the wee hours in the morning until we left (sad to say) the service was superb. All the needs we require were met by the friendly and welcoming staff. We will be back for sure.

Stayed: January 2008
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Reviewed June 12, 2007

As residents of Costa Rica for 9 years, (Originally from New York City) we have stayed at the original XANDARI--in the mountains of Alajuela. It has repeatedly been our pick and recommendation to all of our friends and clients and in fact, we have a hard time getting them to go anywhere else, after they have experienced this luxury, tropical oasis. We thought nothing could be more beautiful, until the Dynamic Broudy Husband and Wife Team opened Xandari, right on the beach overlooking the Pacific. Sherrill, A California Architect has carefully designed every vista and interior detail with comfort and beauty in mind. While his talented wife and artist, Charlene completed this feast for the eyes with her paintings, tapestries and mosaics. And their not finished yet! with the spa due to open for the high season.

As I sit in my luxury villa with wireless internet facing the sea, I realize I have found a new sanctuary to write and think and experience what Anne Lindbergh referred to as "Gifts from the Sea" . Since I also do team retreats and Executive Coaching , I will definitly use Xandari Pacific for corporate guests due to the amenities required for today's corporate travellers. There's Wireless Internet, AC, TV/Training Room, Areas for Break-out, Security and Villas that will jaw drop even the most discriminating business traveller.

Thank you XANDARI (Charlene and Sherrill) for once again creating paradise within paradise.

Rosemary Rein, Ph.D
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I'll post my pictures when I return home to the City.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 15, 2007

Our group stayed at Xandari on the Pacific over spring break- 2 families with 4 boys aged 15 to 20. This is one of the most beautiful, quiet and relaxing hotels I've ever stayed in. We were so glad we did not stay closer to Manuel Antonio. In fact, we almost regretted leaving the hotel to visit the park. Boys took private surfing lessons right off our beach and were surfing in no time. It is a little isolated for dining elsewhere but it was so relaxing we didn't care. In March there were only 9 casitas with their own pool plus wonderful beach with hammocks and lounges. Other casitas are being built and will have their own pool. Food was fine, not excellent and wait staff had slight language barrier but just relax and enjoy. Rooms are beautiful and the shower is incredible. It was the warmest ocean water I've ever been in and beach had no one for miles. Would go back anytime.

Stayed: March 2007
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Address: Playa Esterillos Este | Near Manuel Antonio, Esterillos Este 10-6300, Costa Rica (Formerly Xandari by the Pacific)
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 #2 of 5 Hotels in Esterillos Este
Price Range: $177 - $629 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa 4*
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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