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Review of Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa

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Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Esterillos Este
Certificate of Excellence
Louisville, Colorado
1 review
“We loved It!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2014

Located on a uncrowded beach the Alma del Pacifico was the perfect place. Our very appealing villa was spacious and comfortable. We found that taking a shower outdoors was very relaxing. The staff were efficient and friendly. The property was well maintained and it seemed like we always had one of the beautiful outdoor pools all to ourselves. We would like to get back to the Alma before the end of the year.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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41 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014

Been here for a couple of times attracted by the beach front property and larger, nicely decorated rooms. What wasn't obvious is that that was all you were going to get for your expensive rate. Restaurant is definitely the poor service I've ever gotten in Costa Rica (and that is not small merit...). Expensive, takes for ever, waiter seems as having being pulled from the street, given a plate and pushed to the restaurant. Being a costarrican myself, i can't help to feel sorry for the tourists that often traver from so far away and spent so much money just to end in this lousy place... ah, and don't think this was a bad, exceptional day. I've come here 2 times separate by several months (yes, i tripped twice...) and to their merit they are consistently BAD.

Room Tip: the best room is the one you don't stay in
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank MALECR2014
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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124 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

Our ocean front villa was huge and unreal. The colors, open shower, art, etc. all were extremely impressive. The beach is very wide, particularly at low tide. It had the possibility of being an ideal beach resort ... except that they need to pay attention to some of the details. Service at the restaurant was frustratingly slow. There was a leak in the bathroom ceiling, two broken lights, and two of the electric outlets were so close to the shelves that I could not plug in a transformer. It seemed like one person had to be the concierge / gift shop manager / operator at the same time, so usually nobody was at the front desk.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank David0514
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Jaco, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

The staff at Restaurant at Alma del Pacifico went far the extra mile, to help me on a busy day, taking care of reservations for lunch and dinners with such a quick confindent friendly response.
last december 30th, I had so many people with me and needed to organize lunches and dinners for several people and all was fixed with just a phone call. when we showed up, tables were set right on the beach, and friendly and bilingual staff was serving excellent costa rican meals. if you visit Esterillos, this place is a must to go for lunch or dinner. great value and quality. thanks Giancarlo for such excellent attention.

Room Tip: Villa 9 is awesome. own jaccuzi ocean front.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Reservations R
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London, United Kingdom
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242 reviews
170 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 257 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014

I give the rooms an absolute 5 star plus. We had booked a beach front villa and got a massive room with our own small plunge pool. It was gorgeous.
Although the hotel was full, because of the lay out, it never feels crowded. There are 2 pools and many loungers by the pool and on the beach.

We had 2 bad exeperiences with the reception staff:
We initially stayed in the farthest room, nbr 13. Then the neighbouring property wanted to burn dry leaves. The smoke was horrendous, we alerted reception at noon. They told us they would sort it out. At 3 pm the smoke was still there, we spoke to ther reception again and they told us the same story. By 5 nothing had been done so I asked to change room. We had such a battle about this and the girl at reception was just laughing at me. I stood my ground and we changed room but the whole experience was negative. They could have helped us at 12 pm yet did nothing.
Also I had prepaid a tour to Manuel Antonio. The hotel had taken the money yet had not booked the tour. We told reception we wanted a private tour. She told is she would book this and we confirmed this twice with her. On arrival at the park, we were on a group tour. Only thanks to the Manuel Antonio expeditions, did we get our private tour.

We did enjoy our stay as we were lazy on the beach, enjoyed the pool, the nice food and restaurant staff are all lovely.
But a hotel that charges their prices needs to offer perfect customer service and there they fail. I am not sure I would advice a stay there, I guess if you have no issues during your stay, it is all fine. But excellence is often shown when things go wrong and Alma de Pacifico shows no signs of excellence.

Room Tip: I would have been disappointed with a room in the back. Best to pay the upgrade for seaview and if b...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Chocolate74
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014

We just did a trip in Costa Rica with Backroads and this was the hotel we enjoyed more. Beautiful, big and clean rooms, great pools, good spa but just average food.
Only the ceviche was really good .
But the wonderful clean and huge beach ion front of the hotel compensated the rest.

Room Tip: Any room facing the sea
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Isabela C
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Los Angeles
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103 reviews
33 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2013

We spent a week in Manuel Antonio and decided to give Alma Del Pacifico a 2-night quick stop to check it out. I researched this property a lot and was so on the fence if I would like it, I read lots of conflicting reviews.

IT WAS NOTHING LIKE I EXPECTED AND WE LOVED IT! The villas are extremely well designed. We have a garden villa since all the ocean villas were already taken. The garden villa was so private and well appointed, super clean and great architecture and art. LOVE the outdoor shower -- has indoor shower as well if you are not one with nature while showering ;-)

The beach is beautiful and the grass area with chaises and hammocks so relaxing. The restaurant is very good and the prices are half of Manuel Antonio. The restaurant location also blows away most venues in Manuel Antonio. You have a great view of the ocean from the restaurant. The staff is great as well, everyone was friendly and had the Pura Vita vibe.

We like the place so much that before leaving we booked for December 2014 and making sure we get a deluxe villa on the beach with the plunge pool! The two "public" pools on the property are amazing as well if you do not get the plunge pool with your villa.

The property is very different from anything at Manuel Antonio and definitely worth a stop.

If I had to give any negatives it would be the pillows were hard, I however have never been able to find a good pillow in Costa Rica.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa

Property: Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Esterillos Este
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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