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El Mangroove is set in the middle of a natural mangrove forest, right on the beachfront; chic yet relaxed, modern yet down-to-earth, with service that is friendly and personal.
Seamless with its surroundings, El Mangroove comprises 85 suites that incorporate wood furnishings, stone accents and regional artwork for a clean, uncluttered and natural finish. Find the suite that will best accommodate you, with some including walk-in wardrobes, interconnecting rooms, indoor hammocks and bathrooms fitted with dual rain shower heads - not to mention outdoor showers for a true back-to-nature feel. If you're someone that doesn't do anything by halves, the ocean-view El Mangle Suite is certainly the whole. This honeymoon-presidential-best-of-the-best suite boasts its own chef kitchen (with separate service entry), living and dining room as well as a private sun-deck-clad plunge pool and direct beachfront access.
There are two restaurants to choose from, focussing on farm- and ocean-to-table dishes, aiming to accommodate children's tastes to refined palates. Makoko serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a predominant seafood focus. Think carpaccio of red snapper followed by pan-fried ray wing and salted caramel chocolate cheesecake to finish. Teak deck restaurant Matiss is your slightly more laid-back dinner option offering views over the beach, surf and turf, pizzas and burgers. Thinking of a stroll along the beach? No problem. Picnic and on-the-go menus are also available but you'll certainly be returning for beach bar sundowners around the bonfire - and get your El Man-groove on to the tunes of resident DJ Sunset Sessions.
Definitely the place for R&R, El Mangroove has a health club and spa including a fully-equipped gym, steam room and hair and nail salon. Without a doubt, the best bit has to be the outdoor yoga decks and treatment rooms, accessible by a raised wooden pathway and shaded under cabanas amid the leafy surrounds. Alternatively, take a dip in the pool or feel the sand between your toes at the private sandy beach, just steps from your room. If you're in need of some alone time, make use of the free kids' club and book onto a sunset cruise for possible sightings of sea turtles, dolphins and monkeys.
There are plenty of activities around to get the most out of your Costa Rican experience: explore the tropical landscape on horseback; the mangroves by kayak; the ocean by paddle board or fishing boat; and the vibrant reefs by scuba diving. And when you've exhausted all of that, the golf course and town of El Coco are just a 15 minute drive away, through Guanacaste, which has the highest density of protected land in the country.
Why we love it
With the hotel's '20 minutes from touchdown to sand' promise, there are no long transfers and you'll be surprised at how suddenly you'll feel like there never was surrounding civilisation at all; just mangroves and beach.
Saskia, Original Traveller