JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa
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On arrival, we were welcomed with smiles and welcome drink! The stuff was always polite and friendly. We had a great time with other family. It's clean and quiet, access to pool and the beach was so very convenient. The hotel offers various activities which we should have taken more advantage of :)Evelin from housekeeping always made us happy with her towel animals... (especially crocodile when we could not spot a real one on the tour that day) thank you!I can't remember everyone's name but well, everyone is so nice!!Pura Vida!!
This resort is amazingly beautiful. The grounds are clean, modern and have such spectacular traditional Costa Rican decor. if you like the pool there is no shortage of pools to choose from as there are about 5. I don't care for the pool myself so I didn't bother to use it, just once with my friends who wanted to relax by the pool. If you are looking going here for the beach, I do need to warn you that the beach is a little rough with strong waves and currents and there are rocks in the water. The water isn't Caribbean clear blue and the sand isn't fine white. But it is still a nice place. The sunsets here are amazing as well. Another thing that I should make you aware of is the fact that this resort is very far from any town for shopping. You would have to get a ride into Tamarindo beach which the hotel provides for $20 (US) per person. There are several departure and return times. I would suggest to buy all your snacks and other small items to keep in your hotel room when you go out to Tamarindo.The restaurants on the premises do require reservations with the exception of Mansitas. I didn't care for much at Mansitas. I did order the surf and turf the first night and it was $31 for a nice size piece of steak but they cooked it too much for my liking, it came with 3 grilled shrimp, 6 yucca fries that were too oily and over cooked and a tomato confit. I didn't care for this meal. My friends ordered the buffet and they enjoyed it. I did taste their desserts and most of them were so good. Manistas does serve a few things that are not on the dinner menu and thanks to one of the waters there (I was so grateful, I wish I remember his name) recommended a chicken quesadilla on our last night. I was pleasantly satisfied. It was huge with a good amount of chicken to cheese ratio. It came with guacamole, pico de gallo and a sauce that he called house sauce it tasted like tzatziki to me. It was good.The staff at this resort is so friendly, courteous and always eager to please. The housekeeping staff did an amazing job every day leaving plenty of towels and toiletries. If you want to get away and relax and don't care that the place is secluded and that you have to drive a long distance to the airport then I'd recommend it.
What an exceptional stay! Hubby and I stayed here for only 2 nights because we were on a Caravan Tour, and boy, what a delight. We would have loved to have stayed longer.The property style is like a Hacienda, which really shoots right straight to my interior design heart. LOVE the style and design of a Hacienda. The main courtyard area just off the lobby, with the beautiful white hammocks, was a wonderful common area to hang out in the evening to visit and have cocktails. They had live music, and a few specialized vendors selling gorgeous pieces and was a perfect area to relax and enjoy the cool breeze.The pool is wow, just wow. One of my very favorite things to do while spending time on the beach, is watching the sunset. And boy, I don't think we've experienced a better location than sitting in their infinity pool right at sunset. The water temperature was perfect and the view was utter perfection. Sunset time is a time everyone gathers around the infinity pool (and of course the beach area) to watch the setting sun.The service around the pool was very good, our waiter was exceptional. He came to poolside often to make sure we were taken care of. And the soothing music they play around the pool is wonderful. So tranquil.The beach area is rocky but just off to the right is a smoother entry. An even better swimming area is walking the beach towards the south, passed the rocks, and walk down about 20 minutes (in front of Lola's Restaurant) for a really great swimming area.Just a couple cons:The pool is gorgeous no doubt. It serpentine's around and around and is quite long. However, very strange that as large as the pool is, there are very few actual stairs into the pool. And all of the stairs into the pool are on the South Side of the pool. For example, the infinity pool area, if you enter pool-chair area from the North side of the pool sidewalk, the only way into the pool is if you just sit on the edge and plop into the water. You can't even get out of the pool on that side unless you hoist yourself up to the edge of the pool. NOT GOOD for older people AT ALL. Very bad planning.One more con was in our room in the bathroom area. The decor is gorgeous, don't get me wrong. I don't mean to be petty but the toilet and the shower are together in a separate large tiled room. No separate shower walls or door, just a room with tile floor and tile walls that hold the toilet and a shower head. All one room. Basically the toilet is in the shower. And the odd thing is, there is no door! The toilet/shower is closed off by a shower curtain that doesn't cover the entire doorway.So, lets say if one were to get ready for the evening and took a shower and got all dressed up to go down for cocktails and dinner....and before you left your hotel room you wanted to use the toilet before you went downstairs, you have to walk into the water-soaked floor which is the toilet/shower room. The bottom of your sundress would get wet, or the bottom of your trousers would get wet, because the floor is still soaked from your evening showers. So you have to walk into the toilet room, holding up your pants/dress or the hem will get wet.As lovely as this property is, I just don't understand this concept. It's very clumsy, and very non-private, with the shower curtain as a toilet door and the wet floor.Oh well, I don't want to sound like we're complaining. The property is magnificent. I can't really comment on the "location" to places because we were on a Caravan Tour, so we were at the mercy of the tour, so we didn't really venture out much. Other than walk down the beach to Lola's. Which by the way, if you stay there, you MUST walk down the beach to Lola's for an afternoon. Look Lola's up on Tripadvisor.Beautiful property, fantastic sunsets. We sure wish we had more than 2 nights there.
Very nice place. It has a giant beautiful pool, great landscaping and grounds, everything you would want. The room and bathroom were clean, and it would be hard to find something to complain about.Would I return, or recommend, absolutely.
Everything at your finger tips. Food and drinks a little expensive but well worth it. Rooms are comfortable and clean. Great excursion options available. Spa was a great way to add relaxation to our trip.
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- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
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- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- Breakfast daily (buffet)
- Lunch daily (buffet and a la carte)
- Dinner daily (buffet and a la carte)
- Unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages ordered by the glass including premium brand liquor, beer and house wine
- Land sports
- Fitness centre
- Nature walks Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 am (time subject to change)
- 310 rooms
- 1 Buffet restaurant and 2 a la carte restaurants (steak house, Asian fusion)
- Mediterranean grill
- Snack bar
- 2 bars including, Pool bar
- 2 pools (Infinity Pool and children's pool)
- Warm and cold whirlpools
- Fitness centre
- Beauty salon
- Games room
- Gift shop
- Meeting facilities
- Business centre
- WiFi internet (fee)
- Car rental desk
- ATM Machine
- Concierge desk
- Foreign exchange
- Laundry and dry cleaning services
- 24-hour room service
- Horseback riding (fee)
- Golf nearby (fee)
- 2 queen-size beds or 1 king-size bed
- 1 full bathroom
- Telephone with voice mail
- Air conditioning
- Cable and satellite television
- Clock radio
- CD player/iPod dock
- Coffee maker
- In-room safe
- Iron and ironing board/Trouser press
- Maximum occupancy of 4
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JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & SpaLiberia,Costa Rica
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Hacienda Pinilla, Playa Avellanas, Tamarindo Costa Rica
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