JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa
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- All Inclusive Features
Plenty of things to like about this property, but the smiling, accommodating faces were the most memorable. Tops on this list was Andreas, who normally works the pool area, but was absolutely fantastic leading the FREE Botanic Garden Walk put on by the hotel. I had an hour to kill and since it was free, had very low expectations. I showed up in the lobby at 9am, and was the only person that day. Andreas took me on a 45-min walking tour of the hotel grounds, which included the nursery area that holds the many species of trees & plants used on the grounds. He would identify plants, pluck a fruit or nut off, and explain what they were used for (wine, medicine, food, etc...). Amazing to hear all of the uses Costa Rican's have for the many trees and plants. It gives you a little of the local culture without leaving your luxury resort. Coolest part was we actually tasted the fruits/berries/nuts we saw.(he ate one of each first to prove it was all good). We saw Andreas at the pool later that day, and he surprised my wife and me with a "grasshopper" he crafted from palm leaves. Seeing we were with another couple, he returned later with another grasshopper he made and presented it to our friends. Andreas going above-and-beyond!On this trip, we paid to snorkel, ride horses, and sport fish. As weird as it sounds, Andreas made this quick little freebie stand out as one of my trip highlights!
Nice isolated beachfront resort. Obviously, you have the JW Marriott experience to the 9th degree here. Great evening sunsets and views of the ocean. Gigantic pool area and the rooms are like Inca royalty. Some of the best resort/hotel food I have eaten. Big italian culinary influence in Costa Rica, Gelateria on site as well. Live music at night in courtyard with drinks and tapas. Good times.
The staff here is amazing. From the maids (who do amazing, artistic creations with towels), the pool staff, servers, everyone was friendly and could not do enough for us. The pool is the reason to stay here. It is far away from everything except Tamarindo, zip line and ATVs. But that should keep you plenty busy especially since you need pool time. We at at Tamarine, which I thought was just ok. Sabanaro steak house was really good. The bread and butter is delicious. The steaks are wonderful but there are other items on the menu. Had a goat cheese salad at the pool one day too. The Mojito bar. I cannot say enough about the mojito bar at the pool: had the regular (lime), watermelon and pineapple. All were delicious. This is a great hotel for rest and relaxation in a beautiful property. The Costa Rican people are lovely. I recommend going for sure.
This hotel is amazing, as the title suggests. Beautiful pool and beach, and plenty of options for good food and drink. Service is excellent. They even have a kids club where you can drop the kids for daycare while you go enjoy drinking in the pool.
I have only posted one other review but I had to post about this place. First we went during the wet season and I thought that I was going to not enjoy it because of the rain,but I did. It rained only one day but it was so quick that the sun was back out in 1 hour. Things to think about bc I didn't:Get a rental car before you leave home because the taxi was expensive.The road was really bumpy and the taxi driver driving had me on edge the entire time. Once we got to the hotel then my nerves were better. The hotel is beautiful, the pictures do not lie. The staff is very nice and they always speak. Our room was okay but we upgraded to the suite and it was beautiful. The view watching the sunrise and the sunset was the best part of room as well as the bed and shower. The pool was nice as well. We spent most days eating at the pool. The food was delicious and the drinks was great!! I paid for the food/drink vouchers(booked through the website). We were able to eat 3x a day and it was hard because the meals were so fulfilling. The beach was good for collecting seashells. I did swim in a very small area,but it is rocky but the infinity pool was the best. We rented a car from the hotel and drove to the next town and did some shopping. Pros:Food (food options), hotel, people, roomCons: Beach, distance from airport and the many attractionsI would go back and spend more time and get a tour guide booked before leaving.
Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).
If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.
Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- 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
Resort Location Map
JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & SpaLiberia,Costa Rica
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
Hacienda Pinilla, Playa Avellanas, Tamarindo Costa Rica
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