JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa
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- All Inclusive Features
We stayed at this property for 6 days and loved it. Upon arrival we were upgraded to an ocean front walk out room!! The staff and pool guys were very professional and attentive. We have a 2.5 year old and everyone went out of their way to engage with her, including the pool guys who made special pineapple and strawberry slices for her most days (without us asking)!! The food was excellent at each of the resort restaurants, only exception was a pizza we ordered from Mansita's. Definitely order the Pura Vida salad from Mansita's, we ate it two days in a row!! The pool is big and the volleyball net and bridges add some fun! The kids area is stocked with tons of toys (building blocks, Legos, puzzles, etc) and the daily crafts are a nice added touch. The whole area is a nice reprieve from the heat and allowed us to play as a family. The beach is nice for walking and shell scouting but no swimming as it's too rocky (that didnt matter to us). The gym has a nice setup as well. There are also daily activities for the adults which is neat if interested, we never made one due to our little ones schedule. The mosquito's were bad but just get in the habit of spraying down before you leave your room and you'll be good. This place is isolated so plan for a relaxing vacation or book excursions to fill the time. We went to nearby Tamarindo and enjoyed watching the surfers and the locally brewed beer from Volcano Brewery right on the beach!!!!
You'll drive a ways to get here but the remoteness is part of the charm. The view from the balcony off the lobby has that "holy cow" factor as you soak it in. This place, and the warmth of the hosts, simply sinks its charms in to your bones. Have a leisurely breakfast at Mansita restaurant when you wake up the next day and then hang out. Don't overplan. Enjoy.
We stayed two nights at this beautiful hotel. It's laid back and you go at your pace. If you want to party all night and gamble this is NOT the place for you. This place is for those that want to unwind, enjoy the beach and surroundings. The food was outstanding as were the rooms. Very clean. The staff could not have been more helpful. Beautiful infinity pool and monkeys in the trees on the beach. The hotel is on a very large hacienda property. One road in and same one out. There is a Brit gift shop but no other shopping. Closest town is Tamarindo. The concierge can set you up with zip lining or fishing and other activities. We will be back!
The service at the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa was exceptional!!! I would expecially like to mention the following staff: William (overall service position), Christopher (Azul pool restaurant), Yariela (Concierge), Jose (Spa), Adolfo (Mansita restaurant); and the lunch staff at Mansita ( think the main person there was Maybelline. We were treated like "gold" during our entire stay.
We kept expectations low based on some of the reviews, we also rented a car to give ourselves more flexibility. The journey to the hotel is about 1.25 hrs., and not for the faint of heart driver. However, the hotel exceeded all expectations. We had to wait about an hour for our room to be ready although it was close to 3pm, we chose to go to the Azul bar and grab a light snack and refreshment. Our waiter William was a pleasure! He made a few simple suggestions, and the hour flew by. How could you have a bad time sitting Oceanside?When we got to the room we were blown away, I had received an upgrade as Marriott Platinum, and this had to be the upgrade of upgrades! We had an ocean view suite, with separate King bedroom and master bath. The suite had to be close to 1500sqft!The entire staff was friendly and made us feel welcome every chance they had.Keep in mind we were here during rainy season, and the property is quiet. everyone is out of the pool by about 8pm. The Nau bar has live music until 10pm. This is far from a party place, it is very serene and relaxing. If you are looking for a first-class experience and quiet, this is it.A note on Lola's; eh. If you’re into unremarkable and expensive food, waiting forever to order, lackadaisical and condescending surfer attitude, this is the place for you. We waited 30 minutes to get a seat with no line. The party we were looking at while waiting was actually the staff. We were sent upstairs with menus, and told our server would be along shortly. Shortly meant an additional 20 min. The waiter took our order and then came back about 15 min later to tell us the kitchen had closed. Mind you, Lola’s says to come watch the sun-set, which is about 7pm this time of year. We had arrived at 4:45 pm, but I guess they close at 5. I partially think a family with three kids at the surfer bar may have been the issue, just a thought.Tamarindo is a 20-minute ride from the hotel, and an absolutely great town to spend an afternoon or evening. again, a huge surfer culture, but cool. We shopped locally, and couldn’t get enough of the fresh fruits.We also day tripped to Rincón de la Vieja volcano. This is well worth the 1.5 hr drive. However, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE GOOD DIRECTIONS! We got lost leaving Liberia and ended up on some rocky road trek.By all means a complete joy to visit!
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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