Brightly colored beach bungalows sit puzzle-pieced together at the Alma Del Pacifica Beach Hotel, a hidden gem on Costa Rica's west coast.
It's only 30 minutes south of Jaco, the biggest and busiest surf town on the coast, but this stretch of sand on Playa Esterillos has managed to stay relatively known and maintain its tranquil charm. The hotel is peaceful and relaxing -- largely due to its small size and lush garden-filled grounds -- and best reserved for nature lovers, romantic getaways and quiet moments of solitude.
Each of the 20 rooms -- which range from smaller more affordable bungalows to expansive beachfront villas with private plunge pools -- are artfully adorned with original paintings, handmade tapestries and design savvy-architecture. All come with small kitchenettes, private patios and strong AC. While the beachfront villas offer serene ocean views, the garden bungalows afford guests more privacy. The palm-lined beach out front, though beautiful, is a bit too rough for swimming, so relax in a hammock or cool off in the two mosaic-tiled pools instead.
You'll need a car to venture off the property, but on site, there's a full-service spa and open-air thatched-roof restaurant that serves up ocean views and a classic menu of Costa Rican seafood dishes using local, garden-sourced ingredients.
From the press:
"This upscale boutique hotel is a hidden gem on a very undiscovered patch of sand" -- Frommer's
"Combining Costa Rica’s vibrant architecture with modern design, this tranquil property offers spacious rooms and colorful beach bungalows" -- Fodors
Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
Laundry / dry cleaning
Room service (limited hours)
Coffee / tea-making facilities
Iron and ironing board
iPod/iPhone docking station
Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.
Standard check-in time: 3pm
Standard checkout time: 12pm
Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.
Pets not allowed Check-in time starts at 3pm Check-out time is 12pm
You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.
Know Before You Go
Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments. Reservations can be made by contacting the resort prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
Juan Santamaria International Airport is about two hours away, and a taxi will be expensive. A better alternative is to rent a car, especially if you plan to leave the property to explore the area.
Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.
You will pay the hotel in the hotel's local currency. The rate displayed (in CAD) is an estimate based on today's currency exchange rate.
The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.
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