El Mangroove

Papagayo Peninsula, Guanacaste and Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

At a Glance

  • Boutique hotel with a laidback atmosphere

  • Only 20 minutes from the airport

  • Fantastic location on the Papagayo peninsula, overlooking the gulf and 150 metres of chocolate sand beach

  • A budget friendly hotel with a beach front location

  • Observe dolphins, turtles and giant stingrays in the gulf or take a boat trip out to see humpback whales

  • The calm waters make it a safer and more enjoyable environment for children

  • Enjoy spectacular sunsets over the Bay of Culebra

  • Elegant and modern interiors and designs

  • Chic and stylish decor with Mediterranean details

  • An ideal hotel to connect with nature through the beautiful spa and outdoor treatment rooms

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The dry season from December to April, doesn't necessarily mean no rain but there should be less of it, is considered the best time to visit Costa Rica. The 'green' season runs from May to November and there is more chance of rain during this time with September and October being the wettest months. It is important to plan well in advance for Christmas and New Year to avoid disappointment (ideally a year) as Costa Rica is extremely popular over this time with repeat bookers. Easter and during US school holidays are also best to plan ahead.

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Insider's View

Grab the dribble inducing Fish Tempura tacos and a cold Imperial from the Matiss restaurant and run down to the beach to watch the sun set over the bay. Inner peace is not something only achieved through yoga - fish tacos and giant suns are integral!

Indulge into the hotels freshly made food and drink including home made granola and a refreshing watermelon and basil mojito.

Call us on 020 3993 9308 to start planning your holiday to El Mangroove or take a look at our itineraries to Costa Rica


El Mangroove is a stylish yet casual beach hotel located in the lovely Papagayo bay. The hotel's 85 suites are styled with recycled wood, local artwork and contemporary stone finishes. Facilities at the hotel include 2 restaurants, a pool, spa and beach.

El Mangroove, with 150 meters of beautiful chocolate sand beach front in the Papagayo bay, is a perfect chilled out alternative to the many dressed up resorts that populate the coast of Guanacaste. This is the coolest beach hangout in the area!

El Mangroove boasts 85 comfortable guest rooms, featuring wooden furnishings recycled and made from the mangroves which used to occupy the property. Each room features modern amenities and has a unique open-air sitting area. The hotel also features two excellent restaurants, one of which is now run by a former protogee of chef Jamie Oliver.

The large infinity pool redefines "laid back" but with a luxury twist - private cabanas are available and stunning beach views can be seen from all angles. The beach itself has dark chocolate sand and wraps around the tranquil bay - perfect for stand up paddle boarding or swimming - and is host to some of the best sunsets in the country.

All facilities in the main area face towards the Pacific horizon so that views can be enjoyed all common spaces, from the pool to the restaurant to the bar. The Matisse Bar and restaurant also offers a takeout food & beverage service for those seeking privacy or romance, and is perfect for guests who want to go and enjoy the vibrant sunset on the beach.

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Jenny Weidemann (Staff)

This boutique hotel is located right on Playa Panama, a beautiful typical beach ideal to go for long morning walks at low tide before it gets too hot. There is plenty of trees on the beach for shade and if it does get too hot, you have the choice of cooling down in the ocean or the big modern pool which is just steps away from the beach. It is so close to the airport and does not have a lot of other hotels around, which makes the beach quiet and private. The rooms have a unique design and combine a nice fresh air seating area with a cosy bedroom. The service is amazing, and the Spa has beautiful outdoor treatment bungalows. Make sure you request the jungle/forest view rooms as they have the most privacy.


Sonia Bungaroo (Staff)

A great, quirky little hideaway in Papagayo - this is the perfect place for those looking for real barefoot luxury to end their Costa Rican adventure with! Great service, amazing sunsets, and the best fish tacos in the area juxtapose the abstract, dramatic lines of the open air property - this hotel has just the right amount of casual in their refined finish, that just oozes cool.


  • ATV Surf Trip to the North

    Enjoy and exciting ATV excursion beginning in Tamarindo. From here, travel north along the coast until reaching beautiful Playa Grande. Take a refreshing dip in the ocean upon arrival before tackling some serious waves on your surfboard!

  • Catamaran Sail with Snorkelling

    Silently glide in a catamaran along Costa Rica's Pacific Coast past exotic bays, golden beaches and tropical jungles, spotting dolphins, sea turtles and whales before dropping anchor in a quiet bay to go snorkelling or kayaking in the pristine warm waters.

  • Ostional Sea Turtle Excursion

    If visiting between September and November, make sure to visit Ostional Beach where tens of thousands of sea turtles return each year to lay their eggs.

  • Sunset Catamaran Tour of Papagayo

    Set out on a cruising adventure aboard a luxury 47-foot catamaran to see ocean wildlife and jungle shoreline! Snorkel to see colourful marine life and soak in the sunset views surrounding Costa Rica's Papagayo Peninsula.

  • Visit the SIBU Sanctuary and Wildlife Refuge

    Take a visit to Costa Rica's wonderful SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and Refuge for injured and orphaned animals. Here you will find rehabilitated howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, coatis, racoons, opossums and porcupines, along with other small mammals.

Holiday Ideas

  • Family Fun in Costa Rica

    San Jose, Pacuare, Osa Peninsula, Arenal & Papagayo

    from £6100 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights

    • Adrenaline pumped activities to suit everyone in the family
    • Amazing wildlife experiences from sloth spying to kayaking with dolphins
    • Robinson Crusoe inspired jungle lodges to bring out the explorer in everyone

Location & directions

Papagayo Peninsula, Guanacaste and Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

El Mangroove is located on the northwest Pacific coast of Costa Rica, overlooking the warm waters of the Papagayo Gulf along the spectacular Bay of Culebra.

How to get there

12-hour international flight to San Jose, connecting to a 40-minute domestic flight to Liberia International Airport, followed by a 20-minute car transfer to resort. Also can be reached by a 4-hour road transfer from San Jose.

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