El Mangroove

Playa Panama, Golfo Papagayo, 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.

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 meters 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

Beach, Couples, Family, Honeymoon

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!

Sonia Bungaroo

Insider's View

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

Jenny Weidemann

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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.

Location & Directions

Playa Panama, Golfo Papagayo, 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.

When to go

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 vacations are also best to plan ahead.

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