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Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Esterillos Este
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Reviewed 13 June 2013

We stayed at this hotel recently and fell in love with the hotel. The design is beautiful and the rooms are like a dream, what we liked most was the attention of the staff ... Anna the receptionist was very helpful, she's a bit clueless but I think that's what we liked about Anna more, as this makes her a very sweet and nice, we want to go back next year, we hope to meet her again only because we want to meet Pacific Alma Ana is the best hotel I've ever known, see you soon!

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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 June 2013

Esterillos este is a very quiet little beach area. There are 5 or 6 hotels no stores no restaurants except in hotel property the alma is beautifully landscaped and maintained. The rooms are excellent, clean, roomy, with wifi tv and free water and drinks stocked in the fridge the staff is fantastic Aldo is great. I can't imagine a better stay. The garden view is a shadier and cooler. The beachfront is bright and beautiful. Adriana Freddy Aaron and everybody at the restaraunt are so nice. They speak goo English but will help you learn Spanish Food is fine. The pelican hotel down the beach has a great restaraunt This place is fantastic. Great value

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed 1 June 2013

With most hotels, the reality of checking into your room is that the room is smaller and not as nice as the photos on its web site. With Alma del Pacifico it was just the opposite: we could not believe how large, bright, and cheerful the bungalow was. Each room is a separate building with its own unique decoration in architecture and art, in tropical colors, much of it in tile and tropical hardwoods. It is really quite amazing. We had a beach room with an amazing view of the waves. The air conditioning didn't work, but we didn't care because we wanted to leave the windows open to admit the sound of the surf. We only wish there were more openable windows. Even the shower has its own outside door and its own little private garden. There are two large swimming pools, a hot tub, and a spa where some of us got massages. These are very clean and not at all crowded.

The beach here is huge, flat, and wonderful. We also really appreciated the warm friendly greeting we received upon our arrival.

The restaurant menu was fairly short but everything was excellent and surprisingly inexpensive. Our only complaint in the restaurant was that we consistently had to ask 2 or 3 times before they would bring us beverages. This happened at breakfast and dinner 2 out of our 3 days there. Every server was very friendly, but every one was also forgetful. But we enjoyed the meals immensely and ate there all three nights since there was just no reason to go anywhere else.

We like the remote location of this resort since it means the beach is tranquil and you feel like you have the whole place to yourself. But it is quite expensive to get around: a van was $180 from San Jose and $162 to the airport at Alajuela. The round-trip taxi to Manuel Antonio National Park is $100. The drivers are nice and the vehicles new and clean. One thing we didn't appreciate, though, was that the hotel cheerfully arranged a taxi to get us to Manuel Antonio at 3:15, without telling us that the park closes at 4:00. Luckily the taxi driver told us, thus saving us $100.

We were lucky to have great weather in late May, with just a few showers overnight and in the morning. The beach at Manuel Antonio was just as great as everyone says, but the beach at Alma is just as good, and much less crowded.

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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

We chose this hotel because it was located directly on the beach. Our room, beachfront villa, looked exactly like the pictures on the web-site, very nice. The property is secluded which was perfect for us, a couple, might not be too good for those with children because other than beach and pool not a lot of activities. The room was very large, bed was very comfortable, and the shower was very cool, looking out to a private garden. Unfortunately, we went in May, beginning of rainy season and could not open the doors to the garden while showering due to mosquitoes. The restaurant - food was good, prices were about the same as other hotel restaurants, and the staff was very friendly and attentive. We used the jacuzzi twice, the first time the water was hot, the second time it never heated up, but was still nice.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 May 2013

Thank you for accepting us as walk-in's. A very nice lady received us in a very warm way. Since this hotel was a bit out of our budget, they gave us an additional discount on the already reduced green season price. We enjoyed our short stay very much and it was a great good bye from a fantastic Costa Rica! Staff took time to make us feel welcome. We loved our room, it was big, clean and cool and the shower was great with the big windows. We enjoyed the pool and the ocean and the hammock on the beach. Thank you again!

Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

We went as part of a package with Xandarii Alajuela (near San Jose). We were one of the first to stay at this resort also. Right on the ocean, beautiful buildings and grounds and the staff were very accommodating. Our children and grand children stayed in a B & B about 1 kilometer down the beach and walk on the lovely soft black sand down to visit us daily. Most of the beach villas have hot tubs overlooking the ocean. We took advantage of the spa but also made a day trip into Quepos and Jaco, both of which are an easy drive. .

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 April 2013

Nice hotel to visit. Relaxation guaranteed in this place. Good rooms, good food, good service. An amazing sunset to remember for the rest of your life. The sea is perfect for kids. There is also a lot of other activities that you can do to enjoy your stay, or just sit under the shadow of a cocunut tree and read your book.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa

Address: Playa Esterillos Este | Near Manuel Antonio, Esterillos Este 10-6300, Costa Rica (Formerly Xandari by the Pacific)
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Esterillos Este
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Esterillos Este
Price Range: £123 - £458 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfectly situated on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast along Playa Esterillos Este, between Jaco Beach and Manuel Antonio, Alma del Pacifico is a luxury Costa Rica hotel featuring beachfront Caribbean hotel rooms and suites, a three-meal restaurant, full-service spa and a variety of exciting vacation activities. With distinct architecture and art, an extensive array of amenities and superb personal service, Alma del Pacifico Hotel is the premier luxury hotel in Costa Rica. A great alternative for luxury travelers wanting to visit Manuel Antonio while being on the beach. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Xandari By The Pacific Hotel
Xandari By The Pacific Resort
Alma Del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa Costa Rica/Esterillos Este

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