We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Amazing 1st Experience of Costa Rica! Detailed review!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 2 more sites!
Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Esterillos Este
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Amazing 1st Experience of Costa Rica! Detailed review!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

I spent 4 nights at this outstanding hotel with my fiance. The staff arranged shuttle service from the San Jose airport directly to (and from) the hotel, which was easy and comforting (especially for those who don't know much about getting around the country). We were greeted warmly by the staff as we walked in. Just stepping through the entrance instantly made me feel satisfied with my choice to stay here. The walkways are exuberant in artsy decorations, colorful walls, and bright plants and flowers.

We stayed in a garden bungalow-- another option is the beachfront villa where you can directly face the ocean. However, we were extremely pleased with our bungalow. There's a mini bar that the staff fills with Costa Rican beer, wine, juices, water, coffee and so much more. It has an outdoor shower, right in the back of the large room, where the water flows into your personal garden (this was my favorite). There is a lot of privacy in these rooms that look like colorful, cute studios. There IS WiFi in the rooms and hotel (if you have time to even check your phone)!

There is a restaurant on the premises, and my fiance and I ate there constantly. The food was absolutely incredible (coming from a food-crazed girl!) Every meal was fresh and cooked exceptionally. The fruits are fantastic! You MUST try them. I hate eating papaya in the states-- it has a weird aftertaste-- but after trying it here, I fell in love. There is a free breakfast that is included with your stay, but I personally loved their Alma Pancakes which has banana, granola and rum in it. The Tico Breakfast is a typical Costa Rican breakfast, which was another favorite. A staff member told us (and we completely agree) to get seafood. Since the hotel is right by the ocean, you can be sure to get fresh and tasty seafood at any time. The whole Red Snapper, Mahi Mahi, Grilled Tuna, and Sashimi dishes were divine. Absolute perfection. Their tropical cheese is AWESOME! I honestly ordered it on the side of everything I got (try it fried, too). We also got drinks every night. If you have a sweet tooth like my fiance, go for the Black or White Russian. It's like a dessert in a wonderful cocktail. If you're more on the fruit and aromatic side like me, go for the mojitos. Best mojitos, ever. Seriously. I kept asking for more and more.

Literally steps away from the restaurant is the ocean. You can walk on the beach and see tons of little crabs. We even found a seahorse! There are hammocks, swings and beach chairs available. At night, it gets pitch black, but the staff goes out and lights cool tiki torches. Be mindful of the tides-- it can get really low FAST. They have two pools on the premises and a hot tub. While we were there, there were not a ton of guests, so we had a lot of privacy, even in the large pool.

The staff at this hotel are so helpful and sweet. They have great personalities! They would stop to have a conversation with us, and assist us in any way possible. Carmen was amazing! She helped arrange many trips for us around the country, which we needed a lot of help with since we had never been to Costa Rica before. She made sure to find great deals and prices for taxis and tours. Other staff members made us feel "at home" in this beautiful hotel.

I have nothing but great things to say about this hotel. GREAT choice if you're visiting Costa Rica for the first time, or any time at all. I definitely had a wonderful first experience in this country. Thank you all for the lovely time!!!

Room Tip: If you really desire a full view of the ocean and have a larger group, go for the villas. The garden...
See more room tips
  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank iSawah
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

451 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    336
    85
    16
    5
    9
See reviews for
122
234
15
3
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (132)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
San Jose, Costa Rica
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

It's a great peaceful place to expend some relax vacations, it's near the city, restaurant is really good, the service is great and the gardens are fantastic, rooms are unique and you can enjoy of a lot of privacy...

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank romoracr
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
BarryStrud, Owner at Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 21 May 2014
May, June and July are three of my favorite months and the rates are great.

The roads in the central Pacific are vastly improved over the past few years mad now Manuel Antonio is just 30 minutes away on a well paved road. There is also a new toll road which puts Alma just 90 minutes from the airport.

Good advice on getting a car, but I'd add also getting a GPS. We're just 25 minutes to both Jaco Beach and to Manuel Antonio.

Here is a tip our less adventurous guest ofter do: Consider getting ground transport to the hotel and then have a rental car delivered to the hotel the next morning. Our reservations staff can help you out on this.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
San Jose, Costa Rica
Level Contributor
21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014 via mobile

I just spent today 2 wonderful days with my wife and 3 sons. This is an upscale beachfront boutique hotel & spa, where you really indulge yourself. From the moment you walk in, you immediately realize this will be an unforgettable time. Everything is decorated in a way you only read in rich & famous magazines. Hotel Staff is so devoted to provide a customer experience(Carmen, Evelyn, Wilson).Rooms are huge, fine decoration, amazing bath, internal garden and a plunge pool to enjoy valuable family time. Restaurant area is also gorgeous, but food is really really good, and very reasonable price (cheaper than many restaurants in Costa Rica ). Located in Playa Esterillos Este, a large pictured beach, however similar to other beaches in Pacific with black sand (Personally I prefer Caribbean beaches). Major touristic areas are relatively close like Manuel Antonio Park, and even San Jose is less than 2 hours but still you need a car (remember that Costa Rica roadways are very primitive). I fully 100% recommend Alma del Pacifico, looking forward to come back this year.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
Helpful?
Thank Mike P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
BarryStrud, Owner at Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 21 May 2014
Thanks for your kind words ! We're very proud of our hotel and believe we offer a unique experience for the adult adventure traveler seeking a casual luxury relaxing experience

With so many hotels available on -line, ( and they all feature a pretty picture of a pool and a sunset), too many people get confused and frustrated an then end up shopping on room rate alone. Your actual personal insights are invaluable in helping future guests discern the differences between an upscale boutique hotel and simply another hotel with a pretty sun set.

Again thanks and come back and visit us again !
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

Sishimi dish was excellent. Pasta and seafood dish was outstanding. My husband loved his Gaszpacho soup. Service was great....they sang happy birthday to me in English and Spanish. And most importantly the ambiance of this restaurant, given its location and layout, is stunning. You've got to go!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank drdenisebp
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Tarcoles, Costa Rica
Level Contributor
40 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

Gorgeous ocean view!...The dinner here was amazing.......Definitely recommend the whole Red Snapper Caribbean style. The waiters were attentive and bilingual. We also ordered steak that was delicious. The grounds of this hotel is luscious and of course tropical. The atmosphere is romantic and safe. We loved our visit here and would not hesitate to come back for another dinner.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank whitewolf007
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Level Contributor
55 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014 via mobile

We are celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary and chose Alma as our first stop. The property is one of the most picturesque spots we have seen. The architectural design is vibrant and very attractive. A lot of thought went into the design of layout and the rooms. The room we had (villa 2) was absolutely delightful. While laying in bed you have a full view of waves breaking on the beach. Not the typical ocean front view from your bed. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. Freddy is a lot of fun, full of character and a desire to make it right and the best. We had one of the best massages ever, a deep tissue for 90 minutes. Barry, one of the owners is most pleasant and dedicated to making this a fantastic and relaxing vacation. Be sure and introduce yourself to the mystery guest Charlie.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
Helpful?
Thank Franklin B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Galveston, Texas
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014

This was me an my husband's third stop in Costa Rica. We overall found this resort to be delightful. It was small and not filled at the time that we were there. The rooms are beautiful with bright colors, enormous windows everywhere with natural light and the shower was delightful. The mattresses were average in quality. Our room was ocean front which I highly recommend. This style of room puts you steps away from the beach and has a lovely patio for your enjoyment. The beach was clean, black sand, and we walked about an hour in each direction only seeing a few people each way. The grounds were well kept and the rooms were alway immaculate. The concierge was helpful. We wanted to go on an offshore fishing excursion and they called several companies to get us the best price for both the excursion and cab which I appreciated. The restaurant ambiance was quite nice. It is a beachfront palapa. The food quality was hit or miss. About half of the things that we ate were excellent with the other half being below average in quality (namely the oriental food options). The drink quality varied from bartender to bartender with some of the drinks being wonderful and some being undrinkable. The service was always excellent. Overall we enjoyed our time here very much. We highly recommend this resort and would love to stay here again in the future.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank krobs14
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Esterillos Este
0.2 mi away
Encantada Ocean Cottages
Encantada Ocean Cottages
#1 of 5 in Esterillos Este
4.5 of 5 bubbles 286 reviews
16.9 mi away
Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort
21.4 mi away
Tulemar's Buena Vista Luxury Villas
Tulemar's Buena Vista Luxury Vil...
#2 of 48 in Manuel Antonio National Park
5.0 of 5 bubbles 1,065 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
18.0 mi away
Villa Caletas
Villa Caletas
#2 of 44 in Jaco
4.5 of 5 bubbles 1,260 reviews
1.0 mi away
Hotel Playa Bejuco
Hotel Playa Bejuco
#3 of 5 in Esterillos Este
4.5 of 5 bubbles 210 reviews
21.3 mi away
Gaia Hotel & Reserve
Gaia Hotel & Reserve
#3 of 48 in Manuel Antonio National Park
5.0 of 5 bubbles 1,428 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa

Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com and Odigeo so you can book your Alma del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Xandari By The Pacific Hotel
Xandari By The Pacific Resort
Alma Del Pacifico Beach Hotel & Spa Costa Rica/Esterillos Este

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing