Panama beach in Costa Rica’s north-west corner is home to the trendy El Mangroove, an Autograph Collection Hotel. El Mangroove sits in 17 acres of lush, tropical grounds and takes its name from its location in dense mangrove forest, on the chocolate sand shores of Playa Panama.
Situated between the Papagayo Peninsula (where you will find the Hyatt Andaz and the Four Seasons) and the bustling Playa del Coco, Playa Panama offers tranquil waters ideal for swimming, snorkelling and paddleboarding. Golfers are well served by the nearby Arnold Palmer signature golf course, and scuba divers should try the shark-friendly Bat Islands.
This eco-sensitive property promises “20 minutes from touchdown to sand” as it is the closest resort to Liberia International Airport. This means that you can be lazing in the Presidential Suite in under half an hour and enjoying its plunge pool and direct beach access.
This luxury beach boutique hotel has 85 sleek suites which offer a boho chic vibe. These modern, comfy rooms feature open-air living rooms with quirky local art. They bring the outside in with their outdoor lanai which offer the perfect place to relax on comfy chairs and hammocks.
Two Gourmet Restaurants
Feast on the sensational gastronomy of the elegant Makako and casual Matiss restaurants which are overseen by world-class Executive Chef Sebastian La Rocca who is the former head chef at Barbecoa, Jamie Oliver’s Michelin-starred restaurant in London. During the day try the light bites offered by the Matiss restaurant in an oceanfront sandbox setting. As the evening approaches, this open-air lounge offers stylish dining and cocktails to beating tunes. Recommended dishes include the Worcester glazed short rib with apple-jalapeño puree and rosemary breadcrumbs and the chocolate cheesecake for dessert.
Start the night by chilling down at the bar, enjoy the scene and watch how the sun fades in the coastline. With a live DJ and a mixologist who will mix you killer cocktails, the nights at El Mangroove soothe your soul! Watch out for the beach night barefoot events, full moon parties and cocktail star watching.
Pool & Beach
The sprawling pool and chocolate sand beach area are stylish and flanked by an array of poolside lounges. The poolside cabanas are equipped with flat-screen TVs, fully-stocked minibars and exclusive concierge who will serve you whatever you want. For something a bit different, the outdoor centre at the beach will rent you light-up paddle boards for sunset journeys.
This hotel is great all year round. December to April is the dry season where you are virtually guaranteed no rain but the landscape can get a little parched. May to November is a mix of sunshine and showers making the countryside a lurid green but you do risk occasionally getting drenched before the sun comes out!
Relaxing at this beach-side hang-out is easy. An onsite spa will relax you before you hit the gourmet restaurants and enjoy the thumping tunes from the live DJ. The house music, sun soaking, moon gazing and decadent lifestyle make El Mangrove feel like South Beach in Costa Rica – it is THE place to see and be seen.
El Mangroove features in our best luxury resorts in Papagayo.
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