North Pacific Coast Hotels



JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa

At a Glance


  • height of luxury
  • fabulous pool
  • excellent service


  • very pricey
  • remote location keeps you captive if you don't have a car
  • beach is small

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa Review

Just a little north of Playa Avellanas, this new hacienda-style hotel is luxury personified, centered around a 25,000 square-foot infinity pool that merges with a short stretch of beach in the west, making every sunset a major event. Quiet elegance is the theme here, alongside charming traditional touches, such as painted oxcarts piled high with towels around the pool. Rooms are all superluxurious, with sybaritic bathrooms, sumptuous sage- and cream-colored linens, and private terraces with ceiling fans and removable bug screens. For grown-ups, there's a 24-hour fitness center; the 18-hole, 72-par Hacienda Pinilla golf course; and an exquisite, full-service spa with 19 massage huts. There's also a kids' club for very lucky, well-heeled families. The on-site restaurants, including a handsome, ranch-style Costa Rican steak house and a more intimate Asian restaurant, are gorgeous, but the prices are sky-high and the food quality inconsistent. There's a daily shuttle van to Tamarindo's shops and restaurants, and if you have your own car, you can drive the short distance to Playa Negro and Playa Avellanas for less pricey meals.

    Hotel Details

  • 290 rooms, 21 suites.
  • Rate includes some meals.
Updated: 04-05-2013

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