El Mangroove Hotel
Super-cool Mangroove is a luxury, tree-shaded beach resort on Costa Rica's undeveloped Guanacaste Pacific coast.
Mangroove is an extremely smart and well regarded property describes itself as a bohemian-chic boutique resort, which actually does sum up its ambiance and attitude. Contemporary minimalist design, state of the art technology and an arty touch are brought together to create a high-class experience for guests. The standard of service is extremely high.
There's a real wow about the place, the imaginative use of wood and themes from nature in the décor, the sharp, elongated 40m pool; the comprehensive spa with its individual treatment bungalows. The restaurant is extremely highly rated (private dining on request). There's something here for everyone: a multi-function gym or stand-up paddling are among activities on offer for the energetic, hammocks and armchairs where you can doze or read a book, and a 'chill' area by the pool where you can relax to the background of jazzy international ambient music.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
Highlight: All of Osa - the guided walks in the forest, the early bird-watching trip, the food, watching spider monkeys from the beach and toucans from the balconies, the friendly owners and staff: the guided Toruguero river trip; the view of the volcano and lush bird-filled greenery from our balcony at Lost Iguana; the flight across the mountains....Both my experiences (Cuba and this one) with JLA have generally been well-organized, and have given me a real understanding of what each country has to offer, whether wildlife or history, and all staff have displayed a knowledgeable and caring attitude. Thank you. I hope I shall travel with you again.DH, London
Most Memorable Moment?: There are a few but being so close to wildlife during the journey was amazing!!!JW, London
So many - sloths close up, wild monkeys eating coconuts from our hand, finding a snake in Falls resort, zipwiring in Arenal, canoeing to old Costa Rican farmhouse, night walks in Monteverde, whale and dolphin watching on my birthday in Manuel Antonio, birdwatching in Tortuguero, massive iguanas in Mawamba, walking home from dinner in a massive downpour in Manuel Antonio, watching toucans and armadillo in Monteverde.JS, Amersham
Highlight? We did a night hike in Monteverde and saw snakes, sloths, owls.SW, London
Great mix of high adrenaline and chilled activities to suit all the family.JS, London
Everything was organised like clockwork but without feeling intrusive. The whole itinerary fully met our needs with fabulous hotels and some really exiting journeys. The flight from Punta Islita being a particular highlight, along with the journey from Arenal to MonteVerde. Costa Rica with Journey Latin America is one of the best holidays we have ever had, if not the best. Thank you and particularly to Hannah.”LD, Harpenden
We had a really exceptional trip. The mix of beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife made it a real adventure and yet the logistics made it achievable and stress free. Costa Rica has beaches, wildlife and lots of outdoor fun (zip lines, rafting, and ATV trails for example) which make it ideal for a holiday which met the desires of all the family.GP, Warwick
Highlight?: This is difficult! We loved Tortuga Lodge, Bosque de Paz and Aguila de Osa Inn. Made new friends who we will remain in contact.MG, Uckfield
Highlight: Seeing the wildlife in Costa Rica. There are so many beautiful birds and amazing animals that it's hard not to see them. The guides were exceptional, especially William and Carlos and not only found the wildlife but also told us about other aspects of the countries. I particularly enjoyed having the private tours and we would do that again.JW, Weymouth
Highlights? Bosque Del Cabo, Rafiki and Maquenque, absolutely wonderful.ASP, Bexhill-on-sea
The treks throughout the trip were superb. Excellent guides and the range of wildlife was stunning.WRDT, Bakewell
Most memorable experiences: Waterfall rapelling at el remanso, the internal flights on tiny planes, everything was goodSM, Knaresborough
Most memorable experience: “Very difficult to be specific but an eclectic selection would include:- Boat trip excursion with excellent guide from Tortuga Lodge; Singer/Musician at Dinner at Arenal Nayara Hotel; Crossing Arenal Lake (clear blue skies and we were the only passengers on the boat) and then scenic drive to Monteverde”VB, Sloane Sqaure
Everything was amazing...This is the best family holiday we have ever had. Even our 20 year old daughter, who has travelled extensively, agreed that Costa Rica is wonderfully unique. The itinerary provided by Joirney Latin America provided a varied and interestingly diverse view of the country. Each accommodation was memorable and contributed towards an amazing trip. Thank you.RW, Cheltenham
The wildlife in Costa Rica is incredible and it is everywhere you go and very immediate. Add to that beautiful scenery and very friendly people and it is a great holiday destination.MJ, Canary Wharf
Commitment to Eco-Tourism and Respect for local people evident throughoutMD, Southam
We have many good memories and it's difficult to identify a single best experience. Each of the Lodges we stayed at impressed us by their environmental policies. Each had comfortable accommodation ranging from quite simple to quite extravagant. Importantly for us they were each located in different types of habitat so although there was some overlap in what we saw, there were sufficient differences for us to be continually interested.NW, Carnforth
Most memorable experiences: "Snorkelling off the island at Corcovado seeing the marine wildlife then returning by boat seeing dolphins and turtles in the sea; Kayaking excursion form Tortuga Lodge (extra cost but worth it) - sitting watching spider monkeys a few feet a way form us drinking juice form the fruit, with caymen in close attendance."DO, Bedford
Everything was good. An unexpected highlight was the chocolate tour to the local conservation chocolate plantation in Sarapiqui.DS, Coventry
So much variety of wildlife and vegetationAB, Sandy
It was all pretty memorable but the view of the Arenal volcano from our boat transfer across the lake sticks in my mind. It was a completely clear day and the volcano was steaming. Also the sleeping toucan on the El Refugio Twilight Tour. Also Rio Perdido was a lovely place for a couple of days relaxation.EW, Newport
Most memorable experience: "Diversity of the country. Outstanding bird life and flora and fauna.Very friendly and helpful people."RC, Lymington
It is difficult to single out any one part as being most memorable. For me (as a geologist) the trip to Poas Volcano was great. The ziplining at Punta Islita was superb.RH, Peterborough
Highlights?: Seeing the Quetzal with Carlos; finding the MotMot on our own at La Quinta; seeing the Eyelash Pit Viper on the Hanging Bridges trip; all of the 5 days with Esteban and Alberto were brilliant (and my husband seeing the Roseate Spoonbill and Jabiru at Palo Verde - I loved the Fiery Aricaris a few feet in front of us at Rio Magnolia). In all we saw 234 species of birds.MCB, Stockport
Costa Rica with Journey Latin America is one of the best holidays we have ever had, if not the best.MD, Southam
Highlights:- The friendliness of the people and the wildlife.ME
Costa Rica is a stunning country: in terms of its people, who are so warm and welcoming; its ethical basis and its phenomenal wildlife. Snorkelling at Cano Island was truly memorable as was having toucans feet away at La Paloma. We are so pleased we added on a partial transit of The Panamá Canal: the experience was one we shall never forget. The other think to mention is that Kathryn organised the tour exactly the right way round.: we met others who had done it differently and they regretted doing so.JS, Brighton
A brilliant mixture of hotels. Excellent standard and great service. Beautiful settings and well located.LW, NW11
Highlights:- Hard to choose, but the noises and sounds surrounding us all day and night, created by all the wildlife was fantastic. Never heard anything like it and loved it. The Costa Rican hospitability is something to live up to they have it right!ST, Swords
So hard to pick out an individually memorable part. If pushed then we would have to select the two river wildlife trips (Tortuguero and Cano Negro) and overall the friendly nature of everyone that we had dealings with. Also having the wildlife right on our doorstep at each accommodation was very special.SY, Solihull
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