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Williston, SC, USA
Reviewed 20 March 2015

Our wonderful Caravan tour allowed us to stay In a dreamy setting surrounding a lovely dreamland: that is called JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa. Did I think I'd ever stay in such a lovely place? Not in a million years. The rooms are quite large, professionally decorated, and creatively designed. Looking out of the room or from one's outdoor...

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GM_JWGuanacaste, General Manager at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, responded to this review

From our side Diane R S it was a pleasure to have you here and give you your Christmas in advance. I really appreciate all your great comments regarding the property. I hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back. Sincerely, Jesus Gonzalez General Manager

Salem, Virginia
Reviewed 19 March 2015

Spent two nights at the Guanacaste J.W. Marriott and was not disappointed by all the buildup our Caravan tour guide gave us about the hotels getting better as we continued our tour. It was elegant, the food was great, the pool unbelievable, and the staff friendly and helpful. The view from our room looked like the grasslands in Africa! An...

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GM_JWGuanacaste, General Manager at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Polly Y, Guanacaste is very dry during summer but it looks completely different around September. Everything looks green and colorful. You should try this season next time. I am glad to know that you enjoyed your two nights stay with us and I hope all the group did too. We are very pleased to know that you had a...

Houston, Texas
Reviewed 19 March 2015 via mobile

My boyfriend and I visited Liberia & Tamarindo in January and truly enjoyed our stay at JW Marriott Resort. Upon arrival, we were provided with cool towels for our hands and fresh fruit juice. Hammocks hang around the perimeter of the resort for relaxation while the rooms are very spacious - roomy balconies with outdoor fans, large tubs with separate...

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GM_JWGuanacaste, General Manager at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Erica-Denise, Thank you very much for your positive comments and feedback in regards the food. We are working in our menus and are going to have some changes to give more variety and options to our guests. I am so glad to know that you liked the resort and enjoyed your room and hammocks. Kindest regards, Jesus Gonzalez General...

Victoria, Canada
Reviewed 19 March 2015

Lovely setting. Awesome pools, you can swim in a very interesting pool, with an infinity edge, overlooking the ocean. Great rooms! A bit out of the way, but worth it, once you arrive. Plan to stay for a week, and really enjoy the facilities

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GM_JWGuanacaste, General Manager at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Runawaywinterbirds, I hope you enjoyed all the activities that we offer and also some of the Tours that are available nearby during your stay. I am gratified to know that your experience was satisfactory and that you truly enjoyed our services. Regards, Jesus Gonzalez General Manager

Millburn, New Jersey
Reviewed 19 March 2015

Our family had a great time at this resort. Our elementary-aged girls enjoyed the shallow pools that meandered through the middle of the property. There's a small swimming area in the ocean as well. We were in a room with an ocean view, and it provided a very tranquil feel. You could open up some bathroom doors to enjoy an...

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GM_JWGuanacaste, General Manager at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear JWK07078, I am pleased to know that your girls enjoyed the pool and had fun at the Kids club with Andrea and Victor. We try to offer variety of food at the breakfast buffet, Lunch and dinner at Mansita Restaurant. I am glad you liked it! Since you already tried our summer season I invite you to come in...

Reviewed 19 March 2015

I am currently staying at the resort right now and after reading some of the previous reviews, I feel like I have to update everyone on the changes I have noticed based on guest reviews. 1. Though the main lobby receptionist weren't the friendliest, they were very professional and after checking us in, she gave us a quick run by...

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GM_JWGuanacaste, General Manager at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, responded to this review

WOW! This is great review! THANK YOU so much Cdelacruz2005. I truly hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay. If you are still on property it will be my pleasure to meet you. All the comments and feedback received is our best tool to improve day by day. I am glad you have noticed. I will addressed your...

Wichita, Kansas
Reviewed 18 March 2015

As in other tropical countries. this JW is a beautiful resort. Mango trees line the entrance and bougainvilleas abound. This is an all-inclusive property with three great restaurants, an hour distance from Liberia airport and twenty-five minutes to the next town of Tamarindo. Transportation service is available on the premise. Tours and sightseeing can be arranged with the very capable...

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GM_JWGuanacaste, General Manager at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear TWAflyer, I really appreciate your wonderful review. I do want to clarify that we are not an all-inclusive resort, however we do offer meal plans that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is great to know that you liked all the types of food that we offer in our different restaurants. Next time you travel to this area in...

Santa Monica, California
Reviewed 18 March 2015

We went off season in October and it was pretty empty. The property is gorgeous, rooms are amazing, staff is wonderful. It is a bit far away from everything and very secluded. The food was pretty good, staff and drinks were wonderful. I would stay here again for sure!

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GM_JWGuanacaste, General Manager at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Thank you MLB90405 for taking the time to share these great comments after your last stay with us last October. September and October are the lowest months of the green season and everything looks beautiful and green because of the rain. The good thing is that you are able to get tan since usually it doesn’t rain all day. We...

Jonesboro, Arkansas
Reviewed 17 March 2015

My husband and I booked a tour to Costa Rica through Cararvan Tours. We were very pleased with the lodging included in their packages! The JW Marriott was absolutely beautiful. The rooms were clean and comfortable. The pool was gorgeous. The restaurant was nice. The employees were helpful and friendly.

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GM_JWGuanacaste, General Manager at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Audrey72404, You said that you were pleased that our resort be included in your package but really it is our pleasure to have the opportunity to serve you and be your host. We hope that you can come again in a near future. Our doors are open for you. Kindest regards, Jesus Gonzalez General Manager

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Reviewed 17 March 2015

We stayed here with my teenage girls for spring break. Everyone was very nice and accomodating. The buffet breakfast was so delicious every morning and we also had dinner at the steak restaurant which was very good. The property is very large so even though it was at full capacity we never felt crowded. The girls enjoyed taking a trip...

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GM_JWGuanacaste, General Manager at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, responded to this review

Sunsets really are amazing aren’t they? I am truly glad to know that you and your girls had a great time. I will let the staff know about your positive feedback. I agree with you, the sunsets are amazing, the color scheme is unbelievable sometimes. Thank you for letting us know in your review. Warmest regards, Jesus Gonzalez General Manager

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  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Beachfront
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  • Spa
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  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Live an authentic Costa Rican experience in a luxury hacienda style resort in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The JW Marriott Guanacaste is surrounded by the splendors of Costa Rican rich biodiversity. This resort & spa sits oceanfront and is the only international branded hotel close to Tamarindo town. The resort is located right at Mansita beach and guests can choose from four other beaches within Hacienda Pinilla. Next to the resort you will find an equestrian center, tennis courts, and an 18-hole golf course with coastal layout. Off-site activities such as surfing lessons, zip lining, horseback riding, white water rafting, kayaking, bird & monkey watching and ATV tours can be arranged on site. You can also arrange tours to nearby locations such as Arenal Volcano, Rincon de la Vieja Volcano & National Park or Guachipelin thermal hot springs. Enjoy surf beaches with excellent year-round waves and warm water, visit turtle nesting sanctuaries or observe a great variety of wildlife. The hotel features the largest infinity pool in Central America, outdoor Jacuzzis, a fully equipped fitness center, biking and jogging trails and a Kids Club with professional care. Relax in our world class spa, ranked one of the top five spas in Latin America by Spa Magazine. Within the resort, guests will find an array of gastronomic options such as Azul Grill our beach front restaurant, Tamarine our Asian fusion cuisine restaurant, Sabanero is a genuine Guanacastecan Steakhouse or Mansita Restaurant. One of our guest's favorites is admiring Guanacaste's spectacular sunset while enjoying a handcrafted cocktail either at Nau Sushi Lounge or right in front of the beach at Aperitivo Lounge. All guestrooms have balconies either with garden, pool or ocean view. In-room amenities include LCD TVs, soundproof windows, alarm clock with mobile docks, streaming speed internet, total blackout curtains, plush pillow-top mattresses, 300 thread count Egyptian cotton linen sheets, rich woods, and marble bathtubs. The charming surf village of Tamarindo where you will find restaurants, bars, shops and souvenirs in a "Pura Vida" laid back atmosphere is just 10.6 miles away. It's easy to discover the essence of Costa Rica at the JW Marriott Guanacaste. ... more   less 

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Address: Hacienda Pinilla, Playa Avellanas, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo > Playa Avellanas
Price Range: ₹ 13,268 - ₹ 39,477 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 310
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Also Known As:
Jw Marriott Guanacaste Resort And Spa Costa Rica
Jw Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa Costa Rica Hotel Santa Cruz
Jw Marriott Santa Cruz
Marriott Santa Cruz
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