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El Mangroove, Autograph Collection and Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection, Costa Rica’s stylish, sustainable hotels

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The resorts - connected by a scenic 2.5 drive - combine luxury and an eco-conscious sensibility that extends beyond to actively empower local communities, conserve wildlife, and protect the area’s unspoiled natural beauty.

Experience pura vida this summer with a pair of Costa Rica’s stylish, sustainable hotels, the chic El Mangroove, Autograph Collection on the prestigious Gulf of Papagayo, and Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection located on the Nicoya Peninsula, designated one of the world’s famed Blue Zones.

The resorts - connected by a scenic 2.5 drive - combine luxury and an eco-conscious sensibility that extends beyond to actively empower local communities, conserve wildlife, and protect the area’s unspoiled natural beauty.

El Mangroove, Autograph Collection – Where Chic Design Meets Wild Nature
The all-suite El Mangroove, Autograph Collection is the closest beach resort to an international airport within Costa Rica at just 20 minutes from touchdown to sand, located on the northern Pacific coastline of Guanacaste featuring volcanic peaks, scenic waterfalls, hot springs, rich flora and fauna, National parks, wildlife refuges, quaint villages and a countless sum of golden beaches. Situated on 17 acres on Playa Panama surrounded by preserved mangroves, the property’s contemporary, eco-conscious design blends with the surrounding natural environment throughout the suites and public spaces including two restaurants, a spa, and a luscious pool area, and is the perfect spot to explore the region’s natural bounty, rich flora and fauna, marine panoramas, and exciting eco-adventure activities.

85 chic suites featuring sumptuous beds, spa-like bathrooms, balconies or terraces with hammocks complement local artwork and natural wood accents. The authentic Costa Rican culinary experience on offer uses local, seasonal produce and ingredients in the restaurant’s menus set against stunning vistas of the Gulf of Papagayo. Makoko’s menu ranges from contemporary Costa Rican to international, with plenty of local seafood. The more casual Matiss is the spot for burgers, pizza and poolside cocktails like the Mon-key, made with Costa Rican cold-brew coffee, Jim Beam bourbon, and homemade cinnamon syrup.

The resort’s sustainability efforts can be seen in the eco-conscious design by Costa Rica’s most prominent architect, Ronald Zurcher and the support of the surrounding community offering authentic local experiences. Guests can discover the culture of the Chorotegas, one of Costa Rica’s main indigenous groups, renowned for their farming excellence and handcrafted ceramics following the tools and techniques of their ancestors.

Outdoor enthusiasts can start the day at the sleek infinity-edge pool and the new SI&P Zone, a family space with four new pools and cabanas or head to the Pacific for plenty of beach and water activities from boat hopping, fishing, snorkeling, or a sunset cruise. Eco-adventurers can explore the Santa Rosa National Park to spot dolphins, turtles, and manta rays and the vast Área de Conservación Guanacaste, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Natural wonders such as Rincón de la Vieja Volcano and the iconic Río Celeste “a blue volcanic river” and thermal mineral pools are just a short drive away.

For wellness seekers, the Bearth Spa embraces natural therapies using healing ingredients from the region. The spa features outdoor relaxation terraces amid the mangroves, treatment suites, massage decks, and complimentary steam rooms. Among the treatments to choose from are the Balancing Facial using the richness of the sea combining marine algae and antioxidants, and the Organic Coffee Detoxifying Body Treatment, infused with local coffee and bio-peptides to stimulate the lymphatic system and improve circulation.

Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection – The True Soul of Costa Rica  
Situated in the Guanacaste Province on the Nicoya Peninsula – designated one of the world’s Blue Zones – Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection offers an authentic Costa Rican experience, combining luxury and an eco-resort sensibility. Reached via a 30-minute domestic flight to Punta Islita airport, this intimate retreat is nestled in dense tropical forests on a protected Pacific cove featuring two pools, a private beach, two restaurants, a spa and 54 individually designed rooms and villas with private terraces and hammocks, some with private decks, outdoor pools, and more.

The resort’s Agro-Marine gastronomic experience features Zero Km menus showcasing seasonal, ingredients from the region and from the on-property organic garden, as well local seafood. Regional flavors inspire at Alma Restaurant, where gorgeously prepared dishes reflect Costa Rica’s ethnic diversity against expansive ocean views. The Aura Beach Club serves up familiar favorites in a laid-back tropical garden by the free-form pool and beach.

Cultural sustainability and community engagement are key empowerment tools that provide local employment opportunities, art programs and complementary education for the local communities. Punta Islita’s Outdoor Contemporary Art Museum combines the social concept of art and creative thinking as a generator of sustainable development. At the Museum House, artists teach various workshops and develop activities for San Jose in coordination with the Costa Rican Art Museum.

Guests can also participate in a range of eco-adventure activities including hiking trails to discover local wildlife like sea turtles, dolphins, monkeys, and visits to the neighboring Macaw Recovery Network. Horseback riding, canopy zip-lining, kayaking, jet skiing, surfing, and trips with local fishermen are also offered.

For those ready to unwind, there’s the dramatic hilltop infinity-edge freshwater pool for adults, the oceanside family pool and the secluded beach providing the perfect oasis for relaxation. That sense of calm extends to the Nanku Spa’s signature wellness treatments using natural ingredients showcasing the ancient regional Chorotega healing wisdom along with thalassotherapy.

Today, Hotel Punta Islita is not only a globally recognized sustainable travel destination, but also a thriving region characterized by a healthy natural environment and a dynamic collective of locals, visitors, and creatives, who believe that travel should be planet-friendly and people-positive.

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