As I scuffled my toes in the soft, slate-gray sand of Costa Rica’s Playa Panama in Guanacaste, it took me a moment to grasp where the rows of sun-dappled native mangroves ended and where the actual architecture of El Mangroove Hotel began. Chalk up my uncertainty to exactly what the creators of the property had intended: The hotel is so inspired by its natural environment that it appears almost camouflaged within its surroundings.
Indeed, much of the 85-room boutique Autograph Collection hotel, which spans a sprawling 17 acres, feels effortless in its thoughtful incorporation of nature. Breezy, open-air living rooms seamlessly merge indoor and outdoor spaces, and the 24-hour gym and Berth Spa feature floor-to-ceiling glass windows and are also partly alfresco. So much of what defines Costa Rica — simplicity and a laid-back ambiance — is found at the hotel.
This story originally ran in the 4/25/16 issue of TravelAge West. Photo is courtesy of El Mangroove Hotel.