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What Makes the JW Marriott Guanacaste So Spectacular?

Hotel & Resort | JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa | Kristina Rundquist | June 22, 2016

What Makes the JW Marriott Guanacaste So Spectacular?

PHOTO: The infinity pool at the JW Marriott Guanacaste (Photo courtesy of JW Marriott)

Costa Rica is famed for its biodiversity and abundance of adventure and outdoor activities. But adventure travel doesn’t have to mean sacrificing comfort and luxury. Far from it.

The JW Marriott Guanacaste manages to effortless combine an authentic Costa Rican experience with all the extras you’ve come to expect from Marriott. This luxury hacienda-style resort sits oceanfront and is the only internationally branded property located in close proximity to Tamarindo.

Here, guests can explore Costa Rico’s rainforest one day, and pamper themselves with a restful spa treatment the next. Guests can also arrange a visit to a nearby volcano, or engage in activities such as zip-lining and white-water rafting.

It all makes for a spectacular setting, and here are a few reasons why.

Accommodations. Each room features a balcony with either a garden, pool or ocean view. The rooms themselves are a luxury experience in their own right: spacious marble bathrooms are equipped with roomy, oversized bathtubs and double vanities, while beds feature pillow-top mattresses and deep featherbeds, guaranteed to make even early risers want to linger in bed. High-speed, Wi-Fi access is also available.

Food & Drink. With five restaurants and two bars, guests are spoilt for choice. Azul Grill, the resort’s beach front restaurant offers amazing views of the Pacific as well as authentic Italian cuisines, while Tamarine features Asian-fusion cuisine. Sabanero provides guests with a genuine Guanacastecan steakhouse experience, whereas those seeking international cuisines with a Costa Rican influence will want to sample the fare at Mansita. Nau Lounge and Bar offers smalls bites and cocktails, while the Azul Pool Bar is the perfect place for a lite bite and a cocktail, poolside.

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Activities. On-site, the property offers a host of activities to keep even the most avid sports enthusiast happy. From bike rentals and kayaking to hiking and jogging/fitness trails and from table tennis to volleyball, there’s something for everyone. Other activities include a sauna and solarium, where guests can unwind and reflect on a fantastic day of adventure. The resort also features an infinity pool and children’s pool. Off-site, there’s no end to the fun that can be found. Nearby Tamarindo is perfect for exploring and offers a multitude of quaint shops, restaurants and bars in which to experience Pura Vida. Golfers will want to hit the links at the 18-hole golf course next door, which sits oceanfront and provides a stunning backdrop to what is sure to be a perfect round of golf.

Spa & Fitness. Ranked as one of the top five spas in Latin America by Spa Magazine, the JW Marriott Guanacaste SPA offers the full range of top services, from body scrubs and wraps, to couples and in-suite massages, as well as a range of hair and beauty treatments and services. The SPA even offers massage lessons for those interested in trying their hand and deep tissue relaxation. The resort also features a state-of-the-art fitness center with complimentary fitness classes, cardio equipment and free weights. Those who prefer to swim their way to health can do their laps in the nearby ocean or the free-flowing outdoor pool. After, guests can soothe their aching muscles in the whirlpool baths.

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