A super-chic eco-friendly resort on the Gulf of Papagayo.
Crafted from wood, bamboo and natural stone, the fresh and modern design of this luxe resort complements its natural environment while the sleek facilities put the ‘groove’ in Mangroove. The resort is set around an attractive pool area that has a cool Ibiza vibe – think creative cocktails, classic house beats, and private cabanas to hire - complete with your own flat-screen television and butler!
There are plenty of activities on land and at sea, from hiking and yoga to island-hopping tours and whale watching. Head down to the dark-sand beach to enjoy a host of watersports such as stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and surfing. The Bearth Spa is a tranquil sanctuary and the secluded treatment pavilions are perched on stilts surrounded by forest.
At Matiss, the casual beach-style restaurant, you can sink your toes in the sand while tucking into light bites and international favourites such as burgers sandwiches, pizzas and tacos. The swing seats are very inviting and the deckchairs are the perfect spot to enjoy sundowners. There’s no need to get up early for breakfast at Makoko which offers a fantastic buffet with made-to-order eggs until 11am. Gourmet dinners here focus on delicious seafood such as seabass and yellow fin tuna tartar, along with steaks and veggie options. You also have the freedom to explore local restaurants which are just a ten-minute drive away.
The gorgeous suites are spacious and feature earthy tones and lots of local wood. The main attraction is the large glassless window which beautifully frames the surrounding forest – who needs a picture on the wall when you have a living landscape right outside. The open-air feel brings you closer to nature while the mosquito net keeps the bugs out.
On Panama beach, overlooking Culebra Bay in the Gulf of Papagayo. A 10-minute drive from Playa Hermosa and 20 minutes from the small town of El Coco
Good to know
85 stylish oceanfront suites
• Explore the beautiful coast with a beach-hopping boat tour* • Enjoy the ocean from a different perspective during a night-time stand-up paddle boarding tour – a light under the board attracts the fish * • Treat yourself to a nourishing mud wrap at the spa*
• Breakfast at Makoko
*Denotes local charge