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El Mangroove, Autograph Collection

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El Mangroove, Autograph Collection

4 star hotel
Gulf Of Papagayo, Guanacaste Province, 50503, Costa Rica
85 rooms
FREE Internet

Rocket Frog Divers

PADI 5 star dive center
Offsite (Paid pickup)
Max 6 divers per guide

Package highlights

  • In the postcard-worthy location of Papagayo Gulf, El Mangroove is designed for casual luxury, with poolside cabanas and fine dining. Nature does the rest.
  • The nearby 5* PADI dive center runs a convenient diver transfer service so you can easily discover the local bay, The Catalinas and Bat Islands
  • Dive with bull sharks, turtle, eels, mantas, and devil rays by the thousand
  • The Catalinas offer the best chance to see humpbacks and dolphins, and to swim with Pacific giant manta rays, whose wing span can be wider than a vehicle is long
  • After a full day of diving, ease into the comfort of your suite with plush beds, spa-like bathrooms and a hammock on the balcony for stargazing
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Enhanced Health Measures

Date of last update:Aug 26, 2020

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CHECK IN At the lobby entrance, all arrivals are offered alcohol-based hand sanitizer and, within the lobby area, cleaning with high-grade disinfectants occurs every hour. Additionally, lobby-area Hygiene Check-In Stations are established to: Check guest temperature with a thermal scanner or pistol thermometer, both for those checking in and those returning from off-site activity. Only self -parking available. No valet parking will be available. Hotel transportation service will pick up guests at parking lot. Allow guests to complete a health declaration form, confirming virus-free wellbeing. Guide guests who present symptoms upon arrival to an isolation area in which they may consult with the resort’s on-site physician. All luggage carts are also disinfected prior to and between uses. At check-in, the receptionist cleans the desk area with a sanitizing formula between guests and prior to each check-in process and applies hand-sanitation gel. PUBLIC AREAS Spa and Gym will be open and available only with previous reservation. Only 3 persons at a time are allowed at the Gym. Restaurant Menus, Car Rental Information, Tours and activities information and Spa menu will be accessed through QR codes located at each selling point throughout the hotel. Makoko and Matiss Restaurants will operate only with previous reservation and at a maximum of 50% according to the safety protocals approved by Costa Rica Ministry of Health and Costa Rican Tourism Board. Activites and Tours at Azul Ocean Adventures will operate with previous reservation and at a maximum capacity of 50%. Guppies Kids Zone will operate only with previous reservation ( must be made 24 hours in advance) Only children 4 and over will be allowed. Use of facemask will be mandatory) ROOM CLEANING PROCEDURE Breakfast will be served a la carte . No breakfast buffet will be served. Room Service orders will be delivered to each rooms terrae to avoid contact between guests and hotel staff. All rooms will undergo a special cleaning procedure according to the international standards which involves total disinfection through ozonation treatment. This process breaks down all bacteria, viruses and pathogens that are suspended in the air or on any surface or textile in the room. This will be done only once before the arrival of the new guest. Room cleaning service will be done only upon the gurests request. This can be scheduled at check in . SANITATION THROUGHOUT THE RESORT Increased sanitation activity is in place for all areas with high human contact throughout operating hours, including public areas that receive hourly thorough cleaning and disinfecting throughout the day. Restrooms are sanitized and disinfected before and after operating hours and stocked with hand sanitizing gel. Frequent cleaning with disinfectants takes place in high touch areas like staircases and elevators. Sanitizing gel is available throughout the resort in all common areas, including outside elevators, and staff circulate throughout these areas offering sanitizing gel to guests. Beach and pool loungers are placed with proper distance between them, and waiters, pool and beach butlers offer sanitizing gel to guests prior to handling beverages. Sanitation of sports equipment occurs between use and prior to use by any guest. This includes items like ping-pong equipment and tables, basketballs, volleyballs, tennis rackets, and non-motorized water sports equipment. Disinfectants are used to sanitize the area during regularly scheduled cleaning times throughout the day. Additional sanitizing and cleaning schedules are in place to provide deep cleaning for machines. Fitness trainers wear masks and sanitize all equipment immediately after use. To support immune health, fitness center guests are offered the choice of alkaline water, which helps improve the immune system. Activities that involve physical contact between entertainers and guests, such as dance classes, will be replaced with alternative activities that allow for social distancing, and show seating will allow for social distancing.
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Booking process

1. BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot

2. CONFIRMATION

We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final

3. 48H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment & cancellation

Payment terms

  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 20%
  • 121 days before trip start: 100%

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

STANDARD CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel 98 days or less prior to your arrival date, you will lose 100%; you will lose 25% if you cancel more than 98 days prior to your arrival date.


SPECIAL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) TERMS:  If travel restrictions are implemented by the local governments due to COVID 19 (Coronavirus) which means you are unable to travel; the hotel will analyze cancelations on a case by  case basis. 


Year Round 2020 – 2021  Jan 3 to Dec 19 2021  (except Easter Week March 29th to April 4 2021) : If you cancel up to 8 days or more prior your arrival date, you will lose 0%; if you cancel within  7 days prior to your arrival date, you will lose 100% of you booking.


Festive / Peak Season  2020-2021 (Dec 20 to Jan 2 2021 and March 29 to April 4 2021) If you cancel 60 days or more prior to your arrival date you will lose for 1 night-stay;  if you cancel  59 days  or less you will lose 100% of you booking.



Explore diving around the El Mangroove, Autograph Collection

Best dive sites in Playas del Coco (Guanacaste)

There are approximately 20 dive sites near to the Playas del Coco shore. You’ll find additional sites at the Catalina, Bat and Tortuga Islands. The dive sites at the offshore islands are the most famous. In particular, Cueva del Tiburón (a.k.a. Shark Cave) near the Catalina Islands is home to several, sleeping reef sharks. Also, Big Scare near the Bat Islands offers up an adrenalin-filled Bull Shark encounters. Closer to shore, Cabeza de Mono is a superb site for watching rays pass by. Punta Gorda and Punta Argentina are other superb dive sites in the area with a healthy variety of tropical fish life.

Snorkeling in Playas del Coco (Guanacaste)

Because of the poor visibility and lack of coral immediately surrounding the shore, Playas del Coco is not known for its snorkeling opportunities. However, Playa Guacamaya and Nacascolo are both within an hour’s boat ride and feature coral reefs with plenty of marine life. The snorkeling at both of these destinations is the best in the region.

What to see

Playas del Coco is particularly popular for its abundance of pelagic species. You won’t have to wait long before you find something big in the water.

During the rainy season, plankton blooms occur in the Pacific, attracting dozens of Giant Manta Rays, mobulas and migrating humpbacks and pilot whales. Occasionally, a whale shark may float past. Fantastic arrays of sharks, including the Bull Sharks of the Bat Islands also arrive from May to November to feast on offshore bait balls. Nurse sharks hide out in the caves of the Catalina Islands.

Throughout the year, colorful fish and endangered sea turtles cruise along the Guanacaste coast, stopping to lay eggs on the area’s beaches.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • Best dive vessel in the Guanacaste region (36ft, 2x 300 HP Yamaha engines)
  • Daily dive trips to 22 local sites, fresh fruit on board
  • Regular diving around The Catalina and Bat Islands 
  • Recreational and professional PADI training
  • Experienced, multilingual dive masters and instructors
  • Maintenance station, rental equipment, WiFi
  • Free pick up in new van

Description

Rocket Frog Divers is a PADI 5* IDC based in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. 

The dive operation is proud to offer their customers the absolute best dive vessel in the area. Built with the sole purpose of diving in mind, the Pacific Express is 36 feet long and is fitted with two 300 HP Yamaha engines.

Dive trips depart daily to local and specialty dive sites (The Catalina Islands and The Bat Islands) in less than half the time of other local dive boats. Refreshments and fresh fruit are available during the surface interval. 

PADI recreational and professional courses are offered, including night, Nitrox and wreck specialties. Divemasters have in depth knowledge of the local marine ecosystems, and training is provided in English, French and Spanish. 

Facilties include a shop, gear maintenance station, rental equipment and storage space, air-conditioned classroom, filling station, WiFi and fish ID book selection.

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DIVING SERVICES

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Battery Charging Station
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • Air Conditioning
  • Warm-Water Showers
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • Filling Station

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • French

PADI® Courses Available

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba Diving
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Divemaster
  • Divemaster Internship
  • Instructor/Idc Course
  • Free-Diving Course
  • Kids Courses
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Underwater Videographer
  • Night Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Underwater Propulsion Vehicle
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Sidemount Diver
  • Other Specialties

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed)
  • Vhf Radio

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Idc
  • Padi 100% Aware

Resort Amenities

Sports & Watersports

  • Waterskiing
  • Surfing
  • Golf (Close By)
  • Horseback Riding
  • Cycling
  • Beach Volleyball

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Amex
  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Facilities

  • Beach Front
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Garden
  • Games Room

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

Food & drink

  • Buffet
  • A La Carte
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Vegan

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Fitness Center/Gym
  • Spa Facility
  • Massage Services
  • Beauty Treatments

Great for families

  • Babysitting/Child Services

Activities

  • Hiking

Resort Description

Experience an authentic Costa Rican 'pura vida' lifestyle at the El Mangroove Hotel, nestled on a blue-flag beach.

El Mangroove is surrounded by trees, and howler monkeys can be seen and heard throughout the lush grounds. Poolside cabanas provide peaceful places to relax between dive days. You can dive, snorkel and paddle board on the prestigious blue flag certified beach Playa Panama, directly in front of the hotel. 

Food is art at El Mangroove, and you'll have two gourmet restaurants to choose from, or 24 hour private dining. The offsite PADI dive center offers daily dive tours, snorkeling and a full range of PADI course. Local dives are done in the Gulf of Papagayo, while further ashore, you'll visit Catalina Island and the Bat Islands. 

How to get there

Arrival

  • Liberia Airport is a 20 minute drive from the resort. 
  • The hotel can arrange a driver to pick you up from the airport and bring you to the resort, provided you give advance notice of your flight details (additional cost). 

Departures

  • A private transfer can be arranged for an additional cost (advance notice required, additional cost). 

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