I just returned from my first Costa Rican experience and saved the El Mangroove hotel for the last portion of the trip given its proximity to the airport, beach location and that it is part of the Marriott collection so I was able to use points for my 5 night stay. The hotel is beautiful and simply breathtaking from the moment you arrive till the moment you leave. I especially loved the way that the architecture blends in with the environment. My only complaint would be that I wasn't offered a single beverage while lounging by the pool or in the pool during the 5 days I was there. I'm honestly not entirely sure if this is a positive or negative actually. The drinks are rather expensive so it saved me dollar, but on the other hand I would have enjoyed a cocktail or two while floating about. Anyway, if you in the area you should stop by for a day or two. Also, if available, take advantage of the all-inclusive package. I was offered to purchase this per day and took advantage of it on my last. It was great!