What We Love

  • The JW Marriott Guanacaste has the largest pool in Central America. Take a swim in the crystal clear waters here, or head out to the beach for an unforgettable day in the sand and sun. 

Things to Know

  • JW Marriott Guanacaste has all the luxury that you could ask. If you want to live large while still taking time to kick back, this resort is for you!
If you've ever dreamed of partying like a secret agent, it's time to turn off the TV and experience a Costa Rican adventure of your own! 

Take your "license to thrill" and head to the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa. This resort, rated as one of Trip Advisor's 2013 Traveler's Choice for top 10 luxury hotels in Costa Rica, features ample views, rich culture and miles of scenic coastline 

Situated on a beautiful, exclusive beach front property, this resort offers guests bountiful views of the coastline and the largest pool in Central America, which has more than 25,000 square feet of clear, refreshing water!

For the golf enthusiast, an 18-hole world-class golf course designed by Mike Young is just a few steps away. Start your day off right with a tour around the course before enjoying a bountiful breakfast at Mansita Restaurant. 

The ultimate experience in comfort and luxury is right around the corner. The JW Marriott Guanacaste Spa has been ranked as one of the best spas in the world by Spa Magazine.

Indulge your inner foodie with a diverse selection of restaurants immersed in an atmosphere of casual elegance. After an amazing dinner, find your inner peace with an unforgettable sunset that could make James Bond gush. 

After relishing in the tranquility of Costa Rica, jump into the hot seat for a thrilling bike ride through the resort's trails. Or, dive into the lush Caribbean waters for a snorkeling adventure filled with multi-colored coral reefs and tropical fish.

Whether you're undercover, or simply resting under the covers of your plush bed, the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa has more excitement, comfort and luxury than any globe-trotting adventurist could ask for.

This hotel is not All-Inclusive but a daily buffet breakfast is included. All other food and drink must be purchased separately. Unless otherwise specified, all services are available for an additional charge.


Guanacaste - Beach
Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) : 149 miles
Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) : 28 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 2009
All rooms non-smoking: 310
Floors: 3
Total rooms: 310


Resort Details


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Hotel Advisories

Advisory *Important Information for Our Guest* As of April 2012, the destination of Costa Rica has gone non-smoking in all public buildings and areas. All hotel rooms are also non-smoking.
Advisory Connecting rooms, adjacent rooms or bed configuration are not guaranteed at the time of booking; requests are based on availability upon check in at the hotel.
Advisory This hotel is charging a resort fee that will allow you to enjoy the Resort even more as you will get new benefits/activities and experiences included. The charge will be for the amount of $30 USD plus tax per room per day. The amount of this fee is subject to change at any time without prior notification.
Advisory A minimum mandatory hotel-imposed fee of $30 (plus tax) per room, per day, will be charged and collected by the hotel at check-in or check-out. The fee is subject to change without prior notice. The information published here is to give the client an estimate of additional fees they may be responsible for but not a guarantee of the final amount due. For detailed description of what’s included in the mandatory fee please see hotel policies.

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:

Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy - Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policy - This hotel cannot guarantee a spring break-free environment.

General Information - Room taxes are included in vacation price. Minimum night stay restrictions may apply. Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Resort Fee - This fee will allow you to enjoy the Resort even more as you will get new benefits/activities and experiences included. A summary of these benefits are detailed below:

  • Upgraded welcome drink
  • Welcome gift for adults and children
  • Upgraded Wi-Fi for the duration of your stay
  • 1 hour of bicycle use for 2 people daily
  • Movie night (according to season calendar)
  • Use of pool and beach toys

Activities included in the Resort Fee each to be experienced once during your stay according to a preset activity calendar are as follows:

  • 1 Nature walk with binoculars and professional guide
  • 1 Yoga class with professional instructor
  • 1 Mixology Class with instructor
  • 1 Cooking class with instructor
  • 1 Sunset Cocktail experience
  • 1 Bonfire on the beach with live music and marshmallows experience
  • 1 Astronomy observatory

A detailed weekly program and tickets for each activity will be delivered during check-in. The tickets will be assigned per person, per day taking into account the number of nights each guest is staying. Please note that these inclusions are subject to change at any time without prior notification.

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5 3191 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating

    What a wonderful resort right on the pacific ocean. we were there in Feb ant the weather was great. wonderful pool and nice beach area. lots of restaurants to choose from, Little tough getting thjere but once u do its wonderful. Highley recomend

    May 26, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Wow, what I great place.

    A little bit of paradise at your finger tips. the greatest service , and the Hotel was fantastic. supper comfortable and very quit. Food was reasonably priced and very delicious. nice little beach an property , many more beaches near by. The hotel Pool is out of this would , warm and very accessible. Sunsets where amazing.

    Apr 13, 2020
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Relaxing place by the water

    Our Deluxe Oceanfront room with Balcony was comfortable and spacious with nice view of the water, particularly from our porch at sunset. The facilities were nice, but staff could have been more attentive and plentiful. Nice pool, but very few spots that see out to the ocean. Food was not amazing, but pretty good and in particular the sushi at the Asian Fusion restaurant was especially well done. The resort itself is a bit from from the hustle and bustle of Tamarindo, but that makes it a nice retreat. We rented a car for the trip, and found getting into town or to other local restaurants much easier than we'd expected after reading other reviews. The transportation provided by the resort to/from town was a bit frustrating -- good to know that you should book your transportation first thing in the morning or they might sell out of spots to Tamarindo. Overall comfortable and relaxing place, and we'd stay again at the right price.

    Mar 29, 2020
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Beautiful High Quality Resort

    This resort is a little out of the way. It is 20 minutes from Tamarindo where you can shop, get groceries, and grab some food. It wasn't a problem for us. The road is pretty bad going in but welcome to Costa Rica. We were fortunate to see monkeys swinging above the road some days and had to stop for a mother and baby crossing the road. - Check-in - greeted with drinks and towels for our hands. Relaxing set up - different from your usual check-in area. Free water bottles as gifts. Check-in guy was okay, could have been more personable (same with check-out) - grounds and resort itself is beautiful. The beach is smaller and not the best for swimming but it is right there for you. If you are adventurous, you can turn left, cross the rocks and round the corner for yet another beach to walk. The pool is really nice and apparently the biggest in Central America. Towels available at pool and drinks. A cute little Rum Bar near the steak house. Enjoyed the bartender and he took great photos! I did not take part in any onsite recreational activities and you do pay for them in your resort fee. I saw people watching a movie outside some nights. Live music in the lobby area on the weekends and some small vendors. An ice cream shop is also on site. Very yummy and expensive. - Food - because of our Platinum status, breakfasts were included. They were amazing - even gluten free and non-dairy options. For kids, there were cereals, pancakes (certain days), eggs, lots of breads, etc. Sitting upstairs overlooking the pool was relaxing while we had our coffee to start. We didn't eat many meals there because we like to take drives and explore the culture. However, what we did find eating away from the resort was not much different price-wise than at the resort. We only ate twice at the Italian restaurant nearest to the beach. Gorgeous to watch the sunset from here and decent prices. There was also a burger place and steak house. Besides front desk guys, ALL staff was above friendly and accommodating. We needed a couple of things for the room and we had assistance quickly. - Accommodations - we had a suite on floor 5 (corner room). Amazing!! Huge room/s with comfortable furniture, fridge, walk-in closet, gorgeous huge bathroom, nice balcony with also comfy furniture and fan. Great view of pool and ocean - couldn't see anyone beside us but heard them outside every now and then. Still very private. The gym was adequate for what we needed with cold cloths, towels, yoga mats, TV, cleaning wipes, and music. The store on site was actually quite good. There was nice clothing, hats, sunscreen, souvenirs, snacks, etc. Well stocked. Found souvenirs here that we could not find anywhere else. Overall - depends on the type of traveller you are. If you plan on staying there the whole time without renting a car, then you can take a shuttle/bus I am sure into Tamarindo or take part in some tours. There were walking trails, and horse-back riding however on site. Renting a car is pretty much a necessity in Costa Rica as it is large and it is great to explore. If you want to sit at a resort and do nothing, no point going to Costa Rica. There is just too much too explore, so you might as well go to the Domincan.

    Mar 29, 2020
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    First time and First Class

    This is a lovely property in the middle of nowhere located on part of a 4,000 acre cattle ranch. This resort is about 1 ½ hrs. from Liberia airport and travel through a much different topographical area than eastern part of country. Once you turn off the main road it is about 20 minutes to the resort which is located directly on the beach. The road is a bit rough in parts. Along the way there are very nice homes/condos in subdivisions and a nice brick laid walkway most of the way if you decide to get some walking or bicycling, they rent bikes, in during your visit. This luxury hotel, as you would expect, is very nice and the rooms are spread out in different locations and buildings all which surround the resort pool area. There is a lovely courtyard in the center also with lounge seating and one night while we visited they had music and vendors selling their lovely items here. There was generally a nice breeze coming through the corridors in certain areas. There are several restaurants, a nice gift shop, also a pool bar and a pool bar/restaurant. The pool is very large and a continuous infinity style pool with one end overlooking the beach area. The spa also has a multitude of offerings with a reservation. On the beach there are some picnic tables and a small wash station to clean your feet. At night they had music and a bar set up here as well. The beach is a perfect spot to view the beautiful sunset but you may also see it from certain balconies. The rooms were luxurious and roomy with very hot water in the evening but less of it in the morning. There is a walk in shower and a separate large soaking tub that has a sliding wall partition for privacy or to open and watch TV while you soak. Our room’s balcony had very comfortable cushioned seating and there was a privacy screen since they face out to the pool area. They offered K-pods with the coffeemaker and bags of tea but never could get the coffeemaker to just give me hot water for the tea. There also was no refrigerator in our room although we were told other rooms had them. There appeared to be maybe a wet bar but it was locked. The sleep quality was very good and noise level very low. The staff here will help you book activities in the area and I was told they don’t really have a general business center but someone had to set up one computer they allowed us to use so it wasn’t like most places where you can use at your convenience. Bus tour groups also stay here but there was plenty of room and not terribly crowded the first week of March.

    Mar 24, 2020