Hotel Overview

Explore a magnificent waterfront paradise on Costa Rica's gorgeous North Pacific central coast. JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa lies on a secluded beach in the beautiful tropics of Costa Rica, approximately 50 miles southwest of Liberia Airport. 

This ultimate vacation resort will provide a lifetime of memories. JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa features a free-flowing pool more than 25,000 feet, private alcoves for couples and more than enough fun and excitement for families. 

Labeled as one of the most exclusive resorts in Latin America, this incredible hotel's full spa includes 18 treatment rooms, a beauty parlor, state-of-the-art gym, and a serenity lounge complete with deluxe palapas for a relaxing outdoor massage. An 18-hole championship golf course alongside the resort provides a breathtaking view of flourishing landscapes and the Pacific Ocean. For a delicious lunch or dinner, enjoy a mouthwatering appetizer or refreshing cocktail by the pool at Azul Grill. 

Greening Your Life: Part of the Apple Vacations Greening Your Life initiative, this property holds Costa Rican CST Certification for 2016, plants 80,000 trees per year (more than 500,000 in total), has implemented new laundry initiatives that reduce carbon through alternative, clean energy, allows guests the option of reusing towels and sheets to conserve water and energy, and separates paper, glass, aluminum, and plastic for recycling. The Audobon-Certified golf course is also fertilized with purified resort waste water.


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


Hotel 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 star tripadvisor rating 3086 reviews
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Robbed by the police !!!!!!!

    My girlfriend and I just visited November 2019. The property is about 25 minutes south of Tamarindo. We decided to rent a car a take a ride to rincon national park . We spent the day a during our return drive back we saw a road block with about 5 police. One of the policeman approached my window and asked for our ID. Drivers licenses and passport. As I had read in other travel blogs we did not have our original passport it was in the safe at the hotel. He told us to pull over and then proceeded to extort us for money. He threatened to take us to jail and inpound our vehicle. He continued to get very rude and nasty when I would not conform to his demands. After about 15 minutes of this (my girlfriend was shaking and shooked) I decided it was best to pay him $50 dollars and he finally let us go. This happened on the one and only road back to our hotel and is a highly traveled one. We had to continue another hour on the same road back to the hotel. What makes the situation worse is when we got back to the hotel we reported it to Lora at the front desk and she made me and my girlfriend feel worse by saying it happens everywhere , no sorry that happened to you or apology. Just terrible customer service on there behalf. Additionally why did they not inform guest that this was so common. Overall this incident ruined our vacation and total faith in the police of Costa Rica. If you can’t feel safe from the people that are suppose to serve and protect you then why would you want to visit it ever return again. There are to many beautiful places in the world to visit without the threat of being robbed or extorted by the very people that are suppose to make you feel safe.The best way to fix this problem is to not go and spend money that is the lifeblood of there livelihood. Hit them in there pocketbook s the best and only way to stop this injustice. In summary DONT GO TO COSTA RICA ,,,,,,,

    Nov 17, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Very Nice Resort Hotel

    We stayed two nights with a 9-day tour group for Costa Rica, and this hotel is great and one of the best for sea resort with a large beautiful room and ice service in the evening every day. All inclusive meals were delicious and very impressive.

    Nov 16, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great stay

    Great stay at jw marriott , extremely friendly and attentive staff. Hotel are very clean band satisfied with the entire place. Excursions : Pininos adventures Help us with all our excursions , sport fishing , Atv tour , buena vista mega combo tour and Liberia Airport transfer, we had the best time with our tour guide carlos Lopez , definitely highly recommend this family business company while you are in Costa Rica . We planing to get back soon to Costa Rica .

    Nov 16, 2019
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Nice time of year to visit

    Excellent -> Staff + Room + Grounds, Very Very Good-> Pool + Restaurants, Fair -> Location (far from popular tourist sites), Poor -> Beach Riptide & Sand Quality + Resort Fee (have to pay $30 a day for things you have zero interest in doing no opt out)

    Nov 09, 2019
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Marimba Suite Rm 339

    What a wonderful resort. From the moment you enter, you feel very welcomed. Check-in process was very simple and quick. I used 2 of my suite night awards, that were accepted. We were given an ocean-front suite on the 3rd floor with great views of the ocean and pool. Plus, as a Titanium member, we given two metal water bottles as a thank you gift. Lastly, we selected the breakfast as our welcome gift (best choice). As we made our way to the room, we were given a welcome drink in a coconut shell. The room was amazing. It had a large sitting room, 1.5 baths, separate bedroom with a king bed, walk-in closet and a large balcony overlooking the ocean and a partial view of the pool. Both rooms were very spacious and had a traditional hacienda feel that made if feel very cozy. The sitting room very comfortable, with a large couch and two chairs. The king bed was comfortable and we woke up refreshed. The bathroom was unreal, there was a separate “shower” room. The room also featured, 2 TVs, ceiling fans, a fridge, safe and 4 complementary bottles of waters daily. It was so peaceful just sitting on the balcony, reading a book, listening to the waves crash on the beach. We were there during low season, so there was no problem getting a lounge chair around the pool. The lounge chairs were very comfortable as they are padded and each set of chairs has an umbrella for shade with direct access to the pool. There is pool service for drinks and snacks, along with two restaurants near the pool. The grounds are beautiful and well kept. We did not venture into the ocean as it’s very rocky with riptides. Food was good. Breakfast was the best meal we had. The buffet was extensive with a waffle station, omelet station, fruit station along with traditional beads, pastries, bacon, sausage and local cheeses. There are several restaurants on property but are only opened on a rotational basis. The chimichurri steak and burger were good at Azul. But if you really want a burger, go to Nau Lounge for a better menu and more choices. You can also order off the room service menu in Nau. The service was fantastic, everyone we interacted with were friendly, engaging and helpful. While I was a bit disappointed to see resort fees in Costa Rica, it was inevitable. The resort fee was $30 a day which included several planned activities throughout the week. We participated in the morning nature walk and sunset drink on the beach with appetizer. They also offer cooking classes, Spanish language class, bonfire and marshmallow on the beach, along with others. Overall our stay was awesome and would certainly return for some rest and relaxation. Pura Vida

    Nov 03, 2019
Prices per person based on double occupancy including round-trip airfare via U.S. certified air carriers and round-trip airport/hotel transfers when arriving at airport closest to destination (for exceptions see Frequently Asked Questions), hotel taxes and baggage handling, fuel surcharges, and all pre-collected U.S. and foreign taxes. In some instances, pricing may specifically apply to one of multiple flights on select departure days. All packages are based on the lowest hotel/air classes available at time of publication, capacity controlled, subject to availability and change without notice. Promotional pricing may only be available for a limited time. Fees may apply for carry-on and checked baggage-view Baggage Policies. Some resort fees, environmental levies and departure taxes are not included and may be payable in resort. View Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Apple Vacations is not responsible for errors or omissions. Cancellation policies apply. Bookings are subject to the Fair Trade Contract. All public charter flights are operated by ALG Vacations Corp: Allegiant Air: PC 18-231, A319-156 seats or A320-186 seats /PC 18-234, A319-156 seats or A320-186 seats; Miami Air: PC 19-085, B737-800, 180 seats/PC 19-091, B737-800-183 seats; Swift Air: PC 19-092, B737-400-150 seats; Viva Aerobus: PC 18-228, A320-180 seats/ PC 19-079, A320-180-185 seats/PC 19-094, A320-185 seats. CST2139014-20 102319