La Mariposa Hotel
A Laid-Back Atmosphere by the Beach with Award-Winning Views
‘La Mariposa Hotel’ is perfect for:
Couples, families, groups and solo travelers who want to experience the best views in Manuel Antonio at a boutique hotel.
Nestled atop the highest point in the Manuel Antonio area is La Mariposa, a boutique hotel surrounded by gardens and rainforest.
Comfortable and family-friendly, this hotel offers an award-winning 280-degree view overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the city of Quepos, and the Manuel Antonio National Park.
What to Expect
- Stunning views, unparalleled in the Manuel Antonio area.
- Laid-back atmosphere. This is a hotel where you can sit back and relax.
- Attentive service. The staff makes an effort to make your stay as comfortable and hassle-free as possible.
What NOT to Expect
- Resort feel. This is a boutique hotel, with a smaller number of visitors per year.
- Upscale luxury. Though well-appointed, the rooms and public areas at La Mariposa are not meant to be opulent.
With an unbeatable location in the Pacific coastline, La Mariposa is a great option for a budget-friendly Costa Rica vacation.
It’s a 10-minute drive from the national park, and it has such awe-inspiring views that it was featured in Patricia Shultz’s best-selling book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.
Expansive Ocean Views in a Relaxing Ambiance
La Mariposa Hotel boasts a Spanish-Mediterrean architectural design that blends seamlessly with the tropical gardens and trees around it. As it’s located on the very top of the hill, Conde Nast Traveler has even described it as “Eden on a ridge.”
Its peaceful atmosphere is perfect for those in search of relaxation, making it a great destination for families and couples alike.
Everything about La Mariposa highlights the views that make it so famous – the main lobby and dining areas open to the terrace where you can see the Manuel Antonio National Park to the left, Espadilla Beach at the front, and the msin town to the right.
The main pool area is accessible from the terrace via a spiral staircase, providing a second space where you can admire the view from. The ocean, the nearby rainforest and towns are also visible from several of the rooms’ balconies.
Make sure to sit with a cocktail to enjoy the sunset from one of the two pools or the Jaccuzi. One of the pools is adult-only, complete with a wet bar where you can try a freshly mixed Bloody Mary. Lounge and sunbathe while breathing the warm ocean breeze, unwinding your worries away.
The surrounding trees are an attraction for local wildlife, and often monkeys and iguanas visit. The hotel also has a gift shop and massage service in case you want to get souvenirs.
If you want to go out and explore, the hotel provides a free shuttle service to the nearest beach and to the town four times a day. If you prefer walking, take a 20-minute walk down a steep hill from the hotel.
Keep your eyes open, because monkeys and sloths often linger in the trees that shade the trail.
Abundant Wildlife & Outdoor Activities
Wildlife abounds in Manuel Antonio, and La Mariposa encourages it. The well-kept gardens and fruit trees attract a variety of visitors throughout the day.
Wake up in the morning with howler, squirrel and capuchin monkeys patrolling the surrounding trees. Watch out for the countless tropical birds that populate the area, like scarlet macaws and hummingbirds. Iguanas also come out to warm under the sun in the pool area, so make sure to have a camera in hand for these resident divas.
The hotel is also a good homebase for your outdoor activities. If you want to explore the jungle and see more wildlife, take a hiking tour across the national park.
If adventure is more your calling, there are canopy, whitewater rafting, ATV, and horseback riding tours. If you want to explore the waters of the Pacific, sportfishing and mangrove kayaking are also available.
Top-Notch Dining at Sunset
Dining at La Mariposa is a whole experience of its own. The Sunset Bar & Lounge honors its name properly – this is the place to enjoy snacks and drinks during twilight hour. Make sure to try the margaritas as well as the quesadillas for a quick bite.
Le Papillon Restaurant offers both international and national dishes with the expansive view of Manuel Antonio as a background.
Every morning, breakfast is served in the terrace 1,000 ft above the ocean. Make sure to try the mixed juice to get a dose of energy, and enjoy the omelets, plantains, and breads set for you.
Both a-la-carte lunch and dinner are available as well. Since Manuel Antonio is right at the coast, seafood is always fresh, so don’t miss out on the Mai Mai!
The menu has been designed and prepared by an internationally recognized chef, allowing you to try true Costa Rican flavors with high-quality standards.
La Mariposa is the place to sit back, admire the beautiful Costa Rican landscape, and relax. If this sounds like the place to have your dream vacation, simply contact us and we’ll gladly help you get here.
*Prices reflect the least expensive rates during low season and are subject to change at any time. You will receive a 100% accurate price when you inquire with us and share your travel dates. Final package pricing includes taxes, domestic transport, tours and lodging as described unless otherwise indicated. The package does NOT include international airfare or optional travel insurance or any other services not expressly mentioned.
- Air Conditioning
- Breakfast Included
- Cable TV
- Can accommodate dietary restrictions
- Concierge Service
- Ocean View
- Swimming Pool
- Wireless Internet