New Hotel in Papagayo Region – El Mangroove

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Guanacaste Tourism, Newsletters, Papagayo Region

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Hotel El Mangroove (now Flagged as Marriot Autograph Collection) is the newest hotel in the Papagayo region having just opened it’s doors in February of 2014.  This Beachfront Hotel offers a relaxed luxury atmosphere in a fully sustainable operation.  Featuring a true Guanacaste inside/outside experience all with outstanding dining, spa, activity and accommodation options.El MangrooveWe can attest that the food is excellent, the ambiance is just right and the nightlife is unique and inventive.  The service is extremely attentive but you still feel like you have privacy if you want it.

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You can choose from a diverse set of activities such as paddle boarding, cycling, fishing, surfing, yoga, diving, snorkeling, kayaking – you name it – or you can just relax by the pool in your private cabana.

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 El Mangroove boasts 85 Guest Rooms, including:  34 King Suites (2 ADA), 30 Double Suites (2 ADA), 8 Deluxe Junior Suites, 10 Superior Junior Suites, 1 Superior Suite, 1 Grand Suite and 1 Presidential Suite.

Hotel El Mangroove 6A one of a kind Spa features full treatments for even the most stressed out travelers in a unique inside/outside setting

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Featuring full service Meeting facilities and concierge services all within just 20 minutes of the Liberia International Airport (LIR) and just 15 minutes from the local beach town Playas del Coco.

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Buy Water and a Tree is Planted in Costa Rica

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Living, Newsletters, Papagayo Region

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A good friend of ours, Mike Poynton, is backing a project that we think is important that everyone knows about.  The project is a kickstarter campaign for an innovative company that will plant a tree for every bottle of water you buy and they will recycle the bottle in a very unique way.  The Kickstarter campaign ends on Friday so if you want to help out do it NOW!

Mike Poynton is from Chicago (we won’t hold that against him) is a legal resident of Costa Rica and has lived in Playa Hermosa for the last 10 years, has a beautiful wife, daughter and son, is always involved in the community and is one of the best promoters of our area.  He has gone on to form his own company called Paradise Social that helps small companies with their social media programs.  We have hired Mike before and he is great!

That is why when Mike gets behind a project we know it is a good cause so please take a look at what he has wrote about the project and please support the cause.

From Mike Poynton


62 hours left! If you haven’t already, please pledge whatever you can at

For those of you whom this message catches off guard and are scratching your heads, it’s a campaign I’m involved with that “crowd sources” money to kickstart  a startup company. I’m the guy on the ground here in Costa Rica with Treeson Spring Water. One tree planted for every bottle sold. Comes in a plant-based, biodegradable, non-GMO, toxin-free bottle that goes in the US Mail instead of the trash. When it arrives back at Treeson HQ it’s converted into clean energy and more bottles. If it DOES end up in the environment, it degrades. We take plastic out of the environment – period! Bye bye Pacific Garbage Patch! Watch the video at We’re starting with spring water sourced here in Braulio Carrillo National Park. We’ll be sourcing locally/regionally worldwide moving forward. And spring water is just the start.

We’ve already planted 38,000 trees here in Costa Rica to make sure we’re doing it right – some of which my parents helped plant with my wife, daughter and me a couple of years ago.

Hope you’ll support us (me) at We’re so close but we still need YOUR help to reach our $95,000 goal by Friday at 10PM!


Mike Poynton

Treeson Water

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