La Mariposa set the standard as the first luxury hotel in Manuel Antonio and after 30 years it’s still in the top rank, with unrivalled, 360° panoramic ocean views toward Punta Catedral, the heart of Manuel Antonio National Park. With the hotel’s mix of accommodation, couples can relax in privacy in upscale bungalows and suites while families can enjoy the more traditional rooms and all the hotel’s facilities, especially the swimming pools.
Spanish-Mediterranean in style, the hotel has large, luxurious junior rooms in the original four-story, white-stucco building; pleasant, traditional rooms with connecting doors for families and groups are in a separate two-story building; and modern villa suites are housed in a luxurious, bungalow-style addition set in the hotel’s lush tropical gardens, criss-crossed with walkways. Along with the view, La Mariposa is famous for its Sunset Bar & Lounge, with a center-stage seat for spectacular Pacific Ocean sunsets.
The hotel’s elegant, alfresco restaurant, Le Papillon, is renowned for its haute cuisine, accompanied by the finest view in Manuel Antonio. There is free shuttle service to nearby Manuel Antonio National Park, and the hotel arranges all local tours, including canopy tours, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and fishing.