Hotel Review: Parador Resort and Spa, Costa Rica Part 1

Dear reader, I owe you a sincere and heartfelt apology. I have been keeping a big secret from you for the longest time, actually well over a year!

I am sure you probably have already noticed on my blog and numerous social media posts or updates that I am head over heels for a country in particular and it happens to be Costa Rica聽馃檪

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As I shared with you in my last post, Parador Resort and Spa

Costa Rica's leading award-winning eco-luxury hotel located near Manuel Antonio National Park will not fail to impress! Come on a photography tour of the premises.

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was, and is until this day, one of the best hotels I have ever had the pleasure of visiting and staying in.

Not only it has won many prestigious awards nationally and internationally,

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it is fully committed to providing the best customer service

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and also continue contributing to sustainable programs.

Now I鈥檝e given you more than great reasons why it is really worth it, however I didn鈥檛 fully present it to you.

What is so special about it? You may ask.

Let鈥檚 get started shall we?

Transfer from the capital, San Jos茅 to the hotel

One of the great services Parador Resort and Spa offers to its guests is a shuttle transfer.

After arriving at the airport, going through customs and retrieving your luggage, you head towards the exit and will see people from various companies, including experienced drivers from the hotel, holding a sign with your name printed. I saw someone with mine and I waved back at him.

Then he introduced himself as Jos茅 and took my suitcase and carry on. Then we went outside to the parking lot where the deluxe and very spacious mini-van was stationed.

Like a gentleman, he opened the sliding door and I was happy to sit down on plush leather seats. I knew it would be a comfortable ride.

Next he offered me a cold, citrus-scented towel (that smell is addictive trust me!) to freshen up from the long day of air travel and also a very welcome cold bottle of spring water. It was a relief after leaving home at 4 a.m. and by the time we left the airport it was about 10 p.m. local time!

You know that I love traveling, so I鈥檓 willing to endure anything to get to a destination that makes my heart jump with joy and fills it with love 馃檪

We were on our way and had two hours by road to cover, so I buckled up and even though it was pretty dark outside, I opened the window to let the fresh air in after being on two airplanes throughout the day.

One thing you should know or be aware of is that I am quite a sociable (a.k.a I talk a lot or can chew your ear if opportunity presents itself) and since I am a journalist at heart, I ask TONS of questions! That鈥檚 how I break the ice and get to know people. Fortunately we had a common language and we could understand each other perfectly, and he was more than happy to reply or answer.

There were countless curves and turns but the road conditions in Costa Rica are excellent. The highway we took is new; therefore it was a smooth ride.

We arrived in the Town of Quepos and from there on it was one way, up!

I arrived tired but very happy, settled in my room and slept peacefully with the sounds of nature as a lullaby.

What I saw the following days needed to be captured and tales of my many adrenaline-filled adventures had to be told!

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Parador Hotel and Spa is located on the promontory of Quepos, which is a privileged position and is surrounded by 12 hectares of lush green, tropical rainforest.

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It faces the Pacific Ocean and is only a short distance away from one of Costa Rica鈥檚 most beautiful, renowned and protected National Parks, Manuel Antonio.

In operation since 1995, the hotel has 129 rooms and suites divided in 4 buildings.

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Aerial view of the Resort, protected area and the Pacific Ocean. Photo credit: hotelparador.com

Each room comes equipped with queen or king beds, cable TV, air conditioning /fan ceiling, safe deposit box, coffee maker, hair dryer, an ironing board and a telephone.

Here鈥檚 a description of the accommodations:

Garden

25 rooms are located only a short distance from the main pool, restaurants and spa. As the name states, from the terrace they have direct access to the gardens.

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Garden Plus

20 rooms are located above the garden rooms allow guests to view the rainforest from the balcony. For families traveling together, it is possible to go from one room to the next via connecting door.

Tropical

Ideal for families or friends, 30 rooms are located below the premium building and a short distance from the tennis court, spa, pools and restaurants. They allow a view of the jungle and partial view of the Pacific Ocean.

Premium

Located atop a rock and above resort, 12 Premium rooms offer breathtaking views of the jungle and Oceano Pacifico. They can be accessed via stairs or inclined elevator.

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Premium Plus

9 Premium Plus rooms are situated right above the Premium rooms and the balcony offer phenomenal views of the ocean and rainforest!

聽Las Suites Building

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Located high on a rock, on the highest point of the resort, 32 luxury panoramic suites and two Master Vista Suites will delight its guests with its adult-only

infinity pool

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Jacuzzi

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La Fragata Restaurant offers a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.

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Two elevators and complimentary Wi-Fi is available for guests. For any executive conferences, there is a small meeting room for eight persons can be booked.

Vista Suites

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28 well-appointed, one-bedroom suites offer a King sized bed, separate shower, full-size bathtub, sleeper sofa, mini-bar, plasma TV, mini-bar and a Jacuzzi for more privacy.

Pacific Vista Suites

Two impressive corner suites offer a King-size bed, 260-degree views of the ocean and jungle, along with a private Jacuzzi.

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Vista Master Suites

These luxurious Master Suites and million dollar views of Oceano Pacifico on the horizon will sure take your breath away.

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The ample master bedroom with a king-sized bed, adjoining living room, dining table and two chairs, sleeper sofa 聽and floor to ceiling windows (and sliding doors) open up to a balcony with Jacuzzi in the corner.

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Presidential Suite

Located in the main building, the Crist贸bal Col贸n Presidential Suite is the epitome of luxury. Completely unique in the region, country and Central America, its 172 square meters and 3 king beds sure are fit for royalty. All hotel facilities are easily within reach. 聽For a once in a lifetime experience, think of the Presidential Suite.

Spa

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World-class Pacifica Spa offers facials, therapeutic and relaxing, massages, manicures and pedicure as well as hydrotherapy treatments.

Pools

3 pools overlooking the ocean: 2 adult-only

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and 1 child friendly 馃檪

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Do not worry about the croc, it’s made of steel and serves as decor only!

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Fitness Center

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The modern gym overlooking the jungle will help you keep you in shape and stick to your exercise plan.

Private and secluded beach

I must admit and say that I LOVE going to the beach and even better if it’s secluded. I’m not a fan of crowds and was 眉ber happy to go on a little adventure in order to reach it!

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Playa Biesanz is a 20 minute hike down adventure just a few minutes 聽from the resort.

After spending a few hours on the beach. It’s time to refuel and going back to the hotel to have lunch or dinner is a great idea!

There is a variety of restaurants:

  • La Galer铆a,
  • El Quijote
  • La Fragata
  • Don Juan
  • Sancho Panza sports bar
  • Sushi Bar
  • El Gale贸n Pool bar (swim up bar) and terrace restaurant.

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If you prefer private dining, then La Reina

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or La Cava (Wine cellar) rooms can be booked.

The exquisite gourmet meals at La Galer铆a are unique! The chef and staff make sure that your meals are what you order, fresh and delicious! One important thing that must be mentioned is that personal food allergies or preferences any guest may have are kept in mind by all members of the staff.

Before traveling to Costa Rica, I had communicated to the reservations staff about my severe allergies and it was important that my food didn鈥檛 come in contact with certain products.

During my stay, never once did I have to ask or remind them about it which made my trip worry-free!

Speaking of food, a full breakfast buffet is included and there are many choices to refuel for your adventures in the area.

I invite you to come on a photographic tour of Parador Resort and Spa. Enjoy!

There鈥檚 no better thing in life than a

Sunrise

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This is one of the best shows Mother Nature offers. Priceless right?

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This is one of the most stunning sunrises I’ve ever seen!

It definitely is worth waking up quite early and sip a cup of caf茅, Costa Rican of course or tea. right from the balcony!

Free color therapy

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Connecting with nature

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Lady abundance 馃檪

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50 shades of green 馃檪

Now I truly understand why they are eco-luxurious and friendly by nature as well as responsible by choice.

Stay tuned for the part 2 and review of the room I stayed in. It will be loaded with photos and a video!

Until then follow #ParadorPuraVida on their social media channels or visit their homepage!

Web: www.hotelparador.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HotelParador

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ParadorQuepos

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/paradorresort/

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/hotelparador

Did you enjoy the photo tour?

Let us know in the comments!

 

 

Hasta luego! See you soon.

All the best, Pura Vida

Kay 馃檪

 

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