My husband and I stayed at the Westin Playa Conchal from Dec 1-15, 2012 for our honeymoon. My husband stayed 3 years ago when it was a Paradisus and they have done some very nice upgrades!
Our room: We stayed in a deluxe junior suite in building 33, we thought about paying for the upgrade for the Royal but it would have only been for the wi-fi, so we just used the free wi-fi in the lobby. We asked for a second floor room close to the pool, we were really pleased with the location as it was a short walk to the pool, beach and restaurants. We found the room to be cool enough and we used to ceiling fan the whole time as well. It's by no means freezing but we had no complaints. Our room had a renovated bathroom with a large walk in shower, beautiful!
Restaurants/Drinks: We called the number provided and were always able to get a reservation, we booked a couple of days in advance and never had a problem. We enjoyed the food at every restaurant and the buffet always had something nice to offer. The buffet isn't as big as other all inclusives we've been to, but realized very quickly that the quality trumps quantity everytime. We also ordered room service a few times and it was great! We tipped at every meal as they work so hard and were always so friendly! The drinks are awesome! Ask for a dirty monkey!! Yum!!
Staff: WOW, everyone on the grounds say hello to you and the hostesses at the buffet even remembered our room number after a few days, that's amazing considering there are hundreds of people going through there weekly. They work extremely hard and always with a smile!
Day trips: We read trip advisor reviews for about 6 months before our trip and we had to meet the famous ERICK GARCIA! We planned on going with Erick for some trips and the hotel for others. We met Erick as soon as we hit the beach and he walked us out to the beach and welcomed us. We ended up booking all our trips through Erick Garcia and John Rodriguez, such nice guys. They all have the same shirt on so it's easy to recognize them. We always felt safe and really enjoyed each trip! We even booked 3 massages with his wife Gigi on the beach. Such a nice massage and so relaxing!!
We did 6 different trips through Erick. The ATV/Zipline - bring extra money on this one as they have a gift shop at the Congo Trail and we paid an extra $30 to have someone take photos and video of us on the ziplines - well worth it so you don't have to struggle with your camera! We loved going on the ATV's through the small town and through the country side. Ask for a mask for your eyes as it is very dusty.
The Lazy Lizard Catanaran Sailing was awesome, the guys on the boat are excellent! They serve you as many drinks as you'll drink and they have sandwiches and snacks ready for you when you're done snorkelling. One of the guys caught a puffer fish for us to see - holy smokes!
Palo Verde National Park Boat Tour - our tour guide that brought us there was amazing! "Rico Sauve" aka Ricardo was excellent to stop an show us everything along the way, we also stopped to use a bathroom before the tour as there are no bathrooms at the river. He showed us the local trees and one of the locals saw our group and even gave us fresh mandarins! So good!! The tour was great, we saw lots of birds,iguanas, monkeys and crocodiles. Bring your camera!
We took a taxi into Tamarindo (arranged through Erick) and enjoyed a nice lunch over looking their surfer beach. Beautiful beach but there were lots of people coming up to us wanting us to buy their pottery,bird whistles or cigars. There are lots of little shops to buy souvenirs. We also took an ATV tour to Tamarindo (arranged by Erick) and got to see lots along the way, small towns, cows, and we were lucky enough to see a howler monkey family in the trees.
We also did the waterfall/mud baths and make sure you bring 2 towels each, one for the waterfall and one for the mud baths. Wear your bathing suit there as there's no place to really change. The waterfall was beautiful and amazing... everyone laughed when we jumped in first, "the Canadians don't care how cold it is". We changed (held up our towels) as we didn't want to sit with wet bathing suits in the van. Then we did a small hike through the rain forest and saw several waterfalls, beautiful! The typical Costa Rican lunch that was included was really good! Mud baths were cool too and our skin felt so soft afterwards.
We didn't go on any of the trips that were 4 hours to get there and 4 hours back. We preferred the closer trips. We never made it to any of the night shows or to the sports bar as we were always so tired from our days. We were up quite early too and my husband went to the gym every morning, nice air conditioned facility overlooking the golf course.
We also had to laugh at the reviews we read about the "noisy" shuttles, it really isn't that bad... I'm sure they weren't complaining when the shuttle dropped them off with their luggage!
I had a ton of bug bites by the time we left but never saw any of them biting me, bring some "Off Deep Woods" as the skintastic stuff we brought probably attracted them. I brought Afterbite and used it a lot.
We brought lots of small US$ dollars with us but ran out quickly, the front desk was able to exchange our larger bills for smaller ones. They also have an ATM machine that were give you American or local currency.
Enjoy your trip!!
Melanie & Dan
We asked for a second floor room close to the pool, we were really pleased with building 33 as it wa...
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