14 years ago on we went to the Parador on our honey moon and loved it then. But after having come back from our 2nd visit, we appreciated it even more! We stayed for 8 days and were sad to leave. I was afraid it would be too long in 1 spot but it worked out really well. First off, I'm not one to base my review on staff members rather than the hotel/restaurant etc. but I have to say Shirley was just the best! From the minute we go there until we left, she couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. Thank you for everything, it meant a lot to us all that you did! The wait staff were more than friendly, (and speak English very well for those not fluent in Spanish). Also Elias on the tour desk gave the best tour of Manuel Antonio.
We were lucky enough to stay on the 3rd floor of the Vista Suites, and it was amazing. Couch, dining table, wet bar, huge TV, Jacuzzi on the balcony~ awesome! You do have to walk to the restaurants but it's good exercise after eating all the good food. I especially liked that the Vista Suites have their own, adults only pool. It has a waterfall, and seating along the infinity edge. and your own restaurant was quite handy for a bite and they'll bring you drinks by the pool!
I went for a scrub and massage at the spa and enjoyed it so much! Be sure to go your appointment early (or stay after) and take advantage of the hot tub, pool, and chaises lounges. They brought me yogurt and fruit which was perfect. (I did go to the Raindrop Spa in Quepos while I was there and the hotel's spa was much nicer!) Even got to see monkey's swinging in the trees while I was relaxing in the hot tub.
There are plenty of monkeys and sloths around the property, saw both in the first hour we were there! There is one building under construction but it wasn't a nuisance at least to us. And with all the maintenance going on it made you feel like everyone really cared how things looked and it's progress for the hotel to keep improving.
For restaurants nearby, we loved La Luna at the Gaia Hotel and Kapi Kapi. These were probably the nicest of choicest if you wanted a special night. But still not dressy! We would highly recommend the Parador, the room was great, the pool was great, and the employees go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Parador Resort & Spa, Costa Rica’s premier eco-luxury resort. Sitting high above the Central Pacific coastline, this award-winning hotel is built on 12 acres of rainforest in beautiful Manuel Antonio, just minutes from Costa Rica’s best beaches.Known for its dedication to preserving and protecting Mother Nature as well as its first-class amenities, Parador offers a long list of activities for your enjoyment and a staff ready to accommodate your every need. Experience inspired cuisine. Take a walk along a white sand beach. Swing through the rainforest canopy. Or simply relax and take in the view from your splendid suite. It’s all about responsible luxury, pura vida style. Parador Resort & Spa… Where Green Is More Than Just A Color. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Resort Parador
- Hotel Parador Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park