We went to Hotel Parador for our honeymoon and it was fabulous. The executive summary is that the service was extraordinary, the hotel was beautiful and well-maintained, its surrounding natural environment was so amazing I had to see it to believe it, and the food and drinks were excellent.
Hotel Parador picked us up at the airport in San Jose (a 3-hour drive from the hotel), and at the end of our stay they returned us to San Jose and dropped us at the hotel where we were to spend our last few days in Costa Rica.
Our "Vista suite" room was beautiful itself, but also had a breathtaking view of the Pacific, of Parador's lush rainforest surroundings, and even of the infinity pool, which changed colors every few seconds at night. From just outside the door to our room, we could watch monkeys playing in the trees just 50 yards away.
The first full day we were there, they called our room and asked if we'd like a reservation for dinner. I hadn't figured we'd need one, since it wasn't high tourist season and we seemed to have the whole place to ourselves, but I said yes anyway. We had a wonderful dinner, and returned to our room to find that they had put flower petals and candles on the floor of our room, leading out to a bubble bath in the whirlpool on our room's balcony. It was very romantic and a complete surprise to us.
As mentioned by others, it is a bit difficult to get anywhere from the hotel, as it isn't within walking distance of anything, EXCEPT for a wonderful little beach where the water temperature was just perfect and there weren't any riptides because it was in a small bay off the Pacific.
We had booked and paid for a package in the Vista suite for our first 6 nights, but our last 2 nights were to be in a lower-tier, less expensive room. However, 2 days before we were scheduled to switch rooms, the front desk called to tell us we didn't need to switch to the lower-tier room - we could spend our last 2 nights in the same room at no extra charge.
- 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