I had the luxury of spending 5 days and 6 nights at the Parador Hotel. I was welcomed after a long day of traveling by an accomodating staff, a cool lemon towel and cold island drink! The gentlemen who greeted us was friendly, very polite and spoke pretty good english. He brought our luggage up to the room for us while we got settled in. He also gave us a brief tour of the resort and all of the accomodations. He reminded us that we get FREE breakfast evry morning! It is buffet style and delicious food. We loved to wake up to the delicious menu everyday. Coffee is superb, best I've ever had.
The room was super clean, had a great view of the garden and the Pacific ocean. The towels were folded in animal shapes adorned with flowers. A complimentary bottle of champagne was ready and on ice with 2 beautiful glasses. The tub was huge and garden style. Shower had a removable head and the water was excellent pressure.
Anything you could ask for was there. Air conditioner was excellent and you can adjust it yourself. Blow dryer, coffee pot, and fully stocked refrigerator were all present.
On the resort is anything and everything one needs to have a perfect vacation. There are 2 beautiful swimming pools with ocean views. Jacuzzi's and poolside service for drinks and food. The waiters do not sit and wait for you to order or bug you. They come only if beckoned. Lots of room to spread out and ample room to dine at the poolside tables in the shade. Towels are given complimentary for guests to use.
If you want to play board games you can get them for free right next to the pool at the tour booth. Tennis rackets and balls are also available to use on the properties lovely tennis court! There is a mini golf course right on the resort in the garden. Clubs and balls are also at the tour booth. A fully equipped exercise/gym room is available and yoga in the morning at 8am overlooking the garden. These services are all free!
The restaurant prices are not bad starting at $8.00. The restaurants are directly next to each other and if you choose the one overlooking the pool it's a little cheaper. The iguanas and birds come up close and personal at the restaurants in the mornings. They are not agressive and they are enjoyable to see and photograph. We saw monkey and sloth right outside of our room in the tree. They stayed close and we took alot of photos.
The gift shops are equipped with any personal item you may need. Prices aren't to bad and there are some cheap souvenirs available. There is a gift shop next to tour booth and one upstairs as well.
The free guest bus comes everyday at 9:15, 11:15, 2:15, 5:15 and 7:15. You can take this to Manuel Antonio Park and pick it back up after your tour. It will drop you anywhere along the main drag of Manuel Antonio. Also, taxi's are available anytime. Parador is up on a mountain and the road to get to it is very very potholed and bumpy so the taxi driver will charge you about $9.00 to get up there. I would not suggest trying to walk it, it is one difficult uphill hike!
The grounds of the hotel are gorgeous, maintained and perfect! You will be struck breathless at how beautiful and filled with foliage and nature it is! It si completely safe and tucked away on a mountain top. It is quiet at the resort and not crowded at all. There were hardly any guests, and we were happy with that. There is a beach that guests can walk to but it is a bit of a hike up and downhill. Go to Manuel Antonio beach for the best beach experience.
Internet is available and guests get a complimentary half hour each day.
The spa is very lovely and you can get a GREAT massage for 90 minutes and a tropical mango milk bath for $90!! That comes with an hour of sauna too.
The staff were all wonderful, very accomodating and spoke good English. Special thanks to Giovanni at the outside swim up bar, William at tour booth and Andres at the indoor bar for making our vacation fun with your extra friendliness, humor, and information.
I would rate this hotel a 6 on a scale of 1-5!!! Perfecto!!!
- 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
- Parador Resort And Spa Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio