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Parador Hotel Costa Rica Manual Antonio
Surrounded by stunning views and housed by a #luxury parador #CostaRica is far from a disappointment. We spent a perfect #family holiday with a mix of #relaxation, #active excursions and discovering the culture. There was something for every one and any age in this tropical haven.
The views are drop dead gorgeous driving from Quepos towards Manuel Antonio National Park on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. I know I’ve said it before, but if you’re only going to visit one Pacific coast destination in Costa Rica, make it Manuel Antonio.
The views are drop dead gorgeous
But as we navigated the impossibly steep, winding and narrow road, I wasn’t convinced we were heading the right way.
We passed private homes, eco lodges and beach access points on a corkscrew road cut sharply into the jungle. But I found it hard to believe Manuel Antonio’s premier hotel and resort would be at the end of this dramatic road.
But sure enough, at the very end of the windy road, we finally made it to the Parador Hotel Costa Rica.
About Parador Resort and Spa
The Parador Hotel in Costa Rica is everything you could want in an international hotel. From cool towels and juice upon arrival to outstanding all around service, this is a great spot to relax while taking in the beauty of your natural surroundings in Costa Rica.
great spot to relax while taking in the beauty of your natural surroundings
When guests aren’t off exploring the jungle, hiking to waterfalls or enjoying many of the other activities in the area, you’ll find them around the hotel pool. And that’s the first place we headed.
With a swim-up bar, killer views, delicious lunch service and a tranquil environment, this is the place to be at the Parador Resort and Spa.
swim-up bar, killer views, delicious lunch service
We were lucky enough to call The Parador Hotel’s Presidential Suite home for a few days. After several weeks on the road, it was a fantastic surprise to have so much space in which to spread out. With each kid tucked away into their own bedroom watching cartoons in Spanish, my husband and I had a chance to relax, if only for a moment.
Hotel Parador Resort And Spa
Canyoning Waterfall Rappelling Adventure
ATV Jungle and Waterfall Tour in Jaco
The beds were super comfortable and the tile floors combined with excellent AC kept everyone cool, even though the temperatures outside soared. We loved the historical décor and colonial atmosphere of the hotel, including tons of antiques throughout the hotel.
Hotel Parador for Kids
If you’re traveling as a family, the Parador Hotel Costa Rica is an excellent option.
The Parador Resort and Spa welcomes kids and families with open arms. Kids menus offer a great selection of food to please even the pickiest eater, crayons are handed out at every meal, and the massive breakfast buffet (included in the price of your stay) comes complete with pancakes and fruit loops.
Things to do at Hotel Parador
Besides the central pool and killer views, the beach at Hotel Parador is an absolute must. Access is via a short walk down the paved road to a short, steep trail down to the beach. You’ll be rewarded for the hike with the warmest ocean water I’ve ever felt, clear turquoise water and a private cove for swimming and playing in the sand.
Additionally, there is plenty to do in this area, and the hotel’s on-site activity desk can easily help you plan a range of activities. Everything from an organized walking tour of Manuel Antonio National Park (a must!) to ziplining and horseback riding in the jungle can be arranged.
walking tour of Manuel Antonio National Park (a must!)
But if you’re only going to do one thing, don’t miss the night walk through the hotel’s property.
This excursion starts around 6pm, which is when the sun goes down, and is led by an experienced guide. You’ll talk about the nocturnal animals as you wander around the property, each person with their own flashlight.
The highlight of the night walk around the Parador Resort’s grounds is a visit to the frog pond. Here you’ll look at toads, including the famous Red Eyed Tree Frog if you’re lucky! Learn about snakes and other nocturnal creatures on this nighttime journey.