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Parador Boutique Resort & Spa
Gelegen op een heuvel, ca. 100 meter boven de zeespiegel met een schitterend uitzicht over de Stille Oceaan. Letterlijk en figuurlijk: op eenzame hoogte. ‘El Parador’ is een begrip. En niet alleen in de omgeving van Quepos/Manuel Antonio.
Over Parador Boutique Resort & Spa
De eigenaren zijn Nederlanders die een ‘boutique’ hotel avant-la-lettre bouwden. Jaren geleden begonnen zij met de constructie van hun droomhotel. Er moest een ‘top’ hotel komen op een van de mooiste, tegelijkertijd meest geïsoleerde plekjes van Costa Rica. De locatie was bepalend; een hoge heuvel, omringd door maagdelijk regenwoud, met aan de top een zeldzaam panoramisch uitzicht over het Manuel Antonio National Park. Toen de constructie uiteindelijk een feit was werd ‘la casa’ gevuld met kunst en antiquiteiten uit de eigen privé-collectie. Een adembenemende plek, een liefdevol gedecoreerd hotel, toegewijde eigenaren. Voeg daar de comfortabele kamers en uitgebreide faciliteiten aan toe en daarbij een gratis shuttleverbinding naar het strand. Geen wonder dat reizigers van heinde en verre de (stijle!) weg naar ‘El Parador’ weten te vinden.
- rust en natuur
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Airco, plafondventilator, WiFi, televisie, telefoon, kluisje, minibar, koffiezetfaciliteiten, strijkplank en -ijzer, badkamer met douche en föhn en terras met junglezicht.
Zoals Garden, zonder terras, met balkon en badkamer met bad.
Zoals Garden Plus, ruimer en dichter bij de belangrijkste faciliteiten gelegen.
Gelegen op de top van een heuvel, vlakbij stranden en Manuel Antonio National Park.
• 4 Restaurants
• 2 Bars
• 3 Zwembaden
• Watersportmogelijkheden zoals kajakvaren, surfen en snorkelen
Het Manuel Antonio National Park is een van de meest veelzijdige parken van Costa Rica. Onderweg komt u verschillende restaurants en bars tegen, waar u gezellig wat kunt eten voor of na het bezoek aan het park. Via het zilvergrijze strand Playa Espadilla bereikt u het park. Eenmaal binnen kunt u verschillende tochten door het park lopen, variërend van steil tot vlak. Een van de wandelingen die wij liepen is die naar het schiereiland Punta Cathedral, en deze tocht is zeer aan te raden! Tijdens de wandeling komt u zeldzame dieren tegen, zoals het doodskopaapje en de luiaard. Naast wandelen kunt u in Manuel Antonio National Park ook wildwatervaren en paardrijden, en tijdens een boottocht ziet u wellicht wel dolfijnen! Neemt u ook vooral uw snorkel mee, want vlakbij het park ligt ook een prachtig koraalrif!
"Wake up to Wildlife"
This resort is 2.5 hours from San Jose airport. We rented a car from Budget and drove to resort. If you are driving you must get the ap Waze. It tells you exactly how to get there. Google maps is terrible compared to Waze. The streets are not marked well at all, this ap saved us so much time from getting lost. Our experience was very safe, no travel problems. There are tolls everywhere....be sure to take a lot of $1 bills. The resort in Quepos is up a very windy bumpy street located at a dead end. We were in room 403 on March 1-4. Our view was of trees and the ocean in the distance. We were very impressed with the cleanliness of the room and the space. No problems at all with our room. WiFi worked great but we had problems calling home from our room. In town is better if you need to talk on the phone. Breakfast buffet was outstanding and free. We had one dinner there and it was a little pricey. We ventured to town everyday for lunch and dinner (apx 5 minute drive). Had some great food at Sanchos (fish taco so good), Wood Fire Pizza, and others. All the food was pretty good. The beach that is located at the resort is about a 5 minute + walk and kind of steep, take walking shoes. Every hour a golf cart runs to take guests to the beach path. The beach is clean but not the turquoise water. Lunch time there is a grill going...decent food. Take money to the beach. You can rent a chair for $7. Lunch will cost apx $10 pp, drinks, snorkel gear, kayak, for rent as well. Ask for Big Al, he is trustworthy and has lots of info to share. There are trees for shade and howler monkeys visit in the afternoon. We saw apx 10 howler monkeys that came down really close to us for some great pics. When the planes go over they like to howell. We also saw white faced monkeys on our walk down to the beach. Every morning at apx 5:45am you will be awakened by the sound of howler monkeys, toucans, macaws, if you are lucky they will be just outside your room. We had a toucan land on our balcony chair. Morning was my favorite time of day. We also saw at the resort iguanas, a sloth and raccoons. One day a white sloth was crawling across the road, other than that he was always asleep up in the mango tree outside the pool area. We went on a Aventuras Tropicales Monkey Mangrove Tour. Disappointed, saw a few birds but no monkeys or anything very interesting. We went to Manuel Antonio National Park and the beach. We did not see a lot in the park. We saw more wildlife at our resort. The beach was beautiful here. Raccoons will try to steal your bag, you can not take food here and the beach closes at 4:00 so you have to leave. Beware.....when you are parking to go to Manuel Antonio, there are locals trying to get you to park in their little lot, charge you more, then you have to walk forever. Be SURE you are parking at Manuel Park....lots of other places to park but very far away. I personally would not go back to Manuel Park. Hotel Parador has a beach and wildlife. At the end of our stay we drove 5 hours to Lomas Del Volcan in La Fortuna and stayed 2 nights in a bungalow. This area was beautiful and located at the base of the volcano with different wildlife. See my review for that hotel for more details. Our trip to Costa Rica was so fun. We loved every minute of it. The resort employees are nice, helpful, front desk help speak English very well. You are greeted with a cool towel and pineapple juice upon check in. We had a couples massage and it was amazing. Can not find one thing to complain about. The weather was perfect. Very warm during the day, very comfortable at night. No need to take sweatshirts or anything. There is a convenient store in town to buy beverages and snacks but it is kind of expensive. The convenient store next to the pier is much cheaper. Lots of shops, restaurants to visit by the pier. We ate at a restaurant called Terquezia....so good and cheap. One of the best vacations I have ever been on! The only thing, is there is lots of driving but it was a fun adventure as well, many places to stop on the way like Tarcoles River. You see apx 20 HUGE crocodiles resting on the bank of the river. Take your time and enjoy the ride. Wish we were there right now.
This beautiful hotel is situated near to Manuel Antonio National Park. I had thought the hotel to be on the beach, but it sits high above the coast on a peninsular which gives spectacular views to each side of the coast. There was a small beach which could be reached by a rutted path from the road leading away from the hotel. A troupe of white faced monkeys was always close by. A hotel shuttle bus ran a daily service to another public beach close to the National Park. The hotel comprises a series of buildings set apart in a large, gorgeous area of forest gardens. There are several trails through the forest, when one might chance upon exotic birds and wildlife (including sloths). A highlight was being able to watch birds without having to go anywhere else! Scarlet macaws were visiting daily during our stay of 5 days. There were three lovely swimming pools, the largest a family pool, then an adults only pool and another high up at the edge of the complex, near the Fragata restaurant. Lunch could be taken in one of three locations (menu identical) and we chose La Fragata, where you could be sure to be visited by an iguana. Dinner could only be taken in the restaurant. The food was quite nice, but not the best we had had during our tour. The staff, as throughout Costa Rica, were lovely. Very friendly and efficient. The hotel itself is modelled on Spanish Paradors and boasts a number of interesting features, with lots of dark wood panelling and carvings. Throughout the hotel, there were many shady places to sit, both indoors and outside - necessary when, as during our stay, the temperature reached 37C. Our room was large and comfortable, very clean, with a lovely balcony overlooking one side of the peninsular with forests. Birds and monkeys could be seen from the balcony, and a particular treat was to look up to see a scarlet macaw perched above me!
"Old World Charm in a Tropical Paradise "
After touring various locales in Costa Rica, we ended our trip with a 3 night stay at the Parador Resort Hotel. We wished we could have stayed longer! This resort was perfect. The hotel itself was exquisite, with lots of sculptures, art and quiet, quaint places to relax. The two main pools with infinity edges and a swim up bar overlooked the Pacific and the rocky islands by Manuel Antonio national park. There was a small, sheltered beach a short hike from the hotel which was perfect for swimming and snorkeling. We encountered a troop of White Faces monkeys on the hiking trail within the hotel's grounds. There was also a variety birds to be seen including Macaws and two yellow throat Cara Cara falcons that hung around the resort. The resort had a restaurant and two bars. The menu was quite good with something to please everyone. The food was very good and they had a nice selection of wines, many from South America. The staff was always helpful and courteous. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and will definitely return the next time we visit Costa Rica!
"small resort but lovely setting and resful place to stay"
on arrival we were met by Cynthia at reception. Check in was quick and we were offered cool towels and a cocktail after our 4 hour drive to reach this last destination on our tour of Costa Rica. Reception will insist that you leave a 300 dollar credit card deposit on your room, we didn't have a credit card only a debit card and were told that this wasn't acceptable however, we were not told that it could be used throughout the resort as well as cash which we did for the 4 day stay. We also had a shirt laundered and the bill for payment was settled on check out our room was in the 'garden are' ground floor backing onto the jungle. on arrival we had a troop of monkeys sitting outside and a large iguana! great welcome cold beers were purchased from the local 7/11 in town having used the free shuttle. This stops at 5:30pm but cabs cost 10 dollars each way if you want to stay out later which we did most nights to eat diner as the resort restaurant was far too hot and humid the local sloth was seen asleep on the nature trail and several different birds and bugs plus a lovely blue legged frog and the bull frogs at night were very noisy! smokers can use the top floor lounge area above the buffet or the tennis courts to smoke (my other did) which was not a problem at all. He smoked on the beach too using a eco bag to but the ask and butts in. Beds and brollies on the beach went for 5000 colones and the sea was awesome. great surfing waves and lots of local shops to buy from. we loved out last few days here before returning to the UK from San Jose despite a bit of an upset late one evening when we wanted some after dinner drinks at the resort bar- it might say its open till 11pm but after purchasing 2 drinks at 10pm we were asked to settle the bill and leave,,, needless to say we did and sat on our terrace and drank the last of the cold beers we had bought in town for 1/4 of the price along with the last our duty free buffet breakfast was included in our stay, great choice and never any problems getting refills of the lovely local coffee, and we were grateful to see a large eagle type bird and several macaws most mornings whilst eating
"Amazing resort convienent to manuel antonio location"
I visited Hotel Parador in Manuel Antonio National Park last December. It took me a long time to write the review because I had no time but here goes. We were staying at the nicest room in the entire resort. It is at the farthest building, by the adult pool, and is the highest and most spacious room. Every room in that entire building is huge and sports an outdoor and indoor Jacuzzi, but the room that we stayed in had the largest and should be requested. There is an amazing view of the islands and the resort as well as the ocean on both sides and many trees infested with monkeys. Now, for the resort: We got there at six o'clock on the twenty-seventh and were greeted with a tropical pineapple drink (non-alcoholic). After getting our room and being helped by a particularly nice woman who told us where to see the best monkey spottings, we were taken via golf cart across the whole resort and I must say, it is beautiful especially at sunset. After checking into our gorgeous huge suite, two of us, myself included, decided to go down to the main pool to check it out. Apparently, there is a crocodile statue there, just to warn you because when I first saw it, I didn't know if it were real or not being that we were in a tropical location where there are animals everywhere. At night, there was for three of the nights we checked, a family of raccoons that harmlessly wander around the gazebo and garbage cans, only hissing if you get too close. The pools are wonderful and during the day, the pool bar is amazing and I would recommend the chocolate milkshake and Shirley temple. The dinner that we had was messed up one of the nights and I had to go in to the manager and complain. The food was very good though, besides that. Every night, when we would come back, the room service would leave for chocolate for us. The Monkey trail is great and we spotted an acouti near the en. It also provides a great view of the islands and water. The game room is rather fun, with ping pong, and fuzball as well as a Wii-U. There is a quick hike to the beach nearby where there is negotiable snorkeling gear. The water had plenty of fish near the rocky sections, but was rather cloudy and choppy compared to the water of some more beachy locations. There was also some amazing ceviche along the beach I was told, but the beach was hot so I figured I wouldn't risk having something "refrigerated". The sand along that beach is black. The next day, we went to a surfing place at a beach a few miles away from the hotel. After the surfing which ended with me being stung by a jellyfish, we rode some negotiably priced jet-skiis around the islands and could view the resort from there. We ended up being at the resort for new years eve where there were performances with fire, dances, water drums, and lots of classic songs. There were also clowns with stilts. The actual year changing ceremony ended with blasts of fire and cheers. In the mornings, we were always cheered by the sight of white-faced capuchins on the outdoor hallway and one morning, there was even a howler monkey. There was also a sloth on a tree at one point but it was unmovable. I would definitely recommend this resort to anyone wanting to relax, but expect to see many pleasant surprises.
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