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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!
"Great location...quite expensive for what it is"
Firstly, the location is almost unbeatable. The amount of wildlife we saw either from where we were sitting in the hotel or in the free trek inside the hotel grounds were amazing. Resident sloth sleeping and eating in a tree right next to the pool, waking up to a chorus of howler monkeys, toucans and birds of prey flying close to balconies...it is some of the best I've ever seen. The hotel itself is nice, the pools are great and we really liked the pool bar and the facilities are good and everywhere was well maintained. Downsides - we felt it had a slightly dated feel (this may be what they were going for but the decor seemed slightly misplaced given the surroundings). The service was up and down - most of the staff were great and really polite and welcoming. However, the second night we planned to go into Manuel Antonio itself (as the food/drink at the hotel can be quite pricey). Having checked the welcome note, it said last shuttle at 5.20. Headed down at 5.15 to be told that the last shuttle was at 5.10 and did we not get the updated timetable? Sadly the staff must have forgotten to share this with us. Taxi then cost us $12 even though we were told by reception that it would be $10 and they recommended la marina. Don't go here...overpriced terrible tourist trap. Second issue, I injured my foot, went to reception and apparently they have no first aid. They said I should go and try the gift shop?? Not sure if that was a terrible money spinner on their part but I found a pharmacy nearby (not part of hotel) and it was not a major issue but let's be honest, a hotel that doesn't have access to first aid isn't great.
We loved hotel Parador. The resort is beautiful, wonderful pools with swim up bar, very clean. The staff were superb, very friendly and helpful. The food was delicious, even the included breakfast. The spa was fabulous too, we all enjoyed our messages. We had a standard room, It was fine, but may upgrade if I went again. Highly recommend this place, didn't want to leave.
"Lunch with the animals"
I would have to say that our food was mediocre but the view, service and the animals were exceptional. I had a spider monkey steal a cherry out of my drink as it spilled it (I was not mad), the toucans were everywhere, the lizards were sunning themselves by the pool. Before we left there were 4 spider monkeys running around the tables looking for handouts. My family was in animal heaven.
"Great hotel - get Elias for a tour if you can"
First off, the hotel. Yes, some reviewers have said the decor is a little dated. The rooms are a little dated, but the rest of the hotel is perfectly modern. (Note that we stayed here coming from the Royal Corin in Arenal, which is very modern.) More importantly, the whole place is spotlessly clean. The staff are also very friendly and helpful, and speak very good English (and Spanish). We went for a garden room but were upgraded to a tropical room. The room is housekept daily in the morning, including all towels being replaced, and turned down again in the evening. The pools are perfectly fine, but the pool at the rooftop bar is worth seeking out - amazing views. The breakfast is great - decent size buffet with an egg station, served from 6am to 10am. The restaurant is fine for dinner too, a little overpriced (as to be expected) but decent food. The Sushi in particular was really tasty. If you have a car, it's worth exploring the neighbouring area as there are lots of restaurants near the other end of the road (Hotel Parador is at one end of a road), such as the Falafel Bar, Mar Luna and Clark Que Si - all of which I'd recommend. They have an adventure tour desk which can organise tours and activities for reasonable prices. We went on the guided Monkey Trail evening tour, Manuel Antonio walking tour and Mangrove boat tour. The first two were with Elias, who you can often find at the adventure tour desk, and he is BRILLIANT - he was amazing on both tours, spotting animals that you would never see - and still can't see after he's shown it to you through his scope! He took some pictures of the animals on our iPhones through his scope - see the attached pictures. The results are phenomenal. His knowledge of animals in Costa Rica is next to none. He also picked up a (perfectly harmless) snake and put it on me with my permission - a little unnerving at the time but makes for a great experience! Ask for tours that will go with him. Overall a great hotel - would totally recommend.
"Girls Trip with my Sister over Thanksgiving"
My sister and I both agreed that this is the best vacation we have ever taken. The Parador exceeded our expectations in every way. The service was fabulous, the people were friendly, the food was delicious, the spa was accommodating and relaxing. This resort caters to all sorts of travelers from solo to family. Our general feeling was that they truly have something for everyone. We came hoping to see wildlife and were not at all disappointed. We simply could not have asked for a better experience. As a side note: When we checked in and were upgraded to an ocean view room. This was fantastic for us. I would recommend to considering the ocean view room over the garden room. The ocean room was elevated for the view, but in our case backed up to the forest on the grounds. It was off our balcony that we saw all the wildlife residing at the resort. Wonderful, wonderful place. I will be returning and would recommend to anyone considering a stay in this area.
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