Hotel Parador Resort & Spa commands an enviable position in Manuel Antonio — Costa Rica’s most romantic destination. The luxury eco-resort is nestled between the jungle and beach at the end of a picturesque road out to the Punta Quepos promontory. This privileged setting provides panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, making the hotel a best-seller on applevacations.com.
On arrival you are offered fresh juice before being shown to your room, which is a good size and well stocked. All bedrooms have a balcony with stunning views of the ocean, jungle or garden. The hotel itself evokes old-world charm with Spanish influences, which sets it apart from other properties.
Outside, the hotel is surrounded by 12 acres of wildlife-rich tropical rainforest. A swing through the rainforest canopy under hazy streamers of light is a must. As is a visit to Manuel Antonio National Park, which accommodates 300 species of mammals and birds. You see some (monkeys, sloths and rainbow-hued birds) visiting the hotel gardens and are amazed at how close you can get to them. The scenic trails surrounding the hotel offer another chance to get close to nature.
The resort features three ocean-view pools, a world-class spa, a fitness centre and four bars. When it comes to dining, you are spoilt for choice. There is piano music and fine dining at La Galeria, which serves innovative cuisine. La Reina Private Dining Room is an enclave of romance and Medieval style, while El Quijote and El Galeon offer lighter dishes. Stunning views, nature, activities and delicious food — Parador really does offer a complete luxury holiday within the grounds of the resort.
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