Parador Resort & Spa in magnificent Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, is celebrating its fifteenth year as one of the consistently lauded luxury properties in Central America. A multiple World Travel Awards recipient (Mexico & Central America’s Leading Hotel 2009 in the most recent WTA poll), Hotel Parador’s lush grounds sprawl over 12 acres of wildlife-rich rainforest with vistas that extend from the small islands dotting Manuel Antonio National Park to the newly inaugurated Pez Vela Marina in Quepos.
Situated atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific on land once inhabited by the fabled Quepoa Indians, scenic jungle trails—shared by titi and whiteface monkeys, iguanas and tropical birds—snake through the property leading to hidden enclaves and panoramic cliffs from which migrating whales might be sighted.
The hotel was conceived and created in homage to traditional Spanish “paradors” by owner and Dutch entrepreneur Jan Schans who fulfilled a dream to marry the splendor of fine European boutique hotels with the relaxed atmosphere defining a tropical paradise. Over the years, the resort has grown in scope, most recently with the unveiling of the opulent Parador Suites complex. Featuring a collection of luxurious suites and rooms, all with ocean, jungle and garden views, Parador Resort & Spa boasts three swimming pools featuring such accents as cascading falls and swim-up bar, an onsite health center, full-service wellness spa, tennis court and miniature golf course, a private dining and conference room, three world-class restaurants and two gift shops.
Secluded yet just minutes from famed beaches, Manuel Antonio National Park, neighboring Quepos with its local flavor, and the domestic airport, the relaxed luxury of Parador Resort & Spa provides the perfect antidote to life’s everyday chaos. The resort distinguishes itself not only by its world-class amenities and European-inspired ambience, but also through its commitment to sustainable tourism and community service, along with Costa Rican “Pura Vida” hospitality.