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Parador Resort and Spa holiday reviews


Date of trip: 03/12/2019


Number of people: 1

"A different type of place entirely. A very good hotel with all the 5* facilities you'd expect. I had a lovely room (319) up on the third floor of a small block overlooking the very well kept gardens. Great sunset views from the balcony. Huge room, TV, air conditioning, luxury sheets, huge bed, lovely ensuite shower etc. Nice welcome basket of fruit. Lovely housekeeping staff. Food is excellent and the waiting staff very friendly and professional. Pool areas, restaurant, bars etc all very well run and maintained. There's a great resident Iguana who scuttles under the sun loungers with impunity. The sunsets are something else. Much more of a typical beach/luxury type hotel which was evident from the number of very loud Americans (yes, sorry to typecast) getting drunk in the pool all day. That said, it's extraordinary what's right under your nose. The trees just behind the main bar had sloths sleeping in them, Scarlet Macaws flew past often, white-faced capuchins play in great gangs on the tiles roof of the spa, butterflies are everywhere. There's a beach you can walk to just down the road, otherwise you'd want to go out on tours etc. The concierge can book these for you but it's cheaper to go direct. I did a fantastic mangrove boat trip with Iguana Tours (definitely do this if you can - it's a different world) and a great catamaran trip out of Quepos marina (Planet Dolphin Tours). I did a general tour to Manuel Antonio National Park which Tribes had already pre-booked for me. What a madhouse it is to get in! SO busy which was quite a shock after the other places I'd been but it's still an amazing park. Although they restrict the number of tour groups at any one time, there are log jams along the trails. It does however mean that there are lots of pairs of eyes to spot things so we saw monkeys, frogs, lizards, boa constrictor, iguanas, sloths and all sorts of birds. The trail also takes you down to the beach which is very pretty, but again, can get a bit busy. Nice cafe half way round (they ban food and drink being brought in by the public to safeguard the park/wildlife). It was here that I met Geiner the tour guide and arranged other tours with him because of his passion/knowledge. The Parador is a great hotel whatever your interests. I'd leave at 5am to go birdwatching for 5 hours and be back in time to have breakfast in luxury just as everyone else was surfacing!"

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Time: GMT -6 hours

Flight time: The flying time is about 12 hours from the UK. There are now direct flights from the UK using British Airways. We work with all the major airlines and can offer flights from the UK or via the USA, Panama or a European hub. With the connection times you are looking at around 15 or 16 hours.

Language: Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken throughout Costa Rica

Visas: Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.



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