Set on twelve acres of lush rainforest high above the Pacific coast, the award-winning Hotel Parador Resort and Spa offers the only full-service resort in Manuel Antonio. With 129 rooms, this four-star boutique style eco-resort has more rooms and service offerings than any other hotel in the area. Hotel amenities include swimming pools, restaurants and bars, a spa, fitness center, tennis court, gift shop, conference room, a computer station, self-service washing and drying machines, tropical gardens, jungle trails, and WiFi in most public areas and rooms.
Manuel Antonio is a popular beach area with several jungle-lined beaches, shops, restaurants and more. Most hotels are spread along the hillside above the beach area. Only a couple of businesses are grandfathered in with beach-front access, meaning the beaches are pristine and backed by jungle. The majority of shops and restaurants are distributed along the main road between Quepos and the main beach, Playa Espadilla. Visitors will find everything from budget-friendly local restaurants to high-end international restaurants offering steak and seafood. There is a grocery store in the town center and many souvenir shops. As the Parador is not within reasonable walking distance to any of these amenities, the hotel provides a complimentary shuttle service at set times to the main beach and any shops along the way. Of course, taxis are available on demand at an additional cost.
While the Parador may appear to be a beach-front hotel on the map, it is positioned on a large rock outcropping with cliffs down to the ocean, so there is not direct beach access. Guests can, however, walk about 10 minutes down the hill to Playa Biesanz, which is one of the prettiest, yet least visited beaches in Manuel Antonio. Biesanz is one of the local treasures that most tourists are unaware of. To access it you have to walk along a trail through the forest which is one of the better places in Manuel Antonio to see monkeys and sloths.
Manuel Antonio offers visitors a plethora of activities. This is one of the few beach areas in Costa Rica where you can go whitewater rafting or canyoning. There are several canopy zipline courses to choose and from, and surf lessons are available on the main beach. Wildlife is abundant in the Manuel Antonio National Park or the Damas Island Estuary. We offer these and plenty of other fun, thrilling, enlightening activities on our Manuel Antonio Tours page.
There is plenty to do at the resort as well. You can pass the time by walking down to Playa Biesanz or along the resort's groomed trails in search of wildlife. Hotel Parador offers three swimming pools and a swim-up bar in the main pool. There are sitting areas with lounge chairs, and the bars offer a variety of tropical drinks. The fitness center offers free weights and modern machines, and the tall windows allow you to look at the rainforest while working out.
The resort's Pacifica Spa offers five treatment rooms near the jungle. Services include massages, wraps and scrubs, facials, manicures, and pedicures. Professional makeup artists and hair stylists are available on request with notice.
The Parador Resort offers several excellent dining options. La Galeria offers ocean view fine dining with a diverse menu of Mediterranean inspired dishes. The El Quijote Restaurant offers International dishes in a relaxed and casual ambiance. The La Fragata Restaurant is in the Ocean Vista Building at the highest end of the property. This restaurant serves tasty cocktails, fresh fares, and tropical drinks in an inspired setting with views to the jungle and ocean. The Galeon Pool Bar and Terrace Restaurant is near the central pool area serving light fares, sushi, and cocktails. The Parador also offers two private dining room for intimate gatherings.
Rooms at the Hotel Parador Resort are well-equipped and range in quality from the more affordable Garden rooms to the more luxurious and pricey Suites. All rooms offer views to either the gardens, jungle, or ocean and are equipped with air-conditioning, cable TV, safe deposit box, telephone, mini-refrigerator, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, a hairdryer, and free WiFi access. Please check the Amenities Section for complete details of what is included in each room category.