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Parador Resort & Spa is built high above the sweeping Pacific coastline on Punta Quepos, Costa Rica, on 12 acres of wildlife-rich tropical rainforest. The epitome of responsible luxury, Parador has earned multiple awards including Costa Rica’s Leading Resort 2011 (World Travel Awards), the 5-Leaf Sustainability Award issued by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) and, most recently, the prestigious Platinum Level “Leader in Sustainable Tourism” Adrian Award from HSMAI and National Geo Traveler.

This Costa Rica resort features well-appointed rooms and suites, several restaurants featuring diverse menus, multiple bars and lounges, a world-class spa, a tennis court, three ocean-view pools and generous meeting facilities. It is located near Manuel Antonio, a beach and adventure hot spot known for its famed National Park.




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Why Parador?

A parador (“stopping place”) is a staple of the Spanish countryside, when old castles and convents were transformed into hostelries for weary knights and travelers. Inspired by these welcoming retreats, the Dutch Schans family opened the doors of their own parador in Costa Rica in 1995.

Today, Parador Resort & Spa is the only full-service resort located in Manuel Antonio. We have earned a number of prestigious awards not only for our world-class service and a­­menities, but also for our passionate commitment to both the environment and the community.

Our range of accommodation options go from the excellent to the absolutely amazing, and our location is second to none.

We offer an oasis of calm with soaring views surrounded by lush rainforest, where you’ll spend your Costa Rica vacation blissfully isolated from the hustle and bustle of the main drag, but just minutes from Manuel Antonio National Park, miles of white sand beaches, restaurants, the local airport and the village of Quepos.

Why Parador Resort & Spa? Keep clicking—we know you’ll find the answer…

Why Manuel Antonio?

Framed by both the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica has many beaches to choose from. So why pick Manuel Antonio for your honeymoon, wedding or Costa Rican family-friendly vacation?

For starters, Manuel Antonio is home to the world famous Manuel Antonio National Park, a lush rainforest reserve packed with indigenous wildlife.

But beyond that, it’s also the only place in the country where the jungle literally tumbles onto miles of white sand beaches and clear waters.

This scenic panorama serves as a backdrop for every conceivable activity on your Costa Rica vacation wish list: beach comb, surf, fish, kayak, zip-line or walk through the jungle, water rafting, or ride on an ATV, the list is endless!


We have all the facilities and amenities you’ll need for a stellar Costa Rica vacation, all set in a scenic, luxurious environment and wrapped in our trademark service.

Swimming & Sunbathing

There are three glorious pools on our property, all overlooking the turquoise Pacific; our family pool has a swim-up bar and terrace restaurant; two are adult-only.


White sand beaches stretch for miles along the coastline from Manuel Antonio National Park providing numerous options for surfing, sunning, kayaking and parasailing.Playa Biesanz—a 10-minute stroll away—offers a more secluded swimming and sunbathing spot, and you can rent kayaks and snorkel gear.

At low tide you can even spot ancient turtle traps used by the long-gone Quepoa Indians.


Parador’s ocean-view grounds stretch out over more than twelve acres of wildlife-laden rainforest, crisscrossed by winding nature trails leading to panoramic cliffs, from where you just might glimpse migrating whales or schools of dolphins.

 Dining & Drinking

We have four full-service restaurants available on-site serving international and local fare made from the freshest ingredients, as well as several lounges and bars, great for happy hour or after-dinner socializing.

El Rey

Parador Resort & Spa is equipped to host groups both small and large in a variety of indoor and outdoor locations. Our onsite meeting professionals can help put together the perfect conference or event.

Spa Services

The Pacífica Spa is an oasis of calm near the jungle, with an expert staff of spa practitioners and an inspired menu of wellness services offered in five treatment rooms. Private lockers, plush bathrobes, complimentary fruit and beverages, relaxation and yoga areas (for practicing independently or joining a scheduled class), steam room, plunge pool and a Swiss shower are available. Treatments include:

Massage: open air, Swedish, deep tissue, four hands, couples, hot stone

Wraps and body scrubs

Facials, manicures, pedicures and waxing

Professional hair stylists and makeup artists available upon request

Fitness Center

The newly remodeled on-site fitness center is located adjacent to the Pacifica Spa is equipped with an array of modern machines, free weights and mats—plus a spectacular view of the rainforest. 


The Dulcinea Gift Shop located across the walkway from the Pacifica Spa offers everything from handcrafted wood and ceramic wares to fine jewelry.

La Joyita Souvenir Shop sells necessities such as toiletries, pharmaceuticals and snacks alongside t-shirts, sarongs, hats, sundries and souvenirs; located next to the main pool.

Concierge & Tour Desk

The experts at our concierge and tour desks can advise and organize all your off-site tours, assist with restaurant reservations or travel arrangements and are available to accommodate virtually any need or special request you may have.

Free Shuttle Service

Our free shuttle service can transport you to the stunning beaches of Manuel Antonio, a quick ten-minute ride away. If your schedule doesn’t coincide with the van, we’ll have a taxi retrieve you in no time!


  • Room service
  • Transfer service
  • 24-hour security
  • Babysitting and medical service on request
  • Currency exchange
  • Credit cards
  • Private parties, meetings or events
  • Private dining & catering
  • Parador Resort & Spa provides you with the ultimate in convenience, pleasure and first-class service. Your memorable visit with us includes:
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Concierge service
  • Bell-boy and golf cart service
  • Shuttle service to Manuel Antonio beaches
  • Ice machines
  • Complimentary WiFi throughout the resort including guestrooms
  • Computer stations
  • Library and book exchange
  • Complimentary private parking lot
  • Self-serve washing and drying machines
  • Laundry service


Nearly a mile (750 meters) of well-marked nature trails winds its way through Parador’s abundant secondary rainforest, showcasing the rich and varied flora and fauna indigenous to this area. Beginning just below the spa, the hike ends in dramatic cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean below. A shorter and less demanding version of the trek is also available. We recommend you wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes and carry water with you.

Wildlife residing in our jungle includes three species of monkeys (Titi, Whiteface, and Howler or Congo), two and three-toed sloths, Anteaters, Agouti, Armadillos, and a wide range of amphibians and reptiles. The elusive caucel (a wildcat) has also been spotted on our grounds.Parador also offers guided day or night jungle tours accompanied by an experienced certified naturalist and include snacks, raingear (if necessary) and flashlights (for night outings.) Note that an entirely different range of wildlife is unveiled after dark. Please check with the tour desk for times. When visiting the rainforest, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Only walk on the trails
  • Do not remove plants or animals or in any way alter their natural habitat
  • Do not feed the animals
  •  Please respect the serenity of your surroundings by keeping voices low
  • Do not throw trash in the forest


Black Mandibled Toncan
Red eyed Frog
Callithomia hezia hezia
Capuchin Monkey
Ectophylla alba H. Allen
Night Tour

Adrian Award 2012 “Leader in Sustainable Tourism”

In February 2012, the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) presented Parador Resort & Spa with the Platinum award for “Leader in Sustainable Tourism” during 55th annual Adrian Awards at the New York Marriott Marquis.

The hotel was recognized along with top companies and individuals in hospitality, travel and tourism for achievements in advertising, public relations and digital marketing.  

Chosen by a judging committee from National Geographic Travel and HSMAI, Parador was upheld as a leading example of sustainable leadership in tourism and hospitality, having shown definite leadership and innovation in preserving and communicating an authentic sense of place through its wisely managed tourism campaign.

World Travel Awards

Hotel Parador Resort & Spa has been the recipient of World Travel Awards throughout the years. World Travel Awards is the most prestigious, comprehensive and sought-after award for the global travel and tourism industry, heralded by The Wall Street Journal as the “travel industry’s equivalent to the Oscars.” For more information on the awards, click here.Parador Resort & Spa has won the following World Travel Awards:

  • 2014 Costa Rica's Leading Hotel Suite  - Family Suite
  • 2013 Mexico & Central America's Leading Resort 2013
  • 2012 Costa Rica Leading Resort
  • 2011 Mexico & Central America’s Leading Hotel
  • 2011 Costa Rica’s Leading Hotel
  • 2011 Costa Rica’s Leading Resort
  • Costa Rica’s Leading Resort 2010
  • 2009 Costa Rica´s Leading Spa Resort2009 Mexico & Central America´s Leading Hotel
  • 2008 Costa Rica´s Leading Spa Resort2008 Central America´s Leading Hotel
  • 2007 Costa Rica´s Leading Spa Resort
  • 2006 Costa Rica´s Leading Hotel
  • 2004 Costa Rica´s Leading Hotel

 At a lavish ceremony at the Trans Resort Bali on September 19th 2015, Parador was crowned as the only winner from Costa Rica and Central America to receive the prestigious Signum Virtutis – the Seal of Excellence – at the 3rd annual Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards.

TheSeven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards came into being in order not only to recognize, but also to set apart the extraordinary achievements in the hospitality and lifestyle sectors by bestowing upon them the Signum Virtutis – the seal of excellence. The Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards serves as a guarantee to the luxury consumer ensuring the recipients are truly at the highest level in the travel industry. This is a very exclusive club and it will remain this way with the most prestigious being awarded. “Only the pinnacle of Luxury enters the ranks” says Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards.We’re thrilled to have received the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards, presented by President & Founder, Khalil El-Mouelhy, to those who “represent the Pinnacle in Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle.”

Getting Here

Parador Resort & Spa is located on the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, in Manuel Antonio near the town of Quepos. We’re easily accessible from the capital of San Jose by air or road. A 20-minute domestic flight is most convenient, but the scenic 2 ½-hour-drive through the mountains and down the coast is well worth considering.


Both Nature Air and Sansa offer direct flights to Quepos (Sansa flies from the international terminal; Nature Air leaves from the domestic terminal, about 10 minutes away).

Shuttle service is usually scheduled between the two airports to coincide with domestic flights. Otherwise, you can just hop in one of the many waiting taxis outside the international arrival area.

HIGHWAY/SURFACE ROADS (about 2 ½ hours)

Upon exiting the main terminal of Juan Santa Maria International Airport, take a left. Continue past the gas station and take your second right. Stay on this road for about one mile until you reach a small bridge, followed almost immediately by an intersection.

At this intersection take a left and continue on this road until you reach another intersection with signs indicating COYOL to your right and GUACIMA to your left.Veer left towards GUACIMA and turn right at the first road you see following a new sign for TURRUCARES.

Continue on this road for approximately two miles until you reach a turnabout leading towards the highway. Follow the signs to OROTINA AND ATENAS. Once you’ve arrived in OROTINA follow the signs to JACO (about an hour’s drive).

You will pass the TARCOLES RIVER and CARARA PARK (where you can stop to observe the river’s resident crocodiles). When you reach JACO stay on the main road (do not turn off into the village) and continue straight into PARRITA, the last major town you will see before reaching QUEPOS (about a half hour drive).

Once you arrive in “downtown” QUEPOS, turn left past the small park and drive up the mountain road towards Manuel Antonio National Park. You simply cannot get lost here, as this is the only street leading towards the beach area.

You will not continue all the way to the park, but rather make a right at the point where the hill starts descending (Barba Roja Restaurant will be on your right and Café Milagro on your left.) At the turn you will see a large sign for Parador Resort & Spa. Follow this jungle road until the very end (about 1.5 kilometers or about a mile) at which point you’ll see the sprawling grounds of our resort. Welcome to paradise!


When departing Juan Santamaria International Airport, follow the signs heading northwest on the Pan-American Highway. After several miles you will come upon a sign for ATENAS-OROTINA-JACO.

Take a left and follow the scenic mountain road. Once you hit OROTINA follow the signs to JACO (about an hour and half drive). You will pass the TARCOLES RIVER and CARARA PARK (where you can stop to observe the river’s resident crocodiles).

When you reach JACO stay on the main road (do not exit into the village) and continue straight into PARRITA, the last major town before arriving in QUEPOS (about a half hour drive).From “downtown” QUEPOS, turn left past the small park and drive up the hill towards Manuel Antonio National Park.

You simply cannot get lost as this is the only road from Quepos to Manuel Antonio! You will NOT continue all the way to the park, but rather make a right at the point where the hill starts descending (Barba Roja Restaurant will be on your right and Café Milagro on your left). At the turn you will see a large sign for Parador Resort & Spa.

Follow this winding jungle road until the very end (about 1.5 kilometers) at which point you’ll see the sprawling grounds of our resort. Welcome to paradise!