A Day at the Paradisus
In an effort to uncover the absolute best wedding locations, we have been traveling around the Gold Coast of the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica. Our travels today led us to the Paradisus all-inclusive resort. We spent the day touring the beautiful grounds of the hotel which is adjacent to Reserva Conchal, arguably the best 18 hole, par 71 golf course in Costa Rica. Our first impression was that the resort is expansive and impeccably manicured. The lobby is completely opened air. Its adorned with gorgeous local hand made furniture, classy and elegant Christmas decorations and a unique wooden chandelier that hangs above a sweeping staircase. They actually have shuttles that escort guests from the lobby to the living quarters of the resort. The shuttle driver asked us where we would like to go and our immediate response was to the pool. You can usually judge a lot about an all inclusive by the quality of pool on their grounds. Paradisus did not disappoint. The pool meanders throughout the grounds with mature mangrove tree islands and large banana trees and variegated plants throughout. The pool is has several relaxing areas where one can perch themselves and have a conversation with other guests. There is a wet bar that is connected to the main bar where guests can choose from a full assortment of alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments.
Although the pool is large, the landscaping is very mature and it provides for rather private places to relax in a lounge chair and read a book. After thoroughly inspecting the pool, we headed to the beach. There are no private beaches in Costa Rica, which is something to admire about the country, so you actually leave the resort grounds when heading to the beach. We were greeted by a friendly gentlemen named Alex that led tours throughout the surrounding area. He gave us a brief overview of the major landmarks in the area and told us about his guide service. Costa Ricans are some of the friendliest people that I have meet and Alex was no exception. The beach itself is protected from the major swells that come from the south. The water temperature is a balmy 83 degrees and the sand is white and very soft. Since this is one of the few places on the Gold Coast that is protected from the waves, it is also one of the few places that is good for snorkeling and scuba diving. The water is a green blue and divers can see a plethora of sea life without venturing very far from the shore. Our next stop was to check out the event spaces that are available around the resort grounds. There are several open air venues that would provide the perfect setting for a wedding and reception. One of our favorites is shown above. The outdoor lounge provides one of the most picturesque spaces that we have seen for a classy,
upscale Costa Rican wedding. Imagine a beautiful arch of white lilies, orchids and roses accented by large tropical leaves. This particular spot is situated on a large pond and it overlooks the manicured golf course. Another option would be to hold the ceremony on the white sands beach and have the reception at the outdoor lounge space, which is walking distance from the beach. The resort seemed very flexible to different wedding configurations and locations. As a whole, we were very impressed with the grounds of the resort. As with any all-inclusive, guests sacrifice a little bit of culture for creature comforts. The nice thing about this resort, though, is that is just a short taxi ride away from small towns of Playa Tamarindo and Playa Flamingo. Also, there is no shortage of activities around the general area of the resort. Contact us for more information. Large groups typically receive a discount when booking at this location.