Updated May 7, 2023
La Mariposa Hotel (or butterfly for those of you that don’t speak Spanish) is just as beautiful as the delicate creature that is its namesake. The hotel is perched atop Manuel Antonio’s highest point, like the loveliest jewel in the crown. And this jewel is most certainly lovely. From the hotel’s wraparound infinity pool to its carefully maintained tropical gardens, everywhere you look there is something to delight your sense of sight.
La Mariposa hotel was originally built back in the 1970’s and was one of the first hotels to be built in this now-popular tourist destination. Which means, it is sitting on one of the prime pieces of real estate in the area. From it’s perch high atop a hill, the hotel has nearly 360 degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Manuel Antonio National Park, and the surrounding rainforest.
And don’t let the date fool you, there are no orange and green shag carpets at this place! In fact, the hotel recently underwent extensive remodeling that was finished in December of 2022. Now guests can enjoy one of the oldest and most modern hotels in Manuel Antonio at the same time!
The honeymoon suite at La Mariposa Hotel is pretty sweet, if you’ll excuse the pun. The whole top floor of the hotel is dedicated to this luxurious space so, as you might guess, the epic view is not obstructed by anything. The suite consists of a room with a king sized bed and an extra futon, an ample living area and private balcony.
The space makes for a great staging area to get ready in before the ceremony. With lots of light and such a beautiful view of the ocean you’ll feel refreshed and revived. Psychology tells us that blue is a calming color so it will even help calm your nerves as you prepare for the most exciting day of your life!
Once all the excitement is over, it’s also a comfortable romantic nook to come back to. Spend the evening winding down in your own private Jacuzzi on your own private balcony. It’s the perfect way to end the day either after the big event itself or a day of adventuring.
Be sure to head up to the room early at least one evening to enjoy a spectacular sunset in private with your love. After all, that’s part of the reason you came to paradise to get married, right?
As for your guests, they can enjoy luxurious surroundings and views as well. Taking advantage of it’s unique location, nearly every room in the hotel offers a stunning view of the ocean or rainforest and many rooms on the west side offer spectacular views of the sunset. And if there are sunrise lovers in your party, they can choose a room on the east side of the hotel to enjoy the warm golden sunrise — a rarity here on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Many of the rooms come equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer unobstructed views of the tropical oasis outdoors. Keep your eyes peeled, it is not uncommon for guests to catch glimpses of scarlet macaws, toucans, sloths, and monkeys right from their rooms!
For your ceremony you have two fantastic options at the hotel itself for where to say “I do”. First, you can choose to get married under an umbrella-like “almendro” tree beside the stunning wraparound infinity pool. The shade from this magnificent tree keeps the tropical sun out of your eyes allowing you a clear view to see the love in the eyes of your partner while you make your promises to each other. This spot has ample room for plenty of guests.
The hotel offers another gorgeous ceremony spot for more intimate gatherings on its restaurant terraza. Remember that the hotel is located at the highest point in Manuel Antonio? From it’s perch not only is there an epic view of the brilliant green rainforest, but also the vast blue of the Pacific Ocean rolls out for miles.
This ceremony spot is positioned perfectly to take advantage of that spectacular view. Check out this simple but gorgeous little wedding arbor that perfectly frames the tiny island off the coast of Manuel Antonio. Nature’s gifts are oh-so-beautiful!
To take it up a notch, plan your ceremony to coincide with the sunset for an unforgettable display of fiery colors to serve as your breathtaking backdrop. Just imagine the epic ceremony photos you can get from up there!
La Mariposa offers one other option, equalling as amazing as their hotel spots. They can arrange for you to have your special moment on the world famous Manuel Antonio Beach. The beach is easily accessible and located a mere 5 minutes away from the hotel. This is the perfect option for those dreaming of making their wedding promises to the sound of the surf and with sand between their toes.
La Mariposa continues its butterfly obsession with the exquisite restaurant Le Papillon (butterfly in French). The open-air restaurant is a fabulous place to hold your reception. It’s covered so you don’t have to worry about the rain, but there are no annoying walls to block out the spectacular view. You get to enjoy partying by the pool and feasting your eyes on nature’s brilliance while you’re feasting!
And what a feast it will be! The restaurant has many offerings including local and international flavors. Whether you choose a delightful menu filled with fresh seafood and succulent tropical fruits or opt for a vegetarian version, prepare to have your taste buds amazed by the delicious preparations offered by the master chef.
After the Wedding
One of the best parts about a destination wedding is that you don’t have to pack up and go anywhere afterwards, you’re already on your honeymoon! La Mariposa makes it easy to enjoy your time exploring Costa Rica and enjoying the sort of activities and adventures that will make your honeymoon special and memorable.
Treat yourself and your sweetie to the honeymoon suite package that includes the highlights of things to do in Manuel Antonio. It even includes a 60-minute couples massage and a romantic dinner, both on your private honeymoon suite terrace. Of course, you can always opt for a customized version to create a trip perfectly tailored to you and your new spouse.
In short, you can’t go wrong if you choose to hold your destination wedding at La Mariposa Hotel. Whether you are dreaming of an intimate affair with just your closest friends and family or a full-on wedding bash, the staff at La Mariposa will make it happen just the way you want.
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