How do you picture your dream wedding location?
Maybe you’d like to get married on a stunning terrace overlooking the ocean, then spend the next morning with your sweetie by the pool. After an exquisite lunch of local flavors, you’ll stroll through the rainforest, challenging each other to find monkeys and tropical birds.
Sound divine? You may want to have your Weddings at El Parador Hotel in Costa Rica. The majestic hotel sits on 12 acres of beautiful, oceanfront rainforest property and holds a commitment to responsible luxury. El Parador is one of the best wedding venues in Costa Rica.
The Greco-Roman statues and architecture throughout the gorgeous gardens give the resort a Mediterranean flare. But the wild and beautiful rainforest enveloping it all is decidedly Central American.
Curious about what weddings at El Parador have to offer? Let’s take a closer look.
There are 130 rooms at El Parador Hotel, making it a great option whether it’s just the two of you or you have several guests. With various price points and options, there are options for everyone to easily stay together on the same property.
The rooms are divided among four different buildings tucked into the grounds. Lower rooms offer delightful jungle and garden views. Guests will often spot brilliant butterflies, playful monkeys, and bright tropical birds right from the room.
Rooms on the upper floors offer a more expansive view out over the tops of the trees and encompass the brilliant blue ocean beyond.
Some of the rooms are wheelchair accessible for convenience.
Aside from single rooms (too beautiful to be called simple), there are also luxurious suites offering a delightful home-away-from-home.
From spacious suites with three bedrooms for families to the expansive Penthouse with a 360-degree view — these unique suites offer a range of comfort and luxury amenities. Settle into a Jacuzzi on your private balcony or whip up a culinary masterpiece together in the fully equipped kitchen.
There is literally something for everyone at El Parador!
Where are the ceremony locations if you have your weddings at El Parador Hotel in Costa Rica? The hotel offers several options and they all compete fiercely as to which is the most beautiful.
There are various oceanfront terraces at El Parador that all serve as lovely locations for your ceremony.
One of the most popular ones is large enough to accommodate dozens of guests and is conveniently located right next to a fully stocked bar and reception room. Guests can move seamlessly from observing the ceremony to ordering their favorite drink and settling in to enjoy the reception.
Another gorgeous option is a little lookout location tucked in the rainforest. You’ll stand surrounded by lush green with space for a few guests and a jaw-dropping view of the ocean behind you.
Finally, if your dream is to get married barefoot in the sand, El Parador will make it happen! You can head down to a lovely spot on the world-renowned beaches of Manuel Antonio and make your vows with the sound of the surf in the background.
Planning a wedding at El Parador couldn’t be easier! The hotel boasts a super-efficient wedding planner with decades of experience in the hospitality industry.
Hundreds of weddings have been hosted at El Parador over the years, but these are not cookie-cutter experiences. Each wedding is unique in its own way with little touches inspired by the bride and groom and designed to showcase their love.
The wedding planner will handle the logistics that you don’t want to think about on your wedding day. He’ll make sure that all the guests have a ride to the beach and that the flowers and cake arrive on time.
With this kind of experience at your disposal, you can rest assured your day will go off without a hitch. Not only will your event be well-planned from the start, but any last-minute emergencies will be handled with ease.
Start each day during your stay with a delicious breakfast buffet. Fresh tropical fruits will delight your senses along with the delicious flavors of traditional Costa Rican breakfasts.
A day by the pool or romping through the jungle will work up quite an appetite and the dining options available at the resort will not disappoint! The head chef has over 2 decades of experience delighting guests with his culinary creations.
From “everyday” gourmet fare to a specialized spread for your reception, prepare to have your taste buds amazed by the fresh flavors prepared at the resort.
Aside from the main restaurant, you can also choose one of the more intimate dining spots to enjoy a romantic dinner together. The wine cellar offers a cool place to escape the heat for just you and your sweetie or host an intimate dinner for up to 10 guests in “The Queen’s Room.”
And don’t forget about that reception room beside the terrace we mentioned when talking about ceremony locations. It is an enclosed room with air conditioning (so awesome in this heat!) yet with large windows that look out over the ocean. You and your guests will enjoy your gourmet meal in comfort while watching the last rays of the sun fade away over the horizon.
Whatever you choose, you’re in for a delightful culinary experience!
Spa and Fitness Center
Aside from sustainable luxury, El Parador also places great emphasis on health and wellness.
For those whose gym routine is a necessary part of their vacation, the state-of-the-art fitness center offers everything they need. Enjoy a run on a treadmill or grab some hand weights to customize your workout as you please.
Of course, working out in the heat might be quite different than what you’re used to so you’ll appreciate the air-conditioned space to get your sweat on!
Finally, the spa is a delightful place to unwind — whether after a good workout or just in general. The professional spa staff offers a wide range of services including massages, manicures, and pedicures.
Jump into the cold-water pool or relax in the hot-water Jacuzzi. Finish off with a Swiss shower or slip into the sauna. Or grab a yoga mat and enjoy some gentle stretches. Whatever your favorite way to enjoy a healthy boost, you’ll find it in El Parador’s wellness center.
Your Wedding at El Parador Hotel
What do you think? Does having your wedding at El Parador Hotel sound like your little slice of paradise? Honestly, with all that’s available at the resort (wildlife included!), you don’t even have to leave the property — though there are plenty of adventures that await if you do!
One thing’s for sure, the magic of your destination wedding at El Parador Hotel will live on in your heart and mind for decades!
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