Yearly Archives: 2012

Teach the Children Well: “Jacinto Basurilla” Event

Teach the children well: Parador Resort & Spa was among the sponsors of a recent activity in Manuel Antonio that took one more step towards ensuring a better future for our children and our planet.

The “Jacinto Basurilla” event—hosted by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute—brought together 150 kids from several local schools to teach them how to care for the environment and their community in different ways such as recycling, by not throwing trash in the streets and more.

A big shout out to our team at Parador for volunteering and to all the kids for a job well done!! View Photo Gallery >>


Parador Voted “Costa Rica’s Leading Resort 2012″

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What does it take to make a great hotel? Some would say it’s that ineffable je ne sais quoi that the French hold so dear.

We WTAsay it takes pouring your heart and soul into your work and enjoying every day.

We’re so proud to share with you that for the 7th year in a row the prestigious  World Travel Awards has named us Costa Rica’s Leading Resort 2012.

Hailed by the global media as the “Oscars of the travel industry,” the World Travel Awards serve to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.

Every day, in every way, we strive to make our guests’ stay one amazing experience, and to make a difference in this great world that serves as our home.

Thank you for being such an important part of who we are!

Quepos River Clean-Up Day


We did it! On August 30th, staff members from Parador Resort turned into a cleanup crew at the Quepos city river to get rid of trash and debris all the way from the church to the Super 2000.

It wasn’t the most pleasant of jobs, but everyone suited up with gloves and boots and away we went! It’s all for the greater good of the community, our kids and Mother Nature.

Thanks to all who helped out—including the little turtle! :-)

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Parador Earns Three Flags

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This year Parador was proud to receive three flags:

  •  Two 5-Star Green Flags for Sanitary Quality (issued by the Costa Rican Institute of Acueductos y Alcantarillados (AYA), this rating system is similar to the U.S. Health Department’s lettered ranking structure which classifies eateries in the United States) and,


  • One Ecological Blue Flag (initiated in France in 1985, the Blue Flag Program was conceived to improve and monitor sustainable development at beaches and marinas through strict criteria dealing with water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety.)

How did we do it?

  • Protecting 7 acres of secondary rainforest, preserving the many species of wildlife inhabiting our jungles, never feeding the animals, maintaining a natural balance on our environment.
  • The making of our own compost (fertilizer and insecticides for the gardens) using organic waste from the kitchen.
  • Energy and water saving programs (through ozone), and controlled water pressure system throughout the hotel.
  • Filtering and reusing water for irrigating the gardens.
  • Collecting and purifying rainwater for use in different areas.
  • Recycling program in all areas (aluminum, paper, glass, and plastic).
  • The Recycling of complimentary bath products and other amenities.
  • The use of 100% biodegradable soaps and detergents.
  • The use of Certified biodegradable cleaning agents.
  • Providing an alternative use for materials or equipment once they have fulfilled their basic function, usually donating them to community groups or employees.
  • Participating in reforestation and community beach clean-up programs.

Sweet Seventeen Parador!

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It began with a remarkable piece of secluded cliff-side property in Costa Rica stretching from Quepos to Manuel Antonio National Park, the land blanketed with dense rainforest and blessed with stunning views of the Pacific. What followed was the vision of Dutchman Jan Schans, who in 1993 imagined a hotel that would respect this unique national setting, commit to protect it, and offer guests unparalleled service.

Mr. Schans’ dream became a reality when Parador Resort & Spa opened its doors on that slice of paradise with 56 rooms in 1994. It quickly emerged as one of the top luxury properties in the area which has, over the years, evolved into not only the largest full service resort in the area (with 129 rooms and suites), but also a tenacious leader in sustainable tourism and community service.

Today we proudly celebrate our 17th anniversary and continue to be a family-run business with more than a 170 loyal employees-many of whom have been with us for years, some since the beginning.


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Our Employee “We Share” Program supports and cares for our team, while our ongoing commitment to the environment has earned us the ICT’s (Costa Rican Tourist Board) top 5 Leaf Sustainability rating and the Ecological Blue Flag.

We’ve been a multiple World Travel Awards winner since 2004 and we are proud to announce our new Platinum Award 2011 “Leader in Sustainable Tourism,” presented by the HSMAI and National Geographic Traveler at the prestigious Adrian Awards 2011 gala event.

For a complete list of awards, click here.

Sweet Seventeen! Time marches on and so do we.

Thank you for sharing in our success and participating in our ongoing efforts to protect our planet!

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Parador Wins Platinum Award for “Leader in Sustainable Tourism”

HSMAI Adrian Awards Gala  on February 27, 2012 in New York City.

We’re so proud we just had to share! Having stayed with us before, we know you know all about our unwavering commitment to sustainability. Our efforts were recently recognized by National Geographic Traveler magazine and the AA Logo winner11_LST_RGBHospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI), who gave us the ­­coveted  Platinum Award for “Leader in Sustainable Tourism” for inspiring “travelers to protect, recycle, respect and honor precious resources at home and beyond.”

We’d like to thank them and thank YOU, for helping us keep Mother Earth healthy and beautiful! View Photo Gallery >>


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