A parador (“stopping place or rest area”) is a staple of the Spanish countryside, when old castles and convents were transformed into hostelries for weary knights and travelers.

During the end of the middle ages, ancient castles and convents were used as places of rest for knights and respectable travelers. As a payment for their lodging, it was customary for guests to leave an article behind, such as a sculpture, sword or painting. These items were then used to adorn the walls of the inn. At the start of the 20th century, these establishments were officially recognized as hotels and now form a chain boasting 80 renovated Spanish monuments.

Dutch master builder Jan Schans arrived in Costa Rica and fell in love with the country and its people, deciding it was the ideal spot to build his own eclectic parador, featuring European refinement with a warm tropical touch. He could see there was a need for a luxury resort in Manuel Antonio, and it wasn´t long before him and his family endeavored on bringing his vision into fruition. The Schans family opened their doors in 1995 as a full-service resort with 57 rooms, and expanded to 130 rooms in the year 2008. The modern version of Parador offers more luxury than the paradores of yore, but maintains its character, accentuated by a private collection of genuine European artefacts.

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Award and Accolades

Parador Resort & Spa was honored with the prestigious Seven Stars Luxury, Hospitality and Lifestyle Award for the fourth consecutive year in 2017.

The award was created to identify the best of the best in luxury travel, and its panel of international experts are seasoned travelers and connoisseurs of high end hospitality.

The team at Parador Resort & Spa is committed to a continuous process of learning and raising the level of excellence in all areas.

Recognitions such as this one motivate management to continue investing in employee training, and translate into an enhanced experience for guests where their needs and wants are not just met but exceeded.

World Travel Awards is the most renowned, 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.” Parador has been honored by the World Travel Awards a dozen times in the span of 8 years.

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

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 initiative and innovation in preserving and communicating an authentic sense of place through its wisely managed tourism campaign.

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