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Beach or Pool?

We couldn’t decide.

Nadi tree

sand castle

beach play

Nadi beach

Nadi ocean

sand dollar

sea shell

making a castle

at the beach

yellow coconuts


pool feet

Lucius pool

mommy & baby

Monterey pool

Sera pool

Monterey swim

pink flowers

star fruit Nadi

bird bath

pink flower

pool side


Anniversary Getaway: part II

the nature trail…

the beach…

the howler monkeys…

Turn up your speakers!

Sorry the videos are so shaky, they were in the trees right above our heads so it was tricky trying to hold still.


Anniversary Getaway: part I

The Parador Resort and Spa.

The friendliest, most beautiful hotel I’ve ever been to.  We were greeted at the lobby with tropical drinks and cold towels, given a tour of the hotel grounds and taken to our room via golf cart, and treated like VIP’s the entire visit.  They have four restaurants and pools, a jacuzzi, a tennis court, 900 meters of nature trails, a spa, and is only short walk on a path through the jungle to a quiet, gorgeous beach area.  We ditched all of our plans and never left the property until we checked out!

The hotel has won a smack load of awards for being the best place to visit in all of Costa Rica, and for their commitment to the environment.  It’s PURA VIDA, super fancy schmancy style. ;)

wall of fame…

A little history lesson taken right from their brochure which describes the theme of the hotel…

A parador (“stopping place”) is a staple of the Spanish countryside, when old castles and convents were transformed into hostelries for weary knights and travelers.  They would pay for their stay by bringing swords, artifacts, or other treasures.

inside the lobby…

and outside…

a view from above…

It sits high above the coastline so the view in every direction is absolutely stunning.

the family pools..

adults only pool…

and another…

mural just outside of our room…

our room…

the dinner…

vegetarian cannelloni trio…

and let’s not forget, the wine…

One of the perks we’ve found of living in a beautiful vacation country is that we’re able take advantage of great deals on premier luxury resorts like this one, which for most would be quite an expensive trip when you consider travel costs at this time of year as well as high season prices.  But for us it was just a car ride away, and in the end we paid less than we did at a hotel in Toronto!  It was LOTS of fun, very romantic, and we are definitely heading back with the kids sometime in the future.

tomorrow I’ll post about the nature trails, white sandy beach, and howler monkeys. :)

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