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RESERVA CONCHAL — The W Costa Rica, the first W hotel in the country, is now open.
W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, Inc. says the new property is the second W hotel to open in Central America this year following W Panama. It’s also the newest ‘W Escape’, which the company says is its spin on the traditional resort experience.
The new W Costa Rica is located within a 2,300-acre nature reserve minutes from surf haven Tamarindo. Nearby Playa Flamingo offers horseback riding, ATV and catamaran rides as well as fishing, snorkeling and jungle exploration.
In a W first, all 150 rooms at W Costa Rica comes outfitted with an in-room draft beer tap filled with local brew. Cold cervezas can be enjoyed outside, as each in-room bar extends onto an outdoor patio, connecting guests to nature.
Meanwhile the Tree House Suites at W Costa Rica are nestled into the mangroves, engulfing guests in the natural elements of the destination.
The Extreme WOW Suite (the brand’s take on the traditional Presidential Suite) features an expansive bar, fully-stocked library and entertainment kiosk. The suite’s large, private wrap-around deck has amazing views, says the company, as well as a private pool and a marble surfboard which serves as a unique dining table. The oversized bed is shaped like a cloud and is positioned to offer guests a view of the suite’s private pool and the sparkling ocean beyond. The Extreme WOW Suite can also open completely to the deck, creating an indoor-outdoor space.
Also at W Costa Rica, the Zona Azul Beach Club is the brand’s first on-site beach club located on one of the country’s rare white sand beaches, Playa Conchal. W Costa Rica is also planning to install a zip line right from the hilltop WET Deck (the W pool) to the surf side beach club: “Guests can take the 10-minute stroll down to the shore, or opt in for a one-way ticket down to Zona Azul Beach Club.”
There are also new dining and bar venues including the AWAY Spa Bar, the first full-service bar located inside an AWAY Spa, the brand’s signature spa concept.
W Costa Rica also offers more than 950 square metres of flexible event space.