Located in what is fondly referred to as one of the happiest countries in the world, W Costa Rica – Reserva Conchal delivers the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure for an idyllic getaway. From watching the majestic humpback whales migrate off the coast of nearby Playa Flamingo, to conquering the mighty waves of world-renowned surf spot Tamarindo, to unwinding with a luxurious massage at the hotel’s signature AWAY spa, W Costa Rica – Reserva Conchal presents a multitude of diverse activities for an unforgettable trip on the scenic coast of Guanacaste.
W Costa Rica – Reserva Conchal is part of Reserva Conchal, a scenic 2,300-acre nature reserve in Guanacaste which is committed to climate-positive operations aimed at reducing and neutralizing its carbon footprint. Taking cues from this prime location, the sustainably designed and climate-positive resort’s vibrant architecture incorporates the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape and treasured local culture at every turn. As guests enter the property, 2,000 Bursera Simaruba trees – traditionally grown by local farmers and used as pens for livestock – line the drive which leads to The Living Room, W Hotels’ elevated take on a traditional hotel lobby. The show-stopping space takes visitors on a journey through Costa Rica’s rich history with handcrafted artwork and regionally inspired décor.
Perched among the picturesque mangroves is the resort’s premier destination restaurant, Latitud 10° Norte. Open for dinner and private events, the menu features modern Costa Rican cuisine with Thai influences, a curated wine list, refreshing cocktails, and tableside finishing plates. For breakfast and lunch, guests can enjoy a unique blend of Latin, American, and Mediterranean cuisine at Cocina de Mercado. The open-concept dining venue conveniently flows from The Living Room to an open-air patio, offering the opportunity to dine in the cool air conditioning or al fresco. Additionally, the Lobby Lounge Bar presents international tapas and handcrafted cocktails for guests to savor while looking out at the awe-inspiring view of pristine Playa Conchal and the refreshing infinity pool at the WET Deck, the perfect spot for sunset. The poolside bar at the WET Deck features a lunch menu of health-conscious comfort food and tropical cocktails for pool-goers to savor al fresco. Reminiscent of the wheels found on Costa Rica’s brightly colored “Carreta Tipica” – oxcarts found throughout the country – the luxurious pool’s intricate tilework of mandala-like mosaic flows seamlessly into the edgeless hot tub and sunken bar.
In true W fashion – and perhaps the most thrilling experience at the hotel – adventurous travelers can zipline from the hilltop WET Deck down to the Zona Azul Beach Club, the hotel’s very own beach club situated on the white sugar sand shoreline of Playa Conchal (those who prefer to walk can stroll down the hill). This destination-within-a-destination is a vibrant place for guests to mingle with locals in a relaxed beachfront atmosphere during the day, which turns into an adult playground at night with an exciting array of happenings and events. Standout features include an Olympic-size swimming pool (50 meters) – perfect for early risers seeking to jump start their day – along with an elevated bar, lounge, pool deck, and chill out area with DJ entertainment. Additionally, resort guests can take advantage of the direct beach access and activity center with complimentary beach activities including paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, and more.
In honor of the robust surf culture in Guanacaste, each of the hotel’s 150 thoughtfully designed guest rooms feature a locally made miniature surfboard by Cheboards. The surfboard extends from the wall of the MixBar, doubling as a table for guests to use for preparing and serving drinks. In special partnership with the resort, Cheboards can create a custom surfboard for guests to take home with them as a bespoke keepsake from their trip. Additionally, every guest room was designed to reflect the region’s abundant wildlife and rich heritage. Design touches include wooden bed frames inspired by the woven basket-shaped nests of the indigenous Oropendola birds, as well as the striking hand-painted patterns in the bathrooms reminiscent of Costa Rican Chorotega-style pottery. Travelers are also encouraged to savor their own concoction made from their fully stocked bar on their private open-air patio, which extends from the in-room bar.
While all suites at W Costa Rica – Reserva Conchal feature private plunge pools, the spirited resort offers travelers the opportunity to further embrace the outdoors with two categories of expansive suites. The Tree House Suites are situated deep within the mangroves, fully immersing guests in the lush greenery of the destination. The Extreme WOW Suites – the brand’s take on a traditional Presidential Suite – offer an expansive living room, state-of-the-art entertainment system, master bedroom complete with a private entrance, and oversized bed positioned to showcase views of the suite’s private plunge pool and Pacific Ocean. Additionally, the Extreme WOW Suites open completely to the wrap-around balcony to create the ultimate indoor-outdoor living space.
A tranquil space for those seeking to relax and rejuvenate, W Costa Rica – Reserva Conchal presents its signature spa, AWAYÒ. A nod to Costa Rica’s over 1,500 species of beloved butterflies, the serene retreat features six private treatment rooms beautifully conceived in a cocoon-inspired design. For the full detox, re-tox experience, spa-goers can take advantage of AWAYÒ Spa Bar. Conveniently located inside the restful space, W Costa Rica – Reserva Conchal is the first property in the portfolio to offer a full-service bar in the spa.
W Costa Rica – Reserva Conchal offers over 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space for those seeking an unforgettable tropical location for a meeting or special event. Each space features a contemporary design aesthetic with bright splashes of color to highlight the natural locale and floor-to-ceiling windows boasting unrivaled views of the surrounding nature preserve. From formal business functions, to elaborate weddings, and everything in between, W Costa Rica – Reserva Conchal delivers a group experience like no other within the lush forests of Guanacaste.
Rates at W Costa Rica – Reserva Conchal start at USD $329 per night (plus taxes). For more information visit W Costa Rica online.