W Costa Rica, Reserva Conchal
Imagine a place where the jungle meets the beach, with stunning views of cloud topped volcanoes in the distance and tightly woven trees as far as the eye can see. Now put a visually enticing, modern hotel with sleek lines and a design aesthetic that is uniquely its own, yet fits effortlessly within the landscape, enhancing the beauty around it. Add in an attentive, über friendly staff, gourmet dining, craft cocktails and a list of daily activities a mile long, on top of 150 beautiful guest rooms that boast all the amenities you can dream of. A property that is nestled in the jungle and mangroves, where you’ll see and experience flora and fauna you’ve likely never seen outside of a zoo. Welcome, you’ve arrived at the W Costa Rica, Reserva Conchal.
Perfect for couples, singles and families alike, the W has something for everyone. With it’s “Detox, Retox, Repeat” motto, guests can participate in one of their many group workouts in the morning—whether it’s a hike up the nearby mountain, water aerobics set to high energy hit music, or yoga in their glass studio that is indoors but makes you feel as though you’re outside—and then sip cocktails at the beach club in the afternoon. W Costa Rica is the perfect place for those who live by the mantra “Work hard, play hard”—encouraging guests who still like to take care of their bodies to let loose and have a little fun on their vacation.
Having just celebrated it’s first birthday on November 28th, my arrival on December 1st was the perfect time to check out this brand new property after it’s had some time to work out the kinks of being new. This property definitely wowed me—which is difficult to do these days. I’m happy to report that this is now one of my favorite properties, and already can’t wait for my return. Below is a detailed account of what guests arriving at W Costa Rica Reserva Conchal can expect during their stay:
Situated just one hour south of Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport in Liberia, the W is easy to get to and only a 5.5 hour flight from Los Angeles. In less than half a day, you’ll be in a place that doesn’t feel anything like home, yet has all the comforts of home that you’re accustomed to.
The entrance to the property is grand and well-manicured; guests eyes are immediately drawn to the iconic red W sign out front, then your car is ushered past the guard shack and onto a tree-lined, paver stone road that winds down into the jungle for a few miles, finally arriving at a red circular porte-cochère. Valet attendants are patiently waiting out front, where they take your keys and your bags and escort you to the check-in area, which is located past a sleek hallway with water cascading down the walls.
Check-in is easy and fast—they take your credit card and passport and give a brief explanation of the property, then bring you back to the porte-cochère, where you’ll be whisked away by a staff member in a golf cart, who will carry your bags and personally escort you to your room.
Bonvoy Elite members can choose from a welcome gift of points, free breakfast, or a W Costa Rica Hat.
The guest rooms are visually appealing, fun and insanely well-appointed. Rich wooden accents, coupled with bright pops of color on an elaborate accent wall combine with modern, simple lines to create a surprisingly tasteful, exciting decor.
As a Titanium Elite member, we were upgraded from the baseline Fabulous Escape guest room that we booked on points to a Spectacular Ocean Escape room, which had one king bed with an ocean view and a balcony. All guest rooms have balconies though, and the property was thoughtfully laid out in a manner that allows a majority of the rooms to have a full or partial ocean view. Some of the suites even have private plunge pools.
Our spacious room had a large King bed, lounge area, giant bathroom, mini bar and balcony. The large bed, with white linens and colorful accent pillows, was flanked by two side tables, each with touch lamps and dual power outlets that each have two USB ports. A mini bar and coffee maker has a menu that reads “Every Thing You Want to Eat & Drink”, promoting their “Anything, Anywhere” motto where you can order just about anything you want, at whatever time of day or night you want it.
The long galley-like bathroom has a toilet room at the end, then a vanity area with a plush stool and lighted mirror, and dual sinks that continue on to a walk-in shower with not one but two rain head showers. Huge nano doors either close off the elements while still providing unmarked views or open up completely to offer a seamless transition from indoor to out. The shower door even opens up so you can feel as though you are showering outside.
You’ll find the iconic “W” accents that you’re used to—the steamer is labeled with “Smooth Operator”, the water has a tag that reads “Drink Up, Tomalo” and the mini bar treats are situated atop a surfboard that has been affixed atop the fridge so that it looks as if it’s floating in thin air.