Christian Stan, at 10 Dec. 18, in Heaven On Earth, Hotels, News

W is heading to the jungle. W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, Inc., announced the opening of W Costa Rica – Reserva Conchal, the first W hotel in the country.

The highly anticipated opening of W Costa Rica brings an exciting new energy to the nation’s tropical hotel scene, offering guests and locals alike the chance to soak in the iconic W lifestyle. In addition to being the second W hotel to open in Central America this year (following W Panama), W Costa Rica is also the newest W Escape, the brand’s unique spin on the traditional resort experience – zip line and all. Get ready, jet set, and let’s go…

W Costa Rica is located within a 2,300-acre nature reserve just minutes from Tamarindo, an internationally-renowned surf spot that has earned a reputation among amateur and professional wave enthusiasts. Surfing not your style? Nearby Playa Flamingo offers horseback riding, ATV and catamaran rides as well as fishing, snorkeling and jungle exploration by foot. In the dry season (December through April), Costa Rica is a must for nature-lovers who can witness majestic humpback whale migration and magical turtle nesting along the nearby beaches. Known as one of the happiest countries in the world, Costa Rica lives by the “pura vida” lifestyle, a carefree, optimistic approach to everyday pleasures.

Each of the hotel’s 150 guest rooms honor the adventurous spirit of the island through locally-designed mini surf boards that extend from the walls of each MixBar (mini bar). Inspired by the commonly seen Oropendola birds and their woven basket nests, curvaceous wooden headboards cradle each guest bed, while walls feature abstract floral murals set against natural wood. Spanning the walls of each room’s sleek bathroom and vanity space is a Chorotega-style design, showcasing the artistry of Guaitil handcrafted pottery. In a true W first, every room 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. The Tree House Suites at W Costa Rica are nestled into the mangroves, engulfing guests in the stunning natural elements of the destination.

The Extreme WOW Suite (the brand’s take on the traditional Presidential Suite) features a large faceted wood wall, expansive bar, fully-stocked library and entertainment kiosk. The suite’s large, private wrap-around deck boasts amazing views, 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 open completely to the deck, creating an immersive indoor-outdoor space.

Flavors to Savor

W Costa Rica gives guests every opportunity to indulge with six distinct options for decadent cuisine and handcrafted cocktails. The Living Room (the brand’s signature lobby/bar) features an array of international tapas and craft cocktails that take local mixology to the next level. The tree-like structure that serves as the focal point is encrusted with 9,000 recycled glass beer bottles that illuminate and create a stunning, custom light display. The light installation is made of white, blue, green and brown bottles in a pattern inspired by the tails of Costa Rica’s many hummingbirds. Located off the Living Room, Cocina de Mercado offers a mix of local comforts with Latin, American and Mediterranean flair as well as grab-and-go options for those who can’t wait to zip the beach club or stroll to the WET Deck Bar for poolside bites.

Open only for dinner, Latitud 10° Norte, named for the shared latitude between Thailand and Costa Rica, explores new Latin cuisine with a Thai twist. This mix makes for one-of-a-kind dishes like crab brain fried rice and octopus chifrijo. The menu also offers exclusive cocktails, presented tableside.

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