Westin Goes All-Inclusive in Costa Rica (But Not Everything is Included)
All-inclusive resorts aren't our jam but it is interesting to hear that Starwood Hotels has just opened their very first all-inclusive resort--The Westin Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal in Costa Rica, formerly known as the Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort.
Here's a brief description of the property:
Centered around an expansive, lagoon-style pool, The Westin Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal is adjacent to the championship Robert Trent Jones II golf facility and is easily accessible from the international airport in Liberia, Guanacaste. Inspiring wellness with its signature Westin The Spa, the resort features beautiful gardens, luxurious suites, thatch-roofed bungalows, as well as breathtaking vistas. Guests will enjoy a variety of outdoor recreation and nightly entertainment and several restaurants serving both local and international cuisine.
Sounds nice, right? But this all-inclusive paradise will cost you.
We found rates at the end of June for $300 a night per person which seems a little steep. But the rate does include taxes, beverages, meals and tips. Oh and accommodations in a deluxe junior suite room. But what's not all-inclusive is the WiFi--that will cost $15 a day to access in the rooms. Bah. And the resort may charge fees for recreational activities such as bike rentals. (Fingers crossed they won't charge you for karaoke.)
Currently the resort is undergoing an extensive renovation from now through November 30 so it's probably best to hit up the place when it's all finished. Just beware that if you are bringing kiddies with you, children ages 3-11 are an extra $120 a day while 12 and up count as another person. Also the under 11 rate increases to $350 a day during the popular Christmas/New Year's week from December 21 to January 2. So yeah, better find a babysitter at home instead.