Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Location, Location: Great Places to Say ‘I Do’

August 26, 2005

ALL the following hotels in Manuel Antonio offer wedding services, and most have honeymoon packages.Hotel Sí Como No. Featured in a recent issue of Modern Bride magazine, this eco-friendly luxury hotel has views, superb food and a new rancho overlooking the ocean for picture-perfect weddings. Or you can get married in their Butterfly Botanical Garden. The deluxe wedding package includes three nights in a deluxe suite, champagne, flowers, live music during the wedding, tours, private screenings in the hotel’s movie theater, candlelit dinner and more ($4,250). Call Erica Acevedo at 777-0777 or visit www.sicomono.com.La Mansión Inn. This chandelier-studded, intimate luxury hideaway popular with movie stars offers a three-night honeymoon package featuring a caviar-and-champagne breakfast in bed, candlelit dinner and junior suite with an ocean view for $375-575 per night (depending on the season). Call Harry Bodaan at 777-3489 or visit www.lamansioninn.com.La Mariposa. Say “I do” gazing out at 360-degree ocean views from one of the longest-established luxury hotels in the area, with three swimming pools. Choose from poolside or sun terraces with a view for the ceremony. Four-night honeymoon packages in a junior suite include a park tour, sailing cruise, wine and a romantic dinner for $599 per person. For information, call 777-0355 or see www.lamariposa.com.Hotel Parador. This Spanish colonial-style hotel with magnificent views offers Romantic Adventure, Natural and Sentimental or Simply Love wedding packages ($2,600-3,100), or couples can customize their own wedding. The three-night honeymoon package includes a junior suite, dinner with wine and tours for $783 until Dec. 19. Call Silvia Hernández at 777-1414 or visit www.hotelparador.com.Tulemar Bungalows and Villas. Close-to-nature, barefoot weddings can be had on a secluded beach. A reception area is set up for luau-style weddings on hard-packed sand, with tiki torches and beach bonfires. Three-night honeymoon packages include ocean-view villa, sunset massage, dinner, wine, fruit and flowers for $760-1,050. Call 777-0580 or visit www.tulemar.com.Tropical Occasions. Be a guest at your own wedding and leave all the planning to Aimée Monihan, a professional wedding consultant certified by the U.S.Association of Bridal Consultants. Legalities, hair and makeup stylists, flowers, catering, music, photographers – Monihan does it all. In addition to arranging small to large weddings at area hotels, she has access to villas and mansions for private weddings. Call 249-0772 or see www.tropicaloccasions.com.Makanda by the Sea. All-inclusive wedding packages at this 11-villa luxury resort, nestled in the jungle and offering top-notch Mediterranean cuisine, are arranged by an in-house wedding planner ($3,000-10,000 for 20 guests, plus lodging). Five-night honeymoon packages are also offered, ranging from Adventure to Relaxing to Create Your Own, from $2,300. No children under 16 are allowed, adding to the romantic ambiance here. Call Kimberly Barron at 777-0442 or visit www.makanda.com.Hotel Costa Verde. Poolside weddings – the hotel has three swimming pools – with unbeatable ocean views are possible in a jungle hillside setting, with no extra charge for use of new special events center for up to 500 guests. No special honeymoon packages are offered. Call Caroline Telleria at 777-0584 or visit www.costaverde.com.

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