Crown Jewel of Costa Rica

Reser va Con­chal Beach Re­sort Golf and Spa boasts ex­cel­lent golf, f ive- st ar ameni­ties and ac­tivit ies be­yond the course.

HILuxury - - NEWS - by ROBERT RODRIGUEZ

Hit the links at Reserva Con­chal Beach Re­sort

MEN­TAL GOLF GU­RUS HAVE A SAY­ING DUR­ING ROUGH OR TENSE SI TUATIONS: “GO TO YOUR HAPPY PL ACE.” This golf sea­son, why not head to a happy place in what many re­fer to as the hap­pi­est coun­try on Earth.

That would be the Reserva Con­chal Beach Re­sort Golf and Spa, a luxur y re­sort sit­u­ated on Costa Rica's sparkling north­west­ern Pa­cific coast. Sit­u­ated be­tween white sand beaches and a “dr y ” trop­i­cal for­est, Reserva Con­chal is a prom­i­nent golf de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try 's Gua­nacaste re­gion.

Set within the re­sort's vast 2,300 acres isa five-star all-in­clu­sive West in Golf Re­sort & Spa, fea­tur­ing 60,000- square­foot Reserva Con­chal Beach Club. Its

high­lights in­clude an ex­ten­sive swim­ming pavil­ion , mod­ern work­out fa­cil­i­ties, f ine din­ing and an ex­quis­ite spa. But the crown jewel of Reserva Con­chal i s its cham­pi­onship golf course.

De­signed by Robert Trent Jones II, the par- 71 l ay­out stretches to more than 7,000 yards. Jones II smartly routed the course be­tween the azure Pa­cific wa­ters and lush greens of the neigh­bor­ing trop­i­cal for­est. The re­turn­ing nines fea­ture amaz­ing ocean vis­tas with un­for­get­table holes me­an­der­ing through trop­i­cal l akes, rugged ravines and am­ple el­e­va­tion changes.

No­table pro­fes­sional golfers Jes­per Parnevik, David Lead­bet­ter and Hale Ir win have notched rounds here, and that li st grew sub­stan­tially this past spring. That's when Reserva Con­chal hosted the PGA TOUR Lati­noamer­ica Es­sen­tial Costa Rica Clas­sic. The in­au­gu­ral tour­na­ment— spon­sored by the Costa Rica Tourism In­sti­tute— was the coun­try 's f irst- ever PGA TOUR event in more than 30 years, and the f i eld con­sisted of 144 pro­fes­sional golfers from more than 25 coun­tries.

Con­sis­tently ranked among the top 30 best in the Caribbean and Mex­ico, Reserva

Con­chal was the first course in Costa Rica be­stowed cer­ti­fi­ca­tion by Audubon In­ter­na­tional . But it's not just the golf course that gets ac­claim— its world- class prac­tice fa­cil­ity and learn­ing cen­ter of­fers four green com­plexes, bunkers, chip­ping and ap­proach ar­eas and an ex­pan­sive prac­tice tee. Sin­gle- and multi- day golf clin­ics are of­fered, in­clud­ing the PGA TOUR Academy fea­tur­ing cer­ti­fied in­struc­tors from famed TPC Saw­grass.

Golf reigns supreme at Reserva Con­chal, but other out­door ac­tiv­i­ties rank a close sec­ond when it comes to en­joy­ment. Re­lax­ing by the beach is a must, and there's no bet­ter place to soak in the rays than at the re­sort's beach club. The ad­ven­tur­ous side of you can also ex­plore Reserva Con­chal's 96- acre wildlife refuge, which is home to more than 30 species of birds, 12 species of mam­mals, rep­tiles, am­phib­ians and na­tive plants and f lora .

At Reserva Con­chal, the let­ter“W” is syn­ony­mous with lux­u­ri­ous ac­com­mo­da­tions. The all-in­clu­sive West in Golf Re­sort and Spa, Playa Con­chal sits on a pris­tine stretch of white sand and pro­vides the ul­ti­mate in el­e­gance— with per­sonal concierge ser­vices at the Royal Beach Club and sump­tu­ous ameni­ties stan­dard of the Westin brand. Ad­di­tional f ive- star touches found at the re­sort in­clude 10 on- site restau­rants and bars, and a well-ap­pointed spa that of­fers an ar­ray of ser­vices and treat­ments.

In early 2019, the W Costa Rica, Reserva Con­chal will open and place this part of Costa Rica among the elite in world- class des­ti­na­tions. The W will of fer 151 guest rooms, and con­tem­po­rary luxury touches and ameni­ties such as aW Liv­ing Room life­style lounge, spe­cialty restau­rants, meet­ing space, a des­ti­na­tion bar and lounge, an in­fin­ity edge pool and spa.

For larger groups or those look­ing to stay in par­adise awhile, Reserva Con­chal has pre­mium one-, two- and three- be­d­room pri­vate res­i­dences, and a four- be­d­room pent­house that over­looks the Pa­cific.

Shak­ing up the idea that Costa Rica is only about beaches, Reser va Con­chal Beach Re­sort Golf & Spa of f ers guests a first- class golf course sit­u­ated in the coun­try's nor thwest coast.

Be­tween rounds on the golf course, guests can visit the re­sort's 96-acre wildlife refuge or in­dulge in Costa Rica's lo­cal cui­sine like fresh fish and plan­tains.

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