Westin Golf Resort & Spa Playa Conchal
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At the Westin Playa Conchal from Jan 18 to the 24th and what a relaxing treat it has been. The resort is absolutely stunning and set in a "jungle" like setting. There are no buildings that rise above the tree lines, which gives it such a more relaxing feeling. Met Erik (with a K) on the beach and he put is in touch with Stewart for private surfing lessons. He drove me over to playa grande beach as they would have better waves for beginners. I had previously tried surfing in San Diego and didn't get up once, Stewart had me up on the fourth wave. Was one of the coolest and most memorable experiences I've had. Highly recommend getting the in touch with Stewart and Erik if you want to learn how to surf!
All was good I was there about ten years ago to shell beach finally made it back. The All inclusive Part was good for breakfast lunch and dinner plenty of choices and types of restaurants. Electric Cart transportation was goodFor the complete and secluded compound.
December is the start of this area’s high season so you would think by January, the golf course would be in tip top shape to receive snowbirds. We opted for the 3 day golf package at $395 pp ($131.66 per round) then played an extra day for $125 since we bought the 3 day package. This was our first trip to Costa Rica and we decided to stay at the Westin vs Four Season’s as we felt Westin offered more value not just for golf but overall vacation experience. See my other review on Westin resort, accommodations and amenities.All tee times were booked between 6:30 and 7:30 AM for two players to escape the day’s heat. We prebooked tee times 2 weeks ahead of our arrival to Costa Rica but found it wasn’t necessary during the time we visited as the course wasn’t that busy. Most people book early AM including expats that have moved to the area.Every morning we were greeted by this great guy who got our clubs and carts ready. He cleaned our clubs and shoes after each round and had everything ready for us the next day. We left our clubs at the course for our early AM tee times. This guy was great and we tipped him well after our 4th round. All other golf course personnel were very pleasant and social. 1st round course impression on Sunday January 14th captured some breathtaking fairway and ocean views (see pics). Fairways and greens were in good shape during our first bunker free round. On 10th hole, a guy in a golf cart (not beverage cart) brought us watermelon and had a cooler of beverages. This was the only time we received any cart service this day.2nd round on Monday January 15th was busy. 1st tee was congested with 3 groups of players, the 3rd group had 6 players on the tee box. This was unacceptable so we drove to the 10th and teed off. We met course maintenance workers on the 10th green who called the pro shop to advise we, and another twosome that followed us, had started on the back nine. We continued to play without further incident but noticed 50% of all sand traps were under construction and not playable. In fact some traps were being lined with concrete which I happen to hit into resulting in a lost ball after it ricocheted off into the woods. We met a golf cart guy on the 3rd last hole of the day who brought us some watermelon but no beverages.3rd round on Tuesday January 16th was dead. No one there and we played 18 in 2 hrs, 50 minutes. We met a beverage car girl in a proper beverage cart on the front and back 9. Drinks and snacks were very limited, no sandwiches available. We bought 2 Gatorade's for $10. Maintenance crews were all working on sand trap reconstruction and they paused work to allow us fairway or greens play.4th round play on Thursday January 18th was dead. Just a few players this early AM. We finished 18 in 3 hrs. Never saw cart beverage person. Maintenance crews were all working on sand trap reconstruction which I think will continue throughout the duration of golf’s high season.Golf course Pro Shop offering/apparel is limited. Main Resort Pro Shop is much larger with more items to purchase. Average shirt cost is $120 with Callaway shirts priced at $90. Too much money IMHO.
My husband, nephew and his wife had a fantastic time at the Westin Golf Resort and Spa. The rooms had views of the golf course and some water plus wildlife in a quiet area. The rooms could use a little more drawer space but were doable. The food was very good and a good variety. The dinner at LaSabana could have been explained a little better since there were hockey puck like disks on the table. We did not find out until we were home that placing them in one position meant 'keep bringing the food' and the other meant 'no more food'. Donald and his staff at the Imperial Bar were fantastic. They remembered us and our drinks and were helpful in explaining some of the sporting events we saw on the tv. The entertainment on the outdoor deck was enjoyable. Unfortunately we were not able to visit the volcanoes, rainforest and cloud forest because they were 4 hours away, each way. We did go on a river/monkey tour which was very enjoyable and the guide was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We also went on a sunset catamaran cruise. We were out for about 4 hours and were served drinks and food and it included snorkeling for those who wanted to participate. Unfortunately there was a 2 year old on the cruise who wandered around the boat, nearly falling several time and then screaming for about 30 min while the parents did nothing. Parents fault, not the cruise company!!! But it was a gorgeous sunset. The service on the beach was fantastic. I did not catch his name but every day he brought us 4 longue chairs, put up umbrellas, brought water, non-alcoholic drinks and cold towels to cool us down. I cannot say enough good about the entire staff at the Westin and the excursions. They are a friendly and warm people.
It was a Westin property which meant luxurious accommodations in the room like great beds, big showers, fluffy towels. But it was expensive and the food service was irritating.Loved the jungle-like setting with lots of flora and wildlife around. The birds sing early in the morning and it's a price to pay for their beautiful noises. Had ants in our room which I truly didn't mind; they are eco-friendly and being this close to nature means intersecting with critters. I am confident if I had complained they would have solved the ants, but I really didn't mind it.Part of a vacation is relaxing and going with the flow. But you cannot get food at this place between 11am-noon, 4-6pm, or after 10pm unless you haul your butt back to your room and get room service, waiting on average 30 minutes for food from an incredibly limited menu. I got up one day at 11am (sleeping in is part of a vacation, no?) to discover grabbing a snack is impossible until restaurants open at 12. And if you want dinner at all, you have to reserve for that night before 4pm a specific time and restaurant. What's wrong with just waltzing in when I'm hungry? Because dinner restaurants close at 10, I recommend you eat early or watch the clock to be sure you're done by 10. I had a great dinner with friends one night, and in the natural progression of their dinner service, got to the dessert order at 10 o'clock. Some in my party got their dessert, I did not. After waiting 15 minutes they informed me the kitchen was closed! How dumbfounding. The ONLY option was to go back to my room and order room service - OMG. I wanted to continue socializing with my friends!If you want to drink and socialize, the only place to do that in the evening is at the Bar Imperial. One night around 9pm I'm in the bar having a drink. Drinks make me hungry, so I ask for food. NONE whatsoever to be had. Anywhere on the property. No pretzels or peanuts even. All dinner restaurants were open until 10pm, but wouldn't let me in without a (pre-4pm) reservation nor get food to go. No vending machines. No snack bars. The only option again was to go back to my room and sit and wait up to 45 minutes for room food service ordered from a short crappy menu. I find this unforgivable for an "all inclusive" resort. One night at 11pm I called the concierge for pool towels because I wanted to use the hot tub. Concierge was closed, and I could call back at 7am. Baffling. I would expect a resort like this find a way to get me a pool towel at 11pm.This place used colored wrist bands (to sort the classes, I guess?) I paid for a premium room ($849/night for two people) and got a Gold wristband for the week. Irritating to wear, but supposedly got me "premium" liquor and the ability to eat at a couple exclusive restaurants. (Admittedly, the upgrade made it kid-free, a genuine value.) But at every bar on property they still poured the cheap crappy liquor constantly unless I went out of my way to be demanding about better alcohol. I don't like to have to ask for good liquor; at this price point everyone deserves good stuff.There was an awkward checkout process that wasted an additional 15 minutes of my time leaving the resort, where I got to argue over their expensive transportation service and a bill for a reservation I never made. I guess they see arguing over the bill in person wiser because doing it by phone later would be more difficult. Budget time for this if you stay here.Overall, very nice facility, with nice rooms and a gorgeous property. But the food service inaccessibility and ridiculous rules around getting food and/or drink on their haphazard and non-accommodating schedule made the experience frustrating to the point I doubt I will return.
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- 420 rooms in 39 two-storey buildings
- 3 pools with large, freeform pool
- 6 bars including, Swim-up bar and pool bar
- 7 Restaurants, 5 a la carte: Asian, Italian, Caribbean, International
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Westin Golf Resort & Spa Playa ConchalLiberia,Costa Rica
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Playa Conchal, Bahia Brasilito, Playa Conchal 232-5150 Costa Rica
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