The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal – All Inclusive
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
With a stay at The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal – All Inclusive in Cabo Velas (Playa Conchal), you’ll be close to Conchal Beach and Flamingo Beach. This 4.5-star resort is within the vicinity of Playa Brasilito and Penca Beach.
Make yourself at home in one of the 406 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and free minibar items. Rooms have private furnished balconies. 32-inch flat-screen televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with showers feature rainfall showerheads and designer toiletries.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. After practicing your swing on the golf course, you can enjoy other recreational amenities including outdoor tennis courts and a 24-hour health club. Additional amenities at this resort include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Food & Drink
This resort is all inclusive. Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.
Enjoy a meal at one of the resort’s dining establishments, which include 9 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access 24-hour room service. Relax with a refreshing drink from a swim-up bar or one of the 3 bars/lounges.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include express check-in, express check-out, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Planning an event in Cabo Velas? This resort has 12703 square feet (1180 square meters) of space consisting of a conference center and meeting rooms. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
Just returned from a great week at this resort.
The hotel is about an hour from Liberia airport and due to its location on the Pacific coast, it is at least an hour from other attractions such as Palo Verde and a lot longer to areas such as Arenal volcano national park, which is 4 hours away.
Our check in was quick, efficient and painless. You are then taken to your room on a golf buggy ( these abound and become a bit of a pain, especially at night when when their headlights don’t work, as they are virtually silent and therefore hard to notice that they are coming ).
Room was in a block not far from the main pool / shops / Bar Imperial. It was large as hotel rooms go and clean. The lighting was quite poor unless you were next to a lamp but overall, everything was of a good standard. The mini bar is basic and you need to tell them that you need a refill which seemed odd when the cleaner goes in every morning. We used the free safe provided in the room, after having an iPad stolen from the room in Egypt on a recent holiday. It’s not overly large but just big enough to take my SLR camera and lenses along with documents and cash etc. Air conditioning was probably too efficient and is directed straight onto the bed, so we had to turn it off at night but this is of course personal preference.
The grounds are massive due to the golf course but we didn’t find it necessary to use the golf buggy service to get about like many others did. It was about a 10 minute walk from the pool to reception and as the grounds are so interesting with the birds, wildlife and plants / trees, it was a joy to walk around, never quite knowing what you would see next. We saw howler monkeys, coatis, raccoon, iguanas and lizards, terrapins and a snake. The bird life is good and included many herons, spoonbills, ducks and vultures / caracaras.
The food was in the main good - we used the Mitra buffet for most meals but also used the Bamboo Asian restaurant. The lunchtime take out pizzas and burgers were also very good.
Evening entertainment was limited, with the 8.30 pm shows varying from good (magician and Michael Jackson tribute) to average dance shows. After this, the only entertainment was a singer / musician at the Bar Imperial.
The pool was generally well looked after although inevitably leaves etc blow in throughout the day. Pool beds were difficult to find if you left it much after 9am and the ‘vacant bed rule’ ie if you leave it vacant for a set time, your stuff will be removed, was never enforced to our knowledge, which resulted in some frustration as people left a towel but disappeared for most of the day. The pool tiles get very slippy when wet and we saw a couple of people fall whilst there. Waiter service around the pool was hit and miss and it was much easier to go to the pool bar yourself, where the service was excellent ( especially Donald Garcia).
The main disappointment were the large groups there on ‘freebies’ from sponsors. Their holidays had been provided free in return for their custom throughout the year. Large groups were drinking from early morning and becoming more and more rowdy as the day went on. You couldn’t describe it as peaceful if that’s what you are seeking in your holiday.
Staff were all friendly and helpful in our experience.
The beach is a public beach as for all beaches in Costa Rica and accessed past locals (mostly Nicaraguans apparently ) selling massages ($20 per hour), souvenirs etc. They were polite and a simple “ no thanks” was all that was required. The beach is white crushed shells and there was an undertow in the sea which made it ‘cloudy’ and therefore poor for snorkelling. Kayaking is free but most other activities are charged for and expensive. You can walk in both directions and to the north is the village of Brasilito which has bars, restaurants and small shops - the section of the beach here is much longer than outside the hotel but the locals prefer Playa Conchal, presumably as the small headland protects you from the prevailing winds.
We’d read reviews of Erik Garcia’s trips before arriving and were somewhat sceptical as they were so overwhelmingly positive but we decided to seek him out on the beach - he’s easy to find with his name on his hat/ shirt ! He speaks excellent English and is as good as his reviews. He tells it as it is and can arrange the normal trips offered by others or more bespoke ones to suit your needs. We did the Palo Verde river trip ( Monkey tour as he calls it ) and a trip to see the sloths. On both occasions we had Pablo as the driver / guide and he was superb, explaining the local communities, their way of life as well as being knowledgeable about the wildlife ( he is also a surf instructor). Erik took a small deposit for the trip and stayed in touch beforehand and checked afterwards.
The Palo Verde trip is superb and the early start (0600 hrs) is worth it as you are the first boat on the river and beat the crowds that arrive at around 0900-1000hrs. The Sloth trip was not such good value but to see the sloths is a wonderful experience and the walk through the cloud forest was fantastic. Be aware that all trips are expensive, partly as you are so far from the venues.
Overall a great holiday in a fantastic and friendly country, partly spoilt by the rowdy groups around the pool bar but would go back tomorrow.
Finally, remember that there is a $29 departure tax at the airport for all passengers.
No bag drop, no help with bags. We were not staying at resort but when we called to check rates they quoted us the guest rate, for non guests there is no packages or break in price for twilight. We played golf in the afternoon heat of the day, 2 bottles of water were provided but no other water or refreshments were available, nothing at the turn.
It did not have the amenities you would expect
This was our first trip to Costa Rica. While we typically do not stay at all-inclusives, we were looking for one for this trip. We opted to stay at the Royal Club upgrade which is adults only and gives access to a private pool, bar and breakfast buffet. We were very happy with our decision to stay at this hotel and with the Royal Club upgrade.
First, and most importantly, the service is incredible and the people are beyond friendly. Everyone greeted us with a smile, asking if they could do anything to help us enjoy our stay. Many individuals on the staff remembered our names for the duration of the trip. Didier, Fernando, John and the breakfast crew at La Faisanella/Royal Club buffet were all incredibly nice, friendly, helpful and attentive.
Second, the grounds are maintained beautifully. We saw monkeys in the property trees numerous times, as well as other wildlife.
Third, I am a bit of a foodie and was pleased with the food at the property. While we have stayed at a couple of all-inclusives before, this was by far the best for food. There are several restaurant options. We enjoyed Manglar and Las Candelas the most. The menu options were extensive and the food quality was really good. Reservations are required, but men do NOT need to wear long pants as the website indicates (heard about it from hubby for making him pack pants and not needing them…lol!). I do wish there was a reservation option at 7 or 7:30.
The room in Royal Club tower #1 was on the second floor and extremely quiet. I am a light sleeper and heard nothing outside the entire time! The air conditioning was quiet and more than adequate. Room was clean and the housekeeping staff did a great job during our stay.
In terms of some of the things we wish the property had but that were so minimal they would not stop us from going back are the following. There are no restaurants or bars or hotel rooms (that we know of) with a direct beach/ocean view. There is a strip of trees that separate the property from the beach. Also, there are no chairs/lounges along the beach. I am guessing this is an environmental restriction or something because we went to several of the beaches north and there were no chairs/lounges on the beach up there either. I burn easily, so our time on the beach was limited since there is little protection other than if you can find a spot beneath the trees. But the Royal Club pool had ample chairs with umbrellas, so we were good. Nightlife is a limited and things close up early – which is totally OK for me as I am not a night-owl and needed some R&R. So party animals, go someplace else. ;-)
Overall, we loved our stay here and are hopeful we’ll one day be able to return. Many thanks to the entire Westin team for such a memorable experience. Pura Vida!
Just returned from the Westin. It’s a beautiful resort! We stayed in the Royal Beach Club. The staff was excellent, always greeting you by name. The food and drinks were excellent. The rooms are spacious and clean. The beach and pool are beautiful. We used Erik Garcia on the beach for Ziplining, horseback riding, hot springs, fishing and trip to Tamarindo to see the sunset. His service was excellent. We will return to the Westin.
The resort was excellent. We did so much while we were here. If you stop at the Westin Hut where they plan the trips also they will tell you not to book with the local people as you will have risks. Truth is we book our activities with Erik by his website (erikgarciaconchalbeach) was much better than the Westin Desk, very professional, provided us with a private adventure tour for SIGNIFICANTLY less per person then we would have paid for the same tour with the Westin. We also booked the Sloths Tour and the ATV tour through Erik’s website which we highly recommend. It was a lot of fun and we were able to see Monkey's, and other beaches where we went swimming the tour guide Fernando was terrific and give us all the safety instruction and bring us the best time in our vacation!