As winter sets in, escaping to the sun and sand is on the minds of many. Incredibly, a tiny country sees more Canadian visitors than almost any other. Did you know that 10% of Costa Rica's tourism comes from the Great White North?
Snowbirds are flocking to this Central American paradise for many reasons. And Planet Hollywood Costa Rica makes family getaways an even better experience.
So if you are looking for the ultimate family winter escape, keep reading. Then pack your bags because Costa Rica is ready to welcome you for the adventure of your life!
Planet Hollywood has been a famous lifestyle brand for many years. And now you will find Planet Hollywood Costa Rica offers a new era in all-inclusive resorts. This project was the first created in partnership with the Sunwing Travel Group.
Located on the Papagayo Peninsula, the resort is only a short drive from the airport in Liberia. Once there, you will find Planet Hollywood has taken the movie star experience to the next level. Planet Hollywood Costa Rica is fun for the whole family to travel abroad.
Of course, one of the main draws to Costa Rica is its glorious Pacific coast beaches. Yet, the tiny country boasts some of the world's finest wildlife reserves.
The Central American country is home to exotic birds, amphibians, and reptiles. National parks and protected territories cover more than one-quarter of the country. As part of some of these parks, there are also active volcanoes.
The northwestern region of Guanacaste is home to mountain ranges surrounding the resort. And, of course, abundant sea life awaits off the miles of coastline.
Getting to Planet Hollywood Costa Rica
You will have no trouble booking your choice of almost 300 rooms at Planet Hollywood Costa Rica. Fly with Air Canada Vacations to the airport in Liberia, and let the adventure begin.
The property nestles into the hillside nearby in Guanacaste on the Papagayo Peninsula. Its unique location provides all the seclusion that all-inclusive delivers. The resort is close enough to all the daytime excursions that Costa Rica is famous for.
You can choose to take a local taxi to the resort. But we loved the idea of renting a full-sized SUV and driving there.
A thirty-minute drive North on Route 253 takes you to Playa Manzanillo. It's that simple, and then you have transportation at hand for those trips to the beauty of all Costa Rica.
Local Language and Culture
You will find some unique traditions in the Guanacaste Province. The region was once part of Nicaragua but has developed a flavor all its own. Corn rice and ringed bread called rosquillas are staples.
Festivals include bull riding and horse parades. And, of course, marimba music is the national music of this Spanish-speaking nation. There are also local creole-based languages spoken, which are similar to Patois.
Is It Beneficial to Know a Little Spanish?
Most of your hosts in tourism speak English. But to enjoy some of the authentic flavors of Costa Rican culture, learning a little Spanish will help a lot.
The people of Guanacaste recite four-line poems called Bombas. They get spoken much like limericks, are often very amusing.
The Atmosphere at Planet Hollywood Costa Rica
If you ever wanted to live like a movie star, then Planet Hollywood Costa Rica is the place for you. From the moment you arrive and walk down the red carpet, you will become part of Hollywood royalty.
Get your photo taken with a complimentary PH Purple Haze welcome drink in hand. Sip it at your leisure while you scan the lobby's array of movie memorabilia. There are nostalgic pieces from famous films like The Karate Kid and Jurassic Park.
Everyone gets a specialized bracelet at check-in that serves as your room key. It's not only a great keepsake, but you'll never have to worry about carrying a key or card. And now you're relaxed and ready to enjoy everything a fine all-inclusive resort has to offer.
How Do People Rate the Service?
Guests who have recently stayed are very impressed with the professional staff. The experience at Planet Hollywood Costa Rica gets a rating of 4.5 overall.
People raved about the ease of getting reservations at some of the best dining experiences. And the upgrade to Star Class is a big hit with many of the guests. The staff are terrific with handling younger guests and are always accommodating.
As you would expect, "all-inclusive" means plenty of activities to enjoy. Planet Hollywood Costa Rica has accounted for the whole family to have fun. If a getaway is what you've been craving, you'll be thrilled at all the luxuries that this resort offers.
Choose from seven restaurants onsite to delight every palate. Reservations are required only at the teppanyaki and sushi restaurant. But if you want specific times at any others, you are welcome to call ahead.
Planet Hollywood brings its tradition of excellent dining options to all-inclusive. Enjoy some of the best burgers anywhere in the world, or chow down Italian style. You can't go wrong with the steakhouse or any other themed restaurant.
Three lounge bars offer loads of nightlife entertainment. There is also a beach bar and swim-up pool bar to quench every thirst.
Feel like hanging out in your suite? There's plenty of snack items and available room service with Star Class. And each suite comes with a well-stocked minibar.
Choose from the resort swimming pool and children's pool. Or access the exclusive infinity pool with a Star Class upgrade.
The pool has cabanas available for rent. And there is always the world-class beach right on the property.
Get spoiled in pure luxury at the picturesque PH Spa. You will get pampered at your own pace with a variety of treatments.
You can also opt for a Cryotherapy Treatment, a group of treatments put together with care. The Hydrotherapy Pool is the perfect remedy if all you want is to unwind for an hour each day.
A fully-equipped fitness centre awaits your morning routine. Enroll in an aerobics or yoga class, or help yourself to complimentary watercraft. Is there a better way to get those muscles working than out on the ocean?
You might want to save that energy for dancing the night away with DJs at the music lounge. Some evenings also feature local music, which always gets everyone's feet moving.
Choose to upgrade with the Star Class service, and it begins with a stocked minibar in your room with snacks and drinks. Right outside, the infinity pool is exclusive to Star Class guests.
With Star Class, you will get assigned a personal agent to look after your every need. They will arrange meal reservations or cabana rentals available at the infinity pool.
Star Kids Club
Bring out your kid's inner artist with fun lessons in movie-making. At PH Star Kids Club, your younger family members get the Hollywood experience. Open your child's imagination with tips on acting or behind-the-camera techniques.
They can try on movie wardrobe and makeup. And everyone loves the movie night under the stars experience.
Stay connected while you stay at Planet Hollywood Costa Rica. The PH Mobile App lets you play your personal soundtrack anywhere on the grounds.
The app also helps you find whatever you are looking for with interactive maps of the resort. Of course, 24/7 wi-fi is what part of staying connected with Plugged In is all about.
There's no better place in the world to explore nature than Costa Rica. But even if you only want to shake things up a bit, there are lots of fun activities. If you rented your own car, getting around is a breeze.
Sail Into the Sunset
Take a dream tour of the coast on the Marlin del Rey catamaran. While aboard, you can snorkel and watch for sea turtles and dolphins. You might even catch sight of a whale before the sun sets on the Pacific horizon.
This hike along the Blue River will give you a clear idea of the actual Jurassic world long ago. Views of waterfalls and stunning scenes of hummingbirds wait for your eyes. Toucans and butterflies mingling in an incredible setting makes this one of our favorite excursions.
Breathtaking Speed Ride
Hop on a Jet Ski and power your way across the shoreline. Ride out to a designated area where you can explore sea life at your leisure.
Jet skis are the perfect machine for the adrenaline fanatic. When finished exploring sea life, speed back across the waves to get your heart pumping.
Mega Combo Buena Vista
If ziplining is the thing to get your adrenaline going, there are 13 platforms with ten cables waiting. Fling across the top of the forest and watch for spider and howler monkeys as you pass.
If you like a slower approach to the rain forest, try out one of 16 hanging bridges. There's also a mountain water slide for excitement. But if that's too much, there is always a relaxing horseback ride through the jungle.
Want the whole Costa Rica experience at once? Go ziplining or bridge walking above crocodile-infested waters. And if that doesn't do it, take a hike along the trail on the forest floor.
Then, when it's time for a rest, have a snack in a hammock swinging 100 feet above the ground.
Canopy Congo Trail
The ultimate zipline experience has you soaring like an airplane across the jungle. Look down if you dare as you sail over the treetops at breakneck speed.
The view of fauna and birdlife is spectacular with this five-star adventure.
Is the Planet Hollywood Costa Rica Kid-Friendly or Adults Only?
The best part of Planet Hollywood Costa Rica is the purpose design as fun for the whole family. Parents can relax at the pool while their children get entertained at the Star Kids Club.
Families love excursions to see nature reserves or Costa Rica's beautiful rain forests. At night, the kids get to sit under the stars with a movie. Parents can join in for the show or dance until the wee hours while the kids stay supervised.
Is It Safe to Travel off the Resort Alone?
Your safety is always a priority at Planet Hollywood's all-inclusive resort. Walk the grounds in comfort, knowing you and your belongings are secure.
Taking a solo excursion around Costa Rica can be one of the most rewarding experiences. If you plan to travel alone off-site, it's best to let staff know your itinerary.
Are There Extra Costs to be Aware Of?
If you plan only to use the all-inclusive perks, you may never need to open your wallet. Of course, there are extra features that will incur fees.
For example, buying some treatments at the PH spa is extra. Other activities that involve boating equipment will have costs. There will also be charges for guided excursions off the resort grounds.
Best Time to Visit Planet Hollywood Costa Rica
If you are a Canadian Snowbird looking for some relaxation and a dose of vitamin D, there's a vast season. From December until April, you will get the best beach experience.
If adventure around Costa Rica is part of your plan, it's best to book for dry seasons. Early December is comfortable for exploring jungles and rain forests.
The Planet Hollywood Costa Rica is a top pick of travel guides for all-inclusive resorts. Vacationers love the seclusion of the location. Yet, they also like the easy access to everything Costa Rica offers.
Guests that chose the Star Class service noted their love for the extra amenities. And the famous movie star experience is a massive hit with the whole family.
Is it kid-friendly?
Is it safe to travel off the resort alone?
Best time to visit
December - April
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Planet Hollywood Costa Rica is the place for family vacation travel without worries. So sit back and soak up the sun, or head out to see Costa Rica in all its splendor.
More people fall in love with Costa Rica every day. So book your trip and contact us for a travel insurance plan to keep you covered while you find your sense of adventure.