Current (Travel) Obsession: Planet Hollywood Costa Rica

 

Hot off the press…in our new and fab FALL issue I zoomed in on PH Spa at Planet Hollywood Costa Rica (pages 44-46) but I’m also excited to fill you in on some more details about the property. Now’s the time to start thinking of you winter getaways and I’m thrilled to put this Hollywood-themed destination on your radar. If you’re looking for a wow-worthy, all-inclusive whisk away this winter…this is the place!

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Located at the base of exclusive Peninsula Papagayo in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, Planet Hollywood Beach Resort offers guests an upscale all-inclusive vacation, surrounded by natural wonders, cultural richness and only-here experiences to explore. From a Producer’s Suite, complete with a personal Agent, to unforgettable excursions exploring Volcanos and flying through tree tops, Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica is poised to take your vacay to new heights.   Their tagline is “Vacation Like a Star”….and after experiencing it all, I would classify the trip as Out.Of.This.World.

Boasting five-star accommodations and amenities, the resort is situated amid a lush hillside and features 294 luxury suites, eight different venues for wining and dining, PUMPED Fitness Center, PH Spa, two serene swimming pools and a splash zone. From the authentic Hollywood memorabilia located throughout the resort to the locals and staff that teach the language of Pura Vida, the resort strikes the perfect balance between the Planet Hollywood lifestyle and that of one of the most peaceful and bio-diverse countries in the world. We all instantly fell in love with the country…the people, the culture. Such pride, warmth and beauty.

And as the name suggests, the property rolls out the red carpet for their guests. LITERALLY. Upon arrival in the lobby, you are greeted with staff who hand you a cool refreshing towel and usher you to the red carpet for a few paparazzi-style pics, you’re handed a tropical cocktails…and the all-out, over-the-top pampering begins from there.

I spent a week at over this past July and it was – hands down- once of my favorite family vacations EVER. And even though it was right in the middle of rainy season for Costa Rica, not one drop of rain fell on us. (Thank you, thank you for the blue skies benevolent rainforest GODS!) The weather, the sights, the service, the entertainment, the accommodations… all beyond perfect! Daily poolside entertainment and nightly shows really kept us all on our feet. We had our own posh private cabana –with infinity pool and our very own butler, which the property apt calls “your personal agent”. If there’s another phrase for ‘above and beyond”, put me down for that. I seriously felt like Beyoncé!

Our Agent, Henry was so kind and genuine and he basically took care of all of our needs lightning fast. Not an easy task since I was there with my two teenagers and two senior citizens. (Henry has the patient of a saint!) But traveling with our group, with a variety of tastes, needs, etc…it’s safe to say we all had the time of our lives. And the spa, well you can read all about that in our current issue but it was simply spectacular. I spent a day of pampering in paradise with my mom and it was something we will never forget.

EXPERIENCE

PH Experiences offer curated excursions, exclusive to Planet Hollywood guests only, that allow you to discover the wonders of the famed Papagayo Gulf. It is all so stunningly gorgeous. Care to channel your favorite action-adventure star? There’s so many cool things to do. There’s a unique adventure to fill each day, including hikes through vast vegetation to a magnificent waterfall, walks alongside the famed Blue River, enjoying Costa Rica’s tropical jungle treasures, or experiencing an unforgettable promenade inside an exotic butterfly sanctuary. You can experience Hollywood like a true explorer in a breathtaking landscape that will leave you feeling like part of their favorite Hollywood movie. (No stunt double required!) We zip-lined through the canopy and it was an adrenalin rush for sure.

EAT

It’s all-inclusive so the sky’s the limit! We wined and dined at the resort’s seven restaurants – six à la carte restaurants and an international buffet. So Cal Gourmet Food Emporium, East Sushi & Teppanyaki Bar, Sunset Strip Steakhouse & Grill (my husband’s fave) Blue Star Tex-Mex Cantina, Gusto Italian Trattoria (my personal fave) Overtime Bar & Grill (my father’s fave) Guy Fieri’s Burger Joint (my son’s fave). There is something for everyone!

ENJOY

Producer’s Suite STAR Class members can enjoy the full celebrity experience in the Producer’s Suite- the swankiest hotel room available in a two bedroom arrangement. Without any paparazzi by your window, you can enjoy cinematic views from every angle, with a balcony spanning the entire length of your suite. These spacious suites are decked out with one king or two queen beds in every room, a dining room, living room, in-room bar and Bluetooth audio stations. You’ll also have an Agent to take care of your ironing, luggage delivery, shoe shine, spa tub preparation, and dinner reservations to keep your day on schedule.

 

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