Parador Hotel & Spa in Costa Rica looks like a true paradise to me — it’s in the tropics surrounded by 12 acres of wild rainforest and is neighbors with the world famous wildlife and nature preserve Manuel Antonio National Park. The resort is especially appealing as its making a serious effort to “preserve and improve Costa Rica’s abundant natural assets.” Sustainable initiatives include property-wide recycling, water and energy conservation, composting, and biodegradable soaps.

In addition the spa offers several 100% natural Costa Rican treatments, all using only naturally occurring local ingredients. From the spa:

Cappuccino Scrub

Costa Rica boasts some of the world’s best coffee and this treatment utilizes its exfoliating properties. Offering powerful antioxidants and reaffirming benefits for the skin. Coffee is applied with water, making this treatment totally natural. $60

Costa Rica’s Volcanic Mud Wrap

Made with naturally purified jade clay, lemon, lemongrass and lavender essential oils from Costa Rica. A therapeutic healing treatment for sensitive and problematic skin. After skin has been exfoliated, an application of organic volcanic mud, rich in minerals and vitamins to purify and nourish, is applied all over the body. $99

Aromatherapy Massage

Essential oils are steam extracted from plant leaves and stems (try the Ylang/Ylang blend from Frankincense, geranium, cinnamon, lemon, and orange extractions OR Eucalyptus mix with lavender, mint, orange, rosemary). Delicate scents stimulate senses as oils are applied all over the body, easing away stress, tension and tired muscles. $99

I think this picture is my favorite — look at that water!

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