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W Hotel Restaurants: Zona Azul Beach ClubVacation envy can happen to anyone, anytime … even those of us who are lucky enough to live in Costa Rica. Scrolling through Instagram, we stray outside our present reality: “Where is that? Can I go?”

Good news — yes, you can. The W Hotel’s Zona Azul Beach Club at Reserva Conchal is a destination within a destination, and it’s open to the public. That means you don’t have to be staying at the W to while away the day sipping drinks, enjoying exceptional service, playing games, listening to the DJ spin curated tunes and making everyone not with you jealous.

Non-W guests can purchase day passes for $100 (consumable towards beverage and food) or a private cabana for $250.  Don’t miss each Saturday Fiesta No Siesta Pool Party, from 1 to 5 p.m., when for $25 you get access to the event and a welcome drink dancing to hot tunes under the hotter sun.

The beach itself is dazzling, famous for its namesake seashell “sand” composition. A secluded cove area gives you the feeling of a private getaway. Saunter up to the infinity pool for some calmer waters, and relax on a plush poolside bed where servers attend to your every need.

A beach club needs special cocktails,
and the mixologists at do not disappoint.

A beach club needs special cocktails, and the mixologists at Zona Azul do not disappoint. The Rose of Althea refreshes with rum, watermelon, and hibiscus. The La Carreta quenches with guaro, passion fruit and grapefruit. Take mouth-watering to another level with the Azul’s blend of guaro, ginger beer, lemon and bitters.

No Dining Guide feature would be complete without a word about the food — scrumptious! Thoughtfully based on healthy blue zone diets around the world, the menu is poolside perfect but by no means standard pool fare. Start with one of the three types of ceviche: plantain for vegetarians, lima for something a little atypical in Costa Rica, or conchal for an elevated Tico classic. Watermelon or palm salad would not be out of place on an upscale Miami hotel menu, with special touches like pecan pralinée and grilled avocado. The tempura shrimp with wasabi mayo is downright delightful. For something more substantial, try the mouthwatering smoked barbecued pork ribs.

So go ahead, make everyone on your Insta feed green with envy. Literally, jump in with both feet and soak it up. We may not be influencers, nor rich or famous. We’re just ordinary Joes who get to enjoy an extraordinary experience hanging out with our friends at Zona Azul Beach Club. It’s a unique opportunity to revel in experiences that our younger selves could never imagine.

To make reservations, contact Whatever / Whenever: Call 2654-3600 or WhatsApp 8489-7458.

 

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