Andaz Papagayo Resort – a concept by Hyatt
What We Love
- Lined with infinity pools and jicaro trees, the hotel’s grand entryway frames views of the bay
- No nickel-and-diming: Guests are treated to free WiFi, nonalcoholic minibar items, sun hats and beach bags
- The cocktails at Chao Pescao are prepared by an expert mixologist (try the gin-and-tonic in a rosemary-smoked glass)
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What To Know
- The resort extends over a vast hillside; don’t be afraid to call for a golf cart
- December to April is dry season: brown landscape, no rain. May to November is green but sometimes wet
- The bar is a fun and lively scene
- A 10 percent resort charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
It seemed impossible, but the opening of the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo in December 2013 brought even more polish to this fancy seaside pocket of northwestern Costa Rica. Local It-architect Ronald Zürcher designed the hotel with a nod to the region’s pristine natural beauty: a façade that resembles local shells and cocoons; caña brava and local stone throughout the public spaces; driftwood handicrafts by Costa Rican artisans on the walls; and Latin music that plays on a loop. Standout features in the 153 opulent suites include floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious balconies, lamps inspired by the oropendola (a local bird) and white riverbed floors in the bathrooms, which also offer indoor-outdoor showers and bay views. The expansive grounds encompass nature trails, two small beaches, two infinity pools and three distinctive restaurants: Chao Pescao (small plates and innovative cocktails), Río Bongo (Latin cuisine) and Ostra (sophisticated seafood). The hotel fitness center is open 24 hours and features a steam room and an outdoor swimming pool, but for proper pampering, book the Onda Cambio treatment in one of the spa’s nine private treatment rooms.
In the Area
Into fishing, scuba diving, surfing or just boating around at sunset? Andaz Peninsula Papagayo has you covered. Golf enthusiasts will exult over the Arnold Palmer signature golf course, and, oddly enough, so will tree lovers: The Four Seasons Resort offers a special “Trail of the Giants” nature tour on the course. Geology nerds shouldn’t miss the mud pits and fumaroles of Rincon de la Vieja, and adrenaline junkies will want to check out Rio Perdido, an inland adventure center with natural hot springs and expert mountain-biking trails. Just south of the peninsula, a restaurant called Makoko boasts a culinary director who used to be an executive chef at Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa in London.
How to Get There
We stayed for 5 nights as part of our honeymoon in October. We had a beautiful room over looking the bay. The rooms are large and well proportioned with great indoor/outdoor shower facilities. The bed was huge and super comfy. The hotel is incredibly well maintained and the staff super helpful. The restaurants are great but if breakfast is not included in your price then we found it quite expensive. We were not keen on the tapas restaurant and were very disappointed by the food but the other restaurants were good and lunch was delicious. Drinks are quite pricey when you are in the hotel and wine is circa £30 a bottle. The beach house is great and its well worth going over to the beach which is stunning. Sadly the boat was not working when we stayed which was a shame as the journey to the beach was quite long. The pool has plenty of sunloungers and free suntan lotion and mossie spray etc. Staff around the pool could not do enough for you and really looked after you. We loved the architecture of the reception area and from afar the hotel blends into the environment. Their green credentials are exceptional. beautiful hotel.
Our first stay at the Andaz was for our honeymoon. It was amazing then. 5 years on and having received a free trip from work, we knew we had to go back. Once again the service was just incredible. The property speaks for itself - lush and green but doesn't feel like typical resort. But it's the people there that really put it over the top. We felt like celebrities while there. Everyone makes an effort to learn your name and memorize your likes and dislikes. Having been there twice, we simply haven't had one minor negative experience. My wife can't wait to go back and bring our kids.
Felt like a private hide-away. Felt like the hotel was built on the mountainside without disturbing the local fauna. Quiet and serene except for the sounds of the Howler monkeys and birds and the lapping waves upon the beach. At night the walking paths are lit with occasional pin-lights as to not disturb the animals. There are 3 restaurants and the 2 we visited are open-air and if you don’t watch out, the Coati and the Capuchin Monkeys will steal your food to the delight of the visitors!