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
- 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
This resort is fabulous, my wife and I and our two kids (4 yrs and 17 months ) stayed at this resort for 7 days at the end of June. The shuttle from Liberia airport was approximately 25-30 minutes and check in was a breeze. We were placed in building 3 on the top floor. The room itself is a good size and having the big outdoor balcony was beautiful and we used it a lot. Just a tip, we had 3 suitcases and unloaded them into the closet and drawers and placed them on the balcony so they didn’t take up any space in the room.
The view from the room was amazing. The level of service at this resort is flawless, everyone that we spoke to and had dealings with were nice and did their best to get us whatever we needed. For example, every morning we would call for Milk for our kids and room service would bring up a carton of milk. The only thing negative I can say is that the fridge in the room is not cold enough and that is why we couldn’t keep milk in the fridge overnight. Other than that was always able to ask for ice and it was brought up to the room fast.
The breakfast buffet was great, the usual options, the coffee barista was key, was able to order a smoothie every morning as well as a great coffee. We tried all 3 restaurants on the resort, we loved Chao Pesco and went there three times, would go there Tuesdays and Saturdays for the live music. The pools were never busy and were always able to get a chair, we loved the Andaz beach house which is a ten minute shuttle away. The beach house was very relaxing and is ten times better than the actual beach at the resort. We did see lots of monkeys and other animals in the trees and on the grounds.
Our kids loved the Cambi club and we also did baby sitting a couple nights which was nice so that we could enjoy a few nice dinners together.
Workers – Francois, Luis, Eric, Jefferson and many more which I can’t remember now went above and beyond for us and want to thank them for everything.
Other points - We went to the Marina Dive Bar for lunch one day it was worth going to try something else and the food was pretty good, the hotel provides a shuttle. We also went to the Four Seasons and tried the Italian Restaurant twice which I would highly recommend.
The gym is a good size and has a lot of equipment which was important to us since we work out and is on the far end of the resort near the spa.
The resort was not too busy while we were there and felt very peaceful, there is a lot of walking uphill but we never had a problem even with kids and a stroller, would use a golf cart sometimes. I would recommend the resort if you are looking for a more peaceful vacation.
I recently went to the resort for a friend's wedding. Just before arrival, my husband developed a serious eye infection that may have cost him his vision were it not for the incredible help of the resort staff. They provided paramedics, got us to the hospital and back three times, and checked up on us repeatedly. They fulfilled every request we made kindly and promptly, and they sought out additional means of supporting us.
Outside of the illness, I was able to experience some of what the resort has to offer. The rooms were beautiful and luxurious, and I had to stop and take pictures all over the grounds. I kept thinking that I couldn't believe this was reality.
If you are looking for a world class resort with extraordinarily attentive staff, wonderful restaurant venues, gorgeous views, fantastic recreational activities, and even monkeys swinging from the trees overhead, look no further. Andaz Papagayo has it all!
We were here for a wedding and were very impressed with everything, from the service to the food to the rooms. The grounds are just gorgeous and our kids didn’t want to leave! The kids club was so fun for them but so were the pools and the beach house, so it was hard to pick what to do each day. We thought we’d feel limited at the resort but honestly I think we could’ve spent a week there and still have lots more to do. We stayed in building 1, which was nice because it was close to everything but our friends in building 4 seemed to see lots more animals. We got to see some by the pool though, which was fun! All in all, a fantastic getaway where you can really relax!
Unique architecture. Love the rooms. Each has its own comfy porch. Ours was visited often by us and the monkeys. Infinity pools are nice and have fun entertainment provided by howler and spider monkeys. the close beach was pretty much nonexistent but still pleasant to sit and look at water. The other further away beach was FANTASTIC. Great lounging areas, beaut of a view, peaceful, calm water, and fabulous wait staff, drinks, and food. Caution - jellyfish and monkeys. If present, jellyfish are microscopic and cause an itchy rash. Monkeys are cute, friendly and thieves. Keep valuables secure. Food at Resort was plentiful and delicious. Pork belly and cheese dishes were a huge hit. Spa was nice and proficient. Location is a bit isolated - not particularly convenient to sight see much. Staff was friendly, helpful, and responsive. Our only complaint - the air conditioning did not work well in our room. Maintenance worked on it and it cooled a tad better but still not sufficient for 90 degree weather with 100% humidity. We did not spend much time in room except to shower and sleep. Sat on the porch when we were there otherwise. We’d recommend resort for relaxing and spending time with others.