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
Wow. Awesome resort! Everything was pretty much perfect. The setting is totally awesome. Built on a mountainside and completely blended into the terrain. The view from our room was amazing. Service from every team member was great. Food & beverage in all outlets was simply outstanding. Housekeeping is on their game. The beach house are was a great way to spend several hours. Plenty of sun or shade. the food & drinks were great. Concierge arranged zip lining for us and we had a blast. Hoping to return to this resort.
Three amazing nights were not enough. Our room felt like it was in the trees. Love the decor it felt so sleek and natural. The shower with the rain head sweet. All the windows in the room let nature in. Lots of hills but anytime we wanted a golf cart they were at our beck and call. I wanted to stay as long as I could and the staff made a late checkout happen no problem. The property is one of a kind. All the braces were stunning as were the pools. The boat ride to the beachhouse was a pleasant added bonus. Eggs Benedict yummy in Rio Bongo portion sizes were enormous. Pura Vida!!!!
Andaz is wonderful! Very clean yet surrounded by beautiful jungle and nature. All the drinks and restaurants were delicious. I highly recommend this resort and I would like to come back! The service was good as well.
took them 4 months to get a refund after double charging my credit card 2000 euro after 20 mails
didn't even get a mail with excuses called them wrote letters where contacted by my credit card company
We stayed here for 6 days / 5 nights, and everything was great... especially the staff!! Everyone seriously went above and beyond, and they were all so pleasant, warm, and friendly. We did the mixology and ceviche making classes while we were here, and both were absolutely worth it! The restaurants here are pricey, but we actually found the food pretty good. We dined at both Chao Pescao for their tapas and amazing cocktails, and Rio Bhongo for breakfast. The coffee selection at breakfast is to die for.