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
My husband and I visited Costa Rica for the first time this past October 2019. We were vacillating between returning to Hawaii or trying something new. We were both so pleased that we chose Costa Rica. We read about the Andaz in the Costco Travel brochure. We were not disappointed. The hotel was beautiful. The ground were immaculate--a hard task in such a tropical area. Our room was spacious with a beautiful view of the ocean. We liked the floor to ceiling windows, huge walk-in rain shower with doors open to the outside if you wish, spa amenities, complimentary mini-bar, and nightly turn down service. Each morning we enjoyed the breakfast buffet, especially the smoothie bar and coffee bar. The pools and beach were pretty-we enjoyed the complimentary kayaking and snorkeling. We were so impressed with the friendliness of the staff. The spa also proved to be wonderful. Everything seemed to come with great service and a little extra something. We would definitely return.
The Andaz Resort Península Papagayo welcomes its guests with beautiful architecture in manicured gardens and excellent dining experiences. The standards of the spa facilities and pool areas are excellent. Great destination for nature lovers as you will see beautiful flowers and monkeys, iguanas, butterflies... Excellent security.
Fantastic hotel oasis right on the water surronded by the forest and the animals that reside there. The staff is incredibly friendly and anticipated our every need. The restuarants on property were great and the hotel provided a shuttle to nearby locations for food or recreation.