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 celebrated our 20th anniversary at the Andaz Papagayo. It was perfect! The staff who quickly became our friends, the room, the view, the food-all outstanding. We can’t wait to go back with the kids.
We loved staying at the Andaz. Both our kids and my husband and I really enjoyed our visit to the Costa Rica and the Andaz helped ensure it was perfect. The location is fabulous. On the water with two beaches, multiple restaurants, on site spa and multiple pools. If that’s not enough for you, there is top notch activities the hotel can help you organize. Surfing, deep sea fishing, white water rafting, trips to nearby national parks, to name a few. The service and attention to details were second to none. We love the staff and a special shout out to Debbie (concierge) and Alex (asst front desk manager). We hope to return very soon. It was a blast!
Spent 9 nights at this very nice hotel. Pool was excellent and the beach, although not directly attached to property was very nice. Short boat ride to get there. They have motor assisted bikes so be sure and bike the Peninsula for some excellent photos. Also the Four Seasons golf course is a great track and renting clubs is no problem so enjoy a round while there. The boat house next door to Andes is a great place for lunch or dinner at a reasonable price. All in all a very nice hotel but expensive.
My wife and I walked here from the planet hollywood to escape the sheer dread we were experiencing. Thank god we came here for 2 day passes. Manuel, the bartender at the adult-only pool, took care of us to the highest degree. He could see the pain in our eyes when we arrived. It was a 40 minute walk from the planet hollywood and it was the greatest feeling once we came to the Andaz property. It must be what it feels like to be at the gates of heaven after escaping hell. The campus is impeccably kept. Every single person we encountered was SO PURA VIDA. Pick this place over the PH if you are even considering that dump. Andaz is for winners and for people who know how to vacation. It's more expensive, but worth it in every way. The Beach House, to which they will shuttle you with their boat, is so quaint and pleasant. They have towels and lounge chairs and a bar. They have hammocks. They are monkeys by the pool. I can't say enough about how much this place means to us. It saved the latter half of our vacation. If we had to stay at PH we would have gone crazy. Thank god for the andaz.
This hotel is unique - in the middle of the forest with breathtaking view of the peninsula - the hotel is wonderfully built by the cliff. The suites are perfect and you can take a shower looking out at this amazing piece of paradise. There is also a boat that takes you to another beach from the hotel where more water sports activities are available.
And you will never feel alone, you can enjoy your breakfast surrounded by monkeys.
Just amazingly done integrating luxury and nature.