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
Gorgeous resort loved the balcony and bi fold doors. Got a great massage at the spa Gorgeous room and shower. Super clean. The beach club was just beautiful I would recommend this hotel to all. All in all a great vacation
The rooms were beautiful. The hotel was definitely built with the environment in mind and was built into the trees making it much more peaceful. The staff was amazing and the food was excellent. I think this is the ideal place for a couple who would like a quiet, beautiful place to go for vacation.
I like the nature around the hotel and the shuttle/cart staff were nice and caring. room is nice with a good view. the andaz beach house was fun at a nice shady location and activities like snorkeling and kayaking.
Just got back from 5 days at Andaz Papagayo. Amazing property. We were pleasantly surprised at the food. Never had a bad meal. Rhio Bongo was fine. Our favorite place was Choa Pescao - much more extensive menu than Ostra and much more fun. Ended up going there every night. Loved this place. Pretty hard to beat watching howler monkeys make love while chilling in the infinity pool.
Beautiful rooms, Great costumer service. Great beach. Amenities like free paddle boards, kayaks, snow cones, bikes, snacks in the room. We gad a great time and plan on returning. The staff go out of their way to make your visit a great one.