This hotel was awesome! We reached the outside gates, gave them our names and were admitted in. By the time we got to the front entrance of the hotel the staff were all outside ready to greet us. We were given a tour of the property and our actual room. The view from our room was amazing!!! I wish we had more time to enjoy this little gem. The coastline was beautiful! The rooms were so comfortable, clean and beautiful. My husband and I agreed that in our 10 days staying in Costa Rica we slept the best at the Andaz. We had been hiking that day and arrived gross and dirty. I had hurt myself during the hike. One of the front desk staff called our room that night offering to have a masseurs come and give me a treatment. I had taken some pain meds and was asleep but that was a very thoughtful addition.
The only single downside of this hotel, if I could find one, was our experience at the restaurant. We had our dinner there at the Rio Bhongo restaurant. They had sample food items, buffet style in the center of the restaurant but it was not explained to us that we were welcome to help ourselves. They also did not have one of the main entree items available that we ordered. The meal was good, although nothing special. Excluding our small dissatisfaction at the restaurant this hotel was amazingly beautiful and comfortable! And to boot-- all the food/snacks and drinks excluding alcohol were all complimentary! The grounds are nestled on the hills but they offer golf cart transportation anytime and anywhere within the property so don't worry about getting around.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Andaz Peninsula Papagayo stands quietly among the trees, overlooking the sapphire blue waters of Culebra Bay. With spectacular design, the first Latin American Andaz, was inspired by the organic forms and shapes of the native flora and fauna, using the shapes of cocoons and shells for the hotel's facilities, stimulating the senses of guests in new and refreshing ways. Each of the 153 rooms balance modern design with touches of character that blend into the natural surroundings, with woven textiles, solid woods and carved artifacts highlighting the rich Costa Rican aesthetic. Guestrooms and suites offer a spacious balcony with breathtaking bay and forest views. Four of the 21 suites feature plunge pools, and the Presidential Suite offer a private, full-sized pool. The unique gastronomic experience of the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo s Cuisine features three themed restaurants. Each one tells a story about our culture. Chao Pescao, a casual dining enclave nestled within the lush Guanacaste landscape offering a small plates menu and the mixologists' specialties, is our neighborhood place. Rio Bhongo, the meeting point, a place for everyone, a culinary "paseo"... Just like a farmer's market. Ostra is our signature restaurant, elegant, discreet and romantic, offering all kind of delicacies from the sea, carefully prepared using the most sophisticated culinary techniques. Totally open kitchens allow a distinctive interaction with chefs, making guests feel like if they were visiting family or the home of a friend. Onda Spa is a respite of energy, touch and evolution. Elevated into the trees of Costa Rica's rich tropical forest, guests at Onda set out on a journey to envigorate both body and soul. Blending Papagayo's culture, senses, smells and touches, treatments are individually tailored for each guest, directly addressing specific needs, goals and desires. Andaz Peninsula Papagayo has a free-flowing environment that means no desks, no processes, no formality and thus, no stress. The home-feel experience allows you to enjoy complimentary a health-minded mini bar, complimentary wi-fi through out the resort and a complimentary kids program. Hotels in this collection reflect the unique cultural scene and spirit of the surrounding neighborhood through their Andaz Salon program and are dedicated to creating natural and vibrant living spaces where travellers can indulge in their own personal sense of comfort and style. Andaz meaning personal style in Hindi, is infused with character and weaves itself into the fabric of its locale. Every detail is an opportunity to explore the uniqueness of the destination and every moment is a chance to discover something new. True to the Andaz brand, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo will reflect Costa Rica's Pura Vida philosophy, creating locally-inspired experiences and engaging guests in the local culture in a comfortable, unique atmosphere for which Andaz is known. ... more less
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