From the minute I was greeted at this resort enjoyment began. The staff was always smiling and happy,attentive and pleased to be of service to you. This was present in all areas.It added to my enjoyment.The staff made you feel they were truly happy to be their for you. Your needs were anticipated and met with a sweet,kind, & pleasant attitude.You felt as if you were in their home. They were there to please you and that was done with a sense of pride which was so refreshing. They have figured out how to treat their guests so you felt as if you were a welcomed guest at this wonderful resort.The views from everywhere were a picture taking paradise.
Loved my room location. I faced the forest and could hear the waves on the shore of the bay and the howler monkeys...so funny . The doors open onto the deck/patio which faced the forest and when I took a shower (great shower head)it felt like I was outside....loved that.
The light comes on under the sink as soon as you approach it(nice touch) and that area was well lit.
The king size bed was comfortable as was the bed linens and pillows. The a/c was good and strong and appreciated after a day in the heat and sunshine.I appreciated having bottled water everyday and the fridge stocked as part of my room package I choose and loved the treats of tangerines and coconut goodies and cinnamon and sugar treats.The room was a great size and well appointed. The only drawback would be the lightening. I know this resort is eco friendly and I respect that however I would have to put on all the lights in order to see in all areas so I felt I was probably using more electricity then if it was more brightly lit and I would only need to use a light in the area I was in. Loved the dimmer switches..great for atmosphere and that is eco friendly.The curtains when drawn darken the room so it allowed me to sleep as late as I choose without bright light streaming in to wake me up. The infinity pools were delightful and well located with views of the bay and forest and our friends the monkeys. I so enjoyed watching them from the pools and beach and my room. The butterflies(my visit was from July 5-12)were spectacular,colorful and all around you and the amazing bright flowers which lined everywhere you walked. I love the location of this resort because your views were exciting whether it be of the pools or from the pools or forest or beaches .I scheduled a facial so I experienced the spa area.....not to be missed. That spot is so calming and relaxing and all products are from Costa Rica, pure and chosen carefully for your treatment. The food was great. Loved "Cheviche".Try it..so fresh and tasty. Each restaurants atmosphere was unique to itself and so were the menus. Enjoyed them all. Poolside service was fun. Someone would come by and offer you cold water with either apples in it or cucumbers or lemon or orange slices..quite refreshing and a sweet gesture. You can also order food at poolside. All the staff was spectacular and especially Michael Stevens,Xira,Caesar.
There is zip lining close by and there was also free snorkeling at the beach and you can arrange to play golf and visit another beach club associated with this resort. The pools at this location were awesome which included a lap pool too.
I hope to visit Costa Rica again some day.It's unique and memories were made I will treasure .
This a resort and experience I highly recommend... Pura Vida!!!! and Thanks for the memories.....Cathie Lowenbraun
- 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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