My husband and I are staying at a vacation home for our honeymoon. We decided to enjoy a dinner out at Rio Bhongo. As soon as we parked our car we were greeted at the door by a kind man. He walked us in and asked where we wanted to eat. He recommended Rio Bhongo for the evening. He was spot on with the atmosphere and view overlooking the pool. He was kind enough to take us on the golf cart to the restaurant. The restaurant had couples, families, and groups. Everyone seemed to be smiling and having a wonderful night. We were greeted by our waiter, Michael (El Gato). I wanted to have a red wine and he recommended Tempranillo. Yummmmyyyy! I wrote the name
down so I can remember to find it when we get home. We love trying the items the server's recommend and Michael was 100% on target with all of his recommendations. He suggested the beef and cheese
empanadas. Best ever!!!! Crisp and flakey...yum!!! I ordered beef tacos and my husband ordered the sea bass. Both of which was delicious and so fresh! As if we were not full enough, we went ahead and ordered dessert. Michael recommended Tres Leche and the Bread Pudding. We ordered both and at it ALL! Michael and the other servers were all beyond kind and the service they gave was far beyond most restaurants. Our hats off to the chef because the food was phenomenal. We will come back again before we leave because of the service, food, and atmosphere!
- 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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