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Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, Costa Rica

by Julie Baxter | January 2018

"This property’s stylish contemporary reception welcomes guests with a wow factor and its location - fringing the bay - ensures spectacular views throughout. Somewhat away from the nearest town, there are local touches embedded across the operation and local flavours dominate in the restaurants. Staff are excellent, friendly and efficient, nothing is too much trouble."

THE BACKGROUND: A Hyatt property, this luxury resort has been designed to capture the native spirit of Costa Rica with low-impact eco architecture and distinctive ‘Pura Vida’ (pure life) philosophy and many local touches.

THE LOCATION: 25 minutes drive from Liberia Airport, the 153-room resort is set within the immaculate grounds of the purpose-built resort peninsula. Every room has stunning views of the ocean across a calm, expansive bay.

THE ROOM: Bright and contemporary, the highlight of my room was the balcony complete with sofa, ceiling fan and fabulous view. The floor to ceiling fold back doors extend to the bathroom so the walk-in rainforest shower can be open to the view too. Complimentary extras include flipflops and sunhat, wifi, snacks and soft drinks minibar (refreshed daily) and top-end toiletries.

KEY FACILITIES: There are two pool areas (one for adults only which is regularly visited by wild white faced monkeys) and two private beaches with complimentary watersports. A 15-minute shuttle ride connects to a further beach and the Beach House restaurant, sun loungers with waiter service and watersports. There is also a kids club, laundry service and the beautiful Onda spa, plus a range of daily activities from mixology or cerviche classes to guided hikes and kayak tours.

RESTAURANTS & BARS: The three restaurants each have a Latin vibe and include the open-air Rio Bhongo, serving lavish breakfasts and international cuisine all day; Chao Pescao serving local tapas, and the high-end Ostra where seafood and the local cerviche are the speciality.

RATES: From around £400 a night (February) for a double bedded room.

THE DETAILS: A: Peninsula Papagoya Guanacaste, Costa Rica W: andazpapagayo.com T: +506 2690 1234 E: gscenter.papagayo@andaz.com

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