Nestled in a location that is second to none, where the Gulf of Papagayo meets the sapphire blue waters of Culebra Bay, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort extends over a vast hillside (call for a golf cart if the uphill hike in the heat becomes too much) with breathtaking views over the ocean and the mountainous behind. The reason to travel to this Andaz Papagayo Resort is to bathe in infinity pools shaded by jicaro trees and framed by views of the cobalt blue bay.
The 153 deluxe vibrant yet stylish rooms become one with the lush natural vegetation found behind the resort. The look is modern with lots of wood and stone. Rainforest showers open up to the balcony. Ask for a room on a higher floor if possible as the view is beautiful! Other nice touches include free stocked mini-bar, free wifi and a flat screen TV.
Pools And Wildlife
There are and 2 cascading outdoor pools. The main infinity pool (complete with complimentary sun tan lotion) overlooks the trees where monkeys pass by. Sit out by this pool in the evening and expect to see families of white-faced monkeys jump past in the trees making their way down to the beach. There are also iguanas and lizards, hummingbirds and butterflies that are attracted to the flowers in and around the resort. It gives you a real ‘away from home’ experience.
Spend the afternoon on one of two of the resorts secluded sandy beaches. The Prieta Beach Club which is about 15 minutes away by shuttle is offered exclusively to the Andaz and Four Seasons guests. The black sand hotel beach is closer, shaded by trees with a drink and towel service, countless beach chairs, free kayaks and snorkelling gear. The more active can play a spot of tennis, schedule some tee time on a championship golf course or explore the lush natural trails through the coastal mountains in Rincón de la Vieja National Park, Marina Papagayo and Palo Verde National Park.
It is worth mentioning that December to April is the dry season in Costa Rica so you are guaranteed sunshine but the landscape becomes more parched. From May to November you may have to endure more rain but the jungle is emerald-green. Whenever you decide to visit, this Andaz Papagayo is stunning and has made it onto “The Hot List” of Conde Nast Traveller in the UK and USA and Travel + Leisures IT LIST- so it is not just me that thinks this place is rather special.
Andaz Papagayo features in our best luxury resorts in Papagayo.
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