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Andaz Papagayo In Costa Rica To Open On December 15, 2013

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Following fast on the heels of the recent official opening of the Andaz Maui, Hyatt has announced that it would be opening the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica on December 20, 2013, become the brand’s first property in central America. I’ve never been to Costa Rica, but this resort may be the catalyst to change that!

The Andaz Papagayo

The Andaz Papagayo will open on December 15, 2013.

Until now, Andaz has been more of a city brand, with properties in New York, LA, San Diego, London, Shanghai, Amsterdam and more, but after the Maui resort, this will be the second Andaz property to open as a beach resort destination – which is good for those of us who like to use our points for exotic getaways and time at the beach.

The Location

The property is located on a 2,223-acre planned development site that covers two peninsulas along the Papagayo Gulf in Costa Rica’s Bay of Culebra. The resort itself is on a 28-acre area adjacent to Marina Papagayo, and will feature 153 guestrooms (of which 21 will be luxury suites), 8,200 square feet of meeting space, and a variety of amenities including three themed restaurants, a marina bar, ocean activities,  and a spa and fitness center.

The international airport in Liberia (LIR) is a 20-minute drive away, and there are frequent connections to San Jose (the country’s capital) and the US. American Airlines flies direct from Miami and Dallas Fort Worth, and Delta flies from Atlanta. United has direct flights from Houston and Newark, while US Airways has one weekly flight from Charlotte. San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) has regular connections to several gateway cities in the US, Europe and Latin America.

The breathtaking surroundings add to the allure of the Andaz Papagayo.

The breathtaking surroundings add to the allure of the Andaz Papagayo.

For outdoor enthusiasts, the Marina Papagayo has 180 boat slips and offers a full menu of boating services for the yachting community including sport fishing. Golfers can hit the 18-hole Arnold Palmer championship golf course on the development.

Along with what look like they’ll be breathtaking surroundings the Andaz Papagayo is being designed with a distinctly Latin American aesthetic conceived by native Costa Rican architect Ronald Zurcher whose overriding idea is to reflect the surrounding natural environment and create welcoming spaces based on the shapes of cocoons and shells among its facilities.

Rooms

A King room at the Andaz Papagayo.

A Standard King room at the
Andaz Papagayo.

The decor of the 153 guestrooms is meant to blend contemporary design with touches of local character including woven textiles, solid wood fixtures, and carved artifacts, all while featuring Andaz’s signature modern conveniences such as complimentary WiFi, a 40-inch flatscreen TV, cable and satellite TV channels, complimentary non-alcoholic minibar and floor-to-ceiling windows. Relax King provide an extra special touch in the form of a spacious balcony overlooking the jungle with a walk-in rain shower opening up onto it.

A view of the jungle from the Andaz suite.

A view from the Andaz Suite.

The Andaz Suite is a corner room with over 1,000 square feet of space, and opens up onto a balcony overlooking where the waters of Culebra Bay meet the forest. An extra-large bathroom includes a soaking tub and separate oversized walk-in rain shower. Four of the 21 suites will feature plunge pools, and the Presidential Suite will offer a private, full-size private pool.

Other Amenities

Dining

There will be three dining options at the Latin American property.

The Andaz Papagayo has a fitness center with state-of-the-art cardio and training equipment overseen by certified trainers, who also host full training sessions outdoors. Afterwards, guests can enjoy a relaxing treatment at the 11,000 square-foot spa – with 7 indoor and 2 outdoor rooms – or sit in the sauna, steam room or jacuzzi. Water sports include: snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, kite surfing and jet skiing, or two swimming pools offer space to simply enjoy the sun.

There will be three restaurants onsite, with a focus on Costa Rican cuisine and culture and a farm-to-table philosophy that will incorporate local ingredients.

I’m personally a fan of the Andaz brand – I’ve enjoyed several of their properties, I like the laidback contemporary vibe, amenities like free WiFi, and the fact that many of them allow you to pull very good value from Hyatt points if you choose to redeem them for stays, so I’m excited to check out this new property as well as the one in Maui to see how the brand’s expansion into beach destinations will play out.

Getting Free Nights With Credit Cards and Points
Currently taking reservations from January 3, 2014 onwards, room rates start at $550 per night in January for a Standard King room. As part of the Hyatt Gold Passport, this will be a Category 6 hotel and will require 22,000 Gold Passport points for a free night.

There is also a resort fee of 10% of the room rate that includes: Scheduled transportation within Peninsula Papagayo to Beach Club and Golf Course, bottled still water throughout the resort (at pools, beach and Lounge), use of water sports equipment at the activity beach; stand up paddle, kayak, skim boards, snorkling gear, gym amenities (towels, waters, attendant), pool amenities (towels, insect repellent, F&B amenities, water), daily newspaper with breakfast, valet parking, Cambi – Kid’s club and children facilities.

Hyatt currently has a Visa card that offers two free nights at any Hyatt property after $1,000 spent within 3 months, $75 annual fee and Hyatt is also a 1:1 transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards, the points program of the Chase Ink Plus/ Bold (both offering 50,000 point sign-up bonuses after $5,000 spent within 3 months, $95 annual fee waived the first year) and the Sapphire Preferred (40,000 point sign-up bonus after $3,000 spent within 3 months, $95 annual fee waived the first year.)

For my prior reviews of Andaz properties and more background on the brand, read these posts below:

Hotel Review: Andaz Loft Suite At The Andaz 5th Avenue

Video Review: The Andaz 5th Avenue Splash Suite

Andaz West Hollywood Review

How To Get Two Free Nights At The Andaz Maui

Hotel Review: Andaz Shanghai

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  • Heather L. Cannady

    Possible that it’s sold out already? Can’t make a res for the 3rd or the 4th.

  • http://www.robhensley.com/ Rob

    Already have a four night stay booked in May, looking forward to it.

  • Reisen

    I stayed five nights at the Four Seasons Penninsula Papagayo as part of my honeymoon a few years ago (2006). I’m assuming this is close by.

    Liberia airport was pretty easy to get in and out of, and you can hop short domestic flights to other parts of Costa Rica. I think there were some good surfing spots close by, and most everyone speaks English. There are a couple of fantastic golf courses nearby, as well.

    The only real downside is the roads are pretty poor. I’d liken it to Maui before it got so developed, but with better prices, and worse roads.

    I need to start racking up some Hyatt points for a vacation here.

  • Jeff F.

    Brian, you might want to check in on it yourself, but when I inquired about using the Hyatt two free nights, about a month ago for a December Holiday time stay, the GM relayed back that certain times of year required a 5-night stay even if using the two free. I’m not sure how things have evolved with their inventory management, but since this is an uber-gorgeous and expensive property…do other Andaz/Hyatt properties require a similar minimum?

  • Brandon

    LIR is a fantastic airport to fly in and out of- it’s a little ways out past the city, but it’s close to a Costa Rican city with a lot of smaller town charm. The only problem with Papagayo, however, is you definitely need to rent a car or get a rather expensive taxi- and everything’s a manual down there.

    That said, they continually redevelop the terminal- it’s on its third iteration. And almost all of the staff at the airport speak flawless English (which was a disappointment for me- I speak fluent Spanish!) and are ridiculously friendly. The only catch is that the airport, being largely a tourist airport, has some crazy inflated prices ($13 for a meal at Quizno’s!). Also don’t forget about the departure tax (29 USD).

  • Beth

    Does anyone know what the $45/day resort fee at Andaz Papagayo covers? Or if it is waived for Diamonds?

  • Cory

    I didn’t see anything about a $45/ day resort fee. Can you please provide a link?

  • Johnny

    “I’ve never been to Costa Rica, but this resort may be the catalyst to change that!”
    Wow. If it takes a new resort to finally motivate you to go and visit a spectacular place like Costa Rica with all it has to offer, I think it’s safe to say our traveling priorities…let’s just say they differ. I prefer to explore and experience the land and culture of the places I visit by actually getting out into it. Not much time to waste lounging around yet another generic, artificial, chain hotel/resort no matter what brand of shampoo or bottled water they provide. I can experience all that a few miles from my own home should I ever want to waste my time and money/points.
    But each to his/her own so carry on!

  • thepointsguy

    I’m The Points Guy so it is my job to maximize points and try out new properties around the world. Of course it is all about the destination- but when you earn your living maximizing points, new properties like this are often the catalyst to take a trip.

  • www.Fishing4Deals.com

    I agree with Johnny. On my trip to Costa Rica I: climbed the Arenal Volcano at night; saw the monkeys near the beach at Manual Antonio National Park; paddled a dugout canoe through Tortuguero National Park; and hiked in Corcovado National Park rainforest. Rustic accommodations all over the country were a big part of the adventure!

  • NguyenVanFalk

    Dude, Costa Rica and New Zealand should absolutely be on your short list of new places to visit. Two of the most beautiful, chill, exciting countries on Earth.

  • Beth

    If you book a reservation on the hotel website, you’ll see taxes and a resort fee added below the room subtotal. It actually works out to be 10% of the daily rate, not a flat $45/day. The dates I chose had a daily rate of $450, which is why I thought it was $45. So if your rate is $500/day, then the resort fee is $50, etc.

  • Beth

    I contacted Andaz Papagayo via their Facebook page regarding the resort fee; the following is the response I received.

    Here’s what the resort fee includes —

    . Scheduled transportation within Peninsula Papagayo

    . bottled still water throughout the resort (at pools, beach and Lounge)

    . use of non-motorized water sports equipment at the activity beach; stand up paddle, kayak, skim boards, snorkling gear

    . gym usage (towels, waters, attendant)

    . pool usage (towels, insect repellent, F&B amenities, water)

    . daily newspaper with breakfast

    . valet parking

    . Cambi – children facilities

  • Cory

    Thank you for letting me know. As I booked a room on points I didn’t see the resort fee information. I will reach out to them to confirm there will not be a resort fee on award stays.

  • Clarice

    Costa Rica is one of the most beautiful places on earth to visit and stay. Its a paradise on Earth. Costa Rica’s overwhelming beauty, fresh air and environment, good food, warm welcoming locals are the reasons why Costa Rica is A perfect destination for vacation. Also the treat to Costa Rica visit is catalyzed by beautiful luxurious resorts in Costa Rica like that of Andaz Papagayo.

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