Andaz is one of those hotels that make you feel sexy, and who doesn’t like that? 
This hotel is a very cool twist from most luxury hotels that Costa Rica has to offer.
From the hip looking guys who welcome you dressed in turquoise slim pants and grey shirt, the girl with a short dress and cool hat, you feel you have arrived to a special place. 
 
Two sleek water fountains at the entrance already made me love the great design by Ronal Zurcher, Costa Rica’s top architect.
Entrance to the Hotel

 

The laid back check in, where you just seat and relax facing the gulf of Papagayo while they take care of you is very pleasant. 
We then jumped on the golf cart to take a quick look of the hotel and went to our room. 
Look out from the hotel’s driveway

 

The room is cool and very well-designed. They use a mix of different woods, stones and natural color fabrics that flow nicely with the ocean view.
 
View from the room
Cool Costa Rican woods were used for the furniture
 

We headed to the pool and then grab lunch. The food was good. Some portions are very small and pricey like the grilled red snapper, it was more like a “kids under 10 portion”, not kidding. My salad was ok; the dressings need Batali’s help. Burgers are the winners, specially the one made with chorizo, I’m still craving that.
Service:. the personnel is very friendly, but need to become more professional. One thing to keep in mind is that the hotel opened 3 months ago, so hopefully it will get better soon.

Then headed to the shady beach. What’s more desirable at the beach than laying under the shade with almost no one around you and a good book? Add to this scene the great February breeze and you’ll stay there for ours, as I did. Andaz has 2 small beaches, both facing the Gulf of Papagayo. One of the 2 offers complementary paddle boards and snorkelling equipment. They also rent boats to go fishing and other few tour options. Fishing seemed good; a few people came during the day pretty content with their catch.

 

 

By 5pm we headed to the cool bar, Chao Pescao, where they have a Happy Hour on weekdays from 4:30 to 6:30. Only a couple of drinks are 2 x1, so make sure to ask your server.

The cocktails are great. They have a bar with fresh herbs and 2 mixiologists creating really interesting mixes. I had a version of a Cosmo and a great Costa Rican draft beer Segua. The tapas are ok, good to accompany those drinks. We stayed a few hours and headed to the room…

chao pescao bar at andaz


“The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt was desperately waiting for me.
Good night.

Second Day at the Andaz …

8am:  I’m at the room’s terrace listening to the birds and facing the ocean whith a cup of Costa Rican coffee…
After an hour of writing I’m heading to the gym, need to earn my breakfast which I heard is great.

 
I’ll get back to you later on today. 
I have much more to tell you… food, drinks, service.
 
11:30am
Well, now I’m ready and energized after a quick workout and an almost healthy breakfast to tell you a bit more about Andaz.
The gym is a medium size space down stairs from the Spa. Nice windows and good equipment. I could imagine the space being too full during high season though. If you are a runner or enjoy going for a long walk, choose instead to exit the hotel and go for a run from the Andaz to the Four Seasons, about 6km. You could also stop by the Prieta Beach Club, half way between both hotels. Check to see if they will pick you up from the Four Seasons, I believe the concierge from the Andaz will do that at no charge. The 4S charges $60 for that service!
Breakfast was really good, as one would expect from a hotel like this. They offer a buffet or a la carte. Nice selection of fruit juices and tasty Costa Rican fresh fruit was the highlight for me, oh and the croissants really buttery….
Golfo de Papagayo
Fruit Juices at Beakfast
Headed back to the beach…
We skipped  lunch since breakfast was a big meal. 
By 5:30pm we were back at Chao Pescao… today the specialty drink was an extravagant “smoked rosemary gin tonic, quite peculiar.

 

Dinner at “Ostra Restaurant” was very relaxing. A nice restaurant facing the ocean. The menu consist of ceviches, some warm appetisers and about 6 main courses to choose from.
The Ceviche I ordered was so delicious, I wished I had ordered 4 of them. The portion is a tiny joke with a tag price of $20… not the kind of jokes I like.
Main courses ($40) were better sized; I personally didn’t  like my fish, nor my husbands. Nice presentation on all of them but taste too flat and boring. Someone else at the table had the beef, it was really tasty. The desserts ($10), were simply ok. I’m a foodie and want to make sure I give you all my experience as it was. The service was better here than at other meals, relaxed and professional.
The waitress said the menu is changing, probably since other guests have thought the same.
I do have to tell you that the ambience and the setting is picture perfect. Go for a glass of wine while they fix the menu.
 

 

Back to bed… oh yes… not the beds nor the bedding are top quality, they defenetly could be much better. 
A real problem was the AC, the way it blows on your face at night. Don’t really know how they will fix this, so uncomfortable.
If you are like me and enjoy a very dark room, these rooms won’t please you a 100%. They have sensor lights and night lights under the bathroom cabinets that unless you try hard like I did, it will be on all night. Natural light comes inn early in the morning, so bring your eye mask!
Just before leaving I asked if I could check the suites to tell you about them.
Andaz offers 5 great suites, which have a living/ dinning room, a kitchenette, separate bedroom with large closet and a larger bathroom with a free standing bathtub. The terrace is large with its own plunge pool, lounge chairs and a hammock. The only thing missing here was privacy since they are located at the corners of the buildings too close to the hotel’s pools. Probably landscape will eventually provide the privacy it lacks today.

 

 
With close attention to detail Andaz will solve the little things their missing.
If you are looking for an extravagant and romantic getaway in Guanacaste, this is a great choice. 
 
My rating:
Rooms:         4/5
Service:        3.5/5
Ambience:    4/5
Decor:           4.5/5
Food:            3/5

Hyatt Hotels
Peninsula Papagayo
Guanacaste,  Costa Rica 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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