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…
“The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt was desperately waiting for me.
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.
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.
Guanacaste, Costa Rica