Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) opened Andaz Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica’s most anticipated new property and the second Andaz resort to open following Andaz Maui at Wailea in early September 2013.
Located on the northwest Pacific coast of the country, the resort offers sweeping views of the Bay of Culebra with quiet and privileged views of the ocean, forest, and the country’s untouched natural beauty.
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“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the Andaz brand and a world-class resort to such a desirable and unique destination in Latin America, ” said Michael Schmid, general manager of Andaz Peninsula Papagayo. “Costa Rica is full of rich culture and history, and we can’t wait to provide our guests with new and inspiring experiences that will help them feel like a true local during their stay.”
“Pura Vida, ” a phrase widely used in Costa Rica that characterizes its modern culture, means “Pure Life” and is an expression symbolizing the idea of simply enjoying life and being happy. Andaz ideals reflects Costa Rica’s “Pura Vida” philosophy.
Renowned Costa Rican architect, Ronald Zurcher, created the resort’s pre-colonial design, which seamlessly blends organic and contemporary concepts with the country’s rich heritage.
Situated on 28 oceanfront acres, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo features 153 guest rooms, including 21 luxury suites and 8, 200 square feet of flexible meeting space.
Guestrooms and suites offer spacious balconies with breathtaking bay views and balance modern design with touches of local character, including woven textiles, solid woods and carved artifacts to create an authentic, local feel.
Zurcher imagined a gathering of animals and used the shapes of cocoons and shells for the hotel’s facilities to create an intriguing design meant to stimulate the senses of guests in new and refreshing ways.
“The hotel’s design is meant to seamlessly integrate Papagayo’s beautiful environment and its unique local heritage, and I was particularly inspired by the organic forms and shapes of the native flora and fauna of the peninsula, ” said Zurcher. “The effect will translate into a feeling of groundedness for both guests and associates of Andaz Peninsula Papagayo. Costa Rica is known for its peace-loving attitude, and I felt that tapping into Mother Nature’s energy was the best way to connect the resort with the overall vibe of the country.”
Andaz Peninsula Papagayo offers a variety of dining options, including three restaurants. Chao Pescao Small Plates & Bar
Ostra is the hotel’s specialty restaurant, designed to emulate a private residence. Focusing on all the fresh seafood Costa Rica has to offer, Ostra features three live culinary stations. Rio Bhongo is the hotel’s three-meal, open-air restaurant and features a wine stand, as well as a coffee shop with the finest Costa Rican chocolate and tea.
The hotel also offers outdoor and ocean activities, Spa with nine treatment rooms and an array of therapeutic treatments, along with a 24-hour gym.
A private accessible beach for Andaz Peninsula Papagayo guests ensures isolation from crowds, two swimming pools , studios with integrated audiovisual systems, a fully equipped open kitchen.
Upon opening, twin brothers and surf enthusiasts, Alex and Mike Faherty, co-founders of the Faherty Brand, will provide guests with their own “How to Surf Costa Rica” guide. Created exclusively for the hotel, the guide reveals the hottest, hidden surf spots in all of Costa Rica.
“As a brand, we are deeply committed to supporting the communities that Andaz hotels call home, and we are thrilled to be working with local talent in Costa Rica to help drive unique cultural experiences for our guests, ” said Sara Kearney, Vice President of Brands for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. “As the brand continues to grow in exciting destinations, we will continue to stay true to the Andaz DNA and work with the locals who help define and represent all that these locations have to offer.”