I never write reviews of hotels this is my first one and not only that I am still staying here another three nights. I just had to say this hotel is not only aesthetically beautiful with great amenities but the staff is so warm and friendly and awesome. The culture of the hotel is to let the staff be who they are and it makes for a wonderful experience for the guests. Now usually I like to keep to myself on vacation, I'm from NY and hate people who are too friendly but you can't help yourself as the personalities of the staff are infectious in the best possible way. Andrea a checked us in and right away my whole family was smiling at her vibrant personality yes even my two jaded teenagers. She gave us a tour of the grounds and we couldn't help but fall in love with the hotel and Andrea. At the Tapas bar we met Josefina who was originally from Argentina but came here for the waves and the natural beauty. She told us of some great places to see in the area and wrote everything down as well as giving us directions to a great lunch spot that we had to see while we are here. The food was also very delicious. We have just come from the rain forest and only had one good meal while we were there. After Tapas we played some ping pong in a beautifully appointed public room and caught a ride with Aaron a young man from San Jose, Costa Rica who was so sweet. Again the hotel is one of the best I've been in and it's a bit refreshing they don't nickel and dime you to death, The minibar is free and restocked every night. It's small things like this that make me feel like I'm not getting taken advantage of just because I'm on vacation. I love nice things and have worked hard for them I appreciate when I'm not just looked at as a giant wallet. That said it isn't cheap here but you get treated better than most at most high end hotels.
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- Andaz Peninsula Papagayo stands quietly among the trees, overlooking the sapphire blue waters of Culebra Bay. With spectacular design, the first Latin American Andaz, was inspired by the organic forms and shapes of the native flora and fauna, using the shapes of cocoons and shells for the hotel's facilities, stimulating the senses of guests in new and refreshing ways. Each of the 153 rooms balance modern design with touches of character that blend into the natural surroundings, with woven textiles, solid woods and carved artifacts highlighting the rich Costa Rican aesthetic. Guestrooms and suites offer a spacious balcony with breathtaking bay and forest views. Four of the 21 suites feature plunge pools, and the Presidential Suite offer a private, full-sized pool. The unique gastronomic experience of the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo s Cuisine features three themed restaurants. Each one tells a story about our culture. Chao Pescao, a casual dining enclave nestled within the lush Guanacaste landscape offering a small plates menu and the mixologists' specialties, is our neighborhood place. Rio Bhongo, the meeting point, a place for everyone, a culinary "paseo"... Just like a farmer's market. Ostra is our signature restaurant, elegant, discreet and romantic, offering all kind of delicacies from the sea, carefully prepared using the most sophisticated culinary techniques. Totally open kitchens allow a distinctive interaction with chefs, making guests feel like if they were visiting family or the home of a friend. Onda Spa is a respite of energy, touch and evolution. Elevated into the trees of Costa Rica's rich tropical forest, guests at Onda set out on a journey to envigorate both body and soul. Blending Papagayo's culture, senses, smells and touches, treatments are individually tailored for each guest, directly addressing specific needs, goals and desires. Andaz Peninsula Papagayo has a free-flowing environment that means no desks, no processes, no formality and thus, no stress. The home-feel experience allows you to enjoy complimentary a health-minded mini bar, complimentary wi-fi through out the resort and a complimentary kids program. Hotels in this collection reflect the unique cultural scene and spirit of the surrounding neighborhood through their Andaz Salon program and are dedicated to creating natural and vibrant living spaces where travellers can indulge in their own personal sense of comfort and style. Andaz meaning personal style in Hindi, is infused with character and weaves itself into the fabric of its locale. Every detail is an opportunity to explore the uniqueness of the destination and every moment is a chance to discover something new. True to the Andaz brand, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo will reflect Costa Rica's Pura Vida philosophy, creating locally-inspired experiences and engaging guests in the local culture in a comfortable, unique atmosphere for which Andaz is known. ... more less
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