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The Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort is located on the Pacific coast of north-west Costa Rica in the scenic region of dry tropical forest, volcanic peaks and the sapphire blue waters of Culebra Bay. Infinity pools, locally-inspired interiors and a treetop spa - this is five-star eco-luxury at its best.
Featuring 153 deluxe guestrooms and suites, the resort combines vibrancy with style through a mixture of indigenous culture, tropical forest images and modern touches. Each room (and its en suite rain shower) has a beautiful view over the gardens or Culebra Bay and the four most exclusive suites have a private plunge pool.
By day, bask in the sun at the pool bar open for refreshing cocktails and light lunches, a welcome break from your action-packed itinerary. By night, enjoy the ambiance around the open kitchen as you take your time over the varied menu of international and local dishes, including freshly-caught-that-very-same-day seafood. Live Latin music will whisk you off your feet and the rest of your evening is history.
Costa Rica is all about variety so you won't be twiddling your thumbs. To catch some rays, head to the loungers around the cascading pool or swing a racket at the tennis court. For pampering, the treetop spa awaits, with nine treatment rooms and a menu of ways to ensure you leave feeling energised and refreshed. The hotel's two beaches are a haven for water babies offering great opportunities to surf, sail, dive, snorkel and fish. Alternatively, venture a little further from the resort and tee off at Arnold Palmer's championship golf course or trek through surrounding national parks and volcanoes. You certainly can't do that everyday.
Why we love it
Carved into the hillside overlooking the bay, all bamboo and wood, this resort is beautifully designed. They aren't modest about the views either - be wowed from your indoor-outdoor shower or glass-fronted spa treatment room.
Saskia, Original Traveller