Fodor's Expert Review Andaz Peninsula Papagayo

Peninsula Papagayo, next to Four Seasons Resort, Papagayo Peninsula, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Earth tones and natural details prevail in this Hyatt property created by architect Ronald Zürcher, who utilized indigenous woods, sugarcane, and bamboo in the design of the rooms, each contemporary and bright with ocean views. Golf carts transport guests to infinity pools and pod-shaped restaurants modeled after local seeds and cocoons. Standard rooms are housed in three-story buildings, and have rain showers, enclosed balconies, and complimentary bonuses such as minibars, Wi-Fi, sunhats, and sandals. The three restaurants infuse Latin flavors, but the tapas bar is your best option for exceptional cocktails. The Onda Spa includes local products in its treatments, and the deep-tissue massage is conducted with sugarcane reeds. Just past the adult pool is a jungle trail that leads to two small coves. Children under 12 stay free, and the Family Plan provides a 50% discount on a connected room for children. Request a room in Building 3 for the best view of the bay. This hillside property is spread out, so expect to do a fair amount of walking unless you request a golf-cart ride.


  • friendly staff
  • free Kids' Club
  • design reflects natural surroundings


  • pricey meals
  • rooms have dim lighting
  • small and rocky beach
  • inconsistent service


On the beach


Phones: -2690–1234


132 rooms, 21 suites
Rate Includes: No meals

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