Hotel Review: Andaz Suite at the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica


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The Andaz Peninsula Papagayo is located near Liberia, Costa Rica and offers a great redemption value for Hyatt Gold Passport members as a Category 4 property, with rooms starting at 15,000 points per night.

Points + Cash is offered at $100 plus 7,500 points per night, and if you’re a holder of the Hyatt Visa card, you’re able to redeem your annual free night here.

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This is actually my 2nd time staying at the property since I liked it so much the first time. However, this time I decided to redeem a Diamond Suite Upgrade on my Points + Cash rate, and was able to score a Andaz Suite.

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Bedroom in Andaz Suite

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Living Room in Andaz Suite, offering partial view of the Bay

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Bathroom in Andaz Suite with dual vanity, bathtub and a rain shower.

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View from Andaz Suite

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Outdoor seating area from bedroom

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Welcome amenity consisting of mamon chinos.

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Living area had a swing when you entered, as well as a half bath.

Pool Areas:

The property has the main family pool as well as an adults only pool.

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Main family pool area

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Adult pool

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Adult pool

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Poolside cocktails

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Pools had towels, sunscreen, and even flip flops.

Dining Options:

The hotel offered a casual bar/restaurant serving drinks and tapas each night called Chao Pescao. Hyatt Diamond members are offered a local amenity of two glasses of sangria and an appetizer here.

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Chao Pescao
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Chao Pescao

Gym and Spa

The hotel features the Onda Spa which is nestled above in the trees. Guests have use the spa facilities which include a relaxation pool, steam rooms, changing facilities, and a gym.

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Spa Area

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Stairway down to gym
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Hotel gym
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Overview of the hotel

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Beach area

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View of the hotel from the peninsula

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Breakfast was served each morning at Rio Bhongo, and if you’re a Hyatt Diamond member the full buffet is included.

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Rio Bhongo

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Rio Bhongo

Bottom Line

The Andaz Peninsula Papagayo is a fantastic property if you’re looking to relax and unwind in Costa Rica. It’s about 45 minutes away from the Liberia Airport (LIR), which offers service from many airlines including United, American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, and Alaska.

Getting from the airport is easy, and you can either rent a car, take a shuttle, or a taxi. The hotel offers free parking, so you may want to consider having a car.

If you’re a Hyatt Diamond member, this is a great property to redeem your Diamond Suite Upgrades at. Their breakfast buffet is also great offering an assortment of items, including omlettes made to order.

Have you stayed at the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo before? Feel free to share your thoughts below!

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  1. Lovely property…lovely people. We just got back last month and thoroughly enjoyed this as a family vacation. We also used our DSU here. We loved the room – the kids loved the shower room. We didn’t call it a bathroom since the shower was so large. Watching the howler monkeys from the shower is an experience that I will probably not have anywhere else. Great job with the pictures. You captured the essence of the andaz papagayo!

  2. You talk about how to stay for free, yet don’t include how expensive the property actually is. How much did you spend on property, and for how many meals/drinks?

  3. What’s the deal with the poolside cocktails? Is it make your own cocktails on the honor system. Looks like an unusual setup.

  4. Hey, I was just there 9/1-9/7! If you completed your report right after ur stay we were there at the same time. I too wondered about those bottles set up at the pool. Seemed odd, I saw one guy mix his own but I’m not sure if they charged him or not. Anyway great property and good review. I gotta start writing my own blog. LOL family members go crazy over the pictures on Facebook when we go to these places

  5. How was the mosquito situation? Did you guys spend any time off site (report on other activities off site?)

    How did you guys get to/from the airport? How does the shuttle work? Is that the andaz shuttle or an airport shuttle? Do you know how much the shuttle is?

    Thanks for the trip report!

  6. @Angie i can comment on our trip. The resort shuttle is free (but doesn’t go to/from airport) and it can take you to two other Resorts nearby one of which is the Four Seasons which I recommend. Activities in the area abound but this Hyatt is somewhat isolated. The activities range from zip lining to horseback riding to volcano hiking and Beach hopping. We decided to go to Playa Conchal which was beautiful. There’s a Westin on Playa Conchal. The hotel shuttle will not take you to and from the airport. Airport transport I recommend looking into airport shuttles as it’s significantly cheaper then the transportation offered from the hotel. You might be best served to rent a car though if you want to do activities away from the resort. Our friends paid $300 for 7 days and it was totally worth it. The drive from the airport is easy if u rent at the airport. From the resort, airport is maybe 40 minutes. Most other attractions are 30+ minutes and some are an hour away from Andaz. If you’re into diving, look up Rocket Frog. They will pick u up at Andaz beach. Andaz has jet skis stand up paddle boards and kayaks. Jetskis are $ but everything else is complimentary. Hope that helps.

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