Our family experience at Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo

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Family PoolDaniel Haddad

Located on Peninsula Papagayo, one of Costa Rica’s most enviable locations, Andaz was the perfect luxury destination for our family in the stunning country. We were instantly captivated as we drove up to the five star resort. Sweeping ocean views, stylish meets modern rustic design, and impeccable service from the moment you arrive.

Perched above the sparkling blue ocean you have the best of both worlds being surrounded by lush jungle while benefitting from easy access to three picturesque beaches. We loved our beautiful guest room featuring decadent plush beds, a large open bathroom, and inviting outdoor terrace where we had monkeys visit daily.

There’s no shortage of places to relax or things to do while staying at Andaz. Dip into the trio of family pools highlighted by ocean views and sweeping trees. Enjoy a cocktail or refreshing shake from the VW bus converted into a bar, and wind down the stairs for an afternoon at the tranquil beach. Board the resort boat from shore or ride a few minutes in the shuttle and arrive at Andaz Beach House, a secluded rugged beach where you can dip into crystal clear waters and snorkel with schools of fish.

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Pool BarDaniel Haddad

The resort has thought of every detail from sun loungers and couches beneath the shady trees, plush towels and sunscreen as well as a full service restaurant and bar. If you’re looking to escape the children for a few quiet hours drop them of at the fun and interactive Cambi Kids Club while your relax at the tranquil adults only pool or indulge in a massage at the world class spa.

Dining is a mouthwatering highlight while staying at Andaz with gourmet options from morning to night. Delve into delicious breakfasts and healthy lunches at the laid back Rio Bhongo, delight in gastronomic dinners at seafood focused Ostra or the lively tapas bar at Chao Pescao. Every dish we tried was not only perfectly constructed but had great use of local ingredients while fusing Costa Rican and International influences for an amazing dining adventure.

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BeachDaniel Haddad

Whether you’re craving a quiet, solo holiday, fun family vacation, or romantic couples getaway, Andaz Papaygo will ensure you have a stay to remember. We loved every detail from the accommodating and friendly service to luxurious amenities and mouthwatering fare. It was extremely hard to leave and one of our favourite experiences while visiting beautiful Costa Rica.

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Shrimp CevicheDaniel Haddad

Ostra Restaurant

Ostra was one of our favourite dinner spots while staying at the luxurious Andaz Costa Rica. Featuring a romantic opening dining area overlooking the lush jungle and sparkling stars and a vibrant outdoor patio, it is a perfect spot for a date night, dinner with friends, or  a quiet evening with the family.

We loved the seafood heavy menu alongside Italian influences and delicious use of fresh, local ingredients. We started with the flavourful Cameron Ranchero Ceviche, the addictive Sliced Sea Bass Ceviche, and the richly decadent “Tartaro de Finca” Beef Tenderloin Tartare.

For main courses we couldn’t resist the tender and fragrant “Langosta a la Parrilla” Grilled Spiny Lobster Tail, and the impressive ‘Tagliatelle & Mariscos al Hierro” Tagliatelle with Butter-Seared Seafood with Crustacean-Tomato Sauce. Every bite paired perfectly with a well selected wine from their impressive list and we enjoyed the intimate ambiance and friendly service throughout our meal. A must try for foodies visiting the Papagayo area.

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ArracheraDaniel Haddad

Chao Pescao

Chao Pescao is Andaz Costa Rica’s buzzing tapas bar, perfect for a fun evening while staying at the luxurious resort. We loved the stylish design, welcoming terrace, and inviting staff ready to help us navigate the tempting South American inspired menu.  Dishes are separated by regions and countries giving you a taste of latin flavours and cooking techniques.

We couldn’t get enough of the innovative presentations and vibrant flavours alongside irresistible cocktails and wine menu. Highlights of our dinner included the juicy and smokey “Aracherra” Pan Seared Skirt Steak served with Smoked Tomato Sauce, the fragrant “Pargo Sudado” Poached Red Snapper in a Bisque, and the rich and indulgent “Cerdito de Cochabamba” Sour-Sweet Braised Pork Belly with a Tamarind reduction.  Every dish was full of flavour and textures and we loved the experience of sharing and delving into each plate that was brought to our table. A perfect spot for date night and a must try for foodies during their trip.

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CamaronesDaniel Haddad

Rio Bhongo

Delve into delicious fare and enjoy sweeping ocean views at Andaz Costa Rica’s all day dining destination. Rio Bhongo boasts a picturesque alfresco dining space surrounded by lush greenery and rustic decor. Start your day with freshly baked pastries, made to order eggs, and an array of fresh fruit and juices. Delight in the fresh breeze and say hello to the resident monkeys while you enjoy a leisurely start to your day.

We loved the mouthwatering a la carte menu served at lunch and dinner during our stay at Andaz. Highlights included the huge selection of fresh and healthy salads, delectable wood fired pizzas, and the flavourful locally inspired seafood dishes. Must try dishes include the juicy and vibrant Pan Seared Shrimp with Chipotle-Honey Sauce and the delicate and fragrant “El Pique” Blackened Mahi Mahi, as well as finishing with their indulgent summer ready ice cream sandwiches. Staff couldn’t be nicer and more accommodating, ensuring every meal at Rio Bhongo was an amazing family experience.

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Sea Bass TacosDaniel Haddad

Andaz Beach House

One of the best experiences while staying at Andaz is visiting their beach house set on their beautiful and secluded Costa Rican beach, Nacascolo. Choose to arrive by boat or shuttle and after a few mins ride you’ll find yourself setting foot on a rustic beach with crystal clear waters. The landscape was truly stunning and we loved the relaxed couches and sun loungers set beneath the shaded trees. Andaz Beach House offers a full service restaurant and bar so you can spend your day at the beach and have breakfast or lunch without returning to the main resort.

We loved the casual menu of tacos, burgers, and salads, alongside homemade ice cream and fresh fruit shakes. Highlights included the delicate fully loaded Seabass Tacos, refreshing and healthy Nacascolo Roll, and insanely juicy Beach House Burger. There are options sure to please the whole family so bring the kids and have an enjoyable day with amazing food, scenery, and nature.

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