Guanacaste Travel Guide
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The other week, we were chatting to a friend of ours that we knew was traveling in Costa Rica. She sent us a few snaps of the hotel she was staying at, including the pretty killer view from a room above. Being who we are, we asked the most important question: which hotel?
The response? “It’s this place called Andaz, which I think may be related to Hyatt? But it’s not at all like a Hyatt.” We nearly fell off our chair: we were talking to someone inside Andaz Peninsula Papagayo that very minute, a hotel we duly obsessed over when it opened, based on the renderings and descriptions of native Costa Rican architect Ronald Zurcher having "imagined a gathering of animals and used the shapes of cocoons and shells for the hotel's facilities...to stimulate the senses of guests in new and refreshing way".
Having laughed at us and called us a hotel freak (guilty), she sent us some more photos our way, which we of course had to share. The more we saw, the more we liked it, it was all so good… until it wasn’t, and Andaz broke our heart a little bit. Here’s why.
We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.
When contributor JetsetCD toured the Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo in 2011, she was impressed with the pool and beach options, the bi-level spa, a putt-putt course (in addition to an Arnold Palmer 18-hole course), a grass tennis court and the surprise sightings of white-faced monkeys, howler monkeys, Coatis and iguanas.
All this and more made it not surprising that the room rate hovered at nearly $400 a night. But now there's even more to be wowed about at the resort, thanks to a new "property enhancement" aka renovation.
Above is how the resort looked when JetsetCD popped in. Keep reading to see what the resort looks like today!
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Andaz Hotels was supposed to open their Maui property yesterday but alas, that's been pushed back to September 1st.
The good news is room rates have dropped a bit from $509 to $409 a night.. We hope this new opening date sticks. But in the meantime, we'll be fantasizing about the next Andaz to open--Andaz Papagayo.
Reservations for this Costa Rican resort will start in December. The property is planning 153 guest rooms along with 21 funky luxury suites and should feature "modern designs with touches of local character." There will also be three restaurants, a bar, two swimming pools, a private beach and an 11,000-sq.ft. spa, along with other amenities. No word on room rates but we should
hope think it will be cheaper than Maui.
[Photo: Andaz Papagayo]
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People swear when they go on vacation they are going to “disconnect” from the trappings of technology, jobs, and whatnot. What we’ve found? Many of them are filthy liars.
They lose their ever-loving minds if their room is without a television, nevermind cable, have fits of despair without WiFi, and if there aren't enough outlets to plug in all of the toys they swore they weren't bringing along on their getaway? Best get outta the way because there'll probably be hell to pay.
Well, the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo has thrown down a gauntlet, a challenge of sorts with its “Disconnect to Reconnect” idea.
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But what we really want to know is where are they holding these fake negotiations about their sex tapes? TMZ is reporting that the fame-seeking duo are happily vacationing at a resort in Costa Rica while publicly acting like there's a divorce war on with sex tapes at the center of the battle. The report doesn't mention where Heidi and Spencer are vacationing and when we actually tried to watch the TMZ video for clues (we know, gag), it crashed our browser.
All this week, we'll be profiling hotels for $100 or less. Yay! Know of any other bargains? Send 'em to us.
Before we launch into our next deal for $100 or less, allow us to give you an update on The Shorebreak Hotel: We told you yesterday that rooms were going for exactly $100 in the hotel's first 100 days of opening, but that deal was only good for folks who lived within 100 miles of the hotel. However, thanks to BookIt.com, anyone can score this hotel for $99 during the week and $129 on Friday and Saturday. But hurry, you must book by April 22.
And speaking of BookIt.com, there's another deal over there that has caught our eye: The Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort and Spa in Guanacaste is going for $49 on BookIt.com. The hotel just received a major renovation and now all rooms have modern amenities like flat-screen TVs, the Hilton Serenity Sleep collection of linens and sheets, and Crabtree and Evelyn toiletries.
This $49 rate also includes a free upgrade to an ocean view hotel room, but the rate is based on double occupancy. It's good for travel May 1 through June 30 and again from September through October, but you MUST book by April 22.
Glancing at TripAdvisor, the reviews are mostly positive, however guests do complain that the resort is very secluded and that the hotel's restaurants aren't the best places to eat every day. But considering some folks paid $159 and up for rooms here, you'll have plenty of cash left to take a cab out to a restaurant a couple nights if you like.
Have you stayed at the Hilton Papagayo Resort? Let us know how your stay was!