Guanacaste Travel Guide

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Andaz Hotels to Open in Papagayo in December

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  Site Where: Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
August 16, 2013 at 11:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Four Seasons Costa Rica Challenges Guests To Toss Their iPhones

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  Site Where: Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
December 6, 2012 at 5:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Where in Costa Rica Are Heidi and Spencer Faking Sex Tape Negotiations?

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  Site Where: Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
August 23, 2010 at 4:12 PM | by | Comments (2)

Are they or aren't they? That question about Heidi and Spencer can be asked of both their divorce proceedings and their sex tape aspirations.

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.

Yet given that Speidi sought out the Four Seasons Costa Rica in Guanacaste during a trip there last year, we think that's probably where they are showmancing it this time.

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Hotels for $100 or Less: The Hilton Papagayo in Costa Rica

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  Site Where: Playa Arenilla, Golfo de Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
April 21, 2009 at 12:58 PM | by | Comment (1)

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!