Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo by Hyatt – located in the hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the Papagayo Peninsula in Guanacaste – is one of the most unique places for a luxury destination wedding in Costa Rica. For this installment of our series on the Most Unique Wedding Destinations in Costa Rica, we interviewed Maria Victoria – Andaz’s Events Planner, and Jose Carlos Contreras – their Marketing representative, who organized an extensive tour of Andaz Costa Rica, from its accommodations and wedding day event venues. Thank you María and Juan Carlos!
LOCATION & TRANSPORTATION
The resort is located on the Papagayo Peninsula in Guanacaste. The nearest airport is Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia (LIR), and is about a 40-minute drive to the resort. Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in San Jose is the other international airport in Costa Rica and is between 3.5 – 4 hours from Andaz by car. If arriving at SJO, charter flights to LIR are available from where you can arrange ground transportation with Andaz to the resort.
REPUTATION, HISTORY & DESIGN
Andaz Costa Ricais a 5-Star luxury resort that has been hosting Costa Rica destination weddings since (date). Designed by Ronald Zürcher of the renowned Costa Rican architect firm Zürcher Architectos, the resort incorporates the natural beauty of the mountains and rainforest, as well as the cultural and artistic influences of Costa Rica’s indigenous population into the design of its guest rooms, restaurants, and other structures. As such guests are immersed in the amazing culture, flora, and fauna of Costa Rica, and can experience all the beautiful and exotic creatures that call it home wherever they may be at the resort.
WHY ANDAZ IS SO UNIQUE
There isn’t just one feature that makes the Andaz so unique. In addition to its beautiful design, the sprawling resort is isolated in the rainforest-covered hills facing the Pacific Ocean in an isolated and sparsely populated area of the Papagayo Peninsula, creating a serene space in which guest have constant and direct contact with nature. Its spacious and distinctly designed luxury guest rooms – some with ocean views and others with forest and mountain views – its amazing and diverse restaurants, its infinity pools with ocean views, and its world-class spa ensure guests an unforgettable experience. Not readily apparent, yet one of its most notable characteristics making Andaz uniquely unique, is the resort’s emphasis on providing an informal, friendly, down-to-earth customer experience while remaining professional, making guests feel as if they are family.
BEST TIME FOR ANDAZ WEDDING
Shopping for your dress, choosing the invitations, selecting the flowers, cake, entrees, and the . . . can overshadow two very important considerations in planning a destination wedding: The climate and the busy season, two factors that can make or break your wedding day.
The Papagayo Peninsula is located in the northwest of Guanacaste, Costa Rica’s hottest and driest province, especially in the areas along the Pacific Coast. The dry season runs from late November to late May, with February and March experiencing the least rainfall. The green season is from late May to late November, with August, September, and October experiencing occasional showers that generally last between 30 minutes to an hour usually in the afternoon, leaving guest to enjoy marvelous summer mornings.
BUSY & SLOW SEASONS
Early to mid December marks the commencement of the busy season in Papagayo, which peaks in February and ebbs in late May.
WEDDING PLANNING SERVICES
Andaz Costa Rica will tend to all your wedding-day needs. You have a few options when it comes to weddings a Andaz. You can rely on their in-house wedding planners or your can find an independent wedding planner that better fits your needs and wants. To help you find the wedding organizer that’s the right fit for your wedding, visit our 7 Reasons You Should Choose a Wedding Planner and How to Choose a Wedding Planner pages.
BRIDAL PREPARATION SERVICES
Prefer to prepare in your room on your wedding day? No problem. You can have your hair styled and makeup done in the comfort of your room, as well as a manicure and pedicure. Or, have it all done at Onda Spa.
CEREMONIES – TYPES & SIZES
Andaz Papagayo accommodates all types of weddings – elopements, civil, religious, secular, and LGBT weddings – ranging in size from small intimate weddings to large all-day weddings of up to 200 guests. However you plan to tie the knot and celebrate your big day, Maria Victoria and her team are dedicated to making your dream Costa Rica wedding a reality.
The resort can boast of its 153 luxury guest rooms and suites that populate the rainforest-covered mountainside that faces the Pacific Ocean. As such, Andaz’s accommodations have superb views of the ocean and nearby forest that is home to a wide variety of exotic flora and fauna. Whether it is just you and your love, or you and hundreds of wedding guests, you and your loved ones will be staying in luxury and experience Costa Rica’s beauty.
1. HONEYMOON SUITE
Andaz Costa Rica’s honeymoon suite – which is also their deluxe accommodations – is a roomy suite with with marvelous views of the ocean and rainforest that are visible from every room – the living room, its spacious bathroom, and marvelous bedroom that has a balcony where you can relax and take in the views and all the amazing creatures that live in the rainforest.
3. STANDARD GUEST ROOM
No need to worry about your wedding guests! They too will have amazing views and will enjoy the same luxurious accommodations, albeit in a smaller room. The bedroom is ample and the walk-in shower is a delight, as is the balcony with chairs where they can while away their time.
WEDDING EVENT SITES
Andaz Costa Rica has no shortage of amazing venues for your wedding day events. From its locations for rehearsal dinners, garden and beach ceremonies, and cocktail hour to dinners and receptions, whichever location you choose you will be left in awe.
1. BEACH HOUSE – CEREMONIES & RECEPTIONS
If considering a Costa Rica beach wedding, Andaz Costa Rica’s Beach House should be at the top of your list. At about 15-20 minutes from the resort, it’s a combination of restaurant, outside recreational area, and picturesque beach, making it an ideal wedding venue that can accommodate up to 200 guests and all your wedding day events in one place – the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and reception.
2. THE GARDEN – CEREMONIES
For open-air ceremonies of up to 100 guests, the spacious lawn area near the guest reception building is a great option. It affords views the ocean, rainforest and mountains views and has a large modern sculpture adding to its aesthetics.
3. ANDAZ LOUNGE – CEREMONIES
With its unique architecture and amazing ocean and forest views, the lounge at the Reception Building is wonderful venue for wedding ceremonies of no more than 60 guests.
4. THE PATIO – RECEPTIONS
The Patio, the open-air and partially covered area near the Reception Building is a lovely site for for wedding reception with 96-120 guests.
5. RIO BHONGO – RECEPTIONS
Centrally located, Rio Bhongo Restaurant is an open-air casual dining experience with views of the Pacific Ocean and rainforest, making it an ideal place for wedding dinners and receptions of up to 120 guests with the existing furniture. You guests can also enjoy the terrace and infinity pools adjacent to the restaurant while celebrating your big day.
6. OSTRA RESTAURANT – RECEPTIONS
For wedding receptions and dinners in a more private, formal environment with up to 60 guests, Ostra Restaurant, situated at the far end of the resort is the place given its unique design, three culinary stations, ocean and rainforest views, and the infinity pools and terrace below.
7. CHAO PESCAO – REHEARSALS & RECEPTIONS
Andaz’s casual tapas restaurant with a beach bohemian vibe is a wonderful place rehearsal dinners and receptions for no more than 80 guests. It’s a great place to relax in a warm, laid back ambiance and listen to the waves crash below while savoring its culinary delights.
8. STUDIO 1 – RECEPTIONS
Studio 1 is a large enclosed salon located near the Reception Building and the Patio. It’s ideal for more private wedding receptions and can accommodate wedding parties of up to 120 guests. While there, it was not available to be photographed.
If staying at Andaz for a few days before and after saying “I do”, there are many activities and sits to enjoy, not just at Andaz Papagayo, but also in the surrounding area and beyond.
1. AT THE RESORT
At Andaz Costa Rica, pass the time at its infinity pools and two intimate beaches – Sombrero Oscuro and Sombrero Claro Beach – where you can lounge poolside or on the beach, take a dip in the pool or bay, and enjoy an amazing sunset. You can also go to Beach House and enjoy a larger beach with similarly great views and its lounging and recreation area under the cover of trees.
SOMBRERO OSCURO & CLARO BEACHES
Near the center of Andaz is Sombrero Oscuro Beach, a small beach where you can take a dip, sunbathe and enjoy the natural beauty. Just to the right of Sombrero Oscuro Beach is Sombrero Claro Beach. Though it’s a small beach, it’s quite a bit more spacious that its neighbor and has a nice stretch of beach for sunbathing and for access to the water.
2. NEARBY & BEYOND
At Papagayo Peninsula and in Guanacaste you can engage in watersports, horseback riding, as well as cultural excursions in towns and to coffee and cocoa plantations. There are also beautiful national parks and nature preserves throughout Costa Rica where you can see awe-inspiring sky blue waterfalls rivers, thermal springs, volcanic mud baths, rainforests, cloud forests, hanging bridges, as well as beautiful, diverse, and exotic plants and animals, and much more.
After long hours of international travel take advantage of Andaz Costa Rica’s world-class spa to relax and unwind as their massage therapists pamper you with their unique spa treatments and massages while enjoying marvelous views or their well-equipped 24-hour gym to stay in shape.
1. ONDA SPA
Their Onda Spa truly is a marvel. The 11,000 square foot spa consists of 9 private luxury treatment rooms – for individuals or couples – that have ocean and rainforest views where you can pamper yourself with any of its treatments, from beautifications and customized programs, as well as massages, facial therapies, waxing, wraps and body scrubs, and pedicures and manicures. Onda Spa will leave you in bliss for your wedding day.
2. ONDA SPA FITNES CENTER
If trips to a fitness center are part of your daily routine, you will not miss a beat a Andaz’s fitness center. It is equipped with top-of-the-line and current resistance and cardio training equipment by LifeFitnes in addition to free weights, equipment for core exercises, a sauna, showers, and lounging area with marvelous views.
Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo is beautiful and serene location for a destination in Costa Rica. Its isolated location on the rainforest-covered hills overlooking X Bay, the unique design of its restaurants, pools, reception building, wedding venues, and guest rooms – all of which have fabulous views, make it paradise. Add to it its unbelievable spa and first-rate customer service and insistence on making guests feel part of a family, and you have a genuinely unique destination for your dream Costa Rica wedding.