- Large, upmarket resort
- 18-hole golf course, spa, pools
- Hot springs, snorkelling, caving, diving
- Pottery painting, yoga, community visits
Andaz is a large resort in an attractive location within a private reserve spanning some 1,400 acres on the Papagayo Peninsula in north western Costa Rica. This property has a laid-back feel in keeping with the area’s relaxed pace of life and occupies a lovely position overlooking the clear, turquoise waters of Culebra Bay. Belonging to the Hyatt portfolio, Andaz boasts a wide range of on-site amenities and facilities including an 18-hole golf course and a wonderful spa. There’s also a whole host of water and land-based activities and excursions to enjoy.
The accommodation comprises 132 guestrooms and 21 suites, all of which have a contemporary, spacious feel and come with a private balcony and sweeping views of the bay. Four of the suites include plunge pools and all rooms and suites have air conditioning, ceiling fans and a generous en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower. Floor-to-ceiling windows admit plenty of natural light thus lending the rooms a bright, airy feel. Both the concierge service and room service are readily available round-the-clock, and complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are also provided.
When it comes to exploring the area, there’s no shortage of activities and excursions to choose from. Some of the many options on offer include a guided caving session at Barra Honda National Park, a trip to the hot springs in the beautiful Arenal Volcano National Park, visits to the provincial capital and seaside towns, scuba diving sessions, an ATV ride through the forest and a visit to one of the area’s largest animal sanctuaries.
The line-up of on-site activities is just as diverse. Guests have exclusive access to the resort’s 18-hole golf course and can make use of equipment for activities such as beach games, snorkelling and kayaking, all for no extra cost. There are over two dozen classes offering guests the chance to learn some Spanish, mix drinks, paint pottery, learn some yoga techniques and pick up lots of other new skills. As well as all this, there’s a bike-share program, eleven miles of pristine coastline to explore and the chance to take part in weekly community projects.
Children are welcome and the resort is very family friendly indeed. There’s one club for young children, and another tailored to those aged 12-16, plus there’s a separate swimming pool purely for families. This is a large resort, so parents are reminded to ensure that their children remain under adult supervision at all times.
Dear Lisa. On behalf of the three generations of the Rowland family. Thank you, so much, for organising our wonderful holiday to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. The trip of a lifetime. The week mobile camping in the bush, with our guide Nandos and his crew was a fantastic adventure. How they manage to cook such wonderful food on an open fire is amazing. The sites were constantly visited by monkeys and once by elephants. We were even lucky enough to see two packs of wild dogs, once with a kill. Waterberry Lodge on the Zambezi River is a wonderfully tranquil place. Ideal to relax after the adventures of our safari and visiting Victoria Falls. Very many thanks once again
Godfrey R reviewing Private Mobile Family Safari in Botswana on 25 September 2023
We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil
Philip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023
It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve
Stephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023