Great Deals At Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort

I love Andaz properties, so for a while I’ve been trying to plan a trip to the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica. It looks gorgeous and I’ve never been to Costa Rica, so I’m keen to check-it out.

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The new Andaz must not be doing very well, because a few weeks ago it transitioned from a Category 5 to Category 4 Gold Passport property overnight. Usually Hyatt announces category changes in advance and doesn’t do one-off changes, but this is a change without notice that I’ll forgive them for. 😉

Opening rates at this hotel were $450+ per night, so as a Category 4 property it seemed like a great value, for just 15,000 Gold Passport points for a free night, or 7,500 Gold Passport points plus $100 through the Points + Cash program.

But it looks like paid rates are even more attractive nowadays. The Andaz in Costa Rica has a special for bookings made through July 31, 2014, for stays through October 31, 2014:

  • Stay 4 nights and get 2 nights for free, plus a resort credit of $50
  • Or, stay 5 nights and get 2 nights for free, plus a resort credit of $150
  • Or, stay 6 nights and get 2 nights for free, plus a resort credit of $250

Simply request offer code APPGYO when making your reservation. So if you book a four night stay, two of those nights will be free, and you’ll get a $50 resort credit.

Looking at the rates under the “Free Night” offer, they’re charging $300 per night.

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That means through this offer you’d pay a total of $150 per night plus taxes and service charge, plus you’d receive a $50 resort credit.

That’s a much better value than redeeming 15,000 Gold Passport points or 7,500 Gold Passport points plus $100.

At the end of the day the business model of these “captive” resorts is very similar to Spirit Airlines. They could invite people to stay for free and they’d still make money on them, given that the resort is secluded and chances are that you’ll have most of your meals/drinks/activities at the resort.

So while it’s now the wet season in Costa Rica, I do think these prices are worth pointing out, especially since the offer is good for stays through October.

Comments

  1. FYI, the rainy season ends in Guanacaste ends around Nov 1, right around when the deal ends. 🙂

  2. What’s the cancellation policy for this rate?

    Can Diamond suite upgrade certificates be applied to this rate?

  3. @ FlyingExplorer — You should be able to use Diamond Suite Upgrades on this reservation. As far as rate terms go, you have to cancel 24 hours prior to arrival.

  4. Erik B, how bad is the rainy season at the end of September? Are we talking a couple of hours rain but then warm sunshine or is it worse than that?

  5. I visited the papagayo peninsula in late september of 2012 and I highly recommend visiting that time of year. We stayed at the four seasons, we had the resort to ourselves and the weather was great. We’d have quick spurts of heavy rain but it was warm and sunny the majority of the time. We were on the peninsula for about 11 days and we were outdoors and on the beach every single day, rain never got in our way. It was great!

  6. Ben,

    What are the change polices with Dividend miles. For instance, I’m in the process of booking an award and I can’t get my preferred class/and airlines on all segments. Can I make changes midway (like I have done with Aeroplan)????? Should I just go ahead and book what I can in hopes of things opening up as we get closer to departure/return. I’m a Platinum Medallion. Any advice would sure help. I’m gonna do a Asia via europe route this summer.

    Also, Do you have a booking service that you offer similar to some of the other bloggers??

    Thanks

  7. I’ve been contemplating this trip given the cheap AA flights there…but I’ve also been reading reviews that the food is terrible at the hotel and insanely overpriced. Are you seeing anything different? Not sure how much is around to go to in order to eat…unless you hire a guide and hit up the parks that are in the area.

  8. @ Adam — US Airways charges a $150 per person change fee for any changes, whatever they might be. Once travel commences no changes whatsoever are allowed.

    Booking service is pointspros.com.

  9. @ Ryan: My husband and I stayed there a couple of weeks ago and loved the place. We used a Diamond upgrade for a fantastic suite, and we loved the facilities and the small but sheltered beaches.

    As to food, I’m Hyatt Diamond, so the breakfast buffet was complimentary. The restaurant was closed some nights (!) and it and the tapas bar were pretty expensive, so for dinner we’d drive to Playas del Coco, about 40 minutes away. That kept us from going too stir-crazy too.

    I’d go back in a heartbeat.

  10. @ eli — As you’ll see in the terms, the two free nights are deducted at the time of check-out. And it’s not buy four get two free, but rather book four nights, and two of those are free.

  11. This place looks great, and I’m booked to go later this year. That said, some things to consider:

    – Add 23% on top for taxes and resort fees.
    – Reviews say that continental breakfast will run you up to $40 per person. So, assuming room for two over 4 nights, you’re looking at $320 for breakfast alone.
    – The location is pretty remote. Most day trips/excursions will definitely require hiring a tour guide and driver. That could be anywhere from $250-$500, depending on number of people.
    – I read that the nearest town is a 40-minute drive (and $60 o/w) taxi ride away.

  12. @ David G: We rented a car and drove everywhere without incident. Driving in Costa Rica is really easy, though a GPS is a really good idea.

  13. went there recently on points, loved it. such friendly staff, and stunning architecture. great value at 15k.

    it’s a relaxed 30-40 mins drive to playa del coco, we went there a couple of times for a change of scenery.

    word of advice, don’t punish yourself with overly long, very expensive day trips. there are places nearer the resort that are fun. holidays are for relaxing not ticking off to-do lists 🙂

  14. @ FlyingExplorer It varies. We lived there for a little while and moved down in September. You might get a few days with no rain, but you may have others where it comes down pretty good. There are plenty of things you can still do when it rains, but just don’t expect perfect weather. Note that Papagayo is a bit remote. It’s on a peninsula so it can take you a while to get in and out. The Westin and JW Marriott are remote in their own ways, but probably closer to other things you might want to do.

  15. I handle private luxury villa rentals within the Peninsula Papagayo resort development, and am well versed on the dining options there. Outside of the Andaz hotel, the nearby Dive Bar and Restaurant at the marina(which is your view from the Andaz)offers the best food value at the Peninsula. Fresh, delicious, simple, and with daily food and drink happy hour specials. The private Prieta Beach Club (currently offering access to Andaz guests) has 2 restaurants and a lounge which does not have quite the sticker shock of the hotel restaurants. Then there is also the restaurant at the golf club. The Andaz provides transport. Hope this helps!

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