Continuing my look at the latest hotels for the year ahead.
Today: ANDAZ PAPAGAYO, Costa Rica
Known as one of the most innovative hotel brands, Andaz (which is owned by Hyatt and has a name that means ‘personal style’ in Hindi) is expanding to Latin America with its latest Costa Rica venture. Designed by iconic Costa Rican architect Ronald Zurcher, the Andaz Papagayo doesn’t disappoint when it comes to originality and inventiveness. Zurcher, known for his blend of local cultures, natural elements and landscape in his design, has created a free-flowing environment with open-air social spaces, no desks at check-in and a naturalist design featuring woven textiles, solid woods and carved local artifacts.
As with many Andaz properties, the Costa Rican venture continues with the no-fuss approach – health-minded minibars are complimentary, bath products have been created by artisans and concept restaurants offer cuisine infused with regional ingredients, in this case legendary local coffee and exotic fruits. Nestled in a spectacular location, where the Gulf of Papagayo meets the rainforest, the concept aims to bring to life Costa Rica’s ‘Pura Vida’ (pure life) ethos. Inspiring stuff.