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January 23, 2014
Andaz, Hotel Openings & Development

Pura Vida: Andaz Celebrates Its Foray Into Latin America

Just before the end of the year, the second resort location for the Andaz brand celebrated its grand opening at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo.  The gorgeous surrounding picturesque Peninsula Papagayo in North West Costa Rica’s Guanacaste region is a sight to see!

Andaz Papagayo

The hotel is location on the beautiful Papagayo Peninsula.

Andaz Peninsula Papgayo Beach

Enjoy the secluded beach at Andaz Peninsula Papgayo.

Our staff and guests are embracing Costa Rica’s “Pura Vida,” a phrase widely used that characterizes the country’s modern culture and symbolizes enjoying life and being happy. We celebrated with locally inspired festivities. Take a look!

Andaz Papagayo Staff

Buzzing with excitement, the entire resort team gathered outside Andaz Peninsula Papagayo on the eve of the official opening of the resort.

Maria, Alan, and Hellen released balloons into the clear blue Costa Rican sky to signify the hotel’s grand opening.


Left to Right: Maria José Montoya – Catering Sales Manager; Alan Kelso – CEO and Peninsula Papagayo; and Hellen Tijerino – Chef Di Parie

The traditional folkloric performance of ‘Mascarada’ was brought on property at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo to delight the staff in preparation of the new opening and to bring good fortune to the hotel. This celebration was inspired by the beloved Costa Rican custom of Fiestas Patonales, which is a celebration to honor the patron saint of each town . It’s usually celebrated each year on October 31.


The hotel marks its grand opening with a folkloric performance of ‘Mascarada’.


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