December 2013 saw the launch of Andaz Peninsula Papagayo – one of Latin America’s most exciting new hotels, situated on the north pacific coast of Costa Rica. Launched in the last week of January at the resort is the new ONDA SPA, elevated into the trees of Costa Rica’s lush tropical forest and spread across 11,000 square-foot. The new ONDA SPA features nine treatment rooms – six indoor and three outdoor with sweeping vistas of forest and sea. Two of the three dual ONDA Suites, which are ideal for couples treatments, come complete with a luxurious soaking tub and private relaxation area. The spa menu comprises a wide array of therapeutic treatments and for the more active, there is also a 24 hour fitness centre with steam and shower rooms too.
Treatments at the ONDA SPA are individually tailored for each guest, but all use the healing power of water, natural local ingredients and Costa Rica ancestral organic remedies to invigorate both body and spirit. Pre-treatment, each guest is invited to choose from a special music menu from which a soundtrack that best suits their mood can be selected. These musical offerings have been entirely inspired by the natural sounds and rhythms of the surrounding Papagayo region and personally curated by the hotel’s dedicated Cultural Insider of Music, Jason Dietch. There is also a therapeutic tea menu for guests to select from.
ONDA’s signature treatment, the ONDA CAMBIO, promises an experience of personal wellness, blending together Papagayo’s culture, senses, smells and touches. Each of the qualified ONDA spa therapists are on hand to tailor the CAMBIO treatment to each guest which includes the use of fresh ocean water, locally grown botanicals and herbs to directly address each guests’ treatments needs, goals and desires.
The extensive spa menu further includes the ONDA Ritual – an initial, deep cleaning facial treatment followed by a relaxing Swedish massage with aromatic oils bringing powerful de-stressing benefits to mind and body. Body massages using a wide variety of natural products and techniques, volcanic hot and cold stones, natural sugar cane and reflex therapy are also available while facials include a ‘Rain’ herbal hydration treatment, the ‘Refine’ green clay detox, and an ‘Uplift’ soya anti-ageing treatment.
Guests wishing to prolong their experience can do so with a post-treatment addition such as a relaxing ONDA bath or scalp massage or just simply venture to the spa’s idyllic suite relaxation terrace which boasts serene views onto the ocean and dramatic, lush surroundings. The hotel’s two swimming pools are also within close vicinity of the Spa and guests can enjoy a rejuvenating bite to eat in one of the three themed restaurants which serve some of Costa Rica’s finest seafood.
Andaz Peninsula Papagayo is home to 153 spacious rooms including 21 suites and located approximately 20 minutes from Liberia International Airport (LIR) which offers daily services from several major U.S. gateway cities, frequent regional service from San José, the capital city, and seasonal service from other main international destinations. San José’s Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) has regular connections to several gateway cities in Europe and Latin America.