KasiiyaPapagayo, Guanacaste / Costa Rica
Designed with the utmost respect for the life-giving ancient dry tropical forests and rare wildlife that occupy this remote peninsula, Kasiiya Papagayo is one of Costa Rica’s most eco-conscious resorts. Its zero-impact policy means that visitors can unwind in its luxurious handcrafted suites and explore all that the region’s untouched beaches and jungles have to offer with complete peace of mind.
What to love
- Kasiiya Papagayo promotes a strong eco-friendly message and operates with a plethora of green initiatives to ensure it makes zero impact on the local area.
- The five tented suites have been designed by world-famous architects AW2 and feature extremely modern comforts with sustainable construction.
- There are countless ways to explore the 123 acres of paradise – from snorkelling and surfing to jungle hikes and ocean fishing.
What to know
- All of the accommodation suites are air-conditioned and feature Wi-Fi, should you be able to tear yourself away from nature.
- Those looking to take it easy are in luck: the resort features a bespoke wellness and spa spot in a private treehouse setting.
- The resort kitchen offers fantastic locally inspired dishes and also runs culinary classes.
If you like the sound of your own private peninsula, then Costa Rica’s Kasiiya Papagayo could quite possibly be your dream destination. Designed by renowned French architects AW2, the hotel’s five air-conditioned tented suites have been built mainly from natural materials and provide a wealth of lavishness and solitude – you’ll soon forget that you’re even sharing the resort with other guests. Instead it will feel like just you and the vistas of ancient tropical forests and unspoiled beaches visible from your cabin’s widesceen windows.
The breathtaking natural beauty that engorges the area is a huge part of Kasiiya Papagayo, and its founders have ensured to protect this environment since day one. Having committed to have zero impact on the surrounding area (low impact was deemed insufficient), it’s a resort that runs 100 per cent on solar energy and ensures that all rainwater is recycled, while 90 per cent of all produce is organic and sourced locally. The hotel is also committed to contributing to the biodiversity and the people of the local region.
The area itself is begging to be explored, and Kasiiya Papagayo provides plenty of ways to fully experience this unique part of the world. Adventurous types can try their hand at kayaking, snorkeling and surfing, while those keen to learn more about the Gulf of Papagayo’s sea life can arrange an ocean discovery day with a trained guide – where you might spot a manta ray or shark whale. Further inland, keen hikers will want to take on one of the resort’s beach-to-jungle routes, or perhaps a gentler but no less captivating bird-watching stroll through the abundant flora.
Once your exploration is done for the day, the chef is on-hand to rustle up authentic Costa Rican dishes to be devoured at the Sunset Lounge, which offers 360-degree views of the Pacific Rim. Meanwhile, the treehouse wellness and spa area – which specialises in tailor-made treatments – is available for anyone looking to unwind further.
When to Travel
Visitors will enjoy the region throughout the year. From the Christmas holidays until April are the busiest months (although you will hardly notice this in the wonderfully secluded Kasiiya) and tend to be dry and warm. May to October is the wet season with the shoulder season between November and Christmas often viewed as the best time to visit.
Papagayo is frequently visited as part of a tour of Costa Rica and is easily accessed by road. There is an International airport at Liberia, just 45 minutes transfer from Kasiiya.
The resort is family friendly and activities can be arranged with large groups in mind.