Kasiiya Papagayo

Papagayo Peninsula, Guannsula

At a Glance

  • A unique, eco-friendly sanctuary on stunning Papagayo coastline
  • Hidden away on a private 123-acre private reserve with spectacular ocean views
  • Sleep in luxurious, timber-framed tented villas with roll-top baths and magnificent Pacific panoramas
  • An ever-changing menu of fresh, delicious cuisine created from mainly organic produce sourced from local farms
  • Focus on relaxation and wellness, with restorative yoga and movement sessions and an in-house traditional healer

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The dry season from December to April, doesn't necessarily mean no rain but there should be less of it, is considered the best time to visit Costa Rica. The 'green' season runs from May to November and there is more chance of rain during this time with September and October being the wettest months. It is important to plan well in advance for Christmas and New Year to avoid disappointment (ideally a year) as Costa Rica is extremely popular over this time with repeat bookers. Easter and during US school vacations are also best to plan ahead.

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Insider's View

If you want easy access to the beach and close proximity to the restaurant, stay in one of the Lazy Turtle suites. If you prefer a little more privacy, seclusion, and a panoramic ocean view, choose one of the Laughing Whale suites. 

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Description

Nestled in the tropical jungle, on the shores of some of Costa Rica’s most secluded and beautiful beaches lies Kasiiiya Papagayo, a luxurious eco-retreat of just five private tented suites with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

Designed to have zero ecological impact on the 123-acres of tropical dry forest that surround it, Kasiiya Papagayo is a secluded retreat comprising five artfully-designed tented suites that blend harmoniously with the surrounding flora and fauna. Built on wooden platforms amongst the forest with no concrete usage whatsoever, the Kasiiya ethos of treading lightly on the earth pervades every aspect of the resort, from the locally sourced, organic cuisine to the tranquil yoga classes amongst the forest. 

Set at the heart of Kasiiya is the main lodge and the covered dining area that overlooks the waters of Laguna Beach. Meals are served around a long, wooden table and feature South American flavors and locally sourced, organic ingredients. Fresh fruits, seasonal vegetables and freshly caught fish combine to create a daily-changing menu that includes ceviche, fish tacos and delicious tropical desserts. Atop a steep hill sits the Sunset Lounge, the location for nightly cocktails and canapes as the sun sinks low over the Pacific Ocean and turns the sky burnished gold. 

Some of private tented suites are accessed from a winding pathway just meters from the golden sands, while the two Laughing Whale Suites sit higher up on the hill and benefit from sweeping ocean views and each is set on a wooden platform with a wraparound decking area. Inside, timber floors and vast expanses of glass seamlessly blend the outside with the elegant interiors, furnished with king size beds, a sitting area and luxurious open-air bathroom with roll top bath. In keeping with Kasiiya’s eco credentials, water is obtained through rainwater harvesting and solar heated, whilst mini bars are given an eco-update using coolers (rather than refrigerators) which are refreshed throughout the day. 

With wellness and nature such important elements of the Kasiiya experience, a three-tiered decking area has been built amongst the forest for daily yoga, meditation and movement practice under the expert tutelage of ‘movement specialist’ Bruno Giustozzi. Down on the golden sands of Laguna Beach is the beach cabana where snorkeling gear is available to borrow, to explore the crystal-clear waters of the peninsula that teem with life. Kayaking, paddle boarding and fishing excursions are all available for those in search of some more high-octane aquatic experiences. Back on land, a visit to Kasiiya’s spa is an unforgettable experience. With the jungle as a soundtrack, spiritual masseur and healer, Yamuna, provides a truly unique wellness experience using freshly prepared natural oils, indigenous herbs and muds to restore harmony and tranquillity.  

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Facilities

At the heart of the resort is the welcome deck and chef’s table, shaded under a cabana with views of the beautiful Laguna Beach below. On a hilltop higher on the reserve is the Sunset Lounge, the location for drinks and canapes each evening whilst watching the sun set. Amongst the forest there is a three-level fitness platform for the daily yoga and movement classes, and a spa cabin for massages and healing therapies. Down on the sands of Laguna Beach, there is the Beach Cabana with snorkeling and beach gear, and hammocks and day beds to enjoy the sun and sand.

Activities

Relaxation and wellbeing are at the heart of the Kasiiya experience, whilst being at one with nature. Yoga and movement classes on the jungle deck are a superb way to start the day, listening to the sounds of the jungle as you awaken your senses. Other activities on the property include snorkeling, paddle boarding, cooking classes and tree climbing, whilst a little further afield there are endless opportunities for adventure. Horse riding, deep sea fishing, jungle ATV tours, surfing lessons and sailing are all available within an hour of Kasiiya.

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Michele Segalla (Staff)

Kasiiya is a wellness oasis! The rooms, the views, the food and drinks are all spectacular. I was lucky enough to try snorkeling and paddleboarding. Additionally, I received a spa treatment with the Healer, which was more than just a massage -  he taught me a bit about chakras and there was a spiritual element to the session. The views from the Sunset Lounge where I had sunset cocktails followed by a lovely dinner, were just incredible. One of the best parts about Kasiiya is the diverse and exoctic wildlife and landscape - there is beautifully clear blue water, purple and red crabs, bright green cacti, and vivid sunrises and sunsets to be seen.

Experiences

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    • Hike through jungle forest trails to remote lookout points and be rewarded with unforgettable sunsets and romantic moments

Location & directions

Papagayo Peninsula, Guannsula

Kasiiya is located in the Papagayo region of Costa Rica’s north Pacific coast.  Hidden away on a 123-acre private reserve with two deserted beaches at your disposal, Kasiiya’s remote location is designed to help guest reconnect with nature. Kasiiya is 45 minutes from Liberia International Airport, with the final 30 minutes on an unsealed, jungle road.

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