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GUANACASTE, COSTA RICA (July 10, 2018) – Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo has appointed Pedro Villalobos as Food and Beverage Manager. The luxurious eco-retreat is located in the 1,400-acre private residential and resort community of Peninsula Papagayo, a lush, tropical wilderness community in Costa Rica surrounded by sapphire waters. Villalobos will lead the resort’s food and beverage team at the award-winning property which operates multiple dining outlets including OSTRA, Chao Pescao, Rio Bhongo and the Andaz Beach House.

“I am looking forward to working with the team at Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo to further elevate the resort’s food and beverage experience and deliver the most outstanding service to our guests,” said Villalobos. “Being very familiar with the Latin culture, growing up in Brazil and most recently working in Mexico, I am looking forward to bringing the local culture and Costa Rican flare throughout our four dining outlets, each providing guests a unique and splendid dining experience.”

Villalobos brings an impressive roster of hospitality and culinary experience from around the world to his new position at Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo. Discovering his passion for hospitality and culinary arts early on, Villalobos started his career working at a hotel front desk in his home city of São Paulo, Brazil. After moving to Mexico, Villalobos worked for three years as the Restaurant Manager and later as the  Food & Beverage Assistant Director for the St. Regis Punta Mita where he helped open two restaurants and supported the success of large-scale events. Prior to joining the Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo team, Villalobos started his journey with Hyatt serving as the Food & Beverage Assistant Director on the opening team for Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya.

Villalobos attended Centro Universitário Senac, a Hotel Administration University in São Paulo. In his spare time, Villalobos enjoys whether surfing or diving, something he does since he was very young. He also love being with friends, cooking, and as a good Brazilian whenever possible he make the famous "churrasco brasileiro".

About Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo

Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo captures the magic of Costa Rica’s natural resources with breathtaking views of Culebra Bay and the nearby lush green forests. Located on Peninsula Papagayo on the Northern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, the luxury resort was developed by iconic Costa Rican architect, Ronald Zurcher, with interiors by DAS Concepts. The property is home to 153 guest rooms, including 21 luxury suites featuring modern designs with touches of local character such as woven textiles, solid woods and carved indigenous artistry that truly blend the resort’s contemporary amenities with its natural surroundings. Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo is also home to four restaurants which each capture the essence of Latin American cuisine; nine spa treatment rooms and rejuvenating spa treatments at the resort’s Onda Spa; 8,200 square feet of meeting and event space; four pools; three pristine beaches and a dedicated children’s program at Cambi Kids Club. New to the resort is the Andaz Beach House, the resort’s newest activity outlet and lunch dining venue located on Playa Nacascolo, just 10 minutes for the resort. For more information please visit www.andazpapagayo.com.

Contact: Randie Schoenberg

andazcostarica@murphyobrien.com / 310-453-2539

About Andaz

Global in scale while local in perspective, Andaz hotels weave the sights, sounds and tastes of their surroundings into each property for an experience that truly immerses guests in the eclectic culture of each local destination. Through personalized, unscripted service, Andaz hotels create a barrier-free environment where guests are encouraged to explore their personal sense of style and become inspired by the spirit of the culture around them. Seventeen Andaz hotels are currently open: Andaz 5th Avenue and Andaz Wall Street in New York, Andaz San Diego, Andaz West Hollywood, Andaz Napa, Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa, Andaz Savannah, Andaz Maui at Wailea, Andaz Ottawa Byward Market, Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo, Andaz London Liverpool Street, Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, Andaz Singapore, Andaz Delhi, Andaz Xintiandi in Shanghai, and Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills. For more information, please visit andaz.com. Follow @Andaz on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and tag photos with #WhenInAndaz.

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