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Andaz Peninsula Papagayo, reveals ‘Cultural Insiders’ and Resort Team Stylists

Marking the debut of the Andaz brand in Latin America when it launches this December, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo is to further work with a unique team of Cultural Insiders - a select team of personalities spanning across the art, music and surf industries. Each of these Cultural Insiders will share their world, interests, and knowledge by creating experiences that allow Andaz Papagayo Peninsula guests to become inspired, learn and connect with the local culture of the destination.

Twin brothers, Alex and Mike Faherty and their namesake brand, join as Andaz Peninsula Papagayo’s Cultural Insider: Surf, while native Costa Rican modern artist, Salvador Ödrec, and music icon, Jared Dietch, become the hotel’s Cultural Insider: Art and Cultural Insider: Music, respectively. The official resort team stylist is American footwear brand, Soludos.

Regular surfers in Costa Rica since the age of 12, twin brothers, Alex and Mike Faherty had always dreamed of building a clothing brand together inspired by their love of the beach. Mike Faherty started out as a designer for Ralph Lauren, while Alex Faherty was a financial strategist in a private equity firm. It wasn’t until 2012 that the pair came together to make their dream a reality.

Alex and Mike Faherty, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo’s Cultural Insider: Surf, will provide guests with their own ‘How to Surf Costa Rica’ guide created exclusively for the new hotel, which will reveal a list of the hottest hidden surf spots in the country. For guests booking the Witches Rock Surf Package at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo, which includes a full day excursion to Witches Rock National Park plus a professional photographer to shoot the ride, they’ll also receive Faherty Brand board shorts or a Faherty Brand bikini as an amenity, along with a goody bag of surf wax, sunscreen and a Faherty Brand baseball cap. Watch out for the Faherty Brand pop up shop and Surfer in Residence program on property at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo coming in 2014.

A native of Cartago, Costa Rica, Salvador Ödrec’s work is heavily influenced by his childhood love of street art and graffiti. His work focuses on experimenting with art and photography, and his pieces have received rave reviews internationally in England, Spain, Japan, the United States, Mexico and his homeland of Costa Rica. As Andaz Peninsula Papagayo's Cultural Insider: Art, Ödrec will exhibit 15 of his critically acclaimed paintings throughout the property’s public areas including its Andaz Lounge and spa as part of the greatly revered Andaz Salon series.

 A music stylist, DJ and record producer with over 20 years experience in producing tracks for some of the world’s most famous labels, blue chip brands, night clubs, restaurants and hotels, Jared Dietch joins the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo as the hotel’s first Cultural Insider: Music.

Inspired by the natural sounds of the Papagayo region, local music, rhythms and designs, Dietch has created a music experience exclusively for Andaz Peninsula Papagayo. The music curated for the property is inspired by the diverse sounds of Costa Rica. National Costa Rican artists including Malpais, Manuel Obregon and Ruben Blades, as well as sounds of the Guanacaste region where in Folkloric music, the marimba is king. The sounds of Jazz, Calypso, Reggae and Cumbia will also be featured, representing regional styles of Costa Rican music, as well as, American and international artists who play a huge role in the Costa Rican soundscape. The QR code to the right is a Spotify sample playlist created by Jared exclusively for the hotel. 

Resort Team Styled by Soludos
The Soludos team worked closely with Andaz Peninsula Papagayo to outfit the spa, restaurant and front of house staff with fabulous yet functional footwear. Female associates at the hotel will be sporting the brand new sneaker- inspired Sandshoes while male associates will rock the classic Soludos espadrille. 

Inspired by the hot New York summer of 2010 and a dose of Mediterranean spice, British- born Nick Brown created Soludos: classic jute-soled espadrilles perfect for the beach yet stylish enough for the city and everywhere in between. Appearing first on the feet of friends, family and chic Soho locals, Soludos quickly gained a loyal following of Citizens of Summer everywhere. Next stop: the feet of Andaz Peninsula Papagayo’s resort team!

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