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Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica   |  
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“Breathtaking!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Four Seasons resorts never disappoint, and this resort is no exception. The quality of the rooms and service is unparalleled. The thing I like best about this brand, though, is their uncanny ability to create an uncrowded feel even when the resort is at high occupancy.

Location: If you book here, you need to know that this resort is not near ANYTHING (except gorgeous beaches, views, and a world-class golf course). It is about 40 minutes away from the airport in Liberia, and is about 1.5-2 hours from the nearest tourist attractions. It is located on an unbelievably beautiful peninsula in a tropical dry forest. It is hotter and drier up there (low 90's when the more inland capital of San Jose is in the low 80's). There are monkeys, iguanas, and coatis on the property, but you won't see any of the other typical Costa Rican wildlife such as sloths, poison dart frogs, toucans, and parrots. The nearest rain forest is about 2 hours away, and to get to the Monteverde Cloud forest or Arenal volcano it is 4 hours. Fortunately, there are plenty of things to do on the resort property.

Food: The food is wonderful...but, as is typical of Four Seasons, very expensive. For example, the fruit platter that comes with a banana bread slice is $17. Entrees at the restaurants tended to be priced at $26-$40 with side dishes and salads not included. The breakfast buffet is $33, and you really can't piece together a normal breakfast a la carte for much less than that. There are a good variety of restaurants on the property, and number about 5-6 total. Each of them has a unique menu with both innovative and classic choices. There is a restaurant (Papagayo's) which features Costa Rican cuisine and is quite fun. Congo's restaurant offers Brazilian-style tableside meat service for dinner, and even at $58 per person is worth it. The beverages throughout the resort were surprisingly more mainstream in price, and the alcoholic drinks were made strong. The resort will gladly put a small refrigerator in your room for no charge--get one and ask your airport transportation or tour guides to make a stop at a mini-mart.

Rooms: Wow. This was the most spectacular hotel room we have ever had, and we've stayed at some amazing places around the world. We booked through American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts, which includes as one perk a one-category room upgrade if available at check-in. I booked a Canopy Suite for all but the first night, as we were to arrive quite late. That night I booked the lowest level room at the resort. When we checked in, we were taken to a Canopy Suite with a plunge pool. This constituted a four category upgrade for that first night and really knocked my socks off. The room was private, huge, luxuriously appointed, and had the best ocean view I've ever encountered. My 8-year old daughter was given a stuffed turtle, two bath toys, a gift bag of 3 children's toiletries, a princess toothbrush, a large tube of children's toothpaste, a cookie made to look like a turtle on a coconut beach (with gummy bears), and her name spelled out in stickers on the shower. The walk up to the suites was steep in parts but not bad, and if you prefer, the bellmen will drive you up or down in a cart. While I can't speak directly about the non-suite rooms in the main portion of the resort, I could see that they are arranged cheek to jowl in buildings containing about 30 rooms. The building next to the pool is really close to the pool--which might be a plus for some families but I would have not cared for.

Service: It is pretty typical of the Four Seasons brand. The staff is friendly and interested in making guests happy (ok, some staff more than others). Housekeeping was very detail oriented. We got a kick out of seeing all the stuff they would do, such as making sure to straighten out my book light so that it was in a perfect line on the bedside table. There is a turndown service in the evening during which the towels would be replaced, the lighting adjusted, the ice bucket filled, and the beds turned down. We were most appreciative that the service in the restaurants was not the typical Latin American slow service that turns every meal into a 2 hour ordeal.

Best thing ever: There are guest washing machines and dryers with laundry soap nearby to all rooms. They are free to use as much as you like.

Tours/Activities/Transportation: The resort will book all of these things for you, and probably do an amazing job. However, we chose to use Tours Your Way (Mainor Lara) after reading several positive recommendations on this resort's TripAdvisor reviews. If you use him, you will pay about half of what the resort charges for the same thing, and you will have a private tour. Through him, our transportation from the airport to the resort was $80 each way--much, much cheaper than the Four Seasons transportation. We did the following tours with him: Mega Combo (zipline, hotsprings, horseback ride, waterslide), Palo Verde boat tour, and a day trip to Nicaraugua. The resort offers a free golf cart tour of the golf course, titled Trail of Giants. It lasts an hour and you get to drive your own cart. This was really fun and the golf course is spectacular (high praise from this non-golfer) and you will see lots of animals. The water activities offered by the resort are varied, and include snorkeling, surfing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboards. While the paddleboards are free, the resort only has two of them (!) so I recommend you get there early.

Pools: There are four pools, including an adults-only pool and a children's-only pool (at the Kids for All Seasons program). The other two pools are large and have plenty of lounge chairs. The attendants set up the chairs with towels, bring water and little treats periodically, clean your sunglasses, and spritz your face with Evian. They are very good about coming around frequently for drink and food orders, and are very prompt in delivering the drinks cold and the food hot.

Spa: This is a really comfortable spa. I got the best massage of my life here. While not the most visually stunning spa I've ever visited, it is the one in which I felt the most comfortable and catered to.

Kids Activities: there is a Kids For All Seasons program which runs from 8am to 5pm. They also have teen activities in the evening. It is free of charge, well staffed, and there are varying activities throughout the day. This hotel goes out of its way to cater to children. One restaurant (Di Mare) took my daughter on a tour of the kitchen. She got to make her own brownie desert with the pastry chef. Another restaurant (Caracol) gave her a huge bag of toys at the end of the meal. All of the restaurants bring the child's meal out very fast, often before the adult's appetizers arrive.

Sleep quality: the beds and the linens are very high quality without sags in the mattress or rickety jiggley supports that transmit your spouse's every move.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Rooms: they're huge with large patios and I think all of them have ocean views. You're also so close to the ocean you get to hear the waves crashing from your room! Great way to wake up & fall asleep to! We had our own pool and facing the ocean.

Food: Restaurants and room service were all delicious! Yes a bit overpriced, but when you're staying at the Four Seasons you expect it to be, but at least portions are big so you can split entrees and still feel pretty full.
Beaches: Having 2 beaches was great! The ocean side was perfect to lay out or swim in without any boats obstructing the beautiful view. The gulf side had all the water sports which are free for hotel guests: paddle boarding, paddle boating, and kayaking! They also have sunset kayak or snorkel tours!
Golf: Unfortunately we don't play gulf, but this was ranked one of the best golf resorts in Costa Rica.
Wifi: Pay for it or use the computers at the business center for free. Doing the latter forces you to truly spend your time relaxing instead of being on your iphone =)
The fitness rooms were great!

There isn't much of a hiking path if you want to explore the property, you run on the road that the cars are on. We got to the closest lookout point and then found a wooden staircase wrapping around all the way to the beach.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Canada
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

My stay at the Four Seasons Costa Rica was the stuff dreams are made of. Truly a tropical paradise!
The rooms are gorgeous - and all of them face the water with a lovely outdoor sitting room so you can enjoy the monkeys and ocean view. They have thought of everything in the design of this hotel - right down to when you turn the bathroom light in, it slowly turns on. No harsh lights flashing on! At the end of each floor is a very well kept laundry facility, which we used almost daily - very convenient.
Beaches are gorgeous and staff are very professional and friendly. There was red tide when I was there, so really didn't enjoy the ocean as much as I normally do. I highly recommend being spritzed with Evian to cool off - it's surprising how effective it is!
Food and drinks were great. The location is a bit remote, so if you are a traveller who likes to walk to local towns, etc., you won't be able to do that. They do offer a boat accross to a little town though!
Seriously - this resort is dreamy.
I stayed here as part of a large corporate group.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

The golf course at the Four Seasons Resort is designed by Arnold Palmer and is one of the best golf experiences you will find anywhere. Conditioning is top notch, course layout is terrific, and the views are spectacular. This is my favorite place to play in the world. Always uncrowded, your only company is usually the monkeys who are watching you from the nearby trees.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Tucked away in a beautiful forest inhabited by howler monkeys, the Four Seasons Resorts charms you the moment you arrive. It has an exotic feel to it, yet it still maintains all the comforts that Four Season Resorts are noted for. The series of pools and water falls reminded me of Tarzan movies.
The golf course was one of the best I have ever played on. My stay there was romantic exotic. We stayed in one of the Residence Suites and I still dream about it! Definitely 5+ star rating.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

My husband and I returned to the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo for another Thanksgiving vacation (2012). This trip was just as excellent as our first trip was 3 years ago.

Airport: Since we visited 3 years ago, Liberia has built a brand new airport that is fabulous! No more hot, open-air gates and rustic bathrooms. Such a pleasant surprise! We again arranged to have Swiss Travel transport us between the airport and the hotel. Like before, we were scheduled/paid for shared van service, but ended up having a private ride in both directions. This company was terrific, the drivers were very friendly and knowledgeable, and they even stopped along the way for us to buy groceries and take pictures of wildlife.

Hotel: Although we did not get upgraded on this trip (as we did 3 yrs ago), we had no complaints as the view from our 2nd floor room was better than when we stayed on the 3rd floor in the same building. The rooms are exactly the same layout/size, so we are now confident that it is not worth the extra $100 per night to stay one floor higher. The hotel staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable and are a big reason why we came back for a second visit. We took advantage of the spa and the golf course and we booked a private beach dinner. While it was very pricey, it was worth every penny. We were even serenaded during our meal! One thing we discovered on this trip was a hidden boardwalk that led us on a 20 min walk from the road, along the coast, and back down to the beach. We were also pleasantly surprised to find that sunscreen was provided at every towel station at the beach and pool. We don't remember this being offered 3 years ago.

Activities: Given our previous experience with Tours-Your-Way, we pre-arranged a tour with Mainor Lara who we still highly recommend. He was very responsive via email (same day responses) when booking our trip. We had originally planned to go on the Canon de la Vieja tour (Rafting through the Colorado River Canyon, Rock climbing & Rappelling, Canopy tour), but due to an injury I sustained prior to our trip we had to change our plans at the last minute. Mainor and Miguel (our guide) came up with a new plan and brought us to the Borinquen Mountain Spa for ziplining and hiking. It was fabulous! Miguel was extremely knowledgeable and we learned a lot from him about wildlife, plants, history, etc. His English was incredible and he even helped us with our Spanish. They let us stop by a souvenir shop, bought us coconuts from a stand alongside the road, and finished our trip at a local, open-air taberna. It was like spending the day with lifelong friends! They were willing to bring us anywhere we wanted to go, hence they provide "tours your way". Mainor also arranged for us to go on a sunset sail. This was also a great activity as it picked us up right from our hotel's beach and was much more intimate as only 6 of us were on board the entire evening. It was much more low key than the "booze cruise" sunset catamaran. Food and beverages were provided.

Additional things: bring bug spray! (It's much more expensive in the hotel shop).

Room Tip: All rooms face the beach, but choose the beach without the activities. Lower levels offer better vi...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FSCos, General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Dear guest, thank you for such a complete review of your second trip to our property. I am very pleased to know that you enjoyed every minute of it. It’s very important for us to get feedback, even from the Airport, which is the first impression our guests have of Costa Rica. We look forward to welcoming you again, and certainly hope to amaze you even more this time!
Pura Vida, Pascal F.
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Escazu, Costa Rica
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

This place is like heaven on earth. My wife and I loved every minute of it. The entire staff speaks English and they are super nice and helpful. Food is beyond excellent, room is perfect, spa was one of the best ever, and the grounds are like nothing I've seen. This is a true 5-star resort.

I honestly cannot think of anything negative at all about this place. Except the price which is SUPER HIGH but as long as you are ok with that you can expect an excellent amazing time. I will be back for sure as soon as I save up enough money!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Gulf of Papagayo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#1 Romantic Hotel in Gulf of Papagayo
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Hotel Class:5 star — Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo 5*
Number of rooms: 155
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