My wife and I have wanted to go to Costa Rica for quite some time. Our travel agent recommended this place and it sounded nice. After our wonderful experience at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora we figured "why not?" and really trusted the brand. As we were to later find out, not all Four Seasons were created the same,
Our first impression upon arriving was that the property was nice but very spread out. The frequent golf carts roaming around initially seemed like a luxury but later we learned were a necessity, given how hilly and far things were from each other. Luckily, or so we thought, our initial room was close to the main area. This actually turned out to be a bad thing as the noise from the beach and pools easily reached our room and did not let us relax in the morning, waking us up at 8 AM.
As for the property, two words for this are: kids and conventions. I understand Costa Rica is more of a family destination vacation spot for families compared to other places, but the amount of children who were initially there were ridiculous. Kids themselves are fine, but when they are screaming everywhere and make accidents in the pools, it becomes a problem. The "quiet pool" was anything but, as it was crowded with middle aged and older adults (at least two conventions there at any given time) who were treating it like their own personal frat party. The beaches were OK, but the sand was muddy and nothing special; for white powdery sand you'd be better off in South Florida (South Beach and Ft. Lauderdale). Also, all the vegetation looked dried out and worn; April might not be the best time to go as it is still the dry season.
The ambiance was completely off for what we were looking for, but we were still willing to give it a go. However, our room's air conditioning broke (was not fixed correctly despite several attempts) and that was the straw that broke the camel's back. We threatened to leave and after talks back and forth between the hotel staff and our travel agent, they upgraded us to a private villa free of charge.
The private villa was gorgeous. It was very spacious, had an infinity plunge pool with an amazing view, a balcony, and an additional outdoor shower space. After this we finally were able to relax and begin to enjoy ourselves. A quick roam around the property showed us the fitness room (very well taken care of and with plenty of equipment) and spa (one of the best ever). We enjoyed the hotel amenities and didn't mind paying the Four Seasons rates.
Service was very good and we were always greeted with a friendly "Hola!" everywhere we went. The artisan market on most weekdays brought beautiful and interesting artists and souvenirs to you and really showed off some of the local flair. Food was delicious, albeit expensive, and I will review individual restaurants later on. The Trail of the Giants is a must and will afford you the opportunity to see Howler monkeys, white faced capuchins, bisottes, and other wildlife spaced out over the well-manicured golf course.
Overall the hotel is nice but not worth the Four Seasons rates. It's a great destination for families and convention goers but probably not for couples. In our entire trip we never really saw or connected with any other younger adults our age. The spa, service, and private villas were wonderful pros but did not offset the lack of a romantic environment. Costa Rica was nice but if we ever go back we will stick to the rainforest and avoid the beach.
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