My husband and I "won" a trip to the FourSeasons in a charity auction and had high expectations. I must say all of those expectations were met. Our room (a Canopy Suite) was beautiful - the best part was getting up at 5:30 to have a cup of coffee and watch the birds, monkeys and fishing boats. I absolutely loved being able to watch the day begin. We ordered breakfast on a patio a couple of days and it was wonderful and much cheaper than the buffet which was delicious...
The concierge staff booked us in a tour of Palo Verde National Park where we saw tons of crocs, birds, and iguana. They also booked us for zip lining at Witches Rock (I definitely am more out of shape than I thought) and the Walk of the Giants. All excursions were great fun and we seemed to be plugged into the same group for all trips so it was like going twitch friends.
We tried dinner at Congo, Papgayo, Caracol, and Del Mare. The best two were easily Congo (go hungry or not at all) and Cel Mare. I was disappointed with Caracol - the quality of the food or drink didn't fit the price - although I will say their "Best chocolate cake you will ever eat" lives up to its billing. The Papagayo restaurant was okay but I would skip this one if I had to choose.
The service was perfect - our room was cleaned and the little touches, a linen doily for my nightstand and always stocked water and coffee showed the extras were there. When we were met at check-in and taken directly to our room to cool off, it was really a nice touch. The pool staff was very nice although we did have to look for service quite often - but then maybe I was drinking the Guaritos a little faster than I thought.
The beaches were lovely and it was nice to be able to take a dip in the afternoon. I would suggest not actually swimming in the pools as there seemed to be a lot of alcohol being consumed and very few of us actually leaving the pool area to go to the restroom - gross actually...it may be a thought to locate the facilities closer to the pool.
My biggest complaint for our trip was not with the accommodations or the staff but with people who brought their kids and then let them run wild. I watched Charlie by the pool monitor kids climbing over the rail on the bridge while parents stood by and actually encouraged them, then later another team of waiters try to manage three children at Caracol while the kids kicked the glass walls (we were seated on the other side of the wall which may be why our dinner did not live up to the expectation), break the salt shaker, throw food on the floor and in general make a huge mess (all I can say is I am glad we were outside the glass). There has to be a better way to put families with children into the mix, without putting the staff in the position of having to try to play parent when obviously the parents aren't. It did put a damper on the evening for us.
All in all, our trip on May 7-11 was a dream come true and I can wholehearted recommend Costa Rica and the Four Seasons. Pura Vida!
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