The upsides: Two private beaches sandwich 3 beautiful pools, 4 restaurants and all-ocean-facing rooms. Tranquil, beautiful and full-service. You will be pampered by smiling, caring and intelligent service professionals. The rooms are comfortable and relaxed, yet elegant. The resort will provide you with everything and anything you need or want to make your vacation incredible. There is plenty of peaceful, quiet and adult-only space, but there is everything for a family with young or teenage kids. In fact, they will take your kids on an adventure for an hour or eight hours and your kids will have a blast !! The resort is big enough to give you space and every possible option, but the spaces feel private and comfortable enough to give the sense of a very private boutique hotel. We went scuba-diving a few days and note that people hired fishing charters. The boats pull right up to the private beach. (Note the beaches are, by law, "public," but, by location, it is absolutely and unavoidably "private" to the hotel and the surrounding resort community.)
There are 2 beaches with both shade tree portions and open to the sun portions; both overflowing with big comfortable resort lounge chairs with full-service from the very attentive four-seasons staff. From one beach, you walk up some stone stairs, past the three pools, down the stairs and you are at the other beach on the opposite side of the peninsula - travel time - 1 minute. The staff will say things like "Oh, that's on the other side/ the other beach" as if it's a day's journey away; you have to be there to understand, but it makes you laugh (I'm smiling as I type this).
The down-sides: This is REMOTE. Drive through 45 minutes of mostly barren farmland to arrive to the entrance to this Resort community. From the entrance, drive another 15 minutes on twisty canyon road to get to the Hotel. If you want to play golf, it's a 5-minute shuttle ride (excellent course), want to go to the special "beach-club" (very nice) a 5-minute shuttle ride. The shuttles are complimentary, prompt and very nice. You can take a day-trip to somewhere else in Costa Rica, but you will be driving over an hour to get anywhere (note that we found some of the drives interesting and fun). The restaurants are typically very good, not awesome (by foodie standards) and you are not going to get the "real local fare". If you want the full "Costa Rica" experience, plan at least one day trip somewhere at least 2 hours away.
Beaches and the beach service are wonderful, great snorkeling off of Playa Blanca (please don't touch the fish, the coral or the rocks under water, every human touch kills the ecosystem and it does not grow back). However, ants are everywhere on the ground and the mosquitoes will eat you alive. The resort supplies a phenomenal bug spray, just ask for it and don't leave your room without dousing yourself. If you keep yourself well-sprayed, you will be fine and un-pestered, but go out at night with perfume and you will not be happy. So, if you want to dress up for dinner and smell nice for your mate, make plans for an indoor dining experience. (By the way, if you do get bitten, as soon as possible rub some diluted amonia (yes, diluted amonia) on the bite, it will be gone in minutes. Some of the insect-relief "sticks" are simply diluted amonia, but you can just mix some amonia and water and bring it with you and apply with a cotton-ball.)
Finally, the last "down-side", the price of food and drinks. Even though labor costs, land and commodity costs are very low for the resort, you will be paying top dollar for everything you consume. The prices would be on the high end, but would not seem outrageous if you were in downtown Manhattan, Los Angeles, London or Tokyo, but they seem outrageous in the middle of nowhere. And the fact that you have no other local options, makes it seem a little sad and unfair. There is nothing else like this in Costa Rica (we also stayed at the all-inclusive Westin, which is very nice and fun, but the "Lexus" to the Four-Seasons "Rolls Royce" experience), but to enjoy it you need to either (i) mentally prepare for an extra $200 per person/per day (very moderate drinkers, not "heavy) or (ii) rent one of the houses and bring food and beverages (there are grocery and liquor stores on the way from the airport).
We will most likely return to this resort.
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- Also Known As:
- 4 Seasons Resort Costa Rica At Peninsula Papagayo
- Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica At Peninsula Papagayo Hotel Gulf Of Papagayo
- Four Seasons Costa Rica
- Four Seasons Liberia
- Peninsula Liberia
- Liberia Peninsula
- Liberia Four Seasons