Absolutely heavenly vacation in Costa Rica from beginning to end. Traveling with our 3 teens (14, 17 and 19) my husband and I spent first 3 nights in Costa Rica at the beautiful, exotic Nayara Hotel (see separate review) in the rain forest followed by 5 nights at the Four Seasons Resort near the Pacific ocean. At the Four Seasons (4S) we watched both the sunrise over the bay and sunset over the gulf.
We used 3Monkies for our private transfers between Nayara and 4S and then 4S back to the LIR airport, which was less expensive than using the 4S private transportation. Our driver even stopped at Peri, the market, in Liberia before getting to the resort so we could stock up on snacks and water. Little did we know that we did not need that much bottle water since the 4S housekeeping provides 12 oz. bottles for your rooms.
Our family had two guest rooms on the Cielo 4th floor (upgraded from our original Brisas reservation). We loved the rooms which included a very large "mosquito protected screened" balcony sitting area with sofa, table and chairs and even a coffee maker. Our view of the ocean from the 4th floor was obstructed due to full green trees. Actually, this is the best time of the year in Costa Rica since the foliage is lush and green, and not brown/dead/bare. We still enjoyed watching the surf through the trees and listening to the sounds of the ocean. Luckily for us, it only rained our last day at the Four Seasons and only for an hour or so.
Everything was perfect! At the resort, we used the fitness facilities, snorkeled on Playa Blanca, sun and swam in the warm calm waters on Playa Virador, learned how to use plantains in a cooking class, paddle boarded at Prieta Beach Club, drove golf carts while touring the golf course on the "Tour of Giants", hiked the Nature trail from one beach over to the other beach, watched the hermit crabs and bats after the sun dropped, listened to the howling monkeys, and looked for shooting stars after dinner. The resort is very remote so to get a real Costa Rican experience and get off this "resort island", we broke up the stay here by taking a couple of excursions. We took the Palo Verde River Boat cruise and a water taxi trip to Playa de Coco. Both were half day excursions and got us back in time to swim before dark. At Playa de Coco, we visited the markets (Auto Mercado near the Pacfico Resort looks like a Gelson's) and dined at Cafe de Playa. Saw humpback whale and calf on trip back to 4S.
Service was excellent! From the twice per day housekeeping service to the beach attendants to the front desk crew, each and every employee were genuine and friendly.
We ate at Tico's (our favorite), Papagayo (good; quintessential resort restaurant), CR Burger Shack (very good - buffalo, beef, turkey or fish burgers and corn dogs; excellent sides) and Congo's (okay; usual Brazilian buffet at dinner but way overpriced and not much of a menu selection for smaller appetites). One of our best meals was at Marea at Prieta Beach Club. The food was delicious, ambience great, and the service was outstanding (note that a service fee is 20%, not 10%, will be applied automatically to your bill). So the only down side to the resort experience is that the restaurants are very, very expensive.
Four Seasons took care of everything! From our departure tax forms and to the delivery of delicious treats every day to our rooms (fruit baskets, various chocolates, and macaroons and plenty of wage bottles). This was definitely one of our top family vacation experiences and hope to come back in the near future. It was an amazing experience at the Four Seasons Costa Rica.
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- Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica At Peninsula Papagayo Hotel Gulf Of Papagayo
- 4 Seasons Resort Costa Rica At Peninsula Papagayo
- Four Seasons Costa Rica
- Four Seasons Liberia
- Peninsula Liberia
- Liberia Peninsula
- Liberia Four Seasons