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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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“My wife almost didn't leave”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Had a fantastic stay. Such a gorgeous setting and a real sense of service. DiMare's was amazing, the spa was the best... my wife did not want to leave and I did for a moment think she was going to hide on the property and I would be returning alone. Will return for a longer visit as soon as possible.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FSCOSPFGM, General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, responded to this review, August 13, 2014
Dear jdJ677, thank you for taking the time and review your most recent stay - being situated on the tip of the Peninsula allows us to have stunning views, two permanent beaches and amazing sunsets - no wonder your wife did not want to leave. Come back soon for a longer trip to Pura Vida country. Pascal Forotti, General Manager
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  • Location
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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

my family of 7, myself, son and daughter in law and baby, my daughter and son in law and baby, have been here in papagayo for 10 days...it's been a heavenly vacation!!! a much needed break from a busy life....we stayed in the rooms right by the pool...we were on the 4th floor and from the back of the room had a view of the beach from the doorway in front had a view of the pools and another beach....it's a gorgeous property....the rooms are lovely, spacious and very clean. the pools are really nice...there are so many spots to go that you never feel crowded...2 beaches, 3 pools, plus a little kids pool...we went to the kids club and it seems really fun...the restaurants have very good food...there are numerous activities....daily there are classes and different activities to do...we went on the tour at the golf course and saw monkeys, coatis, birds, a lot of wildlife...my son surfed a few days..and loved the surf spots...we took a taxi to tamarindo for the day...we also took a private boat tour one afternoon...we all loved it...we saw the sights, snorkeled, knee boarded and paddle boarded..we all had spa treatments also, which were fantastic!..the staff is so friendly and very helpful...they were so cute with the babies...everyone we talked to was so nice and would do anything for you.....i would definitely come back and would recommend this amazing hotel...

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FSCOSPFGM, General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, responded to this review, August 11, 2014
Dear jolynm, Great to know the entire family enjoyed Costa Rica and the time with us. Your review is full of great information and explains the resort and the activities and services offered so well, nothing I could add to it – an action packed vacation place. Wonderful to know you are thinking of coming back soon. Pura Vida, Pascal Forotti, General Manager.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

You are located between a jungle and a beach, the resort is lush and tropical. The staff is friendly and helpful. You have a pool , spa, bar, restaurants, comfortable room. They ask for your electronics for 24 hrs. They get you involved in recreation without technology. Enjoying a coffee scrub in the resort spa., hikes, looking for howler monkeys, fishing, boating, surfing, looking for blue morphos in the butterfly garden. Then they " Reconnect" you, with your electronics. Cost $$$

Room Tip: Rooms facing beach are quieter, you have monkey sounds coming from the jungle.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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FSCOSPFGM, General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, responded to this review, August 11, 2014
Dear 387indy, I am so glad you participated in our “disconnect to reconnect” program and enjoyed it. Many of our guests do and our list of things to do, without your iphone is very extensive, just like the complimentary activities we offer all day long. Come back soon … and stay connected with Pura Vida! Pascal Forotti, General Manager.
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Glendale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

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.

Room Tip: Hotel guest rooms had beautiful views of the ocean or bay, although the trees at this time of the ye...
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FSCOSPFGM, General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, responded to this review, August 11, 2014
Dear XrsPappas5, wonderful to read those last sentences!!! “top family vacation” and “hope to come back in the near future” are the rewarding words we love to read and hear. Your review is very detailed and really shows what an amazing place Costa Rica and the Peninsula are. Finally, thank you for your feedback on our restaurants, with a renovation just around the corner, we will rebrand and rejuvenate our outlets to make them fun, exciting and delicious! Pura Vida, Pascal Forotti, General Manager.
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This was the first visit to both Costa Rica and a Four Seasons resort for my wife and I. The experience the staff at the Four Seasons created was unforgettable. We had several amazing dinners during our stay. Our first was at Di Mare's where we picked our own fresh fish that morning with Di Mare's chef and got advice from him on how to prepare it. Later that night he brought out the most beautiful deep fried snapper we had ever seen. We had cooking lesson another day with the chef from Caracol. Later that day we dined at Caracol and the chef came out twice to greet us with two outstanding dishes. He had remembered us from earlier in the day and wanted to make it a special visit. Everyone went above and beyond on a daily basis to make our trip as relaxing and enjoyable as it could be. Costa Rica itself is a incredibly beautiful. The people have well deserved pride for their country. There were so many things to do from surfing and snorkeling to hiking in a cloud forest. We can't wait to go back with our kids.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FSCOSPFGM, General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, responded to this review, August 11, 2014
Dear van_williams, thank you for your kind comments and especially mentioning our Chefs. They are extremely proud of their dishes, and we are so proud of them. Great food during a vacation is crucial and happy our teams were able to create some unforgettable moments. Come back soon - Pura Vida, Pascal Forotti, General Manager.
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

If you are staying at the hotel, you might want to consider the condos about a mile from the hotel, which is still part of the resort. We have been to the hotel part and the condos, and the condos are much better, but more expensive.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FSCOSPFGM, General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, responded to this review, August 8, 2014
Dear Nick, thank you for your review. The great thing of course when staying at the Four Seasons, are all of the complimentary activities and amenities we offer. From the various food and drinks samplings offered all day around the pool and beach, to the Star gazing and nature hikes, from the mountain bikes to the snorkeling gear, just to mention a few ... always worth staying with us! Pura Vida, Pascal Forotti, General Manager.
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Rancho Santa Fe, California
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We just returned from a week at this gorgeous & extremely well run property. We were 6 people; my husband & myself, our two younger children, our oldest son & his fiancée & we stayed in a 3 bedroom villa & a one bedroom hotel room. Both were lovely but our villa was suburb. The whole resort is furnished in dark woods, little intrusion of color, which lets nature shine. Our villa viewed the swimming beach & islands, with a beautiful infinity edge plunge pool. The whole place is beyond luxurious, which is to be expected at this level. What impressed me (and I really didn't want to head to Costa Rica in late July at all) was the genuine sweetness of almost every employee here. It was exceptional, enough to make me a Costa Rican convert. We had a poolside cabana on several days & Maxwell, on two days our attendant, radiated joyfulness, enthusiasm & an extremely high level of pride in his work. His whole face lit up when talking about part of his job - teaching the casita inhabitants how to make a cocktail. We left thinking of him as a friend. On another occasion, we had a teasing encounter with Rosbin, our turn down person & I jokingly asked him where were the chocolates or cookies on our pillow. The next evening, we had a different turn down team & I had forgotten all about the prior conversation. Half an hour later, who should show up but Rosbin, with a box of chocolates for us! This was on his own time, his own initiative. What an exceptionally nice thing to do! I think that the staff here is the best of the best; from the restaurants to the tram drivers. We will be back!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FSCOSPFGM, General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, responded to this review, August 7, 2014
Dear Heather, Thank you for your kind words in general and especially for pointing out Maxwell and Rosbin. We shared your review with them both, and they were very happy and proud of it. We are looking forward to your next trip - we are ready to pamper you with more chocolates and cocktails! Pura Vida, Pascal Forotti, General Manager.
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Address: Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Gulf of Papagayo
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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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