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Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

Really impressed by FS costa rica! It seems like the hotel management has thought of every detail! the rooms are extremely comfortable and well appointed (all of them are facing the ocean and you can hear the ocean when you sleep), the service is exquisite, food is great, they also have various activities that can fill up your day - kayaking, bird watching, hiking. You really don't have to leave the hotel if you don't need to. You can get the true Costa Rican experience with FS quality ;) Enjoy!

Room Tip: anything on 2nd, 3d, 4th floor would face the ocean...
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank olkin
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FSCos, General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2012

Dear olkin, I am so pleased to read your review. Our staff strives every day to deliver exactly what you so well described. We are working on new activities every day and just started Stargazing and opened three exclusive cabanas. SO many more reasons to come back in the near future… you will enjoy Costa Rica even more!
Pascal,
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

We recently returned from the Four Seasons in Costa Rica. It was outstanding! The service and amenities were terrific from the moment we arrived to our departure. We highly recommend a visit. We arranged transportation and the Mega Combo tour with Tours Your Way. This was such a highlight and an amazing experience for us and our two children ages 10 and 6. We went zip-lining, horseback-riding, water sliding and did the hot springs all in one day! We had our own private tour and received amazing personal attention from our guide. Again, highly recommended!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank 674Lisa
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

My family and I stayed at the Four Seasons (FS) from November 3 through November 8th 2012 and had a great time with no rain. I made my own transportation arrangements from Liberia Airport to the FS resort and the ride took about 45 minutes in a private air conditioned van that charged $70. We stopped at a local grocery store along the way and loaded up with a huge supply of cookies, crackers and chips for our kids that ran $13. If you decide to purchase snacks before arriving at the FS, let the driver know within the first 5 minutes of the ride. If you go beyond 5 minutes out from Liberia Airport, there is practically nothing between that point and the rest of the way to the FS which is in a very isolated location.

Once we arrived at the FS, a small group of FS staff immediately greeted us upon stepping out of the van with cool wet cloths, fruit drinks and toys (stuffed animals) for our 5 and 9 year old kids while other staff moved our luggage to a golf cart. The FS staff informed us that they could not immediately upgrade our room as indicated by American Express due to no availability, but indicated that they will likely be able to upgrade the room tomorrow if we still wanted an upgrade. Nevertheless, the FS staff added that one nights stay would be free for booking five nights, my family would receive a free daily American breakfast at Papagayo restaurant, we received a $100 recreation credit that could be used for golf or spa services and guaranteed late 4PM checkout for booking through American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts program. We were then immediately whisked away to our room. We booked a second floor Brisa room with a double bed that was large and comfortable. The screened terrace was also large and comfortable, but it did not offer a great view of the water due to the large foilage from the trees. The room contained a delicious pastry snack that was sitting on the desk along with a card from the FS addressed to me indicating "Happy Birthday". The room also contained 4 bottles of complimentary bottled water and a bottle of complimentary insect repellent in the closet. The bathroom was large and luxurious with a deep soaking tub and a walk in shower. Written in colorful letters along the side of the bathtub were the names of our two children. The bathroom also contained cotton robes with FS logos for us and children's sized FS robes for the kids. I only had a few pretty minor gripes (besides the view) about this otherwise very comfortable room. The American Standard toilet in the bathroom has a low height (to me and I'm only 5'8'') and appeared cheap which stood out in an otherwise luxurious bathroom where significant money was spent. Additionally, the flat screen tv was a decent size, but did not display the tv programming in high definition and the standard definition picture was mediocre. We were complimentary upgraded the next day to the 3rd floor Cielo room which had less of a view of the water than the Brisa room due to looking through more tree foilage than looking between tree trunks. If you look out at the hotel from the water, you will see that all the floors (1 - 4) of the hotel in buildings #3 and #4 had their views obstructed due to tree foilage. (Building #2 appeared to be under renovation.) FS informed me the view improves when you are in the brown or dry season or if you want to upgrade to the hillside bedroom villas. The property has several shallow pools that my kids throughly enjoyed and the property has interesting artwork.

The food at the FS is expensive. One cheeseburger at the FS Congo Grill was $20. One can of soda from the minifridge in the room is $5. The best food value was the breakfast buffet at Papagayo's which was excellent, diverse and would otherwise have been $100+ a day if not for American Express which resulted in it being free. We also took a few bananas and other fruit for later in the day snacks at this buffet. Dinner at Di Mare was "okay", so long as you don't mind paying very high prices (you will spend a bare minimum of $150) for "okay" food. We enjoyed the dinner at Papagayo a "little better" and it was less expensive.

I strongly recommend you obtain the FS Activities Booklet for the "week" as soon as you arrive so you can plan in advance. FS puts out a "daily" activities sheet, but you really want the "weekly" activities booklet to plan. We took part in the once a day FS complimentary "Trail of Giants" tour around the golf course which was excellent and saw animals such as howler monkeys, iguana, hawks and other amazing animals. The views around the golf course during this tour are SPECTACULAR. My wife also took part in the FS complimentary cooking class and had a great time talking to the chefs and seeing the kitchen. FS also gave her one of those tall chef hats that she thought was cute. My wife and I took part in the FS complimentary kayak tour to Monkeyhead - (a tiny atoll with a rock face that is shaped like a monkey head) which took 1 1/2 hours. I recommend that you are in half decent shape because you will do a lot of rowing in that kayak and my wife indicated she wasn't going to build up a sweat so I did almost all the rowing. My son and I also took part in the FS complimentary sunset hike. I strongly recommend that you are in decent shape for the hike. The hike involves climbing 500 steep stairs (no exaggeration) followed by climbing a dirt trail up a hill that "gassed" most of the participants to reach a high point and see the spectacular sunset. It reminded me of "sprints up stadium stairs" and you're legs will definetely feel it. The exercise room is excellent and my wife enjoyed the spa at the FS. Just note that there are almost no services at the spa that cost less than $150 before tax and service charge. The Goombay catamaran sunset cruise booked through FS was also an excellent value to us. Children under the age of 10 are complimentary and the cost was $220 for 4 of use to enjoy the 3 1/2 hour cruise from 2:30p to 6p which included snacks, alcohol, swimming, snorkeling and seeing a spectacular sunset on the water.

The FS complimentary Kids For All Seasons Club (KFAS) has a nice (somewhat small) club room and its own pool. KFAS was virtually empty our entire stay there, but was enjoyed by my 5 year old who made bead bracelets with the staff. My 9 year old felt more comfortable in the Teen Center and had a great time with water polo, the hoops challenge and the Nintendo Wii system.

The staff and service at the FS was excellent. For example, my daughter had a headache one evening and the waitress at Papagayo indicated the following, "Here is my personal phone number. If the gift shop does not have the medicine your daughter needs, call me and I will drive to the local town for you to pick up what you need and bring it back." In another example, the FS staff overheard my wife mention she brought the wrong charger (she brought a cellphone charger) for her digital camera. The FS staff indicated that they would take the camera to their IT staff to look at it and see if they could find a way to recharge the camera. The staff tells you "mucho gusto", "de nada", "absolutely" and "right away" so much its almost robotic.

Overall, we really enjoyed the FS and my 5 year old cried asking me why we couldn't live here. We would definetely return here again.

Room Tip: Get a hillside villa if you want a decent view of the water. The view from a second floor Brisa room was the same or better than a view from most of the more expensive third floor Cielo rooms due to the tree foilage.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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12  Thank Kenneth H
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

Just returned from an incredible stay at the FS Costa Rica. Impressive property with the usual under-stated yet impressive FS service and quality. Upgraded to a Canopy Suite from a standard room and was well worth the hike (or drive) up the hill. Incredible views and potential interactions with the wildlife. Food and service were amazing. Prices seemed steeper than other FS properties but expected considering the brand.

Very easy to get into the daily rhythm of property...the 3 pools and 2 beaches offered something for everyone and the ocean and bay waters were incredibly warm. We stayed 4 nights after a very active 3 nights in the Arenal volcano area of CR...so this was the perfect way to wind down after 4 active days of zip lining, hiking and rafting. The property does offer reasonable excursions to the surrounding areas and we opted for 1/2 day escorted river ride which included copious sightings of crocs, birds, monkeys and iguanas followed by a great lunch overlooking the river. Pretty cool. As other reviewers commented, this property is definitely secluded which adds to its ambiance but do not expect to come and go frequently...but then again, you shouldn't want to either! Highly recommend this location for a secluded getaway!

Room Tip: Splurge on a Canopy Suite...the walk (or drive) up the hill is worth it!
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank PaulNLarsen
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

My wife and i attended a business meeting at the Four Seasons in October 2012. The resort is in very nice shape and the staff is extremely professional. As the resort is on a peninsula, it shares beaches to a bay and the Pacific Ocean. Within a five minute walk you can be on each of the shores.
If you are a beach lover, the beaches are not the cleanest as in most of the Caribbean. However, thre views are beautiful.
As indicated, we were there for business and the quality of the facility for meetings was fantastic. Breakout areas were available and catering was impeccable.
One down side to the resort that i see is the cost. My wife and I have travelled extensively throughout Mexico and the Caribbean. Comparitively, the Four Seasons was 2x the cost of our other travels. For example, our breakfast buffet one morning was $90 including tip.
All in all though, this is a quality resort and well worth the trip.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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3  Thank MrGufrump
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FSCos, General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2012

I am glad that you enjoy your stay with us and found our staff professional. They are the most important asset of our property and strive to give our guests always the best possible service. Pura Vida,
Pascal
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