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Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

Our first visit to a Four Seasons as well as to Costa Rica. My husband, myself, 18 year old daughter and 16 year old son went Spring Break 2013. The hotel was nice with larger than average rooms (that seriously need more lighting) and a huge patio. There are 3 pools (one is adults only), 4 restaurants, and a beach on both sides of the resort - one Pacific Ocean side and one bay side. The beaches are public, but because of the very remote location of the resort, practically the only people there are hotel guests and employees. The staff are VERY friendly and helpful, and are truly the best of any resort (of many) that we have every stayed at. We ate at every restaurant at the resort and did the following excursions through the hotel: surf lessons, Witches Rock zip line, Goombay Catamaran/snorkeling. The two biggest negatives to this trip were 1.) The exorbitant prices! The cost of food & beverages here is outrageous for decent (but not fabulous) food. Your options are limited because of the remote location of the resort being a 40 minute drive to anywhere. Take my advice - drink the tap water. It will not hurt you and bottled water is $10! Also the excursions (which were all great) cost an arm and a leg. I would recommend using Mainor at Tours UR Way. He transported us to and from the resort to the airport at half the cost of the hotel transportation. We really regretted not using him for tours as well. 2.) The celebrities! Apparently this is a resort where many celebrities vacation - which would be fine if some of them weren't so full of themselves. We encountered several (but one in particular whose name I will not mention because he will probably have this review removed like he did the posting from Twitter) was very full of himself. No matter what we did we could not avoid him and his "pit bullish" fiancee, who practically attacked anyone with a camera - assuming they were trying to take pictures of the celebrity and not vacation shots of family. It was very annoying and left a bad taste, even though the 2 other celebrities we encountered were very friendly. The location in Costa Rica is apparently drier than much of the rest of the country, so the trees weren't as lush and green as we were expecting, but it was still very beautiful and cleaner than any other beachy or island destination I've ever been to. I would go back, but I would try a different resort.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Michelle K
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Fantastic may be an understatement.
We had an Amazing Time. Beautiful area. Great tour guides, very informative. Great Food and Fantastic People. We did a combination business/couples trip. Everything as made Easy and Everyone made you feel welcome.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Dale S
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

What a wonderful location – ocean on one side and bay on the other with 3 pools in-between, who could ask for more? Our favorite part of our room (which was all-around great) was the screened in patio which allows us to leave the sliding door open and let the sounds of crashing waves in. We fell asleep most nights to this sound. We spent most days alternating between the pools and one of the beaches. Service was excellent and we were rarely without a fresh, cold drink in hand. The spa - We had a couple’s massage which was amazing and the spa facilities were wonderful. The men’s side (and women’s, too, I believe) had a hot tub that looks out over the ocean. We were there for 8 nights and tried almost every dining option at least once and had great food and service the entire trip! We really enjoyed the restaurant overlooking the golf course, but the highlight was our private dinner with friends on the beach. Off property experiences like zip lining and volcanic mineral baths were also great. Looking forward to a return trip soon!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Stephan W
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

The hotel has a lot to do and that is absolutely great. We had a very good holiday and the beaches were fantastic and nice to have them private. Excellent pool and varied food. It really is though too much for the money paid and it does feel far too big and impersonal even too corporte to be charging rates of a very special hotel. crowd a bit older too... I like it but I am not sure i can really recommend this to a friend although i cannot really say there is anything really wrong about it either. Search a bit more before deciding to spend your money here

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

My wife and I have stayed at this 4 Seasons 6 times over the past 4 years and it has never disappointed us. Two very different private hotel beaches, and incredible 18 hole Arnold Palmer design golf course, several excellent restaurants and Impeccable service. When you drive up to the veranda hotel entrance, the bellhops open your door calling you by your name. That is always a nice way to start. They even changed my flat tire on one occasion. Throughout our stays, the staff has always addressed us by our names whether it is poolside or at the morning breakfast with its' made to order omelets and fresh variety of juices. We have always upgraded our room to the upper floors. The rooms are spacious and outside screened patio is extremely comfortable to relax on while sipping a good cup of wine while looking out over the Pacific. We have traveled all over the globe and continue to return this one specific hotel. A warning, the hotel is expensive and the add-ons add up quickly- but if you want to relax in Costa Rican splendor while being pampered we do not believe there is a finer hotel anywhere.

Room Tip: Upgrade or book the upper floors.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Scott J
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