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“Travel Writers Workshop with Perry Garfinkle” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

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Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in Gulf of Papagayo
Dallas, Texas
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“Travel Writers Workshop with Perry Garfinkle”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2013

WOW ....we were so lucky to be alerted by Guest Relations manager Sara Cadavid to the travel writer's workshop hosted by Four Seasons and travel writer Perry Garfinkle. It was a 3 day workshop, but we were only there for the last day....and now disappointed we missed the first two days. Perry is the writing expert and was there to coax us non-writers into sharing some thoughts on paper. Some exceptional experiences organized by the resort to a local elementary school and lecture by a local chocolate wizard were the jumperstarters for writing inspiration. It was a great way to relax, get a feel for some of the local culture, meet some of the other guests, and excercise your mind at the same time. Hopefully they'll extend this program to some other hotels and resorts, so we can again have Perry attempt to expand our minds and divert our attention from nothingness of laying on the beach (which is very tempting here.)

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Stayed in a 2 bedroom villa from August 16-24, 2013. The staff and service was above and beyond in every instance. I have nothing but the highest praise for how well this hotel is run. This is a resort that "gets" what service should look like.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

I found much of the food in Costa Rica uninteresting. Beans, rice, fish. Nothing wrong with it but lean on flavor. Not so at the FS. Golf course was great with lots of variety and elevation changes. The hotel is on a peninsula at the point it narrows before widening out again, so it's only a few steps to beaches on either side. Rooms were of the same quality you would expect from a FS resort in the US and better than many of their business center properties. I would say this is more often a destination trip since it is away from other towns on the coast. After checking out we got a car at Liberia airrt to visit some of the other coastal towns to the south, like Flamingo and Tamarindo. (The FS is very close to the border of Nicaragua.) Many comments about theft being common, but not much violent crime. Compared to Mexico, the countyside is much more empty and there is less of a sense of cultural history.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Stayed here July 8-14 with my family (ages ranged from 11, 20, mid-20s, & 50s). LOVED the resort & the staff was AMAZING! We were greeted with cool towels & local juice upon arrival. Everyone was incredibly friendly. We enjoyed the complimentary activities (make sure to sign up). We were a little disappointed in the food at the hotel ( the food was average but expected it to be much better considering the price). We actually enjoyed the food from local restaurants more than the hotel food. I really enjoyed the hot/cool pools in the spa, especially at sunset! Our favorite excursion where a crew took us for a day if watersports, lunch, to visit a local beach/cave. Not sure of the name of the excursion, but the concierge recommended & it was definitely worth it & the crew was wonderful! We cannot wait to go back.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

I went here years ago to go fishing and said I would come back and bring the kids, and I did in August 2013. The fishing here is amazing, and there are hundreds of fish right off shore. We caught tuna, bonita, gar; and also saw manta's cartwheeling in the air next to the boat; dolphins having a blast, whales off in the distance; and most importantly, we hooked into sailfish, but did not land any. Still it was light tackle, and to fight a sail for 8 or 10 minutes was a hoot and a half. We also saw sea turtles and they were very friendly. At the resort there are monkeys and some other crazy critters (kids loved them) and there is a massive 130 foot staircase by the beach that many overlook. We also had fun as a family exploring the rocks at either end of both the beach and the bay. The food is really incredible. And the chef cooked our tuna two nights in a row- the fish that we caught for $15. What a hoot. The staff is really nice and friendly. Four Seasons knows their business. Cheers!

Room Tip: We were on the second floor in the jungle. This was cool because we saw animals right outside the p...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

I have always been a fan of the Four Seasons but our recent stay at Peninsula Papagayo has now made me a loyal customer. Staff has mastered the art of making guest feel relaxed, welcomed and handle every detail. They "get" service so that one can truly feel and be on vacation. The pick up from the airport, checkin, turn down and room service are exemplary customer service.

The fish tacos and mojitos are some of the best I have had anywhere in the world. The sunsets are breath taking and on par with Oia in Greece. The concierge scheduled excursions tailored to our wishes and selected excellent and personable guides.

Of special note, I greatly appreciated that the managers circulate throughout the property to ensure that guest are enjoying their stay and actively solicit feedback. That is a hallmark of organization committed to great service.

My only non-stellar comment is that the spa services require a bit of enhancement. The space is top notch but the treatment execution did not match the lovely view of the beach from spa or price point. Treatments were adequate but not outstanding as one might expect.

I look forward to my next visit.

Room Tip: Third floor and near the pool was an exceptional convenient location to everything.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tampa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

My husband and I just returned from the Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo Resort where we stayed for four nights, and can't express enough how wonderful our trip was. I relied heavily on the reviews here before booking our trip, so I know how valuable the feedback can be. I broke my feedback into several sections; in a nutshell, book it, you won't be disappointed!

1. Food: Yes, the food is expensive. Plan $50 for lunch and $100 for dinner for two people (not counting alcohol). But that said, all the food was spectacular and they had options for all tastes. As someone with a sensitive stomach, I'm always weary traveling out of the country. But all the food was fresh, had Costa Rican flair and was very upscale. I definitely believe we got what we paid for and was very happy with the selections available. Marea, the seafood restaurant at the Beach Club, was our favorite but they were all very good.

2. Beaches: Beautiful and pristine! The activity beach was not as pretty, but we had a blast with the complimentary activities like paddleboarding and kayaking. The views you can get of the area from the water are beautiful. Equipment was always available when we needed it and the instructors were very helpful.

3. Golf: A must! The views from almost all the holes show beautiful water views, and the howler monkeys in the background make for a very fun round of golf. My husband is an avid golfer and says it was by far the best course he's ever played.

4: Service: The staff at this resort is AMAZING. Not only is the service impeccable, they are genuinely kind and helpful. Everyone went out of their way to make sure our requests were met, and all reservations, room service, etc. were on time. Antonio at the pool was the best, he was always smiling!

5. Other: We traveled in the wet season, and the weather was great. It did rain/storm one afternoon but we were able to get in our beach time before the storm hit.

Room Tip: We were on the 2nd floor at the second building. Location was perfect, close to everything and beach...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
Address: Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Gulf of Papagayo
Amenities:
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
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Gulf of Papagayo
#1 Romantic Hotel in Gulf of Papagayo
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Gulf of Papagayo
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Gulf of Papagayo
#2 Spa Hotel in Gulf of Papagayo
#2 Luxury Hotel in Gulf of Papagayo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo 5*
Number of rooms: 184
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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
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