My wife and I vacationed at the FS Costa Rica over an extended July 4th holiday. To level set, our travel style shifts with the wind. From open-air boards-and-thatched roof cabanas on the beach in Belize to super deluxe resorts in South Africa.
FS CR was a perfect balance for travelers like us. The standard rooms were very well done, warm and spacious. The service at FS was very good - occasionally a little slow at the bar/restaurants - but not terribly so. Although a true Latin American country, Costa Rica seems touched with a good bit of Caribbean flavor. If you've traveled at all to the Caribbean, you'll understand my characterization.
The staff was very friendly, and seemed more relaxed in their willingness to show their personalities. I found this refreshing when compared to my experiences at other FS properties (e.g., Punta Mita), Ritz Carlton and St. Regis. I expect good service when I pay top dollar, but I don't want servants!
The resort is thoughtfully designed over many different levels on the cliff side. This adds a very arresting (in a good way) feeling of dimension when walking about between the spa, Tico bar, beach and hotel room. The architecture and lay out clearly attempt to minimize the guilt you may otherwise feel spending your time at a top notch luxury resort at the center of the Eco tourism universe.
With one exception, the food was very good, but not necessarily good enough to justify the prices. The food at restaurant in the golf clubhouse was exceptional and worth the prices.
If you go, watch a sunset or two from the hot tub in the spa. Absolutely go on the zip line tour at Witches Rock. The beach is clean, the water on the Pacific Ocean side is fairly clear. Even though it was too cloudy for snorkeling during our trip, my wife and I spent more time in the Ocean than the pools. There is also a wide selection of complimentary water activities on the sound side (wind surfing, kayaks, snorkel gear, paddle boats, surf boards).
Don't let the negative reviews dissuade you from going. I read them before and after my visit. Very little of those reviews come close to capturing our experience at the FS CR. We will go again, will invite our family and friends, and may even buy a Residence Club interest.
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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
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