Our family stayed for a week at the Four Seasons Resort at Peninsula Papagayo and had a wonderful experience. A few of us have previously been to the resort and are returning for second and third times. While expensive, as all Four Seasons properties are, the service is spectacular, the rooms spacious, and the food at the various on-resort and off-resort locations were great.
Amenities: The resort has everything you can think of including spa, gym, sauna, multiple salt water pools, two beaches, complimentary non-moterized water activities, and daily excursions from the resort ranging from rainforest tours to zip-lining. Two beaches are available for guests on the property. One beach was more of a lounging beach, with the usual beach-side drink and food service, while the other beach had slightly rougher water due to exposure to the open sea but had activities like wind surfing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling, and surfing. The water is blue and was warm during our stay. They warm of jellyfish in the area, but we never saw any. Multiple salt water pools were available, including some exclusively for adults and kinds.
Activities: A daily copy of activities was delivered to the room every morning and outlined various individual and group activities such as cooking classes, chocolate making classes, mini-golf, nature hikes, sunset kayaking, group snorkeling, and introduction to surfing. While most activities were complementary, the ones involving yoga, chocolate making, and some lessons had a nominal fee. We found the activities we participated in enjoyable and learned a good bit from the native staff at the hotel.
Rooms: We stayed in the ocean view rooms and found them well appointed and spacious. The king-sized beds were very comfortable and the outside deck, where breakfast was served, was a nice place to relax while getting ready in the morning and eating breakfast. We had a few special occasions while staying and the Four Seasons made sure to take special care of anniversaries. We appreciated the small details like aloe in the rooms after some days on the beach where we got a little more burned than we had hoped to.
Excusions: The concierge was helpful in setting up recommended tours and found professional guides that spoke in both Spanish and English to our family (some of our family is fluent in Spanish but most are not). We did zip-lining at Witches' Rock and a rainforest tour with Sensoria. The zip-lining was wonderful and only 20 minutes from the hotel. The rainforest tour with Sensoria, however, was a bit of a let-down. The 2.5 hour drive there and back took up most of the time. At Sensoria, we unfortunately did not see any wildlife but did get to experience some waterfalls and a guided flora tour.
Food: The restaurants on the property are wonderful and reservations are essential at all locations. It is recommended that reservations should be make prior to arrival in Costa Rica. Di Mare is an Italian restaurant that serves classic Italian dishes with an emphasis on seafood. Marea is not on the Four Seasons property but is at a nearby beach club. We thought this food was the best, given its Asian-Costa Rican fusion menu that emphasized fresh fish. The steakhouse, Caracol, at the golf course served wonderful filet and the Costa Rican filet that is less fatty and a little more chewy than normal filet mignon. The service at all places was fantastic and the food inventive and inspired with local flavors. The prices are typical of the Four Seasons and are quoted in dollars instead of the local currency.
Overall, we had a fantastic stay at Peninsula Papagayo. The staff were willing to help correct any grievances and found a way to make every experience pleasurable. We will definitely be returning!
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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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