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Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
Ranked #2 of 13 Hotels in Gulf of Papagayo
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Reviewed June 7, 2005

We stayed at the Four Seasons Papagayo Peninsula 5/29/05 - 6/3/05. We purchased the Spa and Golf Package and while not cheap, believe that this trip was worth every penny.

Transfer from Airport: We flew into Liberia Airport and booked roundtrip transfers through the Four Seasons. We were met outside of customs by a Four Seasons Representative and never had to toil with our luggage (we brought way too much with us) again. We were greeted by a Green Suburban and a iced bottle of water. The hotel is about a 40 minute drive from the airport - a good deal of the drive is actually within the resort compound - think of the entrance to Jurassic Park. The scenery is so spectacular - during the Green Season. The terrain is lush - with lots of trees, vines and beautifully manicured grounds - not to mention the gorgeous water.

Check In: Seamless. Although I did request an ocean-view room, I was given a bay view. I don't think it really mattered except for the lack of a sunset view. We had a room on the second floor and had a nice view of the bay and surrounding area. It was nice to be met with a class of fresh fruit juice and a chilled towel.

Food: We liked Caracol at the Golf Course. The meats were USDA Choice and very tender. Also, the Macadamia Crusted Grouper was a big hit with our group. Di Mare was also very good, but we noticed that when the resort was more crowded the quality of the food decreased (Lobster tail was served partially cooked - yuck). We tried the Brazilian BBQ at Congos available on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday nights. Good food and plenty of it, although not quite as good as Di Mare and Caracol (Ala Carte v. Buffet). Papagayo or room service are your only options for breakfast. The breakfast buffet was popular with the men in our group - they loved the protein shakes and omelette bar - too many insects around the food for the ladies in the group. We stuck to the menu and also LOVED the room service - SERVICE is emphasized. It was a very lovely presentation on our patio. I concur with the previous reviewer - the food at the pool was also good - enough to share for a light lunch. Get the chips and salsa combo - it costs about $22 USD for 5 Imperial Beers and a basket of chips w/ two different salsas and to-die-for guacamole!

Spa: As part of our package, we received 1 Rainforest Rejuvenating Massage each day (normally costs about $135 for 60 minutes). The spa experience was amazing. The staff were very friendly and the facility was beautiful and oh soooo relaxing. I had Randoll and Jose Pablo as my therapists - they were great. I loved relaxing in the spa area following my treatments - try the cucumber water and frozen fruit.

Room: Hands down, the best hotel room I have ever had the pleasure of staying in. Loved the wooden floors, the screened in patio and of course, the best bed ever! Also, the bathroom was exquisite! We especially enjoyed the L'occitane products.

Service: The Costa Ricans were so nice and warm. They provided great personalized service - always addressing us with our names. English for some was a challenge, but I think it adds to the charm of the resort - also provided a nice chance to use the Spanish I learned in High School! We really enjoyed the poolside service with Costa Rican Ice Cream Pops, more chilled towels, Evian Facial Spritzes and cucumber slices. Housekeeping was great, although some days our room was not cleaned until the late afternoon - no big deal though for us.

Golf: The course is impeccable and usually empty. The views surpassed any course we have previously played including White Witch in Jamaica. Also, golf provides the chance for a mini safari with monkeys, iguanas and the most bizarre looking crabs on the course - worth a tour even if you don't play. The golf staff were very accomodating - Romona was so fantastic.

Activities: We did the canopy tour and loved it. Although it was a little bit of an endurance test for those not in peak physical condition. We were lucky enough to see a family of monkies (including a baby) in the trees.

Kids: There were plenty of kids at the resort. I'm sure that there were many activities for all ages. We found some of the children to be out of control (example: playing with the band's instruments during their break while people were dining, playing "Marco-Polo" in the pool next to the restaurant during dinner, and equally annoying, towel whipping the handrail in the quiet pool.) I'm sure the kids are not to blame for their behavior - this was the fault of their over-indulgent parents. People should, by all means, bring their children to this fantastic place, but be mindful of the tranquil setting in which others wish to enjoy.

Weather: It was very hot and very humid, but rain really did not hinder our activities as it mostly rained at night or early in the morning.

Tip: Use plenty Deet - Costa Rica during the Green Season was very buggy. However, there are lots of other creatures that Deet won't handle like tarantulas, lizards and purple crabs with orange claws. Of note, this is NOT a caribbean beach type resort. The beach has many ants, green worms and crabs. As long as you go there knowing this you won't be disappointed. It is still very beautiful - just really natural. Also, the water was very clear and very warm - perfect for enjoying a day playing in the waves!

We would return in a heartbeat and probably will soon! Enjoy and pura vida!

  • Stayed: May 2005
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41  Thank AZJetSet
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Reviewed June 6, 2005

I just wanted to help the next person who is looking for a beautiful getaway in Costa Rica. The Four Seasons was absolutely wonderful. The people were so hospitable. You'll have everything you ever needed at this resort.

Our first day there my allergies got the best of me. Allergy season was over for me in Florida so I did not bring any medication. The concierge realized that I was having problems and called the doctor. She was actually on the premises. I went down and in 5 minutes got medication that took care of my allergies. Which allowed me to enjoy a full week there.

My husband wanted to go on the Canopy Tour in Monte Verde. Let me just say, DON'T DO IT!!!!! It ended up being the only day that I absolutely dreaded of my stay in Costa Rica. The ride was not worth it. After we came back from Monte Verde we ended up doing the Witches Rock Canopy Tour just 15 minutes away from the resort and it was AWESOME!

We had a breakfast package which helped us out. Dinners were never under $100.00 a night for us. The 23% taxes will get you every night. I thought the dinners were average. If you ever get a chance to take the boat or shuttle over to Coco Beach do it. When you get there go eat at Louisiana Seafood. The meal is great and the prices are dirt cheap! There are souvenir shops, restaurants and a supermarket. It was a nice three hour getaway from the resort.

If you are worried about having an ocean view DON'T. All of the rooms have a view. You have the Playa Blanca on one side and the Playa Virador on the other. The rooms are unbelievable. (Note: If you like taking baths bring bubble bath).

The grounds are beautiful and the Sunsets are breathtaking. Definitely do the Sunset Hike. I can go on and on over this place. So let me just say that this place was definitely worth it!

20  Thank TrishaS7
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Reviewed June 5, 2005

  • Stayed: May 2005
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Reviewed June 2, 2005

We stayed at the Four Seasons for 7 nights May 26th-June 2nd. We absolutely loved it! The scenery is phenomenal and the resort is positioned so that you constantly see the scenery.

The resort was fantastic. The 3 pools are beautiful and it was incredibly calm around them. The service at the pool was fantastic and we often ate lunch at the pool. The beaches are beautiful scenery, but the sand is not pristine white like in the Caribbean.

Our room was beautiful and we especially liked the porch attached to your room. We had a room on the 2nd floor and had a wonderful view, very calming and relaxing because you can hear the waves crashing at night.

Our favoritve restuaraunt was Di Mare. We ate dinner there 3 nights. We liked the restauraunt at the golf course, but were not all that impressed with Papagayo for dinner. Papagayo for breakfast though was very good. The breakfast buffet is great and a pretty good value at the resort. We also used room service and thought the food and service were excellent. Be prepared to spend a good deal of money on food. We often ate only breakfast or lunch because the portions were so large. You could often easily share a sandwich and french fries at the pool. Pool drinks were excellent.

We both got massages and really enjoyed the spa. The fitness room is also very well done.

We also did 2 day trips from Allegro/Vargas Tours. Excellent value for your money. We went to Lake Arenal Volcano and rainforest one day and then another day went to Nicaragua. Both were excellent trips just very different. It was great to get out and see what Costa Rica and Central America was like besides what the Four Seasons had to offer.

  • Stayed: May 2005
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Reviewed June 1, 2005

  • Stayed: May 2005
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7  Thank ogold80075
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Reviewed May 31, 2005

We just returned from our honeymoon in Costa Rica - We stayed at the Four Seasons for five nights (May 16-21) and moved to another resort for the rest of the trip. We booked a deluxe room, but were upgraded to a premium roon when we arrived. All of the rooms are the same, the difference is the higher up the better the view. We were on the 4th floor and had an amazing view, but judging from the staircase I think 2nd floor rooms had great views as well. I think it's safe to say that next time we'll stay at the Four Seasons for the entire trip. It did rain a little each day, but not enough to even bother us.

Food: Every morning we enjoyed the breakfast buffet at Papagayo's (amazing - they have everything you could conceivably imagine wanting for breakfast, and all of it is wonderful). Also, Congo's (by the pool) is excellent for lunch. We did eat at Di Mare, and weren't all that impressed - the food was okay, but was overpriced for the quality. We were more impressed with the in-room dining menu (which you can also order by the pool or to the hotel's bar/lounge Tico's) - it provide a much more laid back atmosphere, better prices, and better food.

Service: Excellent everywhere you go in the hotel - we never encountered anything less than perfect service.

Excursions: The hotel offers several activities for free. We took advantage of the snorkeling, the nature hike, the sailing, salsa dancing lessons, and had a great time doing all of them. We also took the boat over to Coco Beach one afternoon - which is a really good idea if you need to do some souvenier shopping. They have several stores w/ some of same stuff that is in Four Seasons gift shop at much lower prices. We also had a good time hanging out at the little bar in the island; it was a nice change of scenery.

We went on all day adventure tour with vargas tours - it included horseback riding to a waterfall, canopy tour, repel wall climbing, lunch, etc. We found that there are several outside tour companies that offer the same or better tours as the hotel (and are willing to pick you up at the hotel) for a much lower rate. ricardo was great - stopped at points for us to take pictures, waited 1/2 hour for us to shop yet again, etc.

Spa: Amazing. We had massages, body wraps, facials, the works in the Pacifico Suite, and loved it all.

We can't say enough good things about the Four Seasons!! It was perfect in every aspect and we are already planning our next trip!

  • Stayed: April 2005
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15  Thank jiminycricket
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Reviewed May 12, 2005

Just got back from the 4 Seasons, May 1 thru 7th. From reading previous reviews we were expecting the food to be okay at best. Much to our delight the food was as good as we have ever had anywhere.

Pack your suitcase, then take half of your stuff out, then pack only bathing suits and shorts. The humidity is so high makeup won 't stay except for lipstick, so ditch your make up kit. No need to haul all that stuff if you don't need it!

When you go ocean beach ask for Dennis to be your pool person. He will take awesome care of you and tell him Christel said "hi".

15  Thank BlytheCayucos_CA
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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
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#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: $717 - $4,348 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo 5*
Number of rooms: 184
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