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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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Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed August 10, 2005

This is an "out-of-this-world" experience. The resort is set on a private peninsula that overlooks both the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Papagayo. Views in any direction are amazing, and the resort is built perfectly into the Valley of the peninsula that reaches down to the beach on both the pacific and gulf sides.

The rooms are located in three buildings in the Valley and the suites are located up in the hills. There is a main building which has the spa, restaurants, lobby bar, etc...

The staff is so friendly, and really make you feel welcome. The golf course has the best views of any course I have ever played, and the Spa is great and offers a variety of treatments.

There are so many daily activities, I highly recommend the golf course tour even if you don't play golf. You get to see vulchurs, monkeys, all different types of tropical animals.

Also, recommend the catamaran sunset tour. We saw sea turtles, and dolphins.

  • Stayed: June 2005
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Reviewed July 19, 2005

We spent a week at the Four Seasons. We have stayed in several of the Four Seasons resorts and rate this the finest of all. The people and service are outstanding as always at Four Seasons but the never have we see so much genuine friendliness. Another thing that we liked is that so many extras are at no charge -- using paddle or sailboats, the children's program and so on.

The golf course has to be one of the most beautiful in the world. Take your camera. In addition, we took lessons from two of their pros - Dan Walden and Alex Iguchi who were outstanding.

Can't wait to go back!

Stayed: July 2005
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Reviewed July 14, 2005

Hello, Overall, good, but a few things to note. First, dont rent a car unless you plan to travel a good deal. We wasted at least an hour waiting for a minibus ride from the airport to the rental car agency about 15 minutes away in the wrong direction from most hotels. The resort is about 60 minutes from car rental company. Get the limo ride in short as even the cheap rental will be 250 with gas for a week.

The resort architecture was striking, but in a 70's style that wont appeal to some, a bit cold. The lobby kinda reminded us of the ubiquitous JFK, RFK high schools built 30 years ago. The rooms were nice and four seasons quality. We stayed at the Punta Mita property and found many of the room features to be the same and it felt a bit let down by the similarities. The view from the rooms on the top floor were very obstructed by the canopy and full floor to ceiling bug screen. We would have preferred a view of some kind. The resort strives to blend in with nature, but we would prefer more striking overlooks as was the case with punta mita, la palmilla etc.

The kids area was nice and activities were plentiful. The staff was great. You could tell some kids were dumped for 8 to 10 hours at a clip and seemed like zombies towards later afternoon.

Couple things about the pool, someone designer chose just the right stonework around the pool to gather as much heat as possible, you can test your pain tolerance walking around barefoot, otherwise take along your shoes. The pools depth was 3.5 feet or so, and was not comfortable for a swim. We kept comparing to Punta Mita we suppose. Dont bother with the daily ice cream, it tasted awful.

Wish the beaches were more inviting, The sand quality was pretty bad and the water was murky. This has to do with the dark and fine sand I suppose, but we had not anticipated a lake side feel on both the ocean and bay sides..

Golf course is solid, but not difficult play. The restaurant by the course is very nice.

Get up early to look for monkey families in the trees, it's entertaining.
The zip line tour and all day catamaran cruise was great.
Food was good, not great. Our suggestion, dont get the meal plan if your not a big eater.

So, good, but not great

  • Stayed: April 2005
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Reviewed June 27, 2005

My husband and I just returned from a very nice stay at the Four Seasons in Costa Rica. The staff of the Four Seasons made our stay. Anytime we had a concern about our room or needed anything, they responded within minutes with a willingness to help. The concierge was also very attentive - they bent over backwards to make sure you got the tee time you wanted and were more than willing to help with daytrips outside of the resort.

Rooms - Very nice views of the bay/ocean. The retractable screens on each balcony were a great idea. You could hear the waves from your room. I've read complaints in other reviews about the beds, but our bed was very comfortable. (We had a fourth floor room.)

Golf and Tennis - Outstanding golf course with a friendly staff and amazing views. My husband played golf and I just tagged along. It was well worth the views and they did not charge for me to go with him. Tennis was also very good! We seemed to have the golf and tennis to ourselves. Same at the spa, and the hotel was supposedly 70% full.

Diving - The diving at this location was not ideal because of the visibility, but the dive staff was safe, attentive and knowledgable. We saw two white tip sharks and a school of eagle rays - if only the visibility had been better, I'm sure we would have seen more. (15-20 ft. visibility)

Spa and fitness center - Superb! Excellent staff, beautiful facilities and good equipment.

Food - The buffet breakfast at Papagayo was our personal favorite! Tico's Bar is also good for snacks/dinner. Di Mare - good, but not great. Papagayo for dinner - good, but not great.

Activities close to the hotel - Definitely try the zip lines in the canopy at Witches Rock - just a 3 hour excursion and only a twenty minute drive from the resort.

Our only negative - Swiss Travel Tours - we did a day trip with this company and I imagine it was just bad luck for us or a bad day for our guide. He just wasn't a happy guy. The rainforest preserve was beautiful that we visited, however.

Overall - a great vacation and the staff of the Four Seasons made the stay a memorable one! I would highly recommend this resort if you are looking for a quiet and relaxing trip. I'd go back just for the excellent service, spa and breakfast!!

  • Stayed: June 2005
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Reviewed June 16, 2005

Just back from our second 7 night stay. We stayed 7 nights at the Four Seasons Costa Rica and have to say we had another awsome experience. We have stayed at quite a few Four Seasons and this one ranks right up there with our favorite (Istanbul).
The rooms are very comfortable and have amazing views. It was great to wake up and order room service on the balcony of our room and watch the monkeys strolling through the brush and the parrots flying about.
The service is amazing and the spa was awsome (had a facial and hot stone massage.....ahhhhh).
Food I would say was mixed. Congo's was the best out of the three and Di Mare was the most disappointing. Not bad mind you but just not what we had expected.
Do the canopy tour at rincon del la vieja. Great guides and lots of nature to see.
One last thing, to parents out there....quiet pool means just that QUIET. So have the kids swim in the other pool. Not everyone finds your screaming kids cute and adorable.

Stayed: May 2005
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Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed June 7, 2005

I've just returned from a week at FS Costa Rica. Overall, we found the service to be excellent. The resort itself is beautiful. The main buildings of the resort are flanked by beaches on both sides. Usually you are only able to hear the sounds of the ocean, which is great. There is some construction going on. They are building additional Residence Club units and single family homes. Several times during the day you will hear heavy trucks braking a mile up the hill.

The condition and installation of the guest rooms are really below par from other experience at 5 star hotels and Four Seasons. First, I would recommend that no one upgrade the category of their room. We booked a premier view room, which put us on the top floor of the '2000' building. The first room we were given had the view blocked by trees, I mean all you saw were leaves. This is true of most of the rooms, we learned. After we had to change to a room down the floor due to mechanical issues, we got lucky with a mostly-unobstructed view of the ocean and sunsets.

For being open barely one year, the rooms are beat-up already. The beautiful hardwood floors we gouged to hell, in both rooms we had. Most of this was caused by the furniture movement. A few cases of those plastic furniture glides could have saved those floors this severe a trashing. Much of the furniture was scratched and dinged already. I observed here that many complained of beds that creek. Both rooms we had were no exception. Also, faucets in the baths were installed crooked and faucet handle in our second room was loose. The first room we had had malfunctioning AC and a closet light that would not turn off. It would not be so bad to have a broken Air Conditioner, but 4 times during the first day I had to return to the room, calling he mantainance staff back and debate with them (in Spanish) what was worng before they finally dertermined they could not fix it quickly. I have never had a room at a 4 star chain, much less a Four Seasons in such awful condition. The worrysome fact is this property just opened last year.

Overall, the service was Four Seasons, the room condition was not.

  • Stayed: June 2005
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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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Address: Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Gulf of Papagayo
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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Price Range: $770 - $2,981 (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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