Nestled in between two beaches, Four Seasons Costa Rica is a getaway dream for all who travel there. The resort perfectly blends the classic luxury that the Four Seasons is known for, with the cultural vibrancy and scenery of the beautiful area of Papagayo.
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During my educational trip around Costa Rica with our partners at Swiss Travel Service, we saved the best for last and spent our final nights of the trip at this property. The Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo is located about 45 minutes from the Liberia airport and about 4 hours from the airport in San Jose. Most travelers fly into San Jose because they plan to check out a few other spots in Costa Rica first, as we did on our trip. If you are looking to stay solely at the Four Seasons, buy your roundtrip ticket to the Liberia airport instead.
FOUR SEASONS COSTA RICA ROOMS AND AMENITIES:
When you arrive at the Four Seasons complex, any golf lover will notice the beautiful 18 hole course framing both sides of your drive in. The course is called the Ocean Course at Peninsula Papagayo and is an Arnold Palmer Signature course. The course is ranked as one of the top 100 courses outside of the United States.
Upon your entrance into the lobby, you are greeted by the Four Seasons staff with a small coconut welcome drink, along with the option to spike it with Costa Rican rum. The light and airy lobby makes check-in an extension of your trip to paradise before you even arrive at your room.
There are a variety of room category options ranging from guest rooms to private residences. The three guest room options of Terraza, Brisa, or Cielo, are relatively the same room, with the only change being the view/floor location.
I stayed in one of the suite options, the one bedroom Canopy Plunge Pool suite. These suites are built into a hillside overlooking the ocean and are surrounded by the jungle. The Four Seasons encourages anyone staying in these suites to utilize their complementary golf cart service, however, the walk to the main pool/beach area is very manageable at no more than a 5-minute walk. When walking into the residence, it felt like a vacation. The room was very large (1206 sq ft.) and is able to accommodate 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. The room is perfect for a family of four, as the room is actually split into two rooms with each offering a bathroom.
Private residences are starting to become a big part of the Four Seasons Costa Rica’s plan, as they already offer eight residences and are currently building more. All private residences are fully-inclusive. Yes, you heard that right, all of your golf, spa, food, and drinks are included in the pricing (only available for “residence estates” categories). We were lucky enough to inspect the largest private residence, Casa Del Cielo, which can accommodate 10 adults and four children, or eight adults and six children. The property has wrap-around ocean views with a heated infinity pool and private butler.
FOUR SEASONS COSTA RICA DINING:
Bahia is a buffet and restaurant that is open all day. We had breakfast here, and they make an amazing omelet. For dinner, they have a catch of the day which local fisherman provide from right off of the coast of the property.
We did not try Pesce on this trip, unfortunately; it is an Italian cuisine restaurant that specializes in seafood. Both Pesce and Bahia are located right below the lobby area.
Nemare is a Latin steakhouse where we enjoyed dinner. This restaurant is actually located up the hill at the Peninsula Papagayo Gold clubhouse. Nemare recently just rebranded and reopened. This is a must-do dining experience, as it was one of the best steaks I have ever had.
La Reserva might have been my favorite part of the whole Four Seasons experience. La Reserva is a small rum room in which you are able to partake in a free rum and chocolate tasting. A rum expert will walk you through how Costa Rican rum is made and why each one tastes different.
FOUR SEASONS COSTA RICA ACTIVITIES:
The Four Seasons Costa Rica prides itself on being an active and adventurous resort, much like the rest of the country. On any given day there are 20-25 complementary activities for the whole family. These activities range from a scavenger hunt at the kids club to a kayaking tour. One activity that seems to be a crowd favorite is the Trail of Giants. On the Trail of Giants tour, you get your own golf cart and have a staff member guide you around the golf course and property, while they speak about the natural wildlife in the area.
After all of your activities, if you are looking to relax, the Four Seasons offers a full-service world-class spa. The spa was just recently renovated and is inspired by the healing traditions of Central America.
In 2018, The Four Season Costa Rica was the number one selling Four Season property worldwide for Brownell Travel. I loved my time at the Four Seasons Costa Rica and was fully able to understand why this resort is so popular with our clients. Ourisman Travel is a top seller of Four Seasons hotels and our clients enjoy the best VIP treatment and complimentary perks. Contact us to learn more and book your next vacation!