My wife and I went to the Four Seasons in Costa Rica to celebrate our 10 year anniversary and the pending arrival of our third child. The resort is beautiful and feels very new...the rooms (each room has a great screened-in patio), pools, lobby, vistas (especially the drive in through the golf course) and restaurants are all gorgeous, but the thing that really stands out is the service. The hotel employees went out of their way to call you by your name and attend to your every need (in a non-intrusive way)...everyone was so courteous, kind and anxious to please. As an example, An employee at the concierge refused a tip for her help with retrieving our luggage from American Airlines (a completely different, and less pleasing story). If you are well-traveled in terms of beaches, the beaches are average (the views are beautiful, but the water is not especially so). I was actually pleasantly surprised because I had lower expectations based on previous trips to the Caribbean and Mexico...for a comparison, they are similar to beaches in Cabo, in my opinion.
The spa is incredible...had a deep tissue massage that was the best I'd ever had, and my wife said her pregnancy massage and facial were exceptional. The pool in the spa lounge has a great view (evening was a great time to see the sun start to set) and it was never crowded. They gym is very nice...the cardio equipment is better than the weights (virtually no free weights; just machines).
As noted by others, the resort is very isolated. Obviously, it’s not a bad place to be confined to (to say the least, with the possible exception of food choices). In terms of food, you are pretty limited to the Four Seasons or two other restaurants on Peninsula Papagayo. The choices at the Four Seasons are Papagayo, Tico’s (the bar lounge) and Di Mare, which is Italian. We had breakfast at Papagayo daily, but I would skip it for dinner. At our one dinner at Papagayo, we both ordered fish and it was flavorless and overcooked…the menu looks good, but its deceiving in my opinion. Di Mare was very good, and Tico’s was good for sushi and tapas (we had a much better experience with Tico’s than with Papagayo). We also went to the other two restaurants on the peninsula, Caracol and Marea (at the Prieta Beach Club). Caracol is a steak house and it was good (but we’re Texans and have a lot of great competition). Marea was excellent, and it was nice to go over to the Beach Club…it was beautiful and had a nice atmosphere. Food and drinks are outrageously expensive, as expected at the Four Seasons, so just be prepared and don’t sweat it. We did go to the Mini Mart near the tennis courts to buy wine…they had some decent choices for less than $20 a bottle, which is about the cost of a glass of wine on the resort.
Some additional thoughts: the resort will transport you anywhere you want to go on the peninsula; the resort charge of 10% covers things like tipping the guys who transport you. The hotel can be crowded…as the weekend approached, there was a definite uptick in the number of people. The pools especially seemed to get crowded, and the chairs are placed very close together, which can be annoying. There were some families, and we’re totally sensitive to kids having traveled with our own, but it was a little obnoxious to have kids playing in the pool on this particular trip (they were like 1 and 3; the FS seems like an unusual choice for such young kids in my opinion). The servers by the pool are awesome – they get you water, clean your sunglasses, come by frequently to check on you, etc. The region where the resort is located is dry and arid, at least during the time of year we traveled. It is not what you might think of when you think of Costa Rica…we had to fly into San Jose due to American Airlines issues (avoid this if at all possible and fly into Liberia), and actually enjoyed seeing other parts of the country, which were much more like what you might envision: lush, green, misty landscapes and forests. One benefit of the dry season is that we had a fantastic ocean view from our first-floor room because there is limited foliage. We took a side trip to Palo Verde with Tours Your Way (our guide Alejandro was excellent – good English and very knowledgeable), and that also exposes you to some different terrain than what you see at the resort (sugarcane fields in front of mountains; felt very Latin American). Palo Verde wasn’t particularly beautiful, but we saw lots of wildlife (birds, crocs, monkeys) and were glad we did it. There are a lot of things to do if you are so inclined, although the activities through the resort are absurdly expensive (I looked into fishing and I recall it was over $1,000 for the cheapest half-day fishing trip). If you are inclined for quiet and relaxation, it’s also perfect for that. All in all, it’s a great hotel and a great destination, and we would love to go back!
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- 4 Seasons Resort Costa Rica At Peninsula Papagayo
- Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica At Peninsula Papagayo Hotel Gulf Of Papagayo
- Four Seasons Costa Rica
- Four Seasons Liberia
- Peninsula Liberia
- Liberia Peninsula
- Liberia Four Seasons