Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica
What We Love
- Canopy suites with terrific views of the jungle and open-air living spaces that feel like treehouses
- A spectacular and extensive spa with 18 treatment rooms and a long treatment menu
- Top-notch sushi in Tico’s lounge in the evenings
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What To Know
- The Four Seasons is part of the master-planned Papagayo resort development, giving it a feeling of being less than remote
- The resort welcomes passengers at the airport in Liberia, about an hour away, but airport transfers are not included
- U.S. dollars are widely used in Costa Rica
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Quite possibly the most luxurious resort in Central America, the Four Seasons marries its international sense of chic and outstanding guest service with a spectacular natural environment. The 154 guest rooms, suites and residences stretch up a hillside overlooking the ocean and are filled with rattan and bamboo furniture, indigenous wood and stone and local artwork. Two beaches, four swimming pools, a massive spa, a kids club, a golf course and dining options that range from Italian seafood to casual steakhouse provide all the comforts Four Seasons guests would expect, while positioning them close to eco-adventures that include surfing and zip-lining over the rain forest canopy.
In the Area
Costa Rica is the capital for eco- and adventure tourism for very good reason. Nearby activities range from sport fishing in an area known as the “Jurassic Park” or fishing for its abundance of marlin, wahoo, and large tuna; to horseback riding on traditional cattle ranches; to canopy tours of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. The hotel offers an extensive list of carefully orchestrated day trips and tours, some close by and some as far afield as Nicaragua.
How to Get There
Stayed for 4 days during a reward trip for my husband’s company. Beautiful location and big kudos to the hotel, did not see, feel or leave with a single mosquito bite despite our trip being during the rainy season.
Great pest control was the only impressive thing about this hotel. Plu liv spaces were nice, felt clean and modern. Rooms were nice but nothing spectacular, felt slightly dated.
Food was OK. Crevice and Poke bowls pool side were good. Anjeo was also good but not great. Did not try Pesce. Breakfast was the exact same, uninspired, options everyday. The fruit selection was lackluster which was surprising being in the tropics. My husband even saw them pouring in boxed OJ in to the “fresh OJ” dispenser.
Service was downright disappointing. Everyone was very nice but compared to other high end resorts we have stayed at in the past, service was below average. One of the pool attendants was actually sighing in annoyance every time we placed a drink order. May have been due to the entire hotel being booked by our corporate group and they simply decided they didn’t have to work to impress since we were a captive audience. I did notice the morning we were leaving the pool chairs were all set up looking beautiful in anticipation of new guests arriving, which was not the case during our stay. Most mornings there were leftover crumpled towels and discarded drink glass all over the place.
All in all very happy I was not paying for it. Would never opt to return if I did have to pay but at least now i’m an expert on setting up a beach/pool lounge chair.
We spent four nights in a canopy suite at the resort and everything about our suite was wonderful. Esp our very own pool.
The staff was fabulous and very happy to go that extra mile with a smile. I injured my foot prior to my visit and I was traveling with a crutch. Everyone at the resort was very patient and kind and helpful. Especially Gloria who works at the Bahia restaurant. Every morning she would help me pick and carry my food from the buffet and made breakfast a stressless and super enjoyable meal for me. She remembered my preferences and nothing was too much trouble.
The spa was fabulous and masseuse Manuel removed every ache and pain from my back and shoulders. So good that I went back for another massage before we left.
A first class resort if all you want is to stay put, relax and enjoy its facilities.
The Four Seasons is a wonderful family friendly resort. The staff is wonderful. The food was good but not outstanding, I would go for the view and attentive staff, not the dining! The peninsula is stunning!
This might have been one of the best, if not the best, trip we've ever taken, and we've been to multiple other FS and other luxury properties. We would come here in a heartbeat over FS Maui or Punta Mita, and feel this offers much more than FS Ocean Club.
Property -- at the end of a peninsula, beaches on both sides, beautiful forests, views, wildlife, in green season. Weather 80-85 each day, occasional tropical downpour, then sun. Paradise. Grounds are beautiful and immaculately cared for. This place was interesting in that, while some resorts look great in pictures, and then can be a bit of a let down upon arrival, this place actually looked even better in person!
Rooms -- we had two connecting Terraza rooms, ground floor, and were more than satisfied. Rooms are comfortable, modern, screened in patio/balconies. Last day there while packing we had howler monkeys in the trees outside our room. Laundry at the end of each hall (!).
Pools -- clustered together in the middle, pretty basic. The ocean seems to be the star here, and rightly so. They could probably skim a little bit more in the am to clear bugs out of the water. Every other day local product are for sale. The coffee was really good.
Beaches -- two beautiful beaches, lots of shade from trees, perfect water, can snorkel, kayak, paddle board, just about anything you'd like to do. Didn't get to try TropicSurf, maybe next time. Can book a boat tour with one of the guys beach; we went and saw sea caves and snorkeled on two separate beaches, accessible only by boat. Ask for Alan or Sergio. Some of the vendors can be a little too aggressive with their sales pitch.
Food -- loved the breakfast. Make sure to get a package such as Amex FHR where breakfast is included. Will save $$. Outstanding selection with a fair amount of local items, different each morning. Liked pool lunches and Bahia for dinner. Favorite restaurant probably was Caracol at the golf course. Excellent steaks, local beef. Different than the US, very flavorful. There is a complimentary Peninsula Papagayo shuttle if you'd like to go off property for dinner. We enjoyed Prieta Beach club for casual drinks, tacos, and Poro Poro at Exclusive Resorts as well. Did not like Pesce; went there the first night, didn't go back. Pasta dish with shrimp included three shrimp. Service there was slow, food very average, really the only place that happened. Be warned, in the summer/ off seasons restaurants are closed on a rotating basis at night.
Golf -- played twice. Spectacular views, wildlife, trees, birds. Photo ops on almost every hole. Standout holes are 3, 6, 7, on the front, and 17 on the back. 6 is the one that drops 200 feet from tee to green, dogleg left. Front nine much better; better layout and routing. Some maintenance issues (I don't envy the greenskeeper here). They need to cut the rough, 4-6 six inch Bermuda rough around the greens in places. Some of the greens are burned out in spots, fairways a little thin. Didn't care at all for holes 15, 16. Back nine kind of an odd layout-- some really long par 4s and a long par 5 holes 10-13, then some really short and tight par 4s. Don't love 18 with hanging lies on second and third shots. Rate was 170 after noon, without rental.
Complimentary activities -- don't miss rum and chocolate tasting! Their rum, Centenario, is really good. The 20 yr can be purchased at duty free at the airport for 30 USD (is something like 20 per shot at FS). Trail of Giants is basically driving a golf cart around the front nine. Give it a shot if you don't play golf; if you plan on golfing, can probably skip. There's a hike on property, which is more of a stair climb from the end of each beach. It's NOT 0.9 miles; from beach to beach much longer, with I would guess maybe 1500-2000 stairs. Great workout, saw lots of animals. Ridiculous amount of complimentary activities on property.
Kids -- our older kids, 17, 14, and 11, loved everything about the place. Plenty for older kids to do, they shouldn't ever get bored, and the younger ones while we stayed there seemed to be enjoying the kids' club. Teen center was nice with basketball court.
Spa -- didn't use.
Service -- the best part of the experience! Can't describe how genuinely nice Costa Ricans are! Didn't have one issues with service at the resort. Special thanks to Harold with guest services and Antonio by the lower pool. A good example of the service: we were doing the stair hike as above, and decided to come down the road halfway through (it's not well marked at all in the middle). We simply asked for directions at the entrance gate; we were out of water and dripping. Before we had walked 100 ft, a cart came up from the resort with new waters for each us and an offer for a ride back (we declined and saw some Capuchin monkeys on the way back). That pretty much sums up the outstanding anticipatory service there.
Off property activities -- did a boat tour as mentioned above, highly recommend to enjoy other beaches in the area. Witches Rock Zipline! Great experience. Whole family loved it! Very safe, very professional organization, outstanding guides. Book the private tour for only 10 dollars more per person. We were all a little hesitant before going, and by the last line didn't want it to end. Lines 3,4, 6-10 are the best ones.
We really didn't know what to expect heading there, as this was our first time to Costa Rica. Four Seasons Costa Rica met and exceeded all of our expectations, and will be one of our go to places in the future, along with the Belmond Maroma in the Riviera Maya in Mexico and the One and Only Palmilla in Cabo. High praise!
Can't wait to go back! Hopefully next year!
- The staff goes out of their way to cater to our every need
- The pools and beaches are so accessible...we don’t need to “plan” to get our kids to the water
- The room terraces are great for early morning relaxation and meditation
- The food is incredible
- The spa is the best in the world that I’ve been to
- The boutique has beautiful, unique pieces
- The golf course is stunning with just the right level of difficulty