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
- The chocolate rum tastings, rum blending, and mixology classes as La Reserva
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
The country’s most luxurious take on eco-tourism, perched on a hillside above the Pacfic Ocean with views of golden beaches
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 181 guest rooms, suites, and residences stretch up a hillside overlooking the ocean and jungle canopy of Peninsula Papagayo and are filled with rattan and bamboo furniture, indigenous wood, and stone and local artwork. Two beaches, four swimming pools, a world-class spa, a Kids for All Seasons children’s program, an 18-hole signature Arnold Palmer golf course, and multiple dining options provide all the comforts Four Seasons guests would expect (including an on-site surf school and non-motorized water sports) while positioning them close to eco-adventures like 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
This place is set on a hillside and is a peninsula with beaches on both sides of the peninsula. It is an epic location. We booked a Villa with Plunge pool. It was amazing! Service was great (as you'd expect from a Four Seasons) and the location was unforgettable. The views from the villa suites was epic. The white tailed monkeys were often on our patio (and were a little intimidating frankly) but it was cool having them that close to watch. Food was great, pool was amazing and the service on the beach was the best we have ever experienced!
Don’think any further.... the Four Seasons Costa Rica will NOT disappoint you, guaranteed! Staff are amazing, rooms are beautiful and the entire hotel infrastructure - embedded superbly in the divine nature surroundings - is simply as astonishing. Pura Vida!
I came here on a trip that was 100% paid for by my company, so my goal was to find out if places like this are really worth the astronomical prices. To give you an idea of my perspective: when I go on beach vacations, I'd typically choose a Hyatt or Marriott resort. High priorities for me include access to the beach, a nice pool, and breakfast.
Pros: As others have said, the service is wonderful. Anything you want, they will try and make it happen. The food and drinks at the restaurants (excluding the breakfast buffet) were really good. From the sushi to the nachos to the many pina coladas and multiple types of rum drinks, it was delicious.
There are some good included activities (that require reservations, but that's fine) like rum tasting, and a good number oriented towards kids. We didn't find out until the last day that they give out free ice cream in the afternoon near the pool--would have loved to know about that earlier!
There is sunscreen and bug spray available throughout the resort, which was helpful. The rooms are clean and well maintained, and the bed was so comfortable. The spa was wonderful with hot and cold plunge pools, and we had fantastic massages.
Cons: While the food from the restaurants was great, the food that was catered at the evening dinners for a large group was a bit lacking. The flavor of these meals was just bland. I was also surprised that breakfast wasn't better. While the Nutella crepes were amazing, none of the baked goods were fresh. All of the pastries looked great, but were all soggy and disappointing. Maybe they needed to be changed out more regularly?
The resort itself is fairly isolated. It's a good thing that the food at the restaurants was tasty, because it would have been a pain to leave the resort to find a meal elsewhere. I expected more things to be included--like the surprise ice cream in the afternoon. People are spending so much money at this place, that it would be nice to have other nice things like that.
There are two beaches because of how the resort sits on a peninsula. One beach gets a direct hit from wind, and was unusable for 70% of the time we were there. It's used primarily for water sports, but there was no way to use a kayak or even a jet ski on water that is so choppy. The other beach is more protected from the wind, but the rip currents are strong and it was full of small jelly fish, so not too fun to swim in. The pools are only about four feet deep, so you can't dive into them, which is a shame.
There is a lot of wildlife on the property, and this wouldn't normally be a con, except that we were woken up at 6am each morning by the howler monkeys outside--strangest sound I've ever heard. I understand that we were there during the dry season, so the area looks very desert-like, but I thought the landscaping would be prettier. Maybe the resort is trying to stick to plants that are native to Costa Rica, but I expected more color.
So...was it worth it? The resort was nice and I'm very grateful for my fully-covered trip here, but I just don't think it's worth the high price. Give me the Hyatt resort on Maui any day. The strange thing was that the resort was maybe at 40% of capacity, yet the prices are as high as they are. I just don't get it.
We were lucky enough to arrive here at the start of the off season which meant we had the place almost to ourselves! The setting is stunning with two beaches on either side of the peninsula and three pools. The staff went well out of their way to take care of us and everyone was super friendly. Stayed in a very private suite with an amazing water view. The food at each of the restaurants was top notch.
This place is amazing. It’s the first time I’ve stayed at a Four Seasons and I was blown away. The staff make you feel so welcomed and the food - overpriced as it was - was actually really really good. The golf course was amazing and the spa was even better. The gym on site was nice and the coconut water was the cherry on top.