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
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- 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 was my second trip to Costa Rica and one of the most amazing vacations of my life. I came back feeling more relaxed after this trip than from all my other recent trips to Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Tahiti and other places. This was my second trip to Costa Rica but my first to the Guanacaste region.The Guanacaste region is paradise with so much to do. 10 days was not enough. We went scuba diving, sailing, kayaking and river rafting. We started with three days at Westin Playa Conchal (see my separate review), followed by 7N at the Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo.
The things I most remember from this trip are the over-the-top-service at the Four Seasons and the jewel colored colors of the Pacific Ocean. We also saw a lot of wildlife and sealife and truly found the biodiversity of Peninsula Papagayo to exceed other parts of Costa Rica.
We flew info Liberia for this trip. The last time, we flew in and out of the San Jose capital and visited the tourist regions of Arenal Volcano and the Monteverde Rainforest, Manuel Antonio Park and took a Windstar sailing cruise along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica from the southern Osa Peninsula as well as crossing the northern border into Nicaraqua. The last trip was about 2.5 weeks and this trip was just 10 days but we did and saw more by concentrating our time in Peninsula Papagayo.
We were in a 2nd floor 3 BR Pacifico Residence, not the hotel side, although the Four Seasons manages and rents out the hotel rooms and the 1, 2 and 3 BR one-level villas. The residences have so much Costa Rica character. Our suite was 6521 and it was not newly remodeled because we stayed in a fractional and the 12 owners declined to remodel. All the other Pacific residences went through a major remodel last year and have contemporary furnishings and wood carven tables and furniture.The quality was nice and the minimal wear and tear was just beginning to show. We were half way up the hill, with building 66 being the highest. You can walk down to the Four Seasons and the beaches from the Pacifica buildings which are numbered 60-66 of which all are three story except 1, which is 2 story. Buidings 60-62 are low enough to be walkable.You can walk down to the resorts from all buildings but you need the shuttle to get up to Buildings 63-66 since the slope gets a bit steep.
All 2 and 3 BR Pacifica residences have ocean views through the canopies. The ocean views are lovely and not at all like ocean front Maui views with head on ocean views and masses of panoramic blue ocean. The ocean views here have more subtleties, charm and character and each one is unique from the next depending on how the canopies envelope them. In other parts of the Four Seasons complex, the architecture is similar but the room sizes and layouts are different. I am just reviewing the 3 BR Pacifica residences here.
The Pacifica 3 BR residence layout is really cool. We had 2 BRs on one side, and another master on the other end. There is a living room, kitchen and fully enclosed patio. There are 3.5 bathrooms and a laundry room. For owners, there is locked storage and an owner closet. The outdoor room is in in the center of the villa and the retractible screen was can only be accessed by owners.
Each Pacifica building is 3 levels. The third floor in each building is the Penthouse and they all have incredible views through the top of the canopies. Some have completely unobstructed ocean views which are much better in the dry season from November through April when the leaves thin out. The peak season is the dry season from Christmas through March in the Costa Rican "summer." Rainy season is in the "winter" from May through October and everything turns bright green, so this can be the best time to visit. The peak of the rainy season is in August and September but rain showers generally do not last long and price plunge considerably.
Units 6111, 6211 and 6011 are the resort's hidden gems with incredible ocean views through the canopies and direct beach and Four Seasons resort access. These are the only three units in the entire Four Seasons and Peninsula Papagayo, outside private homes, with their own grassy backyards and access to the beach. You can really say that these are beach villas, since there are no direct beachfront properties in the Peninsula Papagayo, so these three units come closet to being beachfront. This truly makes them unique and special. The best views are from 6111 because it is situated high enough on the hill and the views are through the bottom of the canopies where there are fewer leaves. 6111 is also unique in that it has an unobstructed view of the ocean from the kitchen and dining room. Finally, 6111 is special because the owner did his own remodel and the furnishings are more unique than the general Four Seasons remodel completed a few months before.
The Four Seasons has many complimentary guest activities like guided snorkeling, kayak and birdwatching trips. Scuba diving was $199 for a 2 tank dive with 2-4 divers on a well outfitted scuba boat and all equipment. The resort has a gym, spa and yoga classes daily for $25 each. The activities are too numerous to list here.
If Costa Rica is Pura Vida, the the Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo is Pura Vida on steroids. If I could give this resort more than 5 stars, I would.
We experienced an amazing family vacation at the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica! Thes staff was wonderful and there were plenty of activities for the entire family. Our kids really enjoyed the Kids For All Seasons Club as well. Amazing atmosphere, people, food and scenery - what more could you ask for!
This is our second stay at this hotel (and 3rd in Costa Rica) and it keeps getting better. It's any wonder this resort wins the awards that it does. The peninsula location is truly one of a kind and the beauty of the location and resort are truly exquisite with the bay on one side and the ocean on the other, and ability to launch on most activities right off the beach. The location is a bit secluded so it does take a good 15 minutes to get in/out if you're planning to head into town everyday, or one can take the water taxi's and make it a bit more fun. There is of course a 'Four Seasons' premium, but in this case, it's well worth it. As corny as it sounds, what truly makes this place unique is the staff. Really. They all consistently go out of their way in every possible way. They host amazing activities each day from yoga, to rum tasting to, to kayak and SUP excursions, to our favorite,...community service, which alone is a reason I wouldn't stay any place else. We spent the morning helping and playing at a local school with a fantastic group of kids, teachers, and staff (who joined us as 'ambassadors' from the hotel). A very special recognition to the staff that joined us, Daniel, Rosa, Carolina, Idania, Efren and JC -- what an amazing team you are! Also, Wendy and Ana our kind smiling waitresses who introduced us to an amazing sauce called Lizano, Adrian who was a wealth of information about Rum, Andreas who always made our pool time delightful, Josie the great guest services leader, and the entire staff (I wish I knew all 720 names) who exemplify service, professionalism, and hospitality in every way and are the gold standard! Look forward to seeing you all again soon.