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Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica

At a Glance

    Pros

  • impeccable service
  • lovely beach
  • surf trips to Witch's Rock

    Cons

  • breakfast not included
  • 30 minutes from main road
  • expensive

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Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica Review

By far one of the most luxurious hotels in Costa Rica, the Four Seasons is extremely secluded on a narrow isthmus, meaning you'll have an ocean view from just about anywhere on the property. Service, provided by a cream-of-the-crop, bilingual staff, is faultless. Expect to find your bags unpacked by housekeeping and to be addressed by name by valet staff welcoming you "home." The decor is tasteful and artsy. Huge rooms have king-size beds, marble baths, and screened-in living-room terraces. The breezy 18-hole Arnold Palmer signature golf course has breathtaking views—and prices ($230 per round). The state-of-the-art spa is impressive but a little sterile. Dishes created at the dinner-only Di Mare restaurant are worth their wildly expensive price tags, but the rest of the hotel's food can be disappointing considering the sky-high prices. Hiking, tennis, kayaking, surfing, and stand-up paddleboarding are a few activities that will help you justify that Swedish massage.

    Hotel Details

  • 120 rooms, 34 suites, 19 villas
  • Rate includes no meals.
Updated: 04-14-2014

Fodorite Reviews

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    MANICURED GROUNDS WITH TOP SERVICE

    This Guanacaste and currently only Four Seasons property in Costa Rica boasts impeccably perfect well-manicured grounds with top-notch service offering every indulgent amenity you can imagine. However, it feels more or less like any resort catering to the travelers keen on golf and beach, given its rather disappointing venues for local culture. Of all its guest offerings, tours, excursions, not one offered any "taste of Costa Rica." You are more likely to experience the real Costa Rica outside its gates through the FS "Ticos" staff where you can practice your Espanol. Overall, like all FS properties, this Costa Rican haven is chock full of luxury and comfort and offers excellent service with discreet, private living quarters, especially in their 3 Bedroom Residence where we stayed. Friendly staff created wonderful in-residence breakfasts with last minute requests. Full service Kitchen/plunge pool and panoramic views of the Pacific bring this property over-the-top. However, one alert for travelers interested in seeing the real Costa Rica, complete with history and culture, the FS could improve its custom explorations by just adding more venues genuine to its "Ticos" roots. Still worthy of recommending, nonetheless.

    by MaggieWieting, 7/27/07
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    Pura Vida at its finest

    What a delight staying at the Four Seasons Peninisula Papagayo. It exceeded any expectations we had. Heavenly is an understatement. The service alone would bring us back in a heartbeat. Only con was food/drinks are a bit overpriced.

    by kschultz7, 12/18/08
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    Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica Review

    Wonderful hotel! A bit expensive, but, well worth it. The hotel is on a small peninsula with ocean on both sides. The hotel suites, where we stayed, are on a hillside and you are chauffered there by golf car. The suite had three bedrooms and a 2-sided view. The food was wonderful, but, a bit expensive. There are monkeys in the trees and all sorts of tropical animals walking around. The hotel and project leave a lot of quality green space. I have not seen such an environmentally friendly project in the US. I am considering buying a home on Peninsula Papagayo now. I want to return every year.

    by PapagayoCostaRica, 2/24/10

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