Fodor's Expert Review Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica

25 km (15 miles) west of Guardia, Follow signs to Andaz Resort and continue to end of road, , 50101, Costa Rica Fodor's Choice

After a $35 million property enhancement, the Four Seasons has secured its reputation as one of the most luxurious hotels in Costa Rica with newly decorated rooms, a remodeled lobby, spa, and restaurants, and the addition of several luxury retail boutiques. Despite the rejuvenation, it's the unparalleled service and secluded location on a narrow isthmus that make this resort one of a kind. Cradled between two golden-sand beaches and surrounded by jungle, there's 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 the valet welcoming you "home." Tropical-styled rooms have king-size beds, marble baths, and screened-in living-room terraces. With roofs designed after turtle shells, the villas have private plunge pools, two or three bedrooms, and full kitchens (personal chef available). From the rooms, a bridge arches over the main pool to three restaurants: Cena Sociale (Italian kitchen and wine bar), Sol y Sombra (Latin cuisine), and Tico's Lounge (light fare). The 18-hole Arnold Palmer golf course has breathtaking views and is home to the dinner-only Caracol Steakhouse, highlighting local oysters, duck with truffle butter, and perhaps the best steak you'll ever have. It's worth the wildly expensive price tag, 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.


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


  • breakfast not included
  • 30 minutes from main road
  • expensive
  • except for Caracol Steakhouse, food can be disappointing considering the price


On the beach


Phones: -2696–0000 | 800-332–3442-in U.S and Canada


120 rooms, 23 suites, 16 villas
Rate Includes: $230 for 18 holes, No meals

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