Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
Papagayo Peninsula, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
At a Glance
The Four Seasons Costa Rica sits on the hillside surrounded by native tropical landscape and boasts two beaches, one on either side!
Channel your inner ‘pura vida’ and balance activities with relaxation easily with extensive facilities – choose from four pools, two beaches, a championship-size golf course
The Four Seasons Costa Rica is probably the countries’ most family friendly hotel with its very own kid's club including indoor and outdoor play areas and even their very own outdoor pool
There is an on site kids club ensuring that everyone enjoys the holiday to its full potential
Choose from a selection of upscale restaurants within a close proximity
Best time to Visit
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The dry season from December to April, doesn't necessarily mean no rain but there should be less of it, is considered the best time to visit Costa Rica. The 'green' season runs from May to November and there is more chance of rain during this time with September and October being the wettest months. It is important to plan well in advance for Christmas and New Year to avoid disappointment (ideally a year) as Costa Rica is extremely popular over this time with repeat bookers. Easter and during US school holidays are also best to plan ahead.
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Four Seasons Resort Papagayo offers luxurious resort-style accommodation, exemplary service and superb facilities in a beautiful setting on Costa Rica's northern Papagayo peninsula south of Liberia. A great option for families and has its own kids club.
The Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Papagayo Peninsula has a beautiful location set on a private peninsula with the Papagayo gulf to one side and the Pacific Ocean to the other. On either side are two sandy beaches, between which the majority of the accommodation is nestled, while the suites and residences cling to the hillside for uninterrupted views over the ocean or gulf The resort was designed by Costa Rica’s most acclaimed architect Ronald Zurcher to blend seamlessly with its setting and taking inspiration from Costa Rica’s natural beauty and has recently been given a contemporary make-over, evident in the fresh bright fabrics in the rooms and suites and modern furniture in the Sol y Sombra restaurant inspired by Latin American street cafes and bars.
The Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Papagayo Peninsula is without a doubt Costa Rica’s stand-out resort offering a warm ‘Tico’ welcome from its predominantly Costa Rican staff as well as outstanding facilities.
At the resort there is a choice of dining options which include Latin-American cuisine, a steakhouse, Italian kitchen and a couple of more casual options. Guests of the Four Seasons have signing privileges at the Prieta Beach Club where there are various pools, a large sandy surfing beach and two restaurants and can book the restaurants at the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort .
The Kids for All Seasons Kids Club has extensive indoor and outdoor play areas including a shallow outdoor pool and offers a fun daily educational program for 4 – 12 year olds. Teens can hang out at the Tuanis teen center.
The Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Papagayo Peninsula offers some of the best resort facilities in Costa Rica with three swimming pools, a health spa and gym, 18 hole championship Arnold Palmer designed golf course, five tennis courts (four har-tru and one grass) and tennis programme operated by the Peter Burwash and two large sandy beaches with complimentary watersports such as kayaking, stand up paddle boards and snorkelling equipment. Tropic Surf experienced instructors organise surfing lessons for all abilities and ages.
Within a couple of hours from the hotel there are several canopy zipline companies, surfing, rafting, horseback riding, nature reserves and the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park with mud baths, hot springs and adventure activities.
The Resort’s 182 guest rooms, suites and residences have been given a contemporary make-over with fresh bright fabrics and art work blending with comfortable rattan and bamboo furnishings. All rooms have views of the ocean from their private terrace or veranda and large bathrooms with separate showers and tubs.
The Canopy Suites cling to the hillside offering stunning views of the Pacific Ocean below. They have a separate master bedroom, large living room with a sofa bed and some have a plunge pool.
The 20 Private Residences have two or three bedrooms and boast an infinity-edge plunge pool and an outdoor shower.
With their private balconies and sliding louvered doors, the Four Seasons' Brisa rooms offer you the opportunity to divide your bedroom from the living area for more privacy and comfort. Featuring one King bed or two double beds in 600 sq feet of space with premium linens, marble bathrooms, Plasma/ LCD television, DVD player, wifi connectivity, twice daily housekeeping, and refrigerated private bar provide maximum comfort during your stay at the Four Season Papagayo.
Children are given a warm welcome at the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Papagayo Peninsula. The ’Kids for all Seasons’ programme offers exciting adventures for children aged 4 to 12 years led by qualified staff and it open daily from 8am till 5pm. Children can go in search of local insects, reptiles and plants, hunt for hermit crabs, go treasure collecting on the beach, build sand castles and play soccer or splash in the outdoor kids’ pool. Indoor fun includes movies, games and puzzles and a recreation room.
Teens will enjoy the Tuanis Teens center fully equipped with flat-screen TV, DVD player, PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo. The teen concierge can arrange adventure excursions such as zip-lining, white-water rafting, jungle adventures, snorkelling, sunset kayaking and volcano hikes. Teens can also get manicures and pedicures at the Spa, take golf or tennis lessons or learn cooking, Latin dance and scuba.
The new “Camp Jaguar” offers fun-filled explorations on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, tailored for 12-16-year-old explorers. The camp features full-day activities from which the teenagers can choose. These include “Into the Wild Survival”, “Water Safety” and the “Biking Forest Adventure”.
The Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Papagayo Peninsula offers some of the best resort facilities in Costa Rica. Dining options include the Latin-inspired Sol y Sombra, Caracol Steakhouse, Cena Sociale Italian Kitchen and wine bar, and casual option around the pool, at the CR burger shack and Tico’s bar (restaurant openings vary depending on the day and season). Guests of the Four Seasons have signing privileges at the Prieta Beach Club where there are various pools, a large sandy surfing beach and two restaurants and can book the restaurants at the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort .
There is the 18-hole par 72 Arnold Palmer designed championship golf course, considered to be one of the most spectacularly located in the world with ocean and gulf views and monkeys looking on. There two huge freeform swimming pools and a smaller one for guests looking for privacy. On one of the two sandy beaches, there are complimentary watersports: Stand up paddle boards, kayaks and snorkelling equipment plus a volleyball court and beach football. Four Har tru and one grass tennis courts are overseen by the Peter Burwash International tennis program are available to guests. Tropic Surf instructors are on hand to organise surfing for all levels and there is an elegant spa and large gym with exercise classes such as yoga and zumba.
The hotel now offers a Shuttle Service to Playas del Coco, a traditional Costa Rican beach town with shopping options or just relaxing on the beach.
Apart from golf, tennis and watersports at the resort itself, within a couple of hours from the hotel there are several canopy zipline companies, rafting, horseback riding, nature reserves and the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano National Park with mud baths, hot springs and adventure activities. There is also a daily programme of activities organised by the concierge team which include kayaking and snorkeling tours, sunset hiking and cultural activities such as Latin dance lessons, pottery classes and Spanish lessons (some with a small charge).
Jenny Weidemann (Staff)
Everything you expect from a Four Seasons. Impeccable service and high-end amenities. The location is amazing with 2 stunning beaches one on the pacific side and one on the bay side, which is much calmer and ideal for all sorts of fun complimentary water sports. While the beaches are gorgeous I had a bit of a hard time finding a quiet spot to relax as there was a group of people celebrating. Luckily the other beach was fairly empty, and I really enjoyed having a choice between the two beaches. The rooms are nicely refurbished and now offer a modern design with lots of local influences. There is a wide selection of upscale dining options and the breakfast buffet is the best I had in all of Costa Rica. With guests mostly coming from the US it lacks a bit of Costa Rican flair, but it is the perfect resort to forget all your worries, relax und unwind.
Sonia Bungaroo (Staff)
Delivers on everything you'd expect it's name to promise, with more! The facilities are all top of the range, with three great pools, an incredibly extensive spa, three great dining options and two white sand beaches where the biggest problem you'll encounter is whether you want to swim on the Pacific side or the bay side of the ocean. Their kids club and facilities for children are as impressive as the adult facilities on offer, with a kids club itinerary that works from 7am-5pm, for children between the ages of 4-12 and a club house complete with children's pool and movie theatre. All rooms offer large terraces and balconies that overlook either the bay or the ocean, and offer a huge variety of complimentary daily activities - including surfing on the infamous Pacific Coast. Perfect for guests who really want the most refined experience for their beach stay in Costa Rica.
Dominic Atterton (Staff)
The Four Seasons is undoubtedly the most luxurious beach resort in Costa Rica. It does however feel much larger and more Americanised than some of the other coastal properties in the country. It is also worth noting that the crowd is almost 100% American and this does tend to change the overall feel of the hotel. I thought the beaches were incredibly beautiful. There is one active beach with kayaks and paddle boards available and lots of kids having fun, playing volleyball and football and generally having a great time. The second beach which is just across the other side of the main pool area faces out to the Pacific and is left more wild and beautiful offering somewhere to really relax. There is a wonderful golf course and a number of excellent dining options which definitely make it feel like the most complete all round resort in the country even if the overall feel is slightly at odds with what the verdant natural beauty that I really felt in other parts of Costa Rica. The rooms here are in blocks and whilst perfectly adequate are far from exciting. If you want to make the most of the hotels surroundings then the villas and Canopy Suites are all located much higher up the hill and offer really incredible panoramas.
Cheska Goodwin (Staff)
This resort really benefits from its stunning location on the Papagayo coast. On entering the hotel, you walk into the lobby which is simply gorgeous, full of bright vibrant colours, including a huge Costa Rican inspired Mosaic. Our room had a gorgeous ocean view and lovely terrace where we could enjoy a drink looking out over the beach below. There are 2 incredible beaches to choose from, one slightly more surfy than the other, but equally as pretty. The Prieta Beach Club was well worth a visit, and it has a lap pool - great for getting a bit of exercise during the stay.
Tico architect Ronald Zürcher, who cut his teeth on his brother Harold's famous and beloved Hotel Punta Islita on the Nicoya Peninsula, was responsible for the design of this flashy resort. While there are a few excellent hotel options in Guanacaste, few can match the Four Seasons for service. If you prefer to experience nature with L'Occitane products in your outsize tub, speedy 24-hour room service, and a retractable bug screen, this place provides it—though the less-desirable critters are no less abundant in rainy season here than anywhere else in the land. Flanked by two beaches (good for swimming but not great for surfing) and rich in ocean sound, the 173 rooms nevertheless lack views of anything but the thick canopy in winter, no matter what you pay to upgrade. In summer, however, the trees thin out at the top, so opt for rooms on the upper floors for an ocean outlook. Viewless guests can find solace on the Arnold Palmer golf course or with a Selva de Osa mud mask in the spa, after dumping the kids at their own (free) club; there's even a separate one for teens. Alas, you'll probably spend less time in the signature restaurant, the inexplicably Italian, and none too hot, Di Mare.
ATV Surf Trip to the North
Enjoy and exciting ATV excursion beginning in Tamarindo. From here, travel north along the coast until reaching beautiful Playa Grande. Take a refreshing dip in the ocean upon arrival before tackling some serious waves on your surfboard!
Catamaran Sail with Snorkelling
Silently glide in a catamaran along Costa Rica's Pacific Coast past exotic bays, golden beaches and tropical jungles, spotting dolphins, sea turtles and whales before dropping anchor in a quiet bay to go snorkelling or kayaking in the pristine warm waters.
Ostional Sea Turtle Excursion
If visiting between September and November, make sure to visit Ostional Beach where tens of thousands of sea turtles return each year to lay their eggs.
Stargazing and dining experience
Shoot for the moon and the stars with an exclusive stargazing and dining experience, enjoy learning about the sparkling southern sky, while enjoying cocktails and culinary treats infused with meteorite dust!
Sunset Catamaran Tour of Papagayo
Set out on a cruising adventure aboard a luxury 47-foot catamaran to see ocean wildlife and jungle shoreline! Snorkel to see colourful marine life and soak in the sunset views surrounding Costa Rica's Papagayo Peninsula.
Visit the SIBU Sanctuary and Wildlife Refuge
Take a visit to Costa Rica's wonderful SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary and Refuge for injured and orphaned animals. Here you will find rehabilitated howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, coatis, racoons, opossums and porcupines, along with other small mammals.
Limitless Costa Rica
Central Valley, Arenal, Southern Osa, Papagayo Peninsula
inc flights & transfers for 13 nights
- Verdant coffee plantations, volcanoes, wildlife rich jungles and adrenalin fuelled activities
- Exclusive jungle eco-lodges with far stretched views of the lush rainforest of Central Valley
- Soak up the mesmerising views from the tropical rainforest reserve on the wildlife rich Osa Peninsula, stretching out to the iconic Arenal Volcano and wild Pacific Ocean
Location & directions
Papagayo Peninsula, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Four Seasons is positioned on Peninsula Papagayo, on Costa Rica’s northwest Pacific coast within the province of Guanacaste.
How to get there
12-hour international flight to San Jose. Juan Santamaria International Airport. From San Jose, its a 40 minute light aircraft flight to Liberia, followed by a 1-hour car transfer to resort.
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