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Reviewed 30 July 2012

This is the second time my wife and I have gone to this Four Seasons - this time with our 15 and 21 year old in tow. This is a first class resort with great, friendly service and TONS to do on and off the property. The Marea Beach Club - which partrons of the Four Seasons have access to via a 5 minute free shuttle ride - is one of the most beautiful beach clubs we have ever seen with great food and service. Be sure to eat there for dinner on the porch at least one night - well worth it!! Great golf course - particulary for a tropical place - with reasonable rates after 12:30 each day when the winds actually pick up and it's very pleasant for the most part. Great time seeing monkeys all over the place as well as other wildlife. Go the the Congo Trail zip lines and you can actually hold the monkeys! Great fun and highly recommended for all ages or just mom and dad. Phenomenal sunsets on the beach to boot.

Room Tip: Don't pay for the higher priced rooms - the second floor rooms are great at the hotel and near either of the two beaches.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Bart H
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Reviewed 29 July 2012

This was our second visit to this resort. As good as the first time.
The Guancaste Airport was rebuilt 2011 and is modern and staffed by several immigration lines. It took minutes.
I arranged to be picked up by Ecotranscostarica , after reading a Trip Advisor review. My driver was waiting for me and was professional.
The hotel staff is consistently excellent and well educated. They accommodate and find solutions. There are no problemas.
In the restaurants, your wish is their desire. Ask for sushi your way and it will be just that way. Don't see the steak that you want, just ask. Most servings are too large and can feed two and not one.
My favorite activities were napping in a hammock in the shade, sitting in the screened porch and reading, exercising and then relaxing in the spa, playing tennis before 10 or after 4 on beautiful clay courts, and the Tenorio rafting. The rafting was intense and about a 1 1/2 hour drive. I used ISSY Tours - another Trip Advisor recommendation and Diego and the trip was on time and as advertised. They do take credit cards as payment.
I learned from our last trip to avoid the long tour rides. It takes 30 minutes just to get off the peninsula. Witch Canopy zip lines is close by. Coco Beach is also close by if you want a local half day trip. Arrange this privately, the hotel trip is expensive and you miss out of the private guide experience.
Do not go to the Four Seasons to tour Costa Rica. Use the resort for what it does the best- comfort, relaxation in a luxurious setting.

Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 July 2012

Pura Vida! We had an amazing experience at The Four Seasons Papagayo this July. From start to finish, the incredible staff made sure our stay was a memorable one. My husband and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary and The Four Seasons went above and beyond to make it as special as possible. We were greeted by a beautiful and delicious mini wedding cake and a complimentary bottle of Champagne. After a long trip, nothing is better than a surprise such as this. After the beautiful drive to the grounds, we were greeted with the warmest reception.

The beach is amazing and the beach/pool staff go out of their way to accommodate your every need. We were concerned about food quality as many people reviewed the food poorly. We found the food and service at Papagayo, Tico's and Congo's to be outstanding. We would advise sticking to the fish and anything local for the best experience. Dinner at Caracol is a must. We had an incredible meal and the ambiance at the restaurant was wonderful. Prices are expected at a Four Seasons Resort.

There are many activities to do at the resort. We advise The Tour of Giants, which is a guided tour through the golf course that offers the most spectacular views of the peninsula. As we are not golfers, it was a great way to see the course. We took advantage of the morning hike offered by the resort. It was a great way to explore the ecosystem around us. It is not uncommon to come across monkeys, tropical birds and giant iguanas along the way. Once we participated in the guided tour, we would partake in an independent morning hike in the morning to further explore our surroundings.

Sunset Sessions was a must. Live music was provided and it was so great to relax and have a beverage while watching one of the most amazing sunsets!
We did a coffee tasting at The Brit Cafe/Gift Shop which was insightful, especially for the avid coffee drinker.

As suggested by many other Four Seasons guests, we booked a tour to Ricon de Viejo through Tours Your Way. Rey, our tour guide provided us with much knowledge and history on the region. We did the ziplines, horseback and hot springs at Buena Vista. It was a blast!

Overall, our experience at The Four Seasons Papagayo was incredible! We were nervous about rainfall in July considering is is rainy season but the weather was great. It was 90 and sunny everyday. We are hoping to make our way back next summer!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 July 2012

It is rare for one to experience “the perfect vacation”. The Four seasons Papagayo, however, seems to deliver just that to their guests on a daily basis. From the moment you are picked up at the airport, the stress dissipates and the vacation begins. Reception welcomes you via Ipad as you journey comfortably to the Peninsula Papagayo (stopping occasionally by choice to view a monkey in the tree or perhaps an iguana in the road).

This property may be described as having the elegance of a fine European hotel along with the welcoming warmth that one would hope to find in a tropical resort. The backdrop of this extraordinary find is the turquois, blue ocean set against the rugged green hillside.

Though I expected a lovely room having seen the website, pictures simply do not tell the complete story. The rooms are stunning complete with rich hardwood floors, luxurious bedding and beautiful marble/granite baths to suit the most discerning guests. They are cool and very comfortably air conditioned. The large terraces are screened so that you may enjoy the tropical breeze, the view and sounds of the wild.

Every aspect of this property exudes excellence. The service and professionalism of the Four Seasons family reflected this at every level. From the beach and poolside staff fulfilling every whim, to the front desk on to management, one thing is made very clear, impeccable service for the guest is the priority. The efficiency of this staff combined with the helpful and gracious attitude displayed by all made for an extraordinary stay. One always feels welcome here and personally tended to. All details for guest comfort are addressed down to the SPF and bug repellent at the towel stands!

The spa was a spectacular experience, relaxing in the hot and cold pools after an incredible bamboo massage, while watching one of the rare rainstorms was a favorite moment. Then there were the cocktails and hors d’oeuvres (delectable tuna tartar, guacamole and chips)at the beach while serenaded by guitar as we watched the changing blue, pink and purple hues of the sky at sunset. The Kayak sunset tour was truly memorable and inspired an essay recounting the experience.

The cuisine was consistently outstanding and innovative. I had the pleasure of dining at most of the restaurants on the property. The breakfast buffet was an incredible royal spread and varied each morning which was noted and appreciated. The sushi was delicious offering innovative rolls and presentation. The grilled Spiny lobster tail at the golf course Steak House was a favorite and the delectable crispy calamari merited a return trip.
I loved the ambiance in the Italian restaurant, Di Mare. I was surprised to note but can say with confidence (after a careful study of this dish in several regions of Italy), that the melanzane alla parmigiana ranks as some of the best that I have ever tasted. Somehow, I missed out on trying the acclaimed pizza recommended at the resort, unfortunately.

For a much needed respite, to rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit or just to have a fabulous, luxurious trip (with fascinating excursions when desired), this resort is the perfect vacation experience.

My only disappointment was in having to leave the Four Seasons in Costa Rica to return to Los Angeles.

Susan Dishell
Santa Monica, CA

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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6  Thank Susan D
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

The drive into the property is already a sight to behold. The property itself is stunning (with a lot of variety) and we often chuckled to ourselves how dreamlike it felt. Morning hikes through the wooded areas were amazing (you have to go before 7am to have optimal monkey-viewing) and sitting around by the pools, Tico's Bar, or in your own lanai in the afternoon is just a wondrous, enchanting escape.

** Golf-cart tour: book a complimentary golf-cart tour. While I'm not a golfer, this golf-course was so beautiful that the tour may have been one of the highlights! The property is amazing, and driving around rainforest terrain in a golf cart was an amazing experience. The guide we had was so knowledgable and passionate about wildlife.

Room:

We were in building #4 -- Beautiful, clean room with an amazing (screened) porch facing the water. Generous closet space and nice bathroom. There wasn't a lot of room to store personal toiletries (unless we put them all on the ledge in front of the mirror, so we used hanging toiletry bags to keep essentials close to the sink. While we loved the room and had no complaints, I think that a room in building #2 facing Playa Virador might have been even better. Playa Blanca seemed to have more activity than Virador, so if you'd like a more serene beach-facing room, I would recommend building :) The beds were heavenly!

Spa:

Do yourself a favour and go to the women's hot tubs overlooking a beach. It's so beautiful!

Gym:

Small, but comfortably air-conditioned and functional. Great service.

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Since the property is so secluded, we tried all the restaurants (I'll post reviews) and fell in love with the golf club's steakhouse, Caracol. The food is excellent for the most part. We ate at Di Mare, and while the food is very good, I would say it's the least "must-try" since it's just Italian food. Very good Italian food, but if you're only there for a short time, there are other things to try. I would have skipped Di Mare for a third night at Caracol. However, if you're feeling bored and are craving Italian, Di Mare will not disappoint in quality. Also, a little warning about all the "fresh" juices: they're way too sweet. All the fruit drinks and daily special juices from Tico's and Papagayo's are heavily sweetened. The Britt coffee in the french press was very nice. However, the pricing is very strange. Most days, we ordered 2 coffees and we were given a large French press. However, once we had another person join us and we ordered 3 coffees, we given the same French press and charged 3 coffees! That was weird but honestly, it's such a small thing given the general extraordinary service and quality of this resort!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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