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Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
Ranked #2 of 14 Hotels in Gulf of Papagayo
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“Beautiful Retreat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2013

This hotel is stunning, beautiful grounds and delicious food. The people are warm, and gracious. Four Seasons is a special place to be, especially in Costa Rica! Beautiful artwork surrounds the walls with a white marble statue greeting you upon the entrance. There are two beaches on the property, very clean with staff waiting to greet and feed you. Beautiful Arnold Palmer golf course and the only grass tennis court in the Four Season's hotel group. I highly recommend!

  • Stayed June 2013
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FSCOSPFGM, General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, responded to this review, 30 September 2013
Dear Eileen, it sounds like the perfect retreat! Thank you for your review. I hope we have the pleasure to welcome you again in the near future. Pura Vida, Pascal Forotti, General Manager.
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Guelph, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2013

I had the great opportunity to stay in a Villa at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica. It has its own private infinity pool. It is a great resort, great staff service and very well maintained. Consider getting a villa with 3 units as it will be worth it. Not sure if they have 2 unit Villas. The staff even refused to receive gratuities. They also have this golf cart shuttle that will pick you up and drive you wherever you want to go within the resort at no charge. Wait time will be from 10 minutes to 20 minutes. They have lots going around you just have to call the front desk. They have golf cart converted food shuttles (like a mini cube van with wild life pictures etched on the container shell) that brings you room-service if you are enjoying your villa too much. Try their fresh catch of the day which is available twice a week. They will have a chef standing by a "canoe" stand where they will have freshly caught fish displayed. You choose what you want and let the chef know how you want it cooked and prepared. They will then served it to you by the poolside or wherever you wish to enjoy your fresh fish. Food is great too. Try their rice with avocado. One of the many things you will love. I love waking up to the sound of Howler Monkeys and just stepping out of my balcony to view the wildlife. You will see Pizote's (local raccoon) walking around. They are cute but do not feed them as they can be very pushy in begging for more or some would say aggressive. The resort is isolated but that is fine. You can arrange for tours. Golf course is great. Try this resort. I will come back to this resort the next time I'm in Costa Rica. Pura Vida.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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FSCOSPFGM, General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, responded to this review, 30 September 2013
Dear Gee, great pictures! It is great to read that you had an amazing stay, and that you enjoy our activities, the food and even the wildlife! Pura Vida, Pascal Forotti, General
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2013

I had been to this resort with work many years ago. This year I took the family. Totally brilliant holiday. Staff are great from pickup at airport to return a week later. Resort is perfect with pools, beaches, water sports and restaurants. There is no need to leave. The trip up to the golf club was lovely for dinner one evening, and the free tour by boat around the peninsula, and on golf carts around the coastline are well worth it. Direct flights from Atlanta on Delta work really well. Watching Andy Murray win Wimbledon from beside the pool was a bonus.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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FSCOSPFGM, General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, responded to this review, 30 September 2013
Dear guest, it is wonderful to know that you brought your family so all had the chance to experience the Pura Vida style we have at the Four Seasons in Costa Rica. Best regards, Pascal Forotti, General Manager.
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Arlington, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2013

Five stars doesn't even do this hotel justice. My husband Mykel and I just returned from 6 days here for our honeymoon and we hope to return! We stayed in a suite, and although it was far away--we loved every second of it. The convenience of the wonderful staff picking us up in a golf cart whenever we needed made it seem like we were close to everything. Keep in mind If you want to be closer--they have plenty of rooms located right by everything--just ask for one.

We liked the secluded part of it, and since it was during their down "rainy" season (yes it did rain everyday!! But we embraced it, and hey it's only water so whats the worst it can do right? and it will only rain in either the morning or afternoon for an hour or two and clear right up!) we felt like we were alone in the resort, and even more pampered. The staff is WONDERFUL. Completely what we were looking for on our honeymoon. So Romantic!

They had so many activities and things to do at the resort, we suggest the sunset kayak tour, or the bay cruise! We saw whales, sting rays, turtles, and so much more! The tour of the giants was also incredible, we would suggest that too!

The hotel was incredibly clean, and the housekeepers and turndown service was excellent. Exactly what you would expect at a Four Seasons! :)

We had a beautiful honeymoon here, and although we were in Costa Rica for two weeks only half was stayed at Four Seasons, we wished we had never left to our next destination!!!! The worse part was we could see the four seasons resort from our next hotel (45min drive away) we spoke of the "great escape" from our second hotel every night so we could return to the luxury, relaxation, pampering, and EXCELLENT STAFF that was right across the bay!

We hope to return! PURA VIDA!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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FSCOSPFGM, General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, responded to this review, 30 September 2013
Dear Tracy, congratulations for your marriage! I will share your comments with our staff so they continue with their great service. Pura Vida, Pascal Forotti, General Manager.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2013

The Four Seasons Papagayo was everything a Four Seasons should be. Unbelievable grounds, amazing accommodations, and 5 star service. All of this set on one of Costa Rica's most beautiful beaches. The Peninsula Papagayo is breathtaking. I highly recommend either playing golf or taking the Trail of the Giants tour to see all of the wonderful views the peninsula offers. Also, the snorkel trip on the Goombay catamaran was amazing as it offered wonderful views, as well as the ability to see whales, dolphins, sting ray, turtles....you name it. We had many wonderful servers at Ticos which is the main restaurant/bar right in the middle of the resort. Our favorite was Henry! He took very good care of us and we felt like we made a good friend in Costa Rica. We were so sad to leave Costa Rica, the Four Seasons and all of the wonderful people we met along the way, but we are already trying to plan our return trip. Thank you Four Seasons for making our trip unforgettable.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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FSCOSPFGM, General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, responded to this review, 30 September 2013
Dear guest, you are welcome! We are happy to know that you had an unforgettable trip. I will share your comments with our staff, especially with Henry, our super star! Best regards, Pascal Forotti, General Manager.
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2013

We just returned from a 4 night stay. We upgraded to a 2 BR suite, but also saw the regular rooms, which were beautiful.
Here are pros:
1. Great amount of activities. We never felt bored. We esp enjoyed the trail of the giants tour. The golf course is so impressive.
2. 90% of the staff were very warm and attentive. Others seemed slightly disengaged (we had just come from Nayara where 100% of the staff bent over backwards and treated us like family, which effected my perception)
3. Golf carts to drive you everywhere were super convenient, esp with a little toddler
4. Suite was very spacious
5. Breakfast buffet is awesome
6. Kids club was well-equipped
7. Spa facilities are beautiful

A few cons:
1. The food is overpriced. The quality just isn't up to par and the pricing is borderline absurd--if this hotel were in London/Tokyo, etc. $20 for a burger is fine, but not Central America.
2. The resort is isolated. We drove 45 min to get groceries and eat at a local restaurant.
3. Our first morning, the boat cruise was canceled after we waited 45 min for the boat, then I run over to mat Pilates which was also canceled. Not the hotel's fault, but don't count on all activities to actually take place. We canceled on the cooking class after we found out it was a demo on making chocolate cookies. We were hoping for something with a more local flavor. So ask in advance to make sure it's what you want.

Overall, I loved the experience and it was an awesome vacation (I highly recommend pairing this hotel with Nayara in Arenal).

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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FSCOSPFGM, General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, responded to this review, 30 September 2013
Dear guest, thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback about the good and not so good highlights of your stay. I hope we have the opportunity to have you back again! Pura Vida, Pascal Forotti, General Manager.
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Louisville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2013

I stayed with my wife and two boys ages 11 and 13. We had a great week. We stayed the first week of August so it was the rainy season but like much of this region that only means a bit of rain in the afternoon. It did nothing to our day and the daily excursions or days at the pool were well spent. Food was great. Staff was super. I will be back.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
Address: Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Gulf of Papagayo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#1 Top resorts Hotel in Gulf of Papagayo
#1 Family Hotel in Gulf of Papagayo
#2 Spa Hotel in Gulf of Papagayo
#2 Luxury Hotel in Gulf of Papagayo
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Gulf of Papagayo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo 5*
Number of rooms: 184
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