Where to begin?
Let me start by telling you what this resort is not…It is not a great home base for exploring Costa Rica. Its location is too remote. While most of its employees are Costa Rican, you probably won’t get a feel for the “real” Costa Rica here, as you won’t be close to local restaurants or shops. It also is not a “party” destination. The vibe is relaxed and mellow, with lots of couples and families.
So what is this resort? It is FABULOUS. We just returned from our third visit, and I’m already dreaming of going back. We have stayed at everything from a Brisa room to a three bedroom canopy suite, and all were great. Obviously, the suites are spectacular, with privacy, space, and beautiful views, but the “regular rooms” are also wonderful. They all face the ocean, have beautiful interiors, and clever floor plans. With the suites, you trade privacy for distance from the pools, beaches and restaurants. The “regular rooms” are busier, but they’ve managed to construct them so they all have views, are removed enough away from the action to be quiet, but are very centrally located. And the balconies are wonderful. Screened, with a table, chairs and a couch! It’s a great extension of living space. Housekeeping was wonderful.
The grounds are also lovely. The resort is on the tip of a narrow peninsula, which means there are two great beaches. The sand is volcanic grey and the water is clear. There are lots of complimentary beach activities, from organized kayak trips and snorkeling to paddle boarding. The pools are great, although relatively shallow, with ample seating. There is plenty of wildlife. We saw howler monkeys and coati from our deck! Service from the beach and pool staff was attentive.
One of my complaints from earlier visits was the price and quality of the food. The prices have not come down. While they are fairly competitive with other high-end resorts (and really not that different from fine dining in any major city) the prices are high for Costa Rica. And due to the remoteness of the resort, it’s difficult to leave for a meal. However, the food quality has increased considerably over past visits, which makes the price more tolerable.
We did have an issue with noise from a neighboring room one night, but it was handled expertly by management. It was a problem that actually made me more willing to come back!
Bottom line, you are in a remote location. There are still plenty of great Costa Rican experiences within an hour or two of the resort, but they are not as convenient as if you stayed someplace more central. But it’s the remoteness that makes this place so special. The location is beautiful and serene, but with plenty of activities. And bottom line, the people are great. The employees are personable and friendly, and I was truly pampered. I hope to return one day soon!
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- Also Known As:
- Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica At Peninsula Papagayo Hotel Gulf Of Papagayo
- 4 Seasons Resort Costa Rica At Peninsula Papagayo
- Four Seasons Costa Rica
- Four Seasons Liberia
- Peninsula Liberia
- Liberia Peninsula
- Liberia Four Seasons