This review is 3 years overdo but better late than never! My fiancee and I stayed at the Four Seasons for 4 days and 3 nights and absolutely fell in love with the property. We consider ourselves seasoned travelers and have been to many exclusive hotels in Europe and the US. Out of all my travels, the Four Seasons has been by far my favorite. Perhaps I am a bit biased since I was born in the states but raised in Costa Rica. The country is beautiful, friendly people, and has a stable government so as a tourist I feel safe to travel.
Located on a private peninsula, the hotel is tucked away..I mean really secluded. You have to drive deep to get to the main gates, and then once you pass the security gates, there is still at least 2 miles to get to the lobby. You drive by the golf courses before reaching the lobby area, the area is lined with tall palm trees and spectacular views of the coast. I was so taken back by the absolute beauty of the Papagayo Peninsula, it truly was a sight to see! Once we reached the lobby, we were warmly greeted with a cold towel and a refreshing drink. Check in was a breeze and the lobby is beautiful, its open air feeling incorporates the beauty of nature with light colored marble throughout.
Our room was on the second floor and although the elevators were tight (as my fiancee in his chair, myself and the bellhop could not fit in there all at once). But a minor inconvenience really because the room was beautiful.My fiancee being in a wheelchair, requested a handicap accessible room and it was huge! As you enter the room, the vanity/bathroom area is to your left while two beautiful rich mahogany closet doors are to your right. Walk further and you will reach the bedroom area with the mini-bar to your right near the flat screen TV. One of the nicest features of the room are these beautiful mahogany doors that fold into the wall to create an open feeling, as if the room wasn't big enough. There is a large patio area with a table/chairs and a spacious lounger, if you open the doors all the way the breeze is so nice and you really feel at one with nature hearing the monkeys and the sound of the ocean. Sadly, our patio view was obstructed by a tree so we didn't get a full view of the ocean but it added to the privacy and richness of nature. We got a kick out of hearing the monkeys while sitting outside but do watch out for the bugs, you share the space with nature remember..
King sized and so comfy, sheets were awesome. We are bed snobs and are accustomed to sleeping in 1500 count at home but were not disappointed by the choice of mattress or linens!
Nice, nothing spectacular but very nice and clean of course. Pool seating was comfortable as we hate seats with little cushion, and jacuzzi was a nice feature with a waterfall and the staff did not bother us while using it late at night..very private and romantic!
Expensive..oh my! But expected, come on its the Four Seasons! Food was very good to excellent, we were not blown away but then again we are very meticulous about our culinary choices so we are hard to please. But you will not be disappointed with the food options, just be ready to fork out a pretty penny! The selection is good,they had traditional dishes like Gallo Pinto or Huevos Rancheros or more US type options...overall pleased with the food. Drinks were actually delicious, I was pregnant at the time but all my virgin drinks tasted fresh and perfect! Fiancee disappointed they did not carry McClellan 21 but can't win them all!
Fairly good for wheelchairs, there are elevators but like I said they aren't huge like Vegas but even for a motorized chair you can make it work. Our room was completely accessible with a separate toilet area, luxury shower will pull down seat and nozzles, tub with hand rails and vanity at proper height.We have a manual chair and my fiancee can transfer his own weight fairly easy from chair to car but he weight lifts so if you don't have the arm strength perhaps you might enlist the help of the staff as they always seem eager to assist us with anything we needed. Please take into consideration that the path to the beach is slightly sloped and not accessible at all so we could not go down to the beach. I am not sure if the hotel has a Beach Wheelchair but we didn't ask since we couldn't go down anyway. Costa Rica takes great pride in preserving their natural beauty so there are certain easements set by the government, ie there cannot be a concrete structure (path in this case) going up to the beach as it impedes on the natural surface. I am unsure the exact amount of distance alloted by the law but nothing that is close to the beach. I myself only saw a view of the beach from our patio, but if you want turquoise water go to the caribbean (sorry I hate when travelers say they are disappointed with the water color)..its a different body of water! The sounds of the rain forest and the waves crashing cant be beat!
Costa Rica is an eco-tourism paradise! The country is about the size of West Virginia (US) so don't expect to get from the central valley to the either coast in less than a 3 hour ride. Stay away from San Jose, too much crime and overcrowded.. Visit Volcan Arenal, beautiful sight! Visit the Hot springs by the volcanos, very cool and I don't know if this still is allowed but when I was a child we would pull our car on the side of the road near the volcano and climb down to soak in the hot springs..but ask a local just in case. Do the rain forest zipline, I have understood they have one for wheelchairs but did not get a chance to try it out...shame..
Overall I would recommend traveling to Costa Rica if you enjoy nature a vacation with adventure, if you prefer lounging by the beach maybe try the caribbean instead..its beautiful as well! I would recommend the Four Seasons for a luxury retreat, and taking in the sights and sounds of nature while being treated like royalty!
Please fell free to email me if you have any questions about the hotel or handicap accessibility.
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- Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica At Peninsula Papagayo Hotel Gulf Of Papagayo
- Four Seasons Costa Rica
- Four Seasons Liberia
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- Liberia Peninsula
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