We have just returned from an 9 day stay and while I can't say it was the most beautiful beaches I've seen or the most amazing architectual design I've seen, my overall experience at this hotel was perhaps my best ever due to extraordinary service, fantastic attention to children and their needs and the execution by the hotel of a very special event for our family. I think this hotel is apt for anyone who can travel there conveniently and would like a beach vacation a bit different from your typical Caribbean hotel (in culture, landscape, etc.) However, if you are looking to do some adventure travel in Costa Rica this hotel is perhaps not the best located and I might choose just to stay there for a few days at the end of your trip to relax after all the excitement. Like I said, we went for family time at the beach and spent every minute of our trip within the hotel and loved it. I should note that while staying at the Four Seasons you also have free access to another club nearby which has a fantastic restaurant and perhaps an even more beautiful pool/beach area.
For those traveling with kids: We were traveling with small children and at literally every meal they received some toy or trinket to play with and kind attention from staff (they even knew their names when we arrived and greated them personally!), children under 5 eat *whatever* they want for free, there is an amazing, enormous kids club and pool (in the shade and shallow and set away from the adult pools and supervised by 2-3 well-trained nannies), there are high quality, English-speaking babysitters available at very reasonable cost ($12/hour), upon arrival the children received a stuffed iguana as well as a fancy dessert shaped like a turtle in the room and the crib for our baby was decorated with cute linens and stocked with a few diapers and a travel kit full of Johnson's products. I honestly could not imagine what else they could provide for kids - so hats off to the hotel in that department!!!!
For those thinking of organizing a special event: we were traveling to celebrate grandmother's 70th birthday and the concierge Rafael was able to coordinate a 4 course private dinner for 10 on the beach complete with a lighted luminary path in the sand, tiki torches, a table set with fine linens, china and flowers and a 5 piece latin band. It was the party of grandmother's dreams and we can't thank Rafael and Andreina (of special events) enough for their dedication to making this event truly special and unique. I communicated many of my wishes about this event to Rafael by email prior to our arrival but the hotel exceeded our expectations for the event in every single way.
Activities: we didn't take advantage of too many activities but my husband and I did do a 3 hour kayak trip which was fun and turned out to be a private tour with a guide for only $15/person (which included a snack/water). We also rented a private Catamaran for the day for the whole group and while we enjoyed ourselves, we didn't see much on that trip that we hadn't already seen by kayak. Most importantly, several members of our group played golf and all of us took the famous "tour" of the golf course by golf cart and no one had ever seen a more beautiful or ecologically maintained golf course. You literally see monkeys, birds and all kinds of nature driving through the course and there are cliff-top ocean views from 14 of the 18 holes. It was for me, even more beautiful than the famous Pebble Beach in California.
Rooms: we all had the very basic rooms (first floor) and I have to say, I'm not sure it's really worth it to pay more to be on a higher floor b/c virtually all of the rooms have partial ocean/partial forest views. If you stay in a suite, you will have to take a golf cart to and from your room or hike up and down some hills whereas the standard rooms are within steps of the pools and restaurants. Overall, we were extremely happy with our decision to stay "cheap" ($695/night plus 30% tax plus expenses). We spent hours reading on the shady, ample balcony in the room - each balcony has a couch and 2 armchairs. Additionally, since the heat was pretty moderate even during the day we were even able to leave the doors to the room open to the balcony most of the time to listen to the ocean and enjoy the breeze rather than freeze ourselves in air-conditioning.
Beaches/pools: the staff at the beaches and pools are fantastic. We generally could pick any location we wanted and they would move chairs for us, set up towels and bring a bucket full of bottles of water (bottled water throughout the hotel is free and all beaches and pools are stocked with sunblock, magazines, evian skin spray, etc.) We had no problems getting a chair or getting attention of an attendant even once and by mid-week just about all of them greeted us by name (also true in the restaurants.) The beaches are ample, clean and the waves are pretty calm. There are 2 big pools, an adult pool, a heated jacuzzi, and a kiddie pool at the kids club. Most people opt for the beach "Virador" but there is also a second beach where all the water sports equipment is located for those who want more privacy.
Restaurants: the food is good but not great (this is pretty much what I've found at any beach hotel I've ever stayed at - that no matter how fancy the prices typically do not quite match up to what you get.) That being said the food was good and there were plenty of choice so we didn't get bored.
Spa: the spa is gorgeous - views out over the ocean, even in some of the treatment rooms and everyone in our party was very happy with their services in the spa. The spa and gym are free access while you are staying at the hotel so even if you don't have an appointment you can go and use the steam room, hot and cold pools, etc.
Cost: this hotel is pricey, but to its credit they don't nickel and dime you. Bottled water is free, all tips are included for everyone you come in contact with in the hotel (they add 10% to your food and spa services, but everyone else is tipped out through a fee you pay as part of your room cost), room service is basically the same price as eating in the restaurant, and many activities are free or at very low cost (the 2 hour golf course tour, for example, is free). The kids club is free and sitters are only $12/hour. Spa services and golf itself are quite expensive but obviously, you choose whether or not to do them. You can expect to pay a minimum of $20 for breakfast, $25 for lunch and $50 for dinner per person (and that would be the very, very minimum with no licor and ordering the cheapest options.) A cocktail will cost you about $20.
Overall: extremely happy with this hotel and highly recommend it!
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