Our family recently returned from a 10 night stay at the Four Seasons. We all agreed that it was one of our best because of two reasons. First was the hotel and the other was because of Mainor Lara with Tours Your Way.
Experienced with other 5 star hotels including the FS on the Big Island in Hawaii, we had high expectations for the FS Costa Rica. After the 11 days there, those expectations were met and then some. What were immediately noticeable on arrival are the incredible staff members. Everyone from the front desk to housekeeping is genuinely nice and helpful. Two members that were above FS standards were Carlos Ugalde and Melissa Bustos. Carlos served us breakfast every morning. He was so cheerful and tried to please us with anything that we may have needed. Be sure to ask for him. Likewise, Melissa always greeted us with a warm smile at the front desk of the Business Center. Any problems related to internet connection, she ensured were answered. There were many more employees that were great including the staff who provided transportation - I just cannot remember their names.
Everything from our room to the grounds was meticulously kept. For example, it appeared that seconds after a leaf had fallen on a sidewalk, someone was sweeping it up. Our suite was always cleaned to perfection with water bottles and amenities replenished when needed.
Like the country, the hotel is beautiful. I highly recommend the 2:30 pm golf course tour. Everyone is given a cart and a tour guide directs the group throughout the course. The vistas are incredible. The guide will point many of the natural wonders including iguanas, howler monkeys, plants, trees, etc. allowing time for great photo shoots. They, also, give some history on the course, the hotel and its commitment to conservation.
A wonderful secret is the Beach Club. Not owned by the FS, the facility's long term goal is to be exclusively used by private home owners. For now, it allows guests of the FS to visit. By asking the hotel's bell service, a van will transport from the hotel to Club in less than 5 minutes. Our 15 and 13 year old children liked its beach better because of the bigger waves. Be sure to grab boogie boards from the hotel for surf riding. The Beach Club, also, has a nice sports bar with pool tables. We did not formally eat at one of its restaurants but did enjoy the delicious grilled grouper from the bar. The Club is not open on Sundays and Mondays.
I read some reviews of the hotel complaining of its isolation. We liked it. There are two security checks before arriving at the lobby. Our kids loved the Teen Center and we never were worried in allowing them to travel to it on their own. Once, I called the Center and they knew to the minute when our children had arrived and left.
For tours, NO ONE can beat Mainor (pronounced "minor") Lara. As his company's name implies, he provides tours that fit the client. We spent two full day tours with Mainor at Monte Verde and Arenal. He listens to what is wanted, makes suggestions and ensures that the tour is exactly fulfilled. He is funny and so knowledgeable. Not only, for example, does he know that name of every bird in the region, he knows the sound of their calls. He can spot monkeys, sloths, toucans and parrots from a mile away. We think that he knows everyone in the region because everywhere we went; people waved to him and called out his name. Mainor, also, provided transport to/from Tamarindo on two days for us and scheduled surfing lessons and beach horseback rides. Everything we did with him was wonderful. He made sure that a cooler in his SUV was available to us filled with drinks that we liked. Providing transfers between the FS and the airport for us, we felt like we were leaving a good friend when our vacation was over.
Would we recommend the Four Seasons in Costa Rica? ABSOLUTELY!
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- 4 Seasons Resort Costa Rica At Peninsula Papagayo
- Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica At Peninsula Papagayo Hotel Gulf Of Papagayo
- Four Seasons Costa Rica
- Four Seasons Liberia
- Peninsula Liberia
- Liberia Peninsula
- Liberia Four Seasons