The Four Seasons is considered as the most luxurious of all the hotels in Costa Rica, and unsurprisingly it offers top-class facilities and impeccable service. However, it is the exceptional nature of the location that impresses the most. The gorgeous Papagayo peninsula is owned by the hotel, and includes an 18-hole golf course, whose smooth curves lead down to the sea.
This hotel review is a translation from the French version published on our French site Easyvoyage.com.
Located in the Gulf of Papagayo, the Four Seasons is 40 minutes by car from Liberia international airport. From here, it takes 40 minutes by plane to reach the capital of Costa Rica.
Courses in pottery, floral composition and cookery are available. Golf fans will be interested to know that hole n° 3 is the most popular, due to its view, and that hole n° 5 is the most difficult, as there is a lake. 15 golf buggies take guests from one place to another. 850 employees, including a full-time florist, work to ensure the well-being of holidaymakers.
Book as early as possible, as this hotel is always in high demand, and specify that you would like a view over the Pacific Ocean from your room (standard Premium or Deluxe)!
Built in 2004, the property stretches over the entire peninsula, an area of 49,420 very well maintained acres. A sizeable part of it is taken up by the superb golf course designed by Arnold Palmer. Fourteen of its 18 holes offer superb panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. 4 mi of peaceful pathways bordered by trees and impeccable lawns lead from the entrance of the vast estate to the reception of the Four Seasons, which is very elegant. It is located at the far end of the peninsula. The stylish, modern design of the main building, in the shape of a semi-circle, is punctuated by a series of thick walls in volcanic rock. Various natural materials have been used in the different areas of the resort. In the large spa looking over the Pacific Ocean, everything is light, impeccable, and airy. Silence is golden in this labyrinth. It offers a wide range of massages, the most popular being the Costa Rican massage with hot stones. The Four Seasons has 4 swimming pools, including a paddling pool for children, and another reserved for adults only, to to keep everyone happy. The largest one on the estate is 10,760 sq ft. The children's club opens from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm. It has a large television, computers, and various toys for children to play with in a clean, bright and colourful space. There is a youth club for older children (over 12 years), with a television room and various DVDs, and the latest games consoles (e.g. the Wii), pool, and a basketball court. Adults, do not disturb!
The Four Seasons has 10 villas, and 153 impeccable rooms divided into various categories. There are 33 suites and 120 standard rooms. The "garden" rooms have a terrace and look out over the surrounding vegetation. On the other hand, the Deluxe rooms on the first floor, and Premium rooms on the second and third floors enjoy ocean views. The standard rooms measure 603 sq ft. Wood is used throughout (parquet and furniture), giving them a luxurious, warm feeling. Unsurprisingly, there are many modern facilities: a flat-screen satellite television, DVD player, free safe, individual air conditioning and fan, full mini-bar to cater to your every whim, tea/coffee kit, telephone, radio-alarm and mosquito net. The only feature that really stood out was the blind separating the bathroom from the bedroom. When opened, you can watch television or admire the scenery through the large bay window while having your bath. The comfort is immense. The large marble bathroom also has a shower and separate toilet, a double sink, hair-dryer, and Occitane hospitality products. The suites are in small one- or two-storey houses set on stilts. The terrace is covered by a roof in the shape of an armadillo shell, and looks over the Pacific Ocean. It is a pity that the concrete outside walls clash with the beauty of the site. Room service is available 24 hours a day.
The Canadian chef, Mickael Brough, has swapped the Four Seasons Dublin to overlook the resort's four restaurants. In the main "Papagayo" restaurant, breakfast is served "à la carte" and as a buffet. The tone is set from the word go: carefully considered presentation of dishes, an abundance of choice and an elegant setting. It is all very pleasant! With large bay windows divided by five thick stone walls, the room opens to the outside and directly overlooks the swimming pool. Latin and Central American flavours are on the menu here. The sophisticated Di Mare opens for dinner and is a hit, with its Italian cuisine and emphasis on sea food. Grilled food is served at Congo's 3 evenings a week. Guests are invited to choose, on the chef's recommendation, the fish they are going to eat from the day's catch. The Caracol, the club-house restaurant, offers light meals for lunch, and becomes a steak house for dinner. There are also menus for vegetarians and children.
The two beaches of the Four Seasons are close to one another, and are used for different leisure activities. On the bay side, Blanca Beach, which can get windy, is given over to various non-motorised water sports, which can be enjoyed in total freedom. Three days a week, customers are invited to choose which fish of the day they will eat, on advice from the chef. Watch out for sharp coral in the clear water, together with unexpected holes. The picture-postcard Virador Beach is just a few feet away. Protected from the wind by the surrounding high ground, the turquoise water laps the fine white sand. Tall trees act provide shade from the sun, and deck chairs are also available. Take care not to disturb the nests of protected turtles nearby.
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