The Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica is one of the most luxurious resorts in Central America. Located on the Papagayo Peninsula, this 5-star resort sprawls across 45 acres of the jungle where guests have private access to two beaches, four swimming pools, a world-class spa, an 18-hole golf course, multiple dining options, and complimentary classes and activities.
Four Seasons Resorts are known for having luxurious properties, but I was most impressed by the phenomenal service. The moment you arrive, you are greeted by name, welcomed with fresh coconut water, and offered a chilled towel! Also, every single staff member is extremely friendly. Not only do they stop to say hello, but they inquire about your day and ask if there iss anything you need. These small interactions mark the difference between a good resort and a great one. The Four Seasons Costa Rica does a fantastic job of creating a warm and welcoming environment that genuinely makes you feel at home – something many in the hospitality industry are unable to accomplish.
I spent two nights at the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica, and my only regret is that I didn’t stay longer. This resort ranks high amongst the properties I’ve stayed at, so I know I’ll be back sometime in the future. But next time, I’ll be sure to book an entire week!
Keep scrolling for amazing photos of beautiful Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Papagayo Peninsula as well as a comprehensive list of things to do on the property.
As a luxury resort, the Four Seasons Costa Rica has top of the line accommodations. With over 180 guest rooms, suites, and private residence villas, you are bound to find the perfect place to relax and enjoy your time in paradise. During my visit, I had the pleasure of staying in one of the Terraza Guest Rooms.
Located on the bottom floor, the Terraza Rooms were designed after the treehouse concept with hardwood floors, natural fabrics, exotic colors, and outdoor living spaces. The room features two doubles or a king-sized bed, a full marble bathroom including a shower and tub, and a private patio with gorgeous views of the native tropical landscape. I was lucky enough to have partial views of the ocean!
Guest rooms also come with 100% cotton robes, tea and coffee service featuring coffee from Costa Rica, Ortigia bath amenities, a hairdryer, bottled water, and a plasma TV. Some other perks include twice-daily housekeeping service, evening turndown service, ice delivery, self-service washer and dryers with eco-friendly detergent, overnight shoeshine service, and 24-hour in-room dining.
From the design of the room to the service provided, everything was perfect for my stay in the Terraza Room. One of my favorite things to do was open up the patio doors in the early morning. There’s nothing quite as relaxing as listening to the waves crash against the shore while lying in bed wrapped in light cotton sheets.
Activites at the Four Seasons Costa Rica
At the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica, there are endless opportunities for fun and adventure! At check-in, you’ll receive a daily schedule with activities listed for the duration of your stay. The best part is that over 25 of these activities are complimentary, while others only require a small fee. So if you want to do more than lounge by the pool with a drink in your hand, here are some fun things to do around the property!
- Surf Lessons. The Four Seasons Resort is the closest resort to the renowned waves of Witch’s Rock and Ollies Point, making it the perfect place to learn how to surf! The instructors at the luxury surf school Tropicsurf will quickly have you up and riding the waves in no time!
- Morning Snorkel Tours. This 9:00 am tour is the perfect way to start your day! You’ll enter the bay from Playa Blanca (located on the property) and swim out into the bay. If the conditions are just right, the water will be clear enough for you to see colorful fish and beautiful coral reefs! Your guide will be with you at all times and share their knowlege of the Gulf of Papagayo and the surrounding marine life.
- Bird Watching Tours. Due to Costa Rica’s location between the Americas, it is home to a large variety of tropical birds. During this tour, you’ll set out with a local guide and discover different species all around the resort, like parrots, manakins, antbirds, robins, and trogons.
- Guided Nature Hikes. The Papagayo Peninsula boasts of a lush tropical landscape and is home to over 400 species of wildlife. There are easy hikes along flat and well-maintained trails, as well as more challenging treks for those looking for a little more adventure. The resort offers four hikes: Sunrise, Sunset, Mangrove, and Foreverwell. These guided hikes are a fun and educational way to safely explore the property on foot – perfect for children ages 12+.
- Trail of the Giants Golf Course Tour. This is the best way to explore the Papagayo Penninsula and one of the most fun activities. Starting from the reception, you’ll ride a shuttle to the clubhouse, select a golf cart, and head out to explore the golf course. During this tour, your guide will stop at specific areas to share information about the local vegetation and wildlife. If you’re lucky, you may see some White-faced and Howler monkeys in the tall trees along the trail!
- Golf. The course at the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica is a golfer’s dream. This par-72 championship course was designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer and offers some of the most spectacular ocean views of the Papagayo Penninsula. There are also a driving range, a sand-bunker practice area, and putting and chipping greens. Rates start at $170 for 9-holes and $240 for 18-holes.
- Chocolate Making Class. If you’re addicted to chocolate, this is one activity you cannot miss! The hands-on class takes you step-by-step through the chocolate-making process. You’ll learn how to roast, peel, and grind the cacao beans, but more importantly, you’ll get to eat the delicious treats after class.
- Folkloric Dance Class. Learn all about the Punto Guanacasteco folk dance by listening to the music and following the steps of your instructors. The Punto Guanacasteco is considered to be the national dance, so this is a great interactive way to discover Costa Rican culture.
- Star Gazing. While you can easily walk down to the beach late at night and stargaze on your own, doing this as a resort activity is fun and informative. The guides point out constellations and let you peer through telescopes to get a closer view of the celestial bodies. Yes, the photo I took below while stargazing is enhanced, but you really can see that many stars with the naked eye!
- Moonlit Kayak Tour. While the Four Season Resort offers seven kayak tours, I think the moonlit tour is the most unique! Just after sunset, you’ll meet with a guide and kayak out to Blanca Bay. The kayaks are retrofitted with LED lights for you to be able to see around and below the board. The marine life may not be as active at this time, but kayaking underneath the stars and taking in the beautiful night views is a once in a lifetime experience.
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Restaurants at the Four Seasons Costa Rica
Bahia – This is the perfect place to have breakfast, lunch, or dinner outside with views of the pool and the Gulf of Papagayo. The food is fantastic, and I love that all ingredients are locally sourced. I especially enjoyed the variety of pastries included in the breakfast buffet and the grilled beef burger for dinner. Oh, and don’t leave before trying their freshly made passionfruit juice! I drank multiple cups every morning, and to this day, I still crave it. If only they delivered!
Añejo – If you’re looking to grab a breakfast bite to go or share some tapas with friends in the late afternoon, try Añejo. The open patio and light breeze add to its relaxing atmosphere during the day, but once the sun goes down and the drinks start flowing, it’s the perfect place to party.
Pesce – Featuring classic Italian cuisine and an extensive wine list, Pesce offers guests an evening of elegance. The dimly lit lights and panoramic ocean views create an intimate environment and romantic atmosphere – perfect for couples. There are so many great dishes to choose from; however I recommend the Cioppino (catch of the day, shrimp, clams, sundried tomatoes, and grilled bread) and the Carpaccio Manzo (beef tenderloin, arugula salad, shaved grana padano, and truffle oil).
Nemare – Located at the Peninsula Papagayo golf clubhouse, Nemare offers both lunch and dinner. The menu is comparable to that of a steakhouse featuring craft cocktails, soups, salads, and grilled/smoked entrees. So if you’re looking for the best steak on the property, check out Nemare.
Thank you so much to Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica and everyone who made my stay possible. I had a wonderful experience and hope to visit soon. As always, my thoughts and opinions are my own.
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