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Inside and All Around the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica

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  Site Where: Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
November 22, 2011 at 5:50 PM | by | ()

Less than an hour's drive from the little Liberia Airport near Costa Rica's west coast sits the exotic oasis of the Peninsula Papagayo. It is an exclusive area, mostly dedicated to upscale resorts, vacation condos and the pristine beaches they face. Alas, there's also an Arnold Palmer golf course in the middle of the action, owned and operated by the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica.

What this means is the area is extraordinarily lush; just a drive down the hill to the entrance of the resort yielded us surprise spottings of white-faced monkeys, howler monkeys, a family of Coatis (omg baby Coatis!), and an iguana here and there. Once you've entered the lobby and checked in, however, the Four Seasons is a definite playground for more than just its natural environment.

Nights here begin at $390 and climb to just under $2,000 for the top villas. Spending this dough means you're going to want to enjoy your time by one of the several pools (or the hidden waterfall whirlpool), on the Pacific-side beach or the bay-side beach. That's right— there's two different types of beaches here, with the bay one calm enough to enjoy some serious stand-up paddleboarding.

Not a water person? That's cool; there's the aforementioned golf course, a bi=level massive spa, plus a full putt-putt course that just opened this week. Pretty soon, this Four Seasons will also be the only one in the entire hotel chain to feature a grass tennis court.

Some notes if you go:
· When the new terminal at Liberia Airport opens, Four Seasons will have a concierge desk in the terminal to arrange transportation and special requests.
· The area is not only Jurassic Park in terms of flora and fauna on the land (minus the dinosaurs), but also underwater. Scuba, snorkeling and fishing are huge here.
· The hotel offers a variety of volunteer programs to interact with the community and get a taste of the real Costa Rica.
· Want to sleep outside on your screened-in terrace? A rollaway bed can be made up out there.
· The breakfast room service menu you fill out to hang on the doorknob does not have any prices on it. This is how we accidentally ended up ordering a $66 breakfast for one. Beware.
· There is WiFi and LAN internet connections in the room, as well as WiFi in the lobby. None of it is free, and the connection is not very great.
· Toiletries are L'Occitane, and at 2.5 fl oz, they're larger than what one expects of hotel toiletries.

Enough! Now we'll let the photos and room tour video below speak for themselves.

Disclosure: We stayed at the Four Seasons as guests of the Costa Rica Tourism Board for another site, but rest assured all opinions and images are completely our own.

[Photos: Cynthia Drescher]

Archived Comments:

A Great Resort

Since it opened the Four Seasons has indeed set the standard for resorts on the Pacific and Liberia side of Costa Rica - it's a destination in itself!

Cheers, Tee

Tee is Senior Editor of digital magazine www.CostaRicaCLOSEUP.com about <a href="http://costaricacloseup.com">Costa Rica</a>