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Four Seasons Costa Rica Challenges Guests To Toss Their iPhones

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  Site Where: Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
December 6, 2012 at 5:54 PM | by | ()

People swear when they go on vacation they are going to “disconnect” from the trappings of technology, jobs, and whatnot. What we’ve found? Many of them are filthy liars.

They lose their ever-loving minds if their room is without a television, nevermind cable, have fits of despair without WiFi, and if there aren't enough outlets to plug in all of the toys they swore they weren't bringing along on their getaway? Best get outta the way because there'll probably be hell to pay.

Well, the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo has thrown down a gauntlet, a challenge of sorts with its “Disconnect to Reconnect” idea.

The resort will keep a guest’s iPhone for 24 hours or more in a safe deposit box and then afterwards, they’ll return it with one of four new custom phone covers (for the 4S and 5 models) from a company called Uncommon.

The five designs include:
A sunset scene
A tropical forest scene
A leaping white-faced monkey (capuchin), which is commonly seen around the resort
A father and son kayaking on the Papagayo Peninsula

In the meantime, while they’re unplugged, the hotel will give guests a guide of “24 Things to Do Without Technology at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica”. On the list? The trendy SUP (stand-up paddleboarding), heading to the spa for a treatment, looking for the indigenous blue morpho butterflies in the garden, or doing simply—nothing.

We’d love to know how many people sign up for the program, and how many panic in the 12th hour, which would give even more weight to our recent rant on travel and technology.

You can disconnect right now at the Four Seasons starting at $450 per night.

[Photos: Four Seasons Hotel & Resorts]

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