Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo Review

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Peninsula Papagayo, Liberia, Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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Editor’s Review of Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

When families with a child ages 4 to 12 arrive at the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, staff from the Kids For All Seasons program greet the children, giving them information about the children's program, and gifts await in the room.

The Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo has guestrooms, suites and villas to choose from; each with amazing views and spacious for families. The pet-friendly property is not just another pretty beach resort with a good children's program. The resort's location and architecture set it apart. Situated in the midst of a tropical, dry forest in Costa Rica's northwest Guanacaste Province, the resort is the crown jewel on the Peninsula Papagayo, a gorgeous swath of land
... more jutting into the Pacific. The peninsula covers 2,300 acres, and has 15 miles of coastline with 31 beaches.

The Four Seasons, which features multiple pools, the beach, golf and tennis courts, not only raises the bar on luxury, but it sets a high standard for architectural integrity. Forget-about in-your-face glitzy high-rises with glaring lights and paved over lawns. The Four Seasons, poised atop a bluff, blends into the setting instead of shouts.

To create this effect, architect Ronald Zurcher, a native Costa Rican, combines indigenous forms, earth and palm tree colors, soft lighting and clever positioning. The low-rise brown and green buildings hug the slopes below the tree line so that the foliage helps obscure the structures. Carefully created rooflines echo natural shapes. Some roofs angle upward like butterfly wings; others curve like the rounded back of an armadillo.

That's particularly fitting in an ecologically sensitive country that protects more than 25 percent of its land in parks, forests and reserves. Costa Rica, with its 900-plus species of birds and hundreds of species of mammals, serves as the quintessential inspiration for all those theme park jungle rides in which toucans pop out at you through twisting vines and monkeys chatter overhead. Except, in Costa Rica, you get to enjoy the real thing. It's rare -- and wonderful -- to enjoy five-star luxury and wild monkeys too. less
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  • Upscale service and amenities
  • Kids For All Seasons program
  • Spacious accommodations for families
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  • Beach
  • Bicycling
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  • Hiking
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Water Sports
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  • Babysitting
  • Children's Program
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Game Room
  • Kids' Pool
  • Kitchenettes
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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Terrible service. The meatballs were recommended by our server and I have had better frozen hamburgers. Expensive and disappointing. Other than the beer and the wine, I thought it was terrible. This restaurant wouldn't last 1 ...
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The Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo has 182 guestrooms, 25 two- to three-bedroom suites, 20 villas and three estate homes. Guest accommodations are in three buildings near the pools as well as in suites and private villas lacing the hillsides.

Once kids arrive at the room, a chocolate chip cookie with gummy bears as well as a bean bag lizard, stuffed turtle, octopus or other plush toy welcomes them. Young kids also find their name spelled out in sponges in the bathtub. Ages 12 to 16, either in the room or at check-in, receive a water bottle or a baseball cap and a t-shirt sporting the Tuanis teen center logo, and the words "Pure Vida" (Pure life). That's Costa Rica's slogan for "life is good."

Guestrooms
In the rarified realm of luxury resorts, bad rooms are nearly non-existent. This is the case at the Four Seasons Costa Rica where even the standard garden room with its view of trees and lawn come outsized and dressed up with marble bathrooms, deep tubs, separate showers as well as double vanities and seductively soft comforters, cozy bathrobes and designer soaps and shampoos. At 603-square feet, including a terrace large enough for a couch plus a table and chairs, the Four Seasons standard rooms offer plenty of space. Most rooms, except for the garden rooms, which are located on the first or second floor, come with water views thanks to the resort's isthmus location with beaches on two sides.

Suites
The canopy one-bedroom suites and the villas do even more to bring the outside in. You enter these through a freestanding archway that leads to the path to your room. Walk through this threshold and you feel as if the plants, flowers and ocean views belong to your room. The suites have a large covered outdoor patio with lounge chairs and some also have their own plunge pools.

Villas
Most of the two- and three-bedroom villas have plunge pools as well and they are heated. No matter how hot the temperature outside, jumping into a cold, shaded pool is as inviting as a frigid bath. But at this resort, you can relax in the plunge pool and enjoyed the spectacular view of the beach and the water below without a temperature shock.

The villas, as they say are "to die for." Two bedrooms are nearly 3,000 square feet and three-bedroom units are 3,572 square feet. Cleverly designed, the master bedroom and bath, living/dining area and full kitchen are on one side of the covered breezeway with its plunge pool and another, equally large bedroom and bath is on the other side of the breezeway. The three-bedroom units have an additional bedroom and bath downstairs. This arrangement works well for multi-generational families and parents traveling with older kids and teens who want privacy. For young kids, a bedroom across a breezeway may feel too distant from their parents' room.

Cribs are complimentary as are baby bathtubs, lotion, oil, baby powder, bibs and bottle warmers.

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