Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Exotic luxury on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast
There aren’t many tropical resorts where you can balance downward dog atop a stand-up paddleboard, grind cacao in a traditional chocolate making class, get wrapped in therapeutic volcanic mud and top it all off with dinner at a Latin-inspired fish house. But at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, all that (and a whole lot more) is on the daily agenda.

This hilltop hideaway melds posh amenities and accommodations with an exotic tropical backdrop and warm, professional service. The open-air entryway of the contemporary, relaxed lobby provides a heightened sensory fusion — ocean breezes, chirping parrots and bellowing howler monkeys make the bright interior come alive with jungle spirit.

For some, this dreamy scene would be enough of a draw. But Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo is keeping things fresh for guests with two recent multi-million renovations that have transformed restaurants, re-invigorated the spa and added a new concierge lounge.

Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Poised on an isthmus, flanked by two private golden-sand beaches, the resort spans more than 1,400 acres of rich tropical dry forest and sparkling Pacific coastline in Costa Rica.
  • Well-appointed villas stretch across the landscape, blending with nature, never imposing upon it. Earth-tone rooftops speckle the trees, woven together by discrete pathways veiled by verdant landscaping incorporating indigenous flora and fauna.
  • Natural materials reflect the environment, with bamboo furnishings and tropical hardwood and stone finishes.
  • Individualized itineraries are popular, and you can choose from surf trips to legendary Witch’s Rock, stand-up paddle boarding, sea kayak excursions, cooking classes and nocturnal wildlife tours.
  • Wellness enthusiasts will enjoy five tennis courts, four swimming pools and a revitalized fitness center.
  • Speaking of self-care, the renovated 18-room spa is a tranquil space filled with neutral hues, wood and stone elements, post-treatment indoor cabanas and much more.

Things to Know
  • There truly is something for everyone at this tropical resort, where even an Arnold Palmer-designed golf course awaits those who love the links.
  • Be on the lookout for the subtle fire and water theme that creates a distinct color palette, mixing warm earthy hues with rich crimsons, corals and dazzling teals that mirror the cerulean waters of the ocean.
  • The luxurious hotel was designed by local architect Ronald Zürcher who’s vision was to create an ultra-luxe resort accentuating the area’s inherent beauty.
  • With the help of interactive screens and a lush moss art wall, the new Concierge Lounge comes alive for guests who are interested in planning unique excursions around the peninsula.

The Rooms
  • The 182 tropical-chic guest rooms and suites are bright and airy with loads of natural light spilling through every possible opening.
  • All rooms offer jungle, ocean or combination views, ideal for spotting monkeys, manakins and more.
  • Meyer Davis Design Studio's recent room refresh — new furniture, colorful art and local wood touches — creates even more indoor-outdoor harmony.
The Restaurants
  • New signature eatery Nemare Restaurant lives up to its name— “smoke” in the Chorotega language — with a menu filled with smoke-infused dishes (45-day sabanero steak) and cocktails (the smokey rosemary- and bourbon-packed Romargo).

  • The gorgeous Bahia prepares Latin American cuisine all day in its wood-fired open kitchen.

  • As the name suggest, Pesce is a sophisticated seafood restaurant serving fresh catches and specialty pastas alongside expertly paired wines.

  • During the day, Anejo is a great place to grab an açai bowl. In the afternoons, stop by for a green juice. Come the evening, the spot comes alive with passed tapas, interesting aperitifs and live DJ sets.

  • While the in-house mixologist and impressive rum collection are nice at La Reserva, the space is most enticing for its opportunities to create your own rum blends and infusions.
Getting There
26Km al Norte del Doit Centre Liberia, Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
LIR (40 min)  
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