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Hotel Review: Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo Costa Rica

Hotel Review

Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo Costa Rica

◦ The Best Luxury Resort in Costa Rica

The Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo Costa Rica resort is a sprawling oasis with luxury accommodations set within a perfect playground for Costa Rican adventures.  Whether you are traveling with your family, corporate group, or your romantic partner, the Four Seasons in Costa Rica offers it all, without the driving distances that some other resorts require.  The Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo is widely known as the best hotel in Costa Rica, and that title is well-deserved.

Perfect For: Honeymoons | Groups | Corporate Groups | Adventure-Seeking Travelers | Families | Multi-Generational Families | Golfers


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Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo Costa Rica location: Located in Guanacaste province of northwest Costa Rica. The Peninsula Papagayo is an exclusive enclave and home to Andaz Costa Rica Resort (a Hyatt Prive property) and private residences, Arnold Palmer golf course and luxury marina.

Getting There: The Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo is just 40 minutes from Liberia airport (LIR). If you fly into San Jose (SJO), you will need to take a 40-minute connecting flight or drive 4.5 hours by land.

Four Seasons Papagayo Vibes

Vibe: The Pura Vida vibe is apparent from the moment you pull up to the resort entrance. While the accommodations themselves can feel private and remote, the hub of the resort itself is buzzing with activity and plentiful in gathering places like lounges and bars to make it an easy spot for group gatherings. While we stayed, there was a large corporate group, but there were also honeymooners. The accommodations vary widely at this resort, so be sure to reach out to us to find the exact fit for your needs.

Accomodations: With 11 different categories of room types, and 199 rooms, villas and casas, this is perhaps the most complex decision you’ll have to make when booking Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica. When you book your stay with a Four Seasons Preferred Partner agency like Diego Travel, you have the advantage of getting first-hand feedback on the room types to find the right fit for you. If we’re unsure, we work one-on-one with the sales director who can provide insight and further guidance. In addition to that, you’ll receive a priority upgrade for your stay.

The entry level Terraza Room starts at 603 square feet and comes with either a king or double/double beds. It’s important to note that that the first three categories – the Terraza Room, the Brisa Room and the Cielo Room are all located in the main buildings, closest to the restaurants and hotel lobby. These two three-story buildings will feel like your conventional hotel, with rooms off the hallway.

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When you move to a Canopy Suite or a Casa, then these will be more stand-alone type buildings, though some will share walls with neighboring suites. The Canopy 1-bedroom suites are perfect for honeymooners or couples. The Pacifico Residences are either 2-3 bedroom units with kitchens and laundry and come with round-trip airport transfers, a $250 credit to pre-stock your pantry, as well as your Four Seasons Preferred Partner amenities.

Las Casas come in six different layouts and range from 2-6 bedrooms. These come with a butler and chef, as well as a $500 credit to pre-stock your kitchen. The Prieta Villas and Estates are located on the Prieta side of the property, which is almost like a boutique resort within a larger resort. This is the most exclusive area of the Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo, and has access to its own beach club and two restaurants.

Four Seasons Costa Rica Rooms

Wanting only the best for your stay? The Miramar Suite is a 3-bedroom presidential suite and favored by many because of its proximity to the main resort. It has partial Pacific Ocean views, and comes with one king master bedroom connected to one double/double bedroom and one king room. Casa Las Olas is a 6-bedroom estate that can accommodate up to 18 people. Whatever your needs or group size, we will ensure we match you to the right fit for your stay.

Four Seasons Costa Rica Suites

Food & Beverage: 

With five restaurants plus a beachside food truck and pool and beachside service, you won’t grow tired of the options here, even with a week-long stay or more. While many accommodations offer kitchens for families who want to cook or have a home-style meal prepared for them, it’s equally as easy to eat out throughout your stay. We recommend booking Nemare, the American steakhouse that overlooks the golf course, in advance, as it is a popular choice as is usually booked. I also couldn’t resist the fresh acai bowl each morning for breakfast, along with a healthy green juice and the Costa Rican coffee.

Four Seasons Costa Rica Drinks
San Ysidro Boutique

Wellness/SPA: The newly renovated spa boasts a therapeutic hammam and a new ayurvedic treatment, and local ingredients stand out in featured treatments such as a Costa Rican Coffee Scrub or a Volcanic Mud Body Wrap. It is a huge spa with 18 treatment rooms, and they offer daily wellness classes including some specifically catering to kids and teens.

Witch's Rock Surf

Activities: Peninsula Papagayo recently completed its own Explorers Club with the Nacascolo Basecamp. Papagayo Explorers can explore 11 miles of coastline, 8 miles of bluff edges, seven beaches and 250 acres of the protected Palmares Preserve. With this new addition to the Four Seasons Costa Rica Peninsula Papagayo portfolio, you’ll no longer need to leave the peninsula to hike, zipline, or raft. You can also take a cultural roadtrip that introduces you to everything Pura Vida, spend a day in a rainforest, or bike along the volcanic mountains of Costa Rica. My husband surfs, so he took a boat out daily to Witch’s Rock, which has some of the best waves in Costa Rica. You can also get surf lessons if you’re a beginner surfer, but it can be dependent on conditions.

What  Sets  It  Apart: Most people are headed to Costa Rica for an epic adventure, and there is no shortage of activities at the Four Seasons. The best thing about visiting Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo is that you get all the Pura Vida adventure and activities set within one stop of gorgeous scenery (think jungle meets ocean) and luxury accommodations.

Costa Rica Turtle
Four Seasons Papagayo Pool

How Much Does it cost?Rates start around $1,000 USD/night for the entry level Terraza Room and go up $22,000/night for the 6-Bedroom house. As a Four Seasons Preferred Partner client, you’ll get access to exclusive promotions as well as additional resort credit, depending on which room category you book.

Diego Travel Loves: We love that Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo Costa Rica is a destination in and of itself. For anyone who has been to Costa Rica, you understand that points of interest are spread very far apart, and the roads are winding and long. With this resort, you won’t ever have to leave the comfort of home with everything to do all in one place, whereas other Costa Rican vacations can feel adventurous, yet tiring! You’ll arrive home with the right combination of rejuvenation and adventure.

Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo Costa Rica
Diego Travel Extras

Extras You’ll Get with Diego Travel:

  • Access to Four Seasons Preferred Partner exclusive promos such as double resort credit on extended stays
  • Daily full breakfast for two people per bedroom, served in a hotel restaurant or through In-Room Dining
  • Hotel/Resort Credit* (based on room category booked):
    • Guest Rooms: USD 100 credit per stay
    • Suites and Specialty Suites: USD 200 credit per stay
    • Private Retreats: USD 200 credit per bedroom per stay
  • Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in**
  • Welcome amenity
  • *Hotel/Resort Credit may be applied to select incidental charges incurred at the Hotel or Resort. Must be used in conjunction with the initial stay and will be applied at check-out. May not be applied towards the room rate, taxes, resort fees, service charges, conference fees, or any charges from outside vendors. Exclusions may apply; contact the Hotel/Resort for more details.

    When a suite is reserved in connection with another guest room or suite, the cumulative credit (based on room category booked) value applies.

    The Private Retreats credit applies to Villas and Residences with a minimum average rate per night (before Resort fees and taxes) of USD 1,000.

    **Category upgrade based on availability at time of check-in excludes Specialty Suites, Villas and the Private Retreats collection of Villas and Residences.

    Four Seasons Costa Rica Insider Tips:

    Kids eat free at this resort! Kids five and under enjoy a complimentary menu in our restaurants. Plus, all restaurant menus offer vegan and vegetarian options.

    For a feeling of exclusivity, we love the Prieta Bay side of the property because it almost feels like a boutique resort within a resort.  With its own two restaurants, beach club, private pool, gym and kids club that was recently completed, Prieta Bay is just a slightly more elevated experience.  That’s not to say that the main resort does not offer it all, but if privacy is paramount to you, then I would recommend the Prieta Bay accommodations.

    Prieta Bay

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