WHAT THE GUIDEBOOKS SAY
Insiya Rasiwala for Luxury Latin America: "Nothing, not even the grandeur of a gateway graced with hundreds of imposingly beautiful king palm trees, or the ten kilometer drive past rolling hills, fairways and hints of tropical ocean vistas to the main hotel and spa prepares you for the magnificent locale of the Four Season's Resort in Papagayo. Perched on a rugged peninsula on Costa Rica's northwestern coast, the resort epitomizes the romance of refined and remote luxury."
Frommer's Costa Rica 2006 : "Set near the very end of a long peninsula on a narrow spit of land between two white-sand beaches, this is easily the most luxurious and impressive large-scale resort in Costa Rica. Most of the rooms are in three long, four-story, oceanfront buildings. The architecture here is quite stunning, with most buildings featuring flowing roof designs and other touches imitating the forms of turtles, armadillos, and butterflies.
"All of the rooms are very spacious, with wood floors, rich wood furnishings, tasteful fixtures and decorations from around the world, marble bathrooms with deep tubs and separate showers, and luscious cotton sheets and bathrobes. The rooms on the third and fourth floors have the best views and are priced accordingly. The others have either garden views or partial ocean views, even though every room faces the sea. Each has a large private balcony with a sofa, a table and a couple of chairs, and a smooth-working roll-up screen system.
"The resort also features the Four Seasons' renowned service (including family-friendly amenities such as kid-size bathrobes and childproof rooms), one of the best-equipped full-service spas in the country, and a truly spectacular golf course that offers ocean views from 15 of its 18 holes."
COSTA RICA EXPEDITIONS DESCRIPTION
153 spacious and extravagant guest rooms, including 25 suites, with ocean, bay, garden or forest views from furnished outdoor balconies or terraces; many suites feature private plunge pools.
Ocean vistas from Di Mare restaurant; casual tropical dining at Papagayo; poolside dining at Congo's. Verdant deck surrounding the free-form pool. Children's play pool. Children and young adult programs. Large fitness center and full-service, 1,486-square-meter spa, with treatments inspired by the tropics. Championship 18-hole golf course designed by Arnold Palmer. 608 square meters of function space, complemented by landscaped lawns and terraces. Hot climate.
FROM THE HOTEL'S WEB SITE
Spilling down a lush mountainside to an isthmus of golden sand, Four Seasons introduces exemplary luxury and service to this pristine setting. With two large beaches, world-class fishing, championship golf and access to the magic of the rainforest.
The 145 generously sized guest rooms and suites are imaginatively crafted with indigenous woods and stone finishes. Each room seamlessly blends indoor comfort with an outdoor furnished terrace or verandah to soak up the mesmerising views. Sliding louvred doors between sleeping and living spaces maximise privacy and invite the flow of fresh sea breezes. Residential-style furnishings and décor draw their inspiration from the natural surroundings: ocean, forest, sunshine or beach. Well-defined work areas allow guests to remain productive, with up-to-the-minute technology for communication and entertainment, including high-speed Internet access throughout. Extra-spacious bathrooms are cool, airy and inviting, clad in marble and offering signature Four Seasons features: deep soaking tub, separate glass-enclosed shower, large double vanity and WC with telephone.