Everything to Know About Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica

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    Several villas belonging to Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica sandwiched between Playa Virador and Playa Blanca on the Papagayo Peninsula

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    Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo Guanacaste is a gorgeous oasis along one of Costa Rica’s most stunning stretches of coastline. It’s one of our favorite properties in Guanacaste and is one of our most-booked hotels in the country.

    “The resort is indeed renowned for its magical and breathtaking setting, making it an ideal destination for families,” Fora Advisor Sheila Nazarian said. “Located on the stunning Papagayo Peninsula in Costa Rica, the resort offers a blend of luxury amenities, world-class service and the natural beauty of the surrounding tropical landscape.”

    From the rooms and villas to the dining options and more, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about this world-class resort on Costa Rica’s famed Papagayo Peninsula. 

    To learn more about whether the property is a good fit for your trip to Costa Rica, connect with a Fora Advisor. They can share more details about the hotel, helping you to decide which room is right for you, plus unlock complimentary VIP perks to upgrade your stay. They can also help you to plan the rest of your trip in Costa Rica if you need more support with planning your itinerary.

    Fora Perks at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo Guanacaste (free when you book with Fora):

    • When you book Four Seasons through Fora, you will enjoy exclusive Four Seasons Preferred Partner benefits. Your advisor will be pleased to give you more details.

    What’s interesting about Four Seasons Resort at Peninsula Papagayo?

    This Four Seasons resort is one of the best places to stay in Costa Rica. Here’s why. 

    The resort offers an incredible variety of adventure, but relaxation is still front and center

    A lengthy turquoise-blue pool fills the foreground while jungle trees fill the border and a contemporary villa with loungers sits in the background

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    Zip lining through Costa Rican jungle, indulging in locally inspired spa treatments, guided night-time hikes through a wildlife sanctuary, lounging by the Pacific shoreline sipping top-shelf cocktails…Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica’s variety alone makes it an excellent choice for any vacation. 

    Pura Vida is a core tenet of the resort’s design

    There’s an emphasis on the Costa Rican philosophy of pura vida at this resort. The direct translation means “pure life,” but the greater sentiment touts wellbeing, a deep respect for nature and overall positivity — all of which have been incorporated into the resort’s design.

    The resort offers immediate access to two of Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches

    The Papagayo Peninsula is renowned for its breathtaking beaches. Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica is set between two such spots — Playa Virador and Playa Blanca — at the peninsula’s tip. The location lends the resort an exclusive atmosphere, which Four Seasons capitalizes on with its world-class service and hospitality.

    Accommodations at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica Peninsula Papagayo

    Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica’s accommodations are split into large private residences and smaller villas, plus traditional suites and guest rooms. 

    Need help sorting through your options? Reach out to a Fora Advisor (who can also unlock complimentary hotel perks).

    One- to five-bedroom private residences & villas are the stars of the show

    Comfy furniture, classy decor and lots of sunlight fill a massive common space

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    The resort’s residences and villas are the premier choice, especially for families and groups. Options include one-bedroom properties that can host up to three adults (or two adults and two children) all the way up to six-bedroom estates where as many as 12 adults can sleep in absolute comfort. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly homebase, a full-fledged Costa Rica bachelorette party or a small company retreat, these options deliver.

    All of the properties offer ocean and jungle views, thoughtfully made furnishings and a blend of contemporary and locally inspired decor. Overall, there are 15 private residences and villas to choose from, each offering a unique set of amenities ranging from private plunge pools to screened, outdoor terraces.

    Private residence amenities: personal attendants, curated tastings, private wellness & dining experiences and more

    At Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica’s “Casa” class of properties, guests enjoy complimentary butler service and private concierge services. 

    In-villa or estate offerings include customizable private wellness experiences, chef-led barbeques and curated family entertainment. Finally, guests can also take part in the resort’s Sunset Sessions, where they sample Costa Rican coffee, rum or chocolate without leaving their accommodations. Customizable private wellness experiences are also available within their estate or villa. 

    There are also guest rooms & suites

    Guests seeking traditional hotel accommodations can also choose between guest rooms and more expansive suites. These are a great option for solo travelers and couples. 

    Related Article: The Best Places to Stay in Costa Rica for Couples

    Guest rooms feature optional private terraces and partial ocean or jungle views, as well as the option for one king bed or two queen beds. Although these rooms are entry-level, the offered space, high-end furnishings and chic decor style are nothing to balk at.

    The suites offer more variety and more space, with the largest options comfortably sleeping six adults. Additionally, the suites provide the best access to the resort’s amenities, facilities and beaches (including over the private residences, which are intended to offer more of a self-contained stay). All suites provide separate bedrooms (one to three), living areas and private terraces. Then most also host infinity pools.

    Dining options at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

    A full outdoor kitchen stands behind a circle table surrounded by comfy outdoor seating on a roofed patio

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    Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica has ample dining options, with menus featuring local and international cuisine. Guests can also enjoy private dining experiences or traditional room service.

    Restaurants: Añejo, Pesce, Bahia, Nemare & Palapita

    There are five full-service restaurants onsite. 

    Pesce is all class, with an upscale Italian menu and a moody environment. Nemare has a similar vibe, but the menu reads, elevated American steakhouse. Añejo boasts a Japanese-inspired lunch menu and transforms into a nightlife hub, complete with a DJ and a new menu featuring aperitifs and tapas. Bahia is a semi-casual seafood grill with outdoor-only seating. Much of the menu is sourced locally. Finally, Palapita leans into Costa Rica’s street-food culture with light (and not-so-light) bites and craft beer served from a local brewery.

    Related Article: Costa Rica Nightlife Guide + Tips 

    Bars & waterside service: La Reserva & Virador Beach Club

    All of Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica’s restaurants serve alcohol. However, guests seeking a true bar experience can either visit La Reserve for its array of local rums or the Virador Beach Club, an oceanfront lounge area that serves appetizers and cocktails.

    In-room & private dining

    Guests staying at the Casa tier of accommodations can arrange for a private dining experience led by the resort’s expert culinary team. Otherwise, room service is available on a 24-hour basis (note that the menu changes throughout the day).

    Amenities, facilities & experiences at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica

    Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo Guanacaste offers a variety of amenities (and extra benefits when booked through a Fora Advisor).

    Sheila noted, “the resort offers a wide range of activities suitable for every member of the family, from water sports like snorkeling and kayaking to land adventures like zip-lining and wildlife tours.”

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    The Cabanas & La Playa: jungle seclusion and beachfront lounging

    Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica hardly lacks enjoyable places to unwind, but two locations stand out. The Cabanas allow guests to enjoy the sounds and sights of Costa Rica’s jungle from the plush comforts of contemporary loungers. La Playa is a beachfront lounge-slash-social club where guests can take in ocean views and indulge in cocktails.

    Contemporary and traditional Costa Rican spa & wellness treatments

    One of many fitness centers at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica with updated equipment and ocean views through floor-to-ceiling windows

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    Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica’s spa offerings are exceptional. Many of the treatments are inspired by local customs, but the menu also features international and contemporary options. For example, guests can enjoy treatments and experiences ranging from Tibetan sound bathing to the resort’s Signature Rainforest Massage. The latter, set amid the Costa Rican rainforest, uses local oils and techniques.

    Arnold Palmer-designed golf course, tennis & volleyball courts, hiking trails and more

    The Arnold Palmer-designed Ocean Course at Peninsula Papagayo is a star attraction in the area. Onsite, there are tennis courts, volleyball courts, hiking trails, a fitness center and plenty more to keep active.

    Kids’ & teen clubs

    Parents can rest easy knowing their young children or teens are well taken care of at the resort’s kids’ and teen clubs. The former is open from 8 am to 5 pm, while the latter is available from noon to 8 pm.

    Costa Rican culture classes: coffee, cooking, dancing & more

    Four Seasons offers plenty of opportunities to learn about Costa Rican culture in an informative yet exciting manner. Subjects include a deep dive into local cuisine, coffee cultivation and more.

    Onsite experiences: surfing, kayak tours, coral snorkeling, dance classes, mangrove tours, bird watching and more

    An istructor teaching kid to surf at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica

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    There’s no shortage of things to do within the property, both on land and in the twin bays. Great care has been taken to curate activities for all interests, whether that’s observing Costa Rica’s incredible biodiversity, touring the rainforest or learning local dances. Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica also hosts its own surfing program where beginners and experienced surfers can sharpen their skills.

    Curated experiences beyond the resort

    Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica’s concierge team can arrange nearly any type of experience on or off the property. Your Fora Advisor can also connect you with experiences and plan as much or little of your full itinerary as you want.

    Book with a Fora Advisor to upgrade your stay at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo Guanacaste

    At Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, there’s relaxation. There’s adventure. There’s culture — it’s a dream destination for travelers seeking a tropical getaway. 

    Reach out to a Fora travel advisor to get the most out of your stay. In addition to helping to matchmake you to a room that fits your preferences and budget, they’ll also unlock complimentary VIP perks. And if you’re planning to venture beyond the resort, your Fora Advisor can help plan your itinerary from destination to destination in Costa Rica, as well as provide the lowdown on hidden gems, interesting landmarks and more.

    Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo Guanacaste FAQs

    Loungers and sleek decor are positioned along an outdoor common space with excellent views of the beach and Pacific

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    Read on for answers to a few common questions about Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica and the Papagayo Peninsula.

    What makes the Papagayo Peninsula worth visiting? Does this part of the country have the best resorts?

    Stunning natural scenery, lavish resorts and a wealth of opportunities for relaxation and adventure make the Papagayo Peninsula one of the best places to visit in Costa Rica for first-timers and otherwise. Papagayo Peninsula is part of Guanacaste, which is one of the most popular areas in Costa Rica for travelers (and boasts many of the country’s top properties). 

    “Costa Rica is known for its rich biodiversity, and the resort offers opportunities for families to explore and learn about the local flora and fauna through guided tours and nature walks,” Sheila shared.

    It’s worth noting that Costa Rica is relatively easy to get around, so you could easily pair a visit to Papagayo Peninsula with another region in the country, for example, Monteverde to see the cloud rainforests (it’s one of our favorite Costa Rica landmarks).

    Is this a seasonal resort?

    No, Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo Guanacaste is open all year. If you’re wondering about the best times to go to Costa Rica, check out our guide.

    What’s the best airport to fly into to stay at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo Guanacaste?

    Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR), the closest major airport, is roughly 40 minutes away by car. Most international travelers will fly into Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and then transfer — the flight is less than an hour. You can also drive from SJO in about four hours.

    Once you arrive at the airport, a Fora Advisor or Four Seasons’ concierge service can arrange private transportation, where a representative will wait at customs. 

    What are the check-in/out times?

    Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica’s check-in is at 3 pm and check-out is at noon. Guests can usually access fitness facilities and stow their luggage before or after check-in/out. As a traveler with Fora, you’ll also get priority access to early check-in or late checkout, depending on availability. Chat with your Fora Advisor to learn more. 

    How much does it cost to stay at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica?

    Starting rates at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica vary between $1,000 and $3,000 per night for guest rooms and suites, depending on the season. Pricing for villas and residences generally start at $4,000 per night.

    When you book your trip with a Fora Advisor, they can make sure your room or villa matches your budget and preferences (at this property or at another).

    Does the resort ever have featured offers?

    Entrance to a luxe villa at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica

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    Yes. Four Seasons often runs special offers and discounts at all of their properties worldwide. If you book your stay through a Fora travel advisor, they will check for the best available rate and value. In addition, you will always unlock Four Seasons Preferred partner perks when you book with Fora. 

    Does this resort have any sustainability measures in place?

    Yes. Here’s a snapshot: Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica gets its energy from unnamed renewable sources. The resort uses energy-efficient cooling systems and water-efficient landscaping. Single-use plastics have been eliminated. Water-refilling stations are available throughout the property.

    Numerous conservation efforts conducted in the immediate area are supported directly by the hotel, including guest experiences like coral planting and gardening. Most menu items source their ingredients locally. Excess food is donated to the Food Bank of Costa Rica.

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