Just like all other Four Seasons properties, this hotel is a gem. Set on the Papagayo Penninsula between the Gulf and the Pacific Ocean, you're lucky to have a choice between two great beaches - the Pacific is tranquil and quiet, and the Gulf side is a bit rougher and better for activities. The resort is about a 45 minute drive from the new (and gorgeous) Liberia airport. The roads up until the Papagayo Penninsula aren't great, FYI. The Penninsula is very much a gated-type community with a beautiful golf course and meticulously gardened.
The resort is very modern and has several very good restaurants. I was pleased with all the food (and I'm a super-picky vegetarian - they were able to accommodate me easily). We had a private beach dinner on the Gulf side (a bit windy at night) as well as a private chef dinner in our villa. Both were worthwhile experiences, and the chefs and staff were superbly accommodating to our group.
We had a 1-bd villa with plunge pool as well as two rooms connected by a bridge, which was very convenient for our family of three couples. The only con is that the villas are quite a distance from the main resort facilities, and you have to call a golf cart to pick you up. They came quickly, however, but I would've preferred being closer to the beaches and pools. Also, we felt obligated to tip the driver every time.
The beaches and pools are very clean. The Pacific side does have jellyfish, so beware. Great shell and coral collecting!
We had some wildlife in our rooms, including a small crab, a small lizard, and a scorpion(!). However, this is Costa Rica, and wildlife abounds. We saw monkeys and giant black iguanas from our balcony.
The rooms are very spacious, with all the mod-cons. I was a bit annoyed that the housekeepers kept closing the doors and putting on the AC when we had gorgeous Pacific breezes! We preferred the screened doors and/or plantation shutters at night.
Now, for the cons. One, it's pricey. Two, it's pricey. Three, it's pricey. We felt obligated to tip everyone all the time for all the service (because the staff is amazing). Also, I have to say that I felt somewhat nickle-and-dimed. Meals were insanely expensive - $150 for BBQ for two, almost $300 for six for buffet breakfast. (And this doesn't include the private dinners.)
Hotel provides sunscreen and bug spray - but we didn't encounter any bugs in January.
All in all, it's very much worth its five star rating!
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- Also Known As:
- Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica At Peninsula Papagayo Hotel Gulf Of Papagayo
- 4 Seasons Resort Costa Rica At Peninsula Papagayo
- Four Seasons Costa Rica
- Four Seasons Liberia
- Peninsula Liberia
- Liberia Peninsula
- Liberia Four Seasons
- Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica At Peninsula Papagayo Gulf Of Papagayo