Costa Rica – Guancaste – Peninsula Papagayo
Costa Rica: A small country with only 4.5 million people boasts miles of rugged roads, beautiful beaches, volcanoes (active and dormant), and an incredible spirit of life most notable phrased by locals as “PURA VIDA”
Gunacaste: Located in the northwest part of the country, Guanacaste is home to a newly renovated (2011) International Airport – Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) – with direct access from the USA via several southern cities. This province is filled with lush beaches known for their upscale resorts and world class surfing. The Four Seasons Costa Rica is the premier resort located in a hidden oasis at the end of the Peninsula Papagayo.
Peninsula Papagayo: Home to 15 miles of coastline, and 31 secluded beaches the peninsula is dedicated to sustainability and developing real estate and luxury travel with an environmentally friendly approach. With a 18 hole Arnold Palmer Golf Course, and a private Marina there is something for everyone to do.
Four Seasons – Costa Rica
The Four Seasons Property in Costa Rica is truly majestic even before you reach the entrance of the resort, Penisula Papagayo has a regal entrance that also helps keep the island private with a security checkpoint.
If you give them your name at the gate, the hotel will know you are on your way nearly 15 minutes ahead of time as you travel to the tip of the peninsula on an eco friendly road paved entirely of brick! As you drive the peninsula you get views of the 18 hole golf course and glimpses of the mighty Pacific Ocean. Entering to the Four Seasons, you are greeted with a freshly pressed all natural drink in the open air lobby – Concierge and the Front Desk staff are there to greet you and get your accommodations into your hands. The Entire resort is quite large, so you will likely be given a ride on a Golf Cart to your room or bungalow.
The Resort itself is enough to entertain you for an entire week, if not more. The access to world class surfing is beachside from their on property surf school Tropic Surf . Activities on the beach of the resort also include:
- Jet Skis
- Fishing Excursion for the day
In Addition to the activities that are on the beach and throughout the resort there are several day trips that are available to participate in.
- Zip Line Tours
- ATV rides
- Horseback Rides
- Visit to Arenal Volcano
- Boat Ride to Local’s Beach – CoCo Beach
If you’re up for some independant adventure, they will also help you arrange for a rental car and you can explore on adventures of your own!
Make sure that you are close by to the sunset beach (Playa Virador) and stay through watching the sun plunge into the ocean – as the sky will glow just moments after!
Without a doubt, the Golf Course is a MUST for anyone who enjoys a single swing, or even 9 holes. With this remote destination the course is not crowded, and you can tee off whenever you’d like. The views are worth the round alone – not to mention the pristine condition and upkeep. Make sure you give them a heads up when you leave the hotel as it is a 10 minute shuttle ride away, and your sticks will be on a cart steps away when you arrive.
Any Day can be spent partially or entirely at one or several of the pools available for day use at the resort. With both Family pools and Adult’s only pools – there is a flavor for everyone with cabana service, and complimentary refreshments and smoothies! Enjoy the spa whirlpool during your stay too for a good recovery after a day of adventure.
The Resort boasts some incredible dining options that range from a high end Italian Restaurant called Cena Sociale to a casual burger shack by the golf course (great for kids!) and wonderful cabana service by the pool. Be sure to celebrate any special occasions at Cena Social, as their wine list is very extensive, and your dinner can be split up into a wonderful five course meal that will be hard to forget.
One place that is a must when you visit the resort is the SPA – With a Menu that has over 100 treatments, there is something for everyone. I recommend trying out a longer than normal experience in the Pacifica Couples Suite. A large room with our own dedicated lounge area, steam room and soaking tub – there are private but panoramic views of the Pacific ocean that can only be seen from this location in the resort. Indulge in a Massage for two and top it off with a bottle of champagne and any other fresh snack room service will deliver!
If you feel the need to work up a sweat before heading to the spa, take a trip on over 10,000 stairs from beach to beach, where you can often spot monkeys swing from the trees. If you can hear them, that’s what they refer to as a howler monkey, you’ll understand why in no time! Alternatively head to the fitness center that is fully equipped with cardio quipment and weights.
Whether you are travelling as a Family, or a couple; the Four Seasons Costa Rica will pump you full of relaxation, and send you home only wanting to go back as soon as you can. The serenity of the property lends itself to a paradise retreat. Of course, the resort is will equipped with modern amenities – high speed WiFi included – should you need it. I would recommend a stay of at least 5 nights and ans many as 14 depending on how much you want to see, and what activities you want to do. I stayed for 8 nights, and it was perfect for a combination of adventure and R&R.
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