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Four Seasons Costa Rica
Papagayo Gulf, Guanacaste
Best for: Family, Beach, Spa
Arguably the country’ finest hotel, the Four Seasons Costa Rica is a luxury beach resort on the Guanacaste Coast’s Papagayo Peninsula. With superb facilities and a warm relaxed ambience, the Four Seasons Costa Rica is a family-friendly tropical paradise.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Set on the verdant Papagayo Peninsula which juts out into the blue Pacific Ocean on Costa Rica’s northwestern Guanacaste coast, The Four Seasons Costa Rica is a superb beach resort with matchless facilities and particularly suitable for families. With direct access to two beautiful golden beaches (a rarity in Costa Rica), the Four Seasons' 155 rooms are smart and luxurious, incorporating lots of tropical Costa Rican style with the use of bamboo, rattan, wooden furniture and shuttered windows and doors. Stone finishes and beige tones are broken up by the occasional vivid splash of colour. There are three categories of accommodation, each with a furnished balcony or terrace: guest rooms are housed in three small individual buildings on both sides of the peninsula and the hotel’s facilities and pools are a five minute stroll away. The tree house-like canopy suites are elevated for views over the dry tropical forest down to the water and some have their own plunge pools. However if you're after privacy and tranquillity then the 29 residences equipped with kitchen, infinity pool and two or three bedrooms are amazing.
The facilities, as you can imagine, are quite extensive, and there are four restaurants, three pools, a championship Arnold Palmer-designed golf course, tennis court and a fabulous spa. Families are especially well catered to, with two kids’ clubs offering activities that include crab hunts, treasure collecting on the beach, sand castle building, birdwatching and soccer for younger children and surfing, gaming and jungle adventures for the teen Go-Pro generation.
While relaxing on the beach and in the spa is enough for some, this part of Costa Rica is blessed with a variety of exciting adventure destinations. There are nearby national parks that you can trek, kayak or ride through, spotting incredible wildlife as you go; volcanoes to climb and hot springs to bathe in; zip-wiring and white-water rafting trips; catamaran sailing trips to paradise islands where you can swim and snorkel; you can even spend the day in Nicaragua and soak up the incredible colonial atmosphere of Granada.
When to go
The summer season (November to April), also called the 'dry' season, doesn't necessarily mean no rain- but there should be less of it. The 'green' season (May to November) can still be a good time to visit- you can avoid the tourist bustle and lodging is slightly cheaper. During this time, however, rivers start to swell and dirt roads get muddy, making travel more challenging.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
Things to do
Rincón de la Vieja 4 Waterfalls Hike
Enjoy a full day hike through beautiful scenery that incorporates the best this region has to offer: intimate and breath-taking waterfalls, lush forest and stunning views of the volcano.
Tamarindo Mangrove and Estuary Tour on Kayaks
Explore the winding mangroves surrounding the coastline of Tamarindo. Spot swinging monkeys, scurrying lizards and towering trees from the water on either single or double sit-on-top ocean kayaks. The estuary is full of wildlife so get your camera ready!
Barra Honda National Park Caves Hike
Barra Honda National Park is home to a number of well maintained hiking trails. The limestone caverns that have been created hold stalacites, terraces and other geological formations.