It’s all the time a delight after we get to return to the perfect luxurious resort in a rustic a few years later and see the way it has progressed. We just lately returned to the 4 Seasons Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica, simply earlier than its twentieth birthday, and it was an amazing expertise throughout. We are able to’t say it appears model new since, not like at a brand new resort, all of the bushes and vegetation are mature, however after main renovations, the resort appears shiny and impeccably maintained throughout.
Whereas the renovations had been unfold all throughout the property and extra are on the way in which, like a hillside “Wellness Shala” yoga middle with an enormous platform and a view, the 2 key areas to get a revamp had been the swimming pool complicated and the suites. We lined all of these elements intimately in our evaluation of 4 Seasons Peninsula Papagayo, so go examine that out when you’re planning on flying into Liberia and reserving a keep.
Even in our longer opinions, nonetheless, we will’t get to all the things. So listed here are a number of elements of this standout property that had been particularly spectacular, together with a video tour that offers you a really feel for this high-end Costa Rica luxurious resort.
Three Swimming pools and Two Seashores
If you’d like a change of surroundings if you’re lounging at this resort, you don’t need to go very far. Three swimming swimming pools provide totally different vibes. The biggest one on the prime is closest to the primary buildings, with two lunch eating places and lots of the resort’s rooms close by.
The one beneath that’s roped off for adults solely. This one has a number of staffers fetching drinks and meals in an space that’s off-limits to splashing children. It has lounge chairs and shaded cabana daybeds (with a hefty US$600 extra price) and appears out on the seaside and water via the bushes.
On the backside is one other pool open to everybody, this infinity pool being simply above the seaside. It’s solely steps away from the open-air beachfront restaurant and bar.
Then relating to seashores, you would sit at one and watch the dawn, then hit the opposite one on the finish of the day for sundown. That’s as a result of the 4 Seasons Peninsula Papagayo just isn’t solely on the massive peninsula it’s named for, but it surely occupies a smaller peninsula that’s a part of the entire, a finger extending out into the Pacific Ocean.
In each spots, the water is calm sufficient that the little ones received’t get knocked over and so they’re each lengthy sufficient for a stroll. Kayaks and paddleboards are on the prepared, with guided excursions accessible some days, and sometimes there are actions on the seaside which might be included within the fee. Within the video above you’ll see s’mores night time in motion.
Paradise for Youngsters in Costa Rica
My daughter is off on her personal now, however when she was little I introduced her to 4 Seasons Punta Mita and it spoiled her for years. After the 4 Seasons group will get to your kids, you’ll have bother residing as much as that commonplace in any future stays.
That’s very true on the 4 Seasons in Costa Rica as a result of they exit of their method to ensure the youngsters are completely happy so the dad and mom are completely happy, from toddlers up via teenagers. There are deliberate actions daily for the entire household and only for children, to allow them to do one thing energetic and academic daily on this nature-focused nation.
The children membership right here is the good I’ve ever seen, one thing clearly put collectively by a gifted designer who needed to impart a way of place. There are nooks with pillows that appear like rocks, stuffed sloths hanging round, and modular furnishings items that may transfer round. Outdoors is a playground and shallow pool. For the design they introduced in Athens-based architect Polyanna Paraskeva, identified for creating practical studying areas completely for youngsters
Then after they get to the seaside, the little ones will likely be delighted with all of the sand toys sitting out ready for them: toy vans, buckets, shovels, sand citadel molds, and extra. Each restaurant has a children’ menu and there are all type of enjoyable smoothies, shakes, and mocktails for them.
Teenagers aren’t ignored although: they’ve their very own hidden-away membership with a pool desk, video video games with shaking chairs, and an outside basketball and soccer space.
A Devoted Tasting Room
The final time I skilled a resort with its personal rum room was within the now-defunct Mukul in beleaguered Nicaragua. There’s one at this 4 Seasons although referred to as La Reserva and it’s an expansive place stuffed with pure gentle. Naturally they’ve each model of Centenario Costa Rican rum so that you can strive, but in addition bottles from all around the area equivalent to Ron Zacapa, Botran, Diplomatico, Abuelo, and Flor de Cana.
The resort provides commonly scheduled rum and chocolate tastings, a category on making your individual infused rum, and mixology courses the place you may hone your bartending abilities. You may expertise it when you don’t drink alcohol too: there’s additionally a espresso tasting workshop.
A Low-key Enjoyable Spa
I’ve discovered through the years that I seldom get good spa images as a result of by nature, spas are supposed to chill out you, not distract you with a bunch of showy designs that draw your consideration. The spa right here embraces that philosophy, with an area that lets the character exterior via the home windows be the main focus whereas the inside is minimalist and calm.
The amenities embrace what you’d anticipate when it comes to steam rooms, saunas, and whirlpools, with a pleasant leisure space for earlier than or after your therapy. I went for a deep tissue therapeutic massage and actually wanted it, with a laptop-work-induced knot in my proper shoulder that I couldn’t appear to shake.
My therapist went to work on my entire physique however with a concentrate on eliminating that knot and he succeeded. He additionally spent a while afterward speaking about some stretching workouts to attempt to these have helped as effectively. See the therapy choices right here.
Native Drinks and Components at 4 Seasons Costa Rica
One of many first issues I take a look at once I go close to a resort bar is whether or not they have any native beer on faucet. Then I take a look at the liquor choice to see in the event that they’re stocked up on what’s from that nation. This resort made me pleased with its craft beer from a neighborhood brewer that I obtained to order on faucet and there’s loads of rum from Costa Rica accessible, not simply within the tasting room.
Extra importantly, the kitchens supply all that they’ll from inside driving distance, together with good Costa Rican espresso, the wealth of tropical fruit that’s accessible all 12 months, and greens grown on close by farms. I had some scrumptious juices within the morning and a few very fresh-tasting salads that clearly didn’t come from a plastic bag.
The property has its personal natural backyard for a lot of objects equivalent to herbs and microgreens, mitigating the necessity to transport these from exterior the gates.
Concierges on Name By means of an App
The 4 Seasons properties all make use of an app you could set up in your cellphone, an app that acknowledges who you’re and which resort you’re in. It was just a little buggy for me once I was on the new 4 Seasons Tamarindo in Mexico, but it surely labored flawlessly in Costa Rica besides once I was on an tour and obtained out of vary.
The principle public space at this 4 Seasons Costa Rica is pretty compact, so it’s not an extended trek to get to the foyer and speak to the concierge, however with this app it’s simple to succeed in them and get a response at any time, irrespective of who’s on obligation. I used to be capable of prepare that tour, make dinner reservations, verify a spa appointment, and even lease a automotive then change the pickup time when one thing got here up.
A month later I’m nonetheless coping with an overcharge from Nationwide to get a partial credit score again on the automotive, so I’m actually glad I’ve this crew in my pocket to type it out as a substitute of attempting to cope with a international rental automotive firm by myself, lengthy distance.
The Unique Sustainable Luxurious Resort
After I first visited the 4 Seasons Costa Rica greater than a decade in the past, the resort was doing what many business skeptics stated couldn’t be accomplished: wean luxurious vacationers off of single-use plastic water bottles. It seems that the overwhelming majority of vacationers will do the proper factor if given the possibility and this resort proved it was no large deal to make use of refillable containers as a substitute.
There are refilling stations all through the resort and on the golf course. Company are inspired to drink the peerlessly good Costa Rican water that’s most likely purer than what you get in your native grocery store. Bamboo straws, cardboard cups, sunscreen dispensers, and material laundry baggage within the rooms preserve the plastic away from the peninsula.
These are simply probably the most seen variations although. By serving extra dishes that use native elements and placing system adjustments in place, the resort has lowered meals waste by half. As a substitute of tossing objects which might be getting changed, there’s a system in place to donate them to regional organizations serving households in want.
Latest renovations to the golf course irrigation system have decreased water use by 20% and elevated the vegetation by 12 acres. The course is without doubt one of the few on the earth to be designated as an Audubon Reserve. See extra on their devoted sustainability web page.
See extra images and our detailed evaluation of this 4 Seasons Resort in Costa Rica.