I still laugh when I think about my first trip to Costa Rica many moons ago. My mother and I did not exactly have the experience so many travelers boast of enjoying there. I thought a return to check out the renovation of Four Seasons Costa Rica on Peninsula Papagayo would be much better. And, spoiler alert, it was!!
Much, but not all, of my stay at Four Seasons Costa Rica was comped. And I paid for my airfare to Costa Rica. I was required to share this blog post in exchange for my stay. All words, photos and opinions are my own.
When I needed to find somewhere tropical to shoot for Teva last month, I was so glad to find out I’d be able to spend a few days onsite at Four Seasons. Like I said before, my first ever visit to Costa Rica wasn’t exactly the kind of trip you write home gleefully about. It was fraught with difficulty. Having had several experiences with Four Seasons before, I knew this would be the ideal way to experience Costa Rica in a way I would WANT to write home about. And boy did I ever!!
The only possible constructive “criticism” that I can think to share is that my visit in February coincided with Dry Season. On Peninsula Payagayo in Guanacaste Province, where Four Seasons Costa Rica is located, that means some vegetation can look dead. In fact, it’s only lying dormant waiting to bloom again. Just like we experience during winter in the Northern Hemisphere but without the snow part! I think you’ll agree from these photos, most of the resort doesn’t show signs of that at all. There were also some high winds early one morning that made it difficult to enjoy being outside. If you’re a sleep-in-and-order-room-service kind of person like I normally am when I am not working, this wouldn’t have made a difference to you at all!
When I checked in, as per usual at a Four Seasons, there was fruit, water and a wonderful snack waiting for me!
The part of my suite that I loved the most was the screened-in porch. Divine!! I was out there a lot and had my coffee there every morning from the in-room coffee machine.
Design of Four Seasons Costa Rica
From the moment I arrived, I was impressed by the architecture. I thought this fitting, since the resort did just undergo a USD 35 Million renovation and only opened a few weeks before my arrival. It is the the only Forbes Five-Star luxury resort in Central America. The vibe is one of a modern interpretation of Costa Rica’s “Pura Vida” spirit. It’s all in keeping with both the country where it is located as well as the entire ethos of the Four Seasons global family. So loyal lovers of the brand like me, should love it!
The beach and pool areas are wonderful. There are enough pools and enough spots at each pool, as well as at the two beaches, that I never had a problem finding a seat! Also as per usual, staff members bring around treats for guests throughout the day. That’s a Four Seasons touch that I love and I was glad to see it at Four Seasons Costa Rica.
Food at Four Seasons Costa Rica
The first night I dined at Añejo and had just empanadas but they were delicious! The next night I dined at Pesce. The most spectacular Bolognese lasagna left little room for dessert but I made it happen anyway and was not disappointed. I started off every morning at Bahia with a fresh-pressed green juice and Huevos Rancheros. I can’t apologize for not trying anything else because they were both so good I just wanted them over and over again!! But I’m sure their other food is as wonderful. I’m just a creature of habit. And OH THE COCKTAILS!!! Bartender Roberto made me the CR6 with Dry Ice and it was as delicious as it was pretty. So was the cocktail I had the next day with edible flowers alongside a lunch of more empanadas and a curry cauliflower dip that was to die for!
Sunsets at Four Seasons Costa Rica
I had two options. Everyone who visits has two options! There are two beaches at the resort and one has the best view for sunrise, the other for sunset. However because the resort is on a peninsula you can view a beautiful show from either side, really. And I had the added bonus of being driven, by Errol, to one of Four Seasons Costa Rica’s villas at sunset one night. Because it sits at the end of the peninsula, it has its own view of both sunrise and sunset every day. It’s STUNNING.
But it was night time that was my favorite at the resort and I can’t put into words why. Everything changed with the loss of natural light and the way the resort is lit up was pure magic. It was so fun to try to capture that by practicing longer exposure night photography with my Sony a7RII.