Four Seasons Resort – Costa Rica

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The Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica is a fantastic choice for a luxurious tropical getaway with the family, as its’ beauty, service and laid-back “pura vida” attitude are sure to ease everyone’s worries away. The resort is beautifully situated on the secluded Peninsula Papagayo, and is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean coastline and lush greenery and mountainous landscape.

The vibe is exactly what you would expect from a Four Season’s tropical destination… refined yet open, airy and totally relaxing. The hotel utilizes lots of natural elements, exposed wood, bamboo, greens and surrounding beauty to create an atmosphere that is soothing to the soul.

 

Flying to

There are two major airports in Costa Rica that service the United States, the closest one to the hotel is Liberia, which is only a 40 minute drive. Coming from the tri-state area, we were able to take a direct flight. The second option is to fly to San Jose, and then take a 40 minute flight to Liberia… this might be a good option if you want to explore both parts of the country.

Once you arrive in Liberia, it’s about a 30 minute drive to the hotel. We made arrangements ahead of time to have the hotel pick us in one of their luxury SUVs.

TIP: If someone in your family suffers from motion sickness, they will need to be prepared for the drive on the long and winding roads to the hotel. Our daughter removed her “sea bands” when we landed, and she let’s just say she really should have kept them on for the car!

The Rooms

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Upon check-in we were escorted to one bedroom suite via golf cart. On our way to the drive, our very friendly driver took us on a short detour to point out some adorable, native monkeys that were having their afternoon nap. The hotel offers various room options from rooms with king or double beds, to three-bedroom suites to fabulous, take your breath away, private residences. Depending on your family size, budget and need for privacy, the hotel offers an array of excellent options.

For our family of four, we stayed on a one bedroom suite, with one king bed, a sleeper sofa and a roll-away. Our suite also had two full bathrooms and our own personal plunge pool. We are quite comfortable with our accommodations and were satisfied with the bay views as opposed to ocean.

In the room you will find all of the standard issue Four Season provisions: thick terry robes, luxurious soaps and shampoos, in-room safe, WiFi, tea/coffee bar, hair dryer , TVs (with some English speaking channels) and crisp linens The rooms are also serviced twice daily.

Our kids got a kick out of the treasure map left in our room upon check in, so while we unpacked they were preoccupied with looking for the hidden box of chocolates. We found this to be such a nice and welcoming touch.

Check-in time: 3 PM, Check-out time: 12 pm

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE:

Regarding those rooms with private plunge pools… the pools are NOT protected with safety railings and are not safe for small children!

 

Dining

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There are four fabulous restaurants on the property to choose from, all of which are welcoming to families. We highly recommend you have the concierge make reservations ahead of time (during peak season) or upon check-in.

Sol Y Sombra offers a taste of South American flavors highlighting fresh and local seafood, rotisserie chicken, plantains, made-to-order ceviche and other such Latin inspired dishes. One most nights, they have live entertainment which brings an upbeat vibe to the restaurant. Sol Y Sombra is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Cena Sociale – Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar- focuses on modern Italian cuisine with a fusion of fresh, ingredients. We highly recommend the the mushroom risotto with truffle oil… it’s simply AMAZING!!! Also, be sure to save room for their fantastic desserts and homemade gelato. The restaurant opens for dinner at 6 PM, and reservations are also conveniently accepted by Open Table.

Caracol – is said to be one of Costa Rica’s finest American-style steakhouses. It’s located on the golf course, and is just a short drive from the main lobby. The concierge will arrange for your complimentary transportation. The menu offers a nice selection of both surf and turf items, and everything we tried was delicious. The restaurant opens for dinner at 6 PM, and reservations are also conveniently accepted by Open Table.

CR Burger Shack – is a super casual lunch spot offering outdoor seating or quick meals to go. It’s a good place to hit before heading out for an afternoon excursion, or after finishing a round of golf.

Tico’s Lounge is a great place to sit and have a drink before dinner, watch some of ‘the game” or even have a sushi roll in the late afternoon. The vibe is totally chill, and kids are certainly welcome. Our kids loved the fact that they allowed to sit at the bar, which is a novelty coming from where we live.

The Pool

Main Pool

Main Pool

 

At the heart of the property, you will find four swimming pools. There are two large main swimming pools, one smaller adult only “quiet pool” and shallow, zero-entry pool at the Kids for All Seasons facility.

While relaxing at the pool you can expect to enjoy complimentary amenities such as:

  • Fresh towels, sunscreen, fresh water, daily newspapers and magazines
  • Lounge chairs with umbrellas
  • Friendly Wait Service
  • Cabanas (additional rental fee)
  • WiFi
  • Free Sno Cones!!!

What our kids enjoyed most about the pool:

  • Meeting tons of kids
  • Daily visits from the ice cream man
  • Using pool toys left behind from former guests (Pool toys also available for purchase at the gift shop)

TIP

We have been told that during peak season that finding seats can be tricky, so be sure to reserve your chairs early in the morning

Pool Service: 8 am – 6 pm, but kids enjoyed meeting friends after dinner for “late night” swims, as we finished our cocktails and watched from nearby.

The Beach

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While you are not going to find the white powder beaches and turquoise waters of the Caribbean, you are going to find clear blue water with gently rolling waves. The beaches here are surrounded by steep cliffs and have a fair amount of shade providing trees. At the beach you will also have:

  • Umbrella covered lounge chairs
  • Wait and Towel Service
  • Nearby bathrooms
  • Complimentary water and sunscreen

All beaches in Costa Rica are public, so with that being said you will experience some vendors peddling their wares. A simple “no thank you” does send them on their way, but it does kind of take from experience. Also, some of the vendors are selling jet ski rides and boat tours, which are not sanctioned by the hotel, so buyer beware!

Spa & Fitness

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It just  so happened that we forgot to pack our sneakers for this trip, so we didn’t log anytime in at the gym… drats! Although, we heard the fitness center was well stocked with the latest cardio machines and weight equipment. Guests must be 12 or older to use the fitness facilities. Personal training sessions are also available upon request.

We did however have the chance to visit the spa during the stay. cq5dam-web-637-358-1The spa is impressive in size, with 18 treatment rooms and spacious changing rooms. The aesthetic is somewhat sterile, which is disappointing since the hotel is surrounded by so much natural beauty, it almost felt like the spa could be anywhere and not necessarily in the tropical oasis that it was. The spa staffers were very hospitable and professional, and the services were right on par for a Four Seasons hotel.

 

Additional Family Amenities

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There is no shortage of things to do for kids of all ages that this fabulous resort. As I said to my kids, “If you are bored here, than you are boring people!”

Kids for All Seasons is probably one of the most amazing kid’s clubs we have seen at a hotel. It has it’s own pool with tiny little lounge chairs!! At Kids for All Seasons your kids will also have:

    • Super fun and energetic people looking after them
    • Nature walks, and fun ecology classes
    • Art Projects, Kite flying
    • Foosball, video games, computers
    • Toys, games and puzzles

For older kids, tweens, teens… there is the Tuanis “too nice” Teen Center, staffed with it’s own concierge who will arrange teen specific:

        • Zip line and kayak tours, jungle and rafting adventures
        • Spa Services
        • Golf, Surf, Tennis, Scuba or even Cooking lessons
        • and so much more…

The Tuanis Teen Center also has video games, computers, TVs, pool tables, a basketball court and much for your teenager.

In addition to the kids camps, the hotel concierge also puts out a daily board of fun family activities to choose from, some of which are fee based. Activities may include:

        • Smore’s at night on the beach
        • Cooking classes
        • Chocolate Making
        • Nature Walks
        • Night Sky Exploration
        • Kid’s Dance Party

Who wants to learn how to surf?? There is a surf school right on property with the most patient teachers on the planet! We say that from experience! Such a fun family experience that we still talk about!

Nearby Activities for Kids

          Zip Line Tours – this is a popular activity in Costa Rica and if you thin it’s something you might want to do… PACK YOUR SNEAKERS! You must have closed toe shoes to do this!!
          Surfing, Fishing, Rafting and Jungle Excursions

Excitement Level:

moderate

Kid Population:

Medium to High

Ambiance:

Tropical Luxury

Highlights:

  • Super friendly, bilingual and professional staff
  • Excellent food with a nice variety of options
  • Extremely kid-friendly
  • Gorgeous ocean view rooms
  • 18-Hole Arnold Palmer designed golf course
  • Beautiful landscape, and private location
  • Four swimming pools, with lots of great amenities
  • Fantastic Kid’s and Teen’s Club, with lots of great activities for kids of all ages
  • Amazing native wildlife seen throughout the property

Lowlights:

  • Vendors on the beach offering jet ski rentals, boat tours and peddling various souvenirs
  • Spa has a sterile feeling, which is disappointing since it’s surround but such natural beauty
  • Very buggy (right after the rainy season, June)
  • Not close to many offsite shops, restaurants and national parks

Takeaway:

The Four Seasons Costa Rica is by far one of our top absolute family-friendly resorts! The property is magnificent, staff is warm and welcoming, no shortage of activities, excellent food, and the vibe is super chill. We will certainly be back!

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