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A woman enjoying a coconut at Four Seasons Costa Rica

Peninsula Papagayo is located on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast and it is known as Latin America’s ultimate and exclusive coastal resort that boasts some of the country’s most luxurious hotels. It features stunning coastal landscape, amazing biodiversity, a dry tropical forest (in fact this area is one of the driest in Costa Rica compared to the rest of the country) and miles of beautiful beaches!

During April 2021, I did a week-long trip to Costa Rica with Caitlin of My Darling Passport. Costa Rica had been on my bucket list for quite a few years leading up to 2021 and during this wonderful journey, we got to spend 3 days in La Fortuna and Arenal before spending another 2 days in Monteverde. We then ended our trip on the coast at Peninsula Papagayo.

Traveling to Costa Rica was special for me because it is a sacred country that lives off of the “Pura Vida” mindset. During a trip to Costa Rica, you will be greeted with “Pura Vida” by most locals. This famous saying means “Pure Life” in Spanish. It is a Costa Rican philosophy that encourages the appreciation of life’s simple treasures. It also means slowing things down, celebrating good fortune, refusing to take anything for granted, enjoying a laid-back lifestyle and living life to the fullest. In fact, it is more than just a saying, it is a lifestyle!

The exclusive Four Seasons Resort property at Peninsula Papagayo

Our last few days in this beautiful country were spent relaxing at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo. In this article, read all about the top exclusive Peninsula Papagayo resort.

 **Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like. During my time on Peninsula Papagayo, Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo hosted me for two nights.


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Staying at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Getting to and Around Costa Rica:

A woman enjoying her vacation on Peninsula Papagayo

Before I discuss how I got to Costa Rica, I do want to go over the requirements for getting to Costa Rica in 2021. There is no testing requirement to travel to Costa Rica! However, you will need to fill out a Health Pass form within 48 hours prior to departure to Costa Rica. You will also need to purchase a recommended travel insurance. After I filled everything out on the Costa Rica Health Pass form, a QR code was sent to my email where I presented it upon arrival at airport customs.

In addition, with the new USA CDC travel requirements for re-entry into the United States (as of January 26, 2021) everyone will need to submit a negative rt-PCR test result within 72 hours prior to departure back to the U.S. or a rapid Antigen negative test result within 48 hours prior to arrival in the U.S. (You will still need to get tested to come back into the United States even if you have been fully vaccinated.)

Exclusive views at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

From Newark Airport, Caitlin and I flew to Juan Santamaría International Airport in the capital, San Jose, with a layover at Miami International Airport. From San Jose, we rented a car and drove over three hours to the La Fortuna and Arenal area. (Since we ended our trip on the Pacific coast of the country, we flew home from Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport in Liberia.) You can find great flight deals through Skyscanner!

Please note that the best way to get around Costa Rica is by renting a car and you do not need an international driver’s license to rent a vehicle there. Also, the best GPS to use for directions is Google Maps. If you choose to take public transportation in Costa Rica, there are numerous bus companies that will take you around the country at an affordable cost. Uber is also available in certain cities in Costa Rica and there are also city taxis as well.

After spending 2 days in Monteverde, Caitlin and I drove around 3 hours to Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo where we spent our last two nights and three days.

Best Peninsula Papagayo Exclusive Resort – Four Seasons Costa Rica

A woman lounging by the pool at Four Seasons Costa Rica

What is great about staying at Four Seasons Resorts are that you don’t even need to leave the property to enjoy your time and get the best experience. In fact, I loved all of the amenities that Four Seasons Costa Rica offered because everything mixes luxury with authenticity.

You have a choice of relaxing at two beaches, three pools, a hot tub or you can enjoy a thrilling experience on a snorkeling, jet ski, or zip lining excursion, plus more! Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo also has several restaurants and bars where you can savor a bowl of poke for lunch, lobster for dinner or pancakes with fresh fruit for breakfast and also sip a refreshing mezcal, mojito or drink of your choice.

An amazing breakfast from the exclusive Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

The service at Four Seasons exceeds beyond expectations. No matter what, a staff member will always be around to accommodate your needs whether it be needing a glass of water to helping you with your luggage. When you stay at a Four Seasons Resort, it is recommended that you download the app where you can communicate with staff members, make a reservation at one of the restaurants, book a spa appointment or activity and more.

The number of things to do at Four Seasons Costa Rica is endless and I cannot wait to show you why it is the top Peninsula Papagayo exclusive resort.

Staying at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo:

The beautiful hotel room at Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo

During our couple days at Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, Caitlin and I stayed in the Cielo Room.

I absolutely loved staying in this spacious room because there was a lot of natural light, a stunning private terrace that overlooked Playa Blanca (the Four Seasons’ bay beach), decorative furniture that fit the ambiance and more.

Our room came with two double beds that were extremely comfortable! Overall, I LOVE how comfortable the beds are at all Four Seasons Resorts. (I also talk about how comfy they were when I visited Four Seasons Anguilla!) I always get a great night’s sleep staying there! There was also a large en-suite bathroom that had a his and her sink, luxurious deep soaking tub, rain shower and marble all around!

Beautiful terrace views at Four Seasons Costa Rica

The Four Seasons Costa Rica also provided us with Champagne to celebrate our amazing experience at this Peninsula Papagayo exclusive resort as well as a lovely tropical fruit platter to enjoy.

In addition, there is also an in-room safe, iron and ironing board, ceiling fans, an eco-friendly cooling system, coffee and tea maker, plush robes and slippers, exclusive bath amenities by Natura Bisse, hair dryer, walk-in closet and a bedside outlet to charge phones, laptops and more.

You can also get a roll-in bed and crib if you’re traveling with children and infants and there is also a SMART TV with in-room movies as well as cable television and news and also Bose Soundlink Bluetooth speakers.

An exclusive hotel room at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

The other two rooms that are similar to the Cielo Room at Four Seasons are the Terraza Room, which offers jungle and dry forest views as well as the Brisa Room that has partial ocean or bay views.

In addition, Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo’s suites and private residences are absolutely incredible! Below is a list of their epic suites:

  • Miramar Suite: This three-bedroom suite is close to the center of the resort and it offers the privacy of an estate home. There is a full kitchen, dining room, pool and lawn. This suite also includes a personal attendant, a private yoga and meditation session and a $500 USD pantry stocking credit from the Four Seasons’ grocery list.
  • Canopy Premier Plunge Pool Suite: This amazing suite either offers three bedrooms or one bedroom, a plunge pool with a view and a spacious living room. It is absolutely gorgeous!
  • Canopy Suite: This stunning suite has one bedroom and includes a beautiful living space that features gorgeous views of Peninsula Papagayo.
The Four Seasons bay beach at Peninsula Papagayo

Another reason why Four Seasons Costa Rica is the most exclusive resort at Peninsula Papagayo is that their residences are absolutely incredible!

These residences include beautiful views of both the bay and ocean beaches, they boast incredible infinity pools with amazing views, spacious living rooms and bedrooms and some even have their own nanny quarters! Click here to discover and read all about Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo’s exclusive and luxurious residences!

What to do at Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo:

A woman enjoying the sunset at Four Seasons Costa Rica

Dine and Drink at the Four Seasons:

One of my favorite parts about staying at this exclusive resort on Peninsula Papagayo is that the food was absolutely amazing from the morning breakfast, to the pool and beach dining to all of the restaurants on the property for dinner.

Breakfast:
A woman enjoying a exclusive breakfast at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Every morning, Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo offered an incredible breakfast at their Bahia restaurant ranging from sweet dishes like Belgian waffles to savory meals such as huevos rancheros.

During both of our mornings at Four Seasons Costa Rica, Caitlin and I enjoyed sipping their tropical drinks, smoothies and Costa Rican coffee as well as savoring the Belgian waffles, fruit platter, breadbasket, eggs and açai bowls.

Everything was incredible and there was nothing better than eating breakfast with pool and bay views! (Bahia restaurant is near the Blanca Pool and Playa Blanca.)

Lunch:
A poke lunch on the beach at Four Seasons Costa Rica

During our time relaxing at Playa Virador one afternoon, Caitlin and I ordered delicious poke plates for lunch. The poke at this exclusive Peninsula Papagayo resort was absolutely incredible! Caitlin enjoyed the tuna poke with fries and I had the salmon poke with fries and it did not disappoint!

What is nice about the pool and beach service is that the staff members will come around frequently to make sure you are content and will ask if you need any food or drinks. Everything you order will be charged directly to your room.

Dinner:
Delicious appetizers from Four Seasons

On our first evening at Four Seasons Costa Rica, Caitlin and I savored a lovely dinner at Bahia restaurant. This wood-fired open kitchen features a locally sourced menu with mouthwatering items.

For drinks, I had the mezcal that was crafted perfectly from the restaurant’s bar and Caitlin had a rosé. After that, we savored two appetizer dishes; the wild mushroom flatbread and guacamole with tortilla chips and crispy plantains. Everything was delicious!

An exclusive dinner from Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

My main meal was the lobster tail and Caitlin had the grilled whole fish, which was a red snapper. We also savored two sides, the coconut rice and beans along with the lobster mashed potatoes! All of the dishes we had were to die for.

We were in the mood for Italian on our second evening at Four Seasons and made a reservation at Pesce, which features a classic Italian fare with an extensive wine list. I had the Aperol spritz and Caitlin had an Argentinian Malbec.

A lobster pasta dish from an exclusive Italian restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

For our main meals, I had the spaghetti all’astice, which consisted of spaghetti chitarra and lobster meat in a lobster bisque sauce with confit cherry tomatoes. Caitlin savored risotto asparagi e gamberi, which consisted of carnaroli risotto, asparagus cream, prawns and lime. We also enjoyed gelato for dessert. Everything was incredible!

Enjoy the Three Pools:

A woman sitting at the Bahia Pool at Four Seasons Costa Rica
The Bahia Pool

What is great about staying at Four Seasons Costa Rica is that there are a variety of activities to choose from and great places to relax from the beach to the pool.

A woman enjoying the hot tub at Four Seasons Costa Rica
The Hot Tub

Whenever I am staying at a resort that offers a beach and a pool, I love to go back and forth between both. At this exclusive resort on Peninsula Papagayo, there are three pools for you to choose from including a beautiful hot tub with waterfalls.

A woman enjoying the exclusive adults-only pool at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
The Adults-Only Serena Pool

The Bahia Pool is located at the center of the resort, near the La Reserva Bar, where you can grab a signature cocktail and light snack while enjoying time in the sun. Next, the Blanca Pool is another stunning pool that overlooks Playa Blanca, which is the bay beach! Lastly, Four Seasons also has an adults-only pool called Serena Pool that overlooks Playa Virador, which is the resort’s sunset beach. (There is also a kiddie pool as well.)

A woman at the stunning Blanca Pool at the exclusive Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
The Blanca Pool

No matter which pool you decide to relax or swim at, they are all spacious, refreshing and also offer lounge seating. There are also staff members all around who will set up your lounge seat with a towel and accommodate you if you’re in need of food, drinks, etc.

Relax at the Two Beaches:

A woman enjoying the exclusive beaches at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo also has two exclusive beaches that you can enjoy. The first beach is on the Pacific Ocean and it’s called Playa Virador. It is known as the resort’s sunset beach. (You cannot miss out on seeing the sunset here! It was absolutely magical and we even witnessed an engagement proposal.)

The second beach at Four Seasons Costa Rica is Playa Blanca, which is located on the bay. No matter which beach you decide to relax at, you have the choice to rent a cabana at an extra cost. It is perfect for couples or even if you’re solo and want to treat yourself to an added luxury.

Playa Virador at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica

Just like at the pool, there will be staff members on the beaches who can assist you with anything you need. Both Caitlin and I enjoyed sunbathing at Playa Virador during our time at Four Seasons Costa Rica.

Adventure through the Trail of Giants:

A woman enjoying the views of Peninsula Papagayo

The coolest adventure that we did during our stay at Four Seasons Costa Rica was the Trail of Giants Tour, where we took a golf cart tour around Peninsula Papagayo.

During this amazing tour, we got to explore the dry jungle and learn about the biodiversity there. We also got to see different trees, plant life and wildlife such as monkeys! It was so cool.

The monkeys of Costa Rica's dry jungle

During this private tour, we also got to ride around the famous golf course, which is an Arnold Palmer course and admire breathtaking costal and bay views of Peninsula Papagayo! Overall, it was a very educational experience.

Treat Yourself to a Well-Needed Spa Morning:

The exclusive spa at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Another reason why our stay at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo was so special was because we were treated to an amazing spa morning at the hotel’s exclusive spa.

We both had our own rainforest massage, which was relaxing and well needed, especially for my body! Overall, this massage allows you to set an intention and you will select a customized essential oil from the spa’s collection. From there, you will fill out a form and let your masseuse know if you want a relaxing or deep therapeutic pressure massage.

During the rainforest massage, the fragrances from the essential oil will respond to your mind, body and spiritual needs. It is amazing!

Prior to our massage, we were given a comforting robe and spent some time in the heated and cool pools that overlooked the bay and dry jungle. We also got to enjoy the sauna as well!

After our massage, we were given our own private space to relax at where we were provided with a ginger drink, raw cacao and fresh water. It was absolutely perfect!

Participate in Epic Water Sports:

Playa Virador at the exclusive Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Not only can you relax and treat yourself at Four Seasons Costa Rica, but there are also fun adventures for you to participate in.

Located at the resort are complimentary kayaks, stand up paddle boards, catamarans and snorkeling equipment that you can use. There is also beach volleyball courts.

You can also book a jet ski excursion and private boat cruise at an additional price. These fun adventures will take you around Peninsula Papagayo where you can explore caves, snorkel and have fun in both the ocean and bay. In addition, you can also take a surfing lesson!

All of these fun activities can be booked on the Four Seasons app!

Have Fun in Costa Rica’s Jungles:

Monkeys of Peninsula Papagayo

What is great about staying at this exclusive Peninsula Papagayo resort is that they have their own in-house adventure company called Papagayo Explorers. They take guests on biking adventures, trekking excursions and also on nature safaris.

Four Seasons Costa Rica also offers stargazing at night for guests, morning hikes, biking tours (you can choose a regular or electric bike), day trips to Arenal Volcano, zip lining excursions and canyon tours near Rincon de la Vieja National Park.

Also located at the hotel are tennis courts and a fitness center that you can use! Once again, you can book anything you wish to on the Four Seasons app.

Do One of the Daily Complimentary Activities:

Views of Peninsula Papagayo from the Trail of Giants Tour through the exclusive Four Seasons Resort

What is great about staying at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo is that they offer different complimentary activities every day.

During our time staying at this lovely exclusive resort on Peninsula Papagayo, there was a complimentary beer class, paddleboard tour, rum and chocolate tasting, cooking class and more. Definitely take advantage of these great opportunities during your time here as they are fun and super educational!

Go Golfing:

The exclusive Ocean Course at Peninsula Papagayo at Four Seasons Resort

If you are a golfer, you definitely cannot miss out on experiencing one of the “Top 100 Courses Outside the United States” by Golf Digest.

The Ocean Course at Peninsula Papagayo is an 18-hole, par-72, Arnold Palmer designed course that is absolutely exquisite. This iconic course is known for its dramatic elevation changes, breathtaking views, amazing wildlife (you can see monkeys on the course) and its overall experience.

When you book a golfing excursion through Four Seasons Costa Rica, you can rent clubs, enjoy round-trip complimentary transportation from the main lobby to the course, practice on the putting and chipping greens, warm up at the driving range and enjoy the pro shop. Four Seasons also offers golf packages and lessons.

Shop Your Heart Out:

A small coconut to drink from Costa Rica

In addition to all of the fun adventures Four Seasons Costa Rica offers, they also have a boutique shop on site that features stunning dresses for your vacation as well as cute accessories and more. I could have bought the entire store!


Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo - the exclusive pool area

I hope you all enjoyed reading about the best exclusive resort on Peninsula Papagayo, Four Season Costa Rica, and discovering the top 10 things to do there. If you have any questions about my time in Costa Rica, please email me at [email protected]

Basic Facts of Costa Rica:

Currency: Costa Rican Colón (The United States Dollar is accepted everywhere!), Capital: San José, Time Zone: Costa Rica does not follow Daylight Savings. During the summer months, Costa Rica is on Mountain Standard Time and then it is on Central Standard Time during the winter months.

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18 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on May 12, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Staying at the Four Season’s in Costa Rica is now on my bucket list. Your blog and photos made me feel like I was there. The beautiful grounds at the hotel, gorgeous pools and stunning beaches makes for a perfect, relaxing vacation after working all year! Love this blog on the fabulous four seasons hotel ~ love you, mom 👩 xoxo ♥️

    • Taylor Deer on May 12, 2021 at 11:01 pm

      It was absolutely amazing staying there mom! I can’t wait to stay at more Four Seasons Resorts in the future. Hope we can stay at one together! love you!

  2. Francesca on May 14, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    I really need to visit more of Costa Rica! The Peninsula Papagayo Exclusive resort looks like a wonderful place to stay. I like that it looks like a great place to base yourself for adventures into the jungle. The pool and beach look dreamy too!

    • Taylor Deer on May 16, 2021 at 7:44 pm

      Yes, it is absolutely beautiful at the Four Seasons! I like how they have adventures too. 🙂

  3. Tania Franco on May 15, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    Good food is always a big plus. The Four Seasons looks wonderful Taylor. I never knew about this place, but I got such a great feel for it with this post. Looks fantastic!

    Cheers,
    Tania

    https://inspiremyfancy.com

    • Taylor Deer on May 16, 2021 at 7:45 pm

      Thank you Tania and yes, it’s such an amazing resort to stay at on the coast in Costa Rica. 🙂

  4. Cosette on May 16, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    The massage sounds great. The pools and beach look so dreamy, could spend hours in them.

    • Taylor Deer on May 16, 2021 at 7:45 pm

      Yes, it was such a lovely stay! 🙂

  5. Megan on May 22, 2021 at 10:42 am

    Oh my goodness this looks so incredible. I’ve never stayed at a Four Seasons before, and it just looks like a total dream! Especially in Costa Rica!

    • Taylor Deer on May 23, 2021 at 1:15 am

      It definitely was a dream Megan! I never wanted to leave. 🙂

  6. Krista on May 22, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    That is a stunning resort to stay at – I wouldn’t want to leave! I love the look of the food, and that pool with the waterfall feature looks like a dream.

    • Taylor Deer on May 23, 2021 at 1:16 am

      Yes, I definitely didn’t want to leave. It was so amazing! 🙂

  7. Cristina on May 22, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    This resort looks amazing! It’s definitely the sort of hotel I would love to stay in – good breakfast, spa, swimming pool! It has it all 🙂 I am saving your post for the future. I can’t wait to make it to Costa Rica.

    • Taylor Deer on May 23, 2021 at 1:17 am

      Yes, it was such a dream staying at FS Costa Rica! I didn’t want to leave. 🙂

  8. Marina on May 22, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Wooow *w* staying at the Four Seasons there has been on my bucket list for so long!!! And it looks even more amazing that what I was thinking *w* Now I just want to go right nooow!!! Thanks Taylor for always sharing such amazing destinations!

    • Taylor Deer on May 23, 2021 at 1:17 am

      Ah thank you so much Marina! It really was a dream staying at FS Costa Rica! You would love it there. 🙂

  9. Rebecca McKellips on May 26, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Such a great post, I loved Costa Rica and it looks like you made the most of it and enjoyed the Four Seasons!

    • Taylor Deer on May 27, 2021 at 9:14 pm

      Thank you Rebecca and yes, it was such a nice trip and the Four Seasons is so beautiful! 🙂

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A woman enjoying a coconut at Four Seasons Costa Rica

Peninsula Papagayo is located on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast and it is known as Latin America’s ultimate and exclusive coastal resort that boasts some of the country’s most luxurious hotels. It features stunning coastal landscape, amazing biodiversity, a dry tropical forest (in fact this area is one of the driest in Costa Rica compared to the rest of the country) and miles of beautiful beaches!

During April 2021, I did a week-long trip to Costa Rica with Caitlin of My Darling Passport. Costa Rica had been on my bucket list for quite a few years leading up to 2021 and during this wonderful journey, we got to spend 3 days in La Fortuna and Arenal before spending another 2 days in Monteverde. We then ended our trip on the coast at Peninsula Papagayo.

Traveling to Costa Rica was special for me because it is a sacred country that lives off of the “Pura Vida” mindset. During a trip to Costa Rica, you will be greeted with “Pura Vida” by most locals. This famous saying means “Pure Life” in Spanish. It is a Costa Rican philosophy that encourages the appreciation of life’s simple treasures. It also means slowing things down, celebrating good fortune, refusing to take anything for granted, enjoying a laid-back lifestyle and living life to the fullest. In fact, it is more than just a saying, it is a lifestyle!

The exclusive Four Seasons Resort property at Peninsula Papagayo

Our last few days in this beautiful country were spent relaxing at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo. In this article, read all about the top exclusive Peninsula Papagayo resort.

 **Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like. During my time on Peninsula Papagayo, Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo hosted me for two nights.


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Staying at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Getting to and Around Costa Rica:

A woman enjoying her vacation on Peninsula Papagayo

Before I discuss how I got to Costa Rica, I do want to go over the requirements for getting to Costa Rica in 2021. There is no testing requirement to travel to Costa Rica! However, you will need to fill out a Health Pass form within 48 hours prior to departure to Costa Rica. You will also need to purchase a recommended travel insurance. After I filled everything out on the Costa Rica Health Pass form, a QR code was sent to my email where I presented it upon arrival at airport customs.

In addition, with the new USA CDC travel requirements for re-entry into the United States (as of January 26, 2021) everyone will need to submit a negative rt-PCR test result within 72 hours prior to departure back to the U.S. or a rapid Antigen negative test result within 48 hours prior to arrival in the U.S. (You will still need to get tested to come back into the United States even if you have been fully vaccinated.)

Exclusive views at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

From Newark Airport, Caitlin and I flew to Juan Santamaría International Airport in the capital, San Jose, with a layover at Miami International Airport. From San Jose, we rented a car and drove over three hours to the La Fortuna and Arenal area. (Since we ended our trip on the Pacific coast of the country, we flew home from Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport in Liberia.) You can find great flight deals through Skyscanner!

Please note that the best way to get around Costa Rica is by renting a car and you do not need an international driver’s license to rent a vehicle there. Also, the best GPS to use for directions is Google Maps. If you choose to take public transportation in Costa Rica, there are numerous bus companies that will take you around the country at an affordable cost. Uber is also available in certain cities in Costa Rica and there are also city taxis as well.

After spending 2 days in Monteverde, Caitlin and I drove around 3 hours to Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo where we spent our last two nights and three days.

Best Peninsula Papagayo Exclusive Resort – Four Seasons Costa Rica

A woman lounging by the pool at Four Seasons Costa Rica

What is great about staying at Four Seasons Resorts are that you don’t even need to leave the property to enjoy your time and get the best experience. In fact, I loved all of the amenities that Four Seasons Costa Rica offered because everything mixes luxury with authenticity.

You have a choice of relaxing at two beaches, three pools, a hot tub or you can enjoy a thrilling experience on a snorkeling, jet ski, or zip lining excursion, plus more! Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo also has several restaurants and bars where you can savor a bowl of poke for lunch, lobster for dinner or pancakes with fresh fruit for breakfast and also sip a refreshing mezcal, mojito or drink of your choice.

An amazing breakfast from the exclusive Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

The service at Four Seasons exceeds beyond expectations. No matter what, a staff member will always be around to accommodate your needs whether it be needing a glass of water to helping you with your luggage. When you stay at a Four Seasons Resort, it is recommended that you download the app where you can communicate with staff members, make a reservation at one of the restaurants, book a spa appointment or activity and more.

The number of things to do at Four Seasons Costa Rica is endless and I cannot wait to show you why it is the top Peninsula Papagayo exclusive resort.

Staying at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo:

The beautiful hotel room at Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo

During our couple days at Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, Caitlin and I stayed in the Cielo Room.

I absolutely loved staying in this spacious room because there was a lot of natural light, a stunning private terrace that overlooked Playa Blanca (the Four Seasons’ bay beach), decorative furniture that fit the ambiance and more.

Our room came with two double beds that were extremely comfortable! Overall, I LOVE how comfortable the beds are at all Four Seasons Resorts. (I also talk about how comfy they were when I visited Four Seasons Anguilla!) I always get a great night’s sleep staying there! There was also a large en-suite bathroom that had a his and her sink, luxurious deep soaking tub, rain shower and marble all around!

Beautiful terrace views at Four Seasons Costa Rica

The Four Seasons Costa Rica also provided us with Champagne to celebrate our amazing experience at this Peninsula Papagayo exclusive resort as well as a lovely tropical fruit platter to enjoy.

In addition, there is also an in-room safe, iron and ironing board, ceiling fans, an eco-friendly cooling system, coffee and tea maker, plush robes and slippers, exclusive bath amenities by Natura Bisse, hair dryer, walk-in closet and a bedside outlet to charge phones, laptops and more.

You can also get a roll-in bed and crib if you’re traveling with children and infants and there is also a SMART TV with in-room movies as well as cable television and news and also Bose Soundlink Bluetooth speakers.

An exclusive hotel room at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

The other two rooms that are similar to the Cielo Room at Four Seasons are the Terraza Room, which offers jungle and dry forest views as well as the Brisa Room that has partial ocean or bay views.

In addition, Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo’s suites and private residences are absolutely incredible! Below is a list of their epic suites:

  • Miramar Suite: This three-bedroom suite is close to the center of the resort and it offers the privacy of an estate home. There is a full kitchen, dining room, pool and lawn. This suite also includes a personal attendant, a private yoga and meditation session and a $500 USD pantry stocking credit from the Four Seasons’ grocery list.
  • Canopy Premier Plunge Pool Suite: This amazing suite either offers three bedrooms or one bedroom, a plunge pool with a view and a spacious living room. It is absolutely gorgeous!
  • Canopy Suite: This stunning suite has one bedroom and includes a beautiful living space that features gorgeous views of Peninsula Papagayo.
The Four Seasons bay beach at Peninsula Papagayo

Another reason why Four Seasons Costa Rica is the most exclusive resort at Peninsula Papagayo is that their residences are absolutely incredible!

These residences include beautiful views of both the bay and ocean beaches, they boast incredible infinity pools with amazing views, spacious living rooms and bedrooms and some even have their own nanny quarters! Click here to discover and read all about Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo’s exclusive and luxurious residences!

What to do at Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo:

A woman enjoying the sunset at Four Seasons Costa Rica

Dine and Drink at the Four Seasons:

One of my favorite parts about staying at this exclusive resort on Peninsula Papagayo is that the food was absolutely amazing from the morning breakfast, to the pool and beach dining to all of the restaurants on the property for dinner.

Breakfast:
A woman enjoying a exclusive breakfast at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Every morning, Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo offered an incredible breakfast at their Bahia restaurant ranging from sweet dishes like Belgian waffles to savory meals such as huevos rancheros.

During both of our mornings at Four Seasons Costa Rica, Caitlin and I enjoyed sipping their tropical drinks, smoothies and Costa Rican coffee as well as savoring the Belgian waffles, fruit platter, breadbasket, eggs and açai bowls.

Everything was incredible and there was nothing better than eating breakfast with pool and bay views! (Bahia restaurant is near the Blanca Pool and Playa Blanca.)

Lunch:
A poke lunch on the beach at Four Seasons Costa Rica

During our time relaxing at Playa Virador one afternoon, Caitlin and I ordered delicious poke plates for lunch. The poke at this exclusive Peninsula Papagayo resort was absolutely incredible! Caitlin enjoyed the tuna poke with fries and I had the salmon poke with fries and it did not disappoint!

What is nice about the pool and beach service is that the staff members will come around frequently to make sure you are content and will ask if you need any food or drinks. Everything you order will be charged directly to your room.

Dinner:
Delicious appetizers from Four Seasons

On our first evening at Four Seasons Costa Rica, Caitlin and I savored a lovely dinner at Bahia restaurant. This wood-fired open kitchen features a locally sourced menu with mouthwatering items.

For drinks, I had the mezcal that was crafted perfectly from the restaurant’s bar and Caitlin had a rosé. After that, we savored two appetizer dishes; the wild mushroom flatbread and guacamole with tortilla chips and crispy plantains. Everything was delicious!

An exclusive dinner from Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

My main meal was the lobster tail and Caitlin had the grilled whole fish, which was a red snapper. We also savored two sides, the coconut rice and beans along with the lobster mashed potatoes! All of the dishes we had were to die for.

We were in the mood for Italian on our second evening at Four Seasons and made a reservation at Pesce, which features a classic Italian fare with an extensive wine list. I had the Aperol spritz and Caitlin had an Argentinian Malbec.

A lobster pasta dish from an exclusive Italian restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

For our main meals, I had the spaghetti all’astice, which consisted of spaghetti chitarra and lobster meat in a lobster bisque sauce with confit cherry tomatoes. Caitlin savored risotto asparagi e gamberi, which consisted of carnaroli risotto, asparagus cream, prawns and lime. We also enjoyed gelato for dessert. Everything was incredible!

Enjoy the Three Pools:

A woman sitting at the Bahia Pool at Four Seasons Costa Rica
The Bahia Pool

What is great about staying at Four Seasons Costa Rica is that there are a variety of activities to choose from and great places to relax from the beach to the pool.

A woman enjoying the hot tub at Four Seasons Costa Rica
The Hot Tub

Whenever I am staying at a resort that offers a beach and a pool, I love to go back and forth between both. At this exclusive resort on Peninsula Papagayo, there are three pools for you to choose from including a beautiful hot tub with waterfalls.

A woman enjoying the exclusive adults-only pool at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
The Adults-Only Serena Pool

The Bahia Pool is located at the center of the resort, near the La Reserva Bar, where you can grab a signature cocktail and light snack while enjoying time in the sun. Next, the Blanca Pool is another stunning pool that overlooks Playa Blanca, which is the bay beach! Lastly, Four Seasons also has an adults-only pool called Serena Pool that overlooks Playa Virador, which is the resort’s sunset beach. (There is also a kiddie pool as well.)

A woman at the stunning Blanca Pool at the exclusive Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
The Blanca Pool

No matter which pool you decide to relax or swim at, they are all spacious, refreshing and also offer lounge seating. There are also staff members all around who will set up your lounge seat with a towel and accommodate you if you’re in need of food, drinks, etc.

Relax at the Two Beaches:

A woman enjoying the exclusive beaches at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo also has two exclusive beaches that you can enjoy. The first beach is on the Pacific Ocean and it’s called Playa Virador. It is known as the resort’s sunset beach. (You cannot miss out on seeing the sunset here! It was absolutely magical and we even witnessed an engagement proposal.)

The second beach at Four Seasons Costa Rica is Playa Blanca, which is located on the bay. No matter which beach you decide to relax at, you have the choice to rent a cabana at an extra cost. It is perfect for couples or even if you’re solo and want to treat yourself to an added luxury.

Playa Virador at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica

Just like at the pool, there will be staff members on the beaches who can assist you with anything you need. Both Caitlin and I enjoyed sunbathing at Playa Virador during our time at Four Seasons Costa Rica.

Adventure through the Trail of Giants:

A woman enjoying the views of Peninsula Papagayo

The coolest adventure that we did during our stay at Four Seasons Costa Rica was the Trail of Giants Tour, where we took a golf cart tour around Peninsula Papagayo.

During this amazing tour, we got to explore the dry jungle and learn about the biodiversity there. We also got to see different trees, plant life and wildlife such as monkeys! It was so cool.

The monkeys of Costa Rica's dry jungle

During this private tour, we also got to ride around the famous golf course, which is an Arnold Palmer course and admire breathtaking costal and bay views of Peninsula Papagayo! Overall, it was a very educational experience.

Treat Yourself to a Well-Needed Spa Morning:

The exclusive spa at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Another reason why our stay at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo was so special was because we were treated to an amazing spa morning at the hotel’s exclusive spa.

We both had our own rainforest massage, which was relaxing and well needed, especially for my body! Overall, this massage allows you to set an intention and you will select a customized essential oil from the spa’s collection. From there, you will fill out a form and let your masseuse know if you want a relaxing or deep therapeutic pressure massage.

During the rainforest massage, the fragrances from the essential oil will respond to your mind, body and spiritual needs. It is amazing!

Prior to our massage, we were given a comforting robe and spent some time in the heated and cool pools that overlooked the bay and dry jungle. We also got to enjoy the sauna as well!

After our massage, we were given our own private space to relax at where we were provided with a ginger drink, raw cacao and fresh water. It was absolutely perfect!

Participate in Epic Water Sports:

Playa Virador at the exclusive Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Not only can you relax and treat yourself at Four Seasons Costa Rica, but there are also fun adventures for you to participate in.

Located at the resort are complimentary kayaks, stand up paddle boards, catamarans and snorkeling equipment that you can use. There is also beach volleyball courts.

You can also book a jet ski excursion and private boat cruise at an additional price. These fun adventures will take you around Peninsula Papagayo where you can explore caves, snorkel and have fun in both the ocean and bay. In addition, you can also take a surfing lesson!

All of these fun activities can be booked on the Four Seasons app!

Have Fun in Costa Rica’s Jungles:

Monkeys of Peninsula Papagayo

What is great about staying at this exclusive Peninsula Papagayo resort is that they have their own in-house adventure company called Papagayo Explorers. They take guests on biking adventures, trekking excursions and also on nature safaris.

Four Seasons Costa Rica also offers stargazing at night for guests, morning hikes, biking tours (you can choose a regular or electric bike), day trips to Arenal Volcano, zip lining excursions and canyon tours near Rincon de la Vieja National Park.

Also located at the hotel are tennis courts and a fitness center that you can use! Once again, you can book anything you wish to on the Four Seasons app.

Do One of the Daily Complimentary Activities:

Views of Peninsula Papagayo from the Trail of Giants Tour through the exclusive Four Seasons Resort

What is great about staying at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo is that they offer different complimentary activities every day.

During our time staying at this lovely exclusive resort on Peninsula Papagayo, there was a complimentary beer class, paddleboard tour, rum and chocolate tasting, cooking class and more. Definitely take advantage of these great opportunities during your time here as they are fun and super educational!

Go Golfing:

The exclusive Ocean Course at Peninsula Papagayo at Four Seasons Resort

If you are a golfer, you definitely cannot miss out on experiencing one of the “Top 100 Courses Outside the United States” by Golf Digest.

The Ocean Course at Peninsula Papagayo is an 18-hole, par-72, Arnold Palmer designed course that is absolutely exquisite. This iconic course is known for its dramatic elevation changes, breathtaking views, amazing wildlife (you can see monkeys on the course) and its overall experience.

When you book a golfing excursion through Four Seasons Costa Rica, you can rent clubs, enjoy round-trip complimentary transportation from the main lobby to the course, practice on the putting and chipping greens, warm up at the driving range and enjoy the pro shop. Four Seasons also offers golf packages and lessons.

Shop Your Heart Out:

A small coconut to drink from Costa Rica

In addition to all of the fun adventures Four Seasons Costa Rica offers, they also have a boutique shop on site that features stunning dresses for your vacation as well as cute accessories and more. I could have bought the entire store!


Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo - the exclusive pool area

I hope you all enjoyed reading about the best exclusive resort on Peninsula Papagayo, Four Season Costa Rica, and discovering the top 10 things to do there. If you have any questions about my time in Costa Rica, please email me at [email protected]

Basic Facts of Costa Rica:

Currency: Costa Rican Colón (The United States Dollar is accepted everywhere!), Capital: San José, Time Zone: Costa Rica does not follow Daylight Savings. During the summer months, Costa Rica is on Mountain Standard Time and then it is on Central Standard Time during the winter months.

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18 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on May 12, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Staying at the Four Season’s in Costa Rica is now on my bucket list. Your blog and photos made me feel like I was there. The beautiful grounds at the hotel, gorgeous pools and stunning beaches makes for a perfect, relaxing vacation after working all year! Love this blog on the fabulous four seasons hotel ~ love you, mom 👩 xoxo ♥️

    • Taylor Deer on May 12, 2021 at 11:01 pm

      It was absolutely amazing staying there mom! I can’t wait to stay at more Four Seasons Resorts in the future. Hope we can stay at one together! love you!

  2. Francesca on May 14, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    I really need to visit more of Costa Rica! The Peninsula Papagayo Exclusive resort looks like a wonderful place to stay. I like that it looks like a great place to base yourself for adventures into the jungle. The pool and beach look dreamy too!

    • Taylor Deer on May 16, 2021 at 7:44 pm

      Yes, it is absolutely beautiful at the Four Seasons! I like how they have adventures too. 🙂

  3. Tania Franco on May 15, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    Good food is always a big plus. The Four Seasons looks wonderful Taylor. I never knew about this place, but I got such a great feel for it with this post. Looks fantastic!

    Cheers,
    Tania

    https://inspiremyfancy.com

    • Taylor Deer on May 16, 2021 at 7:45 pm

      Thank you Tania and yes, it’s such an amazing resort to stay at on the coast in Costa Rica. 🙂

  4. Cosette on May 16, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    The massage sounds great. The pools and beach look so dreamy, could spend hours in them.

    • Taylor Deer on May 16, 2021 at 7:45 pm

      Yes, it was such a lovely stay! 🙂

  5. Megan on May 22, 2021 at 10:42 am

    Oh my goodness this looks so incredible. I’ve never stayed at a Four Seasons before, and it just looks like a total dream! Especially in Costa Rica!

    • Taylor Deer on May 23, 2021 at 1:15 am

      It definitely was a dream Megan! I never wanted to leave. 🙂

  6. Krista on May 22, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    That is a stunning resort to stay at – I wouldn’t want to leave! I love the look of the food, and that pool with the waterfall feature looks like a dream.

    • Taylor Deer on May 23, 2021 at 1:16 am

      Yes, I definitely didn’t want to leave. It was so amazing! 🙂

  7. Cristina on May 22, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    This resort looks amazing! It’s definitely the sort of hotel I would love to stay in – good breakfast, spa, swimming pool! It has it all 🙂 I am saving your post for the future. I can’t wait to make it to Costa Rica.

    • Taylor Deer on May 23, 2021 at 1:17 am

      Yes, it was such a dream staying at FS Costa Rica! I didn’t want to leave. 🙂

  8. Marina on May 22, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Wooow *w* staying at the Four Seasons there has been on my bucket list for so long!!! And it looks even more amazing that what I was thinking *w* Now I just want to go right nooow!!! Thanks Taylor for always sharing such amazing destinations!

    • Taylor Deer on May 23, 2021 at 1:17 am

      Ah thank you so much Marina! It really was a dream staying at FS Costa Rica! You would love it there. 🙂

  9. Rebecca McKellips on May 26, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Such a great post, I loved Costa Rica and it looks like you made the most of it and enjoyed the Four Seasons!

    • Taylor Deer on May 27, 2021 at 9:14 pm

      Thank you Rebecca and yes, it was such a nice trip and the Four Seasons is so beautiful! 🙂

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