Costa Ricans have a wonderful saying, pura vida, meaning “pure life”. The spectacular Four Seasons Resort, nestled on the narrow Peninsula Papagayo in the province of Guanacaste in Costa Rica, has embraced this idealistic adage. Designed by local architect Ronald Zurcher, the luxury property offers 181 scenic suites, rooms, and private residences, the latter of which come complete with infinity pools and forever views. Perched on a hill 97 metres above the Pacific Ocean in dry tropical forest, this is the ultimate Central American hideaway for discerning visitors looking for an escape.
From the warm deep blue waters and unspoiled beaches, to the resort’s many pools and relaxing spa, not to mention multiple boat-to-table dining options, there is much to enjoy here. For the more adventurous, activities abound. By air, enjoy a zipline flying tour through the treetop canopy. By sea, surf at two of the world’s most famous spots—Ollie’s Point and Witch’s Rock. On land, nature is the main attraction: Bird watchers are invited to spot parrots, antbirds, and mankins; hikers can explore the area’s many protected national parks; and mountain bikers can traverse technical trails. When you return from your excursion, don’t be surprised if you’re welcomed back by howler monkeys, coatis, and iguanas.