When people think of Costa Rica the first thing that comes to mind is rolling beaches, isolated lagoons, and tropical rainforests – one might not immediately think of tennis, but at the Four Seasons Resort the sport is taken almost as seriously as their commitment to excellent service and luxury accommodation.
The resort is located on the Papagayo Peninsula, a lush and breathtaking stretch of wilderness hedged on all sides by the calm turquoise waters of the Pacific ocean.
A West coast piece of Costa Rican paradise that makes you feel welcomed and relaxed the moment you arrive. Think Hawaii with a Central American twist, that’s what you can expect from the “Pura Vida” of Costa Rica and the Four Seasons.
At the resort accommodations can come as either guest rooms, suites, or private residences depending on the length of stay, price range, and overall interest.
The guest rooms Teraza, Briza, and Cielo are all excellent situated on the ground floor and come with included amenities like a kitchen that opens into a breezy outdoor terrace, all furnished with the most modern accessories, and start at around $625 per night.
However, you can find deals during the “rainy” season, and sometimes it doesn’t even rain! The location of the Four Seasons on the peninsula gives it better than usual rates of great weather in the region, so don’t pay too much attention to the rainy season forecasts for this area.
Check for the best times of the year to travel to The Four Seasons Costa Rica and if you time it right you can find savings on the regular prices, although the rates are seasonal, you can find the price dropping down into the $500 range.
For an upgrade, the numerous suites available on the expansive property can offer even greater flexibility and more relaxing experience.
With almost 2500 square feet of living space, they also come equipped with a fully functional kitchen, but their real draw is the ocean-vista patios that open up into private infinity-edge pools that overlook onto the beaches and forest below.
The resort is completely surrounded by nature and you will be able to witness many different species indigenous to the Costa Rican peninsula during your stay.
It definitely gives you that “one with nature” feel while you are visiting, but with an serious upscale luxury feel as well. Make sure you keep an ear open for the crashing waves on the beaches below your open-air room before you fall off to sleep each night.
These additional room options are definitely for those with more discerning taste, and the $2725 per night price tag provides you with a host of additional amenities.
When one takes into account the location and the proximity to the resort’s other facilities, including restaurants, the golf course, and the fitness center, it is a pleasant addition to the standard rooms on the property.
For those wanting to stay longer, or come in large groups – either as a business retreat or a family vacation – there are also private residences that have upwards of 6000 square feet of space and are more luxurious and furnished than many homes you’re likely to find.
At the highest end of the price range is The Casa Del Cielo residence that starts around $24,500 a night.
TENNIS TRAINING FACILITIES
The new tennis court and training facility at Four Seasons provides the sort of quality and meets the expectations you would have of a world renowned location.
They have four green clay courts, each of which is meticulously maintained, and a fully functional pro shop offering the latest in gear, racquets, and training accessories.
This is one of the most complete facilities for tennis players in the Caribbean and takes pride in offering some of the most comprehensive and well catered tennis experiences anywhere in Costa Rica.
This includes the addition of an all grass court, one of the first to be laid down at any Four Seasons resort. It is maintained to perfection and gives players a chance to feel the joys of playing on grass, a different experience for those players that have attempted it before.
Open every day from 6 to 7, tennis professionals from Peter Burwash International manage a number of different activities and clinics, which includes a player match-up that lets you play against others around your skill-level.
Also available as well is one-on-one training – and at a rate of $90 USD per lesson it’s not surprising that the tennis facilities and the staff here have earned a reputation as being one of the favorite activities at Four Seasons Costa Rica.
Additionally there are Doubles Wednesdays, a clinic that focuses more on technique, positioning, strategy, and drills to help you out with your cardio fitness.
There’s even an Advanced Drills Session and Team Tennis Getaway Package available, although they aren’t generally included with accommodation.
All of these activities happen at the easy-to-reach Clubhouse which is only 7-8 minutes away, and transportation can be arranged via the friendly concierge.
OFF COURT ACTIVITIES
There are a lot of things to do besides tennis, too, and the Four Seasons Resort is right there with a whole host of other activities.
Attached to the Four Seasons is a specially designed golf course designed by Arnold Palmer and features a 72-par 18 hole greenway that is lined with palm trees and a great view of the ocean in the distance.
Ranked as one of the “Top 100 Courses Outside The United States” by Golf Digest, it has everything you could want with a broad range of hazards that can challenge any skill-set.
There is also a two-level fitness center on-site equipped with a range of exercise equipment from top-of-the-line treadmills that have their own iPod docking stations and a free-weight room located near the spa.
Personal trainers are also on hand to assist, and Four Seasons offers a number of yoga and Pilates classes.
For those who want something a bit more outdoorsy, there’s a huge selection of aquatic activities in and around the Papagayo Peninsula. This includes snorkeling, scuba diving, paddle boarding, surfing, fishing, and kayaking.
There is a lot of sport fishing opportunities available where you can hire a boat to take you out into some of the more pristine waters where jackfish, mackerel, and marlin all plumb the depths.
Additionally, the concierge can help arrange a flat-bottom boat tour of the Palo Verde National Park system where a huge variety of flora and fauna will literally be at your doorstep, including but not limited to toucans, monkeys, and beautiful butterflies.
The surfing adventures that await you can take you down the coast to Tamarindo, where you will find locals as well as others from around the world that have come for the famous surf beaches.
You may also want to see the remarkable Lake Arenal region that provides a true rainforest experience and you can book a variety of activities in the “hot springs” area and you should plan an excursion to the Arenal volcano area, it is highly recommended.
Pick from zip-lining tours, natural hot springs water parks, the hanging bridges in Monteverde and so much more. Costa Rica is nothing if not an action packed place full of activities for anyone looking for adventure.
HOW TO BOOK
The Four Seasons is available 24/7 to answer questions and take reservations, and the best way to check rates and details on their accommodations is at their website, or to phone them at their toll-free number at +(506) 2696-0000.
They are always happy to answer any questions, and any other inquiries can be directed to their permanent address at Four Seasons, Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo 26Km al Norte del Doit Centre Liberia, Peninsula Papagayo, 5000 Carrillo
Located in the province of Guanacaste, most guests fly to the Daniel Quiros International Airport in Liberia where you will be greeted by representatives from the Four Seasons waiting for your flight arrival to take you to the actual resort.
This costs around $195 and can accommodate up to 5 people, it includes guaranteed arrival and check-in as well as free Wi-Fi service and air conditioning onboard.
Additionally, guests can also book a taxi or shuttle service from the Liberia airport to the resort themselves for a hassle-free option which takes around 35 minutes one way.