Papagayo. A single word with so many meanings. The indigenous Costa Rican fisherman believe it brings prosperity. To the locals, it signifies the cooler winter months ahead. The surfers know it means world-class waves. To the dorado and dolphin it signifies abundance. All are intertwined and create the delicate balance that set the stage for the breathtaking Peninsula Papagayo, a Four Seasons Resort.
Located in Northwest Costa Rica on the peninsula bearing its name, this exclusive property achieves something few others in the region are able to: pura vida. In English this translates to pure life and embodies the heart and soul of this magnificent country.
In building the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica, great consideration was given to preserving the ecosystem. The natural curves and ambiguities of the land were embraced creating a place that appears as if Mother Nature carved it from the jungle herself. The local animal trails were protected and rare and significant trees were incorporated into the design creating an enlightened and mature feeling. Upon entering the property it becomes clear the lines are blurred between the exterior and interior creating wonderful unexpected open air spaces. One of the most sensational qualities of the resort is the use of textures in the guest rooms and shared spaces. Locally sourced materials such as lava rock, cana brava (similar to bamboo), jade, and gold reflect the area’s heritage and establish an esthetic that is both comfortable and luxurious.
Flanked by beaches on both sides of the property and surrounded by the lush jungle, the Four Seasons at Peninsula Papagayo offers the ultimate launchpad for distinctive activities. An 18-hole golf course designed by favorite Arnold Palmer features notable elevation changes, a range of elements and boasts stunning views of the bay and lush rainforest.
Three pool areas offer a variety of settings to lounge, splash and enjoy the Four Seasons world-class service. If you prefer the ocean, stroll down to one of the many exclusive beaches on property and enjoy the sapphire blue water and swim with the brightly painted fish and sea turtles. The resort offers unrivaled snorkeling, sailing, and surfing lessons allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the wealth of the sea.
Costa Rica is known for its natural wonders and truly is the leader of ecotourism in its distinct offerings. The country itself is teeming with diverse wildlife and harbors distinguished landscapes. Although, there are many ways to see it, one of the most exciting is from high, high above on a zip-line. Zip-lining tours offer a rare glimpse of the extraordinary trees, vines and wildlife including howler monkeys, tree frogs, sloths and hundreds of bird species.
Something not to be missed this season is the Taste the Stars experience. Conceptualized by Executive Chef Mario Alcocer in collaboration with Costa Rican born astronaut Franklin Chang Diaz, this is truly an experience that will spark your inner dreamer. A space-influenced menu featuring a dynamic jus concocted from meteorite dust, luminescent cocktails and a Milky Way dessert will tantalize your taste buds and spark your imagination. Following the meal is a stargazing experience led by an expert guide with high powered telescopes taking one of the worlds best places to view the celestial skies to a whole new level.
This fall, the Resort will take paradise a step further to reveal a change of the Papagayo winds. The story continues with the unveiling of a sexier, more contemporary version of itself; the meaning of Papagayo continues to unfold.
By Lauren Vikander