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best hotels in Costa Rica: Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Dana Klein

No. 1 Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste

Take Four Seasons pampering (chilled towels delivered to your pool chaise), cross it with the charm of location (just north of the Nicoya Peninsula, above the placid Gulf of Papagayo), and you'll see why guests return to this hilltop property year after year. The design here falls into the simple-but-luxurious category: bamboo and rattan, indigenous stone and wood, geometric-pattern rugs, and Costa Rican art. Activities exceed the average menu of options: guests can go horseback riding in nearby national parks; boost their energy with a body wrap using volcanic mud from the Osa Peninsula; spend the day at either of the resort’s two golden-sand beaches or three pools; sign up for a trip to Diria coffee plantation; follow a naturalist on a bird-watching expedition; and much, much more. At the end of the day, you'll be ready to fall back into one of 155 unfussy yet plush room, suite, or private residences, complete with verandas and deep marble soaking tubs.

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