Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Located along the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica, the Peninsula Papagayo is in the northwest province of Guanacaste. This stunning location boasts tropical dry forests and untouched beaches. The 15 miles (24 km) of coastline contain 31 separate beaches and the larger northern peninsula, Santa Elena, protects the waters.

Per government mandate, 70% of the land on Peninsula Papagayo must remain natural ensuring that the beauty of the land is not lost to overdevelopment. The design team’s challenge was to work with multiple stakeholders to develop an infrastructure framework and architectural vocabulary that both supports the government mandate and provided the ultimate eco-adventure destination resort environment.

One of the first integrated design initiatives was to establish site connectivity thought a series of roads strategically cut into the steep valleys and banks of the peninsula obscuring views of vehicular traffic and preserving natural vistas. Private homes and time-share residences were integrated in the same manor; built into hillsides maintaining unencumbered views from peninsulas plateaus. The Four Seasons Resort’s 175 guest rooms, ballroom, restaurants, and spa were positioned in the “saddle” of the peninsula below the high plateaus, providing spectacular views of the ocean from guest rooms and beach level access to the shoreline.

Ecologically sustainable materials capturing the exotic character of Costa Rica, with comfortable rattan and bamboo furnishings, local artwork and indigenous wood and stone finishes were incorporated throughout.

The 18-hole, par-72 championship course designed by Arnold Palmer was strategically situated atop the peninsula plateau providing 360-degree views of the Costa Rican coast. The course is ranked among the "Top 100 Courses outside the United States" by Golf Digest.

Perhaps the paramount achievement of the Peninsula Papagayo eco-adventure destination development, is the successful integration of nature and luxury, proof that through meticulous planning and coordination these elements can coexist in harmony.


Pioneering hospitality. Spectacular ecosystem.