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Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Peninsula Papagayo
Guanacaste , Costa Rica http://www.fourseasons.com/costarica
506 2696-0000

Costa Rican architect Ronald Zürcher drew inspiration from butterfly wings and the backs of armadillos in designing the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, set on a steep hillside between two Pacific beaches. Its 145 rooms and suites are outfitted with indigenous hardwood and stone, sliding louvered doors, verandas, and a palette of deep reds, browns, and yellows; most have plunge pools. Before the resort opened in 2004, getting to this pristine but remote promontory in the northwest of Guanacaste required chartering a plane or navigating bone-rattling potholed roads. Now, major airlines fly direct from the United States to the airport, and newly paved byways make the 29-mile trip from there to the hotel considerably smoother. Conscious of the area’s physical splendor, the resort does what it can to minimize its impact. Arnold Palmer created a golf course lauded by Audubon International for its eco-sensitive design; black and gray water is recycled; and during construction, the habitats of local species were left intact.

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