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Central America

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Costa Rica

A casual, yet luxurious, setting awaits visitors at this easy-going resort. Situated near an isthmus of golden sand jutting into the Pacific, the hotel has 145 rooms and suites crafted from indigenous woods and stone and designed with terraces or verandas. The menu of therapies offered in the spa's 19 treatment rooms—exclusively reserved for hotel guests—includes massages, body therapies, and facials. Many use local ingredients, such as the rain-forest mud taken from nearby Osa Peninsula, volcanic clay, and cocoa. While enjoying ocean views, guests can enjoy special treatment packages tailored to holistically energize, purify, and rebalance the body before a swim in one of the three pools or after an afternoon at the beach. Time should be left for some local adventure: Boating through a wildlife sanctuary and traversing a tropical forest on zip lines are two the resort recommends.