I previously posted a series of photos of the Four Seasons Papagayo, but did not show this photo of our lunch. We had to call ahead to make reservations, otherwise we would not have been allowed to drive past the gate at the entrance to the Papagayo peninsula.
Even with reservations at the restaurant, we would not have been allowed access to the hotel if we had not called ahead and made a reservation to see the hotel. Visitors are not allowed to drive to the hotel without a reservation. Even with a reservation to see the hotel, they have a staff person escort you around on a little tour, and then it is time for you to leave. This is not a place where you can say that you are going to have a drink in the lobby bar and walk into the hotel to check out the lobby and other amenities. My previous photos of the hotel and golf course can be found under the "Hotel and Resorts" tab on the index.
Just to reach the hotel, you drive on a private road that is 7 km (4 miles) past the entrance gate, and the road is made of "paver bricks" the whole way. The Four Seasons Papagayo is one of a series of hotel developments around the Gulf of Papagayo, which is about a half hour north of Tamarindo. The Papagayo project is somewhat controversial because it has brought such large developments to what was a pristine area.
My own view is that environmentally sensitive development is good for the local economy, provides tax revenue and jobs for Costa Ricans, and helps develop infrastructure for the area, including those of us who own or stay in condos rather than in hotels. For example, a new airport terminal will soon be built at the international airport in nearby Liberia, and that probably would not be happening if it were not for the many hotels and resorts that have been built up and down the coast from Tamarindo.