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Alturistic Adventure

Four Seasons Costa Rica

Sure, at the luxe Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica guests can lounge poolside with hand-delivered chilled towels or soak in a volcanic mud wrap in the sybaritic spa. And yes, they can windsurf, scuba dive, kayak, and snorkel in the azure sea just steps from their exotic-meets-cozy rooms. Or indulge in the resort’s elegant fare from freshly caught seafood with ocean views at the Italian Di Mare to a hearty lobster roll at the poolside Congo’s Bar & Grill. And as a guest here, you’ll definitely want to experience all of these things.

But the offering at this opulent resort that many of its guests consider a favorite is actually beyond its lush, manicured grounds and golden beaches. Guests have the opportunity for a more meaningful travel experience through volunteer programs the resort offers in the local Peninsula Papagayo community. And, like everything at Four Seasons Costa Rica, this excursion can be tailored specifically for your preferences.

The resort does offer several more straightforward programs for aiding those in need in the Guanacaste Province such as becoming a “backpack buddy” by bringing a backpack filled with school supplies when you arrive at the resort. It is then given to a child in need. The custom designed volunteer experience is what sets this destination apart though. Based on your time, budget, and interests, as a guest you have the opportunity to help in the local community through activities like reading to school children, painting a school, or “adopting” a family by supporting them, visiting their home, shopping with them, and inviting them to the resort for a meal or activities.

And after your day—or days—of volunteering and meeting locals in the community, the hilltop Four Seasons offers the perfect retreat for relaxing. A dip in one of the room’s deep soaking tubs and panoramic views of the Gulf of Papagayo from your terrace are the perfect way to end a Costa Rican evening.