Sometimes I have the tough job of hitting the road to update our hotel reviews that are a few years old and seeing what’s new at the top resorts in Latin America. This week I arrived at the Four Seasons Costa Rica in the northern part of the country and was wowed from the start. The top picture is a view from the balcony of one of the villas. Nice view with your morning coffee, right? Especially when colorful parrots are flying by and monkeys are swinging through the trees.

On the way in, you realize what a terrific piece of real estate this resort has, on the Papagayo Peninsula, with water views to both sides. The golf course has water views from 14 of 18 holes, like this:

When you get to your suite, there will be some kind of goodies waiting for you, like maybe set-ups to make a couple monitas, like this:

Or if you’re paying the big bucks for the largest suite or one of the homes for rent, you might find what’s pictured below waiting for you: an edible coral reef made of chocolate.

Four Seasons Costa Rica seems to impress most everyone that passes through its gates, including travelers like me who think they’ve seen it all. This resort continually tops almost every “best of Central America” travel magazine lists and readers’ polls. Stay tuned for more…

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