by Leo Jakobson | July 12, 2017

The already beautiful Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo will begin a $35 million top-to-bottom renovation in August as part of a larger, $100 million project that will enhance both the 1,400-acre peninsula and its resort's amenities and the ecologically preserved area surrounding it. 

The 181-room Four Seasons, which in 2016 became the only Forbes five-star resort in Central and South America, is already a very ecologically friendly project -- the photo above doesn't really make clear just how much the resort buildings disappear into the canopy when you are on the ground there -- and much of the surrounding land is untouched (except by the resident monkeys). The resort will close in August and is scheduled to reopen in December.

Among the work will be the creation of a network of more than eight miles of nature trails that will make it easier for guests to experience the peninsula's flora and fauna while maintaining its biodiversity; a new macaw sanctuary to help preserve the native parrots while offering more education about the large colorful birds; and continuing investment in sustainability and land preservation, as well as the Creciendo Juntos nonprofit association that supports local Guanacaste communities.

The Four Seasons itself will see its guest rooms and villas, lobby and dining venues, and pool area redesigned with a "locally inspired yet globally considered modern design aesthetic," according to Gencom, Peninsula Papagayo's owner. The rooms all have ocean views and private patios or balconies, and the one-bedroom suites built into the hillside are getting private plunge pools. The main pool is adding luxury cabanas.

The resort's five dining venues are being overhauled with a focus on organic, locavore foods ranging from a new signature restaurant with a farm- and sea-to-table theme and the new Añejo bar and Library lounge serving artisanal rum and other drinks. Other offerings are a steakhouse and an Italian and Mediterranean seafood-focused restaurant.

The broader project will also see enhancements to the Peninsula Papagayo Golf Club, an 18-hole Palmer Signature Course with five tennis courts and a restaurant. Work on Marina Papagayo, the 180-slip, superyacht-focused marina, will include a number of new charter options for groups, as well as a new restaurant, lounge, and gourmet market.