Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica Open

This past Saturday, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts opened its first
property in Costa Rica. Located atop a narrow plateau at the Papagayo
Peninsula in the Pacific Northwest region of the country, the Resort is
flanked on both sides by beaches and unspoiled wilderness. Beyond its 153
guest rooms, Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Papagayo Peninsula includes
private residences and the opportunity to join in shared ownership of its
Residence Club Units - an intimate and comfortable retreat for an
unparalleled Costa Rican adventure.

“For the first time, travellers will be able to relax and enjoy the
amazing beauty of Costa Rica Four Seasons-style,” said Wolf Hengst,
president worldwide hotel operations, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
“Our goal is to provide guests with our warm and friendly service, and the
best opportunities to explore this fascinating country and its countless
activities, from forest hikes to world-class golf and water sports.”

With no building taller than the trees, the Resort`s nature-inspired
architecture blends seamlessly into the 30 hectare (45 acres) of tropical
dry forest. Guest rooms and suites feature views of the natural wooded
surroundings to panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean from treetop
verandas. Interiors incorporate the outdoors with materials such as
coconut wood and bamboo, and colours and textures that echo the flora and
The Resort`s public spaces and three restaurants maximize views, while
continuing the symmetry between indoors and out. Perfect for small to mid-
sized meetings or events, fully equipped function and meeting space allows
for effortless flow between indoor rooms and outdoor lawns and terraces.

With multiple, expansive beaches and a full roster of water sports,
including surfing, fishing, and sea kayaking nearby, Four Seasons Resort
Costa Rica is a haven for both sand and sea lovers. The Resort also can
arrange for canopy tours, horseback riding, and day trips to several
natural parks and wildlife reserves. An Arnold Palmer-designed, 18-hole
golf course, a free- form, infinity-edge swimming pool, children`s play
pool, fitness centre, tennis courts, and full-service spa complement a
myriad of eco-activities.
Four Seasons also brings aspects of Costa Rican culture to guests through
lectures, demonstrations and cultural performances by local and
international experts. Kids for All Seasons, a supervised activity
program, enhances stays for children and young adults with educational and
entertaining activities.

To experience all that Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica has to offer, the
Resort is offering a complimentary fifth night, when booking a four-night
stay. This special opening package, A Free Night with Every Stay, is valid
from January 17 to April 30, 2004.


With a history spanning four decades and a portfolio that extends
worldwide, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is the world`s leading operator
of luxury hotels, currently managing 61 properties in 29 countries. In
December, the company opened its first mountain resort in Jackson Hole,
Wyoming. Four Seasons continues to grow, with more than 20 projects under
construction or development in choice locations around the world. In the
first half of 2004, the company will open new properties in Budapest,
Provence, Whistler, B.C. and Hampshire, England. In addition to the
recognition by Fortune, Four Seasons continues to have more of its hotels
designated as AAA Five Diamond properties than any other hotel company and
it has the most Mobil Five Star awards in the industry. The company is
also consistently highly ranked in readers` surveys in publications such
as Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Institutional Investor, Andrew
Harper`s Hideaway Report and the Zagat Survey. Information on the company
and its 43 years of achievement in the hospitality industry can be
accessed through the Four Seasons Web site at