The Inside Mail On Four Seasons Resort at Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
RONNY FERNANDEZ, RESORT MANAGER
Every morning at sunrise, Costa Rica-born Ronny paddles his SUP around Monkey Head, alongside sea turtles, colorful fish and manta rays.” Some people enjoy yoga and meditation. I enjoy being on the water watching the sun rise and connecting with nature.”
Taste the Stars (Nov – April) is a marriage between astronomy and gastronomy. The five-course meal under black-light is a journey through space where you can see the stars via GPS-guided telescope.
Ollie’s Point breaks best on low tide. But high tide sessions often avoid crowds. The main take-off spot is next to the rocks but it’s really fast. If you sit further down the point you’ll often get a better wave count.
The most rewarding snorkeling can be found at Playa Virador. It’s best to snorkel slightly round the corner of the cliff on the left hand side of the beach.
Catch a water taxi across the bay to Playa Hermosa and enjoy the sunset Tico- style from Roberto’s Beach Bar. Try a Michelada, a twist on your average beer when salt and lime juice is added. Also, occasionally tomato juice and spices if you’re really game.
The night SUP paddle with LED lights always gets rave reviews and is offered Thursday nights (conditions permitting).
ROSS (Director of TS) & DI PHILLIPS
We love to get a late afternoon sweat hiking up the trails. Run along Playa Virador then up the 350 odd steps and back down to Playa Prieta. Better still, take a full day and visit Rincon de la Vieja National Park and climb the active volcano. You should ask whether the summit is closed or open. Either way, there is some adventurous trekking around hot springs and bubbling lava.