Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo

A stylish Mexican hideaway

Tucked inside Mexico’s under-the-radar Costalegre region along the Pacific Ocean, Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo, México offers a secluded, sprawling hideaway on a private peninsula.

The resort opened in 2023 on a 3,000-acre nature reserve (only 2 percent of it is developed) — the largest property in the Four Seasons portfolio. The gorgeously designed hotel fades into its lush surroundings, allowing the cliffs, jungle and lapping water to take the spotlight.

You never have to leave the no-tipping hotel, which provides a lengthy list of amenities, including three restaurants, two bars, a working farm, three infinity pools, a golf course, a spa, nature tours, culinary classes, scuba outings, six miles of private beach and much more. But you’d be forgiven if you eschew an activity-filled itinerary to stay in your cliffside suite and sway in the hammock, swim in the infinity pool or admire the view from the unique in-ground tub.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The Costalegre resort showcases a chic contemporary Mexican aesthetic in its thoughtful architecture and design (from the country’s top firms, including Victor Legorreta, Mauricio Rocha, Mario Schjetnan, Estudio Esterlina and Uribe Krayer). Tamarindo looks organic with materials like stone, lava rocks, wood and sand-toned cement. But even the smallest details highlight Mexican artistry, like hampers made of stitched henequén from Xcanchakán and Santa Rosa and black clay candles from Michoacán.
  • The restaurants all take a different approach to Mexican cuisine. Overseen by heralded chef Elena Reygadas (who runs Mexico City’s Rosetta), poolside Coyal combines Mexican ingredients with French and Italian cooking techniques (don’t miss the exquisite morning pastries, one of Reygadas’ many talents). At the beach, open-air Sal features fresh seafood, a raw bar and stunning sunsets. Nacho, a casual taqueria, serves tortillas stuffed with mouthwatering combinations like black beans, guacamole, cured cecina beef and longaniza sausage.
  • The luxury hotel curates an impressive roster of activities, ranging from farm tours and nature hikes to snorkeling and lancha (a traditional fishing boat) excursions.
  • The 157 accommodations are stylish sanctuaries, some on the beach and others on a cliff. We love the cliffside suites, which have spacious terraces with a 43-foot infinity pool and hand-woven hammocks that overlook the sapphire ocean. Or you can gaze at the blue expanse from the stunning bathtub, which is carved into the Marmol ocean-blue travertino bathroom floor.
  • Retreat to the copal-scented spa, where you can sprawl out on a gray lounger with some tea in the relaxation room, soak in the plunge pools surrounded by Oaxacan red clay and unwind in one of the eight indoor-outdoor treatment rooms with a massage or facial.

The Activities

  • Take a complimentary tour of the onsite Rancho Ortega, which grows avocados, limes, mangoes, blue agave, figs, tamarind and more for the Pacific Coast hotel. The 35-acre farm contains a facility where it does pickling, grows microgreens and makes nixtamalized corn for tortillas. And it’s also home to a host of animals, including sheep, pigs, hens, ducklings and Tequila, a black-and-white Great Pyrenees.
  • Learn about the surrounding nature on a guided walk through the preserve with a knowledgeable resident biologist, who points out some of the 70 endemic plant species.
  • Reserve a tee time at the 18-hole, par-72 El Tamarindo Golf Course, designed by David Fleming. The scenic course runs through the palm-filled grounds and rocky coastline — just keep an eye out for the stray javelina (an animal that resembles a pig) that sometimes wanders onto the green.
  • Be sure to check out the culinary workshops. We enjoyed a fermented drinks class that introduced us to tepache, a delicious beverage that uses the rind and peel of pineapples.
  • Hit the water with complimentary kayaks, paddleboards, water bicycles and snorkeling equipment. Or try something new with freediving and spearfishing courses or a scuba trip that focuses on macrophotography.

24-hour room service
Babysitting services
Fitness classes
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Pet friendly
Getting There
ZLO (55 min-1 hr 5 min)   GDL (4 hr 20 min-6 hr)  
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