WORDS BY  Pauline Brettell
With just two per cent of the surrounding 3,000 acre private nature reserve being developed, Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo offers endless opportunities for visitors to explore through guided excursions on both land and sea. The resort includes 157 cliffside and beachfront accommodations – many with private pools – along with authentic dining options, an outstanding golf course, transformative spa and wellness experiences, three pools and three nearly-deserted beaches for watersports and long days in the sun.
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Seamlessly blending tradition and modernity, Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo was designed by architects Victor Legorreta and Mauricio Rocha, who came together as LegoRocha specifically for this project. Lead interior designers are Uribe Krayer and Estudio Esterlina, landscaping is by Mario Schjetnan, and restaurant designers are Esrawe Studio and Bibiana Huber.
“Our vision was to build a modern Mexican resort and make it a testimonial of our country’s rich heritage,” said Pedro Verea Hernandez, CEO of Paralelo 19, the owners of Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo, México.
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Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo has formed philanthropic alliances with Ensamble Artesano and Taller Maya to protect pre-Hispanic culture, support Mexican artisans and offer financial recognition to continue valuing their work. Both organisations’ craftsmanship is reflective of Mexico’s incredible abundance of beautiful, handcrafted fabrics and art. Guests are surrounded by puro talent Mexicano at every turn, from building architecture and design of indoor and outdoor spaces, to myriad details ranging from artworks to tableware and team uniforms. The Resort’s boutique features many handcrafted items that will allow guests to take tangible reminders of their time in Tamarindo home.
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“As we join our partners in guardianship of this incredible environment, we welcome our guests to participate in its next chapter through discovery of its breath-taking beauty and fascinating cultural influences from the surrounding area and across the country,” said General Manager Félix Murillo. “In Tamarindo guests can expect to fall in love with Mexico all over again as they become fully engaged in the destination, people and traditions.”
Guests are invited to taste Tamarindo beyond the menus of the Resort’s restaurants while learning about indigenous plant species at the 35-acre Rancho Ortega, where Culinary Director Nicolás Piatti and the kitchen and farm teams are growing the ingredients that will appear on plates later that day. Meet La Manzanilla fishers, dive in for a macro-photography scuba tour, or paddle out to discover the Reserve’s secret spots along the coast. Free divers – or those who want to try – will find that the waters off Tamarindo are ideal for underwater odysseys.
Dining at Four Seasons includes Coyul which features modern Mexican cuisine by famed Mexican Chef Elena Reygadas and cocktails throughout the day, while Nacho is a barefoot taqueria near one of the Resort’s pools, perfect for snacks and midday meals. Opportunities for private dining abound – whether a romantic beach dinner para dos, a cliffside lunch with extended family or a party under the stars with friends old and new – and as always, in-villa dining is available around the clock. In 2023, Four Seasons will also debut Sal, an oceanside seafood restaurant and sunset cocktail bar.
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El Tamarindo Golf Course. a favourite of serious golfers, the David Fleming-designed El Tamarindo 18-hole links golf course is now a Four Seasons Resort experience. With winding fairways through tropical jungle and along the rocky coastline, it’s recommended that golfers pack a camera in their bag to capture every moment. And, with the number of golfers on course at any given time strictly limited, it’s like having a private course all to oneself.
At Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo, there’s so much to do – or not do, if that is one’s preference.Resident biologists and researchers lead guests on guided hikes along natural footpaths created by indigenous wildlife, through jungles and along the coastline. Learn about medicinal plants used since pre-Hispanic times, and get to know the 70 endemic species and hundreds more birds, mammals,amphibians and reptiles that call Tamarindo home. Stop by the Discovery Centre to learn more about the region’s biodiversity and the ‘rewilding’ efforts that are enabling the Earth’s natural rhythms to
flourish here.
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