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Costa Rica: $95 or $1 million, Four Seasons experiences are priceless

Spend $95 to $1 million on Four Seasons Costa Rica resort's experiences to mark its first decade

Sometimes luxury comes at a price. Sometimes not.

The Four Seasons Costa Rica at Papagayo Peninsula on the northwest coast in Guanacaste marks its first decade with cool things to do in the dark. As if the stunning ocean setting weren't enough, the resort taps its inner 10-year-old to offer something out of the ordinary.

First, you can run around and play nocturnal golf under the stars at a nearby course designed by Arnold Palmer. Lights lead the way along the fairway, from tees to "light encircled" greens. (Lanterns are available too). First you practice at a driving range and then play a few holes (1 and 9, to be specific).

Here's a chance to wear night-vision goggles while you take your best shot. Afterward, take a walk to Nacascolo Beach. Maybe you'll see monkeys, iguana or peccaries along the way. The golf evening costs $95 a person and is available now until November.

Next spend an evening watching the stars and eating a heavenly meal. The hotel brought together NASA astronaut and Costa Rican Franklin Chang-Díaz and chef Mario Alconcer to design a five-course "Taste of the Stars."

Think luminescent cocktails and gazpacho with "flavored explosions." (Thankfully, there's no mention of Tang on the menu.) Guests can take a break during the meal to search the sky for the Southern Cross and constellations through a powerful telescope. It costs $195 for adults, $100 for children, and is available November through May.

Last, you might want to go all for 10 days of head-spinning customized adventures: helicopter over to powerful volcanoes such as Arenal, take a private yacht to remote Cocos Island, go scuba diving with sharks, stay in a private estate (managed by Four Seasons), roast your own coffee -- and record it all with a waterproof GoPro camera too. The price-tag is a cool $1 million.

If this is how the hotel marks 10 years, what could 20 possibly be like?

Info: Four Seasons Costa Rica

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