This resort, formerly called the Sandos Papagayo Arena, is big, bright and bursting with things to do. Take the pool scene. You’ve got three to choose from, with a poolside bar making drinks o’clock dead easy. You can also add a daytime and evening entertainment programme to the mix, as well as sports like tennis, mini-golf and archery. What’s more, kids will love it. They’ve got two of their own pools, mini-discos and a hotel-run club – perfect for making new mates and giving you a bit of ‘me’ time. And as for location, you’re looking at a six or seven-minute walk to the beach, whereas the closest restaurants in Playa Blanca are about an hour’s walk away, don’t worry – there’s six restaurants back at base.
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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Full Board buffet meals. 24-hour snacks. Dinner in the international buffet, pizzeria, Mexican or Oriental restaurants.
Unlimited local alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including beer, wine and spirits 10.00-23.00.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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3 outdoor pools
With towels, parasols, sunbeds and sun terrace.
Evening entertainment programme
Offering pre-show, show and the disco. Live music on selected nights from 9pm.
International buffet restaurant
Offering breakfast, lunch, dinner and Mexican or Oriental themed evenings with show cooking.
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Twin room with sea view sleeps up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children, with twin beds and a double sofa-bed. Minibar and safety deposit box at a charge. Cots are available.
superior twin room with sea view
Superior twin room with sea view sleeps up to 4, with a minibar and safety deposit box at a charge. Cots are available.
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Sandos Papagayo Beach Resort
Fabulous hotel, spotlessly clean, lovely food and very friendly and helpful staff. Travelled with 12 and 10 year old who enjoyed the weeks break as much as us. Entertainment was limited but good. Overall a lovely relaxing break we would definitely visit again.More
SGS903, Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
Lovely Easter Break
We arrived after a great Jet2 flight but had pre-booked a private minibus due to previous guests saying that the hotel was the last drop off and took 1 1/2 hours to reach the hotel. Our transfer was 25 mins. Upon arrival we were greeted warmly and welcoming and checked in fairly quickly. There are no porters in this hotel, and so we were advised on how to find our rooms. We booked 2 rooms and emailed the hotel beforehand to request 2 roomstogether, which we were given. Our rooms were in block C 525 and 526. Lovely views out to Fuerteventura. We also upgraded to the Elite package and so had the extra luxuries; guaranteed see view, Cava upon arrival, bathrobes and slippers, sweets and chocolate in rooms, private breakfast room, VIP lounge (premium branded drinks, newspapers, wifi, snacks), A fridge stocked initially with drinks, and a fresh bottle of water each day, also tea, coffee replenished daily. The rooms were very spacious and exceptionally clean. Previous reviewers stated that they thought they were a bit dated and in need of modernising, but I thought they were very nice and in a Canarian style. The bathrooms were very spacious too. The complex itself is very large and built on several floors on the hillside. It takes a while to become familiar with the layout. Everywhere is very clean and the staff are very nice. The pool areas are large and around all 5 pools as well as several other areas. They are all nice and there are plenty of sunbeds dotted around. There are signs to inform guests that sunbed reservations are not allowed, but everyone does it. There are several activities for everyone to enjoy such as: table tennis, pool, football, basketball, tennis court, aqua aerobics in the pool, bingo in the outdoor lounge, nightly shows (although we didn't see them). The food was nice, but that's all. Nothing special. We ate in the International, the Mexican (which is the snack bar during the day), the Italian, and the Chinese. We didn't visit the French restaurant. There was plenty of choice in all the restaurants, and the food was hot enough. What we didn't like was the fact that you are not shown to a table, its a free for all, and you have to find a table yourself. In peak times, its a scramble to find one. The drinks aren't served to you either, you have to get them yourself. It would be nicer if there were staff available to find tables for you rather than you having to rush to grab a table before someone else does! The VIP lounge was a added extra for us, but to be honest, I'm not sure it was worth the extra money. The room itself was very nice, but was more like an Airport VIP lounge! There wasn't much atmosphere either so we only visited it on one occasion. All in all a lovely weeks stay at this hotel, and yes I would recommend it.More
"Not too bad overall"
On arrival we were allocated a room E1072 which faced the sea on 10th floor, furthest away from reception. It was very tired and worn, had a beautiful view with double balcony. Didnt use pools, decided to sunbathe in roof top sun areas. Loads of sun beds available all day. Food was good, especially the pasta which was made especially for you while you wait. Tried the mexican which we thought was excellent and therefore went twice. This is situated in the daily snack bar and they do a brilliant job of transforming it every night into a mexican experience. Plenty of places a relax aroung the hotel and have a quite drink, also serverl bars to choose from. Views from the hotel are stunning. Weather was brilliant. Have stayed at Rubicon Palace and prefer that, but would like to try Timanfaya Palace next time. If you get a good price, its worth trying the sandos. There are nice walks along coastal promanade to the marina, however the hotel has a courtesy bus but it only takes you as far as dorada beach which is still about 30 minute walk if you want to go as far as playa blanca town. (not much there, few eating places and usual tat shops) however its a lovely walk. I would say this hotel is between 3 and 4 star, just needs updating .More
Lynn B, Congleton, United Kingdom
Fantastic return visit
This was our 3rd visit to the Sandos, having visited twice last year and, if anything, it was our best stay yet. As always, we upgraded to Royal Elite and thought this was great. Last October, we were disappointed as we struggled to get a seat in the Royal Elite Bar but this was not a problem this time as the lounge had been extended. We also appreciated the quieter breakfast in the Chinese restaurant. Other perks included use of the safe at no extra charge, tea and coffee making facilities and regular replacements of bottled water. The food was as good as ever, with a massive choice at every meal. The food was always hot and was replaced regularly so was always fresh. Our son particularly enjoyed the freshly cooked pasta whilst I enjoyed the fish and paella. There was always a range of tasty salads, fresh vegetables, different types of meat and fish plus an array of desserts, including different flavours of ice cream. The dining room did get very busy (the hotel was full as it was the Easter holidays) but it was slightly quieter and calmer at the Italian restaurant at the far end. We never had to queue for more than a minute but have to agree with other comments that it is noisy. For the first time, we visited the Mexican restaurant, having previously been put off as it doubles as a snack bar during the day. Really glad we gave it a try as we thoroughly enjoyed the change (and a real effort was made to update it from being a snack bar). Didn't try the Chinese Restaurant. Our room was at the top of block C, with a fabulous view out to sea and over to Fuerteventura. The beds were very comfy with memory foam mattresses. On the whole, there was little noise (just the occasional inconsiderate guest making too much noise returning to their room). Our 10 year old son really enjoyed the daytime entertainment and took part in football, tennis, table tennis and boules. He also made good use of the table tennis tables, pool tables and X Box with the friends he made. We never struggled to get a sun bed, even when we went out for the morning and returned for the afternoon. The areas around the pools (particularly the heated pool) did get busy but we preferred the quieter sun terraces. The staff make the hotel; they are so friendly and helpful. No, they don't all speak fluent English (how many of us speak fluent Spanish!!) but their attitude is fantastic. We went on the Yellow Submarine trip, which was arranged by the hotel and would highly recommend this. All in all, a great hotel - we hope to return later in the year.More
kbsjames, Manchester, United Kingdom
Nice hotel, but very big! Mainly English and Germans (is it why the food is so bad? ;-) Definitely more of a family hotel than a hotel for young couples. The- The food The food (yes... it's that bad!) The food (I had better at school) The bed (used to be a nice king bed size, but the mattress now looks like a gruyere cheese because it is definitely worn out) The people reserving their seats at 7am and then go back to bed: At 9am no more seats nearby the pool. The Spa!!! (people getting out of the sauna or hammam and jump back into the jacuzzies! (I actually never saw anyone else taking a shower while I was in the spa! The + Royal elite service (especially for the breakfast in the morning (only time of the day where the food is actually good)) The room and the view Papagayo beaches next door The housekeepers, waiters and bartenders are nice!More
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