Sandos Papagayo Beach Resort

This place has mountain views, a beach on the doorstep, and a great choice of pools and restaurants.

Locations don’t get much more dramatic than this. One side of the hotel looks out to Los Ajaches mountain range, the other has panoramic views across the Atlantic. Plus the beach is around 5 minutes away on foot.

Within the hotel grounds you’ll find 5 pools in total, a trio of big ones and 2 just for kids. And of the 5 restaurants, the French one really stands out. Activities are covered with tennis courts and hiking trails.

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  • 4Buildings
  • 7Floors
  • 488Rooms
  • 24Lifts

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.

International buffet restaurant

Offering breakfast, lunch, dinner with show cooking stations.

Kids' club

Hotel-run kids' club for 4-12 year-olds offering various games and activities.

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twin room

Twin room sleeps up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children, with twin beds, a double sofa-bed and a shower or bath. Minibar and safety deposit box at a charge. Cots are available.

twin room sea view

Twin room with sea view sleeps up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children, with twin beds, a double sofa-bed and a bath or shower. Minibar and safety deposit box at a charge. Cots are available.

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relaxing weekly break.

This was our second visit to the hotel having been in 2011. And again we found the hotel just as good as the first visit. The hotel has a variety of pools with one heated during winter time. The rooms were spacious and kept clean and tidy during our stay, towels were changed on a regular basis and the cleaners were always pleasant. With this been a all inclusive hotel the food on offer was always spot on with plenty to choose from. There was a good selection on offer and you could not fail to find something to enjoy. The Chinese is also worth a visit ( we went twice in the week we stayed). The drinks are okay and for a euro you can purchase a branded drink. The rooms at the hotel all have excellent views looking over towards the bay. A good walk along the cliff top brings you to a pleasant marina with a good variety of restaurants and a small selection of shops with more of the same as you continue towards the main area of playa Blanca. All in all this hotel is well worth the money with plenty to do and see. Give it a visit you won't be disappointed.More

angela h, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

Multiple pools but very windy

You cannot control the weather but the wind got old real quick. The facility is beautiful with multiple pools, The view is incredible. Adjacent trail to Papagayo beach is easy for most. The spa is nice but the massage we had was like a back rub with oil for e40.00/ 40 minutes. The view of the mountains is incredible when clear. While we would go back, we would not upgrade to the Royal Elite club because the value simply isn't there. There is a separate bar area for kids and no kids and that was nice. The service in the Royal Elite was all self serve. Premium beverage but not sure if it was the same for non-royal Elite. The food is only average. Beds are rock hardMore

Ron P, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Family get together

Defiantly not a 4 star, food was awful same everyday no differentiation. Reception staff were not friendly, unapproachable and basically miserable. Paid to go in the spa, was busy, not all equipment working and when we reported issues, staff were not interested and unapologetic! Very disappointed with the hotel in general. It states on website NO hen/stag parties but it was full of both. Entertainment was also poor. I've been to Benidorm many time and stayed in much better hotels for the same money. On the plus side the room was lovely and cleaned everyday. More

Nicola T,

Hotel built into the hillside around a bay

The hotel is at the end of Playa Blanca in an semi isolated setting built into the hillside to give maximum sea view's, with glass lift's where possible. The hotel area is in a triangle shape where the several pool areas are on various levels within the centre making good use of every roof space. The main building has a large central atrium over five levels from which you have access to all areas, which leads off in all directions. The reception. On arrival we were given a map of the hotel and given information and directions to our room by pleasant reception staff. We upgraded to Royal Elite so our room was in A-D block which is built into the hillside down five levels to the beach. Our room was on level 5 ground level which gave us easy access to the main building across the central area. Our room was a good size well equipped in the old Spanish style, but what a fantastic sea view we had from the large balcony overlooking the walkway which lead to Playa Blanca. Restaurant's. The main self-service restaurant offers a wide variety of of food, the desert menu could be improved and like most all-inclusive busy. The staff were efficient and friendly. Did try the Oriental Chinese pre booked but were disappointed in the food but had a good atmosphere. Did not try Mexicano. The French restaurant which is extra had a good menu and if you like something special was very good with waiter service. The overall entertainment was a good mix and the show's in the theatre were good. There are several different venues all over the hotel if you can find the location, as the hotel is bit like a rabbit warren and can you could easily miss out on the many good attraction's offered in this efficiently run hotel, which is kept in very good and clean order. Would recommend the Royal elite as the special areas with premiere drinks are far more comfortable, and breakfasts are served in a smaller dinning room. We had a very enjoyable holiday and hopefully will return again. More


Our 5th visit here & it just keeps getting better!

We used to say we would never go back to the same hotel but after visiting the Papagayo for the 1st time in 2008 that changed! We love this hotel!! This is a large complex at the far end of Playa Blanca and is about 35 mins walk from the Marina Rubicon. Walk is along a coastal walkway and is lovely. The hotel rooms we have always stayed in are A/B block - these are upgraded rooms but it's well worth it as the views are stunning. The hotel itself is very clean. The grounds are well kept as are the pool areas. The pools (although I believe one is meant to be heated) are so cold, you hardly see anyone using them! The communal areas are nice, they have updated the pool bar and terrace, although a couple of the indoor bar areas aren't currently open and seem a little bit unloved. I'm sure in the height of summer they would be open. The hotel has a main buffet restaurant serving just about every kind of food imaginable! The food is delicious and piping hot. Loved the breakfast & the show cooking too. Great range of soups, bread, salads, meat, fish and desserts plus an Italian section serving pizza and pasta - open lunch and dinner times. We ate one evening at the Mexican Restaurant - which is based in what is the "snack bar" during the day and over night. The food was very nice here too. Drinks at the hotel are "local". The beer is good, as are the soft drinks, fizzy wine and barista coffee made for you (not from the machine) in the canary bar. The wine is not good and the pre-made cocktails and spirits/mixers always tasted too strong. The canary bar has good seating and lovely views towards Fuerteventura. The green bar is always a favourite in the evening. Teresa who works behind the bar is great. She has a photographic memory and remembers not only us, but our drinks order each time! Entertainment here is easy to listen to. Pepe with his piano/sax/flute/clarinet and Pablo with his piano/violin. All in all, the hotel offers a great package and is very reasonably priced. Will we return?? Definitely!! To sum it up - great hotel, peaceful location, brilliant staff, delicious plentiful food & gorgeous views - heavenly!!More

westonwanderers, Weston-super-Mare, England

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