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 10 minutes away on foot.

Within the hotel grounds you’ll find 4 pools in total, a trio of big ones and 1 just for kids. Plus, there are 4 restaurants. 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.

Evening entertainment programme

Live music and shows on selected nights.

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single room

Single room sleeps 1, with a bath or shower, minibar and safety deposit box at a charge. Cots are available.

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.

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Has potential to be much more

Recently returned from a week where the weather was gloriously hotter than expected! I feel that I would really like to give this hotel 3 1/2 stars as it was a bit disappointing overall. We have been in quite a few all-inclusive hotels and this was overall the least impressive over the meals and standard room facilities ( e.g. have never had to pay for a safe before there was no kettle,...). The good: It a lovely looking hotel and has great views of Fuerteventura, as many have mentioned, from the main parts of the hotel as well as many of the rooms. Lots of places to sit and have a drink outside, which was lovely and it felt very spacious. We especially enjoyed the hotel cats who were very friendly and seemed well looked after - quite a feature. I found the reception staff very helpful with a good command of English. Our standard rooms were very pleasant and we appreciated the view and the sound of the sea given that we hadn't paid for sea-views. We were on the bottom floor so the views in higher floors must have been very special indeed. We only used the main eating rooms and did find the meals less repetitive than other places ( a shame as we wanted to have the cheese packets again!) and we did enjoy the ice cream - never had "orange" flavour before, yum. Pools had lots of beds and lots or room ( could be the time of year we went of course). Free wifi around most of the hotel, pools and rooms. Often had to keep logging into it again but no time limit. The average Well most of it really. The food was fine but a bit bland. It was nice to see a vegetarian section but it was tiny! The entertainment was ordinary and the team didn't seem to whip up the enthusiasm that I have seen elsewhere ( but we were an older family - possibly very different for young families). The music that was played was surprisingly rather old - songs that I haven't heard in years. The not so good We didn't find some of the staff very helpful eg we asked at the bar where the theatre was - nobody understood us ( the Spanish for theatre is similar!), the waiter didn't understand when we asked for a knife, faces were pulled at us if we were in their way etc etc . Nothing terrible but different to our experiences in other places. It had too many areas of disrepair - broken floor tiles especially near the pools, broken toilet flushers etc We didn't find our air conditioning worked very well;my clock thermometer had the rooms at 24-27 degrees even having it on full blast all day and night. After 3 days of complaining we were eventually given a fan for each room which helped but it was an unnecessary hassle and took up too much of our short holiday. We left behind an e-reader on the last day - on the bed but covered by a sheet. Though we have contacted them straight away it wasn't found - I was shocked that it had disappeared so quickly. Overall it has the potential to be a great place to stay but as many people have stated before me there were places that needed repairing, the food, drinks/cocktails could all be improved. As mentioned by others - I have stayed in cheaper places that had rooms with kettles and teas/coffees, daily stocked room fridges, good air con, free safes, served drinks at the poolside, had great freshly made cocktails and champagne available for mealsstaff that made you feel welcome and had repairs taking place all the time. I could go on. Seems that they expect you to pay even more to have these facilities which is a shame. I know others have reported much more positively but many had paid extra for the Royal Elite service ( around £20 per person per night is a lot more to pay)More

Shelagh4, Herts


My husband and I have just returned from our second visit to this hotel this year, and it couldn't have been better! We went Royal Elite as before, which is well worth the extra charge, as the newly refurbished rooms are amazing! The food was as good as ever and the entertainment team are fantastic and put on some wonderful shows in the evening. There was something for everyone in all areas of the complex. Live music most nights at the Chill Out Bar, live music in the Green Room Bar, we even had Fireaters at The Sunday Party Night, brilliant! The new outdoor Jaccuzzi near the Adults Only pool is a lovely addition and very relaxing. We enjoyed eating in the new outdoor dining area and had some wonderful meals in the French Restaurant. The cleaning staff/maids are fantastic and extremely hard working they go out of their way to be friendly and nothing is too much trouble. The waiters are some of the best we have ever experienced so hard working and friendly but we feel some were outstanding and must mention them by name i.e. Alfonso, Luis, and Ana. Thank you for looking after us so well. We had the most wonderful holiday and will definitely be returning as soon as we can.More

Anne M, Sheffield

Great Beaches But Altogether A Bit Disappointing.

Traveled as a couple and had high hopes after reading the outstanding reviews on here. The Cons... I must say we felt very out of place as a young couple, the clientele appeared to be mostly OAP's with the odd family and children. The chill out terrace is gorgeous but sadly they only appear to have one CD that gets repeated morning afternoon and evening. The only other option was the green bar which quite frankly gave off an old musty working mans club vibe. Food was repetitive and really quite poor, i am a vegetarian but my girlfriend isn't and she was of a similar opinion. The Special once a week Mexican and Chinese were also pretty bad, standard buffet fair but with 1/10th the choice. I have stayed at much cheaper AI resorts and was simply shocked that all the cocktails are poured from a pre mixed bottle, very lazy. Could do with a few more bar staff on an evening. The Pros.. The scenery is stunning, the view from our room on C block was fantastic, seeing the sunset over by the cliffs and on most days had a great view over to Fuerteventura. Our Room was very spacious, bed surprisingly comfy and the maids did a great job cleaning every day. The papayago beaches (Though a bit of an adventure to get to, don't attempt the treck up the cliff in flip flops) Are terrific, golden sand and clear water with fish everywhere. Well worth picking up a cheap snorkel set from town. The town at Playa Blanca is a bit basic, but its really lovely walk along the sea front. Overall I feel a bit deflated, paid a lot more than i normally would on a beach holiday and expected so much more.More

Danny w,

Luxury in the sun

Fantastic hotel ! Rooms really good size, excellent facilities, cleaned every day, air con very welcoming on hot night's. Food and restaurant's exceptional ..... All staff were very helpful and happy every day, nothing was too much trouble. Pool areas were cleaned every night .....plenty of Sun beds any time of day ...... we really enjoyed our stay and will definitely be going back !More

Judi W, Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom

Average All Inclusive - Nothing Special

We went Royal Elite and were glad we did, as the difference in the spirits (gin in a gin and tonic) was really noticeable. The seperate breakfast room was also nicer than the main dining hall, although you had to wait several minutes for staff to serve your tea/coffe/juice.Alfonso was an excellent waiter, but most of the staff were ok and said "Hola" as you passed them. Entertainment was a low point - one "live" act/performer per night,but usually it was a pianist of a club type duo. The only outstanding act was a violinist one night, and the hotel obviously doesn't believe in spending on acts. The "theatre" is a joke - rather like a big room they didn't know what to do with, so a stage was stuck inside it. Surely a decently furnished area with comfortable chairs isn't beyond them? Food was pretty average, and the large numbers of guests trying to put food on plates did become a bit chaotic - you could tell quite easily that food from the previous day which hadn't been used, would become a soup the next day, and seafood paella with very little seafood is rather annoying - in fact, fresh prawns were only offered on one night during our week there. The desserts aren't really anything above what you'd see in motorway service stations, but there was always lots of fresh fruit. The Royal Elite room in block C had been re-furbed, but hanging height in the wardrobe was minimal, and there were hardly any drawers. The air-con is an absolute joke - it made lots of noise, but no way could it cool a bedroom, and as a result, we slept with the patio door open overnight. Shallow plastic basins were pretty much useless. You do get at least half a dozen english speaking tv channels though, including Russian news and French news in English. The hotel has wi-fi, but it was hopeless in the bedroom and we only found a good signal in the Royal Elite lounges. The rocky bay in front of the hotel isn't particularly condusive to sunbathing, and it was noticeable that lots of selfish guests (95% British) were reserving their beds at first light with towels, then buggering off for breakfast/morning walk, coming back when they wanted - really, the hotel should stop this, but I don't think they'll do so. If we hadn't gone Royal Elite, this hotel would have got 2 stars, but the quality of Royal Elite drinks helped pass the day. The public areas and toilets were kept very clean - we used the sauna and spa, and it was fine.More

Sheshe90, Halifax, United Kingdom

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Sandos Papagayo Beach Resort
Rated: 4.5 /5 based on 4300 customer reviews
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