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 with balcony or terrace

These single rooms are designed with fresh and neutral tones. There’s a balcony or terrace for that bit of extra space outside. You’ll also have a TV and minibar*. Air-conditioning is available from May to October.

superior twin room with balcony or terrace

These superior twin rooms can sleep up to 4 people with a twin bedroom and an extra bed in the bedroom that's suitable for 2 children. There's air-conditioning provided if you'd like to keep your room cool - plus you'll also have space outside as there's a balcony or terrace.

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Absolutely brilliant!

Me and my partner stayed here for 10 days ib May 2016, and we both agreed that it was amazing and we would recommend it to anyone! The hotel is great, 3 pools (one adults only), an outdoor jacuzzi, a spa (which you could use for free without being royal elite), 4 different restaurants (Italian, international, Mexican, oriental), and the rooms are cleaned daily without fail. The location was great too, located on one beach, and another 2 big beaches within walking distance. There's also a marina and shops close by and just a bit further on from that there's another town where they do various boat trips (we did one to Fuerteventura for only £21 each return!) Over all, neither me nor my partner could fault the hotel. The only thing we woukd say is that it really isnt worth paying more to be 'royal elite' as you get pretty much the same things as standard anyway. We had a brilliant holiday and would deifutely return without a doubt! More

EllieMajor97, 186331

Week away

Went elite. Rooms great with brilliant views of the sea. Rooms cleaned to a very high standard. Tea, coffee sugar etc replenished every day as you would expect. Good facilities but very spread out due to the size of the hotel. Food varied and to a high standard not always hot though. Best point of resort is the bar where children aren't allowed. The worst point is the appalling wi-fi. Only really available in one location.More

Gary551767, 551767

What a wonderful Hotel

Just back from a fantastic holiday here we went Royal Elite and it was well worth the extra the new Royal Elite restaurant opened while we were there the service and food second to none very clean rooms and a great sea view and gorgeous beaches just a short stroll away already planning to return in 2017More

Keith H, 504009

Second visit

We first visited Sandos in Nov 2015. We had a few issues with our newly refurbished room (water coming in from room above) but other than that we had a great holiday. On both occasions we have stayed Royal Elite. So in way of compensation for our room ending up like a scene from Titanic on our last trip the very nice manager gave my husband and i a free massage each in the spa. The massage itself was lovely. The spa needs updating. So coming back in May after our first trip here in November there has been a few changes. Royal Elite now it's own restaurant for breakfast and evening meal. Previously it used the french restaurant for RE breakfast and there was a separate area for adult diners only. In the new restaurant they have done away with this. I work with children in my job and purposely come away as a break. But there was no escape. The RE restaurant offers no area for adult only diners to eat. (I think this is a mistake) the fits at Sandos is very good, put everyday is the same. .. There is an adults only pool but with no one policing this, many times families ignored the signs and sat around the pool. The entertainment that we had enjoyed in November in the plaza we never got to see as again the peace was overran by very young children who's parents seemed to have abandoned them in favour of the all inclusive! Our only escape was the quiet RE vip lounge (the terrace lounge now allows children but has nothing for them to do) so every evening we would go here. The Royal Elite rooms are newly refurbished. However, the terrace tiles were all wobbly, the bannister to the balcony was extremely loose with paint chipping off it everytime it was touched! Some time and effort needs to be spent ensuring the standards are good in these rooms as people are paying a good bit more for this upgrade! I feel the hotel has lost its identity and is trying to be too many things to too many different people. There are loads of great family hotels and I feel it's strength would be to concentrate on becoming a really good adult only hotel. Loose the mini club and turn that into another lounge. Sadly we doubt we will return again. More

Donna B,

good food

On arrival reception staff very good and an impressive area.went to room in h block,semi adapted room for my wife who is disabled.very disappointed with the view from room 1003,a brick wall with coloured pipes running along it then topped with a builders fence. Two days into our holiday renovations started taking place very loud banging and a large truck parked outside our patio.Surely we should have been notified of this also the travel agencys.We changed rooms to e block,lovely view but the room was not adapted which made it quite difficult for my wife.The facilities were very good,plenty of sunbeds and an adult only pool very good.Could not fault the food it was excellent drinks also good. Some of the staff were lovely and friendly,others did not acknowledge you at all .No tea and coffee making facilities in room unless you upgraded,surely a 4 star hotel should have this facility with water,it is all inclusive?Same about all the noise it did spoil it.More

Val W,

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