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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twin room with balcony or terrace

These bright twin rooms are simply furnished with all your holiday needs in mind. With room for up to 4, you’ll find a double sofa- bed in the bedroom. There’s a balcony or terrace for that bit of extra space outside. You’ll also have a TV and minibar*.

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Honeymoon 2016

Stayed here in July 2016. We arrived on my birthday which was two days after we god married and, when we reached our room we had a bottle of prosecco in a bucket of ice with a very nice note wishing me a Happy Birthday and one to wish us a very good honeymoon. The reception staff were very friendly and helpful from our arrival to departure. We had upgraded to Royal Elite which I would highly recommend. Seems a lot of money on top of the holiday costs but is very well worth it. The restaurant staff were very attentive, friendly and couldn't do enough for you. Breakfast was probably one of the best I have ever had outside of the UK. Freshly squeezed orange juice, good coffee, "proper" Engligh sausages and eggs cooked any way you like while you wait. There was a vast array of continental type breakfast foods too. Dinner always included two types of soup, a good selection of salads, pasta cooked to order, pizzas etc and always a carved meat (never seen a joint of beef so large). The pool areas were very pleasant and although we did not see any of the entertainment, it always seemed to go down very well. If people were putting towels onto sun loungers and leaving them, the poolside staff would leave a polite note and would then remove towels of persistant offenders The Elite lounges were very well stock with a huge amount of internationally branded drinks, soft drinks and coffee machine and there were always snacks available. We stayed out talking a couple of nights/early mornings and it was nice to be able to have a coffee/glass of wine etc and a snack if we wanted to. The Royal Elite rooms were very very good. Very light and modern with lots of storage, robes and slippers, beds turned down every night with a chocolate on the pillows. The mini-bar had soft drinks, beer and water and were re-stock with water daily, Excellent housekeeping services. All members of staff were very friendly and I will not hesitate to return to this hotel.. Great value for money and definitely worth four stars, maybe bordering on 5! The hotel is situated in a quieter part of the resort but there was a free shuttle bus to the town/beach but it only costs less than 5 euro for a taxi which reception will book... Lovely walk on the promenade to the MarinaMore

Kerry D, 528795

A very good all inclusive hotel

Have stayed at this hotel 6 times over a number of years and it is improving all the time they now have an outdoor eating area fusion restaurant and a new adults only pool. It is a lovely hotel with great staff and a lovely walk into the marina More

mags408, 186605

Fab hotel

Just home from a great holiday in this fantastic resort. We went with the Royal elite package and it was so worth it. The restaraunt is much quiter and more relaxing. There are two private bars for royal elite residents. The food was great, staff were just excellent and so friendly. The room was spotless and great entertainment each night. The only downfall is the wifi which is really poor. This badly needs to be sorted out. We will be back next year for sure 😃More

Laura R,

Beautiful resort for all the family.

We arrived at the resort very late but the staff were friendly and helpful. The only Issue we had that for anything to eat or drink at that time the choice was limited to a snack area where there as really only some toast. Before we go any further, AVOID the top floor of block C. I thought i'd won a watch when i got the top floor only to learn that there is an area on the roof where people sit and drink until the small hours. Every night the staff move the tables and chairs and then every morning they are reset. this is VERY noisy and kept us up. Royal Elite. Don't bother unless you have your heart set on a sea view. The 'perks' are nothing really to shout about. There is a Royal Elite lounge and terrace area but they are soulless. Very quiet, noone there but you do have access to better quality booze. The rooms are clean and well equipped but be prepared for some ants. Nothing we couldn't handle though and when i called the hotel about them they sent someone straight away to spray the room. The food is good, one think i will say about royal elite is that the table service form breakfast and dinner is great and it's a much better environment than the standard eating areas. The food is mostly the same throughout though and can get very repetitive. The entertainment is great and well thought out by the animation team but be aware that the area they use to show this is disgustingly warm. It cannot cost much to put a few fans in and move the air at least. Overall a great place to stay and will probably return.More

David A, 186534

Relaxing Delight

Family of 4, kids aged 7 & 4, stayed for 7 nights in a standard room in block G in July 16. There are very few places I go which I would say I wanted to return the next year, and I'm happy to say this is one of them. Like most other reviews there are positives and negatives, but we took the attitude that we will make the best of OUR holiday and enjoy it. Positives Large resort and never overcrowded Many places to eat and drink in the resort Lots of pool space with adults only pool separate from the hustle & bustle of the main areas. All pools also not too deep (chest height) Animation team - credit to the hotel and unobtrusive. Activities from 10am through to 11pm Staff - always helpful with smiles to greet. Especially the bar staff Ground staff - Always out round checking areas and making repairs on a daily basis Quiet location Self service snack bar Room size - standard room huge Mexican & Chinese are great Negatives Not much around outside of the hotel - shopping centre of sorts 10 mins out to the left Shops in the hotel - limited for the likes of snacks (choc, crisps & pop), fine for inflatables and nick naks Beach area - secluded but not suitable for paddling for the kids due to the rocks Papagayo beaches - bit of a hike and no facilities there. Much better sand though. Hotel could capitalize and do shuttles there 11pm bar closing - understand staff need to go home but 12 or 12:30 should be the norm. The snack bar is open beyond that so you can self serve but limited options (no spirits) Breezy - can lift a few parasols if not careful Overall an excellent holiday, place and great people and would love to go backMore

Steve S, 186394

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