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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Based on 3364 reviews

  • Official Rating
  • 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.

Hotel-run kids' club

For 4-12 years. 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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Really enjoyed our stay

Great choice for a family holiday. The food was plentiful and buffet constantly replenished. Great choice at the buffet plus Mexican, Italian, French and Chinese. I loved the attention to detail for example tequila shots after the Mexican meal! It was all very good quality and fresh. We moved rooms for a beach view for no cost and really loved waking up and looking straight onto the beach. Entertainment was fun and everyone was very helpful and friendly. It was my husbands birthday during our stay and the hotel sent a bottle of cava to the room. That was a lovely surprise!More

Philsa75, London, United Kingdom

A great hotel

We have just returned from a week's break at Sandos. Check in was quick, I have read on some reviews that the reception staff were unfriendly, this is definitely NOT the case, they were lovely. Our room was in block G, no pool view but a partial see view, it was cleaned every day, ok a bit dated but we were more than happy. The food at all meal times was excellent, I would say the best that I have ever tasted. All restaurant staff were very helpful. There was a snack bar open virtually 24 hours, where you could help yourself to light meals, drinks and cakes but be aware that no food or crockery is allowed poolside for health and safety reasons. The entertainment team were very energetic and there was lots going on for guests of all ages. The swimming pools were lovely but absolutely freezing, my son didn't mind but I think the older you get, the more you notice it, so it was a just a quick dip for me. I must mention Bari the barman who worked in the bar by the pool tables and gaming machines, he was a lovely chap who mixed our cocktails before dinner. The hotel itself is a bit out from Playa Blanca but there is a lovely supermarket and coffee shop at the bottom of the slight hill, to the left at the front of the hotel. There is a free shuttle bus to Playa Blanca as mentioned in previous reviews. The marina is a twenty minute walk away if you fancy a change of scenery. The small beach outside the hotel is rocky but better beaches are found to the left of the hotel. Overall, excellent hotel with a nice laid back atmosphere, meal times can be a bit hectic because I think some people have never seen food before. Would I recommend/return? Yes most definitely, so book and enjoy!More

lcevans, Pontypridd

Third visit -speaks for itself!

The facts:- - 5 pools, 3 large 2 children's - so many areas to sunbathe you have your own space and can always find a sunbed - right on the seafront - pebbly beach in front of the hotel, not safe for children to swim in but ok for adults - huge sandy beach to the side of the hotel, but a 10 minute trek but worth it for the safety of it and the snorkelling. - nice big rooms with big bathrooms - free wifi in public areas but not in the rooms - good food, can book in Oriental and Mexican restaurants - and the French but you have to pay for this one - good friendly service - big hotel but clean and well maintained - recommend the all inclusive plus option - Royal Elite - which provides you with separate restaurant for breakfast and separate lounges with self service bars. Plus extras such as kettle in the room, bottle of bubbly on arrival, - nice clean promenade walkway - can walk to Rubicon Marina 30-40 mins for twice weekly market,bars and restaurants and a further 15-20mins into the centre of Playa Blanca for the bigger shops - if walking is not for you there is a free courtesy bus into town - entertainment is there if you want it but the hotel is so big you can find quiet areas if you prefer - would definitely recommendMore

Christine8_12, Wigan, United Kingdom

Great hotel at a great price

I have took 14 relatives here three times and enjoyed it every time,proseco on arrival to get in the holiday mood,rooms are spacious and clean,beds are massive and very comfy,breakfast is good with plenty to choose from,I do take porridge for my son as he lives on it,,I have fried eggs omelet sausage (really nice for a change on holiday) and bacon, a few cups of coffee and a little fruit to make me feel less guilty 😬,three large pools,bar with piña colada slush (my fav) also cups of peanuts and olives, slush and ice cream for the kids, snack bar has burgers hot dogs pizza chips salad deserts to name just a few things,dinner has a lot to offer but I can't see past the fresh made pasta,with some garlic and chilli oil and with a few different choices of toppings like shellfish,meats and veg,,it is tremendous.loads of other things for dinner so you'll find something,the new chill out bar is great with a live performer most nights,not the tacky benidorm stuff,but sax players ect,really nice,the entertainment for the kids is always done well and the staff work hard,not a fan of the pool and sunbathing ? I hired a mountain bike and just out the front of hotel there is tracks to take you to beach or just up to the volcano,a few paths to follow,the peace and quiet is divine,just take a small rucksack with water sun cream and a snack as you'll want to just keep going.we are planning our next trip just now.enjoyMore

Andy F,

Can't wait to go back.....

We've just returned from a lovely week in the sun at the Sandos Papagayo. Having read recent reviews, good and bad, we went open minded but were definitely not disappointed and are already planning a return next year. We went Royal Elite which guarantees you a sea view and access to the new roof top Royal Elite bar which was a lovely place to go to chill & relax if you don't like the hustle bustle of the other bars. Our only negative was the fact that we had requested a high floor but hadn't anticipated there being a new roof-top terrace bar directly above our room (Block C) which meant a constant noise of chairs being moved well into the early hours of the morning (even though the entertainment officially shuts down at 11.30pm), coupled with a thudding noise from the speakers above. We could have requested another room but it really wasn't that much of a problem for us, however if you are travelling with young children who need their sleep and you have chosen Royal Elite, Block B seemed to be a lot quieter. Other than that, the holiday was fantastic. Yes the decor is quite dated throughout the hotel, but it is very traditional and everywhere is spotless. The staff are also very friendly and the food is excellent for an all-inclusive. There really is something for everyone here. If you like entertainment throughout the day the two top pools are ideal, although we preferred the quieter pool on the lower level. All in all this hotel was excellent value for money and we will definitely return next year.More

MrsC4444, Coventry, United Kingdom

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