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

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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Well what can I say we stayed here in September 2014 and have just booked to go back in June 2016. This is a fabulous hotel from every aspect - food, in every restaurant was hot cooked to perfection and variety in the main restaurant was excellent, service brilliant nothing was any trouble. Cleanliness rooms cleaned to a high standard every day, all areas very clean. Pools loads to choose from very clean, entertainment was especially good, spa to relax in. All Staff were friendly, helpful and the service was second to none. The hotel is situated at the end off Papagayo so is in a quiet location but loads to do and only 5 Euro to playa Blanca which is also very clean and fresh. If there was a downside the only one I would say is the beach, if they imported some sand it would just be the icing on the cake although if you take a left outside the hotel over the hill there is a lovely beach but with no amenities. I dare say in the years to come this will get built on. Roll on June 2016 enjoy.More

LindaT1808, Leeds, United Kingdom

Sandos Papagayo

A very good quality hotel which I would recommend for both couples and families. The room we stayed in was well placed and nicely kept. Our room had a double made up of two singles pushed together which sometimes slipped apart in the night due to having no friction on the floor, this was only a mild inconvenience and the very good air con more than made up for this when it came to siestas or a good quality of sleep during the night. The hotels cleanliness was without fault and regular cleaning of facilities and your room was up to a good standard. The food is of a good quality, with more than enough choices with the multiple restaurants inside the hotel as well as the main buffet style canteen to keep things interesting over a weeks stay. The town near by has many good restaurants that you can reach via shuttle bus and back via a cheap taxi on the way back. I particularly recommend La Romantica in playa blanca. Beneath the hotel is a stone beach, but a 15 minute walk away is a gorgeous sandy beach which has plenty of space from more overcrowded and small beaches in the local towns. There is a nice separation of family and adult areas where you can get a little quiet if you are after a nice read by the pool or more boisterous activities like water polo or others that the hotel run throughout the day. The resort has a "no reservation" policy on sunbeds which can be a little awkward when people ignore that and subsequently have their towels kicked off loungers and the places taken. The entertainment offered is an animation team in the evening as well as the live music options provide nice ideas to keep a healthy seperation of family and couples to ensure there is a little something for everyone if you fancy a quiet night in the resort rather than on the town.More

Orosan, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Our best family holiday by far

We have just returned from 9 night break at Sandos, reluctantly! We have 3 children 7, 8 and 11. They have had the most fantastic time and so,this makes for a good holiday for us. The staff are amazing. They are all friendly and work VERY hard. We thought the entertainment team were amazing with a special mention of Jaun and Naomi my kids favourite entertainers. They all give 100% in all they activities and the night entertainment was VERY very good. We will rock you and sole night were by far the most entertaining evenings. Shame the lady sole singer didn't come again for us during our stay she was amazing and the ambience on the roof terrace bar made the event. The food was good. A little canteeny but not a massive issue. Pools were clean. More umbrellas would be good and sticking to the rule of "no reserving" also would make for a more relaxed approach to finding a sun bed. Only minor issues and not putting us off booking again for next year. We don't normal return to same hotel but this one really did tick most boxes for us. Thank you to all the staff at Sandos for working so hard for us all to have such an amazing break. We are missing our cold beer and peanuts already!!More

Kate L, West Sussex, United Kingdom

Lovely holiday to Sandos Papagayo

Very nice and clean hotel. Food is very good, entertainment not brilliant mostly done by the animation team miming as they usually do. I stayed in a semi-adapted room being in a wheelchair, we knew it did not have a walk in shower but got a bath at home but their bath is awkward to get in and out of as there is a big ledge around the bath. There is plenty of room to change to a walk in shower so if you cannot use a bath then do not go there. Also not one mirror at wheelchair height which could be done easy so have to make do with a round shaving mirror which they lent me. Ramps everywhere so very accessible round the hotel and did not have to queue to lifts or food even though it was full. Nice walk to the marina, we use to get an accessible taxi to Playa Blanca town center and then walk back along the promenade past a couple of nice beaches and marina, took about 45 minutes for both of them and 25 minutes just to marina.More

Debbie12204, Petersfield, United Kingdom

A great holiday for the family

We stayed here in early August for two weeks with our friends and four children between us. Our first impression of the hotel was good; this was definitely the nicest hotel we had stopped at on the way from the airport. The location of the hotel is good and I liked the peace of being a little walk from the town. The pebble beach by the hotel is lovely to see lots of fish and there is a beautiful sandy beach fifteen minutes walk away. We chose the Royal Elite option and it was well worth the extra money.The rooms are well decorated, clean and adequate in size. The Royal Elite bar was a lovely benefit and one of the two highlights of our trip. We also had breakfast in a separate restaurant that was quieter than the main restaurant. The other highlight was the Animation Team. They are very professional and work so hard! The two eldest children really enjoyed the fun of being pushed in the pool, the games and the dances, but the two youngest girls built up such good friendships with them that they still talk of them two weeks on. My daughter, Millie, was especially fond of Juan, Nadil, Simone and Naomi. The evening shows were good fun; especially the 'spooky' show and Queen show. The catchy team dance is still being done in our house! The 'White Party' in the bar overlooking the sea is a highlight too. Our daughter especially enjoyed the dance competition with Juan!! The singer was lovely and entertainment was also provided by the team, especially walking on glass and fire eating - a talented group! They certainly made the holiday for the children, so much that I have even queried whether my daughter could be sent a birthday card by the Animation team in September, (but with no response from the hotel team as yet, they may be too busy to respond.) One small negative was the lack of sun parasols sometimes around the main pool, but the pool attendants helped to find more when we enquired. Our daughter did hurt her finger by the pool in the first week, but the first aiders dealt with it professionally. This was a very small injury, but by that evening we had a message to contact to the assistant manager the next morning. Natalie (Assistant Manager) not only checked on her well-being, but also gave my daughter a baseball cap for being so brave. Great care was shown - very impressive! Wi-fi was good in the lobby and other spots, but not great in the rooms. We didn't mind this as it wasn't essential for us. If you are looking for a good trip, my husband and son enjoyed a morning visit to the volcano and a camel ride. They would certainly recommend this trip to adults and older children.The older children also liked the kayaking excursion that a local firm operates from the beach below the hotel. Both families were sad to leave and if we got the opportunity to return, we would go back. We would recommend it to families as good entertainment and fun.More

679Katherine2015, South Wales, United Kingdom

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Sandos Papagayo Beach Resort
Rated: 4.5 /5 based on 4190 customer reviews
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