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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  • 4Buildings
  • 7Floors
  • 488Rooms
  • 24Lifts

All Inclusive - Here's what you get

Food

Full Board buffet meals. 24-hour snacks. Dinner in the international buffet, pizzeria, Mexican or Oriental restaurants.

Drink

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.

Kids' club

Hotel-run kids' club for 4-12 year-olds 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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Excellent value. Recommended

Just returned from a weeks break. A good hotel that exceeded expectations. The establishment is exceptionally clean and staff were friendly. Having booked all inclusive the food can become boring but this was not the case! Excellent variety and changed constantly, three restaurants to choose from (another 2 available subject to an extra charge). I can highly recommend the Italian. food cooked freshly in front of you and the home made pizza's were a delight. Fully deserves 4 stars possibly would add a 1/2 star.More

TREVOR J, Epsom, United Kingdom

absolutely perfect for a relaxing and peaceful holiday

Just got back from the Sandos and had probably one of the holidays ever. Forget about the negative posts some people put up - they are (IMHO) being too fussy. Yes the dining room is large and noisy - but it's a large hotel and everyone has to be fed. We found the quieter adjoining Italian dining room more relaxing and you can take food between them no problems. Never seen so many sunbeds and most were available (weather not brilliant) although some idiots were "reserving" them but there are signs saying unoccupied loungers will have towels removed after 45 mins. We paid for the "Royal Elite" upgrade as it served premium drinks and a choice of 2 separate quiet lounges with comfy seating. Also you get a guaranteed seaview, bathrobes, slippers, stocked minibar, tea and coffee making facilities (replenished daily) and a bottle of Prosecco on arrival plus free used of the room safe. Both the Mexican and Oriental dining rooms need to be booked at least 24 hours in advance and were OK for a change from the main buffet which, in fairness do offer plenty of options (my wife has to have gluten free and managed OK). But with all large catering facilities they are trying to please visitors from many different countries so they do tend to air on the side safety and not put too many "spicy" dishes out. I've read others complain about some of the staff. We found everyone to be very friendly and happy to help and always cheerful. As with everywhere, if you are nice to them, they are nice to you. We were particularly impressed with maintenance as we had a couple of minor problems (blown bathroom light and safe batteries needing replacing). We reported each problem to reception as we left to go out at 10am and by our return at 1pm they were fixed - you can't ask for better than that. All in all a very pleasant experience and I would recommend it to anyone wanting a quiet relaxing break.More

jez1954, Knaresborough

Christmas 2014

We arrived on the 22nd Dec and stayed for 7 nights booked through Thomas Cook. After reading reviews on here that the hotel was the last drop off and could take up to an hour we arranged a taxi transfer from the airport, check in was quick but no welcome drink, and as most people have stated just a map and a vague drawing of where your room is situated so very confusing in such a large hotel. The room was lovely, we had booked a Junior Suite so we had the added benefit of the Royal Elite privileges, this in our eyes was the saving grace, breakfast was nice and peaceful away from the hustle and bustle of the main buffet restaurant, and the lounges and terrace where you could relax and help yourself to the drinks and nibbles was lovely. Cleanliness was 5 * and everyone was very friendly. What let this hotel down for us was the restaurants, not the food as such but the lack of service, it would have been nice to had had just one of the two that's included in the AI waiter service. Yes we did go to the French restaurant which you have to pay for, and I felt so sorry for the one poor waiter who had to do the job of three.you could clearly see he was getting flustered as he was serving a table of six who had ordered the chateaubriand ( so a lot of carving) and guests were waiting at the door to be seated, and we were waiting for our drinks order. The poor man didn't know if he was coming or going. I think this hotel was just to big and impersonal for us as a couple on our own, but can quite see how families or groups would enjoy it. Playa Blanca is a lovely place, and we enjoyed the walk to the Marina on most days, don't miss the weekly craft market, some lovely unusual products on sale.More

netty10, Halifax, United Kingdom

Fab hotel with cliff top and sea views

Sister and I just returned from a week at this hotel. Overall: Great location for stunning cliff top and sea views however a little out of the way if infirm/immobile. We are fortunate to be young and fit so enjoyed several walks onto the Marina (approx 15-20minutes) and further round to Playa Blanca (40mins to the harbour at the far side of Playa Blanca). Hotel: Excellent choice of food. We visited the Mexican and Oriental restaurant once which were nice but no better than the main or Italian restaurant. If you want to visit the Mexican/oriental restaurant they say book 24hrs before but we would suggest booking on arrival otherwise only late sittings (i.e. 9pm onwards) will be available. Packed lunches can be requested at reception for the next day if you are going to be out. The hotel is very clean with staff constantly working to maintain standards. Staff were very friendly and always happy to help. In fact we said on several occasions, you can have and do what you want at this hotel (obviously within reason) but staff really are happy to help and please. Other people have commented on the pre-mixed bottled cocktails. This is true and forms the entirety of the 8 strong cocktail menu. That being said we used a cocktail app to provide recipes of our favourite cocktails to bar staff and they were happy to mix them up for us. The pools and surrounding areas were beautiful. The one heated pool (Pool 2 – upper level. Pool nearest to the sea) was used by the brave. The Papagayo beaches (x3) are next door to the hotel and are absolutely beautiful with white clean sand and clear water. They are best accessed by turning right out the front of the hotel and taking the trodden path over the cliff tops. There are no facilities at all on the beaches so take a packed lunch. Trips: We booked the Discover Fire Mountain trip with Thomson/First Choice. This trip takes you up to the national park, to a winery and then down to Los Hervideros before heading back to the hotel. The day was 9 – appox 2pm. It cost 41 Euros. The travel agent also offered a trip to the sand dunes in Fuerteventura for 44 Euros. But tbh we did the trip independently for 23 Euros. We purchased our ferry tickets from Phil at Tourist Ticket at Playa Blanca Harbour (he informed us his wife runs the shop at the Marina) who was honest and reliable. The Armas ferry would normally be the boat of choice (approx 21 Euros) but is currently out of action for servicing but he advised the Fred Olsten ferry which cost 23 Euros if you travel on a Tuesday or Thursday (otherwise it’s 54 Euros). We walked the 6km along the Fuerteventura costal front to and from the sand dunes but you can get the No 6 bus from Fuerteventura harbour to the dunes for 2 Euros each way. The trip description through the rep included the words ‘shopping in Corralejo' but be warned it is absolutely tiny with only a handful of shops (many tourist shops) and bars. ** You need to take your passport if going across to Fuerteventura ** Other trips are offered by Phil through Low Cost Tours inc. the Fire Mountains and we would probably have booked this trip through them had we realised and not already booked with the tour operator. They were cheaper and but still seemed reliable. If you want to find fault with this hotel you will, but then you will with any other you visit. Go enjoy the stunning views and landscape and admire the hard work staff put into making your holiday enjoyable.More

HeathEngland, England

excellent

We have just returned from a week holiday & have nothing but praise for the hotel & especially staff. We upgraded & had a lovely room in C block on the top level & enjoyed fabulous sea views. The weather was mixed so we were glad of the Elite lounge to relax & enjoy a drink or coffee. We tried all the restaurants & enjoyed the oriental night & the Italian as they were less hustle & bustle. Food was plentiful & good, we particularly liked the snack bar adjacent to the pool as we never made lunch so it was good for a quick snack in the afternnon. The entertainment team are excellent & the shows were really enjoyable. There is a lovely walk to the marina & playa blanca with lots of places to stop & sit if necessary.We enjoyed the walk especially after the excellent breakfast & would say 20mins to the marina & the same again to playa blanca. All in all a lovely relaxing break & would def go back againMore

Beryl C, Manchester, United Kingdom

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