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Secrets Papagayo Resort & Spa

Costa Rica-Guanacaste Beach Region

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4 Nights with Air from $1,899 All-Inclusive
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4.5 out of 5
"To be honest, this is an older resort so don't expect flashy, shiny, State of the Art 'glitz' - but that is overrated anyway! This place was awesome! The food was outrageously delicious - no really..." – CSMnYM
94 out of 108 (87%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Great Views Mauvert was phenomenal! sand was soft Nature at its finest. small room View from the lobby The shrimp from Aqua restaueant tiny ocean view Private Plunge Pool Room view Sunset view Sunset Making it to the top of a hike. View from our bungalow terrace bungalow tropical view suite view from the top of the mountain Poolside View from Balcony
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January 10, 2020
Overall excellent but not what we paid for.

My husband and I purchased an all inclusive beverage included king bed ocean view package for the dates of December 19-26, 2019 which our reservation clearly stated. When we arrived at the resort there was no booking for us for those dates, as the resort had us arriving on December 16th and cancelled our reservation. We did get a room but it was very small, dark, and had queen beds, definitely not the description of the room we thought we were getting. The resort insisted that it was equivalent to what we were originally to be housed in and it was the best they could do. We could change rooms on the following Monday December 23 but it would be the same room but in a different unit. This made no sense! We did receive an email from a Julie who is a representative of Cheap Caribbean indicating that the Papagyo resort was sorry for the mistake and she hoped we were happy with the accommodations that the resort had provided. We responded that we were not happy with the accommodations and could she do something to improve our accommodations. We realize it was over the Christmas Holidays, but we are still waiting to hear back from Julie and it is the beginning of January. So in conclusion we can say that the resort was lovely, helpful staff, good food, and despite the accommodations we enjoyed. Not sure I would book through Cheap Caribbean again for any vacation package.

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Overall Rating: 4
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From: Las Vegas Nevada
Age: Over 65
Travel: 7+ trips/year

December 19, 2019

We truly loved our stay at this resort and would absolutely return! The resort was lovely and provided everything, to make our stay wonderful. The country is absolutely stunning and ridiculously clean! I frequent Chicago often and what a night and day difference. It’s refreshing to visit a country that takes pride in their ecosystems. Can’t wait to return after 2021 - when CR will hopefully be, plastic free! Pura Vida!

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Overall Rating: 5
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From: Green Bay, WI
Age: 35-44
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

December 18, 2019
Honeymoon, Costa Rica is the best

Trip: Nov 11-17. Weather was PERFECT. Rained at most for 10 minutes once a day. Two days it didn't rain at all. One day it rained for 1 minute. The resort was the nicest we have ever been to. Upon arrival they greet you with a nice lavender cold towel. Checking in was very easy. We got there about 1 pm and our room wouldn't be ready until 3pm but we were able to enjoy a cocktail and buffet until then. The room we got was a Tropical View Bungalow Suite. Each suite is two suites side by side but they are separated and we never ran into or could hear the people next to us. The "view" was fine, nothing special, and we didn't expect much since we didn't upgrade to get a view. The room was amazing. Great porch to sit out on, large shower with great water pressure, private toilet, large area to get ready, great pillows and sheets, little sitting area, large TV, two closets. They have a "private box" so you can have room service delivered without being disrupted. Service was 5/5 everywhere. Can't compliment them enough. Food was amazing. Buffet was open almost all day/night. Other than that they are lacking options for breakfast/dinner. Theres 5 places to eat. Two of them are only open for dinner (japanese and italian), and one of them is only open to preferred members for breakfast/lunch. We found that the Aqua restaurant by the spa was our favorite place to eat. There are two pool areas, the one by the spa is more quiet, no music, great to read and relax and you can order food and drinks right from you sun chair. The other pool area has more activities during the day like water polo, volleyball, swim up bar, etc. The resort offers tons of activities. Free kayaking/lessons, snorkeling/lessons, volleyball, corn hole, bingo, wine tasting, cooking lessons, sunset hike, blackjack... things are always available and everything was included. Drinks were premium and were wonderful. All adult was the way to go for the honeymoon. The pools closed at 7 so there wasn't a crazy wild nightlight and the resort was pretty quiet and romantic. Costa Rica itself is an amazing country and we cannot wait to return one day. Secrets was a great place for our vacation and we recommend it.

bungalow tropical view suite sand was soft
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From: Springfield, MO
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

November 28, 2019
25th Anniversary

Secrets Papagayo is by far the best Secrets we have visited. After taking my family there in early August my wife and I decided to go back for a second visit to celebrate our 25th wedding Anniversary only 3 months later. The staff is absolutely the best. You expect excellent service at any Secrets and the ones we have visited lack nothing but Papagayo was extra special. Before you leave you feel like you really know the staff and they know you. From the minute you arrive they make you feel very special until you depart. Their goal is to satisfy you and they went the extra mile both trips. The dining was awesome too. Several places to eat and different cuisine that would satisfy anyone's taste buds. The rooms were spacious and very comfortable and well kept. Maid service and turn down before night night everything is taken care of by the staff. We havent stopped talking about this one and might even be going back one day. We enjoyed it that much!!!

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From: Florida
Age: 55-64
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

Room Information

202 spacious suites with views of the gardens or the Gulf of Papagayo, plus a private furnished patio, spacious bathroom and shower, stocked mini-bar, coffee maker, iPod docking station, 24-hour room service, and a 48" Smart TV. ***All requests like location of the rooms, beds type, or rooms connecting or adjoining are not guarantee. All this kind of request will be depends of availability at check in time.

Room Details

Bungalow Suite Tropical View King Bed
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Bungalow Suite Tropical View Double Bed
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Standard Panoramic Ocean View
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Preferred Club Bungalow Suite Ocean View King Bed
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Preferred Club Bungalow Suite Ocean View Double Bed
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What's to Love

Slogging out of your transport and being welcomed with chilly towels and soul-soothing champagne.

As of June 2018 you can bring your furry friend along!

Strolling on the black, volcanic beach hugged by rolling mountains, lush foliage and the Pacific coast.

It's a tropical wonderland full of volcanoes and exotic wildlife. (Monkeys, toucans and the adorable coatis).

Chic suites in soft pastels boasting views of tropical gardens or the teal Gulf of Papagayo.

Bungalows with tropical views or views of the blessed blue.

Bonus: The Preferred Club Junior Suite has a plunge pool.

Secrets box for private room service delivery - you don't ever have to see a human if you don't want to.

Cozy bathrobes and slippers in every room along with an iPod docking station.

The Moon & Stars massage at the spa where you nosh on wine & passion fruit. (Ooo la la, this is the life).


What We'd Change

The beaches aren't white, soft sands, but what you do get is the most gorgeous black, volcanic sands. And, listening to sound of the water hit the black sands is so tranquil.

Why You Should Go

It's in the exclusive Gulf of Papagayo & only 20 minutes from the airport , enough time to catch your breathe and slide into vacay mode.

World-class golf is nearby - just ask the concierge.

If you're into lady luck, a casino is not too far away.

You're near Arenal Volcano Park, Santa Rosa National Park and Samara Beach. (So much to see!)

Okay water lovers, there's jet skiing, kayaking, snorkeling, surfing and deep-sea fishing. Boom.

If you're into big animals, you can go horseback riding and whale watching. Woot!

Try your hand (or other body parts) at cooking classes, Pilates or hit the fitness center.

You can upgrade to the Preferred Club, where you get upgraded rooms, access to the Preferred Club Lounge and much more. Sa-weet.

Available Amenities

  • Beach
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • Concierge Services
  • Jacuzzi
  • Laundry Services ($)
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Swimming Pool(s)
  • 4 Restaurants
  • 5 Bars/Lounges
  • Conference Facilities ($)
  • Room Service
  • Wireless Internet
  • Tour Desk
  • Alarm Clock/Radio
  • Watersports Center ($)
  • Fitness Center
  • Beach Towels
  • Loungers at Beach and Pool
  • Manager's Cocktail Party
  • Car Rental Available ($)
  • Gift Shop ($)
  • Pool/Beach Bar
  • Business Center

Nearby Excursions & Attractions

  • Beach
  • Casino(s)
  • Deep-Sea Fishing
  • Dive Shop(s)
  • Golf Course(s)
  • Hiking/Biking Trails
  • Horseback Riding
  • Jet Ski Rentals
  • Kayaking
  • Nature Park(s)
  • Scuba Diving
  • Surfing/Surfing Lessons
  • Volcano
  • Watersports Rentals
  • Whale-Watching

Map of Local Area

Costa Rica is an exhilarating land of luxuriant rainforests and mighty volcanoes, of natural hot springs and shimmering oceans, of colonial charm and captivating nightlife. The ultimate delight of Costa Rica is its people.

Secrets Papagayo Resort & Spa

10 Km North West from Panama Beach Main Entrance, Playa Arenilla


Hotel Description

Secrets Papagayo Resort and Spa: Noble Beach Prize Winner for Most SPAwesome Experience

Picture this: you are walking on an ebony beach (it's true - black, volcanic sands - how completely cool). You suddenly hear a noise from the jungle, then see two howler monkeys chasing each other into the abyss of the lush canopy. Back on the beach, the waves gently roll up on the shore and surround your ankles. Then you remember it's time for your Myoxy-Caviar Facial, but know you could stay in this peaceful spot all day. It's decisions like this that we all deserve to make.

And you can, too. Today.

Secrets Papagayo Resort & Spa has everything you have ever wanted in an all-inclusive getaway, and so very much more. There's a name for all this awesome - Unlimited-Luxury®. Here's a snapshot of what you get:

  • Unlimited gourmet a la carte dining - four gourmet restaurants (no reservations needed), plus a coffee bar for your requisite caffeine rush.
  • 24-hour room service - if you wake at 4:13 am and want something, you can get it.
  • Limitless international and domestic top-shelf spirits (applies to natural fruit juices and soft drinks, too. All you can drink).
  • Daily refreshed, complimentary mini-bar. You'll never be parched.
  • Nightly entertainment - weekly theme parties by the pool. Get ready!
  • Pool and beach wait service. (Chilled beverages at your beck and call).
  • No wristbands. (You're not at a sleepaway camp).
  • No gratuities, unless you are so moved.
  • Free Wi-Fi with Unlimited Connectivity - mobile app that lets you stay connected, that is, if you want to.

Get MORE perks from your getaway to Secrets Papagayo. Now through 2020, guests will get these additional perks exclusive to CheapCaribbean customers:

  • Complimentary in-room snacks
  • 25% spa discount
  • An in-room breakfast

Guests staying in upgraded room categories will receive the above perks, plus your choice of two luxury inclusions:

  • 1-day Bali bed rental
  • A beach bag gift
  • A professional photo
  • 50% off a romantic dinner

Please note, not all reservations qualify for the above VIP inclusions & added values. Read all conditions here to see if you're eligible.


There are four delish nosh spots: international, a grill with seafood and Caribbean favorites, Pan-Asian fusion, gourmet Italian and of course, Coco Cafe for your morning kick start. At one stellar restaurant, you can dine 24-hours a day. Check with the front desk to see where you can grub day and night. Woot.

Market Cafe
Type: International
Hours: Breakfast- daily, 6:30am-11am; Lunch- daily, noon-3pm; Dinner- daily, 6pm-10pm
Description: Buffet style dining with theme stations and a show cooking experience.
Dress code: Casual

Seaside Grill
Seafood & Caribbean Favorites
Hours: Breakfast - daily, 8:30am-11am; lunch - daily, noon-3pm; dinner - daily, 6pm-10pm.
Description: Located poolside with gorgeous ocean views, serving light lunch specialties and grilled specialties for dinner. Breakfast and lunch exclusive for Preferred Club guests.

Type: Pan-Asian Fusion
Hours: Dinner - 6:30pm-10pm
Description: Specializing in a fusion of Pan-Asian cuisine, served a la carte.
Dress code: Casual elegance: Long pants are required for inside the restaurant. Sneakers/tennis shoes or dress sandals, dress shirts with short sleeves or collared shirts. No sleeveless shirts or flip-flops.

Type: Italian
Hours: Dinner - 6pm-10pm
Description: Delectable Italian cuisine. The wine cellar is available for private dining (additional cost).
Dress code: Formal: Sneakers/tennis shoes or dress sandals, dress shirts with short sleeves or collared shirts. No sleeveless shirts or flip-flops. Long pants required for men.

Coco Cafe
Type: Coffee Bar
Hours: Daily - 6am-10pm
Description: Premium coffee and deli snacks served in a casual and relaxed environment.
Dress code: Casual

Type: Healthy cuisine
Hours: Breakfast- daily, 8:30am-11am; Lunch- daily, noon-4pm; Dinner- daily, 6pm-9:30pm
Description: Healthy cuisines served throughout the day.
Dress code: Casual

All hours subject to change.


So you like cocktails, do you? You're in luck. There are five uber chic places to get your drink on: lobby, swim-up, wet bar, pool and oh yes, the spa. Yes, you deserve this.

Lobby Bar. Daily - 9am-5pm.

Swim-up bar. Daily - 9am-6pm.

Beach & Pool Bar. Daily - 9am-11pm.

Sugar Reef
Beach & Pool Bar. Daily - 10am-1am.

Spa Bar. Daily - 10am-9:30pm.


This heavenly beach haven sits on a black, volcanic sand beach hugged by a tropical jungle in the exclusive Gulf of Papagayo. There are also two delicious pools you can dive into. Or just sit by and look pretty.


The resort offers 2 pools, with loungers, towels and bar service.



  • Water aerobics
  • Non-motorized water sports

Available for an additional charge:

  • Jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Fishing


  • Pilates
  • Fitness center
  • Cooking classes
  • Hiking
  • Beach walks

Golf is available at Peninsula Papagayo Golf Course, and 18-hole, par 72 championship course designed by Arnold Palmer. The golf course is approximately 30 minutes from the resort.


Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the resort.


Secrets Spa by Pevonia offers full pampering daily from 8:30am-6:30pm.
  • Facials
  • Massages
  • Body treatments
  • Manicures & Pedicures
  • Beauty salon


Secrets Papagayo Resort & Spa offers a variety of wedding and honeymoon packages and services. Please contact the resort directly for more information.


Secrets Papagayo is an adults only resort.


For a $65 fee at all Secrets Brand resorts, you can now bring your furry friend who is under 22lbs (10kg.) along for your beach vacation!

Included in the fee: dog bed, food and water bowls, dog toys, waste bags, dog towel and a "dog-in-room" door hanger to let those around you know your furry friend is in tow!

Additional dog amenities available for a fee.

Additional restrictions apply.


Secrets Papagayo is 20 minutes from Liberia Airport.

Check-in: 3pm Check-out: noon
A valid credit card may be required upon check-in for possible incidentals not included in your hotel reservation.

Minimum Stay
A 4-night minimum stay is required when booking a Sale room for travel Feb 17-July 31, 2017.

A 4-night minimum stay is required every year for arrivals Dec 26-31.

Resort Update
Please note, Secrets Papagayo has advised that they are currently performing upgrades to some of their rooms that are currently out of service. We've been assured that these works are not affecting any of the hotel services or facilities and will be completed in February 2019.

All hours, fees, amenities, information and services are subject to change without notice.
Note: The use of drones or artifacts that fly or float in or on the premises of AMResorts hotels is strictly forbidden, except for those that have written authorization from the General Management of the hotel

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