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Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica

Playa Arenilla Costa Rica
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 07/02/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#5 of 18 hotels in Gulf of Papagayo
2020 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
Set in the exuberant Arenilla Beach, Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica will offer adults a stunning Unlimited-Luxury(R) getaway in Costa Rica's Gulf of Papagayo. The secure community around Secrets Papagayo provides striking views of native flora and fauna and miles of unspoiled Pacific Coast beach. This all-suite resort boasts 202 spacious suites, each with a private balcony or terrace as well as a superb Unlimited-Luxury(R) experience starting with 24-hour room service, a daily refreshed mini-bar and more. The Preferred Club will provide an enhanced level of luxury with 65 ocean view suites and additional privileges including access to a private lounge, upgraded bath amenities and mini-bar, concierge service, pillow menu and much more. Guests will enjoy limitless gourmet cuisine, without reservations, at four restaurants and one café in addition to five bars that will serve unlimited top-shelf spirits. Days and nights are filled with land, beach and water activities and live entertainment. Two pools and a pristine beach await. Rejuvenation reigns supreme at the Secrets Spa by Pevonia(R), offering massage, body and facial treatments in 13 treatment rooms and a full-service beauty salon. Follow up this rejuvenation at the fully equipped fitness center or by taking part in one of many daily and nighttime activities. Just 20 minutes from the Liberia Airport and a mere 15 minutes from the touristic town of Coco Beach, Secrets Papagayo offers guests a privileged location both within the resort and throughout the area for an ideal Unlimited-Luxury(R) getaway on the Pacific Coast. We’re committed to redefining your travel journey with our best-in-class CleanComplete Verification™ practices. While health and safety have always been our top priorities, these new protocols further elevate our standards of quality and cleanliness, enabling you to vacation at any AMResorts® property with the ultimate peace of mind. Our 360-degree quality, safety and hygiene system takes into account every aspect of resort operations, backed by the highest-level third-party certification. We will be evolving and innovating our procedures continuously and will share the newest developments as they are implemented. Our protocols begin the moment you start planning a vacation to the time you return home! To learn more about our quality, safety and hygiene practices, please search for AMResorts CleanComplete Verification™ in your favorite browser.
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Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
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Adult pool
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Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Swimup bar
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Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
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Foot massage
Full body massage
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Adults only
Non-smoking hotel
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Angela D wrote a review Nov 22
6 contributions2 helpful votes
The resort is located on the bay (not oceanfront) so the water was quite still. The sand is beige mixed with black volcano sand. Our rooms were little duplex bungalows built into the hillside. It was difficult to get to the beach from the spa area where our room was because there is a muddy section you have to walk through to get to the compacted sand. To get to the main area of the resort where the restaurants and main pool area you can walk the beach for about 2 minutes if you can get through the muddy area to get to the beach. Transportation can be called to take you wherever you want to go. The food overall was super good with only a few dishes that I did not care for (pizza and black soup). Our room was like having your own little house in the hills and the views were pretty good. What makes this place fabulous is the staff. Everyone was so friendly and helpful and genuinely happy to be there. I met a tour guide on the beach named Herson Segura (Spanglish Tours) and he took us on a full day experience that was the highlight of our trip.
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Date of stay: November 2020
Brandon B wrote a review Nov 19
Sasakwa, Oklahoma1 contribution
We own a business and like everyone have been stressed beyond belief. Needless to say, were really looking forward to this trip. I also want to point out that the country is absolutely beautiful this time of year and everyone we met at the resort were mostly wonderful. However, from the time we arrived, nobody at this resort is on the same page. I'm not sure if its from being shut down and having to ramp back up or what but it was extremely frustrating. They pulled our luggage off the van and explained that they were going to sanitize them while we went to "orientation" and told us to go to the other side of the front cabana and wait. We went there and someone said no go over there. we did this 4 or 5 times until I said were going to get a drink. The so called orientation turned into a 3-4 day ordeal trying to sell us a $25,000-$120,000 vacation package with their resorts. I said not today, were ready to relax. They then took us to our room and put us in the wrong one. When I booked I made sure and called to make sure i was getting the room with the private pool overlooking the water that is on their website. NOPE, bait and switch! They put us in a room with a tiny pool with no view but someone's roof right in front of us nowhere near the water. I had to be rude to get them to move us. They somehow found a room with an ocean view just a short distance from us with a nicer pool but was still not the room I paid for. We took it so I wouldn't ruin my wifes time by griping at them. That night we ended up at the seaside grill since we now wouldn't have time to get ready for one of the more formal restaurants. The food wasn't the greatest for us and ended up going to our rooms frustrated and hungry after out evening. That night the AC leaked all in the floor as well. The 1st morning we got up to put our valuables in our safe and it wouldnt work. I called the front desk to see if someone could walk me through it and it turned into a huge deal again! They ended up bringing a new safe and installing? So, we just carried everything with us in a bag all day. From there we went to meet with them, during breakfast, and listen to the sales pitch on the vacation package. I got very frustrated again because they wouldn't let us eat breakfast until we listened to the sales pitch. I finally told them to get us some food or were leaving. They brought in a lady named Caroline that was very nice and engaging, to seal the deal. They threw in free spas, dinner, and came way down on the price of the package. After 3 hours we had enough and said we would have to think about it just to get out of the deal. They needed an immediate answer and we explained that that's not happening. That day we were asked 3 or 4 times if we were buying it by other employees. Turns out they all make a commission on the sale. That night we decided to go to the Hibachi grill. I had on a nice collared button up and pressed dress shorts and the wife in a beautiful dress. We weren't allowed in the building because I had shorts on. I explained that during orientation they told us collared shirts were the only dress code. They refused and said go to the Italian they will let you. We went there and weren't allowed in either. So, they sat us out on the patio and we made the best of it. While we were eating i witnessed at least 3 couples walk in with the women wearing sports bras with their ass cheeks hanging out of their shorts go in, but I have to wear long pants??? We get back to the room and the AC was still leaking after they said they fixed it and they didn't bring any towels or restock the beer or water in the fridge. The next day we went to breakfast and were supposed to get with Caroline with an answer on buying the vacation package. We told them we would be inside the restaurant eating. Nobody showed up and we actually had a nice quiet breakfast. We sat in the chairs by the pool that day and met some of the other people staying. Within 2 hours I had met 3 couples that were put in a room different than what they booked and was told about the same packages that we were being told were $40,000 were sold to them for $5000-25,000. We ended up having a great day lounging by the pool and enjoyed the wide variety of drinks available. This was our anniversary day and I had planned ahead a private dinner on the ocean for just my wife and I. When we got to the restaurants , there was no ocean front dinner but a swimming pool front dinner. Again, I was frustrated. The manager of the restaurants, Louis, came out at this time. They ended up putting us in a small gazebo overlooking the pool and ended up being very nice. Louis made sure everything was perfect for us for dinner from that point on until we left. We got to the room that night, yep, air conditioner still leaking all over the floor. The next day we had an all day fishing trip booked with Sea Star, which was an offsite charter company. This was one of the best days we had, off of the resort! That night enjoyed Italian and Louis made sure it was fantastic for us. We went down for breakfast the next morning and lounged by the pool afterwards. I had several people coming to me asking if I was going to buy the package again. We finally went to Caroline and said no thanks, not right now, there's just too much negative and going wrong at the resort and that we came to relax not get harassed about spending $40,000. We went to the spa later and i will say that the spa is absolutely amazing, was the highlight of the resort. we ended up going back the next day and doing the outside spa treatment and was very relaxing and very needed after all the frustrations. The day of checkout we went down for breakfast and were asked 2 more times if we could think about buying into the package again and that they have had a rough year. I had to explain to them that we have all had a rough year, sorry, no! When I checked out the concierge said what time would you like to be picked up at the room to go to the airport since I paid for private transportation. I said how's 12 and was told that they would pick us up at the room. I went back down to say bye to some friends we had met and to tell my wife we had to go pack our bags and someone came from the front desk and said the airport shuttle was waiting on us and was leaving in 5 min.. After throwing another fit, they said no problem, he can wait on you 20 minutes. We go to the room and I tell the guy to give us 10-15 min and we will be ready. I sat my bags outside the door then the phone rang and the front desk called me griping saying the guy is waiting outside our room and needs to leave. I hung up on him and loaded up and got us out of this resort. I've been to some very cheap all inclusives in Cozumel and other places and had better service without being harassed than this place. The only reason i gave 2 stars is because we loved some of the employees and feel bad that they are stuck at a place i am giving a bad review to. The beach isn't the greatest in front of the resort for swimming or walking in the water, but is pretty. The resort is older but is updated and very well groomed. If you have trouble walking or climbing stairs, this is absolutely not the resort for you. We are almost 50 but athletic and love to exercise so we liked that we had a steep walk every day instead of waiting on transportation to go everywhere like some of the guests had to do. There are ALOT of other resort options in Costa Rica and if you are looking for a hassle free relaxing environment, this is definitely not the resort for you either.
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Date of stay: November 2020
Response from Shirley Esquivel, Otro at Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica
Responded yesterday
Dear 723brandonb Greetings from Secrets Papagayo and beautiful Costa Rica! Thanks a lot for your feedback really appreciated and it is incredibly useful. It makes us sad that we might have disturb you in any way, already share your review with our colleagues at our vacation club UVC, on their behalf and again accept our sincere apology. Very happy that other than this you enjoy our friendly and caring team, on their behalf a big thank you, very grateful for your visit and again really appreciate your valuable feedback, hopefully we can all continue to learn and improve from it. Have a beautiful day, warm regards
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Rose M wrote a review Nov 16
Charlotte, North Carolina7 contributions8 helpful votes
My girlfriend and I had the best time at secrets pappagayo. The staff was so friendly. The rooms and services were excellent. So clean and safe. You can feel safe and comfortable. The views are amazing
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from Shirley Esquivel, Otro at Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica
Responded 6 days ago
Dear RoseM336 Greetings from Secrets Papagayo! It means so much to all of us to know you had a wonderful, clean and safe holiday, that's our daily goal and the best compliment we could receive. On behalf of our whole team, thanks a lot, counting on a sooner than later return visit, please let us know if we can be of assistance. Pura Vida
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VicLS wrote a review Nov 12
Littleton, Colorado20 contributions9 helpful votes
Our stay occurred when Secrets had just reopened for a week. Occupancy was 10-20% and the staff was just starting to return to their jobs. The staff who were there were friendly and helpful. Service was topnotch! The property is a bit older but the rooms were renovated. Cabins are built on hills but we walked a few days when it was not raining. The shuttle van was convenient when we did not feel ilke walking.
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Date of stay: November 2020
Sleep Quality
Response from Shirley Esquivel, Otro at Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Greetings from Secrets Papagayo and beautiful Costa Rica, it was a pleasure to welcome you at our Secrets Resort and very happy to know you'v enjoyed much this visit. Thanks a lot for taking the time to share your comments with of us,looking forward to welcome you back in the future. . Warm regards,
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Felix H wrote a review Nov 12
New Jersey1 contribution1 helpful vote
We are experiencing crazy times and if you are like us, traveling was something that seemed taboo. I am happy to say, I have a different view of it now. We travel on average 3 times a year and I have yet to experience anything like this. The precautions that are taken are above and beyond. They are operating with an abundance of caution. Noticeably all public surfaces such as the front desk, restaurant counters, and dining tables are cleaned multiple times throughout the day. Public touchpoints, such as handrails, railings, elevators buttons, door handles, and knobs, are also cleaned frequently throughout the day along with activities center areas and surfaces. With that said, we could not have picked a better place to try to make 2020 a much better year. We had an incredible time! From beginning to end the staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. I mean all of them! A staff that deserves special recognition is Merari from the entertainment; she is full of energy and my wife and I truly felt at home with her, my wife is not the type that would do the resort's activity but somehow Merari made her very comfortable and involve! THANK YOU!!! At the bars, I will say hands down the best drinks; I don’t think I have ever said that about any other all-inclusive resort. The staff was very attentive, shout out to Guillermo at the pool, and Alexandra at the preferred bar, great conversations were had. There is no buffet but there was always food. The restaurants were clean and the food, the food was great! They took special requests and if something was not on the menu, they made it happen. Thank you to all the dining staff, Shout out to Rachel at the seaside grill. Miriam at UVC was also amazing. Extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Do your research about the type of room you would like, there are a lot of hills to walk up to if you do not take the shuttle, but there is constant transportation. We were in room 105 Oceanfront and I would say it’s the most practical location. Note that rooms 103 and 104 have the best views with minimal trees in front of you. But we were extremely happy with ours. We slept with the balcony door open and the screen door closed. The ocean and birds' sound were therapeutic. If covid-19 is holding you up from visiting this amazing resort, I will tell you I felt more comfortable going here than going to the grocery store back home. They take this matter seriously, the whole country does. Go for it!
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Date of stay: November 2020
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Room Tip: in my opinion, the rooms in the 100 section are the most practical
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Response from Shirley Esquivel, Otro at Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica
Responded 6 days ago
Dear felixh2800 Greetings from Secrets Papagayo! We receive your opinion with the greatest pleasure. We appreciate that you have highlighted our effort to offer our guests a clean and safe stay with our Clean Compleate Verification program . It was such a pleasure to have you with us, very grateful for your visit and for your very generous review, it means a lot to us to know you've have really enjoyed our resort. We are most grateful and remain at your service. Pura Vida!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica
Which popular attractions are close to Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica?
Nearby attractions include Tio Leo Coffee Tour (4.7 miles), Playa Hermosa (2.6 miles), and Playas del coco (4.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica?
Conveniently located restaurants include Toucanoos, Restaurante Mar Azul, and Abbocato.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Does Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.